Map of my neighbourhood, mind map, and whiteboard animation

Personal map of my neighbourhood: This exercise helps people reflect on their connection to space in the community. Participants are invited to draw the map of their neighbourhood based on their personal history. This mapping technique helps researchers, as well as participants, to understand how the physical space of a community intertwines with people’s lived experiences.

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Mind map: A diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those major ideas.

Tony Buzan, the inventor of mind maps, he helped millions of people around the world to structure their thoughts, reach their learning goals, and unleash their creativity.

Mind maps can also be drawn by hand, either as “notes” during a lecture, meeting or planning session, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available. Mind maps are considered to be a type of spider diagram A similar concept in the 1970s was “idea sun bursting”.

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Whiteboard animation: One of the most powerful teaching tools. Beyond having an educational “look” — the drawing hand recalls a teacher’s hand at a classroom chalkboard — whiteboard animation is able to break down complex concepts into simple, engaging videos. Here’s an example (2010):

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