Identity Accelerator #12: The Balloon Exercisemkoole, · Categories: Educational technology, Identity, Teaching
This activity was originally conceptualized as a face-to-face, whiteboard activity: The Magic Balloon.
The basic idea is that there are two groups of students in the class. One must protect the balloon; the other will try to pop the balloon.
- Synchronous (primary) – Use these activities to engage the learner while waiting for others to arrive or for others to resolve their technical issues.
Preparation and instructor responsibilities
- The instructor draws a balloon on the whiteboard screen.
- The instructor divides the participants into two groups
- Group 1 – protect the balloon
- Group 2 – pop the balloon
- Group 2 goes first and must draw something on screen that they can use to pop the balloon (for example, a pin).
- Group 1 responds by drawing something to prevent the pin from popping the balloon.
- The groups take turns.
- After 5 minutes or so, end the activity. (Set a time limit at the beginning.)
- Debrief: review the methods of each group. If possible connect the exercise to notions of creativity, problem solving, thinking outside the box, or something related to the class.
I tried this at the beginning of an instructional design class. The students enjoyed the activity; it was a fun way to start the class. I was able to connect it to the notion of creativity and problem solving in the context of instructional design. For other course topics, connecting the activity might be challenging.
Note: for an introduction to identity accelerators for online teaching and learning visit this entry