I have written a post before here about mindmapping tools. There are certainly quite a few out there. I think it really is a matter of preference which tool you use. I tend to draw mind maps with Popplet as it is easy to use and is great for collaborating. You can create mind maps on the computer or on your tablet. I have also made use of iMindMap HD as I like its style and look and the curved lines which can link up a number of ideas in a freeform way that is not always possible on other mind mapping tools. Here's an example based on some thoughts about digital strategy.
However, recently I came across Cell Storming Free on the iPad which allows you to build on SOLO taxonomy ideas and let your students create mind maps using hexagons which can be moved around and enables students to link up their thoughts and ideas beyond basic levels.
This example here simply shows how the hexagons can be linked. It is possible to move hexagons which allows for greater freedom of thought and allows for an ability to think beyond the uni-structural. The other benefit of Cell Storming surely lies in its flexibility in terms of inputting images, drawings, sound and video. Within each cell students can create video footage, input sound files or images, web addresses or even draw or label a picture. It is also possible to embed an image which has been annotated orally and saved to photos/videos. If you only have one iPad in class (read this post here for more info) then Cell Storming would be an excellent app to let two students use whilst other students use more traditional methods of mind mapping or collating ideas.
The finished mind map can be saved as an image and shared with the class or can be emailed or saved to iTunes or to dropbox with images, videos and sound files for others to share. If you are willing to part with a little money then there are even more options but the free version is certainly a good place to start.
What's your favourite mind mapping tool? Let me know in the comments box below.