How I Use It
Like most mapping tools, Mindmup is a great way to help students organize their thinking before creating some final product -- an essay, presentation, iMovie, whatever the goal. Some of the features of Mindmup go beyond the usual, though, and have the potential for other uses. For example, Mindmup allows not only photos to be associated with each "node," but also attachments. The "measures" feature means that each node can be assigned a value, and each level of the map is then automatically totaled in the "parent" node. The "storyboards" feature allows nodes to be copied from the web to a linear format for sequencing, and then exported to a number of slideshow apps for presentation. Maps can be shared, exported or saved to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Despite the fact that it has the ability to handle some complex tasks, the two things I like best about Mindmup are simple. The first is that the map automatically adjusts to a sensible arrangement each time you add a node. This might not seem like a big deal, but I find that my students and I often spend a lot of time "fiddling" with the arrangement of the nodes when mapping in order to make sure that everything is easy to see and connections are clear. Mindmup does this for you as you add or subtract nodes, though you are always free to adjust any part of the map manually as well. The second thing I like about Mindmup is its easy integration with so many different applications for saving, sharing and presenting.