FreeMind is a tool that allows the mapping mental or conceptual , in other words we can say it is a tool for construct diagrams Brainstorming .
This type of applications have shown great developments in recent times. FreeMind, a Java-based, is an example of this (see examples).
Before talking about this tool should know … What is a conceptual ?
A conceptual map is a tool for organization and representation of knowledge . Therefore the goals of a conceptual map are:
The real reason for the use of such tools is to get the “Learning significant” , this kind of “learning” is that we acquired when we link new concepts with other previously acquired , these Knowledge is therefore more durable and easier to memorize.
- Generate ideas
- To represent a complex structure
- To publicize complex ideas
- Group, sort and classify words that are similar in different areas
Examples of concept maps in Spanish (Freemind)
Based on Java and open source , was cataloged by SourceForge as the Project of the Month for February , took 3 megabytes of space and your Installation is simple .
FreeMind used as storage format XML , which guarantees you an easy re-use in similar applications if they ever decide to change.
By creating a new map will need to locate the main idea in the center, within an oval, and relationships are located within the “clouds”, which in turn can accommodate other relationships or domestic subrelaciones lower hierarchy.
It is compatible with Windows XP, 2000, ME and 98 , and for installation and use requires Java JRE 1.4 or higher.