10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Participatory Design Project~Brainstorming

Our team’s proposal was whittled down from a brainstorming session. Our brainstorming session applied Brown’s Brainstorming characteristics (Chapter 5), especially idea of “building on the ideas of others” and involved a whiteboard and colorful post-it-notes.* I initially suggested that we pattern our discussion after Brown’s 3 Elements of Successful Design: Observation/Empathy/Insight, and Mike suggested a broader essential question investigation. The result was a mashup of both ideas! Five categories emerged: Visibility-Pedagogy-Connections-Research Conference-Design.

To preserve the collective mind of our team two methods of data storage were employed. Molly keyed the text in a Google doc. Then, I transferred the data to a graphic organizer mindmap created via the MindMup web application. The result is two deliverables.

Here is a picture of the mindmap structure: (the text is too small to see, but can be expanded by clicking on the file attachment.)


Brown, T., & Katz, B. (2009). Change by design: How design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation. New York: Harper Business.


Mind mapping Tools online

Mind-mapping allows students (and teachers!) to accomplish higher order thinking skills as they collect, organize, and  represent ideas, tasks, words, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea into a mind map diagram. This blog post explains three Ways Mind Mapping Can Be Used to Enhance Learning http://ow.ly/1kH6RI

The blog EducatorsTechnology also compiled some advantages of using mind mapping tools in education :

  • Mind mapping enables teachers to manipulate ideas and concepts with great ease and flexibility
  • It helps present information in a visually attracting and comprehensive way
  • Its organizational structure helps students understand and communicate their knowledge effectively
  • Teachers can use it to manage their classes and activities
  • It helps teachers summarize, organize, and present lecture information
  • It can be used by both teachers and students to create tutorials and explain difficult concepts
  • Visual maps gets students attention and focus
  • It promotes active note taking, thinking, and learning skills
  • It fosters inquiry and problem solving

This article also lists some truly awesome and free mind mapping tools for teachers–click over and spend some time…you just may have some new resources for the upcoming school year!


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