How Can Teaching in Digital Age be Influenced by the Digital Mind-Mapping?
Main Challenges of the Case
Creativity is an obstacle that can be corrected with training on better self-reflection. Tony Buzan states that we are all scientists even as infants: experimenting with different things in our own way, generation hypothesis and evaluating results. Mind-mapping strategies are a method of organizing ones thought to overcome the challenge of creativity (Buzan, 2012).
Challenges using mind-mapping are limited to learning it and practicing it. One must be shown that how their own thought processes unfold and how to create a visual representation of that process. Professional development should always be conducted for familiarity on technology and how to best implement the software in the curriculum. Digital mind-mapping takes paper and pen brain storm trees and adds a dynamic of digital images, video, comments, lists, etc. The software provides multiple features for each branch which must be taught and practiced for efficiency.
The Importance of the Technology
The lecture explains that natural order of thinking is a radian method. Branches stem from a central thought and continues to branch. Mind-mapping technology mimics the function of thought processes. In an era of information overload this technology provides a practical way to organize information. Teachers and students can benefit from this order of strategizing. Students will be able to study more effectively and retain information longer. Educators will find their teaching to be more effective, seeing the lesson unfold in natural order progression of the mind (Sperl, 2017).
Mind-mapping provides a way for students to organize their thoughts for education in a way that is not provided through traditional teaching methods (Sperl, 2017). Tony Buzan asks in his TED talk what is more important than knowledge in professional and educational settings and his answer is managing the manager of the knowledge, your brain (Buzan, 2012). Our brain connects images with information; imagination and sensory association are how we communicate in the human language (Buzan, 2012). Studies show remarkable creativity improvement when mind mapping is introduced. Cognitive mapping allows students to develop thinking strategies in progression of novice to expert as educators are to facilitate this process (Hyerle, n/a). Mind-mapping has also been found to help students with learning disabilities (Prupas, 2011).
How It Applies to My Country
I regret to say that I remember a few fleeting moments where brain storming was expected in class. No instruction was given on how to create the diagram, they were assumed knowledge. Unfortunately, many students within the United States and the Northern Marianas Islands experience the same presumptions. If these strategies were taught many struggling students and teachers would be more efficient and productive. If these technologies were implemented in our school and island the graduation rate would probably increase and students would most likely enjoy learning. If our church used these technologies it would allow for a greater productivity in ministry and social cohesion.
Mind-mapping reflects a pattern in scripture. John 15:5 Christ says that He is the vine and we are the branches. If we remain in Him we will have life. Christ is the central theme of our lives and from Him stems every other principle and aspect of life. Apart from this design there is no hope. In everything we do, let it be for God’s glory 1 Corinthians 10:31. Colossians 1:17 states that by Christ all things consist or hold together. Like a mind-map He should be central or all things will fall apart.
Buzan, T. (2012). The power of a mind to map. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMZCghZ1hB4
Hyerle, D. (n/a). Thinking Maps: Visual tools for activating habits of the mind. Retrieved from http://www.thinkingschoolsinternational.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Habits-of-Mind-and-Thinking-Maps-chapter-copy-2.pdf
Prupas, A. (2011). Assistive technology, Software for students with learning disabilities, There’s a special app for that. Retrieved from https://www.inov8-ed.com/2011/02/theres-a-special-app-for-that-part-5-5-mind-mapping-apps-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/
Sperl, A. (2017). Drawing Ideas: The benefits of mindmapping for learning. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/literacy/drawing-ideas-the-benefits-of-mindmapping-for-learning/