23
September

Mind mapping as assistive technology

As you may know, assistive technology (AT) means any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to enhance, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with impairments. Basically, assistive technology allows people with disabilities to compensate for certain incapacities, by promoting independence and reducing the need for additional support. 

In education, assistive technology is used for students with disabilities to overcome barriers due to reading, attention, organizational, memory and the physical demands of the tasks related to the coursework. Examples of assistive technology instruments include screen readers, speech to text, spell checking and mind mapping.

Mind mapping as assistive technology

Mind mapping transforms monotonous information and details into colorful, interesting and extremely structured graphs that act in line with your brain’s natural way of thinking.  

Mind maps have a natural structure that radiates from the center and they use lines, symbols, words, colors and graphics to flowchart ideas. They have a lot of beneficial uses, from brainstorming and illustrating concepts to structuring thoughts or daily activities. 

Mind mapping as assistive technology is an excellent technique for:

supporting people with learning difficulties (Dyslexia, ASD, ADHD) organize their ideas

– helping individuals plan their activities visually

– improving the note-taking system during classes

– eliminating the stress associated with repeated reproduction of information 

Mind mapping as assistive technology is helpful for students that have difficulties processing a linear order. For example, dyslexic learners can gain from mind mapping, because it is a visual as well as an audio approach to comprehending information. Mind maps break down complex data into pieces that can be organized in branches and sub-branches to simplify the understanding of information.

Mindomo mind maps make it easier for dyslexic learners to structure assignments and presentations in a visual manner. The style interface, easy-to-understand icons and standard keyboard shortcuts make mind mapping an eligible technique for users at any skill level.

Mindomo developed functionalities designed to assist users with impairments:

Friendly interface – Mindomo uses an easy-to-use interface, with accessible toolbar menu, less likely to distract learners from the platform.

Customizing the mind map – Mindomo enables users to edit map styles and layouts to match their learning styles. For users with visual sensitivities, illustrations, colors, fonts and shapes can also be applied to branches as well as various background colors. Users can create their own custom styles which can be saved and used for all future maps.

Framing and organizing ideas – Mindomo provides a coherent structuring solution with multiple interchangeable layouts regardless of which view is being used.

Outlining – Mindomo enables users to switch to an outline view to get a linear overview of their work. All the process is reversible and preserves all the resources from the original mind map.

Exporting to various formats – Users can turn their mind maps into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents with one click. In Microsoft Word the structure will be maintained with a table of contents whereas in Microsoft PowerPoint each branch and sub‐branch will become a slide.

Structuring notes and research – Mindomo allows learners to add unlimited resources to maps in the form of text notes, hyperlinks, sound files or even their own audio recordings. This allows users to visually organize notes or research into one document with links to all the relevant information.

Templates – Mindomo displays a range of templates with clear instructions to ensure learners understand and complete activities and assignments. Users also have the possibility of creating from scratch or customizing their own templates.

19
August

New release – fresh website

Let’s start the week with some great news! We are so excited to announce the launching of our new website. We’ve been working on it for quite a while and we put all our efforts into rebuilding the design and content, to offer you the most complete guide for mind mapping with Mindomo.

We focused on delivering you all the information you need at your fingertips and we developed specific pages for using mind maps, whether you intend to use them for personal reasons, for business and project management purposes or for academic goals.

We would like to help you make a better choice, thus the pricing page is split into two categories, work/personal and education, allowing you to determine the type of account that is most suitable for your needs. Also, you can compare plans and see the differences between subscriptions to make the right decision.

In case you are logged in, you can access your account data directly from the website and check specific details about your membership, Desktop license, password or apps you can connect your Mindomo account with. 

And because we are polyglots ourselves, we are currently working on translating the website into French and Spanish, to make it easier for you, our worldwide users to find everything you are looking for.

We’d love if you could give our fresh new website a try and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!

The Mindomo Team

3
July

The benefits of mind-mapping

Experts estimate that our minds have between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. Our brains work like little factories and the synapses never cease to pass chemical or electrical signals to each other. In fact, this is the beauty of our amazing brain. Each thought generates another one and so on and by the time we reach a certain opinion, we begin to wonder how it all started. This is not another study made by some great scientists but a thing we’re all experiencing, almost on a daily basis. Sometimes we really want to keep track of every thought we have, so we don’t miss anything. Do you have any moments when you say to yourself ‘Oh, I had such a good idea in mind! I forgot it.. ‘

And this is when mind maps take the stage.

We can think of our main idea that prevails in a day as the central topic of a mind map. All the other thoughts and reflections represent the main topics and subtopics that you add to the map.
In our types of representation as human beings, such as visual, audio or kinaesthetic, there is always a dominant one which supports us in learning, memorizing and in gathering knowledge. We can find what kind of representation predominates for us by taking a simple test. Knowing your type is important as you can benefit from it in your studies and in your personal development.

Now, say you’re the visual type. In this case, you can personalize your thoughts-mind map with all sorts of images and videos from your computer or the internet, anything that suits your string of beliefs and ideas. You can change the shape or color of the topics, the mind map’s background or the connecting lines between the topics to make it more appealing.

On the other hand, if your main type is audio, then you can add songs and recordings to your topics and subtopics and even record yourself and add your audio notes to the topics.

How does this sound so far?

Well, there’s more. Many times we want to share our ideas with others, ask for feedback or simply brag about them 🙂 This is possible even when using mind maps, with just one click. With the Share option, you can allow anyone into your world of ideas.

And the cherry on top is the fact that whenever your ideas are being interrupted by mundane thoughts besides your goals and objectives, thoughts such as ‘Did I make that commission? Did I answer that email? Did I forget to buy milk?’, you can always add a floating topic, outside the mind map and write them down. In the end, what is the point of mind mapping if not brainstorming and remembering thoughts?

In any case, mind mapping is a great way to structure your beautiful mind. Does this sound like something of use to you?

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

19
June

Unscheduled downtime

The replicas of our database servers got unsynchronized. We are running a repairing procedure right now. Until repairing is finished editing of your map will be disabled. We are deeply sorry about this. We will get back with more details once we are finished.

UPDATE: We managed to solve the technical problems with our servers. Our servers are up and running and you should be able to login and access your maps.
If you encounter any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We had approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes downtime.

We deeply apologize for any inconveniences this has caused you.


25
April

Manage your to-dos directly from mind maps with our new task feature

We are back with the third upgrade of this series: integrating the task functionality into normal mind maps. Use tasks to keep your information organized, set due dates for your projects, prioritize your work, set completion rates or assign them to your collaborators.

You can now turn topics from your mind map into tasks (Ctrl+K) or manually insert a task subtopic to any topic you like (Alt+Shift+Enter) from the Insert panel. Checkboxes will be automatically added in front of the task topics; checking these off indicates that the task has been completed.

If a topic has the option Set as Task checked off, all new subtopics will inherit it and will become subtasks. You can always remove the check mark to prevent newly added subtopics from turning into subtasks. A branch may contain both tasks and normal subtopics, at the same time.

Completed tasks are grouped under a checklist icon, which also indicates the overall number of tasks. You can open any task again, by clicking on it under the checklist icon and removing its check mark. Add comments or resources to your completed tasks through the Comments panel icon.

In the outline view, you can use the top-right corner icon to quickly expand or collapse all your completed tasks. By default, these will have a greyish color, strikethrough formatting and a checkmark icon next to them.

The new design of the context menu allows you to assign tasks (1), insert start/due dates (2) and set priorities or completion rates (3) for your tasks.

The Assign tab allows you to choose one or multiple assignees for a topic (instantly turning the topic into a task). Each of them will get notified by email on changes related to the task: task assignment, completion/reopen, start date/due date, changes to the task, task due/overdue. The initials of the assignees will appear next to their assigned tasks.

The priority of the task will appear as number icons (1 to 9) while setting a completion level will add completion icons next to the task topic.

In case you want to get approval for a task, use the Vote option available on the Comment panel. You are able to cancel the vote by clicking on the Vote icon again. The votes registered by a task will appear on the mind map as a small thumbs up icon.

In addition to filtering by hashtag or icons, you can also filter by assignee to see the tasks designated to a certain person. Have a clear overview of overdue and upcoming tasks with our filter by due date functionality.

Please give these features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team