Trello is the Perfect Tool for Brainstorming and Prewriting

Whether you are a homeschool instructor, a tutor, or a teacher, helping students brainstorm and prewrite can be challenging. Many students are either intimidated by writing and avoid the process completely or they want to jump right in and skip the prewriting process.

Many modern students use technological resources in their daily lives. Educators are often looking for ways to utilize technology for educational gains. Trello is the perfect solution for students who struggle with prewriting and brainstorming, but love technology.

Trello is a website with many potential uses. Students and their instructor can create a free account. Trello allows students to sketch their paragraphs in blocks. These blocks start with a main idea and then the blocks below can be used for supporting ideas. Students can drag the blocks on the screen so that ideas and supporting information are grouped appropriately. The screenshot below demonstrates how Trello can be used for constructing paragraphs.

This is a sample Trello board. The sample includes paragraph topics (in gray) and supporting information (in white).

This is a sample Trello board. The sample includes paragraph topics (in gray) and supporting information (in white).

In addition to being a great tool for organizing and reorganizing information, Trello allows students to share their boards with their instructor. The instructor can view and even comment on each student’s board.

Though students can sometimes be hesitant to engage in prewriting and brainstorming, Trello offers students the opportunity to use technology to organize their ideas. They can quickly and easily rearrange their ideas, which can alleviate some of the anxiety students feel when they begin drafting paragraphs.

Trello is a great tool that can work wonders for today’s student writers. Instructors and writing tutors should take advantage of this tool to help students engage in the many advantages of prewriting.