The students in my class have a plethora of apps and tools for digital collaboration, mind mapping, and brainstorming. From Google Docs to iThoughts to Smart Ideas, any and all are available with the swipe of a screen or a touch of a mouse.
Still, it never ceases to amaze me how awesome good old fashioned chart paper and markers are for collaboration and idea generation. When you get groups working with these tools, their behaviour is physical and social, a great combination for learning.
I feel so blessed that I’ve had the opportunity to try a wide variety of tools with the learners in my classes over the years. It reminds me which ones are lasters and which are flashes in the pan.