Create a Community with Digital Icebreakers

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“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford

It’s important that we treat our role as a teacher, purposefully. We make an incredible impact on the world. As Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We are a part of that mission. Each year, we are the curators, leaders, and guides of communities of students who make an impact on the world. Our students usually do not realize their potential, but we can help them begin to think about it.

One of the first steps is to make sure our physical and virtual classrooms become active communities, in which students learn from each other and support each other. These communities need to allow students to contribute, collaborate, create, and get to know each other. Students need to build relationships with their peers in order to prevent issues with bullying and ensure the support of one another in succeeding in learning goals. We can encourage this by implementing team building activities, icebreakers, getting-to-know you activities, and collaborative tasks. Below are slide presentations and posts with a list of icebreakers for children, teens, and adults. Some you can do with mobile devices, others on learning management systems, and others in your classroom.


Try one of these icebreakers and let us know how it worked!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

1 comment

  1. A classroom is definitely more of a community than anything – love that icebreaker. Thanks for the post!

    Jackie Shlecter

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