Concept maps, also known as mind maps, are graphical tools for organising and representing knowledge. They allow educators and students to organise and represent knowledge of a subject by creating a map in which concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, represent ideas or facts, and lines or arrows between concepts represent relationships. Users can construct, navigate, share and review knowledge models represented as concept maps. There is not one specific software for creating concept maps, but we recommended using CmapTools (other online concept mapping tools include SimpleMind and MindMaple).
CmapTools software is a result of research conducted at the Florida institute for Human and machine cognition (IHMC). It empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticise knowledge models represented as concept maps.