TITLE: MindMeister - Collaborative Concept Mapping in the Cloud

Presenter: Rhys Daunic


What is MindMeister?

MindMeister an online mind mapping and collaboration platform that runs inside your web browser and on mobile devices. It can be used for live or remote online collaboration. It’s a great organizational tool for note taking, live collaborative story or concept mapping, and maps can easily be transformed into stand-alone or live presentations.

How can I access MindMeister?

MindMeister is accessed at http://www.mindmeister.com. You can create a MM account, or sign in (link at the top right of page) by connecting MM to your Google, Twitter, Facebook, or other accounts (see image on right).

Pricing
MindMeister can be used for free in a limited capacity (3 live mind maps going at a time). There are educational pricing packages of Mind Meister available here: http://www.mindmeister.com/education. If your students or group have google apps accounts, I suggest connecting that way and trying the FREE version for starters.

School Project Examples:

School Documentary Planning Map - Live discussion, brainstorming as a class, small group collaboration on script, small group sequencing and
planning film shoot using the map.

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K-5 School Media Literacy Curriculum Map - Overview of curriculum, workshop content, multi-user input, real time planning during meeting and broad
plans.

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FEATURES REVIEW(10 minutes)


Features Overview Video from Mind Meister


MindMeister 6 from MindMeister on Vimeo.



Key features:

  • Live and online
  • Make public or share
  • Create “nodes”
  • Detach or “float” nodes
  • Content Properties: text, links, notes, images
  • Draw connections between nodes
  • Zoom
  • Look and feel: Styles & themes, “keep aligned”
  • Presentation Mode (see example)
  • What collaboration looks like
  • Limitations: no video embeds, free to an extent, printing is not great

MINI-TASK (15 minutes) and REFLECTION (5 minutes)

Recreate the “flower model” Digital Literacy Curriculum Framework (available here) using MindMeister. Add a working title in the center for a potential unit you might develop, and add nodes for the different petals of the flower. Experiment with drawing connections between petals. 5 mins left: Share your map with a working partner. Add a note to the primary title node with thoughts on how they did something differently from you.

Reflection prompt:

How could MindMeister be used as in a collaborative discussion setting in your learning environment? How could MindMeister enhance your (collaborative) media-making process?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Add additional links, handouts, tutorials, more examples, etc. for participants to visit after your session ends (or in case they can’t attend your session and want to explore some aspects of this tool on their own).

FLOWER MODEL MIND MAPS FROM OUR WORKSHOPS!


BILL'S FLOWER

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RHYS' FLOWER (FILLED IN WITH DIGI ACCOUNTABLE TALK PROJECT PLAN)

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MARK'S INTERPRETATION OF MARY'S FLOWER

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