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The ULTIMATE iMindMap 9 Review

The ULTIMATE iMindMap 9 Review | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
FULL iMindMap 9 REVIEW covers Brainstorm, Presentation & Mind Map Views +NEW Fast Capture Mode. Discover iMindMap 9 before you buy + SAVE 10% if you do!
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The Mad Mapper Says: This may be overkill but I had to get it out there: the iMindMap 9 review to end all iMindMap 9 reviews... If you're thinking of getting into mind mapping or upgrading your existing software, check this out, I put my mind and soul into it!

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Mappy Awards June 2015 - Mind Map Winner - Mind Map Mad: Mind Mapping & iMindMap

Mappy Awards June 2015 - Mind Map Winner - Mind Map Mad: Mind Mapping & iMindMap | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

Quite simply one of the most marvellous mind maps I’ve ever seen...

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Honouring one of my favourite mind maps of all time and a huge inspiration for me: Daniel Tay's marvellous 'Blue Marble: Diversity in Animals' fully deserves to be our June 2015 overall winner in the Mappy Awards - well done Daniel!

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The Biggerplate Blog

The Biggerplate Blog | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
Mind Mapping is like a window to your brain and it really unlocks its potential unlike any other technique I have ever used.
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The Mad Mapper says: An excellent personal account on the Biggerplate blog on how Alessio Bernadelli, a teacher (and much more besides) uses mind mapping productively in his classes and his life.


It's funny to hear about how picking up a dusty old copy of the Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan in a 10p bargain bin really got him inspired in the technique.


Also interesting is the resistance Alessio comes across from some students who take a while to get their heads around mind mapping and its usefulness for clarifying complex concepts. A good read!

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The Mad Mapper says: An excellent personal account on the Biggerplate blog on how Alessio Bernadelli, a teacher (and much more besides) uses mind mapping productively in his classes and his life.


It's funny to hear about how picking up a dusty old copy of the Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan in a 10p bargain bin really got him inspired in the technique.


Also interesting is the resistance Alessio comes across from some students who take a while to get their heads around mind mapping and its usefulness for clarifying complex concepts. A good read!

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Nature Mind Mapping

Nature Mind Mapping | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

"Nature is filled with Mind Maps! If you look around you will find lots of shapes and material in nature  that can be used to create mind maps."

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The Mad Mapper says: It's always nice to come at a subject from a different angle. And it turns out that the fundamental structure of mind maps can be found in nature in various different forms.


This short blog post is mainly interesting for its three 'natural mind maps' involving woody subject matter: namely leaves, roots and, of course, branches. With a credit on the photos, I notice, to a certain Philippe Packu.


I've already introduced you to Philippe but you haven't heard the last of him, rest assured! He's one of the best creative mind mappers I know, who inspires me greatly :-D

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7 reasons Your Mind Map Stinks!

7 reasons Your Mind Map Stinks! | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
The mind map you recently sent to me sucks. You've made some common mistakes. Here's how to fix them,
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The Mad Mapper says: This one is worth sharing for the cover image alone. But apart from that it's an interesting and direct attack on boring, poorly put together mind maps.


The fact is, a lot of people produce things which they think are 'mind maps' but which actually miss out on a lot of the principles which can make mind maps particularly powerful.


Here Chuck Frey, a well-known mind mapper, analyses a few of the most common shortcomings and puts us back on the right track, if that's the direction we want to be going. And it probably is.

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The blue marble: diversity in animals

The blue marble: diversity in animals | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
The blue marble.
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The Mad Mapper says: If there were such a thing as an all time Top 10 Beautiful Mind Maps, then this would probably be in it as far as I'm concerned, based on the ones I have seen anyway. Hey, there's an idea! Coming soon: 'The Mad Mapper's All Time Top 10 Amazing Mind Maps' - don't say I didn't warn you!


'The blue marble' is all the explanation we get from 'danieltaysingapore' (on Biggerplate) but what a marvel this is. Not only is the central image stunning and expertly exploited, but the information offered is rich and fascinating.


If you ever wanted to illustrate the potential of mind-maps-as-informative-works-of-art, you could do no better than this!

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6 Thinking Hats - A Succinct Summary

6 Thinking Hats - A Succinct Summary | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

"A mind map summary of Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats - produced using imindmap software."

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The Mad Mapper says: As part of a regular 'Cool Mind Maps' feature, I'll be... featuring cool mind maps I come across on my virtual travels.


Here's one on De Bono's classic 'Six Thinking Hats' approach to creative thinking and getting lots of ideas from different angles together, whether as an individual or a group.


I like the map because of its simplicity and colourfulness. MInd mapping lends itself perfectly to a clear synthesis of this fascinating topic.

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Go Mapping Mad With iMindMap 8 (Brand New Video)

"Watch Sab Will (The Mad Mapper) create a lively mind map with the amazing iMindMap mind mapping software."

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The Mad Mapper says: Here I'm sharing my very first video about mind mapping! I decided not to start with a classic 'How To Mind Map' effort because there are already a lot of them out there.


So I personalised it a bit and showed you me quickly making a mind map spontaneously. You also get to see a few of the cool things you can do with iMindMap 8, which is the mind mapping software I use.


I also published it on my Mind Map Mad Blog, along with some blah-blah, so check that out here if you're interested and let me know what you think! :-D

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Robert Pastoor's curator insight, June 12, 2015 12:18 PM

Geen instructie video, maar wel een mooie presentatie van de mogelijkheden van iMindMap.

Julie Cumming-Debrot's comment, July 13, 2015 2:50 AM
Well done Seb, nice one.....
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About black belt

About black belt | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

"Black belt mind mapping: master mastermindmaps in 7 steps. A text is linear, a mind map radial. A text is a rectangular block of words, a mind map is a round, treelike, organic structure."

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The Mad Mapper says: I really liked this mind map on... mind mapping (using the Buzan principles, or most of them).


What I liked best was using a colourful (literally and metaphorically) metaphor (karate belts) to illustrate his point. If I'd thought of it first, I'd definitely have gone with it too!

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Yummy Food Pyramid Mind Map Good Enough To Eat

Yummy Food Pyramid Mind Map Good Enough To Eat | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
I revisited the food pyramid with a creative mind map. I extended it to a new piece of educational content for informing or teaching kids, students…
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The Mad Mapper says: This has to be one of the most spectacular mind maps ever! I know it's been shared a gazillion times before probably, but... Not By Me!


Philippe himself is aware of the huge controversy surrounding exactly what is the best diet these days, and of course it seems to change every couple of years. Right now fats - at least good ones - are back in a big way, all having been forgiven, while sweets or candy' are the devil's own spawn. And as for cereals - you see that huge base to the pyramid? - forget 'em if you wanna lose weight! At least that's what happened to me.


Check out my recent mind map 'How I Lost 7 Kilos In 7 Weeks' on my Mind Map Mad blog here if you're interested. http://goo.gl/nTdtOR (or download the original file on Biggerplate here: http://goo.gl/inmBTq ). Bon appétit!

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Who Are We To Mind Mapping?

Who Are We To Mind Mapping? | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
By the way… a quick tip for you: it is never about the map. A mind map is just a tool.
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The Mad Mapper says: This is quite a strange article from Lifehack. I can't quite work out if it's tongue-in-cheek or not! Whatever, it tries to give another point of view from those who go on about how mind mapping is the answer to all our woes.


It's making the point that there is a time when you need to stop the mapping process and move on to other things. If you can follow the train of thought it's quite interesting - see what you think.

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Using iMindMap at work: 8 top tips

Using iMindMap at work: 8 top tips | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

"iMindMap... allows you to streamline your workload, save time and condense and organise vast quantities of information, all whilst boosting your productivity."

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Mad Mapper says: Business Bods, listen up! If you're packin' iMindMap at work and don't feel you're exploiting its full potential, check out this useful kick in the pants from the ThinkBuzan blog.


They offer us 8 suggestions on getting the most from this excellent software in a business environment. Amongst other things they discuss brainstorming, presenting and planning, three great mind mapping classics. It's also very nicely illustrated!

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iMindMap 9 Mind Mapping Software From ThinkBuzan

iMindMap 9 Mind Mapping Software From ThinkBuzan | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
iMINDMAP 9 -SAVE 10% on NEW ThinkBuzan mind mapping software! iMindMap 9 reviews, video tutorials, GREAT DISCOUNT + BONUSES + fun Mind Map Mad USER GROUP!
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We've been waiting for this for a while now and at last iMindMap 9 is here!


For me this is the only mind mapping software which manages to cater perfectly to both the focused business end and endlessly creative end of the spectrum. If you can't get innovative and productive with iMindMap 9 then probably nothing will do it!

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France - French pupils rebel over ‘impossible’ English exam question

France - French pupils rebel over ‘impossible’ English exam question | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
More than 10,000 French pupils have signed a petition calling for the education minister to cancel an "impossible" question in this year's baccalaureate English exam.
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Fun English Teacher says: I've always been a bit dubious of some of these often obscure, subjective and some may say pointless questions asked in French English exams.


They have been accused more than once of placing too much emphasis on irrelevant, academic or intellectual topics rather than practical aspects of the language.


There's an argument I suppose, for treating English, like any other academic subject, as simply a test of the student's ability to learn. I even regret the obsessionally vocational approach taken by a lot of universities and students these days.


Nevertheless, English isn't Greek or Latin, after all. Having said all that, should English students at this level have been familiar with the verb 'cope'? I particularly like the last quoted examinee's somewhat mocking replique...

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Julie Cumming-Debrot's comment, June 23, 2015 9:03 AM
Oh dear......they've done it again. Why do they make the students squirm so much during exams.....baffles me completely. 10.000 tweets is not insignificant so there are a lot of students who indeed 'can't cope' at all - it pains me sometimes to hear something like this. Education should be an enjoyable experience - the more you enjoy doing something the more you learn surely? Goodness knows when the Mammoth will be 'dégraisser' but in the meantime there are a lot of unhappy, dissatissfied, complexed students gearing up to real life and all the challenges that brings - has eduction prepared them for that I ask myself?
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Creative inspiration from a master mind mapper

Creative inspiration from a master mind mapper | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

"Using colors in mind maps is maybe useful but for some of you, it may have an opposite effect... Anyway, do we always have a set of color pencils with us?"

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The Mad Mapper says: Philippe Packu's creative mind maps inspired me as soon as I saw them.


In this fascinating article, he shows us how to make memorable maps even when colour is lacking. And he even made this one using the most flexible mind mapping software available today, so anything is possible!

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Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, June 11, 2015 6:16 AM

Very well deserved indeed... 

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Introducing the 'Mappy Awards': Honouring the world's most amazing mind maps

Introducing the 'Mappy Awards': Honouring the world's most amazing mind maps | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
Mappy Awards June 2015: Recognising Amazing Mind Maps Worldwide. Categories: Business / Education / Personal / General / English / Kids / Fun. By Sab Will
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The Mad Mapper says: I'm very excited to bring you this new feature from the Mind Map Mad web site. It's designed to identify and honour the best mind maps out there in a variety of categories.


Please consider suggesting or, even better, contributing your own mind maps to be considered for an award - there are lots to be had!


Learn all about it here: http://goo.gl/5sLqsc and get mapping!

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Black and White Mind Map for Teaching or Pleasure

Black and White Mind Map for Teaching or Pleasure | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
This Black and White Mind Map by Sab Will is a teaching resource and a fun exercise in creativity. It shows B&W painted people, animals and objects.
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The Mad Mapper says: For only my 4th ever proper mind map I went monochrome. http://goo.gl/7bAi4u Well, almost. This was an aesthetic exercise stemming from a very simple theme: Black & White.


In terms of teaching potential, I give a couple of ideas in the blog post, but in the end it's simply an interesting collection of images featuring predominantly black and white (not 'black and white' images - that would be a little sad) to be exploited as the teacher sees fit.


As far as creativity was concerned, it's a great exercise to give yourself a very concise theme which can, nevertheless, be interpreted widely depending on what goes through your mind when you hear the phrase. What would YOU have done?!

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Buzan's 'Doodling Millions': A bit of Irish irony

Buzan's 'Doodling Millions': A bit of Irish irony | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
Taking note of how to use doodles, key words, images and connections can lead to success in all areas, according to Tony Buzan
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The Mad Mapper says: An article from 'The Irish Times' worthy of note on a couple of levels. Firstly, and taken at face value, this is a nice little piece about the history of modern mind mapping and more precisely how Tony Buzan created the system and, apparently, made millions from it.


However, it's more than that. For, without explicitly saying so, there's a not-so-subtle undercurrent of cynicism running through the entire article. Even the title and its sly use of the word 'doodle' are in on the joke.


In the end, I can't quite work out if the author is taking a dig at Buzan's ideas or not. She is, by turns, informative and irreverent.


Personally, I leave the 'grand claims' for the method to others vastly better qualified than I. As far as I'm concerned, it's fun, and inspires me to greater creativity in my work and play. And that's good enough for me! An interesting read.

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Julie Cumming-Debrot's comment, June 11, 2015 6:19 AM
Yes, her article is very ambiguous but then it makes for good reading nevertheless. But like you, Mind Mapping is defintely fun and mind broadening and for that I love using it and training others to master it too.
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The School Librarian & The Mind Map

The School Librarian & The Mind Map | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
I stumbled upon iMindMap and I just had to share. If you’re a mind map sort of person like me, you really have to check it out.
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The Mad Mapper says: This is a cute and refreshingly bite-sized story of a school librarian. She desperately needed to organise her thoughts. It wasn't  happening for her.


She went on-line looking for mind mapping apps. She came across my favourite software and the rest, as they say, is history. (I wonder if she's started using images yet?)


Over and above the product drooling, this is a nice reminder of the feelings I had when I first started playing around with the application. Straight out of the box I was having productive fun with it. Oh, and by the way - did I mention... it's free! :-D

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iMindMap and I: A Day in the Life

"I've got a 9 o'clock brainstorming to do with my team, so I start to fire off some initial ideas in a free-form brainstorm."

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The Mad Mapper says: I always like the personal touch to the cold and calculated business approach. Here we see Owen from ThinkBuzan talking us through his day in the company of iMindMap, which his company produces.


I have something similar to this in mind for myself actually. It's going to be a mind map based on my favourite uses of... mind maps. That's not too narcississtic, is it?


This short video is helpful too because I think too many people still think that mind mapping is a cute thing to buy a book on or go on a course about but that it's still a bit airy-fairy when it comes to your business day. This YouTube clip should give them some food for thought.

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How To Use Pro-active Thinking Maps For Writing Exam Success - Official WizIQ Teach Blog

How To Use Pro-active Thinking Maps For Writing Exam Success - Official WizIQ Teach Blog | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” William Shakespeare What’s good in education? What’s bad? Think about it"

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The Mad Mapper says: This comes from a web site I've been meaning to check out so maybe this is my excuse. Anyway, it's about how to use mind maps for writing, with links to other mind map-related topics in education, so might be worth a look.


My other fav quote which came from another of their articles which I'm not going to scoop, was: "Let your heart be your compass, your mind your map, your soul your guide… and you will never get lost." Ritu Ghatourey. Nice mind map reference there, no?!

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Julie Cumming-Debrot's comment, June 11, 2015 6:20 AM
Love the Bard's take on this, so true.
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Mind Mapping Comes To Qatar

Mind Mapping Comes To Qatar | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
We believe that organising such a unique event in Qatar will significantly enhance the participants’ performance, which in turn will reflect positively on the companies as a whole in today’s competitive market
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The Mad Mapper says: Interesting to see where mind mapping is going next. I don't know what sort of penetration it has in the Middle East. I do know that there were some enthusiastic participants from that region on the Buzan Mind Mapping & iMindMap course I went on a couple of months ago, so encouraging.

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'Sunny Week Planner' on Biggerplate

'Sunny Week Planner' on Biggerplate | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it
A fun new way to organise your week. Avoid overwhelm. Get awesome things done. Remember key actions. Feel great!

All of that in a mind map? Phew…
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The Mad Mapper says: Discover Biggerplate: the mind map library, if you don't know it already! This links to my second-ever mind map, submitted to their site, where you can now download it in iMindMap format. To get big jpg or pdf versions, as well as the instructions on how to use it, you'll have to go to  you'll have to go to the Mind Map Mad site: http://goo.gl/7MHZ4y


Biggerplate is a great resource with tons of great maps, some of which I'lll certainly be sharing here from time to time. Check it out!

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Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, May 27, 2015 6:09 AM

A nice way to get your week organised.

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It's A Mind Map Mad Mad Mad World!

It's A Mind Map Mad Mad Mad World! | Mind Map Mad & iMindMap | Scoop.it

'Here at Mind Map Mad we love mind maps for three reasons: 1 Mind maps are wonderfully colourful, creative and crazy, allowing us to have fun, …'

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Mad Mapper says: OK, I admit it: I'm starting my Scoop.It existence with a shameless posting of my own mind mapping web site's home page. So there you go! Well, I had to start somewhere, and I started... here.


Joking aside, I am completely mind map mad, as you may have guessed. On this wonderful new Scoop.It board I'll be sharing the most interesting, creative and useful examples of mind mapping I can find. Along with a few of my own too for good measure.


I hope you enjoy looking around and don't forget to say 'Hi!' from time to time. Scoop On!

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