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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

One 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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