XMind

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Last year I was looking for a mind mapping tool and I tried Mindjet.  After using Mindjet for a few weeks, I was impressed by the ease of use and visual format that it produced.  It captured your thoughts as you easily plugged them into the various templates they offer.  Then my 30 day trial was up and I found a free version of a tool that worked just like Mindjet called XMind.  It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Mindjet, but it met my needs.

The tool was great for mapping out projects and outlining specific steps in the process of completing a project.  It is very intuitive and easy to use.  I also really like the tool for meetings and it could be used as a live tool for taking notes and brainstorming.

I thought about all the Teachers in LABBB using the executive functioning techniques of Brain Frames, this would be a great tool to use.  XMind allows you to make all the frames used in Brain Frames.  I imagined a Teacher projecting the XMind application and as students brainstormed, planned their day, outlined lessons or whatever you are using Brain Frames for it would be visible for all the students to see. If you made a mistake then you could just delete and edit as you go along.  I highly recommend this tool and for those classrooms using 1:1 devices, students can easily download XMind and save all their frames on their own.

If you want to try it out click here for a free download: Click here to download XMind.

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