By Susana Guardado
As we move into virtual online platforms we still need to find ways to make our sessions fun and bring people’s focus and energy into session. So how do we do icebreakers in the virtual world you ask? Well, here is one I learned from the innovative team over at Training for Change.
Maybe some of you remember playing I Spy as kids, where you had to try and guess what the other person had spotted. It went something like…”I Spy with my little eye, something that is blue…” and it turns out that a variation of this can be played in a virtual platform.
What you need: All or at least some of your participants who have their videos on.
Step 1: Ask participants to find different things in their own space, for example something that is:
- Blue, or
- Smooth, or
- Or anything else you can think of
They don’t have to tell you what they chose as you move down the list, but this will help them become present in their surroundings.
Step 2: Ask participants to now look at the other participants and ask them to do find different things in the video squares of other people. Participants who do not have a video can still see other people. If you have a lot of participants, it is a great opportunity for participants to scroll through the gallery view.
This will bring their attention back into the session, the participants and the screen. We did this with almost 100 participants! I can attest to how quickly this brought people’s energy up and focus back.
- If you were sharing your screen, this is a good time to turn it off so the participant’s videos can be in gallery mode.
- If you are not able to have people’s videos, put an I Spy sheet on your screen and ask them to find things on the sheet instead.
What fun online activities have you learned?