9 Good Brainstorming Apps for Teachers

In response to some of the requests we have received over the last few weeks, here is a collection of some of our favourite brainstorming and mind mapping iPad apps. You can use these apps to capture your ideas, plan your projects, brainstorm thoughts, and create outlines for your work in beautiful visual forms. Whether you want to represent your ideas in the form of a diagram, a flowchart,  a concept map or a mind map, the apps below are absolutely worth trying out. Please note that most of these apps, though they are free to install, they do offer in-app purchases.  We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback.

1- Ideament‘Ideament lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Ideament for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!’2- Mind VectorMind Vector allows you to create, edit and share mind maps on your iOS devices. Besides collaborative mind mapping, Mind Vector also offers the following features:Cut, copy and paste ideas
Drag and drop ideas to other
Visualizers to view and analyze maps
Add images as wallpapers to your maps
Add icons, colors, line styles and map themes,
Export maps in CSV, PDF, PNG
Import/Export maps to iCloud, Dropbox and Mind Vector Cloud
It offers in-app purchases
3- Grafio 3
‘Allow Grafio to become an extension of your fingertip. Draw a rectangle, circle or an ellipse and watch Grafio recognize and replace it with a perfectly looking shape for your diagram or schematic.’4- MindNodeMindNode helps you  visualize your ideas and thoughts in beautiful diagrams and mind maps. Some of the features it provides include:Nodes with titles, notes, images, tasks and links
Drag and Drop content from other iOS apps
Branches and connections to show different types of relationships
Many styling options for all parts of the document
Export to text, pdf, image and outline formats
Offers a free 2-week trial of the full app
5- MindMeister
MindMeister is a collaborative mind mapping app. that offers the following features:‘Real-time collaboration
Seamlessly sync maps and folders with your free online account
Share maps directly from the device
Multi-touch support for drag & drop, zoom, pan
Add icons, colors, styles and map themes
View and edit notes, links, tasks and attachments on ideas
Draw connections between nodes
Play presentations’
It offers in-app purchases
6- Padlet
‘Padlet is a digital canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. It works like a piece of paper. We give you an empty page – a padlet – and you can put whatever you like on it. Drag in a video, record an interview, snap a selfie, write your own text posts or upload some documents, and voilà! A padlet is born. Make it even more beautiful by choosing custom wallpapers and themes.’7- LucidchartLucidchart is great for creating flowcharts, process flows, diagrams, wireframes and many more. Some of the features it provides include:‘Pre-built templates and hundreds of shapes
Share and collaborate with team members
Import your Visio and Omnigraffle diagrams to keep your old work and collaborate with colleagues
Export diagrams as PDF, PNG, or Visio (Pro only) to use them use natively in other apps
View recent diagrams offline
Diagrams save and sync instantly with your Lucidchart account, so you’ll never lose your work.’
It offers in-app purchases
8- Mindly
Mindly is a good mind mapping app to use for structuring, brainstorming and collecting ideas. Some of the features provided include:‘Infinite hierarchy of elements
Attach notes, image or icon to any element
Color schemes for elements
Visual clipboard for reorganizing content
Export as mindmap (PDF/OPML/Text/Image)
iCloud support
Passcode / Touch ID.’
It offers in-app purchases
9- iThoughts 
iThoughts is another good iPad app for creating and sharing mind maps. Some of its features include:Import and export to and from many of the most popular desktop application formats (e.g., Excel/ Numbers, Plain/rich text, iMindmap etc)
Export in different formats including PDF, PNG,PPTX, DOCX, XML and more
Multiple link styles (curved, tapered, right angled etc.)
Over 100 builtin icons, 90 clipart images and 35 background canvas patterns.
Doodle (finger drawing)
Search (map names, topics, notes, links) across all maps.
It costs $ 11.99.

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