Have you played the popular app game 4 Words 1 Pic? The goal is to guess the common word that connects all four pictures that are shown on the screen. For example, what word do you think connects the four pictures below?
While trying to solve the puzzle, you were activating your prior knowledge about the topic, looking for similarities and differences, and summarizing your thinking into one essential word. This process is extremely beneficial for learners of all ages and helps to cement information. (If you guessed “sleep” you are correct!)
How easy this puzzle strategy is to add to your live presentations or webinars. Simply search copyright free images on Google or another site using a key word in your presentation. For example, if you want to emphasize the word teamwork, you might present something like this:
Too easy? Adjust the level of challenge to keep everyone engaged! For added emphasis, present several puzzles in a row that build to the most important message, like this:
Give it a try! I'd love to see the slides you create, so Tweet them and tag me @annebeninghof. For more ideas of how to weave puzzles into your presentations, click here.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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