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The Top 9 Mindmapping and Brainstorming Apps for iPad

After posting about iPad apps that teachers can use to create diagrams and charts, we went back into our archive and browsed through the posts we have previously published before looking for apps to use to create mind maps and to brainstorm ideas. We found some but were too old to feature now so we tried to look for new ones and we were surprised to find some really interesting ones. We have compiled a list below that contains some of the best mind mapping and brainstorming apps you could ever find online. We based our selection on the evaluation criteria we shared with you before.

These mindmapping tools can help you do a wide range of activities in your class. You can ask students to use them to brainstorm a topic with each one contributing an idea, they keep building up on them till they finally get a finished map of the main ideas about that topic.These tools can help your students develop creative ways of learning and enhance their critical thinking skills. Have a look at the list below and if you have suggestions, share them with us in the comment form below.

1- MindMeiser

MindMeister lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on the go and synchronize them with the award-winning free online MindMeister service...."

2- Mindo

Mindo is a mind mapping tools for iPad. Mind mapping enable you to organize your thoughts, ideas and information whenever you want..."

3- Popplet

Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in realtime. Quickly and easily!.."

4- Maptini

Maptini lets you build mind maps collaboratively on your iPad, iPhone, or the Web, syncing data in real time as you work with your friends, classmates or colleagues from anywhere in the world. It’s a simple and intuitive tool for organizing and sharing your ideas from a lecture, a project, or a brain-storming session..."

5- Idea Sketch

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!..."

6- Mind Node

MindNode is a powerful and intuitive mindmapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life.."

7- Simple Mind

Mind mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device..."

8- iThoughts HD

iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch then please check out iThoughts..."

9- iBlueSky

Hold that thought. It’s something most of us try to do often – especially when we are on the go – with varying degrees of success. Whether you are a GTD convert, a mindmapping pro, or one of the time-poor masses, iBlueSky could really make a difference..."

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  1. Want to mindmap with a difference? I saw this at the University of WA App Fair. It's a collaborative software application, but it has a mind mapping function which allows ideas to be shared and suggested within a class. Each student can build their own map using the suggestions and ideas from students and teachers. The application then stitches all the maps together to reveal the class map. Check out

  2. MindMaple HD for iPad is also a fabulous iPad app for creating, editing and collaborating on mind maps. It's also currently free in the appstore. I don't think any of these are, but if they are I'm sure you have to have a paid subscription to utilize them.

  3. For implementing GTD you can use this application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

  4. What about Inspiration?


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