Using Mindmaps In Education

Mind mapping can help teachers organise their students’ ideas and improve team collaboration and project working.

Mind mapping seems like an idea that has been around forever. But even today, many teachers are only occasional users of mapping even though research has shown that in general they regard mapping as a welcome opportunity to develop their skills and see it as a beneficial teaching and learning technique. However, in some cases it seems that a lack of uptake by teaching staff reveals a lack of confidence and skill in how to include mapping in their repertoire.

For students the mind map strategy can be used to explore almost any topic, though complex essays and narrative work as they front students' ideas and lend themselves to discussing ideas in groups. By working in groups, they can compare and discuss their ideas, perhaps adding to their maps as they go along.

The next stage is when the teacher produces a collective mind map on the White Board. As the teacher elicits students' ideas, and reformulates expressions or corrects, students will learn how to express their ideas in a logical way, but without inhibiting creativity.

The final result will provide a visual record which creates an overview of weeks or months of thinking on a single page, allows other people to grasp the details of numerous ideas and concepts in a single glance.

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