Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Making Research fun with the World Cup

Getting started with a research project can be a daunting task no matter what you are researching, particularly for those at school with limited, or no experience of undertaking research. With a multitude of varied sources to reference, it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. MindGenius can help students pull together information on any topic, and in this example, we have looked at how this could be applied to the World Cup.

The World Cup is the most talked about topic of the moment and there are multiple sources of information from the official FIFA website, to multiple Wikipedia entries, fans blogs and other online articles, not to mention books and papers being produced on the subject. The problem with having many sources, is how to pull together all of the information. MindGenius allows you to quickly take down the key points of your information, and then link to additional sources such as web links, Word documents and PDF files. This allows you to have all information linked to and easily accessible from the one source.

The ability to purely focus on key points means students will gain understanding on what the key points are of their topic, in a format that’s easy to understand.

Fig 1 Map focused in on Destination section, with added html, Word and Excel links
Please click on image to launch full screen view

In this instance we have looked at things like groups, teams, South Africa as a destination, and World Cup facts. MindGenius has allowed me to break the information down by topic and you can see in the Map Explorer on the left hand side that all of my topics are listed here. Clicking on any title in here, automatically takes me to that branch, allowing me to focus in on that section. In the example below, I have selected “World Cup Facts” and I can focus in on that section either to review or add more information.

Fig 2 Map focused in on World Cup Facts section
Please click on image to launch full screen view

To aid understanding further and to build a fuller picture, maps can be personalised by adding images, either from the MindGenius picture gallery or from other sources. This is of particular help when students need to report back on their project as a presentation, or remember it for tests or exams.

This method of research can be done by individual students, or as a class activity. If you read the West Kent College article, you will see they use it in class by passing around a wireless keyboard and everyone adds their own ideas to an onscreen map.

If you would like a copy of the map to get your class started on a project, or would just like to look at a few facts about the World Cup, please get in touch with us at

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