In this third and final post in the series, Steve Molyneux, ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, CEO of the iPad Academy and Apple Distinguished Educator, provides us with an insight into 7 innovative ways for teachers to utilise Mind Mapping with iMindMap HD for the iPad in the classroom.
Finding innovative teaching methods to keep students engaged is a constant struggle for teachers. Mind Mapping, as a technique, has been used as a tool for creativity and visual thinking in the classroom since its invention by Tony Buzan in the 1970s.
iMindMap allows students to create organic Mind Maps and is the ideal tool for facilitating individual or group brainstorming sessions, making lesson plans and handouts, setting creative homework tasks and creating presentations.
With the classroom exercises and ideas outlined below, you’ll be able to see how iMindMap encourages students to engage in classroom activities, unleash their creativity and become more independent learners.
iMindMap is pre-loaded with a range of customisable templates. However, teachers can also create their own templates in iMindMap and issue the templates to students for them to complete as homework or during lessons. This exercise always works well as the template provides students with direction and acts as a foundation for them to build upon.
The projector is a fundamental tool in the classroom. If you’re using the iMindMap HD app for the iPad, you can connect the class iPad to the projector at the front of the classroom. This a great way to display information for everyone to see. Teachers can walk around the classroom holding the iPad, ask students to express their ideas and then add the ideas to the Mind Map in iMindMap HD. With the ideas clearly visible on the whiteboard, students will be more eager to contribute in class discussions so that their ideas feature in the Mind Map.
Paired work is an essential activity for students of any age. Teachers can ask students to brainstorm ideas for a specific topic in iMindMap HD using a shared iPad. Once all the ideas have been collected and consolidated, the teacher can then assign a branch from the map to each pair and ask them to research it in greater depth. Remember to add the names of students who are researching each branch on the Mind Map, ready for the next lesson.
With an in-app subscription to iMindMap Freedom, students are able to share their work through the iMindMap Cloud. The students can easily engage in peer review exercises, build upon ideas and add their own comments to the map. Reviewing each other’s work allows students to think more objectively and gain new ideas to improve their own individual Mind Maps.
We all know the phrase “a picture says a thousand words”. During brainstorming sessions, ask students to use images from the computer or from iMindMap’s built-in image library to represent their ideas in their Mind Map. Student should explain their ideas and say how the images chosen illustrate them. This exercise works well for students with poor writing skills who may lack confidence in their written ability. Also, several studies have shown that images enhance long-term memory and recall of information.
iMindMap can also be used to analyse the progress of each student throughout the year. Teachers can highlight the student’s strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. For younger students, it is beneficial to print a copy of the Mind Map to provide at parent’s evening. The Mind Map is a great point of reference to assess how well a student is performing and developing over time.
Please see the example ‘Performance Coaching’ template here.
To aid independent learning, teachers provide students with basic background information. The students then research the topic in greater depth online, recording their findings in iMindMap. Students can attach multimedia resources to their maps with web links, text notes, audio notes and video links, enabling efficient referencing. In addition, this exercise helps students memorise information, as all the key findings are visible in an easy-to-read Mind Map – a valuable revision tool.
“There is often the misconception that iMindMap is just an electronic version of the hand drawn technique. Although iMindMap does not replace hand drawn maps, it adds a new dimension to brainstorming. The multi-media capabilities add so much value to the learning experience – which is ideal for technology savvy educators. iMindMap has the capability to do everything the hand drawn technique does, and so much more.”
“Previously, the teacher controlled what the student learnt and the learning tools which children had access to. However, with the development of ‘smart’ mobile devices such as iPads, students are now taking control of their own learning. Introducing them to tools such as iMindMap at a young age gives them the opportunity to develop key life skills such as independent research, critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills.”
ThinkBuzan has a new educational app available for schools, iMindMap EDU. We offer significant educational volume discounts on iMindMap EDU, so for an official quotation please contact our Sales Team.
You can also download a free trial of iMindMap desktop software here.