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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…

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…

Did you know that you can now add hashtags to your mind map and use them as filtering instruments? Add hashtags to your topics to easily label them, and the next time you type #, you will see an autocomplete list. Continue typing if you want to insert a new hashtag or click on an existing one to add it to your topic. Hit ENTER or click outside the topic to activate the hashtag functionality. Now you can filter by hashtags, making your mind map search a breeze. This functionality allows you to focus on specific information from your mind map and hide all the other topics. Go to the Search bar and type in your hashtag or simply click on it under Filter by Hashtag. The number next to…

We are back with a series of upgrades to our tool, one of which is reorganizing our Multimedia panel from the left toolbar. Our existing Multimedia panel has been split into three specialized panels: one for images, one for videos and one for audio files. Use them to quickly add multimedia resources to your topics, without the hassle of navigating through a complex menu. The new design even comes with a bonus: you can now add an audio file on the same topic where you already have an image/video. You can find the audio file under the “play” icon. The videos and images added to a topic are still interchangeable (the video replaces the image previously added to your topic and vice-versa). Image panel Attach images to your mind map…