The activity is a brisk exchange of thoughts and ideas leading to a joint solution. The students discuss without the teacher meddling - in a safe environment open for a free exchange of thoughts and ideas, that is.
Gør klar til aktiviteten
Prepare the activity
All groups see one another’s answers, and the teacher wraps up. (5-10 min.)
The answers can be disseminated amongst the students and used in the following classes.
Saml op på aktiviteten
Wrap up on the activity
The students write down their spontaneous thoughts and ideas on Post-It notes or in a Padlet. (5 min.) In this part of the exercise, the students are not supposed to talk, but have to think and work on their own. All thoughts and ideas are welcome.
The Post-It notes are placed on a wall or on a table. (5 min.)
The group goes through all Post-It notes: Duplicates are discarded, and the remaining Post-It notes are put under suitable headlines.
In this part of the process, new ideas may pop up and input already given can be adjusted. (10 min.)
Få afviklingen til at fungere
Ensure a good execution
The students are introduced to a discussion topic, a problem, or a dilemma – preferably, in writing. (1-2 min.)
The students work in groups of 3-5 persons.
Mindmeister is an online board for teachers and students to make a joint mind map. The teacher can create a mind map on a specific theme and the students can, then, add branches according to their associations to the topic.
The tool is particularly attractive because the students do not have to be signed up as Mindmeister users to interact with the mind map. The teacher just needs to create a Mindmap and share the URL with the students. The students' branches are therefore anonymous.
Branches added by the students can be jazzed up with different colors and icons, and pictures and videos can be added.
The Mindmeister tool supports activities such as idea generation and group work. It can be used in the classroom with all students present, but it can also be used outside the classroom.Thus, students can make a mindmap outside the class, and discuss the different branches in class.
Google Docs is a text editor that you access online and where you work with the documents directly in your browser. When the documents are online, you have the opportunity to collaborate, as more people can write in the same document at the same time.
Google Docs is like Word, and has many of the same features. However, Google Docs becomes particularly useful, because you can let students edit documents created by you, without them having a user name.
For example, you can create a new document and create a text template for the students in which you have defined headlines, added tables, etc. Then you share a link with your students, which allows them to edit the document.
Google Docs is also used when you want to follow up on group work. It gives the groups an easy way to share academic discussions with each other, and at the same time they can create a document, for example with important concepts. It can also serve as an important feedback tool, because you don't have to send the document back and forth.
Padlet is a kind of digital bulletin board where you can "hang up" content such as video, links to web pages, word files, powerpoint, text and image files. A padlet can be open to editing so that everyone can add content and comment, even without a user. This makes it a useful tool for teaching activities, such as group work, brainstorming or student questions in large classes.
You start by creating a new Padlet. You can do this without creating a user, but we recommend creating a user. This allows you to adjust your Padlet and choose editing rights, layout and link address. A new Padlet has its own unique link, which you simply share with your students. The students will open the link and add content. You can also allow students to just add comments to the content that you have created. This could be questions or cases that they should discuss.