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Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Apps and Websites

Sometimes students just need a place to get ideas out of their heads and make them a reality. Whether it's through a corkboard, a mind map, a flowchart, or sketches on a whiteboard, students can make their concepts into something usable. When kids are able to express their creativity in this way, it can lead to true problem solving and innovation. These picks give teachers and students ways -- alone or in groups -- to generate and organize ideas that refine and reinvent the traditional graphic organizer.

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Kidspiration Maps

Versatile easy-to-use graphic organizer for early elementary

Bottom line: A tool teachers and kids can use in every subject area.

Popplet

A compact, simple organizational tool for minimalist presentation

Bottom line: Great web-based presentation tool for beginners.

MURAL

Multifaceted message boards help kids collaborate

Bottom line: MURAL can encourage individual team members to contribute to a project by making idea sharing and presentation a simple, visual process.

Text 2 Mind Map

Basic tool helps kids see how concepts relate

Bottom line: Text 2 Mind Map can be used as a helpful organizational tool, but would be stronger with additional content and added security.

Coggle

Creative, visual mind-mapping tool makes brainstorming a cinch

Bottom line: Simplicity is the key with Coggle: Students can create elaborate mind maps and brainstorms in a matter of minutes, and the collaboration options are a nice bonus.

Inspiration Maps VPP

Versatile mind-mapping tool offers many options for organizing ideas

Bottom line: Inspiration Maps can help students learn to organize information, a skill they will find invaluable in school and in life.

MindMeister

Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids

Bottom line: Sophisticated productivity tool enhances learning and organization with simple dashboard and slick workspace.

Stormboard

Collaborate, brainstorm in real time with easy-to-use online whiteboard

Bottom line: A versatile, full-featured online brainstorming collaboration tool that can facilitate small-group projects.

Corkulous Standard

Brainstorm, organize, and present on this tidy virtual corkboard

Bottom line: This visually appealing, simple-to-use corkboard is most useful with Pro upgrade.

Prezi Next

Multimedia presentation tool features useful templates and 3D zoom

Bottom line: With its zoom in and out capabilities, Prezi helps teachers and students go beyond traditional slideshows to put important content front and center.

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