Megan Besecker’s Blog

October 6, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — meganbesecker @ 3:03 pm

Almost everyone has mind-mapped before, whether or not the process was defined as mind-mapping. Since elementary school, we have learned to diagram our ideas and concepts, based on importance, around a central idea or concept, often connecting ideas through multiple branches. Unlike other forms of brainstorming, mind-mapping allows for greater freedom and helps visualize the overall concept. Here is an example of a basic mind map followed by a more intricate one:


Basic Mind Map

Basic Mind Map


Detailed Mind Map

Detailed Mind Map

Up until now, mind-mapping was limited to pen and paper. Online, however, I found several different softwares and applications for electronic mind-mapping. 

This wikipedia article lists free and proprietary software:

I found these two free applications on the web:


  1. Great examples, Megan! They both appear to be informal, but still illustrative of the concept. I think it really helps to see your writing mapped out visually in more than just an outline form.

    Comment by Blythe — October 6, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

  2. I would like to use your image of the Detailed Mind Map for a student hand out.

    Comment by Kurt — April 30, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

    • thats fine with me!

      Comment by meganbesecker — May 1, 2009 @ 12:02 am

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