Ever heard of a mind map? The one made famous by Tony Buzan, the mind map guru?
From Wikipedia : A mind map is a diagram used for linking words and ideas to a central key word or idea. It is used to visualize, classify, structure, and generate ideas, as well as an aid in study, problem solving, and decision making.
A mind map for me is a diagram that links ideas together. It is like a tree diagram but the main idea is in the center and it can have many branches symbolizing the flow of ideas. Some people use it for brainstorming, some use it for taking notes and if you really do it well, it helps you memorize things faster because it uses wonderful elements such as colors,links and pictures.
Well, enough introductions already. FreeMind is quite a leap from traditional mind-map making, which uses a piece of paper and coloured pens and pencils. FreeMind lets you create mind maps on your own personal computer. It's much cooler when you do smart things using technology, isn't it?
Maybe some elements in FreeMind do not adhere to Tony's mind map concepts but it is still a great tool for everbody. Teach your kids, friends or families on how to use this free software. Somebody will absolutely love it, like me!
Download it from http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#Download