Brainstorming is a low-prep strategy. Such strategies are often implemented on the fly and usually don't require much, if any, prior preparation. Adding a technology component to these low-prep strategies can add time for preparation and/or implementation. As with any technology implementation, do so only when it makes a difference, not just for the sake of using technology.

The stakes don't have to be as high as the Apollo 13 situation, but brainstorming is a powerful strategy to generate ideas and creative solutions. Most people think of brainstorming as being done in groups, but individual brainstorming can often be even more effective since students are not distracted by listening to what others are suggesting or, perhaps, intimidated or hesitant to offer their ideas out loud. Once individuals have brainstormed for themselves, the group process can be used to share all the ideas generated. Brainstorming empowers students and gains buy in for group solutions to problems.

Resources for brainstorming:

How can technology be used to facilitate Brainstorming? Add your ideas to the list...
  • Use concept mapping software or online tools to record ideas and subsequently map relationships among ideas
  • Use collaborative web tools like Google docs to contribute ideas to a group workspace whether working in real time or asynchronously