170 – FreeMind

In 2019 in same position as in 2018 and 2017

FreeMind is a free mind mapping tool written in Java.

Website: freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Cost: Free.
Availability: Download

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 94
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019:
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019:

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 170    2017: 170    2016:118      2015: –      2014: –       2013: –
2012: –        2011: –         2010: 85       2009: 71    2008: 54    2007: 50


Comments from some of those who selected FreeMind as one of their Top 10 Tools

  • “Tool for easy capturing of the main concepts and their relationships in one map”Malinka Ivanova
  • “I’ve only just got into mindmapping and am finding it a very useful tool for capture ideas for design of learning projects” Stephanie Horden
  • “When I’m a bit muddled, I use Freemind to organise my ideas.”  Brian Mulligan
  • “Mind mapping software is very useful for me (and not only in education). I use mind maps for drawing definitions at my textbooks, designing projects, “translating” ideas into paper, etc. I also teach my students to use mind maps. Although I have NovaMind 4 Pro for professional work I prefer FreeMind in education – it is free and easy to use.”  Vaclav Friedrich

A Practical Guide to FreeMind

Here you will find some links to external resources on how to use FreeMind for teaching, training, learning and development.

At the bottom of each of the Tools pages there is a section How to use [the tool] for Learning. It provides basic guidance and links to resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training, learning and development.

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