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Text 2 Mind Map



Simple tool helps kids chart relationships among ideas.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Text 2 Mind Map can teach kids about grouping and part/whole relationships. The concept-mapping tool provides an overview of the topic of their choice; it can be used for virtually any subject matter but works best when the content isn't very long. Too many boxes can make the map too crowded to read. The site doesn't offer any additional educational resources or much on how mind maps can help you understand information, but it's easy to use, and students can customize their mind maps in a few ways. It could work as a study aid to help kids group concepts, memorize terms and relationships, and structure writing assignments.

Positive messages

The site doesn't present any positive themes per se, but it encourages kids to delve deeper into content and view it in different ways to better understand it. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids don't have to register to use the Text 2 Mind Map concept-outlining tool. A beta version that lets users save maps on the site requires users to sign up and log in, but they can't post maps or communicate with other users on that site, either.   

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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?

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.

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?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: reading comprehension, using supporting evidence, writing
Math: grouping
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written bywebzeex May 25, 2015

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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