Argyle ISD


Technology

 
 
 
 
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Icebreakers that use Technology
and Fit with 21st Century Students

 
  1. Ask students to create a 30 second podcast that introduces themselves. Then allow students to present them or play them on separate devices as an audio gallery.
  2. Create a classroom blog and ask each student to write a blog post introducing themselves to the rest of the classroom.
  3. Have students create a quick comic strip to describe themselves or to recreate a recent funny moment in their lives.
  4. Use PollEverywhere to ask students interesting questions and get to know them as a class, like their favorite subjects, bands or TV shows.
  5. Use GoogleForms or SurveyMonkey to survey students about interests, academic inclinations, and background – a 21st century alternative to the “Getting to Know You” info sheet!
  6. Have students create word clouds to describe themselves and share with the rest of the class.
  7. Have students go on a QR code scavenger hunt in teams to get to know each other and learn about your classroom rules in a fun, engaging way.
  8. Ask students to create their own Voki avatars that introduce themselves to the class. Encourage them to be creative with the backgrounds, characters and details of the avatar to reflect their own personalities and preferences.
  9. Have students create graffiti online that speaks to their interests and personalities and share with the class.
  10. Have students create mashup videos of themselves with Weavly to introduce their interests to the class.
  11. Have students create GeoSettr challenges of 5 places they have visited and share with the class.
  12. Have students research their birth date in history and share interesting events with the class.
  13. Use QR codes to pose different questions (from http://jyjoynercounselor.blogspot.com/2013/01/ice-breaker-with-tech-spin.html):
  1. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
  2. If you were an cartoon character, who would you be and why?
  3. What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
  4. When you were little, who was your favorite super hero and why?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?
  6. If they made a movie of your life, which actor would you want to play you?
  7. If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
  8. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
  9. What’s the ideal dream job for you?
  10. Are you a morning or night person?
  11. What are your favorite hobbies?
  12. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  13. If you had to describe yourself using three words…
  14. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
  15. If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be…
 
 
 
 
Here's how I used QR Codes for my ice-breaker:

I typed ice-breaker questions into Google Docs (use the presentation feature, it's just like PowerPoint).
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After I typed the question, I clicked the "share" button on my Google Doc, clicked available to "anyone with the link" and copied and pasted the link to share.  
You will have to type each ice-breaker question into it's own separate file (so that it can have it's own link from Google Docs).
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I then went to the site Kaywa QR creator to make a code from the link (just copy & paste the Google link).  
After you paste the link, click "generate free" and your new qr code will appear.
 
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I copied and pasted the QR code into a Word document.  (I used the Avery business card paper template).
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I printed QR codes on business cards & laminated.
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I put the cards in a jar where the students can choose randomly which questions they scan to answer next.  
I use Qrafter (free QR scanner app) to scan the cards. 
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