I have been fascinated with mind mapping since I first read Tony Buzan's book on this topic many years ago. I used it quite a lot when I was studying English, to learn vocabulary sets, the structure of some compositions, as well as to brainstorm the structure of essays and assignments.
What is Mind Mapping?
Mind mapping is a strategy for helping students order and structure their thinking through mentally mapping words or/and concepts. According to Tony Buzan it is a way of helping students takes notes that used only key words and images. They are much quicker to make, and because of their visual quality much easier to remember and review.
This strategy helps students quickly relate a central word or concept. The mind forms associations almost instantaneously and 'mapping' allows you to write your ideas quicker, using only words or phrases.
But, some years ago Mind Maps were drawn by hand on large sheets of paper (I still do!). Nowadays they can be produced using computer programs, like the ones I would like to share with you today.
Mind42. With a very clean and friendly interface, Mind42 can embed images from a local searcher and can preview links in the text.
Mindomo. Another online mind mapping app with a free version. You can create, edit and share maps with colleagues and friends as the others do.
MAPMYself. This is an easy -to-use online app that you can try for free, but you can get more features with a monthly payment.Wisemapping. A free web site combining collaborative working web 2.0 with vector technology.
MindMeister. A Web 2.0 app for collaborative working in real time. You can get a free basic version or a Premium one with a low cost.
Bubble.us. Free online app for brainstorming and collaborative working.
MindMaple. It has a good clean interface which is pretty intuitive for anyone familiar with 'Office' type software. It comes with a library of images and graphics and you can import in your own photographs and illustrations too.
XMind. Multilanguage platform for mindmapping in the computer. You can either choose a free personal version or a professional one. (Available for Windows, Mac Os and Linux).
MindNode. One of the best options for Mac users. It has also a version for IPod and IPad.
Semantik. Local KDE (Linux) software, studdents oriented. It is really useful for creating documents in a very easy and quick way: presentations, speeches, reports...
RecallPlus. A Windows software (only Windows) for students. It has got two categories: (1) Visual organizer/concept mapping/presentation software; and (2) Revision/Flashcard software, a structured revision of Q's and A's.
Labyrinth. Local GNOME (Linux) software with essential edition functions for creating mental maps. It can export in different image formats: SVG, PNG y JPEG. You can use it in different languages.
Vym (View Your Mind). And Easy-to-use Mind map software. It is very useful for time managing and organizing tasks. It only works on Mac Os X and Linux platforms.
The Brain 8. This is a multiplatform app with a free version and a payment one. It includes a calendar with which we can plan our heuristic maps chronologically.
Mindmaps for Kids by Tony Buzan "Learning how to learn is life's most important skill" —Tony Buzan.