Edublogs Serendipity webinar overview – Mind-mapping


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In this session, recorded as usual, the topic we chose by poll at the start – from a combination of suggestions by participants and some taken from the Wallwisher – was Mind-mapping. The way we approched this was very different from the fantastic Fine Focus webinar on Graphic Organizers that Shelly Terrell presented for us back in January. So even if you were in Shelly’s session it’s still well worth checking out the recording for this one!

The Session

The chosen topic of mind-mapping was one of those I had taken from the Wallwisher and to my great delight the “owner” of that topic was with us! I feel that sessions are better when the original “owner” of the chosen topic is present.

We began with a quick poll to find out how many of us use mindmapping tools of some sort. The outcome was unanimous – everyone present uses mind mapping in some form. All of us use, or have used, mind mapping software as well as the more traditional pen/pencil & paper approach.

Next we use the whiteboard and shared some of the different applications/tools we currently use for mind-mapping, and in some cases links to mind maps. We moved on to hear from participants through audio (and some through text chat) about  the tools they use.

Then we decided to have a “play” with which is the most recent mind mapping tool that I have used (to plan the content and structure for a “Welcome disc” to help my online literacy students get to grips with e-learning). I like this one for its simplicity and ease of use. I was able to application share and we could easily collaborate/brainstorm with individuals taking control of my desktop to add ideas and organise the content. Our topic – suggested by someone in the group was “Surviving Easter without gaining weight” – the resulting mindmap looks like this:


If anyone would like some “homework” I would love a brainstormed mindmap about how we can improve the Serendipity/Fine Focus webinars and encourage more people to attend.


This was a great session with a variety of tools and ideas shared, and we got to “play” as well – giving me a great graphic to include in this post. My takeaways are more mind map tools to try!

Our Next Session

FineFocusSmallOur next Webinar is an Edublogs “Fine Focus” session.  This week’s session “24/7 global connectedness – a blessing or a curse?” will be  a facilitated discussion on some of the impacts both postive and negative of  our ever increasing worldwide connectivity. Join us on Thursday March 24th at 23:00 GMT/UTC the time for you will vary depending on your timezone (check yours here) Thursday afternoon/evening in the USA, late night Thursday in Europe, and Friday morning in Australia – in the usual Elluminate room

In the Future

If you are a regular visitor to our webinars you will know that we alternate “Fine Focus” sessions on specific topics with “Serendipity” the unconference sessions where we choose a topic by poll at the start of the session. Sometimes the very fact of being asked for “hot topics” or other ideas for discussion or learning tends to make our minds blank. This has prompted me to start a Serendipity Wallwisher for topic suggestions. Please visit the wall and add your ideas for Serendipity topics so that we have more choices to consider. Some of these ideas might also form the basis for future “Fine Focus” sessions.

3 thoughts on “Edublogs Serendipity webinar overview – Mind-mapping

  1. Hi Jo. The mind mapping software is pretty helpful. I use it the same way I kinda use Visio. I start with a specific goal in mind, then I “map out” to the different tasks I need to accomplish. I like your explanation as I am sure I will be able to put the tips to use. Thanks!

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