Category brainstorm

The Category brainstorm template allows you to collect words and phrases from your audience. It's similar to the brainstorm template except that the contributions can be placed under a series of headings, one on each page.

Making the template

Enter the categories as a list during the content stage. Each item in the list represents a page of the activity.

Each page behaves like a separate brainstorm activity.

Playing the game


There is a text entry box at the bottom of the screen use this to enter comments made by your audience. When you press 'submit' they will appear on screen.

To navigate to the next or previous category, use the arrow button on the bottom row.


Collect contributions from the group using the Wordpad handsets.


Collect contributions from the group by having them access a mobile web page.

Teaching ideas

Good and bad

Take a classic brainstorm, where the audience comes up with responses or ideas, given a question or prompt. But ask people to come up with what they consider good responses and what they consider to be examples of bad responses. Create a brainstorm with two categories: good and bad.

Then when you review the responses the class has come up with, place them on the appropriate page. This kind of approach can lead to a richer and more varied discussion than simply asking for 'good' responses.

Changing your mind

Set up a story in which the facts are divulged in three or four stages. Create a category brainstorm in which you give brief headings to represent each stage.

Tell the first stage of the story to the audience. For example, you might be telling a story of a man who stole from a shop. Get their response and note them.

Now divulge the next stage of the story. Perhaps we learn that the man was stealing medicine he couldn't afford. Allow the audience to discuss and resubmit responses.

Repeat until the story is completely told. Then conduct a review where you flick back through each page asking the audience to reflect and discuss why they changed their minds and what made them do so.

Anonymous evaluation

Create a category brainstorm what evaluates ideas into different categories. For example, you might ask for solutions to a problem where the categories are: 'creative and interesting', 'practical and efficient', 'challenging but effective', 'crazy in a good way'. Have people submit ideas on to paper then put them all in pot, then have them dealt out again - tell people not to worry if by chance they end up with their own (this always seems to happen to someone!).

Go through each of the categories, inviting the audience to read out the idea they have if they think it applies to the category you are on - then add it so it appears on screen for all to read.

Be careful to name your categories in such a way that none of them sound dismissive or it might stifle the answers people give.

List of templates

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