What I’m Reading

Found a great site anyone interested in the latest greatest technology gadgets, it’s called, TheNextWeb.com (TNW). It was founded 10 years ago in 2006, the founders Boris and Patrick were looking for a tech event to showcase their new startup. When they couldn’t find one to meet their needs they decided to host their own. As they were organizing things, they soon realized they needed somewhere to promote the conference, and that’s how thenextweb.com (TNW) was launched. Makes perfect sense to me, I’ve done this several times.

What I find most interesting about TNW is it is a future-proof tech media company focusing on a cross-generational group and helps them get the most out of technology by informing them through stories and insights, and by bringing them together through events and workspaces. It takes a glimpse to how technology is influencing our lives and social interactions. Gotta love people who are on the bleeding edge, I know I do.

Weekly Site Review

This week I found a great FREE online mind mapping tool called MindMup (http://www.mindmup.com)

Some of you might be asking, “What is mind mapping?” In the simplest of definitions, it is a way to take notes using visual elements. Mind mapping offers an overview of a topic and complex information and often gives someone the ability to create new ideas and build connections. Through the use of colors, images and words, mind mapping encourages you to begin with a core idea and expand to more in-depth sub-topics.

Mind Mapping Example
Mind Mapping Example

MindMup has an intuitive user interface and connects to your Google Drive account so you are able to share your work. There are also some great additional features you can use like realtime collaboration on a map so updates change concurrently and shown almost instantly to everyone in the group. Additionally, you can manage hierarchies of tasks by propagating statuses to parent nodes. For example, when all sub-taks are completed, the parent task is automatically marked as completed. Another nice feature when building large maps is the abilities to convert the funky curve connectors into straight lines — I really like this feature! Finally, two nice extensions include the ability to store your maps on both Github and Dropbox!

So if you are looking for a great online FREE mind mapping tool to use in your classroom, business, or online collaborative projects then consider looking at MindMup — you don’t have anything to loose!