Icebreakers with Pinterest

Have your students create an About Me board with Pinterest to use as an icebreaker activity in class.

Icebreakers are those little activities that you do at the beginning of your class or workshop to help everyone get to know each other a little better and essentially “Break the Ice.” I don’t know about you, but I hate going around the room and asking my students to share some general details about themselves as an icebreaker exercise. To me, it’s boring and I never really find out anything more than someone’s favorite food or what they like to do in their spare time.  Here is a great idea to bring your next icebreaker into the 21st century. Most importantly, everyone will find out some interesting facts about everyone else.Pinterest

Ask your students to create a board on Pinterest and find 10-15 pins that uniquely describe who they are.

Create a board for yourself to start things off. Here is my board to give you an idea.

http://pinterest.com/M4RKRILEY/all-about-me/

Some ideas for pins could be (share this list with your students):

  • Pets
  • Favorite Foods/Recipes
  • Favorite vacation spots
  • Hometown
  • Hobbies
  • Things that symbolize who they are
  • Quotes or Words to Live By
  • Family or friends
  • High school or College
  • Be creative!

When the students are done, have them come up and quickly describe about 5 of their pins from their board. I actually do my icebreakers on the second day of class, or later on in my training sessions.

This icebreaker exercise can be used in face-to-face classes and could be even more useful in online classes. Just have your students post and share links to their boards on a discussion forum.

Students in my class enjoyed the activity and we all discovered fun facts about each other that would not have surfaced by us going around the room.

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