Mind map widget

Visualise ideas and organise thoughts with the expanding Mind map question.

The mind map starts with a single idea, upon which students and teachers can add branching sub ideas. There can be up to three levels of branching sub ideas to allow students to really drill deep in their thinking.

Read below for suggested applications.

Create the mind map

Start by adding the mind map widget to the lesson and type the desired question into the text field. Teachers can pre-fill some bubbles to get students started with examples or leave the mind map fully blank. Bubbles filled by teachers can be edited by students. Students also have access to the mind map in the Open Response widget


Click into a bubble to activate the text cursor and type out ideas. Clicking the + button on the left of the mind map will add a sub idea to the bubble that is currently selected. To add a sub idea to a different bubble, click on the desired bubble first to select it. Keep the text short and simple.

Delete a bubble by selecting it and then clicking the rubbish bin button. Undo and redo previous actions using the left and right arrow buttons.

Note: A bubble can be disconnected from an idea and attached to a different idea. Click and hold the bubble's outline and drag it to the desired space.

Suggested Applications

The mind map provides an excellent space for individual brainstorming.

Introduce a new concept: Use the mind map to connect a new concept to a similar concept that was known or learned previously. For example: Classification uses a mind map to help students think about what else is grouped by similarities, such as movies by genre.

Formulate a hypothesis: A mind map is a great way to begin a prac or experiment, as it helps the student organise their existing knowledge and identify gaps that can be answered through research and exploration.