I have been checking different mind mapping software and eventually found one I like that is free called Freeplane. A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas. Mind mapping helps clarify your thinking in pretty much anything, in many different contexts: personal, family, educational or business. Planning your day or planning your life, summarizing a book, launching a project, planning and creating presentations, writing blog posts -well, you get the idea – anything, really.
In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions.
What can we use mind maps for?
Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
Studying and memorization
Researching and consolidating information from multiple sources
Gaining insight on complex subjects
Jogging your creativity
This is my first mind map. Starting from a course I am taking and moving into a course I will be teaching in April. Each separate heading has notes and webpages attached. One can add pictures as well. There are quite a few mind mapping tools out there but I can’t resist the free. It is not too difficult to learn, it has taken me about an hour.