A concept map (or mind map) is a tool that serves to help the memory to reconstruct a mental itinerary, in order to better explain a topic. The use of concept maps is common both in the private sphere, for example as a support for self-learning, as a teaching aid, or even to improve the exposure of a public presentation.
Concept maps are usually prepared with pen and paper, or on the PC using special programs. In addition to these methods, there is a third one, which is to create concept maps online using the services made available on some internet sites.
In fact, there are many sites that allow you to create mind maps online, with very different results and without having to install programs on your computer. Below I have selected the best sites for making online concept maps, the most useful and appreciated by network users, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs to create your own concept map.
The first site that I propose is called Canva.
Except for some advanced functions available only for a fee, it is entirely free and in Italian. The saving of the works requires registration, while mere access to the site is free.
The functions of this portal extend far beyond concept maps, embracing virtually the entire industry of presentations, social media, graphics, and video editing, so you just have to explore the site to get a deeper idea of what it has. to offer.
To access the section dedicated to concept maps, you must press on the item “Other” in the general menu and then navigate to the “Mind map” section.
Once this is done you will have access to the internal concept map editor, very complete, which offers dozens of models from which to start to set up your concept map.
In general, the operation of the site is very intuitive and easy to use, and the results very professional, as long as you strictly adhere to the preset templates.
MindMeister is a site that allows you to create more traditional maps, through the use of labels and links. It requires registration for access and offers both paid packages and free access.
It proves an excellent compromise between paper and digital because it allows you to set up each job from scratch (highly customizable templates are also available).
The final result depends a lot on the type of use you want to make of the map, whether strictly personal or intended for sharing with an audience (presentations, conferences, etc.)
If what you need is simply the drawing of a concept map, Google Drawings is for you: you can create the graphical representation of the map, but it does not have models or advanced functions, it is very basic and entirely free.
The main function of Google Drawings is to allow you to draw figures on a grid and, consequently, it can be used to draw simple concept maps.