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Activity 1 «Forming teams»

by Virginija Birenienė — last modified 2011-12-20 01:46
group: iTEC (Innovative Technologies for an Engaging Classroom)

Small teams of 4-5 students allow students to find subjects and viewpoints that are interesting to them and encourage communication and reciprocal teaching. Forming good teams is a challenge that can be aided with computer tools. The teacher gathers each student’s interests and motivations and puts everyone into a team with a topic they find interesting. The teacher also avoids putting best friends together every time, or people known for not working well together.

Learning outcomes




Reasons for using technology

It is difficult to keep in mind all the variables required for teams to function well. If the teacher focuses on having students to work on subjects that they want to work, the teacher may forget some other aspects, etc. The TeamUp tool will solve this and allow the teacher to easily form groups that take into account each student’s motivation. TeamUp tool will also store and display the team setups to allow quick continuation of work at next lesson.


Required time


o   Open the TeamUp tool in your IWB or VLE.

o   Add student names.

Add photos if you have them. Alternatively you can have the students come up to the IWB or teacher’s computer to have their picture taken – great fun!

Present the general theme of the coming lesson or project (see activity 6). Ask students to think about what they’re interested in within that theme.

Ask students to suggest themes. Use your judgement to rephrase, alter or reject suggestions.

Have the students say what topics they are interested in.

Assign students to team topics they are interested in. Try to make the teams heterogeneous, but use your pedagogical judgment to group similar students (in some aspect) together.

Have students start their group activities. You may think about working with the students to come up with assessment criteria (see activity 9).

If the team work spans multiple lessons, you can have each team do a status update after each lesson (see activity 7). Remind students at the beginning of each lesson on what the team topics are and who is in which team.


Technology support

TeamUp tool or Google Docs or Etherpad

Technical details




Teams, group work


cycle 1, scenario, itec


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