Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mindmapping

Mind mapping or concept mapping. I've used Post-It notes, index cards, regular paper. All work, but it's difficult to email my Post-It note concept map. I tend to think and doodle on napkins - concept maps or mind maps work for me. I work with fluid topics, topics that are dynamic, topics that may shift. For me, concept maps let me focus on concepts - and determine relationships as the concepts develop.

A concept map and a word cloud are similar - the map may have relationships, the word cloud may not - a map has connector lines, a word cloud is just that, a cloud.

I've used wordle for creating word clouds (http://www.wordle.net/), mindomo for concept mapping (http://www.mindomo.com) and bubbl (http://www.bubbl.us) for mindmapping.

Some examples: (these links will open a new window)

A wordle I created (http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1236704/Blog_Tag_-_Effective_Teaching%2C_Quality_Instruction_and_Professional_Development)

A concept map I created (http://mindomo.com/view.htm?m=58e4574363134a36818619f64b591502)

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