Top Pick

Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Apps and Websites

These picks give teachers and students ways -- both alone or in groups -- to generate and organize ideas that refine and reinvent the traditional graphic organizer.

Kidspiration Maps Publisher: Inspiration Software, Inc.
Versatile easy-to-use graphic organizer for early elementary
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Popplet Visit Website: https://popplet.com/
A compact, straightforward organizational tool for minimalist presentation
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Text 2 Mind Map Visit Website: http://www.text2mindmap.com
Basic tool helps kids see how concepts relate
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Scoot & Doodle Publisher: Scoot & Doodle
Draw, design, and think collaboratively over the Web
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Google+
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Coggle Visit Website: https://coggle.it/
Creative, visual mind-mapping tool makes brainstorming a cinch
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Inspiration Maps Publisher: Inspiration Software, Inc.
Versatile mind-mapping tool offers many options for organizing ideas
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
MindMeister Visit Website: http://www.mindmeister.com
Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Spicynodes Visit Website: http://www.spicynodes.org
Handy tool for mapping info can support a range of learning styles
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Stormboard Visit Website: www.stormboard.com
Collaborate, brainstorm in real time with easy-to-use online whiteboard
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Corkulous Publisher: Appigo
Brainstorm, organize, and present on this tidy virtual corkboard
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Mindomo (mind mapping) Publisher: Expert Software Applications Srl
Organize ideas with cool mind-mapping tool; beware design flaws
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Prezi Visit Website: http://prezi.com/
Stylish presentation creator with a unique 3D zooming effect
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3