Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Posts tagged ‘brainstorming’

A lunch box

A lunch box

What would you do with a lunch box in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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36 things you obviously need in your new home

A long time ago (so long ago he’s almost certainly forgotten about it) Ken Wilson shared a link to a buzzfeed article called ‘36 things you obviously need in your new home‘.

This is my favourite:

A library staircase

A library staircase

What would you do with these pictures in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co

This week’s prompt was suggested by @theteacherjames. Thanks James!

Superhero supplies banner

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. has a whole catalogue of superhero supplies available for purchase, in categories such as ‘Capes’, ‘Secret Identities’ and ‘Lairs’. The company has a real shop in New York. It has a great-looking catalogue, and all purchases support 826nyc: “a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills”.

What would you do with this site in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Interactive migrations map

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This fascinating migration map shows immigration and emigration statistics around the world, based on 2007 figures. It’s quite addictive!

What would you do with this map in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Plinky prompts

Who brings out the best in you?

If you had the attention of the entire world for two minutes, what would you say?

Name your favourite old movie.

Does silence make you feel uncomfortable?

All of these questions were taken from Plinky.com, a site which is linked to wordpress and is designed to give you inspiration for your blog. Whenever you post something on wordpress, three or four questions appear on the right-hand side of the screen to suggest what you could write about next, and (I believe) these are taken from Plinky too. You can read people’s answers to the questions by visiting the site.

Wordpress prompts

Examples of WordPress prompts

What would you do with this website or these writing prompts in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Paris

Just a word this week:

Paris

That’s it.
What would you do with this word in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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An Education wordcloud

I made this using Tagxedo for my class on Monday and thought other teachers might find it useful. I’ve included the list of words I put in too.

Education word cloudThe words are:

education education education

at~school at~university at~college

teacher pupil student classmate headteacher principal professor tutor

take~an~exam pass~an~exam fail~an~exam

study learn know teach educate

graduate
degree

revise

schools~break~up

topic subject
course

seminar lecture tutorial

grant fee

mark grade

state~school
public~school
private~school
primary~school
secondary~school
nursery~school

term semester

teacher’s~pet

play~truant skive

assignment notes

do~homework

research

academic

work~out~the~answers

get~your~ideas~across

correct~the~answers

What would you do with this wordcloud in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong ideas!

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Tripline

Tripline is a great website I found out about through Twitter. You can use it to create personalised maps showing individual locations or a longer journey, including adding photos and extra information about the places. It requires you to sign in, but it’s free and you can link it to your facebook account so you don’t have to remember extra passwords. You can also browse other people’s maps without logging in.

Here is a map I made showing all the places I visited on my year abroad in 2006 and 2007. I haven’t managed to add photos to it yet, as I haven’t had time, but one day I hope I will.

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong ideas!

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Your local area

Just a phrase this week:

your local area

That’s it.
What would you do with your local area in and out of your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Postcrossing

Postcrossing is a way of sending and receiving postcards to people all over the world. Registration is free and you can get up to five addresses when you first join. As you send more postcards you’re allowed to get more. Since I joined about two years ago I’ve sent 55 postcards and received 57. This is the range of countries I’ve been in contact with:

countries pie chart

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong ideas!

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