Archive for the ‘Mind Maps’ Category


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:


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”?


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? 


Best mind maps of 2011

We just made a list of awesome mind maps that we have loved in 2011 and are worth sharing.

Funny coincidence, we’ve found 11 cool maps to highlight and here they are in a random order 🙂

1. E-learning Tools for Schools and Education
2. AS Toolbox
3. 11 inventions that changed the world
4. Starcraft II
5. Play and Learn
6. There’s more to the web than Facebook
7. Activity Type Web 2.0 Tools
8. Front-End Development
9. Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Teachers
10. Social Networking in Higher Ed
11. About Journalism

Creators keep improving them continuously, so we must say it’s impressive work!

What do you think?


11 inventions that changed the world

The end of the world… just passed us again. It’s already been 11:11 in a few countries, so we’re safe.

Now, to commemorate this great day we’ve prepared a cool map with 11 inventions that changed the world.