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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.

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
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Popplet Visit Website: https://popplet.com/
A compact, simple organizational tool for minimalist presentation
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Mural.ly Visit Website: https://mural.co/
Multifaceted message boards help kids collaborate
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
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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, Paid
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Coggle Visit Website: https://coggle.it/
Creative, visual mind-mapping tool makes brainstorming a cinch
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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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
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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, Paid
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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
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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
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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
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Prezi Visit Website: http://prezi.com/
Stylish presentation creator with a unique 3D zooming effect
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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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
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