What Is This?
Mind mapping is a tool which enables students to visualize the links between ideas and concepts. Using mind maps encourages students to group ideas and organize information as they learn. As opposed to traditional writing or summarizing, mapping enables students to visualize their thoughts therefore making information more memorable. Mind maps help students note the most important information using keywords, creating a graphic visual form to make connections between facts and ideas.
How To Use It?
First, identify the main topic of study, then present this main topic in the middle of the map. Have students add sub-ideas and terms to the map as they learn or at the end of the learning process. Each sub-term can be explained or elaborated with relevant information presented on the map. Teachers can suggest different graphic ways of representing connections between the terms. Class can discuss the different ways students visualized the connections between ideas and how this may reflect different understandings or opinions.
When To Use?
Mind Mapping can be used during and after several concepts have been taught, for group brainstorming or assessing prior knowledge before teaching.
Mind mapping can be used for generating, visualizing, organizing, note-taking, problem-solving, decision-making, revising and clarifying different topics.
How To Assess?
Mind maps themselves can be used as a form of assessment. It can also be used for presentation after a learning process or as using the map as a base for a short formative feedback discussion between teacher and student.