Fifteen tools for creating mind maps and flow charts.

Forkie does not include support for inserting photos, videos or any other media. It’s just to write a series of connected ideas. You can invite other people to see your Forkie mind maps via email. Here is my full video review of Forkie.


Eccentric is a great tool for creating flow charts, brain maps, vane diagrams, and other charts and diagrams. Eccentric is a collaborative tool, as we would expect from any such tool. You can invite people to cooperate with you so that you can edit or comment on your work. Eccentric charts and sketches can be published as simple web pages, kept private, or exported as PNG (image file) or PDF.

You can start with a template or create from scratch to create a flow chart or mind map on Eccentric. Either way you can customize every element of your chart using the editing tools that appear to the left of the whimsical editor. You can quickly select shapes and lines to fit into your diagram. Text can be written in any format you include in your diagram. And you can add emojis to the shapes you use in your diagram.

Transno is a service that lets you write notes and sketches that can then be converted into mind maps and flow charts with just one click. It reminds me a lot of the old text 2 mind map service I used. Transno is better because it offers a variety of brain maps and flow chart styles while Text2 Mind Map offers only one. Transno also supports collaboration by inviting others to edit and add to your notes. In the following video I show how Transno works.

Google Slides and PowerPoint
If your students have a computer in front of them, they may have access to Google Slides or PowerPoint or both. Google Slides and PowerPoint have built-in tools that students can use to create flow charts. The following videos show how students can use Google Slides and PowerPoint to create flow charts. As you can see in the videos, you can make flow charts interactive by using linking in PowerPoint and Google Slides. is a brain mapping and flow chart tool I’ve been recommending for over a decade. It has developed overtime to meet the needs of students, teachers and other users. Creating mind maps on is a simple process of clicking on the center of your screen and then entering the main title of your mind map. The next step is to add “child” topics or bubbles that are related to the main topic. They are added by clicking on the “+” which appears while placing your cursor over the current bubble.

Padlet presents templates for creating flowcharts and knows, wants, learns charts. Unfortunately, you can only build three paddle walls before you have to delete one to make a new one or upgrade to a paid project. The downside of using a paddle is that it is designed for collaboration.

Text 2 mind map.
It’s a brainstorming tool that was a business venture for a few years before it went out of business, then came back as an open source project in collaboration with Tobias Lofgren. The way this works is that you type a linear outline and Text2MindMap will automatically map that mind. To use it just go here, clear the existing text and replace it with your own text. Every line you type in your sketch becomes a node in the mind map. You can create a branch from a node by indenting only one line in your outline.

Post app for Android and iOS.
The Post Mobile app for Android and iOS lets you take a picture of physical sticky notes and then arrange them on a digital canvas.

Mind map
Mindmap is a brain mapping tool that can be used online, on Google Drive and on your desktop. Mindmap works much like brain mapping tools in which you can create a theme and add children and siblings to a blank canvas. Mind map nodes can contain text and links. When you’re ready to save your MindMup mind map, you can save it to Google Drive, save it to your desktop, or publish it online. If you publish it online, you can grab the embed code for it so that it can be posted on a blog post or web page.

Kogel is a collaborative mindfulness service that is very easy to use. To create a Google brain map, just sign in with your Google Account and click on the “+” icon to start your mind map. Once you’ve entered the main idea of ​​your mind map, you can add branches by clicking on the “+” icons that appear next to everything you type. To rearrange the elements, just click on them and drag them around your screen. Kogal is a collaborative tool. You can invite others to view and edit your mind maps.

Google Drawings and Google Jamboard.
Both of these free Google tools can be used to create mental maps and flow charts. Drawings have more features than jam boards. The downside of the jamboard is that it’s probably a more intuitive tool for new users. The method of using both tools is embedded below.

Spider Scribe
Spider Scrub is an online brain mapping service. Spider Scrub can be used individually or collaboratively. The thing about Spider Scrab is that users can add images, maps, calendars, text notes and uploaded text files to their mind maps. Users can link elements to their mind maps or let each of them stand on their own. You can embed your interactive spider screed mind map in your blog or website.

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