Mind Map


A mind map is a diagram used for visually outlining information using connections and levels to generate ideas starting from a key word or a key idea.
In effect, a mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information.
A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the centre of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.
Mind maps can be drawn by hand, either as “rough notes” during a lecture, meeting or planning session, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available.


Mind map guidelines Tony Buzan, a psychologist and writer, suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps:

  1. Start in the centre with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colours.
  2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
  3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
  4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
  7. Use multiple colours throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.
  8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
  10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.

Mind-mapping software can be used to organize large amounts of information, combining spatial organization, dynamic hierarchical structuring and node folding.
Software packages can extend the concept of mind-mapping by allowing individuals to map more than thoughts and ideas with information on their computers and the Internet, like spreadsheets, documents, Internet sites and images. It has been suggested that mind-mapping can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note-taking. A simple tool to create a mind map is Coggle: it is free and simple to use.
Website: https://coggle.it

  • It is better to start with a blank paper rather than with online tools
  • It is not requested to draw –it is up to the student to decide how to represent his/her own mind map.
  • The results are going to be shown in the class and discussed within peers in order to increase self-confidence and active participation.
  • Let’s try to use the mind mapping in the classroom on blank paper and then online thanks to the tool “Coogle” above mentioned
  • Take the right time to describe the 10 mind map guidelines in the class in order to increase the effective use of the tool

For example, it is possible to create a mind map about the skills necessary in the job market and highlight the ones each student has or would like to add to own personal portfolio.

Quote: Intellectual Output 3 / Peppino Franco / S. 29 ff

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