Celebrate with our 1,000 Facebook fans and win a MindMaple Pro!

Thank you 1,000 Fans!

Thank you 1,000 Fans!

It’s official!!! MindMaple Facebook hits 1,000 followers! Thank you for those who support MindMaple and also to those who provided feedback to help us do better!

We want to share the joy with you and invite you to celebrate with us by giving out 1 MindMaple Pro license for free every day during the event period (8/19-8/23)

To sign up for the lottery and win your MindMaple Pro, please share the event to your friend or social media and use the sign up sheet below to sign up for the lottery game.

If somehow the link of the event on MindMaple’s Facebook, Twitter or Google+  does not work properly, please leave a inbox message or direct message with your full name and email address to participate!

 

Instruction:

1. Follow our  twitter or Google+ , or Like us on Facebook.

2. Use the provided link to sign for a chance to win your MindMaple Pro license for 1 year.

3. Make sure to leave your Full Name and Email contact to claim the prize.

4. Sign up before 8/23/2013.

5. During 8/19-8/23 we will pick out one lucky mind mapper and announce the good news on our social media next day.

6. Share this great event with your friends and family! The more people join the game, the funner it gets 😉


You could be the one!

 

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[Update] MindMaple has patched to v.1.63

Dear MindMaple users,

MindMaple just released the version of 1.63 to patch the errors in printing function.

An error in v1.62 causes MindMaple program to terminate when clicking the “Print” button after clicking the “Preview” in the “Print” tab. MindMaple v1.63 has fixed this problem.

If you notice any further error, please don’t hesitate to contact support@mindmaple.com

We need your help to bring you a better mind mapping experience!

MindMaple  Team.

Download MindMaple v1.63 here

[Update] MindMaple just updated to v1.62

Dear MindMaple users!

 

MindMaple just be updated to v1.62. We appreciate everyone who contributes to feedback and suggestions to help us fixing the errors!

 

In MindMaple v1.62, we have fixed the problem of:

–       License not validating in some specific PCs (Pro version)

–       Some errors that terminates the program

If you encounter any technical issue or error, don’t hesitate to email us at support@mindmaple.com. Your voice not only motivates us to improve the product, but also to provide you a better experience of mind mapping.

 

Thank you for supporting MindMaple.

 

Download MindMaple v1.62 here

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Use Pomodoro Technique to improve your time management and productivity

How to be productive? Good time management is definitely one of the keys. Today, I’m going to share with you a little trick that helps you stay focused to maximize your productivity in a certain time period, and most importantly, get things done. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you, Pomodroro technique!

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Pomodoro method breaks up tasks into several 25-minute intervals to improve productivity

Some of you might have heard of it, some might not. Pomodoro technique is a time management method originally proposed by  Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. But why is it called Pomodoro technique while it has nothing to do with tomatoes? The inspiration was  from the tomato timer in the kitchen that was originally used for baking cookies or turkey! But we can use it to time tasks and to enhance our time management.

The idea of pomodoro techniques is to using timer to break down works or tasks into sessions with several 25-minute intervals. The theory behind this is that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. No matter if you’re a student who is struggling for your finals, or if you’re a project manager who is always chasing the deadlines, your to-do list can go on and on. That’s why you need this little tomato trick!

How it works?

1. When applying Pomodoro technique, break down a project into several steps or small tasks that can be finished within 25 minutes.

2. Try to pull all your concentration and resources to complete one task in 25 minutes and cross it out from the to-do list. Then you can take a 5 minutes short break.

3. Every 4 “pomodori” (sessions) you may take a longer break for 25-30 minutes.

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There are also many pomodoro apps available for free on mobile devices; such as Pomodoro Timer Lite for Android, PomodoroTime Management Lite or 30/30 for iPhone. This method is just one of the many methods that helps to stay productive. We’ll share more tricks to you in the later posts; or you can share with us! Tell us your trick!

As for now,  it’s time for my 5 minutes pomodoro break 🙂

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Teaching Visualization to Students

I came across this interesting article, Opening the Door: Teaching Students to Use Visualization to Improve Comprehension” by Education World with a step by step approach on how to teach students visualization skills for increased understanding and retention.  This is a great way to incorporate mind mapping as well to provide a tool for the brainstorming and drawing phase of their visualization process.

Some kids enjoy reading but many dread it, finding it to be boring and frustrating, especially reading textbooks and other school assignments.  Most see it as a passive activity and would rather be playing outside or engaging in other active past times.  This article demonstrates, however, how to make reading an active rather than passive activity with the following easy to follow steps:

Step 1:  Modeling the Technique is where the teacher reads aloud text and then describes what images come to mind for the students to observe this active process in reading.

Step 2:  Students Practice Visualizing is the stage where the teacher reads passages to the students, and they are encouraged to close their eyes and become aware of images that come to mind associated with the words read.

Step 3:  Sharing Visualizations is the part where the students discuss as a group the images they created in their minds while listening to the passages the teacher read.

Step 4:  Using Drawing to Help Students Visualize is the stage where mind mapping fits in well.  Students are instructed to draw images that come to mind as they listen to the text read to them.  Drawing the images reinforces their comprehension and retention.  Mind mapping would be beneficial here, because when creating mind maps you can use words as well as images and other visual icons and features to even further promote understanding, enjoyment, and recall.  In addition, mind maps would help the students to expand on their initial images/words and continue to map out fresh, new ideas as well.  Students would be using their right and left brain with the mind maps to optimize learning.

Once students feel comfortable using mind maps for these types of exercises, they can begin to incorporate maps in many other school and personal activities such as note taking, presentations, and task management.