Topics like algebra draw on a wide range of mathematical skills and form the building blocks for future topics (NSW Education Standards Authority [NESA], 2021; Huckstep, 2003). Understanding where all fits in can be very challenging. Mind42, a free web-based tool to develop visual representations of how content is connected (Bower & Torrington, 2020; Yudapee, 2021), is an excellent and easy-to-use tool to overcome this challenge. This post explores if Mind42 is effective to enhance learning in Maths.
Mind42 is a collaborative tool for creating and brainstorming mind maps (Lelong, 2016). Apart from being engaging to prepare, using Mind42 to interconnect concepts stimulate different functions of the brain and helps to increase analytical thinking (Lelong, 2016; Polat et al., 2017; Yudapee, 2021). Mind42 is excellent for sorting items and distributing tasks to different participants or students can use mind maps to revise any topic (Lelong, 2016).
What I liked about Mind42, was how easy it was to create a mind map and that it has the capability of importing photos of challenging examples are videos explaining the concepts (Lelong, 2016). It would also be a good aid to explicitly teach new terminology which is becoming increasingly important in Australia where students come from diverse language backgrounds (NESA, 2021).
The biggest drawback experienced whilst creating my algebra mind map was the inability to use equations in nodes. Fortunately, by importing photos, this drawback has a time-consuming workaround. Other downsides of the tool include restrictions on sizing and style, a mismatch between desktop and mobile applications and the inability to work offline (G2, 2022).
To conclude, Mind42, a specialised tool to quickly create mind maps and arrange ideas and make visual connections between content (Schuster, 2022), improves making cognitive connections that are vital in the relational understanding of Maths (Polat et al., 2017; Yudapee, 2021).
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2 responses to “Mind mapping for Maths: How can Mind42 enhance learning?”
I found your use of Mind 42 very intriguing and would have found this very helpful as a mathematics student. I find the terminology of mathematics very complex and hard to understand, and would have loved a visual representation of certain vocabulary and concepts to help me understand them.
I could also visualize using this tool in the history classroom for the same purpose, to help students understand and visualize complex concepts and metalanguage.
I am very interested in the collaborative element and would love to see how it could be utilized in a classroom setting. Maybe you could have students in different groups looking at different elements of a concept, and come together and share their research on a Mind 42 map? This would be something I am interested in exploring but may take a few times to perfect. I have noticed most technologies have a learning curve, and with more use, the easier they get.
Overall, I believe your application of Mind 42 in the mathematics classroom would help students with understanding and visualizing key mathematics concepts.
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