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Icebreakers in online learning

Icebreakers in Online Learning: Why and How
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Short simple slide share on the value of icebreakers.

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 25, 2013 5:28 AM

Icebreakers can be simple or highly creative, but no matter what your deisgn, it is essential to insure it draws in and connects the students. The foundation and tone for the class are set in this first activity.

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Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online | Dixon | Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online | Dixon | Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online


From the Abstract:


Icebreakers are fun activities that help people get to know each other. These activities can potentially ameliorate the perceived distance in online learning environments. Two author-developed icebreakers were used in a preliminary study involving university undergraduates and instructors in online environments. Respondents took part in an icebreaker at the start of a semester and at the mid-point after which they completed a questionnaire about perceived value of icebreakers. Early results were positive and have led to recommendations for practice.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

You'll find some interesting icebraker ideas in the the appendix of this full text research paper. 


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Ruth Hall's curator insight, June 16, 2013 8:21 PM

Check the icebreakers in appendix A

Carl Heine's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:43 AM

Looking for activities to break the ice online?

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21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

On Monday I will begin my new job. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes. As always, I am nervous and excited for the first day of school, and eager to meet a new group of students. 

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Teaching With Technology - Ice-Breaker Ideas

Teaching With Technology - Ice-Breaker Ideas | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Whether you are in a traditional classroom setting, or an online learning community, ice-breakers play a vital role in developing a sense of community in a learning environment.


Here's a wiki with many resources on ice-breaking and online community development.

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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 24, 2012 1:41 AM
Classroom teaching is a demanding job. Most people outside education probably think teachers spend most of their time teaching, but teachers are responsible for many tasks that have little to do with classroom instruction.
Beyond planning and implementing instruction, teachers are also expected to be managers, psychologists, counselors, custodians, and community "ambassadors," not to mention entertainers.
It is easy to understand how a teacher might become frustrated and disillusioned. Most teachers enter the profession expecting to spark the joy of learning in their students. Unfortunately, the other demands of the classroom are very distracting and consuming. We envision technology as a teacher's liberator to help reestablish the role and value of the individual classroom teacher. To do so, two things must happen. First the perspective of the classroom must change to become learner centered. Second, students and teachers must enter into a collaboration or partnership with technology in order to create a "community" that nurtures, encourages, and supports the learning process.
There is a difference. Technology in education is often perceived in terms of how many computers or videocassette recorders are in a classroom and how they might be used to support traditional classroom activities, but this is a misleading and potentially dangerous interpretation. It not only places an inappropriate focus on hardware, but fails to consider other potentially useful "idea" technologies resulting from the application of one or more knowledge bases, such as learning theory. Educational technology involves applying ideas from various sources to create the best learning environments possible for students.
Educational technologists also ask questions such as how a classroom might change or adapt when a computer is integrated into the curriculum. This integration means that the curriculum and setting may also need to change to meet the opportunities that the technology may offer.
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Using Online Icebreakers to Promote Student/Teacher Interaction

Using Online Icebreakers to Promote Student/Teacher Interaction | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

In an online environment, human interaction does not just happen naturally. Your online students need a way to get to know you, the instructor, and others. There are several ways to encourage your students to interact with each other. The idea is to be creative and set several guidelines for students to follow in order to stimulate asynchronous discussions.

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First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices - User Generated Education

First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices - User Generated Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D:

"All of my classes, regardless of student age or demographics – elementary gifted students or graduate students, begin with ice-breakers and team-building activities.  I recently developed a passion for using students’ mobile devices to do so as this devices have become natural and personalized extensions of students’ “selves.”"


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joellemillery's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:54 AM

 it looks good:-)

 

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, September 16, 2013 6:46 AM

This is one of the first resources to actively use digital tools to upgrade the minutes before instruction starts.  In my professional experience this would be very useful.  I think this is a new area that can be developed further to build in opportunities for students to use technology to deepen their learning.  What do you think?  Would you use this new resource?

Chris Goldsmith's curator insight, September 20, 2013 5:33 AM

Done similar things with Padlet.

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21st Century Icebreakers: 11 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 11 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes.


In an effort to bring my own classroom to the present, I’ve put together a list of 10 icebreakers that use technology and fit with 21st century students:

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Naomi Monson's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:08 AM

Ways to interact and reate community with your leaners.

Monica Goddard's comment, June 12, 2013 1:38 PM
Congratulations on your new position! Thanks for the great icebreakers ideas and all of the fantastic comments.
Naomi Monson's comment, June 13, 2013 12:17 PM
Thanks and good luck with your endeavors
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10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults : Teacher Reboot Camp

10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults : Teacher Reboot Camp | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Many of us are beginning new classes with new learners. The first days of class are very important for helping our students begin to build relationships with their peers. Getting to know you activities are fun and help us ensure we have a semester full of lasting memories.


ALWAYS begin your online courses with some kind of icebreaking activity!


~ Dennis

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Education World: Icebreakers Archive | Classroom Icebreaker Activities | Ice Breakers | Back to School | First Day of School

Education World: Icebreakers Archive | Classroom Icebreaker Activities | Ice Breakers | Back to School | First Day of School | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
EdWorld's Back to School archive page offers loads of useful articles and 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities to help students and teachers get to know each other.


Although these activities are designed for traditional classrooms, you may find ideas that will work in your online classes. 


Creating a safe and accepting sense of community in the online classroom begins with an icebreaker that allows everyone to connect.  ~ Dennis

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