App of the Month – MindMeister

The App for March is MindMeister.

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What is it?

MindMeister is a web and mobile-based application that facilitates mind-mapping, a useful tool for brain storming. The app is geared towards teachers, students, creatives, advisors, and pretty much anyone that needs to output their thoughts into a visual medium. MindMeister also provides tools to let you collaborate with others in real-time on your mind map, turn your mind map into a presentation, and even use your mind map as a task management system.

Why this app?

Brainstorming is the backbone of all creative thinking. With MindMeister, you are able to connect ideas and information, creating an interwoven network of your thoughts. If you are accustomed to brainstorming on pen and paper, you may find MindMeister to be a technological version of your brainstorming process. MindMeister gives you a wide range of customizability, allowing you to use colours, symbols, shapes, and pictures to create your web of thought. The app uses only two keyboard shortcuts, TAB and ENTER, to simplify the platform and accelerate your process of getting accustomed to a new platform.

How does it work?

  1. Sign up for a free MindMeister account at https://www.mindmeister.com/
  2. If you wish to use the mobile version of MindMeister, download the Canva app on the Apple store or on the Google Play Store.
  3. MindMeister will direct you to an instructional mind map.
  4. You can edit the text of an item by clicking on the text, and when you are finished, press ENTER on your keyboard to save it.
  5. Click on an item and press ENTER to start a sibling idea.
  6. Click on an item and press TAB to start a child idea.
  7. You can also start a new sibling idea by clicking your mouse twice on an empty area
  8. You can create a presentation for your mind map by clicking on the slideshow icon in the bottom-left.
  9. Allow others collaborate to with you on this mindmap by using the Share button in the bottom-left.

An instructional guide for MindMeister:

What next?

Introduce your students to MindMeister by having your next presentation done in MindMeister. Encourage your students to take notes, brainstorm and collaborate in groups using MindMeister. You can even consider having your students submit their next assignment as a MindMeister mind map! The MindMeister app is available for download on the Apple store and on the Google Play Store. You can also work on your MindMeister mind maps on a browser at https://www.mindmeister.com

What do you think?

Tell us if you like this app, or if you don’t, tell us what app you use instead. Figured out another way of integrating the app into learning? Tweet us @UBC_ETS! We’d love to hear from you.