15 Mind Mapping Resources

One of the tools the TLP & DLT staff enjoys using during brainstorming sessions is a mind map. Generally we use it to diagram our ideas to visually represent how things like tasks or other items are linked to (and arranged around) a central key word or phrase. These maps are saved for later reference and sometimes presented during other meetings to refresh our memory about what we previously discussed.

For your convenience I have listed a few mind mapping tools currently available on the Internet along with the promo bits one can find on each site.

1. Bubbl.us – This flash-based mind mapping tools allows you to chart out your thoughts in a colorful format, share them with friends or embed them in blogs, websites and emails. http://www.bubbl.us/
2. Free Mind – Mind mapping is easy and free with this Java tool. You’ll be able to manage your notes, lay out a paper and more completely online. http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
3. Wise Mapping – You can access your mind maps from anywhere with this online tool. You can lay out words, pictures, ideas and more easily with WiseMapping. http://www.wisemapping.com/c/home.htm
4. Mindomo – Premium versions of this mind mapping tool come at a cost, but you can get access to the basic version for free. It allows you to add links, pictures and text to mind maps and share them over the net. http://www.mindomo.com/
5. DeepaMehta – This mind mapping tool is built around the idea of knowledge management and cognitive psychology. The open source tool allows sharing, emailing and even contains an embedded calendar. http://www.deepamehta.de/
6. Mind Meister – Collaborate with your classmates on mind maps with this great online tool. The basic version is free and comes complete with the ability to create, share, import and export maps. http://www.mindmeister.com/
7. Mind42 – The name of this tool represents “for two”, and is indicative of the collaborative nature of this mapping tool. It can make it easy to keep track of your ideas, share them with friends and teachers and take them with you no matter where you are. http://mind42.com/
8. Recall Plus – Students can organize their notes, create flashcards, make use of 3D tools and more in this great mind mapping tool. http://www.recallplus.com/index.php
9. Mapul – This mind mapping program has basic and premium levels and allows users to map not only text but images and hyperlinks as well. http://www.mapul.com/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
10. Debate Mapper – If you’re struggling to understand a debate for your classes try creating a visualrepresentation with this great mapping tool. http://debategraph.org/
11. CMap Tools – CMapTools is free for students to use and allows them to create and share all kinds of knowledge maps. http://cmap.ihmc.us/
12. Thinkature – This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps withfeatures that include color organization and freehand drawing. http://thinkature.com/

13.  Gliffy – With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, & technical drawings. This online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings. http://www.gliffy.com/

14. Spinscape – With Spinscape  you can create interactive maps that allow you to organize information and data. A Premium account will allow others to brainstorm with you, edit the map and even chat during creation! http://www.spinscape.com/

15. Mywebspiration – Whether working individually or collaboratively, Webspiration is a new online visual thinking tool that integrates diagram and outline views you can think visually, structure your work effectively and express your idea. Currently in beta and has closedinvitations. http://mywebspiration.com/

One thought on “15 Mind Mapping Resources

  1. Thanks for the mention of Gliffy! Educational teams find the collaboration features and multiuser accounts to benefit their group work,
    Let us know your feature suggestions!
    debik at gliffy dot com


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