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From Collecting Dots to Connecting Dots by Mind Map: From Collecting Dots to Connecting Dots
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From Collecting Dots to Connecting Dots

Drawing on his experience of introducing mind mapping in education, Toni will be exploring how students and teachers can use mind maps to transition from collecting information to connecting information.

Key lessons learned about how students learn

Traditional educational paradigm


Academically Adrift by Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa (2011)

Students need to learn HOW to learn

BPUN16 mind mapping conference!

Mind mapping in education

Learning & Memory

Information Processing Model

Levels of Processing Model

GOAL: Deep processing of information through meaningful learning to long-term memory

“The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.” —Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget (1896-1980) was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. First psychologist to make a systematic study of cognitive development.

Learning strategies that enhance student learning & memory

Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques by Dunlosky et al. (2013)

Effective learning strategies (mind map)

Using mind maps to enhance learning & memory

Mind maps visually organize and connect concepts

Key benefits for learning

Connect key concepts

Build mind maps over time (distributed practice)

Test your knowledge (practice testing)

Mind mapping + effective learning strategies = Improved learning & memory

Getting started with mind maps

Explore mind maps

Try mind mapping

Stay motivated

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.” —John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) was an English economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. As an educator, I am always somewhat wary of anyone who proclaims a new technology as radical and game changing. Sometimes the technology is revolutionary but we have all seen technologies introduced with great fanfare, only to watch them disappear. Hence, we can’t always blame our schools for being so slow to embrace new technology and change. Nevertheless, mind mapping, and visual thinking in general, is presenting a great opportunity for improved learning in schools and work. We can do a lot more to promote mind mapping for learning in schools and workplace, but not by naively promoting mind maps as the magic bullet. Mind maps work for some people but don’t work for others, for various reasons. Key is to share examples, best practices, real stories, and case studies that show how mind maps add value to learning, how they help manage and make sense of information, and other key benefits of mind maps, so that others give mind maps a real consideration for implementation in schools and workplace. Stories about how mind maps can help solve problems, and improve teaching and learning, are much more powerful, and easier to embrace, than stories about how mind maps work like brains. It's not about mind maps. It's about benefits/solutions that mind maps provide. I hope this presentation will spark at least few students, teachers, and others, to try mind mapping. I’m sure they’ll be glad they did. Thank you.

Additional information

Toni Krasnic