There are many online tools available now that allow you to share ideas with others. You can do this synchronously (at the same time) or asynchronously (at different times). This planning phase is very important in establishing prior knowledge about a topic and also to clarify where there are gaps in your knowledge. Also sharing with others may give you a perspective on a topic that you had not thought about before.
Popplet alows you to creat individual mindmaps or collaborate with others.
Padlet is a free online tool where anyone can build a 'wall' of statements, comments, ideas, pictures, links, powerpoints, You tube videos, PDFs and much more. It is like a virtual noticeboard. It is particularly useful for getting class feedback about something or posting comments, ideas, discoveries and so much more.
Scrumblr is a simple brainstorming tool. The post-it notes you can add to the page are text only – you can’t add links, images or videos like other tools, but this can be a useful feature as there are less distractions or things to confuse learners. Simply click the + icon to add more notes and double click on the notes to add text. You can also add text to the backgound to create different zones.
Stormboard takes away the idea of sticky notes on a wall and makes it virtual. Brainstorm, think out ideas alone or with friends; plan out anything you like with Edistorm. Use virtual sticky notes in Edistorm to come up with a multitude of ideas all on one site.
Mind42 is free to use website that lets you brainstorm individually or as a group. You can create an account and record your ideas through simple mind maps.
WiseMapping is another website that lets users create mind maps as a group. The interface is user friendly and saves users’ time in figuring out the controls. You can embed ready-made mind maps in any website. Through WiseMapping you can also save your mind maps as image files or PDF documents.
Bubbl.us lets you create mind maps as a group. The mind maps created on the site have a variety of colors differentiating map nodes which makes them easier to spot and read. This is a very popular Web 2.0 tool.
Solvr is a free to use website that lets you post a problem and then share that URL with your friends so they can help you find a solution. This can be helpful when you want to reach a solution as group.
This is a free education platform that provides opportunties for you to engage in discussions with other students. You can create study groups and much more.
This is a collaborative storytelling tool. You can create short art inspired stories that can be shared or printed. You can add images to bring your stories, poems and songs to life.