What is and a mind map?

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It’s great to see you again! Today we’d like to talk about mind maps, explain why they’re so useful and give you some tips on how to create them correctly. In addition, at the end of this article you will find some templates so that you can create one today, but first, let’s learn a little more about them.

What is a mind map?

Let’s start at the beginning. A mind map is a graphic representation of one or more concepts. It shows us that each concept or idea depends on other concepts, called nodes, and helps us to understand the relationship with each of them.

This kind of map is a very efficient method for extracting information and memorizing it. Mind maps are a logical and creative way to take notes and represent our ideas so we can get organized and even share them with others.

The capacity to engage in active learning allows people to stand out and be successful, and creating mind maps online is an easier way to achieve this kind of learning. With them, we get the big picture of the subject we’re studying and we also boost our imagination.

Why are mind maps useful?

A mind map can be used in many contexts in our day to day life:

  • When studying a topic to have a holistic understanding of any problem.
  • When organizing a trip or to give structure to any personal project.
  • To represent everyday problems and access a broad view of all their facets and solutions.
  • When planning tasks, projects, and goals in our work.

Creating a mind map couldn’t be simpler; most of the time we just need a pencil and some paper. However, if we want it to be long lasting, collaborative and easy to share, then we can make it digital. And of course, we can always decide how creative and elaborate we’re going to get according to our target audience.

A perfect tool for the classroom and office

Mind maps are ideal for collaborative use, as their advantages lie in their simplicity. Whether in the classroom of a school, institute or in a work environment, we can create mind maps that help us strengthen and develop concepts. Here are some ideas for possible uses:

  • Brainstorming about a subject we just studied
  • Writing a brief summary with the most general concepts.
  • Breaking down the possible problems with a concept or idea and looking at possible solutions
  • Memorizing and reinforcing concepts
  • Explaining the ideas of a project or topic to see the global scale and begin going in depth little by little.

The difference between a concept map and a mind map

The differences we find between these types of maps are not only visual. Whether we decide to use one format or the other will depend on what our goal is. 

Mind mapConcept map
It focuses on a single concept or ideaIt can have more than one general idea
It only breaks down the concepts on which the general concept depends and studies the relationships between them.A conceptual map breaks down the content further, going in order from the most general to the most specific concepts.

Now that we have looked at the main differences between these two types of maps, we can understand that a mind map is the perfect format for:

  • Organizing new ideas
  • Empowering creativity through methods such as Design Thinking
  • Properly managing time
  • Having an overall view of something

All mind maps have common elements that identify them as such. To better understand how to make a mind map, we’ve identified 9 key points that we explain in this Genially:

Content of the Genially:

  1. Use a horizontal canvas
  2. Draw a central image, which becomes the hub. Have a central theme which is memorable.
  3. From the central image, the most important keywords and ideas should radiate outwards.
  4. Organize your ideas around the central image in a clockwise manner
  5. Put your main ideas on thicker branches and your secondary ideas on thinner branches.
  6. Use curved lines
  7. Use one keyword per line
  8. Use lots of colors, images, codes, and dimensions that add attention, interest, and individuality to the map
  9. Always make your mind maps yourself

How do you make mind maps?

You can make mind maps in a simple notebook, but this time we’re going to focus on the digital format so you can create them collaboratively and even share them at the end.

At Genially we love this format, and that’s why we’ve created a lot of templates so you can use them and focus on what you’re an expert on: the content of your own mind map.

An awesome tip: don’t forget to make your mind map dynamic with interactivity, including key information like videos, photos, links, or text in the windows and tags.

There are other intuitive and simple tools for creating mind maps, such as Mindmeister. Best of all, if we want to integrate our mind map into a presentation created with Genially, we can embed the content of any tool.

Templates for creating mind maps online

Template 1

Template 2

Template 3

You already have everything you need to start creating mind maps based on everything that you need to organize, represent, and plan. We are sure that you have many projects on your hands.

Don’t forget that we release updated content every week, and if you want other people to have awesome creations just like you, share this article with them!

Best wishes from the entire Genially Team, and we’ll see you soon!

Aili
Aili
Edtech and music enthusiast
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