(my first try at embedding) SUCCESS!
I found this site the most difficult of the sites I have looked at yet. There was a small tutorial. I still had trouble using the navigation bar. There were few images that you could add, but i did have the option to upload a few of my own images. I wanted to rearrange the main cloud types around the word cloud, but could not figure out how to do that. The help button was of little use. They have a limit of 100 mb of storage for free with your 30 students and yourself. It also took me awhile to find out how I could save or get a link or embed code to post on my other sites.
I understand the concept of creating or having your students create a mind map. I do not think that this would be a tool that I would use. At least not until I found a better mind map program that was easier to use. So I will do some more research to see if I can find one that I like.
When thinking about how a mind map helps our visual learners I believe that it would help them when using photos along with the words or ideas they are putting down. I think that connecting words with a visual picture is very beneficial for those types of students. This type of learning is different because they have to brain storm ideas and put those thoughts down in a visual way. It helps to work many parts of the brain. Opens up the students for creativity and to be pushed beyond their potential. Or at least what they think they are capable of doing.
Earlier this week I explored a number of sites to create a poster. I created a generic poster. It was fun to do. I think having students create a poster around an idea would be a great creative and visual idea.
In my experience visual learners tend to remember more information when you give them options to be creative.
Now I am off to learn more about word clouds. I have seen some of these done and I think that they are just so cool!