Mindmapping software

Xmind

If mindmapping really helps you and/or your students to explore, clarify and organise your thinking, then you might be interested in trying out a programme called XMind.  It’s free to download the basic version, with of course an option to buy upgrades to XMind Plus or XMind Pro.  The video clip below outlines what it does.  Click here to find out more and to download the software.  Is it better than a pen and paper?  Well, I guess that depends …

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Remember this? # 2 – H5W

To improve the pupils’ questioning skills, try this slight variation on another strategy from the Leading in Learning initiative.

Present the pupils with a stimulus image, text, item, etc.  Tell them to ask questions about it, but ascribe a specific question word to each pupil, pair or group:

H5W = How?  Who?  Why?  Where?  When?  What?

Challenge the pupils to reach a certain number of questions, or to come up with more than their classmates.  Once an initial bank of  questions has been created, there are all sorts of directions you could go in  …