What are Mind Maps?
Mind maps are pictorial representations of a task or idea with a keywords and pictures acting as triggers. In the digital age, mind maps have evolved to incorporate links to external resources and online mapping tools allow students to collaborate to develop maps simultaneously.
How to incorporate a Mind Map activity?
Mind maps can be used for problem-solving, generating ideas, and improving reading comprehension and retention. Mind map activities can be designed to facilitate group collaboration and peer teaching opportunities.
For example, students can be divided into groups and assigned textbook chapters to create mind maps based on the assigned readings. Each group can then teach the topic to the rest class.
Mind Map assignment example #1:
Instructions: Each group will be assigned a textbook chapter and create a mindmap based on the text. The groups will present their mind map to class during the corresponding week. Within each group, students will read the entire chapter, but should divide the reading between their peers for building the mind map. The team with regroup to build the mind map. Students will teach their section of the text to their peers, noting additional resources, relevant current events, and generate probing questions for class discussion.
During the class session, the group will use the mind map to teach the text content, explain concepts, and propose and discuss prepared questions. If needed, they will demonstrate a task or process, such as a physics problem, chemical reaction, writing a thesis statement, etc.
Mind map assignment example #2:
Construct a concept map that organizes the course so far in a way that makes sense to you. Bring the map to the next class. You may collaborate with a partner or small group, if you prefer. For examples of mindmaps, watch the videos below:
Brainstorm a list of the major terms or concepts you see as important for your concept map.
- Sort through the list and group concepts that are related to one another.
- Based on these relationships, arrange the concepts on a page, leaving space for connecting lines.
- Draw lines between the concepts that you think are related.
- Write on the lines the nature of the relationship between the concepts.
- Add any new concepts and relationships that you think of as you are creating your map.
For the next class discussion, consider the following:
- What do I find the most interesting about this topic?
- Search out 2-5 real-life examples of this topic.
- Why is this topic/concept important to understand?
Resources (PDF attached below)
Brainstorming and Mind mapping Activity from Monash University Library (Adapted from Arnaudet, M & Barrett, M 1984, Approaches to Academic Reading and Writing, Prentice Hall Regents, New Jersey, Chapter 2, pp 27-68.)