Doodle 4 Google: Collaborative brainstorming

Two things I love happened today.

First, I introduced the Doodle 4 Google contest to my students. My 7th and 8th classes cheered. (I am not sure about your 7th and 8th graders – but cheering for a project is not a  normal occurrence in my middle school classes.)

Second, we brainstormed as a class. Brainstorming kicks off the creative process beautifully. It’s a time when all ideas are possible and students can dig deep, imagine and dream. There are no “right” answers and no “wrong” answers.

Here’s how we approached brainstorming for our doodles:

  • All ideas are possible. You are only limited by your imagination.
  • Doodle ideas are personal and unique. Celebrate being different.
  • Share your doodle idea even if you think it’s silly. Your idea might help another student conceptualize their doodle.

I wanted all of my students to share their ideas – not only with their class, but with other classes. I chose to go low tech. I posted the theme of this year’s contest on my bulletin board.

I also posted the 5 thinking questions included in the Doodle 4 Google Educator’s Guide.


Then, I asked each student to contribute one doodle idea to our board. Some of my favorites so far…. 

 Looking forward to tomorrow when our doodle board holds even more ideas!


Want to learn more about Doodle 4 Google? Check out my previous post about the contest basics.


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  1. Ann Marie Bishop said:

    I love this idea to do in my 2nd grade class. This will get ideas flowing, for sure! Thanks!!!

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