Why we love this app
We love this app because it does one thing well, and does it in such an intuitive way that it needs no words to clutter its design. Its simplicity almost mimics the simplicity of a packet of sticky notes and a marker carefully placed next to a piece of posterboard. It begs to be picked up as soon as the ideas start to flow. When we heard of the potential that iBrainstorm has for multi-device collaboration, we immediately saw it as a tool that could keep each student involved and engaged in the process of brainstorming. However, like most fun features of a learning tool, you will need to build in time to play and giggle as virtual sticky notes fly across the room. You will also need time to test this feature since it did not work on some of the networks we tried. Be sure to have some backup stickies or a backup plan the first time you test the multi-device collaborative iBrainstorming session.
What it teaches and how it works
iBrainstorming immediately opens up to a large corkboard with three tiny icons on the top (a marker, an eraser, and a "+" tool). The curious viewer is drawn to press the "+" sign, and a colorful sticky pops up on the screen ready to capture your first idea. That’s it! Tap on the sticky note to add text ideas to each sticky in iBrainstorm. The slightly sticky glue allows me to reposition them in all kinds of configuration. Simply hold and drag your iBrainstorm sticky notes to match your many ideas. Colors help categorize ideas.With iBrainstorm, you can decide your brilliant idea needs a different color sticky. With iBrainstorm, you have a handful of colors in only three sizes (with an eraser) so you can focus on the task of brainstorming. There's no distracting temptation to touch it up and make it pretty. Another unique feature of iBrainstorm is that it offers a way for a group of four students to connect using the iBrainstorm Companion app, and flick their own stickies to the hosting brainstorming device.
Why your kid won't be able to put it down
If your middle school student loves to hoard, then immediately add iBrainstorm to their digital toolkit. Your child will have access to as many colorful sticky notes as they need. If your Wi-Fi network and their devices allow the multi-device connection to work smoothly, they'll be engaged flicking sticky notes through the air and learning will be fun and social.
|appoLearning Report Card||
|Features specific educational objectives|
|Fosters critical thinking|
|Adapts to kids' skill level|
|Intellectually stimulating for children|
|Instructions are clear and simple|
|Well-suited to age group|
|Assesses progress and proficiency|
|Parents and teachers can assess progress|
|Features and Design|
|Unique in its concept, design and approach|
|Engaging design and repeatable content|
|Excellent value for price|
|Doesn't require additional in-app spending|
|Safety and Privacy|
|Doesn't expose kids to external services or advertisers|
|Doesn't ask for personal data|
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