Mind Maps


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A basic tutorial on using mind mapping as a tool to brainstorm ideas.

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Mind Maps

  1. 1. Mind Maps<br />A Basic Introduction<br />
  2. 2. What is a Mind Map?<br />A diagram that represents words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to or arranged around a central key word or idea (Wikipedia)<br />
  3. 3. How does it work?<br />Reject the idea of outlines or sentences – think in terms of key words or symbols<br />Write the most important word or symbol in the center<br /><ul><li>Post other important concepts or ideas around this central idea
  4. 4. Write quickly without thinking, editing, pausing, judging
  5. 5. Think about/build more relationships/edit, move things around, experiment</li></li></ul><li>Why does it work?<br />Helps you avoid thinking linearly<br />Helps you think creatively, opens you up to new ways of thinking<br />More realistic – most things aren’t linear<br />Can help you get the “big picture”<br />
  6. 6. Uses of mind maps<br />From: http://www.mind-mapping.co.uk/assets/examples/MM---Uses.gif<br />
  7. 7. Some Mind Mapping Software<br />Freemind – open source Java application, free<br />MindMeister – free web application, simplistic<br />Xmind – Windows/Mac/Linux, free<br />iMindMap – Windows/Mac/Linux - $99-$295<br />MindJetMindmanager – Windows/Mac - $349<br />Source: Hive Five: Five Best Mind Mapping Applications<br />
  8. 8. A Few Mind Mapping Resources<br />Buzan, T. (1991). The mind map book . New York: Penguin<br />Tony Buzan advocates the use of mind maps as a learning and thinking tool and registered “Mind Maps” as a trademark in the UK and US, within the specific context of organizing courses.<br />Mind Map Resources<br />James Cook University’s links and resources about mind mapping<br />Ed Borasky’s Website<br />Provides links to open source mind mapping tools<br />
  9. 9. Let’s do one…<br />We are a team of writers who work for a TV producer<br />The producer needs a medical related drama for a pilot to pitch to HBO<br />Wants something never done before<br />
  10. 10. Questions?<br />