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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Use Wikibrains as a Story Starter

Wikibrains is a neat website designed to help you brainstorm in a web format. When you brainstorm on Wikibrains you're also performing a basic Internet search at the same time. To create a brainstorm web on Wikibrains start by entering one word or phrase. When you enter a word you will be prompted to add more words by completing the phrase, "Makes me think off..." Each new word or phrase that you enter will be added to your web. As you enter words on the right side of the screen you will see links to search results about each word.

If you create a Wikibrains account you can alter your brainstorm webs by adding custom paths and links between elements. Another perk of having a Wikibrains account is the option to browse other users' webs and modify them for your own use.

Applications for Educations
Wikibrains could be a great tool to have students use as a story starter. Have your students pick any word or phrase to get started then build a web of what they think are related terms. After they've built the web ask them to create a narrative that explains all of the connections between the elements of the web.

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