Directions – Blog Post #4: Mind-Mapping

Welcome to Blog Post #4. This is unconventional in some ways. We are asking you to create a Mind Map (examples and directions below), and then take a photo of it and post the image of your Mind Map as your blog post. Your’e welcome to add text, too, as a way to explain your thinking, but it’s not necessary this week.

What is a Mind-Map? A mind map is a diagram created to visualize and organize information and connections. A mind map shows relationships between ideas by using words and images that are connected directly to a central concept. To create an idea or concept with a single word often helps create mind maps as those single words tend to be easier to create sub-ideas.

Here are two examples:

If you’d still like to know more about how to make mind maps, here’s a video that shows you how to develop a mind map.

Now, it’s time to…

  • Make a Mind Map
    • A Mind Map starts off with a central idea/topic and then connects complex ideas through branches in ways that make sense to you. We suggest that you begin by putting your central topic / issue in the center of a page, and then making branches to:
      • Stories: Characters, Conflicts, Perspectives
      • Importance: Why is this important? What are the stakes?
      • Change: Ideas to affect change locally
        • From there, make it your own and do your best to show what you know–and what you want to know–about your topic
  • Upload Image to Blog
    • The mind map that you create will be your blog post for this week. Take a photo and upload! Just try your best to make sure your audience can read and see what you’ve created.

(Due by the end of Sunday 10/8)


2. Respond to Others

A. Respond to those who have commented on your posts to continue conversations with them.

B. Read post #3 from the peers you are paired with; begin statements with “I noticed…” and “I wondered…” See this document for groups; I’ve shifted a couple of groups with one new learner and two that have left.

(Due by the end of Sunday 10/8)


IMPORTANT Blog Organization Reminders:

  1. Titles: Include a specific and engaging title, that begins with “#4:”
  2. Tags: You might include specific words that have to do with your topic. Examples: “Mental Health,” “Homeless.”
  3. Featured Image with a proper citation: Please use a Featured Image; the option is on the lower, right when writing a blog. See the example citation at the end of this post that includes the person’s name who created the image, hyperlinked to the original image.

Photo by Slava Bowman on Unsplash

Tim O'Leary

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