Go to mindmeister.com and choose to sign in with Office365 (from
Use your CBS credentials in order to sign in via Office365, and you are ready to create your first mindmap.
Brainstorming with MindMeister allows you to collect all the students’ perspectives, visualize abstract thought processes, and mindmap ideas collectively in the classroom. This means that the students get insights into perspectives other than their own, and can help support them in creative and innovative sense-making. With MindMeister, you are able to create a mind map which is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts, and it is an easy way to create a collaborative learning environment – both online and in class.
Both teachers and students can use MindMeister (via their Office365 account) as well as create and share Mindmaps and you can embed your Mindmap in a Canvas page.
How can you use MindMeister for your teaching?
There are many ways to use MindMeister in class – below we have gathered some examples for how to use it
in a teaching context. Let us know if you need support for implementing and using it in your own teaching!
- Brainstorming (click on the link to read more)
Brainstorms can be used to generate ideas for all types of problems and projects, from finding the next
innovation idea to solving a global energy crisis.
- Note-taking in class (click on the link to read more)
Most students use lined notebooks and thus take linear notes. These linear notes start in the upper left corner
of the page and then go from left to right, from top to bottom, until the page is full.
Using mindmaps for note-taking can help increase understanding of interdisciplinarity between concepts,
and link ideas and comments.
- Essay-writing (click on the link to read more)
Using mind maps to plan and outline an essay will not only make the writing process a lot easier. It will also enable the students to work through sources more efficiently and help them find and review information more quickly.
- Reading comprehension (click on the link to read more)
Mindmaps can help students to locate and evaluate what types of information is important in an article, essay, etc. It can also help decrease the mental load by collecting the same types of information in different clusters.
- Language learning (click on the link to read more)
Mind maps provide a more practical approach for dealing with large quantities of vocabulary, as students can easily create themed collections and add new words to them wherever they thematically fit. Their radiant structure perfectly reflects the networks that form in our brain to connect individual ideas with each other.
We have created a Canvas project room that easily gives you an overview of Mindmeister, tips & tricks, and how to get started. For pedagogical support, please do not hesitate to contact Anita Monty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for more inspiration, take a look at MindMeister’s public mindmap archive here.