Mind Maps

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

What is it?

Mind Maps consist of a map or diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. Mind Maps are used to generate, visualise, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organisation, problem solving, decision making, and writing. By presenting ideas in a graphical, non-linear manner, Mind Maps encourage a brainstorming approach. Mind Maps can be created using mind mapping software. Online Mind Mapping software enables a collaborative approach, with multiple users able to edit the same Mind Map simultaneously. Basic versions are usually free, with premium options offering more features.

Freemind is a freeware mindmapping application provided as part of the Department's eduSTAR software image. The eduSTAR Secondary image also includes Inspiration, the commercial mindmapping application.

What does it look like?

Image of mind map

Working online


How it works: Bubbl.us is a free web application that enables users to brainstorm online. Colourful Mind Maps can be created and users can share or work on these with friends. Mind Maps can be embedded or stored in a blog or website, emailed, printed or saved as an image.

Safety information: Users need to sign up to save Mind Maps to the site.


How it works: MindMeister is a free web-based collaborative mind mapping tool for brainstorming and project management. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. It is integrated with Skype and users can download iPhone application to access MindMeister from their phone.

Safety information: Users need to sign up to save Mind Maps.


How it works: Mindomo is a collaborative, web-based tool for creating, editing and sharing Mind Maps.
It is designed to deliver the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a web browser - with no complex software to install or maintain. Users can create and edit Mind Maps, and share them with others.

Safety information: Users need to sign up to create and save Mind Maps.


How it works: Mind42 is a free online Mind Map collaboration tool. It supports keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, zoom and other editing functions. A range of attributes can be added to the Mind Map nodes including icons, colours, images, different text styles and links.

Safety information: Users need to sign up to create and save Mind Maps.