March 29th, 2011 by iMindMap
Last week we asked our Twitter followers how iMindMap fits into their lives and what they use it for. Our first response was from an @asober saying:
“I use @iMindMap 4 almost everything! I do virtually all my planning on it! A fantastic tool that changed the way I work and my productivity.”
We thought it would be worth having a proper chat with this Alessio Bernadelli, the man behind the tweet, to find out more. Alessio resides in Wales, after coming over from Italy for a trip 10 years ago and deciding to stay for good. He has been teaching for 7 years and now works for the National Grid for Learning Cymru and the Institute of Physics Coordinator for Gloucestershire, focusing on technology in education.
Alessio has always naturally gravitated towards Mind Mapping, but admits that perhaps he did not start using it effectively until one fateful day 3 years ago in Cardigan, West Wales… Perusing the hidden treasures of a local charity shop, Alessio came across ‘The Mind Map Book’, by Tony Buzan. On a whim, he bought the book and the rest is history. Reading about the process properly, for the first time, Alessio began to see how powerful these little maps could be.
Alessio started using Mind Maps when teaching his classes, improvising with sketch tools and PowerPoint. Not quite as quick as drawing on paper, and without the editing capabilities of Mind Mapping software, but showing great initiative! He would also show his classes a video of Tony Buzan to introduce them to the concept of working in a different, more effective way with Mind Mapping.
Alessio eventually stumbled across iMindMap Mobile, the app for the iPhone. He found that he could now do almost everything work related from his phone – whether it be planning his time, or designing workshops for school – capturing his ideas quickly and then editing and refining them later in iMindMap on his desktop.
Alessio now develops educational resources for schools and says his iMindMap app allows him to jot down his initial ideas wherever he is. One of his projects was to create a workshop for the Institute of Physics. The workshop was planned out one evening when Alessio threw together his ideas on his iMindMap Mobile app one evening in bed. A whole workshop put together very quickly in the few moments before sleep.
“Here is the Mind Map created on my iPhone and started in my bed. The inspiration came and I had to put it down – and what better way than using a Mind Map? Without iMindMap I couldn’t have done it. The other advantage was that I could keep adding and reviewing the Mind Map on the go and create new branches as new ideas came!
Alessio also shared with us the map he and his colleagues put together for a new educational resource, ‘Maths in Science’, using his iMindMap Mobile app and later refining on the desktop version of the software.
“This one was a collaborative mind map that we used to plan the whole [Maths in Science] resource. Then, the three of us went away to develop the bits we assigned to each members of the group. The Mind Map will become the map of the resource too, and the main branches will be the hyperlinks to the relevant part of the resource!”
Alessio hopes that in the future he can have all students using iMindMap on their smartphones, tablets or computers in class – taking notes, giving presentations, and capturing ideas.
We also asked him, as an avid Mind Mapper, to have a look at iMindMap 5 and see what he thought. He sent us the following response:
“I am having a little play with iMindMap 5 and there really are no words to describe it! The whole feel of the software is absolutely awesome. I have never seen anything like this!
I had watched videos on the new 3D feature, but actually using it is beyond what I had envisaged! I think you need to create a mind map with a powerful message, of an educational one and record a good presentation using 3D to fully show the potential of this amazing tool! It’s just like Tony Buzan’s mental picture of Mind Maps as 3D, very dynamic and multi-layered associations of the brain becoming true.
You have made it guys! What was not possible and never will fully be on paper has become a reality! What’s next? 3D glasses? A holographic version of iMindMap?”
Guess he did find the words to describe it in the end!