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Mind Maps. 2 3 What is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is a visual form of note- making that can be done either individually or as part of a group. At its heart.

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1 Mind Maps

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3 3 What is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is a visual form of note- making that can be done either individually or as part of a group. At its heart is a central image or idea.

4 4 Agenda Today we will have a look at mind-maps and how they can be used in problem solving  Tony Buzan  Origins of Mind Maps  How to use Mind Maps  Popular uses of Mind Maps  Examples of Mind Maps  Mind Map excercise  Thinkertoys - Da Vinci’s technique

5 5 Tony Buzan Tony Buzan is another thinking guru Buzan has written 82 books available in 100 countries and translated into 30 languages Buzan is also a bit of a TV star and has featured on the BBC series In Search of Genius and on Blue Peter

6 6 Origins Of Mind Maps Buzan developed Mind Mapping while at University He was frustrated that traditional note-taking took so much time Realising that the brain responds extremely well to key words, colours, and images Buzan developed a simple set of rules for capturing topics in a map His brother, Barry Buzan, then realised that the technique could also help in creative thinking

7 7 Origins Of Mind Maps (cont…) “Use Your Head: Innovative Learning and Thinking Techniques to Fulfil Your Potential”, Tony Buzan, 1974 “The Mind Map Book”, Tony Buzan & Barry Buzan, BBC Active, 1993 “The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps”, Tony Buzan, Harper Thorsons, 2006

8 8 What is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner. In so doing, it gives you the freedom to capture the infinite power and creativity of your brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance your productivity

9 9 The key points of the book “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” by Gordon MacKenzie

10 10 The key points of the book “The Human Mind” by Robert Winston

11 11 “What is Happiness?” by the illustrator Paul ForemanPaul Foreman

12 12 Maps By Great Thinkers There is evidence to suggest that many great thinkers throughout history have used mind-map type techniques These include Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Winston Churchill Images of Da Vinci’s notebooks are available from:

13 13 Mind Maps – Freemind freemind.sourceforge.net

14 14 How To Mind Map (1 of 4) 1. Take a blank piece of paper, A4 or larger  Pre-drawn lines can restrict us! 2. Use the paper in landscape orientation 3. Start in the centre 4. Make a central image that represents the topic about which you are writing/thinking  Use at least three colours  Keep the height and width of the central image to about two inches  Allow the image to create its own shape Based on

15 15 How To Mind Map (2 of 4) 5. The main themes (Basic Ordering Ideas) around the central image are like the chapter headings of a book  Print this word in CAPITALS or draw an image  Place on a line of the same length connected to the central image  The central lines are thick, curved and organic - like the trunk of a tree  Usually about 3 – 7 themes Based on

16 16 How To Mind Map (3 of 4) 6. Start to add a second level of thought which are linked to the main branch that triggered them  Connecting lines are thinner  Words are still printed but may be in lower case 7. Add third, fourth, … levels of data as thoughts come to you  Use images as much as possible  Jump around the map as different thoughts come to you Based on

17 17 How To Mind Map (4 of 4) 8. Add emphasis to important points on the map  Maybe put a box around a point 9. Outline whole branches of the map as you see fit  Try using colours here  The colours can be used to show connections between branches 10. Make your maps a little more beautiful, artistic, colourful, or imaginative 11. Be humorous and have some fun! Based on

18 18 Mind Maps

19 19 How To Mind Map 1. Take a blank piece of paper, A4 or larger 2. Use the paper in landscape orientation 3. Start in the centre 4. Make a central image that represents the topic about which you are writing/thinking 5. The main themes (Basic Ordering Ideas) around the central image are like the chapter headings of a book 6. Start to add a second level of thought which are linked to the main branch that triggered them 7. Add third, fourth, … levels of data as thoughts come to you 8. Add emphasis to important points on the map 9. Outline whole branches of the map as you see fit 10. Make your maps a little more beautiful, artistic, colourful, or imaginative 11. Be humorous and have some fun!

20 20 Excercise Create a Mind Map of DIT

21 21 MindMaps

22 22 Mind Maps & Note Taking Mind maps are a great tool for note taking  Use them at meetings, lectures or when reading papers/articles Traditional linear notes are ineffective because:  They obscure keywords  They are naturally difficult remember Boring and monotonous  They waste time You have to write them AND you have to read them!  They fail to stimulate creativity

23 23 Advantages Of Mind Maps (1 of 2) Advantages of mind-mapping over linear note making/taking:  Time saved Noting only relevant words Reading only relevant words Reviewing mind map notes Not having to search for keywords amongst unnecessary verbiage  Concentration on real issues enhanced  Essential keywords juxtaposed in time and space – improves creativity and recall

24 24 Advantages Of Mind Maps (1 of 2) Advantages of mind-mapping over linear note making/taking:  Clear associations made between key words  The brain finds it easier to accept and remember visually stimulating multi-coloured mind maps  They have a depth or 3D aspect  Mind maps work in harmony with the brain’s natural desire for completion or wholeness  By working from the centre outwards, a Mind Map encourages learner’s thoughts to grow outwards.  The learner’s ideas will expand and radiate creative thinking  This is a visual map which complements how the brain works and can lead to significant results

25 25 MindMaps

26 26 Uses of Mind Maps Planning Brainstorming Group thinking Documenting Note taking Exam revision Resources

27 27 Mind Maps in Computing Requirements gathering Fusebox Architecting Development brainstorming Testing and debugging Project management


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