11 Free Mind Mapping Applications from LifeHack

What is a mind-mapping application, you may ask?

Remember back in grade school when you had to brain storm for a big report? You’d write your main idea in the middle of a piece of paper, you’d branch other ideas out from that, and points about each idea off of those. Enter the technology age and you’ve got mind-mapping applications.

Why would students benefit from using a mind-mapping application? Mind mapping is not only good for preparing for the writing process, but also for studying for exams, prepping for a speech, or organizing any kind of project. This might be especially useful for the visual learner.

Some applications are available for various fees, but many are available for free. Joel @ Lifehack has put together this list of 11 Free Mind Mapping Applications as well as some of their advantages and disadvantages.

I’m going to try out Mind42 with my daughter, since you have the ability to add images and since it’s a web-based app – which means it doesn’t matter if we get on the mac or on the pc. If you have another mind-mapping app that you use, or if you’ve used one of the programs on Joel’s list, let us know what you like and don’t like.

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September 19, 2008 3:23 pm

My son is a visual learner with dyslexia, and uses mind mapping a lot. We use the Time4Learning homeschool curriculum and it has a built in graphic organizer with each of the writing assignments. I think that is just the coolest! Thanks for the other mind mapping links!

September 23, 2008 10:12 am

I would love to try the Mind Mapping, but wanted to know if anyone has had any results with any of them.

September 25, 2008 2:03 pm

A homeschooling mom that I know online is using it with her daughter to help her write book reports.

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