Bored with "Find Someone Who"? Tired of "2 Truths, 1 lie"? Yawning over "Get to Know You Surveys"? Chance are, your students are, too. Let's see how to revamp these ice breakers for the 21st century learners in your classroom!
There will be mixed ideas, some for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, high school, GAFE schools, etc. Find what applies to you or modify it to make it still work for you!
This is only a sampling of what you can do. If you have some other go-to ice breakers you love, let's hear about them below!
Poll Everywhere is a polling website that can be used for many different instances. This is a great alternative to clicker systems. Poll Everywhere is web based and has a free package that is great - unlimited polls with up to 40 votes per poll, live PowerPoint polls, web voting, Twitter voting, results you can download, and so much more!
How does it work? You pose a question that can be open-ended OR multiple choice. Awesome, right?
How do students chime in? They can use computer or mobile devices.
Wait, I can see results in real time? Yep, you can see them live in a PowerPoint or on the web.
Why Poll My Students?
After all is said and done, this is a great free Web 2.0 tool to use in any classroom. Remember, if students use their mobile device to text or use Internet, messaging and data rates apply. Make sure students are aware of this before they start using it in class!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom