Archive for the ‘Mind Maps’ Category

26
October

Get kids with learning and attention issues in the mood for Halloween

This time of the year gets everyone excited because the arrival of fall also means that Halloween is coming. Each year there are approximately 41.2 million kids who dress up and go trick-or-treating.

While Halloween might be fun for most kids, there will always be a few exceptions. For example, kids with learning and attention difficulties. These kids might be more scared of this holiday than excited due to their oversensitivity.

So, let’s see what you can do to make Halloween fun for them too:

  1. Costumes: The unusual clothing, the sensation of masks and the makeup can be a huge problem for kids with learning and attention issues. What you can do is have kids wear the costumes before the big day so they can get comfortable with them. If not, there is still time to switch the costume to something more comfortable, simpler.
  1. Treats! It is an unchangeable tradition to give to trick-or-treaters candies, sweets. With all these temptations, kids are most likely to overdo it. Moreover, for children with learning and attention issues, controlling temptations can be especially difficult because they are overly excited. What you can do is make an arrangement with them before the big day. Let kids choose 3 or 4 candies which they can eat that day, putting aside all the rest. Also, you can trade some candy in return for some toys or non-candy treats ( pizza, pumpkin pie).
  1. The actual trick-or-treating: running from house to house, creepy street decorations, Jack-o’-lanterns can be also a problem. These kids’ hypersensitivity may make them take the scary scenarios way too seriously.

In this case, consider going to some centers or malls which offer a more controlled trick-or-treating experience. Also, in-house small Halloween parties can be arranged at school. This way, kids will experience the comfort of knowing one another.

If you tick off these few things on your list, it’s more likely that this year’s Halloween to be an unforgettable, exciting day for kids despite their oversensitivity.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

20
May

Combine Concept Mapping and Task Mapping for The Ultimate Business Travel Plan

For a lot of us, going on a business trip is “double trouble”, partly because preparing for this is unlike preparing for a family trip and partly because you need to get in shape for business meetings and presentations. In both cases, being well-prepared is the key, and it will give you that sense of confidence of having things under control. And how to get organized the right way, you might ask? We’ll, there are two things you should definitely consider if you want a solid business travel plan.

Plan everything with time management in mind. This will make you focus on your trip’s priorities. Use concept maps for individual or even team brainstormings to put together all business-related to-dos.
 Start from the core – your business trip, and enumerate all the main points that you need to cover before and during the trip. As the goal is to keep the map as easy to follow as it can be, you can split the main points into different branches, giving different colours to personal and work-related stuff.  Add details in subtopics, like packing clothes, tickets, passport, and money. You can also connect related topics and label the connections to make everything more straightforward.
In the end, you’ll have all information, schedules and to-dos on the same page, yet clearly organized. It’s as quick and efficient as that.

Find a simple way to keep track of all your to-dos, up to the smallest detail. For example, our task maps let you create structured to-do lists, that you can share with your colleagues/employees/personal assistant. Each task from the list is assignable, and setting a deadline for it will help you monitor the progress. You can also give detailed instructions per each task in the comments section.  This way you and your team will know, at any given point, the status of your preparations, what’s left to be done, who needs to do it, and if you have to speed things up.

Planning with the aid of  concept maps or task maps is very simple, and it helps you keep everything in one place in an organized fashion: from objectives and  due dates, to schedules and locations. So, if you aim for stress-free, yet accurate business travel planning, Mindomo is a real helper.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

 

17
July

Communicate Strategically with Mind Mapping

As a visual tool, mind mapping helps you have a better understanding of different concepts, processes, projects as well as data.  When collaborating with others, it’s very useful and efficient to use mind mapping as a communication tool.  Some of the best ways in which you can use mind mapping to communicate strategically are:

  • Defining a concept

Any concept that is associated with an image has a higher chance of being better remembered and understood. For this reason, icons, symbols and images have an essential role in visually representing specific concepts.  The same is happening when defining a concept through mind mapping:

11
July

Mind mapping is more like Taking a break

Are you surprised that mind mapping is like taking a break?

Most definitions and explanations we are providing when talking about mind mapping focus mainly on brainstorming, organizing, managing, creating, and structuring ideas, concepts, information and projects.  Other times, these explanations focus on gaining a new perspective on things or adopting a new way of thinking.  All these explanations are a truthful reflection of what mind mapping is.  However, there may be more to it than organizing and managing.  Our mind is continuously engaging in the daily grind or should engage in one, if it hasn’t already done so.  Should this always be the case though?  Should we never take a break from our “daily grind”?

23
August

Technology as a Helper, not a Replacer

The invasion of technology has become unstoppable and to some extent quite overwhelming, some would argue.  Especially professors and instructors feel threatened at times that they could be replaced in the classroom or work field by much more interesting programs or applications that offer online instruction.

Instead of focusing too much on the dominance of technology in education and not only, you could start focusing on the learning experience that you may benefit from if you start using an innovative technological tool as a helper.  One such tool that can be a true helper for your teaching or working activity is a mind mapping application.

Here are 7 main reasons which make a mind mapping application a helper, not a replacer:

1.   It encourages you to be creative but doesn’t create mind maps on its own.

2.   It provides the right context for collaborative work but doesn’t collaborate without you.

3.   It allows you to store your resources but won’t do the research for you.

4.   It makes it easy to turn your mind maps into presentations but won’t present in your place.

5.   It permits you to organize and share your work with others but cannot organize or share the information by itself.

6.   It helps you develop innovative solutions for your problems but won’t take your place in the decision making process.

7.   It enables you to visualize your deepest thoughts but won’t think in your place.

The more you explore the learning opportunities that a mind mapping application can offer, you will discover that your perspective on technology and even online learning may change.

How do you make technology work with you?