I have been experimenting with another online concept mapping tool. This one is called Mind42 and can be found at http://www.mind42.com I think this has a use and supercedes my recent postings to this blog where I have mentioned bubbl.us and Mind Meister, Bubbl looked OK but took a bit of getting used to, Mind Meister only allows you to create a few maps for free, then it requires a subscription.
Mind 42 has a few key features that I like.
It allows you to export to Word – which is very important educationally for students that are using to help plan assignments.
It is free and there doesn’t appear to be any restriction on the number of maps that can be produced.
In theory it contains embed code so that it can be inserted into a blog – which I have tried to do here via my Blog (powered by WordPress) and haven’t been able to, instead all I seem to be able to do is link to it..
I did manage to embed the map into a pbwiki quite easily, but it embed it in such a small window that it was hard to see, and there wasn’t a link that would then take you to the full map (which you would have to then add manually yourself). So this is something that they may need to work on.
All in all though I am quite impressed. I haven’t though been able to road test this with numbers of people, that will be the real test