Mind mapping: bubbl.us

06-Feb-2013

This is a great tool for brainstorming, mind mapping and getting your students interested in word webs. Bubbl.us can be edited collaboratively and saved in various formats. It’s free and all you need to do is create an account.

After you have created your account and signed in you will be taken to the Editor-Basic Editing tab which will walk you through the steps of creating and editing bubble maps. I have found this little guide very helpful. To start your mind map click on the Sheet button, top right corner of the screen and you are ready to fill it in with your bubbles. You will be able to customize the colours and text sizes of your bubbles as well as add hyperlinks.

The great thing about bubbl.us is that you can share your idea map with others and ask them to contribute to the map. Before you can start sharing the map you need to add people to the contacts, click on the arrow below the Sheets box on the right hand side. Then click on Add Contacts and you can search for people you want to add to your contacts. The people you want to add to your contact must already have accounts on bubbl.us. Once you have added new contacts you can organize them into groups. When you decide to share your map you can decide whether you want others to only view it or edit it as well. When you have finished working on the mind map you can print it!

Below you can find a few ideas for using mind maps:

• Taking notes during a lesson/ meeting
• (Group) brain storming to explore an idea, concept
• Revising
• Book summaries
• Planning for an essay, outlining essay stages and thought process
• Illustrating a process of solving a problem
• Project management
• Organize and communicate ideas

Joanna

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