1. Introduction to Brainstorm Ideas in a Group

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Brainstorming is a great way to come up with new ideas, creative solutions, and innovative approaches to scenarios you encounter at work or in your personal life.

Brainstorming with a group enables you to: work through problems, come up with new ways of doing things, improve your critical-thinking skills, consider creative solutions, and collaborate with a team.

Using digital tools to brainstorm makes it easier to collaborate with others, share your ideas, and access those ideas whenever you need them.

In this activity, you and a group will use Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Drawings to brainstorm as many ideas as possible to achieve a goal for a given scenario.

You’ll then narrow down your ideas to the one that is most likely to help you achieve your goal. You will: Share documents and files with your group, Complete your own online brainstorming exercise using Google Sheets, Google Drawings, or Google Docs, Change text formatting and colors to keep your ideas organized, And add comments to elaborate on each other’s ideas.

While your brainstorming group, tools, and scenarios may differ, there are a few important elements that make every brainstorming session successful: First, make sure your group is comprised of people who will bring different perspectives.

This will help you generate even more ideas. Second, brainstorm as many ideas as possible, without critiquing others’ input. And third, keep in mind that there is no right way to brainstorm. You’ll discover three methods in today’s activity, but there are many ways to generate ideas with a group.

This kind of inclusive and respectful brainstorming session fosters creativity and helps everyone feel comfortable contributing. To complete this activity, you must first sign in to your Google account. Open a new tab in your browser, and sign in now.

If you don’t have a Google account, create one before beginning this activity.

To start, sit with your group. Then, quickly decide which starter project you want to use for your brainstorming session.

You may want to use a scenario that’s similar to something a group member is involved with in real life, or the one that seems most interesting to everyone.

One person in your group should open the selected Starter Project, make a copy, and add it to their Drive.

Rename the document to reference it later.

Share the document with the rest of the group.

Give everyone in your group editing access. Editing access allows each group member to make changes and add their own ideas to the document as you work together.

Then, move on to the next video to begin planning your brainstorming session.


  1. As a group, choose a starter project.
  2. Have one person make a copy of the starter project and share it with each person in the group.
  3. Make sure everyone has "Edit" access.