Concept Maps, Mind maps, Graphical Organizers (free tools)
CMaps Tools http://cmap.ihmc.us
Advantages: many options for exporting, can load on their servers; collaborate; easy to learn
and use; can add links, Word documents.
Download, Windows, Mac: http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/
Example: MLA Citation --
VUE Tufts University, “Visual Understanding Environment” vue.tufts.edu
Windows, Mac. Similar to Cmap, I learned about it after working with Cmap.
Mind42 –resides in your browser, no download http://mind42.com/
Disadvantages – unwieldy when adding a lot of concepts
Cañas, A.J., Hill, G., Carff, R., Niranjan, S. Lott, J., Gómez, G., et al. (2004). Cmaptools: a knowledge
modeling and sharing environment. Concept Maps: Theory Methodology, Technology Proc. of
The First Inst. Conference on Concept Mapping. (Available from ‘Publications’ link above)
Gripman, S. (2009, March). Visual brainstorm: mind-mapping programs help you put your thoughts in
order. Macworld, 26-32.
Hay, D., Kinchin, I. (2008). Using concept mapping to measure learning quality. Education & Training,
Hay, D., Kinchin, I., Lygo-Baker, S. (2008). Making learning visible: the role of concept mapping in higher
education. Studies in Higher Education, 33(3), 295-311.
Kleiman, P. (2008, August). Towards transformation: conceptions of creativity in higher education.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International., 45(3), 209-217.
Novak, J.D., Cañas, A. J. (2008). The theory underlying concept maps and how to construct and use
them. Technical Report IHMC Cmaptools 2006-01 Rev 01-2008. Florida Institute for Human and
Machine Cognition. (Available from ‘Publications’ link above)
Mapping Your Ideas: Mind maps, Concept Maps, Graphical Organizers, C. Herz March 5, 2009