Looking for a tool to collect ideas collaboratively

Dear community,

I’m looking for a tool to collect ideas collaboratively. I would like to sort/group them afterwards with drag&drop. That would lead to different tasks for different groups. Any ideas?

Example: organizing a coffee break:
one group would focus on buying food, another group would concentrate on the production of sandwiches, etc.


I was hoping to be able to embed a Google Form right into the Formative - can then use lots of tools to organize the Google Sheet results, but it doesn’t seem to work even though the embed code looks okay to me [

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecbztf2UQN_uMDeC0x_VrTo_Lk0AGaxIBYUhA8G04_2-zkKg/viewform" width="760" height="500" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>


Looking forward to the responses on this one…



@michael.lutz Have you heard of Padlet? It allows your students to share ideas on one screen. Here’s how to embed it into Formative:


I gave it a try and it actively being blocked because it’s a form. We can definitely considering developing the ability to embed google forms and will look into the logisitics of it!


@david That would be a great implementation!

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@Dawn_Frier1 Amazing! Actually, your idea is opening a lot of possibilities: you could embed slides, collaborative Google Docs (-> HyperDocs!) within a formative. Students could learn (with an embed, external source) and answer questions within the formative. I like your posting a lot - I’d give you more than just one like :wink:


Currently you can embed both Google Slides and Google Docs into Formative! To do so, you can first select to publish the file to the web and select the “Embed” option. After that, you can COPY the embed code and paste it into an embed block on Formative! Here’s an example with a Google Slides:

  1. Publish it to the web:

  1. Copy the embed code

  1. Paste it into the embed block on Formative


@michael.lutz was able to embed a google form as shown in the post above! If you take what he did and just replace the URL, you can embed the Google form that you shared as well:

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecbztf2UQN_uMDeC0x_VrTo_Lk0AGaxIBYUhA8G04_2-zkKg/viewform" style="border:0px #ffffff none;" name="myiFrame" scrolling="no" frameborder="1" marginheight="0px" marginwidth="0px" height="590px" width="600px" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Michael, it’d be great to hear where you grabbed the iframe from!

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@david I used an i-frame generator and took the URL of the form from here:

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Which generator did you use?

It looks like @michael.lutz hyperlinked it in his last post. Here’s the direct URL:


Thanks David! These visuals and instructions are very helpful.


Wow. This is pretty cool! I’ll have to look into this later this week when I finally pull my school laptop out of the car.


Hi @michael.lutz,

Have you tried Trello https://trello.com/? This is a good tool to collect ideas collaboratively and allow you to drag and drop afterwards.



Thank you @alison, I’ve just registered an account and I’m going to try it out with my class during the next week!

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