Conceptual and mind maps are a way of visually expressing relationships that underlie a study object. They are especially useful when the student creates the map as long as he appropriates a method for expressing his understanding of what has been studied. Concept and mind maps can also be used by the teacher to create visual navigation systems through concepts and their relationships which can be used as support for the learning process.
CMAP TOOLS are free tools that allow the construction, navigation, sharing, and critiquing of learning models expressed as conceptual maps. They can be used by teachers and students at any level and content area, by themselves or as members of a community that constructs knowledge collaboratively. Once the tool is installed, the user can embark on discovering its functionality through trial and error, or can go through the tutorial to resolve doubts about distinct functions and possibilities offered by the system. This tutorial is controlled by a contextual menu that guides the user step by step in resolving any questions and showing specific images that illustrate the references. The aforementioned tool allows for local creation and the global sharing of concept maps. It enhances the ability to exceed the mental expression modes of each author. Also, it allows the creation of learning communities supported by concept maps. These communities share information, discuss distinct perspectives concerning the study object and integrate knowledge.
MIND42—Mind for two—is a collaborative browser-based online mind mapping tool. It allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone, as a twosome or working with the whole world. As Mind42 runs inside the browser, installing mind mapping tools is no longer needed for a hassle-free mindmapping experience. Just open the browser and launch the application when needed. It behaves like a classical desktop application! Mind42 is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mind map editor supporting keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, zooming and much more. No forms and lists which are generally used in web applications are needed.
MINDOMO is a web-based mental mapping tool that allows users to create, view, and share mind maps in their browsers. The free version limits the number of mental maps to seven and disables some features. MINDOMO has also a desktop version based on the Adobe Air runtime.
WISE MAPPING is a web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps, mixing new technologies like vectorial languages (SVG and VML) and the power of the whole Web 2.0 concept. No pluggins are required. A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making. A mind map is similar to a semantic network or cognitive map but there are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used.