A few months ago, I read an article on how to take notes using mind-mapping tools. I have an iPad and saw several options (mind-mapping apps) and thought I would give mind-mapping for note-taking a try. But, what I wanted was a tool that would, not only be easy to use on the iPad but, also transfer “maps” to my laptop for further refinement. And, then, if needed, could be transferred back to the iPad. This proved to be a daunting task. As many of you doubtless know, all iPad apps are not what they appear to be. Some don’t do what you think they should or what you thought they promised. Some do way more. So, it is somewhat of a gamble. I like apps that offer a free version so you can try them. Then, if the free version works, you can buy the full version.

I tried several apps. One looked really slick on the iPad, but when the map made on the iPad transferred to the laptop, it was horrid! Others looked OK on the iPad and worked really well (functionally), but after transferring lost some of the look and editing ability.

There are free versions of apps for the laptop and pay versions. I ultimately settled on Mindjet’s MindManager. Plus, their iPad app is free and works very well.

Anyway, I began taking notes of sermons being preached and learned how to take notes in mind map form. It was so liberating! As you may know, all preachers do not preach in an orderly fashion. With mind-mapping tools, you can write thoughts and move them around later.

Then, it hit me. What if I could teach the inductive class using mind-mapping software? That was another challenge. But, in this week’s lesson, I think I was able to demonstrate the usefulness of mind-mapping in using the inductive method. And, ultimately, mind-mapping is inductive in nature.