1. Visit the following page http://www.mind-mapping.co.uk/make-mind-map.htm to gather information
about mindmaps (previously called “pattern-notes”) and follow the steps to mindmapping; they are
Mind mapping is a technique that organizes your thoughts and ideas into a visual map or diagram that is easier to
process. It can be quite useful in brainstorming or problem solving.
Our linear, left-brain education system has taught us to start in the upper left-hand corner of a page. However,
our mind focuses on the center … so mind mapping begins with a word or image that symbolizes what you want
to think about placed in the middle of the page.
Mind mapping is simply a brain dumping process that helps stimulate new ideas and connections. Start with an
open, playful attitude … you can always get serious later.
As ideas emerge, print one or two word descriptions of the ideas on lines branching from the central focus.
Allow the ideas to expand outward into branches and sub-branches.
Your brain works best in 5-7 minute bursts so capture that explosion of ideas as rapidly as possible. Key words,
symbols and images provide a mental short-hand to help you record ideas as quickly as possible.
Use ledger paper or easel paper or cover an entire wall with butcher paper … the bigger the paper, the more
ideas you’ll have. Use wild colors, fat colored markers, crayons, or skinny felt tipped pens.
6.Judge Not (=do not judge, don’t be critical)
Put everything down that comes to mind even if it is completely unrelated.
Keep your hand moving.
Sometimes you see relationships and connections immediately and you can add sub-branches to a main idea.
Sometimes you don’t, so you just connect the ideas to the central focus. Organization can always come later; the
first requirement is to get the ideas out of your head and onto the paper.
(especially the short video with Tony Buzan, the creator of the mindmap)
Other videos where Tony Buzan explains about mindmaps can be found on YouTube:
You will find more examples of mindmaps at http://www.mind-mapping.co.uk/mind-maps-examples.htm
and free software to make mindmaps at
Devise a mindmap about the following topic:
What does the future hold (qu’est-ce que le futur nous réserve)? Using the program MindManSM (path:
ordinateur ---> P: (partages) professeursjanssensMindmappingmmsm21MindManSM.exe) make a
mindmap about the future.
You can use five main branches: world – people – entertainment – the economy – travel; for each branch use
several sub-branches about what you think the future will bring us (e.g. world = peace or war? English or
Chinese or Arab as a world language? What religion? Etc…). Follow the guidelines for a good mindmap (see