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

10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology Guest Blog by, Aditi Rao, courtesy of TeachBytes 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. As an educator, I often find myself repeating the same icebreakers each year, trying to quickly get to know my students through “Two Truths and a Lie” or a “Getting To Know You” fact sheet. 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:
  1. Have students create a Pinterest board with 10 pins that summarize them.
  2. 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.
  3. Create a classroom blog and ask each student to write a blog post introducing themselves to the rest of the classroom.
  4. Have students create a quick comic strip to describe themselves or to recreate a recent funny moment in their lives.
  5. Use PollEverywhere to ask students interesting questions and get to know them as a class, like their favorite subjects, bands or TV shows.
  6. Use GoogleForms or SurveyMonkey to survey students about their interests, academic inclinations, and background info – a 21st century alternative to the “Getting to Know You” info sheet!
  7. Have students create word clouds to describe themselves and share with the rest of the class.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Have students create graffiti online that speaks to their interests and personalities and share with the class.
Have any other 21st century icebreakers? Please share them in the comments below and we will forward them to Aditi Rao, who wishes everyone a great first day of school!   Aditi Rao is a technology resource specialist from Houston, TX and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. She has her own blog called TeachBytes.   .  
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  2. Dorothy Minor

    What great ideas! I teach several completely online classes and have been requiring students to create a poster about themselves using Glogster.com. That has been successful and fun, but I look forward to trying some of the ideas in “10 Ways to Get to Know Your Students with Technology.” I will use them with face-to-face students too. Thanks for the excellent ideas.

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  4. Here’s an idea using Inkflow/or educreations: self-portraits using photo collage of diff images that represent them…example in post below at the end:)

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