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  • Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2015

    Idea Mapping
    Jamie Nast
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    For the second year in a row this report includes some exciting information. Over 1,000 mind mappers and idea mappers participated in the survey. This report is available for download. Congrats Liam & team!
  • Lessons From A Master Innovator

    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad
    Jenn Lisak
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    In the early 1900s, being in the ice industry meant waiting for the cold weather and harvesting ice from lakes. Ice traders defined themselves by what they did, rather than the benefit they provided. As a result, none of those companies evolved into the refrigerator companies of the modern era. Many of today’s businesses fall into the same trap: defining themselves by what they do instead of the value they provide. Shifting Focus “If you define yourself by what you do, you’ll always do that thing and will not innovate,” said Guy Kawasaki, a former chief evangelist for Apple and…
  • Randomize mind map topics to reveal creative combinations

    Mind Mapping Software Blog
    Chuck Frey
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    What do Scrabble, sticky note and index card brainstorming and mind mapping software have in common? All four benefit from randomizing elements, which can help us to see new patterns, opportunities and ideas. This article was inspired by a blog post by Megan Landes at Mural.ly, who recalled how she took a one-semester college class on strategies for playing the game Scrabble. One of the techniques she learned from her expert teacher at UC Berkeley was that of shuffling your letter tiles, which reveals patterns and combinations of letters that frequently result in higher word scores. The…
  • The Mindjet MindManager Webinars: Leveraging Mindmapping Software

    The Mindmap Blog
    Chance Brown
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Mindjet, the company who makes MindManager, will be conducting a series of Mindmapping software webinars starting this week. If you ever wanted to learn more about mindmapping software and specifically how it helps you to be more productive, this is a great opportunity.  The webinars are also free.  So, if you can make any of the sessions, I highly recommend it.  Descriptions and registration links are noted below. Session 1: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Better Meeting Management with MindManager & The Meeting Jetpack During this webinar session, you’ll explore how to use…
  • Ultimate Brainstorming

    IQ Matrix Blog
    Adam Sicinski
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.Oliver Wendell Holmes This is a guest post written by Arthur Kaptein who is the author of the Ultimate Brainstorming book.  Brainstorming CAN Work!!! Brainstorming is something we all do, every day, and all the time. If you say; “I never Brainstorm!” think again!!! As David Allen says; “Brainstorming is something that we do naturally. As soon as you think of something that you want to do, your mind will automatically start “filling in the blanks” with all the things that have…
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    via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad

  • Lessons From A Master Innovator

    Jenn Lisak
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    In the early 1900s, being in the ice industry meant waiting for the cold weather and harvesting ice from lakes. Ice traders defined themselves by what they did, rather than the benefit they provided. As a result, none of those companies evolved into the refrigerator companies of the modern era. Many of today’s businesses fall into the same trap: defining themselves by what they do instead of the value they provide. Shifting Focus “If you define yourself by what you do, you’ll always do that thing and will not innovate,” said Guy Kawasaki, a former chief evangelist for Apple and…
  • Fun Friday Links: Vikings Were the First Disruptors, How Big Data Reveals Humanity, and the Price of Single-Mindedness

    Arwen Heredia
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Welcome to Conspire’s Fun Friday Links, a weekly collection of interesting discoveries from around the Web. Most of the time, the goal is to get you thinking differently about innovation, collaboration, business culture, and life in general. Other times, we may toss an infographic or fun video your way. Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to conspire@mindjet.com for consideration. The Vikings Were Some of the First Tech Disruptors Nope, not talking about horned helmets — which, for the record, weren’t really a thing. Vikings might be known for a number of…
  • How Companies Collaborate: Is Group Cycling the Key?

    Jenn Lisak
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    A camel is a horse designed by a committee. ~ Sir Alec Issigonis Fruitful innovation is regularly driven by collaboration. And yet, many attempts at collaborative innovation amount to nothing more than wasted time and resources. Why do some collaborations succeed and others flounder? Jason Davis, INSEAD Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, sought to find out through intensive research and fieldwork at leading technology firms in Silicon Valley. Nearly ten years and more than 100 interviews later, Davis and a colleague from Stanford University published their…
  • Thursday Thought Leadership Roundup: Creating Shared Value, Smart vs. Scalable, and Repeatedly Failing at Innovation

    Arwen Heredia
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    In this week’s thought leadership roundup, we take a look at creating shared value across businesses and society, what to do when juggling smart versus scalable strategies, and why some companies fail at innovation time and time again. Creating Shared Value From Harvard Business Review: “Companies must take the lead in bringing business and society back together. The recognition is there among sophisticated business and thought leaders, and promising elements of a new model are emerging. Yet we still lack an overall framework for guiding these efforts, and most companies remain…
  • Mindjet Takes First Place in the 2015 Biggerplate Mind Mapping Report

    Liam Hughes
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    It was with great pleasure that we recently published our Annual Mind Map Report 2015, which presents an overall view of the mind mapping domain at the start of the year, and is now available to download for free from the Biggerplate website. The Annual Report is based on our own research and learning at Biggerplate.com over the course of 2014, and the results and feedback gathered from over 1,000 mind map users who took part in our survey at the end of the year. The report contains a wealth of information about the current state of the mind mapping sector, with a strong focus on trying to…
 
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    Mind Mapping Software Blog

  • Randomize mind map topics to reveal creative combinations

    Chuck Frey
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    What do Scrabble, sticky note and index card brainstorming and mind mapping software have in common? All four benefit from randomizing elements, which can help us to see new patterns, opportunities and ideas. This article was inspired by a blog post by Megan Landes at Mural.ly, who recalled how she took a one-semester college class on strategies for playing the game Scrabble. One of the techniques she learned from her expert teacher at UC Berkeley was that of shuffling your letter tiles, which reveals patterns and combinations of letters that frequently result in higher word scores. The…
  • Mural.ly: A whiteboard on steroids for visual collaboration and brainstorming

    Chuck Frey
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    For small teams that need a virtual workspace in which they can brainstorm, plan and collaborate, Mural.ly is a powerful, flexible, web-based solution. More than just another “sticky note” environment within a web browser, Mural.ly offers a comprehensive toolset that encourages creativity and collaboration. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the business-oriented features of this cool web-based visual thinking tool, and we’ll explore some of the ways in which you can use it in your operations. The Mural.ly user interface Mural.ly offers a fairly Spartan…
  • The unfortunate death of static PDF export in MindManager 15

    Chuck Frey
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Recently, I was trying to export a mind map of a plan for my new employer to a static PDF in MindManager 15. Sounds simple, right? Not in the latest version of this popular mind mapping program, which no longer supports this capability. The latest iteration of MindManager only exports to two varieties of interactive PDF, which use capabilities of Flash that are embedded in new versions of Acrobat Reader to enable you to expand and contract map branches and to click links embedded in your mind map. To view these interactive maps, you need to have a fairly recent version of Adobe Acrobat…
  • iMindMap 8: An awesome new tool for creating and presenting your ideas

    Chuck Frey
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    ThinkBuzan has placed brainstorming front and center in iMindMap 8, the latest version of its popular mind mapping software program. It features an excellent new free-form ideation mode, improved Windows ribbon toolbar and branch target tool, as well as a redesigned presentation view that contains some great new capabilities. In this review of iMindMap 8 Ultimate, we’ll take a closer look at the most relevant business-focused functionality of this new version, and I’ll give you my opinion on the program’s pros and cons. A significant improvement in usability When I reviewed…
  • 5 essential mind maps to help you kick butt in the new year

    Chuck Frey
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Here are five essential mind maps that can help you develop a compelling action plan for improving all aspects of your work and life in 2015. Goals mind map Create first-level topics for each of the major roles of your life, and then add your major goals as subtopics. At the next level, divide your goals into smaller steps or subgoals, and then convert topics to tasks to assign time frames and levels of importance to them. Read more about goal mind maps here. SWOT analysis mind map SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This four-quadrant planning model is a great…
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    The Mindmap Blog

  • The Mindjet MindManager Webinars: Leveraging Mindmapping Software

    Chance Brown
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Mindjet, the company who makes MindManager, will be conducting a series of Mindmapping software webinars starting this week. If you ever wanted to learn more about mindmapping software and specifically how it helps you to be more productive, this is a great opportunity.  The webinars are also free.  So, if you can make any of the sessions, I highly recommend it.  Descriptions and registration links are noted below. Session 1: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Better Meeting Management with MindManager & The Meeting Jetpack During this webinar session, you’ll explore how to use…
  • A Milestone: 100 Mindmaps Uploaded to Biggerplate.com

    Chance Brown
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:17 am
    Back in 2008, I created The Mindmap Blog.  Around the same time Liam Hughes created Biggerplate.com.   Today, Biggerplate.com has 79,685 registered members and over 9 million maps viewed. Recently, I reached a milestone as it relates to Biggerplate.  I uploaded my 100th mindmap.   Biggerplate has provided me with a platform to share a variety of maps on a wide range of topics.  Below are 10 of my favorite maps. To see all 100 maps, click here.  You can download any of the maps for free. And while you’re on the site upload a few of your own. (Click images to enlarge)    …
  • The 2015 Biggerplate Mindmap Report: The State of Mindmapping

    Chance Brown
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Recently Biggerplate released their Annual Biggerplate Mindmap Report which looks at how people around the world are using mindmapping software. The results are very interesting and provide a comprehensive view on the state of mindmapping. Here’s what Liam Hughes, Founder of Biggerplate had to say about the new report: The 2015 report draws upon data and statistics gathered over the year at Biggerplate.com, and combines these with the results of our Annual Mind Map Survey that took place at the end of 2014. Over 1,000 people participated in the survey, and the result is an unrivaled…
  • A New Way to Manage Projects: The Visual Mapping Framework

    Chance Brown
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    In a previous post I highlighted the benefits of managing projects with mindmapping software.  Recently, Mindjet, an industry leading mindmapping software company, released a free whitepaper entitled “The Visual Approach to Improving Project Management”. Arwen Heredia of MindJet, recently had this to say about the whitepaper:  “In our new whitepaper, you’ll learn how visualization can help you overcome many common project management challenges and pitfalls. Additionally, we make the case for mind maps, and how great they are for organizing project related information —…
  • 10 Great Teachers: A TED Mindmap

    Chance Brown
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    If you are unfamiliar with TED it stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  TED is an incredible site of short videos called TED talks that explore a wide range of topics delivered by dynamic and interesting people from all over the world. TED explains their organization and mission this way: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more…
 
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    Idea Mapping

  • Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2015

    Jamie Nast
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    For the second year in a row this report includes some exciting information. Over 1,000 mind mappers and idea mappers participated in the survey. This report is available for download. Congrats Liam & team!
  • Idea Map 472 – Documenting a Process

    Jamie Nast
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Kirk Garrett is the Director of Safety for Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc. He created this idea map using MindManager to visually show others in the organization the process to follow when a safety incident occurs. His creative use of floating topics makes it easy to determine what to do during an accident or safety infraction. If you would like a copy of this map in MindManager format, send me an email and I will provide that for you. Thanks for sharing Kirk!
  • NIH Uses Idea Mapping For 2015 Strategic Planning

    Jamie Nast
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Wanting to improve their annual strategic planning process, NIH’s (National Institutes of Health) Office of Extramural Programs in Bethesda, MD decided to learn and also incorporate Idea Mapping skills into planning for 2015. Here are several photos from the December 1st Idea Mapping Workshop I taught for NIH. Following my workshop this team implemented Idea Mapping into their strategic planning session.
  • 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.
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    IQ Matrix Blog

  • Ultimate Brainstorming

    Adam Sicinski
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.Oliver Wendell Holmes This is a guest post written by Arthur Kaptein who is the author of the Ultimate Brainstorming book.  Brainstorming CAN Work!!! Brainstorming is something we all do, every day, and all the time. If you say; “I never Brainstorm!” think again!!! As David Allen says; “Brainstorming is something that we do naturally. As soon as you think of something that you want to do, your mind will automatically start “filling in the blanks” with all the things that have…
  • Boosting Self-Confidence

    Adam Sicinski
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.Brian Tracy This article is part of an 8 part series to help you develop more confidence in the pursuit of your goals. Here is a list of all articles within this series: Improving Self-Esteem Transform Your Self-Concept Boosting Self-Confidence Developing Self-Worth Building a Healthy Self-Image Pursuing the Self-Ideal Acting As If… Superhero Courage What it Means to Have Self-Confidence To have self-confidence means being fully accepting of oneself and others. It means being free from self-doubt, and having…
  • Winning at the Game of Life

    Adam Sicinski
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.Albert Einstein The Rules that Govern Our Lives We come into this world not knowing nor understanding what life has installed for us. We are beginners learning to live in a world that other people have created over the course of human history. Within this world people live life on their terms. Well, okay… maybe partly on their terms and partly following the terms set by other people and society. Either way they make a life following a certain set or conscious and often unconscious…
  • Living with Passion

    Adam Sicinski
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel What is Passion? Passion is the human equivalent of the fuel that powers your car. In a similar way passion powers a lifetime of dreams. It is an energy source for living an inspired life that is driven by purposeful action. In more specific terms passion is your vision for your life based on your core values, strengths, skills, interests and talents. With it you can overcome any obstacle, solve any problem, and circumnavigate the endless challenges that life throws your way. Without it, people…
  • Setting New Year’s Resolutions

    Adam Sicinski
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.Brad Paisley The Odds Are Stacked Against You… Did you know that only 8 percent (or maybe it’s 12 percent) of people end up accomplishing their New Year’s Resolutions? That means that 92 (or 88) out of 100 New Year’s Resolutions end in “in-complete” and utter failure. Yes, you might very well be motivated to achieve those New Year’s goals today, tomorrow, next week, and maybe even for the whole month of January, but the reality is that you will end up a statistic (just like…
 
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    Peace of Mind

  • Add Topics Your Way - a MindGenius Tip

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    This quick tip shows how you can control MindGenius behaviour when you are adding topics/branches to a map. Understanding this behaviour can help you choose the option best suited to the way you work. It can help reduce interruptions to the train of thought, especially when creating topics at speed. When adding topics to a MindGenius map, the default behaviour is for the editing "focus" to remain with the currently selected topic. This is great when you want to add lots of sub-topics. You may prefer a different option - such as when adding a list of Level 1 topics or a list of sub-topics…
  • MindGenius Matures with Version 6

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    1. In-place Editing  Replaces the 'Add Branch' DialogueIn the past, when a branch was added or edited a separate edit window opened so that the Branch text could be added/edited. Ease of UseThe new 'In-place Editing' allows Branch text to be edited directly without the need to open a separate dialogue window.  This is much simpler and more intuitive. Speed of Entry ImprovedData entry is not only simpler but faster, better enabling 'the hands to keep up with the mind'. The risk of interruptions to the train of thought or conversation is reduced. 2. 'Pan Mode' for Map Explorer …
  • "Mind Mapping ... for business ... are you serious?"

    4 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    "Do you need to put pre-conceptions .. about mind mapping to one side?" is the challenging question posed by Jamie MacDonald, Head of Client Development at Mind Genius.  In a recently published article, Jamie considers this question and offers insights as to how mind mapping (and mind mapping software) can help raise efficiency, productivity and performance in business. Jamie lists a number of applications and benefits for mind mapping: Discussions at meetings or brainstorming sessions Clear understanding of outcomes and requirements at planning meetings Monitoring and managing tasks and…
  • NEW! WordX Creates Professional Documents from MindManager

    6 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    My most heavily used MindManager add-in, OPTi-Word, has just been replaced.  Olympic have released WordX which delivers more control when exporting to MS Word. I use MindManager to create many documents, reports and articles.  The mind map format helps me visualise the content, structure and shape of the document.  This way, I find I can produce more focused content more quickly.  Delivery of the content remains almost entirely by traditional text document so I export the map to MS Word.  Over the years I've developed some favourite templates and rely on Word Styles…
  • Meeting Booster from the MindView Stable

    13 Feb 2014 | 3:45 am
    Something new (to me at least) is an online, Cloud-based meeting manager system - Meeting Booster.  The promotional material describes the product as "a meeting management system that provides a secure and efficient method for scheduling, executing and archiving meetings". The product offers meeting and agenda planning, scheduling, minute taking and circulation, together with "comprehensive meeting analytics".  Notes can be taken and actions and tasks assigned.  The record minutes and actions can be used as the basis for follow up meetings and progress chasing.  Meeting…
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    LatestSolarNews

  • Solar Energy; The Real Facts

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Most power plants in the United States and around the world are using fossil fuels to generate electricity and operate. Fossil fuels has-been used as an energy source while the man has learned to generate power. Fossil fuels have been-around for ages and when man started using this energy nobody but the consequences. Fossil fuels will run out and be a shortage of it in the near future. This scarcity of fossil fuels will affect our industries ict live and several newspapers. Today we see some of theses comments and concerns, awards to fossil fuels are increasing and electricity is more…
  • The Cost Of Solar Energy

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Solar energy is a natural source of energy that comes directly from the sun. When solar energy hits the earth it spreads over the surface of the earth and provides heat evenly. If you could capture the sun’s rays in a particular area over a long period of time that will provide enough heat for the night or on cloudy days. Learn where to find solar energy can help you get started today. Solar energy costs nothing, since it comes from the sun. The font you choose may cost a bit, but in the long term, should be your only expense, unlike gas or oil heaters to keep paying for each month in…
  • The Benefits of Solar Energy

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    The use of solar energy or energy from sunlight has many advantages. Let’s take a closer look at each of them. • Solar energy saves money. In 2006, we saw the highest jump in residential electricity rates. In some regions, increased to 60% was observed. Many experts agree that the trend will continue in the coming years. This means you have to pay more money to support their monthly electricity consumption. But if it produces its own energy, you can avoid paying the high cost of energy – especially now that energy prices are very unstable. On a larger scale, if American…
  • Solar Energy Systems for Pools

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you have a pool, you know how much warming can mount your electricity bill. Solar systems for swimming pools offer an alternative method that does not devastate your bank account. Solar energy systems for swimming pools When most people think of solar energy systems, they think of large crystalline structures that are intended to collect a large amount of solar energy to convert solar energy. However, there are other uses for solar energy systems. One of the most ingenious uses for this technology is the use of solar energy for heating swimming pools. Using solar energy to heat your pool,…
  • Solar Energy Risks To Health

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Solar energy is a potential free electricity and water heating source. It has the power to take advantage of electricity in remote areas of the world. It seems to offer health and safety with power, but is it? Rarely health risks of solar energy are mentioned. This may be partly due to the limited use of this energy source. It may also be due to the lack of research in this area. Some have begun to study the health risks of solar energy, however, and if you study long enough, some estimates are available. Solar Thermal Risks Health Solar energy Health risks inherent in the design and…
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    MindMeister Blog

  • NEW: Opinions & Videos for Your iPhones!

    Raphaela Brandner
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:06 am
    MindMeister 6.3 for iOS just hit the iTunes store and brings two major features to our mobile app you definitely don’t want to miss: Comments & Votes Two months ago we introduced comments and votes to MindMeister’s web app. With this feature you can easily gather collaborators’ opinions and give feedback on ideas without altering the actual content of your mind maps. Our latest iOS update now brings this already hugely popular feature to your iPhones and iPads, so you can give a thumbs up even while you’re on the go! Videos While it isn’t possible to attach…
  • Share Your MindMeister Maps on Biggerplate!

    Raphaela Brandner
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:52 am
    Today we’re super psyched to tell you about our newest integration, and one that was long overdue: You can now easily share all your brilliant MindMeister mind maps on Biggerplate, where people from all over the world can find them, view them, leave comments and more. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, Biggerplate is the home of mind mapping. Their mind map library contains thousands of free mind map templates and mind mapping examples to show how real people around the world are using mind maps every day to improve their working and learning. How does it work? Sharing your…
  • Mind Mapping Innovation: You Have Decided!

    Raphaela Brandner
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    A few weeks ago we introduced you to three ideas that could potentially change the future of mind mapping and asked you to vote for the one you would find the most useful. After counting all votes, we are excited to report that a clear majority of 74% want to see the following idea come true: An app that turns whiteboard scribbles into digital mind maps The idea here is to get the best of two worlds: the haptic feeling and creative freedom of traditional whiteboards and the practicality of digital mind maps. Ideally, you would be able to create a mind map on a normal whiteboard, capture…
  • 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…
 
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    Assistive Technology

  • Chromebooks in the Classroom: Changing the Landscape of Education

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    Having just returned from the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) 2015 Conference I had a chance to connect with friends and colleagues and survey the landscape to pick up on trends and practices in the field of assistive technology. Without a doubt we are at the beginning of another trend in our field as more and more schools move to Chromebooks. Chromebooks in many ways represent a real paradigm shift for educators and students since all of the apps follow the students account as they are delivered through the Chrome browser. This is a huge shift allowing educators to customize…
  • OfficeMix-Off to a Great Start in 2015

    4 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    I trust you had some time to rest and recreate during the holidays and that you are now refreshed and rearing to go. As I start to plan for the semester ahead I am generally excited with all the possibilities and how I can engage my students in their learning. For the past couple of years I have taught many of my courses as a hybrid-meeting on campus for half the semester and teaching the rest online, which has worked out really well. Last semester, I experimented using OfficeMix an new plug-in for PowerPoint that makes the creation of digital assets extremely…
  • 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…
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    XMind

  • Time-limited discount has come

    steve
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Want to stimulate the inspirations of your mind? Or just want to improve the efficiency of your team? Why not try XMind 6? The most popular mind mapping software has redesigned its brainstorming mode, and brought you the new functionality–Save to Evernote. More important, it can’t be cheaper than this moment. 10% Off Discount To start your 2015 with better mind tool? All XMind users can get XMind 6 Plus/Pro and Subscription with 10% OFF now. You just need to fill in “GIFTFOR2015” in the coupon code field on the buy page. Plase notice that it’s only available…
  • Team Package Special Offer – Up To 30% Off

    skywang
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:23 pm
    New year’s beginning! It’s time to back to work and make your new year plan. Get XMind 6 Pro Team Package for your team as it is On Sale: 5U XMind 6 Pro Team Package - 20% OFF 10U XMind 6 Pro Team Package - 25% OFF 20U XMind 6 Pro Team Package - 30% OFF Buy Now! This is a limited time offer, so be quick before it expires!
  • 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…
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  • Using Mindomo Courses In Your Classes

    Nadina Lupu
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    If you use mind maps for lesson planning and delivering the learning material, but you also want students to create maps of their own, you should definitely try Mindomo Courses. Here’s WHY: 1. You can give students written instructions on each mind map assignment. Students often feel that mind mapping is difficult because they don’t know [...]
  • Getting Things Done in a World of Rapid Change

    Nadina Lupu
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our world has been experiencing change since the beginning. We are used to changing schools and work environments. We meet new people and face new challenges almost every day.  Change is natural. And it had a natural pace until the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, change is speeding up. Today’s unanimous anxiety, mostly caused by [...]
  • Kick-Start 2015 By Increasing Your Productivity

    Nadina Lupu
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:55 am
    Happy 2015, everyone! We hope you enjoyed your winter holidays, we sure did. Nevertheless, time flies, and now we find ourselves getting back into work mode. Here’s our recipe to keep our high spirits and start the year fresh: - we begin by kicking off our 2015 goals. We already went through our future projects [...]
  • 2015 Calls For Bigger, Bolder Plans

    Nadina Lupu
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    The holiday season and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner, so it’s high time for a look back. 2014 was great to us: we accomplished all of our projects and even more. This probably happened because we were so eager to do our best to make a difference and bring real value to [...]
  • Let Us Introduce To You Our Brand New Mindomo Courses

    Nadina Lupu
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Mind mapping is growing into a teaching method that you teachers heavily rely on. That’s because you have found the advantages of providing students with mind maps of their learning material: they understand the information better, and they learn it and recall it easily. All over the world, from teaching Biology, Geography, Language Arts to [...]
 
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