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How effective is brainstorming at your school? (Infographic/commentary)

How effective is brainstorming at your school? (Infographic/commentary) | ks3humanities | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:45 PM

Does group brainstorming work? This post looks at this issue, working from an infographic and selecting key concepts in the infographic and expanding on them. Gleeson begins by discussing "the five biggest problems with Groupthink." The list is below and all are explained in the post. Please note that there the author of the infographic also explains their perception of what each of the phrases below means.

* Social Loafing

* Social Matching

* Production Blocking

* Lack of Attention

* Fear of Criticism or Rejection

Gleeson then provides a list of tips for effective brainstorming (again, this are listed in the infographic with definitions provided). The areas explored here are:

* Independently prepare

* Set a goal

* Have meeting facilitators

* Avoid criticism

* Encourage competition

* Try collaborative apps

In education we often ask our learners to brainstorm. This article and infographic provide some insights that you may not have considered in the past. To go directly to the infographic (in which case you will not see the post by Gleeson)

 https://www.mavenlink.com/community/blogs/713-are-we-brainstorming-the-wrong-way--. 

There are also a number of free collaborative tools that support brainstorming. One of the more robust tools that is free to schools is LucidChart.

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10 Ways to Use Lucidchart Online Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use Lucidchart Online Graphic Organizers in the Classroom | ks3humanities | Scoop.it

"Lucidchart is the best free learning tool you’ve never heard of.  It’s an online diagramming tool that’s easy to use and supported by a for-profit company, so you don’t have to worry about us disappearing once you’ve built your lesson plans around us.

Not sure how to use a diagramming program in your classroom?  Here are 10 ideas from teachers and professors who are already using Lucidchart."


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i hope i can get this working in my classroom and then using it -- sometimes things are blocked!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 18, 2013 9:23 PM

A great introduction to Lucidchart, a robust online graphic organizer that is free for educators (and their students) and allows students to collaborate on projects. A few of the ideas suggested in the post are below:

* Use Lucidchart as an alternative to Think, Pair, Share

* Brainstorm with  mindmaps (and have students collaborate, having each choose a different color if you want to follow them individually)

* Real time feedback on assignments

Remember, this is a free tool and the post provides great directions on how to set up your account and request it be upgraded to educational!

davidconover's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:41 AM

I look forward to using this tool in my classroom.

David Peal's curator insight, December 26, 2013 11:21 AM

Outstanding tool for making graphic organizers and concept maps, worth the $3 a month.