Day 9: Text 2 Mind Map
Even though I am not the best planner when it comes to writing (I am more of a pantser) I do love a great graphic organizer. When I was planning my dissertation research, I used the program Inspiration to organize the theories and ideas that would become my theoretical framework and my questions and thoughts that would become the basis for my research. I do not think I would have made it through my doctoral research without a way to visually represent my thinking. However, for many, learning how to use a concept map takes a bit of practice. Inspiration is a great tool but can seem a bit intimidating for someone who is just learning how to use graphic organizers. I would start with something simpler. There are several easy to use tools available. One super easy tool is a web app called Text 2 Mind Map.
Text 2 Mind Map does exactly what the name says. It converts your text outline into a visual map of information. You enter your information, ideas, and thoughts into an outline, hit the Draw Mind Map button, and Text 2 Mind Map converts your outline into a lovely concept map. There are not a lot of bells and whistles but that is what makes it easy to use even for a beginner. You can control can change the font style, color of the branches, and the line style using the options tab. This gives you just the right amount of control without overwhelming you with design choices.
When your mind map is complete, you can save it or download it as a PDF or an image. The free version of the tool saves your map to a link where you can access and edit it later. You have more saving options with a subscription, including add-free downloads. Subscriptions start at $5.00 a month.
Text 2 Mind Map makes concept mapping easy. It is also a great way to help your students learn how to outline information. There is a very low learning curve and the minimal design makes the tool intuitive.
For more information on how to use Text 2 Mind Map, watch this quick tutorial from Free Technology for Teachers.
Want to learn more about how to use concept maps in the classroom? Here are a few great resources for you to explore.
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything – Concept Mapping in the Classroom
- Reading Rockets – Concept Maps
- Teach Hub – Use Graphic Organizers for Effective Learning