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Monday, September 18, 2017

Built to Last - Mind Mapping is the third entry into my Built to Last series. This is a weekly series featuring the educational technology products and concepts that have lasted as long as I have been writing Free Technology for Teachers which will be ten years in November. See the first two entries in the series here and here. is an online tool that students can use to create mind maps for any concepts that they are studying. For years I have had students create mind maps to illustrate the many factors that contributed to a major historical event like the American Revolution. Creating mind maps on is an easy process of simply clicking on the center of your screen then entering the central topic of your mind map. The next step is to add "child" topics or bubbles that are connected to the central topic. Those are added by clicking the "+" that appears while holding your cursor over an existing bubble.

All bubbles on a mind map can be color coded, hyperlinked, and re-arranged through a simple drag and drop process. It is also easy to change the layout of your entire mind map by simply selecting a different layout from the editing menu (see the screenshot above). Completed mind maps can be downloaded as images or printed. Of course, you can also share a link to your live mind map. It is also possible to embed your mind map into a blog post or other webpage.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 - Free Mind Mapping Tool was one of the very first services that I reviewed on this blog. I just took a look back at that post and was amazed at how much my blogging style has changed since then. In other words, the first time I reviewed it, I did a lousy job. Therefore, I'm featuring it again. is a free mind mapping/ graphic organization tool that allows users to collaboratively create and edit mind maps. takes just seconds to figure out and you can try it before registering for an account. With users can use their keyboard or use the drag and drop interface to arrange elements in their mind maps. Publishing work created with can be done by exporting the file to a JPEG, PNG, or as an XML or HTML file. Any mind map created using can be embedded into a blog or website.

Applications for Education
A collaborative mind mapping tool like is great for conducting a brainstorming session with your students. Students working on collaborative projects can use to develop and share ideas of their visions for a project. Tools like can also be great in a history classroom for having students outline the connections between various events that happened concurrently during a given era.