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September 11, 2008

Trying a Mind42 Mind Map

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lisa M Lane @ 12:18 pm

It’s a start. A bit miffed I can’t really do those curving links to connect things on the end of each branch.

mind map 1



  1. Thank you for the hint that cross reference connectors seem to be impossible (so its useless for me because I need networks, not just trees).
    I think the ideal mapping tool varies not only according to one’s individuual preference but also to the different stages of the thinking and communicating cycle. MIND mapping is IMO best for creatively collecting ideas (input), while CONCEPT mapping is better for presenting one’s ideas (output). Of course you can also polish other kinds of maps to make them attractive for the presenting phase which is the most common deployment of powerpoint. I personally like powerpoint text boxes and connectors also for the phase between input and output (sorry for this cognitivist wording). Unfortunately, I have not yet found an optimal tool for this phase although I have experimented quite a lot (see my Flickr set and the associated postings).

    Comment by Matthias Melcher — September 11, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  2. Hi Lisa!

    I am impressed by the amount of posts you have created and the way you work around the concepts. It stands out that you are familiar with them.
    Connectivism is new for me, I know more about what is not connectivism than about the concept itself.
    I see that you are preparing your posts to gather them in a paper. Do you know the guidelines for the requested papers? I have the notion that I should have added myself somewhere to receive the course guidelines or that there is a wiki or web site for credential learners but I am not sure. Could you help me out please?

    Love: Maru

    Comment by Maru — September 11, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

  3. Hi Maru. You’ll see in my sidebar I have links to all the pages I know of under Our Syllabus. The wiki with the paper instructions is at .

    Comment by Lisa M Lane — September 11, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  4. Matthias, have you found any web-based concept maps that do have cross-reference connectors?

    Comment by Lisa M Lane — September 11, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  5. hope I understand you right that you are looking for something similar like Mind42 but with cross references, i. e. mind maps ? (Concept maps in the sense of Novak always allow to cross connect, but I know no other product except Cmap by Novak’s institute.)
    As for mindmaps allowing cross references, I know only of Mindomo that is web-based and free, while Mindjet Connect and Novamind Connect offer only free trials.
    Some general purpose graphic programs can also be used online and for free, such as Gliffy (but their connectors are never curved), and Powerpoint in MS Office Live, or Zoho Show. Unfortunately, Freemind and Xmind offer no web-based version, to my knowledge.

    Comment by Matthias Melcher — September 12, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  6. Update: I just received comments (scroll down to #16 and 17) containing valuable hints for concept maps.

    Comment by Matthias Melcher — September 12, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  7. Thank you so much, Matthias! Gonna start with Mindomo and keep working to get cross-references. I know Zoho Show (didn’t think of that one!), but find Gliffy clunky to move things around. I liked Mind42’s ability to use images and links as well as text, so I’m now looking for that too.

    Comment by lisahistory — September 12, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

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