Brainstorm


The brainstorm templates allows you to collect words and phrases from your audience.

Making the template

There is no content to enter for this template. You'll skip this stage an go straight on to the next.


Playing a game

Keyboard

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.

Text

Collect contributions from the group using the Wordpad handsets.

Web

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


Teaching ideas

Classic brainstorming

The namesake of this template involves the free collection of thoughts an ideas from the audience. Pose the audience a question or a problem. Give them a certain time limit to come up with their answers. Then ask the audience what they've come up with, this might involve volunteers and it might involve prompting individuals for a response. A mixture of these two strategies works well in practice.

Sequential brainstorming

In this variation, you get the ideas from your audience one contribution at a time, giving the students a chance to discuss and reflect at each stage. The advantage here is that it allows people to respond to previous remarks and also avoids too many repeat answers.

The downside is that with less thinking time at each step, this format can favour those who respond quickly at the expense of others.

Staged brainstorming

A technique that mixes classic brainstorming and sequential brainstorming, is to split the activity into two or three stages.

Give the audience a moment to think about the question, collate their answers. Then repeat the stage with the audience now having had a chance to reflect on the first few answers.

Say something quick

Put your class into two teams.

Pose your question, e.g. name a chemical element. Then prompt the first person for a response. Quickly type it into the activity and then move to the next person on the other team. If by the time you've typed it and ready to move on they don't have response, you move back to the other team. Go back and forth until you run out of space for new responses.

Afterwards, sum up which team scored the most contributions.


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