Share your mind maps

biggerplateThis is as much a note to self as a note to you to get onto it! Biggerplate has over 50, 000 registered users and nearly 5 million mind map views. Speaks for itself. I follow them on Twitter but there is also their blog which keeps you fully up to date. You register for free with the site and then you can share or download mindmaps. It is that easy. It means you have a source of mindmaps for teaching but also to show as examples if you want students to develop their ideas in a particular way. Mindmaps can also be highly creative and and art from in their own right. I was watching a year 9 student building a mind map today which was extending  what we had been doing in class. We were having a 5 minute break form some intense concentration for an hour and this is what she chose to do and I could see she was literally in her element and at peace with her learning. I shall ask her what she was doing because it looked very complex. At the time I didn’t want to disturb her cognitive flow. Students find mind maps very helpful to build ideas but they need some structure and guidelines or they just get lost in the complexity of them. It is important to guide them through the early stages and then they can develop their own learning tools in a more substantial and creative way. Not all students can rally their ideas in a format so they can create a mind map. This is where Biggerplate would be very helpful. Students are basically visual learners these days. If they can see information and then see how to do things, they will work originally on their own assignments. What I need to do is get my senior students organised with the software because I discovered they don’t have it. It came with the new MacBook roll out so that is my first step. We were going to work on our film oral using mind mapping software. My diary now has a note to get onto it!

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2 Responses

  1. Cathy. I have a bigger plate and it is full with mind maps. Thanks to the brim for your excellent reference. You are doing great saving us time and enriching our sources of information.

    • Thanks for your comment. I really must get over to Bigger Plate and look at what it is all about and what’s available. All those people can’t be wrong!

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