Mind Mapping in Education: How Students Unleash Creativity
The fact is, mind mapping helps us become more creative. What is more, it lets us solve problems more effectively; when we visualize our thoughts, it becomes easier to capture them and bring them to life.
As you know, mind maps are used for different goals today such as planning a career, building a habit, solving a personal problem, creating a summary, or setting goals. That's why it's not surprising that mind mapping is actively practiced in education; it's more effective than other note-taking methods.
- It helps to generate ideas more quickly.
- It drops concepts together, helping students find deeper meaning in subjects.
- It lets students overview a large subject.
- It helps to organize thoughts.
- The combination of words and images is better for remembering than words alone.
With that in mind, educators practice mind maps in classrooms to ease the process of learning and unleash student creativity.
Tools and Resources Used for Mind Mapping
MindMeister is considered a leader among tools for mind mapping and brainstorming to visualize ideas. It facilitates collaboration in real time and discussions over live chat, providing access via mobile devices. It is cloud-based with an easy to use interface.
Students use other tools and resources to unleash creativity and share ideas, too. Among them, the most popular tools are:
- MindMap: saves work for exporting or printing later. This extension for Google Chrome has Dropbox, Cloud, and Google Drive built-in.
- Coggle: helps students produce notes and share them to collaborate with fellow students. It lets you brainstorm, drag and drop ideas and images, edit and customize each project.
- Xmind: helps to clarify information, manage and organize it. This open source tool gathers and structures ideas, helps with critical thinking, relationships, and priorities.
- Bid4Papers: provides collaboration with professional academic writers for brainstorming ideas on essays and other papers students might have as assignments. Live chats help to come up with topics, outlines, references, proofreading and editing, etc.
- Bubble: makes mind mapping and online brainstorming simple. Students can type the central topic and create other ideas to support it, making writing and other assignments easy to accomplish.
- My Thoughts: helps students build meaningful mind maps, using numerous features such as print manager, media browser, outline notes, drag and drop, and others. Homework and academic research have never been easier before.
- The Brain: allows to visualize all tasks, notes, documents, and projects. It makes all writing assignments easy to complete, boosts creativity, and helps young people learn and remember new information.
Need more tools to make mind maps? Check this cool article at Mashable; it shares both online resources and mobile applications for visual thinking.
Resplendent Examples of Student Mind Maps
The above mentioned tools help students create dozens of wonderful mind maps, making mind mapping a very interesting and efficient technique in education. By visualizing ideas, young people learn to think critically, structure data, make the most of research, break out significant statements and consider assignments a very interesting and creative process, not necessary boring or sophisticated.
Take a look at these impressive mind maps by students. Aren't they the best proof of the necessity to apply visual thinking to education in both high schools and colleges?
- Students use painted areas to contain texts: Martha Rich
- Students create learning experience: Thum Cheng Cheong
- Students draw mind maps: Roberta Faulhaber
- Students overlay words around central image: Kat Russell Fine Art
- Some students don't like creating complex mind maps, so the best variant for them would be simple presentations with words, dots, and circles: Lia Perjovschi
For those not confident in using digital technology or those who just like old-school stuff, the following mind map would be the best variant. Doesn't it remind you mind mapping of some detectives from movies? Red Biddy
For those willing to see more creative examples of mind maps from students, here are some ideas -- How to Make a Mind Map: Creative Examples from Student Art Guide.
It's high time to practice mind mapping, don't you think?
By Lesley Vos, a private educator and online tutor who shares her experience with students, helping them deal with academic writing. Find Lesley at Google+.
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About Lesley Vos
Lesley is a writer. She manages the blog at Bid4Papers, and she shares her writing experience with readers of many cool publications online.