Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

23
March

Introducing the new assignment templates

Our new assignment templates are meant to help students get started with mind mapping while completing assignments on various subjects: Maths, Language Arts, Science, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, etc.

In order to use any of these templates, you need to click on the Create button from the Dashboard, then go to the Assignments section, choose the template you are interested in, add a new title if you want, and click on Create.

Please note that you can filter your search based on subjects, grades, assignment titles, and languages.

Once you create your own assignment using one of the templates from the gallery, both the description section and the teacher’s guidelines from the template will be cloned. You can edit them both – the description from ‘Edit Assignment’ and the teacher guidelines from ‘Publish to Gallery’, then ‘Edit Guidelines’.

Either you create your assignment from scratch or you choose to develop it from one of the templates from the Gallery, you can later opt to submit it for publishing. This means that other teachers will be able to use it with their students.

If you submit the assignment for publishing, it’s important that it has both a description that guides students about the completion and a description with guidelines for the teachers that will use it.

You can write the teacher guidelines by going to ‘Publish to Gallery’, writing the objectives and guidelines, related grade, subject, language and click on ‘Save and Preview’.

When you are done setting up this final section, click on ‘Submit for Publishing’ and agree to the publishing terms. You will be notified that your assignment has been submitted for review, and someone from our will contact you to let you know whether the assignment has been approved and published, or if it still requires further editing.

If the assignment is approved, a copy of your assignment will be made and published in the Mindomo assignments gallery, and you will appear as the assignment’s creator. If the assignment isn’t approved, you will be provided with more details on what further editing it needs for publishing.

We’d love if you could give these templates a try, maybe even create your own and submit them for publishing, and let us know what you think. Do they improve your mind mapping activity?

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

6
March

New feature: Import from Excel

Lately, we’ve been asked quite a lot about an Excel import format. We know Excel is one of the most popular tools on the planet and that many of you are using it as much as you are using Mindomo.
So, the new Excel (.xlsx, .xls) import format we just released is likely to be of great use. You will be able to transfer the information from your Excel spreadsheets and turn it into mind maps that you can further share for collaboration.

Once logged into Mindomo, you are 2 steps away from importing your Excel file:

1. Click on ‘Import’ from the dashboard, then choose the Excel (.xlsx, .xls) format.

2. Decide whether you’ll want your hierarchy to be built horizontally (starting with the columns from the first row) or vertically (starting with the rows from the first column).

Please note that this functionality is currently available only in our online version.
We’re looking forward to your feedback and questions in the comments below.




Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

20
December

New sharing functionalities in Mindomo Desktop

Mind mapping can make a big difference when it comes to teamwork and collaboration. Why? Because mind maps are a visual and easy way to share information and build consensus for ideas and projects.

So far, you were only able to share your mind maps in Mindomo if you were registered online. With our latest improvements, you are now able to share your local maps too.


Share your maps with online users

Use the improved ‘Sync & Save Online’ feature to save your local maps and all their attached files in the cloud. This way you can make them public or keep them private and share them only with your collaborators. Once a map is synced with the cloud, use the ‘Sync & Save Online’ to see offline all recent changes that were made online.



During the syncing process, your local files will be uploaded to the Mindomo server, while the files attached online will be downloaded and saved locally. Of course, you can choose to sync maps without uploading the files to the server or downloading them locally.

 



‘Pack Map’ to share maps with other Mindomo Desktop users

The brand new ‘Pack Map’ functionality (1) will compress your mind map and all its attached files into a single .pmom file (2) saved locally (3).


Share the *.pmom file with your collaborators so that they can open your map along with all its attached files from their own computers (4).


When they will open the ‘Pack Map’ (.pmom) file, they will decompress the contained mind map and all its attached files, saving them to a new empty folder of their choice (6).


 

If you are using the Desktop app, do give these new features a try, we’re looking forward to your feedback and questions in the comments below.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

18
December

Scheduled Downtime Sunday 24.12.2017

Hi guys,

This Sunday, on the 24th of December 2014, at around 7:00 AM GMT we will be having a scheduled downtime for approximately 3 hours. Our main purpose is to facilitate server upgrades and maintenance.

Please take into account that during this time you won’t be able to access our website, nor will you be able to synchronize your mobile and desktop maps.

Hopefully, you will plan your activities in Mindomo accordingly :)

Thank you for your understanding,

The Mindomo Team

16
November

Thank you, BIT2017!

We just got back from Bring IT Together 2017, Ontario’s leading educational technology conference. We have been so busy getting ready for it that we forgot the ‘let’s meet and greet’ post. Still, we came back eager to share this great experience with you.

The conference, which by the way has been running annually since 1979, was held in beautiful Niagara Falls, a vibrant city where we enjoyed all the amenities of a large urban center in a comfortable, livable community.

There were three days jam-packed with keynotes, breakout sessions, training sessions and a buzzing Learning Hall.
Most importantly, it has been a priceless experience because we got the chance to meet our users and the people we’d like to collaborate. No more struggling with email ping-pong in different time zones. No more names without a face. We were indeed overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and suggestions we got, and this feeling wouldn’t have been so tangible if #BIT2017 didn’t bring us all together.

Our special thanks go to:

– Mark W. Carbone and Pierre Sarazin for the warmest welcome
– one of our dearest teacher users, Dr. Fred Schadler, who came all the way from South Carolina, United States, just to meet us
– all the educators that passed our booth and attended our Thursday presentation
– last but not least, all the great people who shared their ed-tech expertise with us

BIT2017, it has been quite a ride, thank you!

The Mindomo Team