8 easy brainstorm apps for in a collaborative classroom
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8 easy brainstorm apps for in a collaborative classroom

Sharing knowledge and ideas is the key to
learning. You can’t learn on your own. You’re learning ideas from other people. Ideas in books, from television,
ideas from friends and family and ideas from your teachers. Because sharing ideas is so important,
we need some brainstorming tools to support that. In this video I’ll go over a list of some
amazing brainstorm tools. If you like this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up or subscribe
for more edtech tips. The first tool is iBrainstorm. Capturing and sharing a student’s creative
mind is very easy with iBrainstorm. Students can write and add notes to the board. They can even invite up to three fellow students
to participate in the brainstorm. Students can start from scratch,
or they can choose one of the 13 background templates. They can even brainstorm about how to put
their football players on the field! The second brainstorm tool is Padlet.
Padlet can be used by students and by teachers. With padlet you can create an online board
that you can share with every student or teacher
you want. Just give them the link. Padlet allows you to insert ideas anonymously
or with your name. Whoever has the board open on its computer,
tablet or smartphone, can see what’s on it and what everyone is
writing. Students can use Padlet when collaborating
on a teamwork and the teacher can use it to do some live brainstorming
on a topic in class. Collect your ideas when you find something
interesting on the internet that you can use in your lessons. Simply save it to a Padlet board. Students can do the same. Google docs can also be use as a brainstorming
tool. You can work together in the same document
at the same time from another device. No more sending files back and forth. No more figuring out which file was the latest. Another huge benefit is that every change
is saved automatically, so total disasters are not possible in Google
Docs. I’ve given Google Docs a place in this brainstorming
tool list because it’s a collaboration tool and it’s
very easy to use when brainstorming from home with other students over an assignment or
a new project. Working together has never been so swift and
easy. Number four on my list is Popplet
Popplet is perhaps the simplest tool to capture and organize ideas. With a few clicks on your screen you can make
“Popplets” or little squares and add text and images. It’s easy to connect the Popplets, rearrange
them, change their colour and even adjust their shape. Students use Popplet to think and learn visually. Students learn to generate new ideas by capturing
facts, thoughts, and images. You can also make MindMaps with the MindMap Widget in BookWidgets, which is our fifth app. Give the students a word or a theme to start from. Now, they just have to add words around it. It’s pretty easy as you can see. The last app I want you to learn about is
Brainstormer This app isn’t an app that helps you to
collaborate on ideas and gives you a solution to brainstorm easily. This app gives you the idea. Use Brainstormer in art lessons, and language
lessons to give students an idea to start from. The app gives them inspiration to start with. Let them write a story, using the Brainstormer
app. I’m very curious what the result will be. So these were my top picks for brainstorming
apps. I have two more apps in the list on my blog. Feel free to take a look. I’ll post the link to the blog post in the
comments below. I hope I’ve inspired you to teach more from
your students’ point of view and let them do the work. These apps are just right for that! Thanks for watching and see you next week!

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