Also known as: mind mapping, ideation

Brainstorming is an activity used with groups of students to generate a large number of ideas or collate information around a topic, idea, question or problem. It:

  • provides educators with an insight into students' existing knowledge, as well as opportunities to teach acceptance and respect for different views
  • focuses students' attention on a particular topic and encourages them to take risks in sharing their ideas and opinions
  • can be extended upon to organise ideas using an Affinity diagram, Concept mapping or the Six Thinking Hats.


ICT templates

How to use with ICT

  • Brainstorm with your class using collaborative online documents such as Jamboard, Padlet or one of the templates below.
  • Alternatively, use a mind-mapping tool like to collect student ideas and share the results later.
  • Students can analyse, critique and classify the ideas individually or together.
  • To encourage students to contribute without critiquing, try using elements of the question formulation technique.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
Mind mapping - Brown University Mind mapping How to use brainstorming and adapt to use in classrooms. 
How to get students to generate original ideas by John Spencer How to get students to generate original ideas A video from John Spencer about how to get students to generate original ideas.


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