Mind mapping: powerful tool in school

During the IPON 2011 Education & ICT conference and exhibition, I held four mind map sessions using Papershow. Papershow is a great tool for making hand-drawn mind maps and presenting them at the same time on a big screen. One of the topics I used for the live mind map sessions was applications of mind mapping in the classroom. I asked teachers that attended the sessions to come up with as many ideas as possible. This is the resulting mind map of the four Papershow sessions.

I know on the basis of mind map trainings that students using mind maps (if used in a proper way) get better results. I also noticed that the amount of schools having implemented mind mapping in their curriculum is relatively low. In the interest of pupils, that should change. As one of the (mind mapping) teachers on IPON 2011 said to me: “Mind maps are really like Moleskine notebooks for the brain”.

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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5 Responses to Mind mapping: powerful tool in school

  1. I am a high school librarian. I am creating an exhibit on mind mapping for my students. Is it okay with you if I print this image to display and provide a reference to your site for the teens?
    Thanks for your time!

  2. Tim you’re right that the mind map does not include managerial topics. The reason for this is that mainly teachers were attending the live mind map sessions during the IPON education & ICT conference. Your additions show that mind mapping is a very powerful tool for schools and you could be right that implementing it top down, starting with the management teams is preferable roadmap.

  3. Tim Fulford says:

    The mindmap shown does not include any kind of management and leadership elements, neither does it include any organisational branches for both the student or the teachers.
    A whole school curriculum and administration can be planned using mindmaps. This is the only effective way of showing the interconnections and links between areas.

  4. Tim Fulford says:

    I find this post really interesting from a number of points of view: firstly I totally agree there should be more Mind Mapping taught in school and to educational professionals during their training. At the moment, and speak with 25 years experience as a senior educational professional, this does not happen very often. Teachers who use mindmaping did not learn to map as part of their training, but they picked it up, usually because they were exposed to someone else who was using the skill.
    Secondly it is a fact that students will get enhanced results if they use mindmapping as part of their learning process and to prepare for exams. Recall is definitely better. I have done a number of trials to prove this case.
    In the UK mindmapping is often seen by teachers as tool for children with special needs or with learning differences, in fact thats where you will most likely see the technique used. However like all other learning skills mindmapping is something that everyone should learn and then use.
    The way in which mindmapping should be used in schools is apart from in teaching, in classroom and during learning is by the management for planning, organising and communincating. In my role as a consultant I often visit schools who are failing in some way or another. The major issue is more often than not related to management communication and organisational skills. As successful school will use all the tools in the box to teach, assist learning, communicate and organise. Failing to use mindmapping is like trying to run on one leg, it just won’t happen! Start at the top with management teams and then work downwards. Managers should lead and lead by example.

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