25 Top Concept-Mapping Tools For Visual Learning

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Concept-mapping–or mind-mapping, idea-mapping, or some other variation that makes sense to you–is the practice of demonstrating the relationship between ideas in a map-like form.

Concept-mapping allows creators to articulate nuance, context, and interdependence between ideas in a very user-centered way. This makes them especially useful in education, whether you use them for pre-writing, research notes, or “back-mapping” a unit or unit assessment. They encourage macro-thinking, can provide a bridge to struggling writers who have trouble turning their thinking into prose, and are a powerful tool for visual learning.

In short, a well-done concept-map communicates the full context and nuance of an idea cleanly and visually, which can lead to other more in-depth study, such as extended research, expository writing, Socratic discussions, and other “academic actions” and literacy strategies.

Which makes the following list of 25 top concept-mapping (er, mind-mapping) tools by Lisa Johnson helpful for teachers and students alike.

Best Mind-Mapping Apps

Best Mind-Mapping Apps

These Listly's have been created as a tour or iResources to support vocabulary development on the iPad. This iVocabulary workshop will be presented at TCEA 2013.

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    ExamTime Free Mind Map Tool

    ExamTime Free Mind Map Tool

    Create a mind map with ExamTime. See how Mind Maps can help you study smarter and unleash your creativity with our free Mind Maps. Try it today!

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    Mindmapping Tips For Educators - EdTechReview

    Mindmapping Tips For Educators - EdTechReview

    Tips for educators on how to enhance the efficiency of teaching by integrating simple to use technology like mindmapping softwares and apps in the classroom.

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    popplet lite

    popplet lite

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    iCardSort for iPad

    iCardSort for iPad

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    Tools 4 Students for iPad

    Tools 4 Students for iPad

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    Tools 4 Students 2

    Tools 4 Students 2

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    Corkulous

    Corkulous

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    iBrainstorm for iPad

    iBrainstorm for iPad

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    SimpleMind+ (mind mapping)

    SimpleMind+ (mind mapping)

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    Family Trees

    Family Trees

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    T-Charts (Pros and Cons)

    T-Charts (Pros and Cons)

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    Mindomo for iPad

    Mindomo for iPad

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    ReadNRespond for iPad

    ReadNRespond for iPad

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    Think Tree (mindmapping)

    Think Tree (mindmapping)

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    MindHD

    MindHD

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    WikiNodes for iPad

    WikiNodes for iPad

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    Headspace Lite

    Headspace Lite

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    Mindjet for iPad By Mindjet LLC

    Mindjet for iPad By Mindjet LLC

    Mindjet for iPad® lets you easily enter ideas, tasks, and meeting notes into intuitive visual maps that help you quickly organize concepts and prioritize action items.

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    Mindjet for iPad

    Mindjet for iPad

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    MindMeister for iPad

    MindMeister for iPad

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    KWHL Chart By Madshak Studio

    KWHL Chart By Madshak Studio

    KWHL charts are a great tool for teaching new information to children.

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    MindGenius for iPad By MindGenius Ltd

    MindGenius for iPad By MindGenius Ltd

    MindGenius for iPad is the perfect tool for capturing information on the go.Use it for taking notes in meetings and seminars, creating quick to do lists, and anywhere else you require a fast, intuitive method to collect ideas and information and think things through.

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    DropMind® Lite| Free Mind Mapping & Brainstorming app By Seavus DOOEL

    DropMind® Lite| Free Mind Mapping & Brainstorming app By Seavus DOOEL

    DropMind® Lite is a free mind mapping application for iPad that will help you brainstorm, organize, and present ideas and information on the go.

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    MagicalPad By MagicalPad

    MagicalPad By MagicalPad

    ***** ON SALE - 80% OFF *****★ 4 Apps in 1 ★ - Outliner, Mind Mapping, Notes and Checklists. * Featured in PC Magazine *

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    Cell Storming Pro - Media driven Mind Mapping, Brainstorming, and Idea Generation By Tim Foster

    Cell Storming Pro - Media driven Mind Mapping, Brainstorming, and Idea Generation By Tim Foster

    ★★★ EDUCATIONAL DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR THIS APP ★★★Cell Storming is a unique mind mapping app that lets you use media for laying out your thoughts and ideas.

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  • lpospishil

    GREAT list! There were a few I haven’t seen…must check them out. I would also add Inspiration Maps. The ability to switch to outline form and add notes is invaluable when using for writing. They also have a ton of templates to use.

  • Louise Quo Vadis

    Terry, This is a fantastic list. Thank you so much for posting. I was wondering have you ever looked into how Attention Deficit Disorder like me learn. I think a lot of people would be interested in that topic. I am because I know I learned differently. It would so helpful to know if there was software or apps that could help us ADD people. It’s just a thought. I very much enjoy it.
    Louise Quo Vadis

  • Karren Barlow

    Thanks for the info! I have also found How to Make a Concept Map using lucidchart and it was very easy to use!