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

CMap ☆

Principal function(s): Collaborative writingMind mapping

A tool to create and edit mind maps. Users can change the font, size of letters, and many more. It does not require setting up an account, but it requires downloading for its use. Evaluation: Very easy to use with a professional-looking interface. It is highly customisable, and can be operated offline. It can be convenient and practical for individual use by both students and teachers. An advantage of CMap is the ability to synchronously edit maps, allowing for effective and time-efficient group work outside the classroom. Average IT skills are required for the installation and use of CMap.

Cost: Free without registration

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


Best practice

Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion


Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


  • Writing


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Straightforward, intuitive

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task


Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English and at least 15 other languages, Japanese, Basque, Greek included

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

High. CMap does not share data with third parties for purposes of advertising or marketing. It compromises to not selling or renting users’ personal information to other organisations. See here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction


Tailorability (If so, how?) 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)

Medium. Users can create mind maps with any content they desire and edit them according to CMap’s editing features.





With the “Synchronous Collaboration” function, users can edit a mind map together if they have Internet access.


There is a chat box to communicate with other users while collaborating.

Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, OS X, iPad, Linux

Other technical requirements


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