As part of the week 2 learning pathway for EDC 3100, we are required to produce a mind map using technology. The mind map will be address this weeks theme, “ICTs and Pedagogy; Why and How?” I am completing this learning activity as I blog, so that the reality of this learning exercise is captured. Although I have used mind maps in other courses to organise my thoughts and the direction of an assignment, I was unaware of the processes involved when constructing a physical mind map. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Mrs Frintzalis (highlighted by our lecturer) and the link to “How to construct a Mindmap” I persevered with the traditional approach using state of the art post it notes (colour coded for ease of organisation). According to White (2011), the first part of mindmapping is Brainstorming. For the purpose of this exercise I have brainstormed as many ideas as I could to address the question, “ICTs and Pedadgogy: How and Why?” and written them down on post it notes (have you ever noticed that post it notes don’t really stay stuck?). At this point you can ascertain the value of collaboration to generate new and different ideas so I have posted on twitter to generate some ideas (OK done).
Brainstorming- writing down ideas (I have included both positive and negative) onto post it notes that don’t stick
Organising phase- Create groups and sub groups of related items. I have organised my thoughts around the headings, Requirement for the course and Curriculum, Engagement, Source of Information, Overcoming challenges, and Teaching and learning skills.
Layout phase- Finding connections between the ideas, placing them in the order of hierarchy.
Linking Phase- Use arrows to link the ideas displayed
What a mess!!! Although impossible to organise without going through this process (arrows everywhere) I remind myself that something like the above diagram used to resemble the final product. But now thanks to the magic of technology and the insight and examples from my fellow bloggers, Miss Kyra and Mrs Grimshaw, the final task is to produce a professional and creative looking concept map thats easy to read, well organised, and accurate.
For this activity (and because I was off to a late start this week) I wanted to use a platform that had not been used. After conducting a quick google search for web 2.0 minmapping tools compatible with Mac computers, I found Spicynodes. The layout was dynamic but would not allow me to add more than 3 subheadings, so it was back to the google search engine at 11:00pm. I am only giving the time here to highlight that my mindmap is now complete and it’s not even midnight. I used mindomo (may be a distant cousin of animoto) which was self explanatory and dynamic in presentation. In addition to the generic version I have produced here, mindomo allows the participant to easily insert media including music, video, and hyperlinks. The other feature which I found to add clarity to the mindmap is the “relationship” function which adds additional links to ideas that do not directly fall under the “heading/ subheading” categories. After all technology is all about connectivism isn’t it? Mindomo would be a wonderful addition to any classroom to bring the brainstorming acitivity to life. Click the image below to view the published version on the web.
White, H. (2011). How to Construct a Concept Map. Retrieved March 4, 2013, from http://www.udel.edu/chem/white/teaching/ConceptMap.html