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Mental maps… or the art of promoting student success by making life easier

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Fan of pedagogical simplicity? Did you know that mind maps are one of the most effective and versatile methods for ensuring student success? Thanks to this technique of disarming convenience, your protected young people will gain autonomy and take full control of their learning.

While the concept of "mind map" emerges in discussions and educational uses, it still seems as old as the world. In fact, it is a reappropriation of methods of visualization and memorization that date back to Antiquity. The Roman and Greek orators used it, moreover, to structure and control their speeches, as the site mentions. MindMapping.com, which explains the basics of this technique. This term (mind mapping) can be translated as follows: "mental mapping". Why then use this English terminology? It is because by searching on Google, we generally have more success with this one, since it is proving to be very popular in France.

Mind mapping, mental map, cartography… The names of this educational strategy are legion. Moreover, some educators classify these cards from two angles. By consulting Wikipedia or this article by Christian Barette, advisor and trainer Performa (University of Sherbrooke), one can better understand the differences between these two types of cards, although for the students (and often, for the adults), this can remain vague.

- The mind map or heuristic :
It offers tree content, diagrams and / or semantic or hierarchical links between ideas and concepts. We can detect the progression of thought. It seems more intuitive and often intended for personal use.

- The conceptual map (or diagram) :
The structuring of concepts often appears in the form of a diagram comprising links of relational types between the concepts. It relates to knowledge of a concept and can usually be understood by another reader.

In fact, the distinction is not obvious, and the line separating these two genres is very thin. To avoid confusing students (and teachers) from the start, it's best to stick to a single term. In the context of this file exposing the basics of this method, it is the expression "mental map" that will be retained.

The first part will discover that the creation of mental maps promotes optimal use of the brain. Supporting evidence, the dossier will highlight various testimonies and experiences in class, with young and old alike. In addition to highlighting the many advantages of this technique, both for making learning easier and for tackling a variety of tasks, the basics of designing a mind map will also be illustrated, so that you can yourself. take action. In addition, we discover several software and online applications useful for transferring maps from paper to screen, completely free of charge.

Practical, mental maps constitute a fascinating educational shift! Are you ready to take it on?

Summary of the file

Mind maps: advantages and frequent uses
Mind maps in the classroom: examples
Mind maps: content and structure
Mind maps: from paper to screen
Ready, Set? "Map"!


Please note! The English translation of this text is automated - Errors (sometimes hilarious!) can creep in! ;)