Text 2 Mind Map
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- using supporting evidence
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- thinking critically
- academic development
- personal growth
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids can customize a few design elements and the content, but they need to send maps via email for feedback, and the experience doesn't get more challenging or feel different over time. There isn't much to keep kids coming back.
Kids can map concepts to understand the relationships among items; it won't work for every assignment but can be a good study aid for visual learners. Content on concept mapping, example maps, and other resources would be helpful.
Don't expect many extras. Site-related tweets are on the home page; there's no mobile version, and brief instructions are really the only additional content.
What's it about?
TEXT 2 MIND MAP, launched in 2008, helps students organize and see the relationships among concepts. Users enter text and click a button, and a mind map is created. Each line of text is a separate node or box; users can zoom in, stretch out connection lines, move the map, save it as a PDF or JPG, or email a URL to a read-only version. Users don't need to register to create maps. However, Text 2 Mind Map is currently testing a beta version that lets users create an account and store mind maps on the site.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how things are structured and about part/whole relationships. For example, parents can point out examples of components, such as chapters in a book. Can your child identify the individual elements in other items?
Part/whole relationships also can be used to break projects down into individual tasks. Ask your child for an example of a big task that can be divided into manageable portions. How could that help them work more efficiently?
Text 2 Mind Map helps users get a different perspective on concepts. Are there any subjects your child is interested in that you can help research online? Can you find any similar visual aids that help to explain a subject?