Mindmapping is really a graphical method of planning or taking notes. They can be really useful for brainstorming and planning content. They can also be used as a presentation tool at conferences – see Andy Black: ‘Mobile Learning & Online Communication’
As you can see above, a fully functioning MindMeister map can be embedded into a page and viewed in full-screen. Other good features…
The ability to:
- preview external links with a thumbnail image when you rollover the icon
- add notes which can be viewed when you roll over the icon
- attach a file, such as a pdf, accessed via the icon (see e-Portfolio/ PebblePad)
- upload your own images or use the rather nice ones provided (shown above)
- link elements with a customizable arrow (see e-Portfolio > Webfolio)
- collaborate in real-time with a chat function (enabled when you click on a collaborator’s name)
- assign specific tasks to collaborators, listing priorities and due dates
- revert to a previous version if a mistake is made
- make live updates to your map when it has been published and embedded
- Create, edit and display on mobile devices – iPhone, iPad and Android – free to download from the App Store
This map has been created using a Basic (free) account which allows you to have 3 maps. Other paid options are available – this free version is very impressive!
Can you recommend any other mindmapping software? What do you use them for?