Why is iThoughts a good app?

  1. It has a really intuitive & simple user interface.

  2. There are plenty of features and editable options to create maps (colour, image, links, tasks, etc).

  3. It links smoothly with cloud service.

  4. It has ability to export as an image, PDF (very useful) or as one of any number of alternative mindmap formats.

  5. You can cut and paste maps as text (appears as a bulleted list in text).

  6. You can hyperlink content with ease.

See iThoughts in action here.

Tutorials (click to open webpage):

Get started.

Rename or move a map / folder.


Select multiple topics




Attach documents

Calendar / reminder integration

More tutorials:

tutorial 1

tutorial 2

tutorial 3

tutorial 4

Trouble Shooting

If you are having any problems, one of the first things to do is make sure you have the most recent version of iThoughts. You can see a list of bugs here.

If the app is crashing:

1 First try closing all open apps (including iThoughts). The iPad has a limited amount of working memory and if there are too many processes going on in the background, it can reach its limit.

2 If this does not help, you should try to restart your iPad.

Classroom Examples

In education, mindmapping tools serve three powerful functions:

  1. 1.As a student presentation tool (a welcome alternative to PowerPoint)

  2. 2.As a pre-writing tool

  3. 3.As a teaching tool

Some ideas:

    1. Great big vocabulary maps around a particular topic – get groups to compete to see who can make the biggest (but actively encourage them to steal each other’s ideas).

    2. Get learners to break complex texts down into mind maps, then ask them to reconstruct the original text orally or in writing

    3. Track learners free speaking in order to return to topics to add more content (the picture at the top of the post is an example of this).

    4. Working out what questions they want to “ask the text” before trying to use a long text or website for research. This could make learners less like to copy (or cut and paste) the source text.

    5. The old favourite – planning for writing or giving presentations.

  This is a mindmap used to present information on a national park.

  Consider the benefits of the mind map:

      - It helped her to organize her thinking into clear categories

     - It communicated a great deal of information very quickly and very visually (useful when

       the audience may not have all the patience in the world).

     - As part of her project, she had to give an oral presentation. The map served as her

       talking points. She didn’t just blindly read what she’d written. She couldn’t. She had to   


Click the mindmap.