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Concept maps or mind maps? the choice

Concept maps or mind maps? the choice
What are the differences between mind maps and concept maps? (click to see larger) Sometimes you will have no choice. In an educational setting, some educators require their students to make concept maps, others mandate mind maps. But most of the time we are free to choose. Then, the key determinants of when you would use each type of map will usually be these: your motive in making the map, where you will make it, how you will use it once finished, the audience (if other than yourself) it is intended it for, if you are not drawing maps by hand, the software you use, and naturally your personal preference. If you have elected to use mind maps, you still have a choice between Buzan mind maps and common mind maps in their various forms. This article is not about which type is 'better'. Appreciation for this article Concept maps have rigor, mind maps have vigor Like most generalizations this is a simplification, but it captures the essential differences, as described in more detail below.

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The 18 Best Free Web Tools Chosen By You It’s the start of a new year and that means there’s infinite possibilities that lay before you. But you can’t move forward without arming yourself with the best free web tools and apps. I was perusing some of my favorite education blogs, social networks, and other time-sucking online spots when I came back to the Edublog Awards.

15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps Mindmapping is the process of drawing up diagrams that show relations between various ideas, tasks or information. For many of us this shows to actually be a way of taking notes that can be more useful than just writing down keywords or sentences like we do on a to-do list. By drawing mind maps you actually visualize your tasks and how each task can influence each other in a better way, making your brain remember more easily and/or come up with new ideas. The Tools There are various tools for mindmapping out there, both free and paid versions. In this article I will focus solely the free options.

Draw A Creative Mind Map for Self Analysis Many personal development experts share about the benefits of using mind maps. My post today takes it one step further with how I have used the concept of mind mapping for self analysis. I also share illustrations from my personal art journal that I created some time ago. Large mind maps Envisage this at a size that would be legible. Yet this was a cut down, end-of-project map to present a proposed solution. Large mind maps can be a special problem. They can arise when Organizing information, Organizing web links / feeds, Organizing computer files, Organizing social media links, or Managing medium to large projects. In business, regular mind mappers often find that mind maps for significant projects quickly become too large for convenient handling on-screen. They can easily outgrow your printer as well - even an A2 printer (about 16½" x 23½").

The "map sandwich" By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer Last week we started telling you about the new ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map. As I was working on the design of that map, with the intent of providing a better basis for mash-ups, I had an idea. Text to mind map There are several programs that allow you to produce a mind map, concept map or network from some structured text. Click on the images to see full-sized versions. Text2mindmap Text2mindmap is probably the best known. It makes simple tree-based mind maps from text. The maps are very plain and the tree format is a limitation for serious work. 100 Reasons to Mind Map 100 examples of how you can use mindmapping whether completely new to mind maps or a seasoned pro. I hope the list helps generate ideas for you. 100 Reasons to Mind Map

Buzan's mind map guidelines in practical use Here is a consolidated list of the guidelines that Buzan has published from time to time for making a Buzan-style mind map: Start in the center of a landscape sheet of blank paper. Use a picture for your central idea. Use colors throughout. Connect your main branches to the central image and connect your second-level branches to the first and so on. Make your branches curved rather than straight-lined, the central lines being thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they radiate from the center. 20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles.

Visual Thinking + Synthesis Photo by Ken Yeung I really enjoy talking complex subjects, processes or business problems and boiling them down to their core essence. This is becoming known as the process of "Visual Thinking". Libre (wiki) I see regular inquiries on Twitter and in forums from people looking for free software to support visual thinking. To provide answers, InformationTamers have put together 14 pages to help you find the one for your needs. These show the platform, a screen thumbnail and a link for more information in each case. We built this article using the most complete source for details of information mapping software on the Web: Hat tip to Vic Gee who put together and kept it up to date for years.

Common mind maps A Buzan-style mind map Since Tony Buzan made Mind Maps popular, the term has come into increasingly common use. Now, information maps that have been variously referred to as business maps, visual maps, idea maps, information maps, spidergrams, spider diagrams and bubble diagrams are commonly referred to as "mind maps". They often have phrases for nodes, sometimes quite long ones, may make little use of color and have few images and not very 'organic' connecting lines, so they don't fit Tony Buzan's original conception of mind maps. Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom From SystemsWiki by Gene Bellinger, Durval Castro, Anthony Mills There is probably no segment of activity in the world attracting as much attention at present as that of knowledge management. Yet as I entered this arena of activity I quickly found there didn't seem to be a wealth of sources that seemed to make sense in terms of defining what knowledge actually was, and how was it differentiated from data, information, and wisdom. What follows is the current level of understanding I have been able to piece together regarding data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. I figured to understand one of them I had to understand all of them.

List of concept- and mind-mapping software Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note taking.[1] There are a number of software packages and websites that allow the creation of, or otherwise support mind maps. File format[edit] Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs. Many of the programs listed below support the mm format used by FreeMind. The mm format is an XML text format consisting of tagged objects.

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