Electronic concept mapping tools
1. Lucidchart and Lucidspark
Free account (3 maps) – can use Office 365 login (College credentials) and with .edu email can request a free education license.
Higher Education student or professor?
- For Higher Education students and professors, sign up for a Lucidchart account with your education email address.
- Click your name in the top right and navigate to “User Settings”
- Click “Get a Free Educational Upgrade” in the bottom left navigation.
- Receive your confirmation email, click the link, and you’re in!
Lucidchart’s article on ‘what is a concept map’ with commentary on the research plus links to creating a concept map in other applications (Word, PowerPoint, Google).
You can share electronically, use plug-ins to embed in Word, PowerPoint, etc., download a PDF (or other file types).
Free online (browser) and apps for iOS and Android (up to 3 mind maps for free)
Features include sharing, publishing to web, presentations (cannot print or save as PDF from free account – use screen capture?)
Wooster 365 users can access for free on computers or mobile devices.
Drawing is easier/better on a tablet or touchscreen; tools include shapes, lines, pens/drawing tools.
Adobe products are expensive. This Draw app for mobile devices is free.
sketchnoting and visual notetaking examples