Summer is coming to an end, and for a lot of students as well as teachers it’s time to go back to school. To help you start into a successful new school year, we’ve come up with an idea …
MindMeister is well known for its uses in note taking, note making, project planning and brainstorming, providing many features and functions that make school life easier for you. However, one of its most useful features is also one of its least well known ones: Presentation mode, which lets you turn your mind maps into beautiful presentations in no time.
Presenting information to others is a vital part of education, for teachers as well as students. With the MindMeister BackToSchool campaign, we want to encourage you in this new way of presenting information to others – one that combines a fast and incredibly easy way of creating a slideshow that, in opposite to most conventional slideshows, allows your audience to see the big picture as well as the connections between single topics.
Try it out now and show us the result!
The creators of the 5 most stunning presentations will be rewarded with a 1-year free subscription to MindMeister and, in addition to that, the overall winner will receive a brand new iPad mini!
Sound good to you? Then here’s what you have to do:
Note: Presentations must be submitted by October 1, 2013. From all submissions the MindMeister team will then choose the 5 most creative presentations, and each of the creators will receive a 1-year free membership for a MindMeister Edu Pro account.
On October 4, the top 5 presentations will be put up for a public voting on Facebook, where the overall winner of the competition will be determined.
And in case you haven’t had a chance to familiarize yourself with Presentation Mode, here’s a quick guide on how to make awesome presentations:
Creating slides and transitions
Click on the presentation icon in the bottom left of the footer of your mind map
Create new slides by clicking the + icon
Drag slides to their desired position
Alternatively hold down the CTRL button and drag to create a new slide
Select the transition for all slides or set for individual slides
Using Floating Topics
Floating topics can be used in many different ways to display information. Lots of different effects can be developed by matching topics with transitions.
Create a floating topic by dragging it away from the main topic or by holding down SHIFT
Create cool themes for the floating topic by selecting background color, text color and size
You can have connected or floating sibling topics
Use multiple floating topics as one slide to show sets of information
Then choose the transition you want to enhance the effect and highlight topics
Displaying Multiple Levels
A really great feature of the presentation mode is the ability to display different level topics at a time. For example, you can show level 1 topics with level 2 and level 3 topics closed and have them displayed in the next slide. To do this:
Close the topic level in a specific area of the map which you don’t want to show
Create a slide of the area
Open the closed levels and create another slide of the same area
Set the transition to blur or pan for the best and smoothest effect
Before starting the slideshow, exit presentation mode and close the levelsagain which are not displayed in the first slide
Displaying Charts, Images, Graphs and Links
You can create floating nodes with charts or graphs to present stats and figures
Insert a single image to a floating node to make it stand out
If you have additional information for the slideshow, i.e. spreadsheets, tables etc. you can easily include links to external resources
Once you have created your slideshow you can live broadcast it to anyone viewing the map. Set a time for the presentation and share the secure link with the persons you wish to present to. When you click ‘start slideshow’ a dialog box will pop up asking if you wish to live broadcast!
These are just some of the many cool features of the MindMeister Presentation Mode. Now it’s your turn to get creative and show us what you can do!