I Heart Chart Paper and Sharpies

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.



  1. I love how far technology has come in recent years. I think it is awesome that we can do so many things through the internet such as getting a degree on-line. I feel more confident knowing that I am able to e-mail teachers and other students for help with things that I cannot figure out on my own.

  2. Hi, my name is Kelsey and I have been assigned to follow your blog for my EDM310 course at the University of South Alabama. I agree with you that good old fashioned chart paper does wonders with students! As great as technology is, there is nothing like actually putting pen, or sharpie, to paper. Having the skills to use the technology is very useful in the world today but I feel it is necessary to also have the skills to brainstorm with pen and paper. Working in groups is a great way to get their minds churning with ideas; hearing other people’s ideas helps you branch off even more with your own. I hope I am also blessed with a wide variety of tools to incorporate into my classroom when I start teaching.

    I look forward to reading more from your blog! You can follow me on Twitter or you can email me here. Also, this is our EDM310 class blog.

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