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Innovation in STEM/STEAM Education: Mindmapping Tools

This guide was made to promote and share resources, ideas, and information related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at KU libraries.

What is Mindmaping

Amind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.

Just as in every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity.

In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. And, best of all, it is fun!

This is a mind map about – conveniently enough – mind mapping itself. It presents, in a visual way, the core elements and techniques on how to draw mind maps. Yes, I know this may look a little too messy initially, but bear with me: once you break the ingrained habit of linear note taking, you won’t look back.

Personal Mindmapping Tools


Construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet. Download 


Personal mindmapping tool. Open Source, Download 


Mind mapping tool from the creator of mind maps, Tony Buzan. iMindMap Basic (free) and iMindMap Ultimate (premium). Download


Web based software allows you to create completely organic looking mind maps. Hosted


Converts text lists to a mindmap. Hosted


Think can be used to create, change and view mind maps. Mind maps are very useful for visualising and structuring ideas, brain storming, studying and much more. Hosted


MindGenius is business mind mapping software that will help you to get your ideas out of your head, gain clear understanding on what needs to be done, and be able to action it successfully. Free Trial, Download


Smooth, flexible and creative mind mapping solution. Free Trial, Download/Hosted

i2brain : Not just another mind mind mapping program.  It is multi-dimensional. It visualizes your thoughts and plans in depth Free Trial, Download

Inspiration : Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. Free trial, Download 

MindManager : Helps you capture and organize every detail in one trusted place and use the power of visual organization to uncover hidden gems of information and unexpected insights. Free Trial, Download 

MindNode : MindNode Pro and MindNode are elegant and simple-to-use mindmapping applications for the Macintosh that help to visually collect, classify and structure ideas; and organize, study and solve problems. Free Trial, Download

Nelements : 3d Mind Mapping tool that you can use to organize your knowledge in 3D. Free Trial, Download

NovaMind : Mind mapping software. Free Trial, Download

Personal Brain 5 : Using your digital Brain is like cruising through a Web of your thinking. See new relationships. Discover connections. Free Trial, Download

TopicScape : Concept mapping and mindmapping in 3D. Free Trial, Download

Visual Mind : Software based on the mindmapping technique to visualise your thinking an quickly arrange and organise your work. Free Trial, Download