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

 

 

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

31
August

Basics on Creating an Essay Outline

Writing good essays will definitely help you get through school. Writing outlines first makes the essay writing process easier and better organized because an outline provides a structure. The outline for an essay is like the skeleton for the body. As you probably know, there are many outlining tools to help you.  Mindomo also has an outlining functionality, apart from the mind mapping and concept mapping ones.

Mindomo gives you two possibilities: 

1. To turn your maps into outlines.  Create a Blank Mind Map if your ideas come into your mind in a chaotic way and you can’t put them in order from the beginning. Having all your ideas on the same page will help you see the connections in between, and you can organize them later on. Use the mouse+click to drag the topics on the map canvas. To disconnect a topic press CTRL while dragging. To connect it to another topic just drag it close until a red connecting line appears.

When you are done organizing your ideas, turn your mind map into an outline.

2. To create outlines from scratch. Go to Create from your dashboard and select Outline if you already have a clue on how you want to structure your essay add a title, then click on Create again.
Congratulations, you’ve just created an outline, which, at this stage, is basically a blank page.
Press Enter to get started with the first point. This should be the subject of your essay. Most of times this is given by your teacher, other times you can choose it by yourself. Also, you have to decide if you agree or you don’t with the subject and why.

To add a subtopic Press Enter, then the Tab key. Here you should write your approach, whether your essay will be a narrative, chronological, or instructive one. However you decide, write it down, this will be your thesis statement. Keep in mind that a good impression of the first paragraph makes the reader interested and curious about the essay. So try to make your paragraph clear, concise and engaging.

To add two or three main arguments/phrases that confirm your thesis, you need to change the indent back, which you can do with SHIFT+TAB keys.

Use the arrows to navigate between the lines, go up with the up-arrow to your first argument, then (with Enter and Tab) add a few statements to support it. Here you can use the information you got from studies, researches, quotes etc.

To avoid misconceptions about plagiarism, note citations and mention the resources where you got your info from. You can add notes to the topics with SHIFT+ENTER and you can exit the notes editing with the same keys.

Now that you have the core base of your essay, you have to compose nice round phrases out of the sub points and write transition sentences to introduce each paragraph. Naturally, you’ll need a conclusion too. This has to confirm your first topic in a way that concludes your essay.

The last paragraph is as important as the first, so make it convincing so that the reader will understand and agree with your argument.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team