The Brainstorming Stage

Brainstorming is an important stage of digital storytelling projects. Brainstorming helps improve writing, organizes group ideas, inspires discussion and creativity, and provides a roadmap for projects. When brainstorming is combined with sketching, drawing, and graphic organizers it helps learners to organize their thoughts for better flow and organization. Moreover, learners can make connections to previous knowledge and expand on what they already know. Learners can use free mobile apps to brainstorm on the go whenever they feel inspired.  

After telling learners about the topic or giving them instructions about their tasks, then give them time to brainstorm. If no Internet access is available or there are time constraints, then give learners about 5 minutes to brainstorm on a sheet of paper or graphic organizer.

If students have devices with apps, then have them brainstorm on their devices. After downloading these apps, many work without an Internet connection. Learners can use the following apps to brainstorm and collect research and content for their digital storytelling projects:

  • Idea Sketch IOS/Android Mindmapping App- Draw a diagram, mind map, concept map, or flow chart and convert it to a text outline and vice versa. Print with a PDF or download to Dropbox.

  • Linoit web/IOS/Android App- Online sticky note board. Include links, images, video, and audio as well as change the size and color of your fonts. Has various background options and other attractive options. It’s embeddable as well. More stable than Padlet.

  • Padlet web/IOS/Android- Online sticky note board with beautiful templates and backgrounds.  Include links, images, video, text (160 characters) and audio as well as change the size and color of your fonts. Has various background options and other attractive options. It’s embeddable as well. Drag and drop files. Print as pdf and offline.

  • Mindmeister Web/IOS/Android- Mindmapping with nodes, text, images. Also can work offline then it syncs to all your mindmaps and updates them.

  • Popplet web/IOS App- The browser base app provides collaborative mindmapping. Students can support text with images from Flickr or Youtube videos. They can upload their own. Embeddable.

  • IBrainstorm IOS app- Create sticky notes as well as free form drawing. Email the brainstorming session.

  • Inkflow IOS app- Sketch & write ideas then move them around and organize them.

  • PenUltimate- Draw & write on notebook paper on your iPad. The writing becomes searchable, stored, and categorized with Evernote that is compatible with all devices.

  • EduCreations iPad app- Interactive whiteboard and screen recording app. Ability to include images taken and from the web and narrate with audio. Creates a video that can be embedded. Students can record their brainstorming while creating their mindmaps.