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Modern Education: Mind Maps and Second Life

You know well how much I’m interested in the improvements of medical education. I really believe that we can train better doctors if the education becomes more comprehensive and modern. Web 2.0 could be useful in that process. In the last few days, I’ve been chatting with Ves Dimov (from about one of his recent projects: creating mind maps for medical education.


He uses, a web 2.0 tool. Here is a good example for its features: is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.

He told me that he used a 3-pronged approach to studying:

  1. creating you own notes
  2. mnemonics
  3. mind maps

It helped him to score higher than 90-95% on almost all of his exams during medical school and residency. A great idea again from Ves, the pioneer of Medicine 2.0.

Here are some other ideas, sites about modern educational methods, views, resources:


How could we improve medical education? Tell us your opinion!

Related links:

Update: Check out the comments because Vic Gee provided a fantastic list of mind map tools and services! Kudos to Vic!

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  1. has a definite appeal because of its raised, glossy appearance and simple interface. But I’d like to mention that there are many other Web 2.0 mind mapping and concept mapping applications. I believe that for some forms of study, concept maps draw out more knowledge by making the mapper think (or find out) about what links concepts, not just that a linkage is present. In other circumstances, colorful mindmaps on the Buzan model appeal to the eye, key into the memory and therefore motivate the student.

    So here’s a list of the remaining mind mapping and concept mapping applications available on-line, and in most cases, capable of being used collaboratively, which can help study groups:

    Information mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collaborative mind mapping Collaborative (but, for people who like free-format mind mapping, rigid) left-to-right mind mapping Concept mapping and mind mapping (shared but not collaborative) Collaborative concept mapping and mind mapping Collaborative mind mapping with an organic flavour Collaborative mind mapping Collaborative mind mapping Collaborative mind mapping Make mind maps from WikiMedia articles Collaborative mind mapping

    Generic diagramming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps Collaborative diagramming – can (just about) draw mind maps and concept maps Collaborative on-line whiteboard service – can draw mind maps and concept maps

    The master list of mind mapping &
    information management software

    July 26, 2007
  2. Dear Vic,

    This is a wonderful list, so I’m going to update the article, or write a new one dedicated to this subject.

    Thank you!

    July 26, 2007
  3. Thank you so much for featuring my Blog on Medical Education.

    August 22, 2007
  4. You’re most welcome! Your blog is one of the best ones working in the field of web 2.0 and education/medicine.

    August 22, 2007
  5. Lots of web 2.0 mindmaps (concept maps) popping up all over the web now.
    For a list … choose the relevant section on

    June 11, 2008
  6. We must not believe the many, who say that free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free. Who is interested in education anyway when the whole idea of it seem to be some kind of profound mistake. We have the ability to harness the presence of life and a quest for our originality in the present. To master a true understanding of our creative potential we should illuminate the characteristics of our desires and for once face our greatest fears.

    Nothing improves the consciousness more than the inner confrontation of opposites. Our body is one of the evolutionary mechanisms that applies to the formation of our thoughts, mind and the self, which on the elementary level doesn’t seem to fit in with all preoccupied nonsence of western parasitism. That’s what modern education brings to us.

    April 24, 2010

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