iPad in the Classroom #2: Brainstormy Weather

It is a gray kind of marine-layer day here in California.   The kind of day that makes me want to hunker down in my jammies, grab my ubiquitous cup of coffee and read a book.  Except now that I am an iPad owner, it makes me want to cuddle that sleek, little rectangle and find something new and different to do.

So reluctantly, I put my NY Times crossword puzzle aside and I continued my quest for great Education related apps.

I found one.

Those of you who are regulars here at the EEC blog, know that I love me some post-it notes.    They are great little flexible tools for planning and categorizing, whether it be for a writing activity or a science classification exercise.

Well, now you can have the same fun with post-it notes on your iPad using the iBrainstorm app by The Universal Mind.

When I first took a look at the stock photos on the iTunes store I was intrigued.  This cool little app seemed to sum up all of the things I liked to have students do with post-it notes.  I started playing around with the tool and came up with a sample writing graphic organizer:

Sample Writing Graphic Organizer using iBrainstorm App

Let’s say a student was assigned to write on types of transportation.  The student could:

  1. Choose a color for topic and thesis and place it at the middle of the screen.
  2. Draw connecting lines out in three directions.
  3. Choose three different colors to represent the supporting paragraphs.  In this example, red = cars, green = trains and blue = boats.
  4. Use other colored post-it notes to add supporting details around each paragraph topic.
  5. Use the “sharpie” tool to add notes/drawings/connections.
  6. Add a title and their name.
  7. Email it to their instructor for feedback!

What I especially love about this app is that it is fairly easy to use.  It uses the standard finger-sweep zoom in/zoom out technology and you simply “finger paint” the sharpie tool.  You are able to type on the post-its making the words neat.  There is also a spelling tool incorporated into the keyboard, eliminating some of the spelling errors that occur as part of compositional risk.

Can you imagine if you had a group of young writers using this to plan!  A very exciting option!

The best, folks, is that it is FREE.  Yes.  FREE.  Quick download it now, before that changes!  What a great little resource for teachers!

What do you think?  Is this a tool you could use in your classroom?  How would you use the iBrainstorm app?

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3 Responses to “iPad in the Classroom #2: Brainstormy Weather”

  1. Kelly Lange
    2:00 pm on September 14th, 2010

    I love this! What a bummer it’s not available for the iPhone because I can imagine some homework projects benefiting from this :)

  2. Chris Littrell
    6:59 pm on September 18th, 2010

    This looks like a great app. I’ll have to download and try it out. I think it could work well in our iPad program.


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