Brainstorming with Mind Maps

Engagement Description


Organizing thoughts from a central idea is a critical learning strategy that both teachers and students are embracing. In this world of data saturation, knowing how to extract key points and streamline the idea into effective decision making, takes a visual plan. Mind mapping provides a simple but powerful strategy that blends well into other pedagogical approaches.

Learning Objectives

Throughout the course you will learn:

  1. What a mind map is
  2. An overview of the mind mapping process
  3. To expand a central idea with branches
  4. To enhance your mind map
  5. To reorganize thoughts in a mind map
  6. To evaluate and use mind mapping software and apps

About the Author

Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder has taught computer technology courses in curriculum-based, continuing education, and corporate training environments since 2001.

Eric has maintained expert-level certification in Microsoft Office since Office XP, has over 30 years of programming experience, two decades of web design experience, and is a sought after presenter for conferences, workshops, and professional development seminars.

He has authored and co-authored several textbooks on computer technologies, including his recently released book, Web, Database, and Programming: A foundational approach to data-driven application development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and PHP, First Edition.

His professor and mentor at Western Carolina University, Dr. William Perry, instilled a mantra that remains true today and will serve as a guiding principle as he shares what he has learned - and continues to learn - with you in this course. "Learn to love to learn. Technology is always changing!"

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