Educators Are Using a Unique Mind Tool to Organize Lesson Plans and Curriculums

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Strong educators know that starting with a well-thought-out lesson plan or curriculum is a key
factor in effective teaching. But often planning time is precious and limited. Overwhelm is real.
Teachers often have dozens of ideas to use in their coursework: creative teaching tools and
demonstrations, materials to utilize to illustrate their points, new projects that students would
love, concepts that can get overlooked when time is constrained. In short, educators are often
overwhelmed by their own creativity. Enter Braincat, which is growing in popularity among
teachers.

Braincat is a note taking tool but goes beyond Evernote. It’s a tool for organizing the mind the
way Asana is a tool for organizing tasks. It can be used for brainstorming — and that’s just a
start. Braincat produces outlines, mind maps, spreadsheets. Interestingly, it’s used in many
different careers: researchers, pastors, attorneys, department managers, film makers—anyone
needing to organize their ideas into useful outlines. In particular, there is a rise in use among
educators: professors, teachers, and leaders who develop course curriculums and lesson plans.
Here’s how it works: First Braincat guides you to input each and every idea and concept, in an y
order. Input your ideas without hesitation, uploading them from your own scribbles, digital
documents, and sticky notes, or by answering fiercely stimulating questions to draw out
thoughts you didn’t even know you had.

[During the input step, Braincat guides you through a question-based brainstorming session.]

Then label the ideas, add more, delete some, and sequence them. The drag and drop utility
makes this fast and fun. This rapid process of categorizing and sequencing allows you to see

patterns that emerge. Educators report an “a-ha” moment when they see how the bits and
pieces come together. The final output is produced in many formats: outlines, csv, action lists,
mind maps, and more. The process culminates in an organized plan that covers the course
subject matter thoroughly in a logical sequence, improving student success.

[Braincat is being used to harness ideas and organize lesson plans and curriculums effectively.]

Jon Ward, founder of Braincat, describes it as a mental process, a way of thinking, housed in a
piece of software. He developed it as a way to use our brains differently, to combat overwhelm,
and to save time in any project. “Braincat teaches you how to think better. Brains love
Braincat because the process matches how brains actually work. That means, the more you
use the software, the better you’ll think.”