Friday, April 29, 2016

Brainstorming Race and Share to Classroom

Brainstorming Race

Brainstorming Race is a fun Google add-on where the teacher can give temporary write access to a document. Students can quickly collaborate and generate a brainstorm list. As soon as the time is up, the students can no longer write on the document. The teacher can then highlight the responses and create an instant Google Form so that students can vote on their favorite response. This is a great way to engage in an interactive lecture. 

Believe it or not, a developer came up with this idea in collaboration with his/her child. What a great idea! Here is their tutorial if you are interested in an overview

The only trouble is the time and effort it takes to share the document with the students. You would need a list of usernames to copy and paste when you are ready to share the document to streamline the whole process. Then you would need to figure out how to share the link to the Google Form with them as well.

Share to Classroom to the rescue!!!

Share to Classroom is an amazing Chrome Extension. Sure, you can create assignments and questions directly from the extension, but what I really like is the opportunity to push content to student devices instantly. (See previous post on Share to Classroom.) It is certainly a resource that my teachers have been raving about as it saves a lot of time and allows for some spontaneity in their classroom.

By using Share to Classroom with Brainstorming Race, you can push the collaborative document to your students' Chromebooks within seconds! Just have the document open, select that they can edit the document, and push it to students! This saves a ton of time and streamlines the entire process of using Brainstorming Race. The teacher doesn't have to worry about forgetting usernames. The students just need to be in the teacher's Google Classroom and have the Share to Classroom Chrome extension. 

Want to see how it works? Watch my video. 



2 comments:

  1. Hi Lance!. I am the developer of the Brainstorming Race Add-on. Thank you very much for sharing our work. My daughter is very excited!. We released a new version of the Add-on yesterday, have a look!. We are very interested on being in contact with you, so we understand how we can improve the Add-on for teachers. Please, use our feedback form to send me your contact information, so we can start a email thread: http://goo.gl/forms/b4ZtVjiJGv. I am thinking to include more automatic sharing options to the Add-on, as well as persistence (meaning the Add-on remembers the state when you close it). I also wanted to add that Brainstorming Race has different ways of sharing the form: Adding the link to the document, or showing a QR Code, so students can capture it with their devices.

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