In my article: “Mind Mapping in the Classroom with MindMeister,” I called for submissions in a contest to win a free, one year professional subscription to MindMeister. The results are in (and impessive)! The three winners, in no particular order, are:
Over the course of the quarter, you will be responsible for submitting at least one “mind map” that links concepts presented in the readings with the information covered in the lecture. You will do the readings before class, hear the lecture, and then construct the map to connect the readings to the lecture. The mind-maps will be shared among the class each week, and they can be subsequently edited and added to, and then used in preparing for the exams.
During the first week, I will randomly assign you one or more weeks (depending on the number of students in the class) to construct a mind map using MindMeister software, a free on-line application that can be used to map connections between concepts. I will provide an example and more guidelines the first week of class.
Ben Beachy highlighted MindMeister’s presentation features (specific course content has been obscured for copyright reasons):
I have replaced PowerPoint slide decks with mindmaps for lecture. PowerPoint slides often seem disconnected from each other: just topic, topic, topic, topic. Mindmaps help the students–and me–keep the broader context in view.
Kellie Determine (a K-5 visual arts teacher in the Waterford School District) highlighted its potential use in the elementary environment:
In my work environment, k-5 art, I’m thinking I can use it with my 4th and 5th grade classes. We can map media and materials usage, art movements and examples, the elements and principles of design with examples and historical dates, critical analysis of masterworks with Visual Thinking Strategies, we can do so much that my list could go on and on. I’m also thinking about taking this to my PLC group to help organize and plan for our team outcomes. I can see each of us utilizing this tool in multiple ways.
Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners! Look for your license information in your mailboxes shortly! And thank you to MindMeister for providing the licenses for this prize!