Remote Learning Icebreakers for High School Students

Students will get the most out of remote learning if they actively engage with the material, their teacher, and their peers, but many students don’t feel comfortable expressing themselves in a room full of strangers. Distance learning icebreakers for high school students can be a great way to encourage adolescents to open up, but you can’t choose the activities traditionally associated with elementary school students and expect comparable results. You have to choose activities that will appeal to older kids.

Leveraging the right technology is a big part of successfully implementing remote learning icebreakers in high school, and Echo360 has you covered. Our Echosystem is designed to place each student at the epicenter of their own learning experience to help them pursue their full potential. Read on to learn more about some creative virtual learning icebreakers for high school students that the Echosystem can help facilitate! 


Two Truths and a Lie

This game is a tried and true icebreaker appropriate for learners of any age. Simply ask each student to write three statements about themselves: two of which are true while the remaining one is a lie. You then ask their classmates to vote on what they think the lie is, learning more about the student in the process. You can repeat the exercise for every student in the class and even change things up by asking for two lies and a truth. 

EchoEngage offers robust polling features to make this classic one of the more effective distance learning icebreakers for high school students. You can conduct the polling through mobile devices, internet browsers, or dedicated clickers to ensure that all students can participate. You can also use EchoVideo to share the results with the class without revealing who voted for what, preserving participant anonymity while sparking broader discussion and information exchange.  

Collaborative Storytelling

Collaborative storytelling is an exercise where students take turns contributing to a single story, generally through a sentence at a time. Each participant’s ideas reveal something about themselves, while the net result is often an incoherent mess that the entire class can get a good laugh out of. The activity should help the entire group feel more comfortable around each other even if they make mistakes during the learning process. 

You want the stories to be accessible, so consider having students type out their ideas in the live chat room on EchoEngage’s built-in virtual classroom during scheduled classes. If the exercise is a self-paced assignment, the Echosystem’s threaded message boards are a great place to share the insanity. You might want to enforce a time limit though so the exercise remains spontaneous. 

Guess Who

This game works best when students are divided into pairs. Each student chooses a character from a well-known movie or book, historical figure, or public persona and their partner asks questions to try and determine who they chose. Students learn about each other’s personalities, hobbies, and interests by playing both roles. 

EchoEngage supports virtual breakout rooms that facilitate group work even if students aren’t in the same room, making exercises like this possible. Instructors can also pop in and out as needed to keep students on task and learn something about the class themselves. If any of your students are particularly creative, they could also take advantage of EchoEngage’s video chat capabilities to dress up as their characters.

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Every class has unique needs, and there are as many distance learning icebreakers for high school students as there are students. As such, you shouldn’t feel limited by the suggestions above. The important thing is that you need a learning engagement platform that can take your ideas and bring them to fruition, which is exactly what Echo360 can help you do. Please request more information to learn more about the Echosystem’s powerful suite of collaboration tools.

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