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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Mind-mapping helps organize ideas; complex for some kids.

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Teens can learn to organize their ideas in innovative ways; they'll be able to see the way their thoughts branch out, and can take a critical look at their own mind maps, as well as the maps of others. The site also lends itself to helping kids reflect on, and learn about, their own thinking and creativity. They'll figure out how to visually represent ideas and patterns clearly. In turn, this can help kids to become better communicators in general. Mindomo works as a brainstorming tool and as a way to present ideas; kids can also learn about collaboration as they work together on group projects.

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As a new way to express and organize ideas, kids may find Mindomo to be a real mind-opener.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mindomo is a mind-mapping site that helps people keep track of ideas by putting them together visually. It's a site that may be tricky for some kids -– especially younger ones –- to get the hang of. The site doesn't offer much kid-friendly help, although the section called "What is Mind-Mapping" provides a pretty clear explanation. However, for kids and teens that are ready for mind-mapping, Mindomo can potentially be a good way to organize concepts and present ideas both for school and personal stuff.

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What's it about?

Mindomo allows users to create \"mind maps,\" tree-like diagrams that visually represent information and ideas. Kids can use it to organize information, create presentations, or collaborate on projects. While the concept can get challenging, the main idea is simple: kids create a main topic bubble, then add subtopics (attached by a single line) and so on until the mind map is complete. They can share maps through email, or allow others to contribute by adding them as editors. The free version lets you save three maps; the paid version offers more features.

Is it any good?

Younger kids may not be ready to use Mindomo with success. However, Mindomo follows a fairly simple concept, and some older kids who find it easier to use may really enjoy it. The drag-and-drop interface is designed to help you throw new ideas and offshoots into a visual mind map. While Mindomo was created as a collaborative tool for business, its features also translate well to other uses, and it may work well for some kids. Once they learn the mind-mapping concept, and get used to Mindomo's interface, kids can continue to use it for things like school assignments or other creative projects around the house. It's great for kids who already think visually, and may also help others to understand concepts that are otherwise complex and challenging.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Having trouble getting your kid to clean their room or do other chores? Ask them to create a mind map, breaking down the whole job into small tasks; it may become less overwhelming.

  • For a fun project to get kids started on the concept of mind-mapping, have them make a map that answers a basic question. For example, "Why is a (blank) my favorite animal?" "What are the factors that make a cat, dog, or hamster appealing?"

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: forming arguments, using supporting evidence, writing
  • Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, producing new content
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
    Communication: presenting
    Thinking & Reasoning: logic, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
  • Genre: Creating
  • Price: Free-$15/mo.
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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