Using Google My Maps as a Student or Classroom Ice Breaker

The first fews weeks of school are challenging as everyone starts a new beginning. I have old brain cells and one challenge for me working at the Middle School Level is remembering 100’s of students names. This year I created a Google My Map as an Ice Breaker to help with this issue. The Google My Map Ice Breaker also serves the function of finding a connection for building relationships with the student. This activity can also be used as a classroom ice breaker for building community.

HOW THE GOOGLE MY MAP ICE BREAKER WORKS

  • The Google My Map Ice Breaker will be open on my tablet
  • Students will be asked to drop a pin on their dream travel location
  • After dropping pin students are asked to add their first name
  • Students are also asked to share a reason why they picked the location
  • I will share my dream location with the students

SAMPLE of GOOGLE MY MAP ICE BREAKER

  • The dropped pin for the location I chose

my dropped pin

  • Why I chose this location

Why Location chosen

GOOGLE MY MAP ICE BREAKER TUTORIAL

  • Open Google My Map from your Google APPS for Education My Drive

Open Google My Map

  • My Map will be added to My Drive
    • Share the link
    • or Open on one device for sharing the activity
  • Give it a title along with directions
    You can use the title area to present question

Google My Map Name and Share

  • Use the select items tool to drag map until the location is found
    • Students can also do a search
  • Use the pin tool
    • Drag to location of choice

Select & Drag

  • Window opens after pin is dropped
    • Type answers here
    • Window opens 
      • Use pencil tool to edit answers

Use Pencil Tool to edit

  • Click here to change the color of pin

color of pin

 

 

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