Friday, May 3, 2013

Web 2.0 Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools: A Quick Guide

Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series
Mindmapping and Brainstorming Tools: A Quick Guide

A mind map is a visual representation in which a person or group is able to share, store, and reference their thinking.  In education, we typically begin teaching mind-mapping at a very young age.  My daughter Riley, who is in 3rd grade, made a wonderful mind map on sketch paper this year to help her get organized for a class project.  She spent hours drawing it out and getting it balanced and correct.  

While we're still drawing up maps in many grade levels, it is great to know that there are many wonderful open educational resources available that will help us create mind maps electronically.  But which one to use, and more importantly, how do I use it?

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about mindmapping and brainstorming tools: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?  No need to panic - I've got my trusty Web 2.0 quick guide, which can help me sort out the new tool in a snap.

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Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi (a brilliant mind) has been developing an educational series of web 2.0 tools.  Now, we can all get more comfortable with the language of the collaboration tools we may have been avoiding.  One of his most recent collections in his series is: Mindmapping and Brainstorming ToolsThis e-book is available for free through Scribd.  You can view it online for free, download it for a cost, and even print a copy to organize in a binder (Scribd members).  The resource is organized into ten chapters.  

Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references.

The detailed pictures really support understanding the tool:

Once you are on the Scribd site to view this resource, I encourage you to share it with others so that we can all benefit from these tools.  You can download the document or embed it onto another platform.  If you have the following networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, please be sure to click the buttons you will see to the left of the document and share this resource.

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He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his page.  I'm already a follower.  If you'd like quick access to his Web 2.0 Series, click here to bookmark this page.  Be sure to click 'follow.'

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