“Quick Networks” is another way to engage and energize during your learners during instructional time.

“Quick Networks” is an instructional strategy that is great for collaborative brainstorming. The Team Up feature on Spiral is a great tool to use to facilitate group work. There is no need for paper and pencils because Team Up has a canvas feature that will allow students to draw their responses digitally.


Here are the quick steps for “Quick Networks” using Team Up:

1. Set the Task

Decide what kind of information you want to get from the collaborative group  such as opinions, attitudes, ideas, or the like. With Team Up you can plan to have as many groups as you have categories of information. For instance, if you would like the group’s opinion on four issues, form participants into their collaborative teams.

Team Up set tasks for each group of students

Student team based learning

2. Planning Session

Each team member can use a combination of images, text, or visual drawings to contribute their ideas. Allow 15 minutes for the students to discuss issue and share ideas.

Student group work adding individual ideas in Team Up

3. Presenting Results

Teams will summarize their shared ideas, and produce a summary presentation. Then “Show and Tell” will begin and allow teams 2 to 3 minutes to present their results.

Student group work combining team ideas in Team Up

4. Save “Quick Networks” presentations as future study tools. 

Once you’ve saved your Team Up activity, you can run them over and over with each class that you teach.

Lesson ideas for group work and team based learning

Let us know how your Team Up sessions go!


This guest article was submitted by Dr. Courtney Teague (@CourtneyLTeague).

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