The adoption of Mind Maps in education has grown recently due to the benefits of using them to learn and also the availability of software to create and share them online.
Teachers recognized the value of using mind maps to engage students, foster creativity and above all, teach to learn the content and not just memorize. Mind Maps are also integrated in emerging teaching techniques such as the Inverted Classroom and Design Thinking (read more on our blog on Teaching Techniques ).
To help teachers think about activities and Mind Maps application, we have prepared a list of 10 tips for before, during and after school. Check out …
Before the class
Planning: To do what the curriculum will be taught design, charting the topics to be addressed to create an overview of the timeline and how the issues are connected throughout the school year.
Organization: If you’re the type of person who regularly writes down ideas and thoughts, online mind maps are the perfect tool to create structure and organization of a topic. In addition it will help you organize the material to present to students.
Teach: Mind maps can be used in the classroom to discuss and generate discussions. This will encourage students to participate, but also to fully understand a topic and its nuances, creating connections between ideas.
Activities: A suggested activity is to the joint construction of mental maps with the students, asks questions, shows the chronology of a subject and build content with them. Collaboration encourages learning and interest. Then just share the material with students.
Presentations: An excellent way to develop communication skills of students is through presentations. However, the presentations can be a challenge for many. With online Mind Maps, the presentation becomes more visual and encourages the public to engage with the material being presented.
Creativity: Essentially a online mental map is a blank canvas, why do not you have fun a little bit in your classroom? Encourages creativity, suggests a theme or idea students asking them how this can be achieved. Not only an exercise that encourages creativity but it will also help students to think for themselves and have some fun with it!
Learning: Mind Maps have been adopted in the field of education as a learning tool to help students to enhance knowledge, making connections between different areas and deepen an area. Also it is great for building the structure of a composition, and review summaries.
Outside the Classroom
Collaboration: A new generation of “digital citizens” are highly adaptable to change and hopes to use the technology as part of their education. Students can easily work together on group projects or jobs using online study tools free as in ExamTime where you can share your mind map with friends or a study group .
Rating: A great way to use mind maps for the evaluation is to ask students to express their ideas about a topic on a map before and after class. Students will better retain the information and this will reassure teachers that students remember and understand the content.
Understanding: Analyzing the study material, reflecting on what you have learned is the key to fully grasp new information. Encourages students to delve into the material and see how far they can go – a map of the mind can develop into various ideas that can branch out into new mental maps of each node.
Gives the mind map that we created with the summary of our ideas:
Do not forget that technology is present in everyday life and bring it increasingly into the classroom will make students feel more involved.
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