Concept/Mind Mapping Resources

May 10, 2011 — 6 Comments

Chris Clark at the Kaneb Center at the University of Notre Dame has pulled together some of the best tools and best practices for Mind/Concept Mapping.

I have been using mind mapping tools and following the use of these resources for several years so it is interesting to see tools like Prezi be identified as specific mind or concept mapping resources. I also find it interesting that the open sources tool FreeMind was not listed in the post.

Perhaps one of the best parts of the post is Dr. Karen Rohrbauck Stout’s video Classroom Assessment Technique: Concept Maps which provides a wonderful overview on using concepts maps to informally assess student understanding of a topic in a classroom setting.

Dwayne Harapnuik

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6 responses to Concept/Mind Mapping Resources

  1. Thanks for sharing the post, Dwayne. Under tools, I first listed the two programs people on the POD list said they were using. The second short list includes tools people might not know about. Prezi is there because some folks who like to think outside the box are using it for concept maps. There are dozens of tools out there. Which do you prefer?

  2. Dwayne Harapnuik May 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    As I mentioned in my post, FreeMind is one of the first tools that comes to mind as does a site like The open-source and cloud based tools provide opportunities for us in Education that I think we need to embrace and promote. Open-source software, Open Educational Resources and all other forms of open collaborative tools and projects hold great promise for where I think we need to go with learning.

  3. I would add “collaborative” to your emphasis on open and cloud based. Few mind mapping tools allow for real-time collaboration between multiple users.

    • Dwayne Harapnuik May 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      I agree. The collaborative aspect is very important now and will get even more important as we more forward.

  4. By the way, I posted an expanded list. See

    • Dwayne Harapnuik May 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks for updating the list! I really didn’t mean to “call you to task” on your list, I was just adding my perspective. Thanks for all the excellent work you are doing.

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