Mind Map Assignments
The mind map assignment is a functionality specifically developed for teachers, who can now guide their students towards the creation of a mind map by adding instructions or multimedia resources for inspiration or by including a mind map that students will need to expand on their own.
Use the assignment to allow students to become familiar with mind mapping, without necessarily having to create Mindomo accounts. Encourage students to collaborate on assignments, while always having a clear overview of each of their contributions. Upon submission, their work will become instantly available to you.
Always have all your students’ work in one place for easy assessment and offer them real-time feedback on their work. Create a mind map assignment when you want to promote collaboration and teamwork or to provide your students with an alternative to the conventional homework.
Create an assignment
- From your dashboard go to "Create"
- Then click on "Blank Assignment"
- Name your assignment
- Add a brief description (5)
- Set a deadline for assignment completion (6)
- Choose the assignment type (7):
- Students will create individual new mind maps based on the assignment requirements.
- Students will create individual mind maps starting from a map shared by the teacher.
- Students will work collaboratively to create their mind maps.
- Add any other resources that might help students with the assignment completion (8)
- Update the assignment (9)
Share assignment via e-mail
After you update the mind map assignment, follow these steps:
Go to the 'Share' section.
Click on 'Invite by e-email'.
Type in students' e-mail addresses, separating them by commas. Note that you can also add other teachers on the assignment (just like you, they will be able to see how students progress with the assignment completion). Choose whether the e-mail addresses you added belong to students/other teachers.
Click on 'Invite' to share students the assignment.
Share assignment by access code
- The assignment's access code can be found either in the top right side (1), or by going to 'Share' (2), then choosing 'Add with access code' (3).
- Give students the code and ask them to go to mindomo.com/join (4).
Once the student fills in the code and hits 'Next' (5), he will have the following options:
Join the assignment with his existing account or create a new one (6).
The student will be joining the assignment with the email and password of its current Mindomo account. If the student doesn't have an account yet, it can provide an email and set a password. A new account will be created and the student will be able to work on this assignment and other mind maps too.
Join the assignment with a temporary account (7).
The student will get exclusive access to this assignment by providing the first and last names and a password. At the first access, the student will be able to fill in its full name and set a password. Anytime the student will want to return to the assignment, he will have to go to mindomo.com/join, use the assignment access code, and fill in the name and password initially set. If the student forgets the password, the teacher can reset it.
- After students decide on the registration option and click on 'Join', they will get instant access to the assignment (8).
An assignment can be accessed with a code also by going to the Sign Up page, clicking on Teachers & Students, then choosing 'Join an assignment with an access code' (9).
Share with accounts with no e-mail registration
- Go to the 'Share' (1) section, then choose 'Create accounts without e-mail (2)'.
- Add students' usernames and passwords (3), separated by commas, and click on "Create accounts" (4).
- Once the accounts are created, the students are automatically added to the assignment(5). They will be logging in with the credentials you give them and will be able to find the assignment in their dashboards.
If a student forgets his password, you can set a new one by going to 'Share', 'Add from class or school' (6), select 'Accounts created by me' (7), select the account from the list (8), then 'Set Password' (9).
Share with class/school
To quickly share an assignment with students you are in contact with:
- Go to 'Share' and choose 'Add from class or school'(1).
Use the filtering option to find the students you are interested in:
Students from your school
- Students from previous assignments
- Students whose accounts you just created (no e-mail).
- Students from the classes you created.
- Select the students (3) and add them to the assignment (4).
Students will receive an e-mail notification, except for the ones that have accounts with no e-mail registration.
Share with Google Classroom
To share your assignment with students from your Google classes:
- Go to 'Share' and choose 'Add students from Google Classroom'(1).
- After filling in your credentials, Mindomo will request your permission for offline access, click on 'Allow' to go on.
- Select the class and click on 'Invite'.
Students will receive email invitations on their Google accounts. If they don't have Mindomo accounts, they will have to sign up. Also, if they already have Mindomo accounts, accessing the invitation link will give them direct access to the assignment.
Collaborate on assignments
- When the first student clicks on "Start Assignment", this panel will appear, enabling the student to create the first group:
After the first group is created, when the other students will click on "Start Assignment", the Groups panel will appear, where each student will have two options:
- Join the existing group by selecting it.
- Create a new group.
- After choosing one of the options and clicking on "Start", students will be able to start working on the assignment.
Let's say you choose the 4-student group option. When a student clicks on "Start Assignment" and the Groups panel appears, if a group already has 4 students, then:
- The group is visible for everyone but students can no longer join it.
- The student can join one of the incomplete groups or start a new group (3).
Create a class
- Go to 'Share' and select 'Add from class or school'.
- Go to 'More' and select 'Create a new class'.
- Name the class (3), add a location for it (4) and click on 'Create' (5). You will be notified that the class was created successfully.
- To add students to a class, go to 'Add students from school' (6), select the students you are interested in (7), and click on 'Add selected students to class' (8).
- To share an assignment with a class you created, select the class from the list (9)
- Select the entire class or maybe just some of the students in it (10) and click on 'Add selected students to assignment' (11). All students, except the ones with accounts with no e-mail, will receive an e-mail invitation.
Review students' work
- Go to the assignment's status section and click on 'Submitted' (2), 'Discuss' (3) or comments icon (4) to have access to students' maps.
- The Playback mode can be accessed by clicking on Grade (5), then on the Play button (6).
- Students' changes (7) made on the map will appear highlighted in different colours.
- The Rewind and Forward buttons (8) will take you to the beginning and end of the playback presentation.
- For a more detailed approach, click the Options button (9), then 'View details for all changes' (10).
This will give you a clear overview of the map's history (11), but you can also filter the changes you want to see (12).
Grading and feedback
- To give students feedback on their progress, you need to go to the Assignment Status section and click on Discuss.
- Depending on the assignment type, all comments in the Discussions section will be e-mailed to each student or to all the students within the group.
- To grade students, you can access the 'Grade' link (3) or the Grades icon in the top toolbar (4). You can also do this from the Main Menu (5).
- Students are graded separately, by selecting each student from the list (6) and filling in the grade in the grading box (7). The Playback mode (8) will give you access to the students' activity on the map. Students who already received a grade will appear highlighted with a check mark (9).
- If the assignment is collaborative, as soon as you grade a student, you can also provide him with private feedback (10).
- To see all grades and download them in a grading report, go to the Main Menu, to 'Grades Overview' (11) and 'Download Grades' (12). Grades can be removed from the assignment in bulk (13).