Parents' Guide to

Text 2 Mind Map

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Simple tool helps kids chart relationships among ideas.

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age 11+

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age 14+

rip off company

I made the mistake of signing up for Text2MindMap when I was in need of a mapping tool for a graduate class. TWO years ago. I have tired since then to cancel my account. I have begged, pleaded, and send numerous requests for my account to be cancelled. No go. Every single stinking month I get a $5 charge on my american express, which I then have to dispute. AMX is great about it, but just cancel me, ok? I've NEVER gotten a response from them despite the multitude of requests. I even put in old credit card information so it would default. Nope, they went back to using my AMX card. The only way, according to AMX, is to cancel that AMX card. Which, if you are like me, I then have to go and change EVERYTHING else that I have being prepaid with my card. This tool is not worth your time. It's an ok tool, but I could have done just as well using Word.
age 7+

Makes things a alot simpler

My teenage son has concept maps for HW every week so I was able to find this need little website which allows you to make outlines which convert text into bubbles of info. Now all he has to do is type and arrange the bubbles at the end. On average it would take about an hour to finish the concept maps using only writing, now it just takes 15 min!

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The Text 2 Mind Map tool doesn't offer much more than the ability to turn short content into a visual aid. The site doesn't provide additional learning materials, a way to share maps and get feedback, or connect with other users. As a result, kids should have a safe experience. However, this also reduces the chance kids will return often and means their learning experience may not be particularly extensive. Kids will probably primarily use the site as a study aid and for occasional assignment help; it's best for individual users and doesn't work well for topics that involve a significant amount of text -- the resulting map just feels cluttered. That said, the site's mapping capabilities can be an asset. With little preparation, Text 2 Mind Map can help kids analyze and (hopefully) better understand history, science, language, and other concepts by viewing how their components relate.

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