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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more

CMap ☆

A mind map tool which needs to be downloaded before use. You can change font, size of letters, etc. Does not require setting up an account, free installation.

Evaluation: Very easy to use with a professional looking interface. Highly customisable. Can be operated without the Internet. A big advantage offered by CMap is the synchronous editing of maps, allowing for an effective and time-efficient group work outside the classroom. Convenient and practical for individual use by both students and teachers. Average IT skills required for the installation and use of CMap.

Cost: Free without registration

Website: https://cmap.ihmc.us/



Principal function(s)
  • Graphic organizer
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary


User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive use
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English and at least 15 other languages, Japanese, Basque, Greek included
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
Possibility of the tool to be used for a  range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool) Tailorability (If so, how?) Medium


Engagement: High
Collaboration: With the “Synchronous Collaboration” function, users can edit a mind map together if they have Internet access.
Communication: There is a chat box to communicate with other users while collaborating.

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows, Mac, OS X, iPad, Linux
Other tech requirements: None

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Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion
This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission