At times, I have students create mind maps for their vocabulary. It is a great review and a way for them to associate and learn the vocabulary. One great resource to use online is Bubbl.us. It is really intuitive and quick to learn. Students shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time learning the process. You can download your finished product by clicking on the export, and it will be saved as a jpeg or png file. However, I would also caution to use other more concrete methods of mind mapping as well. While some students love technology, other students still prefer hands-on activities. I always believe this no matter that everyone keeps insisting that all students love all technology.
I have also used this program when I am working on presentations. I was rewriting our curriculum, and this program was great to create flow charts. I was able to show how students would progress through our Spanish curriculum.