Mindmapping Tools Compared - Chart Produced by Richard Byrne, FreeTech4Teachers.com

Web / Mobile options

Multimedia support

Registration Required

Limitations on free plans

Other notes

iBrainStorm

iBrainStormapp.com

iOS only

Text and free-form drawing.

Teacher - No

Student - Yes

None

Supports collaborative brainstorming.

SyncSpace

infinitekind.com/syncspace

iPad app

Android app

Text and free-form drawing.

iPad version supports importing images.

Teacher - No

Student - No

None

Supports collaborative mind map creation.

Coggle

coggle.it

Web only

Text

Teacher - Yes

Student - Yes

Google Account required.

None

Integrates with Google Account.

Spider Scribe

spiderscribe.net

Web and iPad app

Text and images

Teacher - Yes

Student - Yes

3 mind maps for free.
Edu plans available.

Flash required for web version.

Connected Mind

bitly.com/1uXgtAJ

Chrome app

Text and free-form drawing.

Teacher - Yes

Student - Yes

Google Account required.

None

Integrates with Google Drive.

MindMup

mindmup.com

Chrome app

Text

Teacher - Yes

Student - Yes

Google Account required

None

Integrates with Google Drive.

LucidChart

lucidchart.com

Web

Chrome app available

Text

File upload

Teacher - Yes

Student - Yes

None for registered for K-12 schools.

lucidchart.com/pages/education/K12

Can integrate with Google Drive.

Simple Surface

simplesurface.com

Web

Text only.

Only to save online.

Otherwise you can export to offline format without registering,

None

Save mindmaps as PDFs or text documents.

Sketchlot

sketchlot.com

Web.

Works on iPad and Android tablets.

Text and free-form drawing.

Teacher - Yes

Student - Account managed by teacher

None

Teachers can share to one student at a time or all at once.

Stormboard

stormboard.com

Web

Videos, images, text.

Teacher - Yes

Student - Yes

5 collaborators per mindmap.

Education plans available.

stormboard.com/main/pricing_edu

Collaborators can comment on entire mind map or just one element at a time.