This Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: GREAT TO COMMUNICATE activity & project also includes:
Humans love to communicate and they do it in so many different ways. The class investigates how people have used new inventions and technological innovations to communicate. They are divided into groups of three or four and given the task of taping themselves communicating in a non-verbal way. They watch their videos and discuss the effectiveness of their chosen communication style. Each group then researches and writes a report on a different pioneer in communication such as Samuel Morse or Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, each group selects a currently used communication device and writes a lesson plan on how it functions and how it is best used to communicate. The lessons are taught to the entire class. Note: Each of these activities would work great on their own or integrated into an entire unit on invention or communication.