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From collecting dots to connecting dots: Toni Krasnic at Biggerplate Unplugged 2016

With preparations well underway for Biggerplate Unplugged 2016, we're delighted to announce Toni Krasnic as one of our confirmed speakers for the annual mind map conference in New York next year!

We're so happy to welcome Toni as one of our speakers, as he has been a long term supporter of Biggerplate, and a fantastic contributor to the mind map library, with more than 50 mind maps maps shared with our community! Toni brings a wealth of professional experience to the #BPUN16 programme, but is perhaps best-known within the mind mapping world for his thought leadership in relation to the use of mind mapping for schools, students, and children. Toni is the author of How to Study with Mind Maps and Mind Mapping for Kids. Upon confirming his slot at #BPUN16, we asked Toni a few questions, and here's what he had to say...

What excites you about joining Biggerplate Unplugged in New York next year?

Over the last decade, I’ve met many mind mappers online with whom I communicated though email and phone, exchanged ideas in Google+ Mind Mapping Community, and interacted via social media, but never had a chance to meet in-person. The Biggerplate Unplugged Conference is an opportunity to finally meet these online friends in person, to meet others whom I have not encountered online, and to spend an entire day getting to better know each other, share experiences, learn from each other, and discuss future opportunities for mind mapping. It’s a special occasion where we finally get to meet in-person after many years of online dating!

Can you give us an idea of what you'll be speaking about at the conference?

I’ll be sharing my experience with mind mapping in academia. I’ll cover topics relevant to students and teachers, and will especially focus on how students and teachers can use mind maps to transition from collecting information to connecting information.

You have been an active member of Biggerplate for many years... why?

I’ve been a member since March 17, 2010, and was one of the first to join Biggerplate when it was launched. I was thrilled to see Biggerplate launched because it provided a platform to share mind maps and meet other mind mappers through shared mind maps. Biggerplate did for mind maps what SlideShare did for document sharing.

What one topic would you most like to see discussed at the New York conference next year?

A topic that I’d like to see discussed at the Conference is how to help spread the use of mind maps in schools, with special emphasis on K-12. Mind maps are still underutilized in schools, and this discussion would help inform different approaches on how to introduce students and teachers to mind mapping.

Join Toni, the Biggerplate Team, and a host of mind map users from around the world on 10 March 2016 at Biggerplate Unplugged in the wonderful city of New York! View event details

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