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Unknown macro: {align} is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online."> is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.
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Hilary Almas, Brittany Cruz, Brittany Jones, Katelyn Kingseed, Chloe Pugh, Kyle Ritchey, Michael Szucs, Wendy Towle, Samantha Olmstead, Amy Vogel, Julie Ax, Brittney Newbury, Francesca Bevente, Leesa Zimmerman

With International Assistance Provided by:

Bao Yun, Lu Yong, and Zhang Dinyan, all of Beijing-Normal, China

What does this application do?\\">What does this application do? is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.1 Using you can:

Why use ">Why use allows users to create without the use of paper and pen.  You can easily develop a chart and change the look and content with a click of the mouse.  By using this website you can save time, supplies, and money.

The website can be used in many different ways: 1

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Build a family tree
  • Create flow charts
  • Create handouts
  • Presentations
  • Notes 
  • Organizing work

What's new with ">What's new with 

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Able to organize work in folders
  • Flexible layout
  • Selection
  • Crash protection
  • Separate text/background color
  • Color Swatches
  • Line arrows and labels
  • Text size and formatting options
  • Copy/paste function
  • Autosaving
  • Better printing and image export
  • Drag-and-drop sheet sharing
  • Multiple sheets can be edited
  • Integrated help system
  • Better multilingual support
  • SSL encrypted connection

Table of Contents

I.  History and Development

II.  How does work?

III.  How is related to other applications?

IV.  Applications of outside of Education

V.  Educational Applications
      a.  Elementary Lesson Plans
      b.  Secondary Lesson Plans
      c.  Post-Secondary Lesson Plans
      d.  Business/Industry Lesson Plans

VI.  International Aspects

VII.  References

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I. History and Development">I. History and Development

Original Goals of the Site">Original Goals of the Site

  • Created as an easy to use learning tool to help people organize their ideas
  • Avoid over complication of the application
  • Abstain from adding cool, but are not useful



Kirill Edelman:  Programming and Design 2
Levon Amelyan:  Testing and Logistics 2

Year Active:">Year Active:

2006 1

Type of Web 2.0 Application:">Type of Web 2.0 Application:

Mind mapping/Brainstorming/Organizing Tool 1



Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1


Kirill Edelman: 2
Levon Amelyan: 2 blog:
* Go to the "About Section" and click on contact, a message will pop up where you can message the site directly.

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II.  How does work?{anchor:HowdoesBubbl.uswork?">II.  How does work? {anchor:How does work?

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How does it work?">How does it work? is a free application powered by Flash, and makes it easy for anyone to quickly start planning and sorting out their ideas through the use of linked text bubbles. allows you to post your designs on your own website or blog, and share your creations with friends. You can also export your design into a presentation software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, which can be useful in both business and educational settings. The mind maps created through can be printed as they appear online, or they can be printed as an html (which will print it in an outline form). 1 is a great tool to use because it allows you to visually see how things are being sorted, and makes it easier to later turn your ideas into a well structured paper. Signing up for an account is free and easy, but keep in mind that you can create a mind map without even signing up for an account.  When you start making a chart, you start with one "parent" bubble, and you are able to add more "child" bubbles from there.  You can change the size, color, and positioning of your bubbles at any time. 9   Happy "bubbl-ing!"

What kind of features does this application have?">What kind of features does this application have?

  • Can create several subcategories
  • Can change the color, saturation, and lightness of bubbles
  • Can print, save, or email
  • Add contacts

What do you have to do to start using this application?">What do you have to do to start using this application?

  • Start out by going to the website,
  • Once on the website, click on "Start Brainstorming"
  • Once you begin, a "Tip of the Day" will appear to help you better understand the site
  • You will then be shown a screen with one "parent" bubble which is the beginning of your mind map
  • Once you type in your first idea, you can change the color of your bubble, and create another bubble
  • On the right hand side of the website, there is also a section which shows you where everything is located on the bubble.  It also shows you everything that you can do and change on the bubble
  • You can change the color of your bubble, the saturation, and the brightness as well  
  • You can hide, collapse, or expand bubbles
  • If you create an account, you can add your friends, and this allows fast and easy sharing between them
  • You can also save your mind map, and continue it later, or share it with a friend right away


Color Options">Color Options

Once you have filled in your bubbles, you have the option to personalize your bubbles with color. There are two different methods you can use to change the colors of them. In the first picture above it is shown what it looks like if you click on “Custom” on the top right of the box. When you click on this, you can customize your color with hue, saturation, and value tools. The second picture above shows us what it will look like if you click on “Palette” at the top right. The colors shown are colors that have already been made that you can select. Simply select the color you want to accept. You have successfully changed the color of your bubble.

Example of Use:">Example of Use:

Upgrade Your Account">Upgrade Your Account

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III. How is related to other applications?">III. How is related to other applications?

Can it be used in conjunction with other applications?">Can it be used in conjunction with other applications?

Mind mapping has become an increasingly popular concept. It allows users to easily navigate through their thoughts and ideas. is a web-based mind mapping software that is user friendly and fun to use. is easily compared to MindMeister in function and capability since they are both web-based mind mapping programs., however, is free to all users and creating a user account is not necessary in order to create a mind map. In addition, has an endless number of undo capabilities so that the user can back up as much as they want. not only has great functions, it has also been quoted as "prettier and more dynamic."  In comparison, MindMeister is said to be a more "feature-complete" program according to Jason Clarke. Some of the features on MindMeister include the ability to import mind maps from other mind mapping software and collaborate with other users on the same mind map simultaneously. However, a user can only save 5 mind maps on MindMeister before a fee of $49.92 is charged 3 . has also been compared to Inspiration which is another mind mapping program. Children illustrate how user friendly and fun is in a video at The children say that is easier to navigate, due to the fact that connects the bubbles for the user while Inspiration requires the user to connect the bubbles. A four year old student also stated that looks better than inspiration; however, Inspiration has a feature which allows the addition of images, while does not currently have this capability 4 . works well for people who like information to be presented in a clear way.  Other applications allow for lots of graphics, fonts, line thickness, etc.  Using too many different visuals can often overshadow the information that is being presented. keeps the process simple and relies on color to help distinguish differences in information.



User Friendly

Collaborate with Other Users

Must Connect Bubbles Yourself

Attractive Maps

Import Maps from Outside Programs

Picture-in-Map Capabilities

Endless Undo Features

Costs $49.92 After First 5 Maps

Must Purchase Software

Free to All Users

Look below to see how the general appearance of MindMeister and Inspiration differ from
Order of Images: MindMeister, Inspiration,

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IV.  Applications of outside of Education">IV.  Applications of outside of Education

What are some unique ways of using this application?">What are some unique ways of using this application?

There are many different ways that can be used outside of education: 

1.  One of the ways that can be used outside of education is by using it to build family trees.  Since has the ability to create multiple "parent" boxes and "child" boxes, it is a fantastic tool for creating family trees quickly and easily.  One downfall while creating family trees on, is that photos/images cannot be inserted into the trees/mind maps.

2.  Another useful way to use is in creating flow charts. Flow charts are used in technical books and software manuals, and are great visual representations used to train employees to use software, or follow business processes.  When policies or processes need changed, this can easily be done by going back to the site and changing your saved work. 

3. can also be used to create different kinds of lists: 

  • Instead of creating a Christmas list on a piece of paper that just gets thrown away every year, you could use to make a hard copy of the Christmas list.  After every year you could go back into your saved work, and change the list (instead of wasting more paper)!   
  • If you tend to buy the same thing when grocery shopping, you could keep a hard copy of your grocery list on, and no longer have the problem of wasting paper each time you go shopping.  


Some more examples of how to use are:

  • keeping track of birthdays and anniversaries
  • creating timelines for important events
  • thinking of ways to do everyday things, such as saving money
  • Chore list by child
  • Dinner menu
  • Grocery list by section

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V.  Educational Applications">V.  Educational Applications

How can be used in an educational setting?">How can be used in an educational setting?

Teachers have found many ways to incorporate into their classrooms. Class discussions, assignment directions, and pre-writing webs are just a few ways to use in the classroom. The main way teachers use the website is to have their students brainstorm and map out projects and papers. 5 It is a great way for students to organize their ideas and findings. Another way teachers use is in group projects. Students are allowed to network with each other and look at other's maps. By doing this they are able to easily work on their own tasks and share with their peers. Also, because you are able network with others, teachers are able to grade student's homework online, peers are able to do peer reviews on their own time, and it is all paperless! 5 has a number of uses, but assistive technology is not normally thought to be one. It can easily be used as a concept map. Concept maps are utilized for students who have difficulty organizing ideas in their can be used to aid mentally challenged students.

How can be used in different grade levels?">How can be used in different grade levels?

This website is most commonly used in classrooms Grade 5 and above; however, there are ways for teachers of younger grades to use the website as well. 6 Teachers in younger grades can make blank maps and have their students fill in the blanks. As the students become older, they can begin to use the computer in order to create their own maps. Teachers can also use to teach younger students simple things such as the four season.

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Lesson Plans for Elementary:">Lesson Plans for Elementary:

Brainstorming lesson plan 

Paper Brainstorming.pdf

Geography Brianstorming Map.doc

Geography Brianstorming Map.pdf

Problem Solving Equation.doc

Problem Solving Equation.pdf

Sign Language Lesson Plan.docx

Sign Language Lesson Plan.pdf

Lesson Plan for

Lesson Plan for

Lesson Plans for Secondary:">Lesson Plans for Secondary:

life at war lesson plan (3).docx.pdf  

Bubble Molecules Lesson Plan.doc

Bubble Molecules Lesson Plan.pdf

Books Comparison.doc

Books Comparison.pdf

Outline Paper Brianstorming.doc

Outline Paper Brianstorming.pdf

Comparison of Types of Rocks.doc

Comparison of Types of Rocks.pdf

Unmanned Space Missions.docx

Unmanned Space Missions.pdf

A Week of Clean Eating.docx

A Week of Clean Eating.pdf

Brainstorming using

Brainstorming using

Lesson Plans for Post-Secondary:">Lesson Plans for Post-Secondary:

Brainstorming with Research Data.doc

Brainstorming with Research Data.pdf

EDCI 270 Project 2 Research.doc

EDCI 270 Project 2 Research.pdf



Lesson Plans for Business/Industry:">Lesson Plans for Business/Industry:

Product Development.doc

Product Development.pdf

Business Meeting.doc

Business Meeting.pdf

Product Company Sales.doc

Product Company Sales.pdf

What are some examples of being used to illustrate its current or potential educational value?">What are some examples of being used to illustrate its current or potential educational value?

As a teacher, can be used in planning, helping with handouts and presentations, used for assessments, or to help summarize information.  Students often find themselves using it in essay planning and writing, research and note taking, revision, or in analyzing findings and events 4.

One example of being used to illustrate its current or potential educational value is from a teacher who posted a discussion online.  His name is Ben Davis and he had his class use to help brainstorm for their research papers.  He pointed out that allows his students to get their daily fix of social networking.  By creating his own account, he became friends with his students and could easily grade their work that way as well.  Through using, Davis' class was able to engage in further discussion on how they could organize different topics for their research.  5

Check out Ben Davis' success story with, by clicking on the link below: 6

Ben Davis and

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VII. International Aspects">VII. International Aspects

How is this application used in China? ">How is this application used in China? 

This web 2.0 application has yet to reach popular culture in China.  Our International Partners who attend Beijing-Normal University in China agree that when brainstorming or coming up with ideas, the exchange is done mostly in person because it is seen as more efficient. Bubbl. us has worked hard to update their multilingual capabilities to help the exchange of ideas between different ethnic groups easier.    Another tool most commonly used for brainstorming exchange is an online version of live chat, such as instant messaging, facebook chat, and g-mail chat.

"People who have used it, have praised it for its lovely interface and novel function. I think it should be hot on Campus. The time will depend!"

    -Bao Yun, Beijing-Normal University (on

Follow the link below to connect to a website most commonly used for brainstorming or blogging in China:


Are there unique features of the application that may be more relevant to those outside of the United States? ">Are there unique features of the application that may be more relevant to those outside of the United States? 

It does not appear as if has any features making it more user-friendly for people outside of the United States; however, has the unique capability of saving and sharing.  Once you become a member (for free), you are able to save the mind maps you make, and share them with other people who are members.  You are also able to use the collaborate tab, in which you can work together with another member in creating a mind map. 1   This is great for group/collaborative projects, and this can even include people from around the world!

Check out this website to see how people in China are connecting with in China

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VIII. References">VIII. References

  1. Amelyan, L. and Kirill Edelman (2007). Retrieved March 2009, from Brainstorming made simple:
  2. Amelyan, L. and Kirill Edelman (2007). Creators of Retrieved March 2009, from 
  3. Clarke, Jason (2007). Online mind mapping using MindMeister and Retrieved March 2009, from Download Squad:
  4. Flinders University (2008). in Education. Retrieved March 2009, from cegsa:
  5. Hargadon, Steve (2009).  Retrieved April 2009, from Classroom 2.0:
  6. Davis, B. (n.d.). Classroom 2.0: Success with Retrieved March 30, 2009, from Classroom 2.0: http://www.classroom20/com/forum/topic/show?id=649749%3ATopic%3A7014
  7. Hill, U. o. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2009, from Learn NC:
  8. (2007). Basics: Brainstorming and Mind-mapping Online. Retrieved March 30, 2009, from
  9. Benzinger, Brian(2009).  Solution Watch: simple effective idea organization.  Retrieved March 2009, from solution watch:
  10. Indiana's Academic Standards & Resources.  Retrieved April 2009,  from Indiana Department of Education:

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