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Marguerite Koole, PhD

Identity Accelerator #5: Group Word Search

mkoole, · Categories: Educational technology, Identity, Teaching

 

Introduction

Last week we had another great ETAD Studio (#etadsi) at St. Paul’s College in Muenster, Saskatchewan. While there, someone (thanks, JR!) mentioned a couple of excellent books by Patti Shank:

Shank: Online Learning Idea Book (1st Edition)Shank, P. (2007). The online learning idea book: 95 proven ways to enhance technology-based and blended learning (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.ca/Online-Learning-Idea-Book-Volume/dp/0787981680

 

 

 

 

Shank: Online Learning Idea Book (2nd Edition)Shank, P. (2011). The online learning idea book: Proven ways to enhance technology-based and blended learning (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.ca/Online-Learning-Idea-Book-Volume/dp/0470472308/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

 

 

 

This ideas comes from Shank’s first edition. On page 173, Shank describes the use of a custom word search puzzle as a synchronous activity. (Shank indicates that the idea originates from Karen Hyder (managing director, Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting, Palmyra, NY).

In this activity, the students will see a word search puzzle on screen, and it is their job to locate the words. There are a number of ways that this task can be done so as to encourage collaboration and teamwork.

 

Modalities

Preparation

 

Instructor responsibilities

 

Comments

I am anxious to try this activity. It would help pass the time at the beginning of a session when participants are checking their audio settings and troubleshooting technical issues. By asking the students to work together in locating the words in the puzzle, it gives them an opportunity to interact in a goal-oriented way. Similarly, if a group of students is asked to collaborate to produce a word search puzzle, discuss their selections, and provide definitions prior to class, they once again have an opportunity to share ideas and get to know each other.

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Note: for an introduction to identity accelerators for online teaching and learning visit this entry.

One Response to “Identity Accelerator #5: Group Word Search”

  1. Sunny says:

    This is crtysal clear. Thanks for taking the time!

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