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For K-12, higher education, or home-schooling, mind maps are a great visual way of organizing the educational material around a subject through words, colors, pictures and numbers to illustrate concepts and identify connections. In the academic world, mind mapping gives teachers meaningful input into the thinking process of their students on a particular subject. With mind maps, teachers can understand what the specific knowledge of students has been and how well they understood the assignment or the material they studied. For students, mind maps are especially useful in writing and provide them with a natural way of thinking and developing thoughts on any subject. Here are 7 useful mind mapping tips that teachers can use inside and outside the classroom: Design your lesson plan – Preparing your lesson can be…

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…

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…