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  • Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3- the Perfect Add-on

    Assistive Technology
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Cleanstylus for Surface Pro 3As much as I enjoy using my Surface Pro 3, especially for the digital inking-it is just a matter of time, before I know I will eventually lose my stylus. So when I came across the Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3 from Cleanint I knew I had to take it out for a test run. I had a chance to speak with Tuan from Cleanint and he was kind enough to send me out one to review. If you are looking for an elegant and effective way to store your stylus then take a look at the Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3. The Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3…
  • Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation: 9 Innovation Thought Leaders from Around the Globe

    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad
    Arwen Heredia
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Happy holidays, innovation enthusiasts, and welcome to Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation! This 2014 spotlight series features hand-picked resources, upcoming events, webcasts, thought leadership pieces, and more to give you an inspirational boost for the coming year. Enjoy! On the 9th day of innovation, we’d like to share with you: nine compelling innovation thought leaders worth knowing about. 1. Renee Mauborgne: Author, Professor, and Distinguished Researcher Every now and then, a professional is discovered who boasts a list of accomplishments too long to fathom; Renee…
  • MindMeister reveals the tantalizing future of cloud-based mind mapping

    Mind Mapping Software Blog
    Chuck Frey
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    At the recent Biggerplate mind mapping conference in Berlin, web-based mind mapping innovator MindMeister provided attendees with a tantalizing glimpse at the future of its popular application. In this 24-minute video, Rafaela Bradner covers a number of intriguing capabilities that MindMeister is currently experimenting with, including: Additional enhancements to its Google Glass integration (link to my post) Using the soon to be introduced Apple Watch for voice integration with MindMeister Integration with touch and multi-touch screens Hands-free input technology, similar to the…
  • Biggerplate’s Annual Mindmap Survey 2014

    The Mindmap Blog
    Chance Brown
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    It’s time again for the Biggerplate Annual Mindmap Survey.  This is your opportunity to contribute to the global conversation on mindmapping.  This is also your opportunity to share how you’re using mindmapping software. Here’s some information from Biggerplate.com about last year’s survey: Last year’s survey was completed by over 700 mind mappers from more than 60 different countries! The results were published in our Annual Mind Map Report 2014, which contained a wealth of information and insights into the current state of the mind mapping world, and key…
  • First Day of Idea Mapping Certification Workshop Welcomes Two New Instructors.

    Idea Mapping
    Jamie Nast
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Idea Mapping Instructor Certification process is not for the faint of heart. It is an elite designation — a demanding and rigorous certification experience unlike no other in the Idea Mapping or Mind Mapping space. So it is with great pride and appreciation that I welcome two new instructor into our family — Patrizia Pfenninger from Switzerland and Scott Letwin from Alberta, Canada . I will do a full posting on each of them after the certification is completed. The 2014 certification is currently being held in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. Returning again this year for great…
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    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad

  • Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation: 9 Innovation Thought Leaders from Around the Globe

    Arwen Heredia
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Happy holidays, innovation enthusiasts, and welcome to Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation! This 2014 spotlight series features hand-picked resources, upcoming events, webcasts, thought leadership pieces, and more to give you an inspirational boost for the coming year. Enjoy! On the 9th day of innovation, we’d like to share with you: nine compelling innovation thought leaders worth knowing about. 1. Renee Mauborgne: Author, Professor, and Distinguished Researcher Every now and then, a professional is discovered who boasts a list of accomplishments too long to fathom; Renee…
  • Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation: 8 of Our Favorite 2014 Blog Posts

    Arwen Heredia
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Happy holidays, innovation enthusiasts, and welcome to Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation! This 2014 spotlight series features hand-picked resources, upcoming events, webcasts, thought leadership pieces, and more to give you an inspirational boost for the coming year. Enjoy! On the 8th day of innovation, we’d like to share with you: eight of our favorite innovation blogs we’ve published this past year, listed below in no particular order. 1. The Innovation Pipeline: The Ultimate Evolution of the Corporate Suggestion Box “At the heart of any successful innovation…
  • Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation: 7 Favorite Features

    Arwen Heredia
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Happy holidays, innovation enthusiasts, and welcome to Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation! This 2014 spotlight series features hand-picked resources, upcoming events, webcasts, thought leadership pieces, and more to give you an inspirational boost for the coming year. Enjoy! On the 7th day of innovation, we’d like to share with you: our seven favorite features offered in our SpigitEngage innovation management software. If you’re not familiar with this kind of tool, read up on it here. 1. Pairwise Voting SpigitEngage offers advanced head-to-head voting that can be used during…
  • Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation: 6 Must-Follow Innovation Blogs

    Arwen Heredia
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Happy holidays, innovation enthusiasts, and welcome to Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation! This 2014 spotlight series features hand-picked resources, upcoming events, webcasts, thought leadership pieces, and more to give you an inspirational boost for the coming year. Enjoy! On the 6th day of innovation, we’d like to share with you: six innovation blogs you need to follow right now for expert advice, use cases, trending topics, and more. 1. Innovation Excellence This blog is about as robust and diverse a hub as anyone could ask for on a particular topic. It’s packed with…
  • 12/17 Innovation Cafe Webinar: Driving a Culture of Innovation with Doug Collins

    Aly Kline
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    In light of the recent publication of his new book, tomorrow’s Innovation Cafe webinar will be hosted by innovation architect Doug Collins, in order to gain insight on what the book explores, his work in the industry, and his perspective on the value of collaborative ideation and company culture. Our Next Innovation Cafe Doug serves as a senior practice leader at Mindjet. In this live webinar, he will share his perspective on how to effectively build a culture of innovation. He will also take us on a journey through his Innovation Architecture book series. The series helps people to…
 
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    Mind Mapping Software Blog

  • MindMeister reveals the tantalizing future of cloud-based mind mapping

    Chuck Frey
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    At the recent Biggerplate mind mapping conference in Berlin, web-based mind mapping innovator MindMeister provided attendees with a tantalizing glimpse at the future of its popular application. In this 24-minute video, Rafaela Bradner covers a number of intriguing capabilities that MindMeister is currently experimenting with, including: Additional enhancements to its Google Glass integration (link to my post) Using the soon to be introduced Apple Watch for voice integration with MindMeister Integration with touch and multi-touch screens Hands-free input technology, similar to the…
  • New chart compares top 11 mind mapping software programs

    Chuck Frey
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Are you thinking about investing in mind mapping software, but don’t know which program to choose? Then you should download the new 2014 Mind Mapping Software Comparison Chart. It will enable you to compare the features and functionality of 11 popular mind mapping programs, side-by-side, in a convenient dot chart. It also contains some new resources since the last edition of this popular guide: A summary of the most notable features of each program A link to my latest review of each program A link to each developer’s website A 6-page companion guide that will help you make sense…
  • How can you tell if your mind map is “done?”

    Chuck Frey
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    How can you tell if your mind map is “done?” How do you know it’s complete, well-organized and ready to share with the world? In my latest 3-minute Mind Map Insights video, I provide you with 10 questions you can use to evaluate the quality and completeness of your mind map. If you’ve ever had a nagging feeling that your mind maps aren’t quite as good as you’d like them to be, this concise tutorial will teach you what you need to know to make your mind maps as good as they can be. View this video on YouTube Related videos: How to Use Icons & Symbols Effectively How…
  • How to summarize a dense book with a mind map

    Eric Bouchet
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Mind mapping is an excellent way to capture the key points of a book in a visual form. But what if the book you’re reading contains so much useful information that it’s hard to capture it all in a single mind map? That was the case with Time Power: A Proven System for Getting More Done in Less Time Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy. It’s a 270-page, very structured, very dense book. To keep it manageable, I created a a multi-page mind map composed of 12 linked maps, one for each of the book’s chapters. This turned out to be a surprisingly elegant solution…
  • FAQ: What is the brainstorming mode of mind mapping software?

    Chuck Frey
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    One of the lesser-known capabilities of modern mind mapping software is the brainstorming mode. It enables you to capture, organize and evaluate ideas quickly and efficiently. It can also serve as a powerful catalyst to jump-start your thinking and help you generate better solutions. Here are some frequently-asked questions about the brainstorming mode of mind mapping software and insights into how you can benefit from it. What is brainstorming mode and what is it useful for? It enables users to quickly generate and record ideas. There are two primary methods used by software developers to…
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    The Mindmap Blog

  • Biggerplate’s Annual Mindmap Survey 2014

    Chance Brown
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    It’s time again for the Biggerplate Annual Mindmap Survey.  This is your opportunity to contribute to the global conversation on mindmapping.  This is also your opportunity to share how you’re using mindmapping software. Here’s some information from Biggerplate.com about last year’s survey: Last year’s survey was completed by over 700 mind mappers from more than 60 different countries! The results were published in our Annual Mind Map Report 2014, which contained a wealth of information and insights into the current state of the mind mapping world, and key…
  • Guest Post: Generate Ideas Faster with Edraw

    Jenni Birch
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Not everyone has a thought process like Sherlock Holmes. Holmes just needs to close his eyes, go to his mind palace, and connect multiple pieces of information in order to quickly find the idea he’s looking for. Thanks to the advancements of technology, and with a little bit of practice, thinking like the famous detective and coming up with brilliant ideas in an instant is now possible. Mind mapping is an intelligent way to process information. It is used by a lot of people today when they need to conjure up ideas or when they’re having a hard time organizing their thoughts. It’s…
  • Top Mindmapping Software Companies Showcase Features

    Chance Brown
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Over the past several years, mindmapping software has become a more sophisticated tool for business and education.  Today, you can engage your team with mindmapping software to do effective strategic planning, brainstorming, project management and meeting management. Many of the top mindmapping software companies also have seamless integration with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Microsoft Project, and Microsoft SharePoint enabling you to better leverage software you use on a daily basis. Below are videos from some of the top mindmapping software companies.  All these companies…
  • Mastering MindManager: The Ribbon Mindmap

    Chance Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Mindjet’s MindManager is the most full-featured mindmapping software application on the market.  Here are just some of the things you can do with this software application: Brainstorming Project Management Information Management Strategic Planning Meeting Management Financial Forecasting and Budgeting (with formulas and calculations in the map) Seamless integration with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint However, in order to fully leverage MindManager in all these areas you have to become very familiar with the program commands on the Ribbon.  For example, if…
  • This Month Biggerplate Unplugged Berlin

    Chance Brown
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Biggerplate Unplugged continues with the upcoming conference on October 162014 in Berlin, Germany. If you’ve never experienced a Biggerplate Unplugged Conference, I highly recommend it!  I had the pleasure of being a presenter at Biggerplate Unplugged San Francisco in March 2014.  Though speaking was an honor, it was the conversation and exchange with other mappers before and after my talk that made it truly a memorable experience. To give you a feel of what a Biggerplate Unplugged Conference is like watch some of the videos from previous conferences below: London, January 2013 Paris,…
 
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    Idea Mapping

  • First Day of Idea Mapping Certification Workshop Welcomes Two New Instructors.

    Jamie Nast
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Idea Mapping Instructor Certification process is not for the faint of heart. It is an elite designation — a demanding and rigorous certification experience unlike no other in the Idea Mapping or Mind Mapping space. So it is with great pride and appreciation that I welcome two new instructor into our family — Patrizia Pfenninger from Switzerland and Scott Letwin from Alberta, Canada . I will do a full posting on each of them after the certification is completed. The 2014 certification is currently being held in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. Returning again this year for great…
  • Idea Mapping at NIH (National Institutes of Health) Tomorrow

    Jamie Nast
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    I’m looking forward to teaching an Idea Mapping Workshop tomorrow for NIH’s Office of Extramural Programs in Bethesda, MD. This is my third workshop for NIH and is shaping up to be the best yet! See my June 25, 2014 posting for a look at a previous event. Share This
  • Attention Mind Mapping and Idea Mapping Communities! Biggerplate Launched Their Annual Survey and Needs Your Input.

    Jamie Nast
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Once again Biggerplate needs your input for their 2014 survey. You can find the link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Biggerplate2014. Last year nearly 800 mappers participated and hopefully this year there will be even more. Thanks in advance for your participation. Share This
  • Idea Maps or Mind Maps 469-471. Covey’s 7 Habits.

    Jamie Nast
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    On Oct. 24-25 I was the kick-off presenter for the 7th Academy of Evaluation in Warsaw, Poland. For a video slide show of workshop highlights and more information about this 9-month program see my Nov. 1, 2014 posting. One of the objectives of this workshop is to teach civil servants not only the Idea Mapping tool, but also the MindManager software product. One of the ways I do that is to hand out a 2-page article summarizing Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and have each person create an Idea Map about the article using MindManager. So here are a few examples of…
  • Dec 3-4, 2014 Jamie Nast Teaches 2-Day Public Idea Mapping Workshop in Palm Beach, FL.

    Jamie Nast
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I’m thrilled to announce that the final public Idea Mapping Workshop for 2014 will be happening in Palm Beach, FL next month. Vanda North (Founder and former CEO of The Buzan Centres) will also be teaching her 1-day Mind Chi Workshop on Dec 2 and will be joining us for much of the Idea Mapping Workshop and subsequent Idea Mapping Instructor Certification Course (Dec 3-6). So far participants are coming from Alberta, Canada, Switzerland, and the USA. Also joining us will be several previously certified instructors, so there will be an abundance of experienced brains to learn from.
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    Visual Mapping

  • Video: Using Mindmaps in Legal Education

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Jeffrey Ritter, Georgetown Law, Mapping the Law: Building and Using Visual Mindmaps in Legal Education from Michele Pistone on Vimeo.This video is part of a video collection from the Igniting Law Teaching, hosted by LegalED at American University Washington College of Law. Responding to the calls for legal education reform, the conference -- the first of its kind -- created a forum for professors experimenting with cutting edge technologies and techniques in law teaching with the goal of spreading their ideas to the broader community. The talks were modeled on TEDx Talks, with each speaker on…
  • Video: Visualizing the scale of the brain

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The human brain is an impressive organ. It is one of the most complex structures in the known universe.  Visualizing the Scale of the Human Brain was an infographic competition organized this year by the MIT to explain the scale and the complexity of the brain.Check out this awesome infographic video from Nicolás Borie Williams who created it for this competition.
  • Dadaviz: a new website for quality data visualizations

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    We are at a point where data and information are more and more widely available, and the visual language of data and informations is becoming more popular. The Web itself is increasingly based on visual communication. In this a visual thinking era the terms "data visualizations" and "infographics" remain often used interchangeably.What is the difference?Infographics use a lot of illustrations and design, they are often hand crafted and used to tell a story or answer a question.Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own answer and are often created automatically. They help to…
  • The Visual Language of Comics

    26 May 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today, browsing the web in search of fresh information about Visual Language, I came across very interesting contents written by Neil Cohn, Ph.D in Psychology from Tufts University and blogger at The Visual Linguist. Neil Cohn argues, that "the structure, cognition, and development of comic's visual language is similar to that of spoken and signed languages. Structured sequential images can literally becomes a Visual Language".This research remembered me a fantastic TED talk I highly recommend you: The Visual Magic of Comics by Scott McCloud,often referred to as the…
  • Tony Buzan launches new free E-Learning Program about Mind Mapping

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A very interesting resource is now available online for learning how to mindmap or improving your mind mapping skills.It's free and no sign-up is necessary.Published by ThinkBuzan, this E-Learning Program is very clear and intuitive. With various examples, short videos and concise explanations, this program is essentially an introduction to the science behind Mind Mapping, its fundamental principles and a Guide to creating Mind Maps. Some free additional and useful contents are also available within the website:A Mindmap Gallery with more than 40 high quality mindmapsA downloadable…
 
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    IQ Matrix Blog

  • In Pursuit of Excellence

    Adam Sicinski
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Aristotle The Act Habit of Excellence A dictionary definition of excellence states that it is the quality of being outstanding or extremely good or superior at something. In other words, whenever you excel at something you are performing at a level far above what the average person is able to give to that particular skill or situation. This is all well and good, however it doesn’t really provide us with anything practical or actionable to work with. For instance, how will you know when you’re excelling at…
  • Boosting Your Productivity

    Adam Sicinski
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.Paul J. Mayer This article is part of a four part series that explores how to effectively manage your time and boost your levels of productivity. Below you will find links to all articles within this series: How to Manage Your Time How to Work Smarter, Not Harder Exploring the Productivity Process Boosting Your Levels of Productivity You will also find a total of 20+ IQ Matrix maps exploring the various aspects of productivity by visiting our Knowledge Base.
  • The Productivity Process

    Adam Sicinski
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.Peter Drucker What does productivity mean to you? Productivity often means different things to different people. When we think of productivity we often imagine working more effectively and efficiently without distraction. Being productive means being an effective time manager; having the ability to organize yourself and your environment; it means understanding how to outsource and delegate, and of course it involves focusing on your highest priority activities that will bring you the highest long-term value. Bringing…
  • Working Smarter, Not Harder

    Adam Sicinski
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?Henry David Thoreau Are You Being Productive, Or Just Busy? Many of us often complain about not having enough time for all the things that we need to get done. We are just too busy running errands, ticking off checklists, responding to emails, attending meetings, putting out fires, while trying to juggle numerous projects and tasks all at the same time. Yes, no doubt we are very busy doing all sorts of stuff. But if we are so busy then why do we often feel as though there’s just never enough time…
  • Controlling Expectations

    Adam Sicinski
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.Brian Tracy The Extraordinary Power of Expectation Every single day we hold onto certain kinds of expectations about ourselves, about others, and about our circumstances. Whether we realize it or not, these expectations directly influence our lives. In fact, you always hold onto conscious and unconscious expectations in various situations. The expectations you hold onto influence where your focus and attention goes. As a result these expectations become targets, or in other words plans for the…
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    LatestSolarNews

  • Essentials of a Solar Greenhouse

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Plant breeding and plant production is a very productive hobby and livelihood. It is good way to earn some living by producing high-valued crops. It is also a good way of contributing to the environment. The best way to sustain this endeavor is to get a solar greenhouse. Read on to learn the basics of the solar greenhouse. What Is a Solar Greenhouse? The very purpose of any greenhouse is to collect solar energy whenever the sun shining high. However, solar greenhouses serve a more specific purpose. It is able to do more than collect the solar energy. The solar greenhouse is able to store heat…
  • Solar Power- How Does It Save The Environment

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve probably heard a lot about solar energy and how efficient it is. Moreover, over the last few years, there have been several moves to see how effectively we can use solar power in an attempt to alleviate the energy crisis that the world faces. So, how does using solar energy fit into the bigger picture of protecting our environment? The point is that even small changes in the way we do things go a long way in terms of saving our environment. Solar energy is a renewable energy source The sun offers us a great source of renewable energy; it’s been around for over four billion…
  • How Solar Thermal Works In Your Home

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    Given energy concerns these days, most homes are now designed to take advantage of passive solar heating concepts. Solar thermal is a big part of this process. How Thermal Mass Works In Your Home Getting a little free heating can go a long way on your utility bill, particularly over the life of a structure. Passive solar heating is the methodology used to achieve this goal. It is a process wherein a home is built or upgraded in such a way as to catch and contain as much of the sunlight in the form of heat as possible. To effectively use solar for heating, thermal mass is a subject you need to…
  • Following A Greener Path: What You Must Understand About Solar Power

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Going forward, people will be using oil less and less. Luckily, you can join this transition by making good use of clean, renewable solar energy today. This article is filled with useful tips and helpful information. When you are just transitioning to solar power, pick something small to start with. There are outdoor lights that are completely run on solar energy. It’s easy to find this sort of product online, at home improvement stores and at big box stores. Installing this sort of lighting system is a no-brainer. Walk down your garden path and poke the lights into the ground! To…
  • Feeling In The Dark About Solar Energy? Check Out These Illuminating Tips!

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Many people are switching over to solar energy to power their homes these days. To make the best decisions regarding solar energy usage, one must fully understand the consequences and considerations surrounding its use. Read the below article to increase your knowledge on solar energy. There are a couple of different photo-voltaic panels to choose from. Less expensive poly-crystalline panels are not as efficient as the costlier mono-crystalline panels. You should purchase the best possible product your budget can allow when it comes to solar power systems. The efficiency of your solar panels…
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    MindMeister Blog

  • Say Hello to a New Level of Collaboration

    Raphaela Brandner
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    One of the greatest things about MindMeister is its collaboration engine, which lets you brainstorm with others in real-time. You can quickly invite your whole team to a mind map, explain the goal of the exercise, and watch while everyone adds their own ideas on the canvas. This is collaboration on a mind map level. It works especially well for brainstormings, because there the goal is mostly to collect ideas before the actual project is created. But what if the mind map itself is important? What if you need a visual outline or plan you can refer back to at any time, like a business plan or a…
  • 4 Tools We Are Thankful for This Year

    Raphaela Brandner
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    In our last Thanksgiving article we already introduced you to six tools we are extremely thankful for. We’re still using all of them, but there are four new tools we’ve started using this year, and we wanted to make sure you know about them too:   1. Mustr We use Mustr in our Marketing and PR department to organize our journalist and blogger contacts. We love it because it enables us to store all our PR related information at a centralized place that our whole team can access. Especially useful is also the press release feature, which makes spreading our company news…
  • Improving Creativity, Collaboration and Comprehension in the Classroom

    Raphaela Brandner
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Most teachers are already familiar with mind mapping and similar brainstorming techniques and know about their use in facilitating creativity and the free flow of ideas. However, in contrast to regular paper mind maps, online mind mapping offers a range of additional possibilities for both students and teachers that make it one of the most practical applications that can be employed in a classroom. What Is Online Mind Mapping? Online mind mapping is a means for teachers and students to work collaboratively and brainstorm together in real-time. Maps can easily be shared with single or whole…
  • 6 Tips to Improve Your Creativity

    Raphaela Brandner
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Who doesn’t know the feeling: You need to come up with a great idea, solve a finicky problem or create an inspired design, but your creativity seems to have gone on vacation – without you. Everyone faces this problem at some point, which is why we’ve put together a list of six simple ways that should help you get unstuck in no time. Take a look:   Try working in a coffee shop or restaurant A study from 20121 has found that a moderate level of ambient noise, which can be found in a coffee shop, quiet bar or restaurant, for instance, enhances performance on creative…
  • Mind Mapping Innovation: Cast Your Vote Now!

    Raphaela Brandner
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    At the last Biggerplate Unplugged event in Berlin our Marketing Manager Raphaela talked about the future of mind mapping and introduced a number of possible innovations it may hold (you can take a look at the presentation here). For three of the ideas we received particularly great feedback, and, personally, we think they’re all super exciting. Unfortunately, our resources are limited, and so we need your help to prioritize in which one we should really invest our energy… Cast your vote for the next big mind mapping innovation! Please use the Google response form at the bottom of…
 
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    Assistive Technology

  • ActionTec's ScreenBeam Mini 2- Good Things Come in Small Packages

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I have been a big fan of ActionTec's ScreenBeam Pro Education Edition and have used it successfully in my classroom with my Surface Pro 3 and Dell Venue 8 tablets. Having the ability to walk around my classroom and share my screen without physically being connected to the projector is a real pleasure. Setting up the ScreenBeam Pro is extremely simple and does not require one to connect the device to the existing WiFi network which is a real advantage of the Miracast technology. When I heard that Actiontec was going to release a new Miracast receiver, I knew I had to get my hands on it…
  • Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3- the Perfect Add-on

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Cleanstylus for Surface Pro 3As much as I enjoy using my Surface Pro 3, especially for the digital inking-it is just a matter of time, before I know I will eventually lose my stylus. So when I came across the Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3 from Cleanint I knew I had to take it out for a test run. I had a chance to speak with Tuan from Cleanint and he was kind enough to send me out one to review. If you are looking for an elegant and effective way to store your stylus then take a look at the Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3. The Cleanstylus for the Surface Pro 3…
  • Adobe Learning Summit 2014

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    In a couple of weeks I will be flying out to Las Vegas to present at the Adobe Learning Summit 2014- to present with my colleague Linda Mahnken, on the topic of Creating Accessible eLearning with Adobe eLearning Tools. Linda and I will focus on how you can use Adobe Presenter 10 and Adobe Captivate 8 to create elearning material that is accessible for individual with hearing, visual and learning disabilities. During the session you'll learn:Accessibility features in Captivate and Presenter Which content types are and are not accessible    Best practices for accessible online…
  • Science Under the Lens: ProScope Micro Mobile from Vernier

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Getting students engaged in the learning process is paramount these days and what better way to do this than with computer technology. As our American education is going through a transformation there is an understanding that the students in our classrooms today need to become well versed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Looking at the Next Generation Science Standards it is clear that this document is a real paradigm shift in how we deliver instruction in the classroom in these areas. It is clear that the shift ProScope Micro Mobileis a move…
  • Packing Miracast- The DELL Mobile Projector M900HD

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The computer trends are pointing to lighter, more portable and highly mobile technology for today's work force. This is no less true for all of us in education as many schools are moving to tablets and devices that connect to the cloud. With this shift, it is exciting to think about how teachers are using their classrooms to cull out unique learning spaces. If you are thinking of how you can redesign your classroom space I would highly suggest that you consider reading The Third Teacher, and excellent book about re-thinking the learning space in our classrooms. This…
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    XMind

  • The Mind Map Structures in XMind

    skywang
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Today, let’s talk about the mind map structure of XMind. Actually, this subject won’t exist if we’re in strict accordance with Tony Buzan’s theory. Because in traditional concepts, mind map should spread out from a central topic, along with curves, colors, keywords and images. But in practical applications, this default structure is not enough and powerful to use. After reviewing all the mind maps we’ve ever created, we must found that, many of the them were not in the pure mind map sturcture, but in org chart, logic chart, matrix or other structure. Now, we…
  • XMind 6 Now Available!

    skywang
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    See this post for more information about new features of XMind 6. On this beautiful and crisp autumn day, we’re so excited to announce that the brand new XMind 6 is completely available for you now. The past 7 years, we’ve been dedicated to developing the most efficient and powerful product to make people more productive and creative and work smarter. For this purpose, we rack our brains all day to devise new useful functions. More importantly, we listen to our customers and let their feedback shape our product. After a year’s effort and sweat, today, XMind comes with so…
  • UX and UI products I use daily – Narek Khach

    skywang
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    We all know that, mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture our thoughts and bring them to life in visual way. It really helps us become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. XMind, as one of the most popular mind mapping software tools, is always focusing on improving the quality and ability and delivering great user experience. Everyday, what we all think about is how to make XMind easier to use, more professional and powerful. A good measure a quality product is it’s effectiveness. We’ll only do what we do really well. Just like Narek…
  • Buy XMind Now and Free Upgrade To XMind 6

    skywang
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    XMind 6 now comes public beta. The official version will also be available in a few weeks. So we decided that everyone who buys XMind now, can get free upgrade to XMind 6 in the future. If your order is from October 8th (GMT), our system will automatically send you the upgrade news and new license key once XMind 6 is released. This event will be available until XMind 6 is released. XMind 2013 Pro can upgrade to XMind 6 Pro and XMind 2013 Plus can upgrade to XMind 6 Plus, but XMind 2013 Plus can’t upgrade to XMind 6 Pro for free. Buy XMind 2013 Now See what we’ve brought in XMind 6
  • XMind 6 Public Beta Now Available

    skywang
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    It’s that time of year again for the new XMind! Yes, we name it XMind 6, which will be the next major release of XMind. In this new version, we’ll bring eight big new features and a dozen significant improvements, along with most of known bugs fixed. Why do we name the next big release XMind 6? Let’s look back to our history. In 2007, we released our first 2 versions XMind 2007 (v1.0) and XMind 2008 (v2.0). In later 2008, we opened most of the source code and enter XMind 3.x times. In the next several years, we kept the version number 3.x, and made some minor updates. The 4th…
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