I always used the terms flow chart and mind map interchangeably. Now I know better. A flow chart seems go in sequential order and have a definitive end. A mind map seems more like a brainstorming process with ideas going in different directions. I agree with Anne Wall in her instruction for Thing # 14 of the 23 Things Project she mentions that a flow chart seems more for the reader and a mind map is more for the creator. I tested bubbl.us and gliffy. They are both easy to use applications. They have a lot of design options. I like that they both have preloaded formats for those of us that are less creative. The only reason why I liked gliffy better was because I think I like the idea of flow charts better than mind maps.
I think both mind maps and flow charts have their place in class rooms. I plan on teaching Social Studies and a flow chart would be a great way to teach cause and effect in class. It would also be a great way to create unique timelines.