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Engage your learners with simple activities that foster openness and creativity.
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Teaching With Technology - Icebreaker Ideas

Teaching With Technology - Icebreaker Ideas | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

A resource for considering technologies to use to incorporate icebreakers in your courses and questions to ask yourself after trying an icebreaker.

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Donna Shattuck's curator insight, August 7, 2013 11:25 PM

Great ideas fr back to school!

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Billboard Advertisement

Billboard Advertisement | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a billboard advertisement. Try to use one photo and minimal text to let your classmate's know about you and spark curiosity. 

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to make an example using the resource suggested or share the resource(s) you use. This is a great conversation starter for an online environment.

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A Talk Radio Episode

A Talk Radio Episode | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

With your team, create a talk radio episode discussing the given topic. Post your episode to the appropriate forum or discussion board.

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to divide the class into teams. Provide a topic to each team. Once teams have submitted their episodes, post the links to a discussion forum. This can be adapted to creating a simple podcast as well.

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Vanity Plate

Vanity Plate | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a personalized registration for your vehicle and describe why you chose the letters you did and what it means. Any registration with two to three consecutive valid letters and a number from 1 to 999 (and possibly another letter) is allowed. Share your example with your team.

 

Note to Instructors: Divide the class into teams. You may want to include examples from other countries. For a variation, teams can try to guess the meaning of the vanity plate before their teammate’s reveal the answers. This can also be an individual assignment.

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Imagine That!

Imagine That! | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Exchange an image of yourself doing an activity that may not be obvious to your partner. Each partner creates a story to go along with his or her partner’s photo. Reveal the real story to your partner and compare stories.

 

Note to Instructors: Divide students into pairs. This can be modified by asking the students to crop their photos into a more close-up view, making it even harder to identify what is going on in the picture.

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Fake Business Brochure

Fake Business Brochure | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a business brochure advertising your dream business. Be creative and include specifics about your imagined business. Submit the brochures to the discussion. Ask your classmates questions about the brochures. Find out why they felt inspired to create such a business. You may wish to share resources or information that could make someone’s dream business a reality.

 

Note to Instructors: You may wish to create a forum for this and add discussion questions. This is a great assignment for business courses. A follow up assignment would be to have students create a fake resume or CV to share their "experiences" at their dream jobs.

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An Animated Movie

An Animated Movie | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a text-to-movie about the assigned topic using the website. Post the link to your movie in the discussion.

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to create a short biography as an example for the class. A variation for this activity would be to ask students to create a movie based on a silly short question, such as “If you were a sports car, which car would you be?”

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Responses to Random Prompts Sparks Discussion

Responses to Random Prompts Sparks Discussion | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Go to Plinky.com. Answer the prompt, add photos, maps, playlists, and more, and compare your answers with your teammates. Keep in mind that everyday a new prompt is created. Your group may want to choose to answer the prompt on the same day.

 

Note to Instructors: Divide the class into teams. Instruct teams to go to Plinky and answer the prompt.  You could also post a sentence starter for each team, such as, “The best job I ever had was...” You may wish to choose sentence starters that deal with topics from the course. For example if you are instructing time management, "The one time I felt most stressed because I did not have enough time was...”

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Audition For Your Team

Audition For Your Team | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a casting call video to audition for your team. You may wish to visit the recommended website for ideas. Bring attention to the skills you can bring to the group. Share your video with the class, and view their auditions. Let your instructor know who you think you would work well with and why.

 

Note to Instructors: You may wish to post student links to their auditions in one location or create a forum. You may also want to choose team captains and let them decide or create a rubric on how they use the auditions to choose their teams.

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Wallwisher.com :: Words that stick

Wallwisher.com :: Words that stick | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Use Wallwisher as an online notice board maker. Discuss a new idea, share your thoughts or fears about a course, voice your opinion about a specific topic, provide feedback, etc.

 

Note to Instructors: You will want to create your wall and request that students post to it. I recommend providing specific instructions and an example.

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Flashcard Collection

Flashcard Collection | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create your personalized flash card to share with your team. Add a photo, text, and a voice clip to let your team learn about you. Collect cards throughout your program and stay connected or form a network.

 

Note to Instructors: You will want to provide an example and share the resources you use to create your flashcard.

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Top Five Tweets

Top Five Tweets | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Share your top five tweets, Google+ posts, or text messages with your team and explain why they are your favorites. Compare your responses to your teammates' responses.

 

Note to Instructors: Divide the students into groups. You may want to share examples.

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The 60-second movie trailer using Animoto

The 60-second movie trailer using Animoto | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a 60-second trailer to introduce yourself. Include video, photos, text, and music. Your trailer should tell about you, but you can choose any topic. You may wish to share information about your family, your favorite vacation, or your job. Post your 60-second trailer link to an introductory discussion board.

 

Note to Instructors: You may wish to post student links to their trailers in one location, such as a forum specifically for this. Or you can create an example in an announcement or make it a Course Home item to introduce yourself. You can also set the focus by requesting that students share the name of a character from a movie, TV show, book, or cartoon that he/she identifies with. Have them include why they identify with this character. Then create a discussion to have them ask their teammates questions about the characters they chose and compare them to their own characters. Are there any similarities or major differences?

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Room With A View

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Describe in detail the view from your favorite window. Weave some autobiographical information into the description of your view. Read what others have written and respond to two classmate’s postings indicating why you would or would not like to trade places for a day.

 

Note to Instructors: You can adapt this to other kinds of photos that focus on a topic of your choice.

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About Me Bingo

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Write one interesting fact about yourself and submit it to your instructor. View the document posted in the discussion, which contains your fact and facts about your classmates. Ask your classmates questions to find out who matches each fact. Try to match them all.

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to create your own, or use a Bingo generator, like the one suggested, and add the students’ facts to the bingo document and post this to the discussion or chat forum.

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A Word Cloud

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Create a word cloud to describe aspects of who you are. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. Be descriptive and try to use uncommon words to describe yourself. Post the link to your word cloud to the discussion.

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to provide an example.

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A Lens Focusing On A Topic of Interest

A Lens Focusing On A Topic of Interest | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a lens to give your perspective on a topic that interests you. The lenses are kind of like flyers, signposts, or overview articles. Be creative. Gather information from other resources and include it in your lens. Post your lens to the appropriate forum or discussion board.

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to divide the students into groups or ask students to share their links with the rest of the class.

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Share a Photo Album with Picasa

Share a Photo Album with Picasa | Icebreakers! | Scoop.it

Create a photo album to share. Be sure to include a variety of photos to tell a story. You may want to tell about who you are or create a scenario to engage learners. Then share the link to your photo album.

 

Note to Instructors: You may want to provide an example and share the resource(s) you use. You can also turn your photos into a flipbook using http://www.blurb.com/

 

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