For one of my concurrent sessions at NECC today, I attended a presentation on FreeMind by Gyaneswaran Gomathinayagam. While I can appreciate the fact that he travelled all the way from Inda to give this presentation, it was almost completely incomprehensible. Even when I understood his English, I couldn’t understand what he was saying. The session was supposed to be a demonstration of the open source program. However, the example he used for demonstration was very esoteric and also hard to follow.
Unfortunately, the language barriers were impossible to overcome in this short session. I downloaded a copy of the program and played with it, but basically ignored the presenter. My impression was that it’s useful, especially if you can’t afford Inspiration or Kidspiration. It doesn’t have all of the pizzaz of those two programs, but does create a passable concept map. Plus, you can’t beat the price – free.
[tags]NECC, NECC 2007, FreeMind, Concept Mapping[/tags]