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Team-Building Exercises – Creativity: Strengthening Creative Thinking in Your Team

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This article looks at five team-building activities you can use to strengthen your team members' creative thinking and collaboration skills. 
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Team-Building Exercises – Problem Solving: Fun Ways to Turn Problems Into Opportunities

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In this article, we'll look at three team-building exercises that you can use to improve problem solving and decision making in a new or established team.

 
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Games Library

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Looking for a game to engage kids in safe and healthy play? The Playworks staff has found, created, and sorted hundreds of games the will get kids off the sidelines and into the game. Whether you want to keep kids active for a full recess period or just do a few minutes of ice breakers before an activity, there's a game here for your needs. Play on!
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Team-Building Games Using Legos | Serious Play Pro

Team-Building Games Using Legos | Serious Play Pro | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Few factors in the workplace have more impact on productivity than the ability of co-workers to perform as a team. However, not every business has the resources or time to dedicate to professional grade training programs to enhance those skills. Ideally, a human resources department could find a low cost tool that could encourage team activities and cooperation. Creative games using Lego building blocks are inexpensive and engaging ways to help develop teams.

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Movement and Games for Various Grades

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Pins about Movement and Games for Various Grades hand-picked by Pinner Janet Langley
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Aprendizaje Cooperativo: El juego de La Memoria Visual

Aprendizaje Cooperativo: El juego de La Memoria Visual | Serious Play | Scoop.it

El Aprendizaje Cooperativo tiene la gran ventaja de que permite aprender jugando. Y esta ventaja es un factor que los docentes debemos aprovechar y potenciar de cara la consolidación de los procesos de enseñanza-aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes.

La actividad de Aprendizaje Cooperativo que os propongo en esta entrada es realmente divertida y tiene la gran ventaja de que es aplicable a todas las asignaturas y, además, podemos darle un carácter interdisciplinar.

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Printable Games: Fun Party Games For All Occasions!

Printable Games: Fun Party Games For All Occasions! | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Python Printable Games offers the highest quality printable fun party games anywhere. Check out our printable St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Baby Shower and Birthday party games!
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 2014 9:24 AM

This link is for For parents, grandparents, kids and teachers. Enjoy the freeware games and go play!

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Facilitated Activities: Database of Experiential Exercises

Categories of Experiential Activities.
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Free Training Resources, Management Training, Training Courses, Development - Trainer Bubble

Free Training Resources, Management Training, Training Courses, Development - Trainer Bubble | Serious Play | Scoop.it

We have a huge bank of free training resources that you can download and use to bring a new dimension to your training sessions.

Free Icebreakers

 – Start interesting introductions, begin sessions with positive thinking, select teams for exercises, get the creative juices flowing or just use them for a bit of fun.

Free Energisers

 – Use these to gain attention and focus, improve group dynamics, stimulate creativity or even get a bit of competitive spirit flowing between participants and teams.

Free Training Games

 – Improve communication skills, get people in touch with emotions, turn course content into puzzles and quizzes and improve negotiation and influencing skills.

Free Team Building Games

 - Develop teamworking skills and encourage teams to participate and integrate ideas with these fun and engaging games.

Free Training Documents

 - A variety of training documents that can be used to enhance the learning and development offering and improve organisational skills.

This is a truly valuable bank of free training resources that you can use as often as you like, completely free of charge.

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How to Use Games with your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

How to Use Games with your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Gaming is an important aspect of students learning. Besides the fact that games induce engagement and collaboration , they also foster a friendly and healthy learning atmosphere within the classroom. It is definitely not an easy thing to just go online and look for games to use with your students. There are several academic considerations you need to take into account  while deciding upon the ones to include in your lesson plans. Now that online gaming has become part of the equation it becomes even more complicated to make a choice.

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Time Management Activities | Trainers Warehouse Blog

Time Management Activities | Trainers Warehouse Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Looking for a Time Management activity? Try one of these

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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Activities | Trainers Warehouse Blog

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Activities | Trainers Warehouse Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Conflict resolution is a hot topic, whether you teach negotiation, team-building, leadership, or communication skills. Here are a few activities that will help you quickly cut to the core and identify challenges and processes to manage difficult relationships.

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Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Design Shoes

Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Design Shoes | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is an entertaining and educational exercise. It helps to unleash people’s creativity, bring them together and get them to cooperate on a common task and solve problems.

In this exercise, the main aim is to get teams design shoes. You will provide a set of criteria as well as research materials and teams should then work on a creative solution. The designs are compared and a winning team is rewarded.

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I like this idea: 

"Design a shoe that represents your brand"

 

More ideas that come to my mind:

If I were a shoe...

If I were in your shoes...

If you were in my shoes...

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Team-Building Exercises – Communication: Fun Ways to Build Communication Skills

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In this article, we'll look at five team-building exercises   that can help your people communicate better. You can use them to get a new group off to a great start, or with an existing team to resolve issues that may be holding it back.
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Skills Converged > Public Speaking Exercises

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This is a series of exercises to practice public speaking and presentation skills. The key to mastering the art is practicing. The exercises here provide a template that you can adapt in various training courses. Consider using these exercises in courses such as:

Presentation SkillsLeadership SkillsMotivating PeoplePersonal ImpactPersonal BrandingMaking Small Talk
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Team Building Activities With Lego Bricks | Serious Play Pro

Team Building Activities With Lego Bricks | Serious Play Pro | Serious Play | Scoop.it

David Weedmark has written a good and simple post about Team Building Activities With Lego Bricks on eHow where he has summarised well the core essence of using Lego Serious Play in team building activities. Nice photos by Laura Beth Drilling from Demand Media

Lego isn’t just about fun and games. For team building exercises, working with Lego helps enhance creative and critical thinking skills while giving employees an opportunity to — at least to some degree — act like kids again. In fact, development coaches have been using Lego for years in team-building exercises.

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Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: Sort the Cards

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In this team building exercise teams work together on a common problem. The problem is intentionally designed to be simple to understand though when several people are involved it may not be as obvious as on how to go through it. The exercise will highlight weaknesses and strengths. To succeed a team must work cooperatively and with foresight.

This exercise is also ideal to examine how a group of people self-organise, assign a leader or approach a problem solving task under pressure.

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Tienes un Whatsapp. Actividad de aprendizaje cooperativo

Tienes un Whatsapp. Actividad de aprendizaje cooperativo | Serious Play | Scoop.it
La actividad de aprendizaje cooperativo Tienes un Whatsapp tiene como finalidad que los alumnos trabajen la importancia de las palabras clave.
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Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: Similar and Unique

Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: Similar and Unique | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is an exercise to help team members discover their common interests and skills as well recognising each person’s unique skills and experiences. The setup is quite simple and you can easily customise it to focus on a specific idea based on your training needs. It can be used for both young and mature teams.

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Board Game Design First Steps


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http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec670/

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callooh's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:37 AM

Games don't have to be high tech. Thinking about a learning game? This page provides a framework for a board game design.

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Icebreakers to start a soft-skills session | Trainers Warehouse Blog

Icebreakers to start a soft-skills session | Trainers Warehouse Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it

I realize that the phrase “soft-skills” is not a favorite term for many trainers who teach these “essential skills.” For now, however, rather than focusing on semantics, I want to pass along some icebreakers that folks in our community have shared with me.

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Steve Miletto's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:16 PM

Quick icebreakers for working with adults.

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Teambuilding Activities | Trainers Warehouse Blog

Teambuilding Activities | Trainers Warehouse Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it

I’ve been drawing from a variety of discussions on LinkedIN to build this collection of team building activities. I’ll continue to add to it, as I read more!

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Steve Miletto's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:17 PM

Quick team building ideas

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Are Leadership Games Helpful? | ReadyToManage

Are Leadership Games Helpful? | ReadyToManage | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Leadership games or activities are no substitute for real experience. However, they are a great way to expose individuals to a several situations or circumstances that they may have never encountered before. This will therefore prepare them well when similar situations arise in their real working world.

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I'm a bit surprised about the pre-conception around the term "games" in this article.  There's a sentence in the post that ilustrates this exact idea: " We are using the pejorative term “games” to mean any experiential development activity." 

I believe games in learning/training are serious business... I trust my trainees to see beyond the word and to de-brief an exercise (be it a game or other activity) with professionalism and awareness. But as Einstein put it, "It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom."

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