Mind Mapping

Learning support professionals often recommend using Mind maps. A mind map is a pictorial representation of how a concept is connected to other concepts and ideas.

Mind mapping is useful for taking notes, revising, retention, summarising and generally organising information.

Brainstorming is another popular use of mind maps.

A mind map uses images and words connected by lines. One begins with a central topic or idea. Related concepts and ideas are drawn or pasted in and linked with lines.

Mind mapping software allows the user to insert images or files from a computer. Some mind mapping software allows the mind maps to be presented as a word processing file or as a graphical presentation.

Freemind example screenshot

FreeMind example. Source: ISMcKenzie

Example of a Mindmap

The software allows the user to organise information in a visual way, using pictures and graphics.


  • FreeMind (free software)

    FreeMind is a free mind-mapping(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map) software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. The operation and navigation of FreeMind is claimed to be faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.

    FreeMind Introduction

    FreeMind Tool for MindMapping

  • Inspiration

    Introduction to Inspiration V8

    Using Inspiration (on the Mac)

    Using Inspiration with a SmartBoard

    Inspiration V7.5

  • MindManager Pro

    What is Mind Manager

    Mind Manager7 for the Mac

  • PersonalBrain.

    Free mind mapping software.
    Linux - Works on many Linux/Unix variations. Tested on: Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, Solaris, SUSE.
    Mac OS 10.4+
    Windows Vista, XP, 2000

    Using PersonalBrain 4

    PersonalBrain 4 Review

  • Wikipedia list of mind mapping programs

Online Mindmaps

New technologies such as bubbl.us allow groups to create collaborative mindpaps together across the internet

Getting started with Bubbl.us

Bubbl.us basics

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