https://www.text2mindmap.com/ is a practical free online tool which can be used while introducing vocabulary and preparing vocabulary posters .
I generally use it to introduce vocabulary, and collocation as well as phrasal verbs.
Learning collocations is essential to be able to write; and https://www.text2mindmap.com/ enables students to learn collocations easily.
In my experience, what students find a challenge while writing paragraphs or essays is to provide the correct collocations. When collocations are introduced to students in mindmaps, students find them much easier easier to learn.
The mind map on the left is what I used while introducing the phrasal verbs with the verb “look”. After I reflected the phrasal verbs on the whiteboard, we first went over each one, and I wrote one sample sentence for each one. Next, I asked my students to produce one sample sentence for each one of them. Then, I grouped the students in four and assigned them to write a paragraph using as many of the phrasal verbs in the mind map as possible. While they were writing their paragraphs, I walked around the classroom visiting each group. I observed what they were writing, made some corrections and answered their questions. After they all finished their paragraphs, I collected their paragraphs and checked them. The next day, I allowed them to spend five more minutes on their tasks, namely on their paragraphs so that they could correct the indicated mistakes discussing in their groups. I collected the papers again to make the final corrections. The last step to complete the task was to ask them to write their final draft on a word document illustrating it with relevant pictures from the web, and send the final draft to me. Well, I thought I could even go further with the exercise. After collecting the six paragraphs my students wrote, I prepared six cloze tests based on their stories using http://www.learnclick.com/, which I had written about in my previous post. The cloze test I prepared targeted to check only the phrasal verbs with ‘look’. Every Monday during the following six weeks, I used one cloze test to revise the phrasal verbs on ‘look’
In A1 level, I introduced the collocations of the verb ‘have’ using https://www.text2mindmap.com/. I followed quite a similar procedure to the one I have explained about .
I also refer to https://www.text2mindmap.com/ in my writing classes while brainstorming to generate ideas for writing classes.
I go to https://www.text2mindmap.com/ and write the topic in the editing box.
After grouping the students in fours or fives, I allow them 5 minutes to brainstorm on the topic so that they can come up with ideas, and tell them that they they should write their ideas in the editing box within five minutes.
When the time is over, we end up with several ideas, then I give the groups another five minutes to discuss how they can justify their ideas by explaining it, providing details and giving examples. Next, each group justifies their ideas and others take notes while they are talking. After that we vote to choose the best three ideas to write about in the body paragraphs of our essay. Then, students writing their group essays. They write the introduction paragraph together . This is a great chance for them to practise speaking because they need to discuss how to narrow it down and agree on one solid thesis statement. After they complete their introduction, each member of the group focuses on one body paragraph and using the notes they have taken, they complete writing their individual body paragraphs.
Before adding their body paragraphs to the introduction they have written together, they peer check what they have written and finally, they write up the essay and hand it in to me.
The tasks above are some of how I use https://www.text2mindmap.com/ in my classes and I am sure you can come up with a wider and more amazing variety of ideas on this.