Tuesday, October 14, 2014

20 Tools for Brainstorming/Mind mapping

Brainstorming/mind mapping has been an educational technique that has been around since the beginning of cognitive thought. This is a tool that facilitates ideas and collaborative in nature. W/ the use of web 2.0 technology this concept has evolved into an ideal 21st Century Technology for education. "A mind map is a diagram used to representwordsideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate,visualizestructure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study,organizationproblem solvingdecision making, and writing. (wikipedia)"  That being said, I've decided to update my list and curate twenty of my favorite resources for brainstorming/mindmapping.

*This list is in alphabetical order

20 Tools for Brainstorming/Mind mapping

  1. BigMind Pro - A fantastic iPad app for creating mind maps that includes text, images, notes, and more.
  2. Brainstormer - One of my favorite iOS apps for brainstorming that generates a plot, subject, and setting, by the spin of a wheel.
  3. Bubbl.us - One of the most popular sites around for easily being able to create brainstorms or mind maps.
  4. Conjo Whiteboard - A robust iPad app that allows users to create images, drawing, mind maps, brain storms, and more w/ an abundance of tools/templates.
  5. Diagrammr - Create diagrams by typing sentences no registration is required, easy!!!
  6. Exploratree - A great visual site for creating a mind map w/ lots of templates.
  7. IdeaStorm - A free and simple to use diagramming tool that is ideal for making a quick brainstorm.
  8. iBrainstorm - A free iOS app (iPad/iPhone) that lets users brainstorm ideas through the use of sticky notes.
  9. Memofon - A great site that takes text notes and turns them into mind maps that users can edit.
  10. Mind42 - Nice collaborative mind mapping site w/ lots of templates and easy to use.
  11. MindMeister - Beautiful looking mind mapping site w/ the ability to embed into a site or blog.
  12. MindMup - A easy to use site for creating brainstorms or mind maps.
  13. Mindomo - One of my favorite brainstorming apps that also lets a user flip their classroom, collaborate, comment, and much more.
  14. Popplet - A excellent app that allows students to think and learn visually by brainstorming and mind mapping.
  15. PrimaryWall - Brainstorming for El Ed w/ educational portal.
  16. ProcessOn - A cool site for creating diagrams online through real-time collaboration.
  17. Slickplan - A easy to use site where a user can create beautiful flow charts and embed into a site or blog.
  18. Stormboard - Online brainstorming and collaboration in real-time making it easy to generate ideas and get the creative juices flowing.
  19. TotSplash - A fun site for creating and organizing ideas into a brainstorm or mind map.
  20. Webspiration - From the creators of Inspiration a very popular web based program for creating visual brainstorms that can then be turned into an outline w/ a click of a button.

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