SimpleMind+ Intuitive Mind Mapping
By Keri Wilmot,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Mind mapper organizes ideas into colorful notes & diagrams.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids learn how to organize their thoughts using technology without the need for pencil and paper. The app encourages them to become more independent by taking notes legibly to aid in studying.
Ease of Play
Kids will need adult assistance to design their mind map at first, with guidance on how to use dictation and how to access an on-screen keyboard to insert ideas.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SimpleMind+ Intuitive Mind Mapping is a useful educational app that organizes thoughts, plans, and creative ideas into visual notes using customizable, color-coordinated diagrams. Mind mapping pictures can be unique and tailored to the personal preferences of the user. Through dictation or by typing words and phrases, content is added into text boxes. The templates are excellent graphic organizer options for kids learning to brainstorm and organize their thoughts for writing assignments, note-taking, and studying. Parents and teachers will need to educate younger users on how to create a mind map and on what type of content should be included in the text box to meet their learning needs. For those looking for more personalized features and the ability to upload photos, they should consider the paid version of the app. Refer to the app developer's website to find out whether any information is collected and shared.
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What’s It About?
In SIMPLEMIND+ INTUITIVE MIND MAPPING users create colorful diagrams of ideas in order to organize information as they are taking notes, studying, and writing papers. Kids type into text boxes using an on-screen keyboard. For those who struggle with writing and spelling, word prediction and dictation features are available. The app provides 14 free templates, with options for horizontal and freeform layouts. Letter size, letter color, text colors, and fonts within the template are not customizable. In the free version, kids can't upload photos. However, kids can design unique mind maps with emojis, symbols, and picture icons frequently used while texting, which are located within the on-screen keyboard.
Is It Any Good?
This colorful, visual, writing tool helps children organize their ideas and thoughts in order to collect facts, form opinions, solve problems, write papers, and study new material. Accessing specific features of the app may be a challenge for kids on their own, but if teachers and parents help kids through the process at first, they'll learn new strategies to help their studying, learning, and confidence. Kids with learning and attention issues, such as dysgraphia and dyslexia, will benefit from the use of graphic organizers and mind mapping tools. While the free version of SimpleMind+ Intuitive Mind Mapping lacks the ability to include more specific details like photos, younger kids don't need to be overwhelmed with too many options. There's enough basic information included within the free version that teachers and parents will gain a sense of whether mind mapping and graphic organizers are helpful to a kid before upgrading to the paid version.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how SimpleMind+ Intuitive Mind Mapping could help you organize thoughts prior to the writing process to identify a topic sentence and supporting details.
Discuss how using colorful diagrams and templates can help with taking notes and remembering details while reading and studying. How can using color and organization get you ready for a test?
Talk about how kids who struggle with writing and spelling can take legible notes in a mind map, even including picture icons and emojis to organize their thoughts. Do those added elements help?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling, writing, writing clearly
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, part-whole relationships, thinking critically, Creativity: brainstorming, innovation, making new creations, producing new content, Self-Direction: academic development, time management, Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Free ($4.99 for full version)
- Release date: August 8, 2017
- Category: Productivity
- Publisher: xpt Software & Consulting B.V.
- Version: 1.18.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: February 12, 2019
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