Brainstorming Sessions with Google Documents
Imagine Mrs. App's Biology class is beginning a lesson on the ethics of cloning technology. She is going to use a shared Google Document as both a warm-up activity and a brainstorming session.
- Before class, Mrs. App creates a Google Document and shares it with her students. In the document, she makes two phrases: "Reasons why cloning technology may be beneficial" and "Reasons why cloning technology may be a bad idea."
- As a warm-up activity, Mrs. App's students open the shared document on their devices. Students have 5 minutes to enter their responses: one good reason and one bad reason. Since this is a brainstorming activity, all answers are accepted.
[How does this work? When students open the document and begin typing, their names appear as special cursors. Changes that the students make appear in the document real-time for everyone to see.]
- After the warm-up, Mrs. App can project the document on the board and review each of the student's ideas in a whole class discussion.