Active Learning In Virtual Environment/Snowball Technique
Snowball technique gives students an opportunity to share and teach different concepts and topics. Firstly, students work independently - they gather information and ideas. Then, they collaborate with a partner. Next, partners join another pair and form a group of four students. Lastly, they form a group of eight. What makes this technique efficient is the active collaboration among students. Moreover, students can take the role of a teacher by sharing information they gathered or asking questions. The more students there are in a group, the more effective the learning outcome will be.
- provides students with materials
- give students about 10 minutes to read the material and list key factors
- once students have finished the first task, they share what they have discovered with another student
- two pairs form a group, the task repeats, students add additional details
- further, groups can join into the groups of eight and repeat the process
- you may end the task by discussing students’ findings with the entire class
- active student engagement
- collaborative work
- students try a role of a teacher
How to use this method in online class?Edit
Students can be divided into breakout rooms firstly as pairs, then as a group of four and so on. Students then share their findings. All notes can be written down in a shared Google document.
- Western Sydney University, ‘Strategy: Snowball Technique”, n.d., received from https://lf.westernsydney.edu.au/engage/strategy/snowball-technique/
- Gay Miller, ‘Snowball Technique - A Teaching Startegy’, Book Units Teacher, 2021, received from https://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=5826
- Ibid, note 2