Share an object from home
This activity encourages students to share something of themselves.
Introductions, warm up, and personal sharing with agency.
Let students know ahead of time what you want them to ‘bring’ with them to the class session, whether a digital or physical object.
If done synchronously, it could take 2-3 minutes per participant in a large group. It can be done asynchronously, but if it matters for students to give feedback or comments on each others, make sure you encourage them to do so.
Students can share via chat, uploading pictures inside the video conferencing tool, or you can set up Google docs/slides where photos and links can be inserted. Or you can have students screenshare and show things or use their camera directly to show an object or show a photo from their phone, for example.
You can use this activity for pretty much any topic – for very young kids learning geometry, they can bring an object from home that is a square or cube or such. For any discipline, it can be something connected to the course – e.g. if learning about identity, it could be an object that represents an element of your identity; if learning about advertising, it could be a link to one of their favorite ads; if learning about food chemistry, it could be a recipe or item at home that represents something students are learning about food chemistry; if journalism or political science or business or economics it could be a headline from a news site relevant to the topic of the date
Another variation could be to have this as a regular thing you do every class, but have different students responsible for sharing each class session. So for example, 2-4 students each class session share for the first 10 minutes of class.
Just a space to share photos like Slack, Google docs, Google slides, or your own synchronous class tool that allows uploading photos or screensharing or sharing of links.
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