In class, we briefly discussed “Mind Mapping” in regards to TPaCK (is it efficient? does it add to the lesson?) and I had decided that it was probably not something that I would use in a classroom. I’m a person who avoids technology when possible (and especially when it’s more efficient to avoid). For example, I don’t bike in snow…because the danger and hassle outweighs the expediency of travel mode.
So when we were asked to explore a technology and I was browsing the list of possibilities, I decided to check out mind mapping.
I’m biased, yes, but I think that computer graphic organizers…
> Can look more clean than hand-drawn varieties
> Mistakes are more easily and quickly changed
< However, it takes more time to set everything, and the ease of manipulation is a skill that takes practice
All in all, the computer-ized version of graphic organizer may not be an improvement as much as an option. Perhaps if students work best with computers (rather than hand-made), perhaps if the computer mouse is more like a hand than their own, perhaps then the computerized version of graphic organizers can be beneficial.
Unless there’s a special need, I’d stick with the mantra that digital mind mapping is…just an option, not an improvement.
p.s. I created a picture for this blog, but it wouldn’t load. Instead there’s this: