So, I am very familiar with mind mapping from primary school, but have rarely done it on anything other than a piece of paper. I believe that I initially did mind mapping on a computer with a 1990s version of Microsoft Word, but I remember very little of what I used it for.

In thinking about how I could apply this to in-hall use, I think that doing mind mapping would be especially good for things like brainstorming for programming ideas.  It would be helpful when the group is doing brainstorming, because then you could send out to the RAs what they came up with via email or record their mind-map in real-time, if you had the benefit of a projector or large TV to display it on. It also could be a way that RAs could choose to do their weekly reports in a way that is alternative to the usual form.

Since the focus of technology in my presentation is surrounding free resources, I looked at https://bubbl.us/. This is a free web-based mind-mapping software, where you just need to have flash on your computer. Overall, I thought the program was very easy to use and manipulate. However, I wasn’t able to find any information about its accessibility to people with various disabilities, particularly people who are blind or who use a screen reader. While I didn’t explore Mind Meister much, it also appears to be a free mind mapping tool, but had the benefit of being able to be applied to google docs through a google gadget: http://code.google.com/p/mindmeistergadget/. While exploring the accessibility for Mind Meister, I found the following link to a sight which explores the accessibility of various online tools. Check out the results here: http://www.web2access.org.uk/product/106/.

I think that the possibilities for online mind-mapping tools are extensive. However, it may need some attention, because as it gets “fancier” and more complicated (think Prezi), the accessibility may be more limited unless the manufacturers are constantly considering this. I am very interested to do some work with it and try it out.

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