It is Freemind compatible, is Web 2.0 feature-rich and the good news is that it can be integrated with Moodle.
It's developers/researchers are Professor Ho Won (Division of Electrical Electronic, and Information Engineering,Kongu National University, Cheonan, Chungnam), Jinhoon Jang, Kiwon Park and Myungsun Hahm (JinoTech, Dyryongdong, Yusungku, Daejunsi, Republic of Korea).
They have co-written a research paper entitled "Development of Universal Purpose e-Portfolio Mindmap
System on Open Platform". For those of you who are academically inclined, you can download it here. The paper's principal development tool is OKMM. More papers can be found here. Professor Ho's Moodle module page compilations are found here.
Here are some of OKMM's impressive features:
- cloud technology - can run on most web browsers without any plugin installation.
- plays YouTube videos within a node itself (note: as of July 2011, only works with Google chrome and Apple Safari web browsers)
- fetch data from Delicious, Twitter, and Face book (Social Networking integration)
- can be used as a ePortfolio
- has been tested with up to 40 concurrent users who collaboratively built a mindmap
- can be Google Search enabled so that the user can do Web searches within the application while building the mindmap(!)
- export to Freemind, HTML, TWiki, PPT, SVG, PNG
- import from Freemind and bookmarks
- conversion from a mindmap to a structure chart (and vice-versa)
- MOODLE PLUGIN (MOD)! More on this later in this post.
- export to HTML code - hence a mindmap can be embeded in a Moodle webpage or label!
- best of all, it is FREE and UNLIMITED as far as I know. In contrast, a Web 2.0 mindmapping service like http://bubbl.us allows a limited number of mindmaps to be created for every free account.
II. CREATING AN ACCOUNT AT OKmindmap.com
There is a "Sign in" button located in the upper-righthand corner of the homepage. Click on it (see the diagram below).
By the way, if the homepage is full of Korean characters, do not lose heart. Choose English from the Language selector and you are good to go!
At the "Sign in" dialogue box, click on the Sign up link.
At the "Sign up" dialogue box, enter your registration particulars.
Click the "OK" button and you will be presented with the homepage. This time however, you will see your username at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
To begin creating a new mindmap, click on "Basic | Map | New":
III. CREATING YOUR MINDMAP
Enter the title of your mindmap and click the Create button.
You will be presented with a blank slate with a central node.
Michelangelo said "In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.".
Looking at single-node mind map, do you feel like Michelangelo now?
After less than 10 minutes of the work, the mindmap can like this:
IV. YOUTUBE VIDEO
Here is the Youtube video that shows how I created the mindmap above. My apologies for the very audible (read: irritating) mouse-click sounds that you hear peppered throughout the video.
Anyway, on with the show!
V. HOW TO LINK TO OKMINDMAP IN MOODLE 1.9.x
Until the next time, happy Moodling.
Did you know that OKMindMap has a Presentation Mode as well?
I cover that in this post.
OKMindMap also has an embed HTML code feature so that you can embed a mindmap inside your blog, website or Moodle block. I cover that in this post.
OKMINdMap for Moodle 2.2 - An Update
If you're using Moodle 2.x, you will be interested to know that OKMMinMap has been updated. Surf here:http://moodurian.blogspot.com/2013/03/okmindmap-plugin-for-moodle-23-and.html