Top 10 Mind Mapping Uses for Students

November 7th, 2010

The earlier post on 6th graders using SpicyNodes, raises a larger question of what kinds of ways can a tool like SpicyNodes be used by students. Toni Krasnic recently posted Top 10 Mind Mapping Uses for Students, Toni is a visual mapper, educational consultant, and author of  Concise Learning: Learn More & Score Higher in Less Time with [...]

The Evolution of the Visual Mapper

September 21st, 2010

The world of mapping information uses a mismash of terms, like “concept mapping,” “mind mapping,” “visual mapping,” and “radial mapping.” These all mean essentially the same thing — representing information visually, in nuggets of information. There’s a history behind each term, for example, Tony Buzan developed a hand-drawn genre which he calls “mind maps”; and [...]

Tony Buzan: Mind Mapping Evangelist

September 16th, 2010

When it comes to drawing out creative and associative thought, Tony Buzan is head and shoulders above the rest. He’s the putative inventor of the modern mind map, having created this alternative to linear note taking in the 1960s. Since that time, Buzan has been a leading advocate of mental literacy and the use of [...]

MindMeister for the iPad

August 4th, 2010

Hot on the heels of iTHoughtsHD, the folks at MindMeister have just released an iPad version. MindMeister is a collaborative mind mapping tool for creating mindmaps. The MindMeister mind maps spread out from a home node, and users (and authors) can expand and collapse sections of the mindmap. Like SpicyNodes, MindMeister users can share their maps [...]


Seriously Mapping Arguments

July 23rd, 2010

Following up on our post about debates, Argunet is another tool for visualizing the structure of complex arguments and debates as a graphical network. The key value of Argunet is the restrictions it uses to try and produce clearly defined “argument maps”. Argument maps may look like mind maps, but according to the Argunet FAQ, [...]

The Crossroads of Mind Maps and Art

June 28th, 2010

Most people have, at one time or another, taken pen to paper and started doodling, expressing thoughts in pictures, words, or a combination of both. Seeing images and words on paper can help you make connections, refine ideas, and understand how various factors affect the subject at hand. The folks at Mind Map Art take [...]

Mind Mapping 101

June 11th, 2010

Sarah Beckham over at provides a nice overview of mind mapping and the way it enables us to see new connections and relationships between pieces of information. She draws upon the research of Katherine Brooks, director of Liberal Arts Career Services at the University of Texas. Brooks works with job seekers to randomly write [...]

Stuff We Like: Climate Change Mind Maps

May 21st, 2010

2Randall Hand over at VizWorld recently posted about LearningFundamentals’ mind maps on climate change. Global warming and the environment are critical issues that impact the well-being of people across the globe, yet people often think about climate change in an abstract way. LearningFundamentals has done an excellent job in visualizing the ways that students and adults can change their behavior, can connect with nature, and can learn about the science of global warming.

Sneak Peek: SpicyNodes on the iPad

April 15th, 2010

If you thought SpicyNodes made browsing information on the Web more inviting, wait until you see what we have cooking in our R&D lab. Nodes are fun to manipulate using a mouse, but they really come to life when you touch them with your fingertips! SpicyNodes Touch will be perfect for creating mind maps on the fly or for giving your site visitors an intuitive navigation tool that takes advantage of the tilting, tapping, and turning functionality of the iPad. Keep checking back for the first app release!