This week's lesson taught me much on how to bring my mind mapping to the 21st Century learner. A mind map is a visual representation of an idea or a concept. Research tells us that visual learning is among the very best methods for teaching of all ages. Not only is mind mapping a visual learning experience, it can be a collaborative experience. Again, research indicates that students working cooperatively in groups while using a mind map have "signicantly greater learning" (Preszler, 2004). Mind mapping on computers has great potential for the classroom.
I am eager to use mind mapping in the classroom. What this lesson's readings pointed out to me is that it is important to realize that a mind map is never finished. By using programs such as Inspriation in my class room, my students are able to collaboratively work on the map. I like that by using the computer the ascetics of the map will not be an issue. We will also be able to type in all of the information that we want and it will be form fit into place. As a class we can add, subtract, manipulate information and continue to make revisions at will.
I found it hard to find negative issues related to mind mapping. Students who are interpersonal may not appreciate this method of learning. As a teacher I must be aware of all the different types of learners in my room and ensure that ecah lesson lends itself to a variety of learners. I will provide them with the map they require to reach their destination.