Communicating abstract ideas and creating visuals can be challenging for teachers, no matter the grade or level of education. Making course material engaging and easy to follow for students can take up a lot of time for teachers, on top of their numerous other daily responsibilities.
Enter mind mapping. It’s a strategy many teachers and students enjoy and find increases retention of knowledge. A mind map can turn a list into a non-linear, colorful and moveable graphic that organizes ideas organically.
When you view a simple list, it might take only a few seconds to read, but you may struggle to recall all the information afterward. Viewing that same data in the form of a mind map, however, can greatly improve how that data is interpreted and retained.
Corel MindManager offers a plethora of mind mapping benefits to help students and teachers.
Benefits of MindManager for teachers
- Track tasks, lesson plans and even information about students.
- Create a main topic and embed links and files to simplify and speed up reviewing course material.
- Collect and store all attachments and pertinent information in a single place to reduce prep time.
Benefits of MindManager for students
- Transfer important concepts into mind maps and use them as a central dashboard to organize work.
- Share dates, schedules and documents in a user-friendly format that can improve communication and collaboration.
- Better organize tasks and projects to make deadlines less overwhelming and goals more achievable .
Let’s take a look at a few of the top benefits.
1. Improve lesson planning.
List each main lesson subject with all the information you plan to cover for the week underneath. Easily move the pieces in your map around to organize by date, concept and more.
2. Create flow charts for organization.
Both students and teachers need to plan numerous tasks to meet deadlines and be successful in their daily, weekly and semester-long endeavors. Simple flow charts can keep everyone on track.
3. Use mind maps in lessons or presentations.
What makes mind maps so useful is their organic layout, which leads students through the thought process in a unique, creative way. Instead of just reading bullet points, learners can experience a concept in an organized, structured visual. Maps can also be printed for use as study notes or for extra memory retention.
4. Improve brainstorming with flowcharting.
Sometimes a good brainstorming session is in order. Mind mapping can facilitate creative thinking for all types of students more effectively than a text document or pen and paper. MindManager makes creating flowcharts easy for students and teachers alike.
5. Visually track student progress.
Teachers can maintain notes on student performance in an accessible format they can quickly reference before facilitating parent teacher conferences or completing report cards.
6. Help students overcome comprehension challenges.
If your students find a particular topic difficult to understand, try breaking away from the norm and using a mind map visual. The flowchart structure helps students form connections they might not have otherwise.
This technique can also help combat stress, especially if students are overwhelmed by a certain subject.
7. Use mind maps for note taking.
If a student finds traditional lectures boring, mind mapping techniques can help them stay focused and stimulated by taking notes in a more creative format.
8. Break away from the usual slide-focused presentations.
Students often benefit from viewing information in a different way, and teachers can ramp up excitement on a topic by introducing new instructional approaches. Mind maps enable teachers to combine structure and imagination to capture the attention of students of all ages.
Understanding complex topics and making deep connections can require a lot of heavy lifting for students and teachers alike. Mind maps enhance the process by providing a unique, visually engaging structure that helps improve retention and comprehension. Try MindManager, available from Insight, to see the benefits for yourself.