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Assistive Technology: Mind Mapping/Brainstorming

Guide for assistive technology in the libraries, software available to students, and free or low cost tools

Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools

Assistive Technology can be used in or out of school to help you complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently. The tools recommended on this page are available for free or at a low cost and support mind mapping and brainstorming.


MindMeister is a versatile mind mapping tool that can be used by students for various purposes such as note-taking, project planning, brainstorming, exam preparation, collaborative work, and mind mapping for writing. The tool's intuitive interface, collaborative features, and ability to organize and visualize information make it an excellent choice for students looking to improve their productivity and study skills.

Cost: Free or Pro- $8.25/month

Compatibility: iOS & Android

More information: MindMeister


Popplet is a visual thinking tool that facilitates the creation and collaboration on mind maps, diagrams, and other visual representations.

It offers real-time collaboration, customization options, and integration with other tools, making it versatile and popular among student.. Popplet can be used for a range of projects, including brainstorming, project planning, and research.

Cost: Free for online or $1.99/month for upgraded version and $2.99 for iPad app

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPad

More information: Popplet


Students can use GoConqr to create and share study resources such as flashcards, quizzes, and mind maps. Students can also collaborate with peers, personalize learning, improve exam performance, and access resources from experts including video tutorials, presentations, and case studies.

Cost: Free or Upgrade for $1.25/month

Compatibility: Online Resource

More information: GoConqr



Coggle offers a free plan with limited features, as well as premium plans with additional features like offline access and password protection. It is popular among students for organizing thoughts and ideas, and creating visually appealing mind maps and flowcharts.

Cost: Free or upgraded plan- $5/month

Compatibility: Online resource

More information: Coggle


MindMup is a web-based mind mapping tool that offers easy-to-use features for creating and collaborating on mind maps. It allows for real-time collaboration, offers customization options, integrates with other tools, and allows offline access. It is versatile and user-friendly, making it a popular choice for creating mind maps.

Cost: Free or MindMup Gold for $2.99/month

Compatibility: Online Resource

More information: MindMup


MindNode is a user-friendly brainstorming and mind mapping tool for macOS and iOS. It offers customizable themes, real-time collaboration, and export options in various formats.

MindNode integrates with iCloud, Dropbox, and other tools for easy access and syncing. It's ideal for organizing ideas, collaborating, and creating visually appealing mind maps.

Cost: Free or $2.49/month for Plus

Compatibility: iOS & Mac

More information: MindNode

Have a recommendation?

If you would like to recommend assistive technology for the libraries, please contact Jessica Chrisman-DeNegri at