A mind map is a colourful and vibrant way of linking pieces of information together, which has proved particularly popular among children. Using computer software for mind mapping has the added benefit of improving a child's technology skills.
One mind mapping software option is MindMapper Jr. It not only allows children to create their own mind maps but also presentations and brainstorming. MindMapper Jr. uses online wizards to help children create their mind maps, has an extensive picture library and a choice of animated tools. It can also be used to help children memorise multiplication tables.
NovaMind has a range of packages, including Express, Platinum and Pro. The Express program comes with a child-friendly user interface, more than 1,400 images and an automatic save and backup facility. Mind maps can be personalised to suit the child's needs and can be easily printed off to any desired size.
Kidspiration is a versatile program that can create mind maps, concept maps and Venn diagrams. The program allows children to fully personalise their mind maps, using their own symbols, images and ideas. It also has a word guide to improve children's literacy.
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