“Rubrics hold a mirror up to your objectives for an assessment task. Matt Townsley remembers well the day he looked into this mirror and didn’t like what he saw. “I realized my criteria were mostly about how neat the project looked. It hit me that students could do well without knowing a whole lot about the learning objective.”
“Essentially, digital (and physical) mind mapping allows students to view the entire forest instead of a single tree. As they create a mind map, they capture the wider ecosystem of information by visually connecting short keywords and phrases rather than writing complete sentences.
Upon later review—for retention, exam preparation or papers—the mind map is like a CD. You jump right to the information that interests you. In contrast, linear notes are like audio tapes—you waste time wading line by line through the content in hopes of getting to what you want.
This more efficient use of space (and time) lets students see how normally unconnected ideas might fit together. Thus, the mind maps doubles as a store of information and an engine of creativity. Using it in the classroom and even giving mind mapping assignments forces students to break the linearity of their earlier education.”