MindMup is an online mind mapping service that integrates with Google Drive. It redefines mind mapping by allowing users to create mind maps online, “store them in the cloud and access from anywhere, collaborate and share mindmaps with colleagues and friends” (MindMup, 2018, para. 1). It also allows attachments of various formats, such as text and pictures, and lends itself to a wide range of educational purposes such as note taking, concept mapping, writing, planning, and knowledge centered cooperative learning.

Keywords: Cognitive Constructivism, Organizational Chart, Planning

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Note: If you are using the free version of this tool, anything saved will be deleted after 6 months.

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MindMup & the SAMR Model

Learning Activities



English/Language Arts

Social Study


How to Use MindMup

Part I. Create a mind map

  1. Launch MindMup from Google Apps, and add nodes by either press Tab or click on the nodes keys.
  2. Add Attachment : click on the node, then the attachment icon from the toolbar, and select your attachment forms.         
  3. Add Notes: Click on the notes, then the notepad icon from the toolbar, then add your comments. 

Part II: Google Integration

Users can find MindMup 2.0 in Chrome store and the installation process is simple and quick. Users can link MindMup 2.0 to Google account, then launch MindMup through Google Chrome or Google Drive. They can store mind maps to Google Drive, and “link to other project documents on Google Drive easily” ( MindMup2, 2016). These features are only available for the “Gold Account” for a reasonable fee, however.

There is a Step-by-step tutorial available for adding MindMup 2 to Chrome and Google Drive                               


Jones, B. D., Ruff, C., Snyder, J. D., Petrich, B., & Koonce, C. (2012). The Effects of Mind Mapping Activities on Students' MotivationInternational journal for the scholarship of teaching and learning6(1), n1.

Parikh, N. D. (2016). Effectiveness of teaching through mind mapping techniqueThe International Journal of Indian Psychology3(3), 148-156.

Wu, H. Z., & Wu, Q. T. (2020). Impact of mind mapping on the critical thinking ability of clinical nursing students and teaching applicationJournal of International Medical Research48(3), 0300060519893225.


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