Web 2.0 review #3–Critical Thinking Tools

1, 2. &3. The Criticial Thinking Web 2.0 tool  I’ve chosen to review this week is MindMup, a concept mapping tool that is web driven.  the url is: www.mindmup.com.

It allows the user to create “Mind Maps,” in real time, store them temporarily, create a collaborative concept map with other users.

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Video below:

 Module 3

 

4.  All you need is a working browser to use MindMup, however many of the features are driven by Google Drive, such as the “extension” for realtime collaborative use.   There is an extensive Q&A help area for each subheader (interestingly, in the form of a blog, allowing commentary,) and many of these are consolidated at the Google + site for MindMup, however membership is not required for use.  The site offers several types of additional storage, for which one may sign up/purchase, such as MindMup Gold storage.

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5. The only skills that are required are basic typing and mouse skills to start.  You may be able to see that on the start page, there is a blue box that says “Press Space or double-click to edit.”  Doing so gets you started with your concept map.

Thereafter, it just takes some practice with organization to create the map–and terminology used on the site.  The “parent” is the main “node” or box from which other ideas stem, siblings are ideas that are directly linked to the parent (but not subordinate to one another), etc.

It is helpful to know how to download/upload files into another program, because one can actual pull images, photos, etc into the mindmap for use.

6. Click this link to see (another WordPress blog) an example of  a source created with this tool (and an excellent tutorial in its use):

http://vscomputer.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/describing-not-prescribing-vol-4-refining-the-expeditionary-technique/

7.  How can this tool be used in teaching?   I can think of NUMEROUS ways, especially in medical education.

— Teaching students to use concept mapping and concept mapping tools is a technique from a constructivist perspective– students can build upon their already existing knowledge.  These tools allow the learner to actively participate in their learning by organizing complex concepts into a relatable, structured (but not linear) form.  It allows the learner to show and see interrelated concepts–and reorganize them as needed.

— By using a site like this that enables collaboration in real time, student groups can work together to conduct online, problem-based learning, develop ideas for complex projects.

— Concept maps created may be used to assess a learner’s understanding of the subject matter covered, as evidenced by this week’s reading with regards to use of concept maps in eductional research.  Learners who have a poorly developed concept map that misses critical “nodes,” interconnections/links or has too few categories listed may have a less refined, more superficial grasp on a subject.  Alternatively, concept maps may be compared early on in the process of learning a particular topic/subject to show evidence of deeper, more complex understanding.

This week, while evaluating this site, I actually introduced concept mapping in general, and MindMup in particular to a resident and fellow, who found the site very useful, and began building their own concept maps.

 

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