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Would you like to use brainstorming apps to help students analyze and organize ideas? Check out SimpleMind.

SimpleMind is a free app that allows you and your students to create custom concept maps. Concept mapping is one way to help students brainstorm, analyze information, organize ideas, and much more.

No matter what type of device you're using (computer, smartphone, tablet), you'll be able to access your concept maps. All of your maps are stored in the cloud, so you can access with any device with an internet connection.

Another neat thing about this tool is the ability to add multimedia to your maps. Images, links, videos — whatever sparks your interest — you can add all of these types of media to your concept maps.

Many teachers use concept mapping to help students with the writing process. To learn more about brainstorming apps, and other apps to facilitate the writing process, take a look at this course with experienced tech trainer Monica Burns:

15 Mobile Apps to Integrate Technology in the Writing Process – Developing good writing skills is important to student success, and one way to improve and strengthen those skills is by using mobile apps and devices to engage the students and help them through the writing process. Join Monica Burns as she shares 15 of her favorite apps for brainstorming, editing, and publishing. She will share how mobile apps can be used during whole class lessons, small group instruction, and individual assignments.

What types of tools do you like to use for classroom brainstorming? Tell me about your favorite in a comment on this article.

Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at editor@simplek12.com.

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