Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Welcome to The Challenge

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) Innovation, Curriculum, and Technology Specialists (ICATS) are excited to announce the first in a series of 30 Day Challenges.  Starting next week (Monday, October 24th) you are invited to complete the Web 2.0 Challenge which will run through Monday, December 12th.

Each school day, we will introduce a new resource compete with tutorials and tips.  The challenge is for you to explore the shared tool and post a reflection about how you could use it to enhance student learning.  Not every tool will be new to you, so participants are welcome to share what they've learned from using the tool in the classroom.

The ICATS are excited to provide this challenge because we believe the participants will create and learn from an amazing community of practice. While the intrinsic value of participation is great, we have to admit there is some significant extrinsic motivation as well.  EVSC participants who post responses to all thirty challenges will be entered into a drawing for an iPad 2 that will be given away at the end of the Tuesday, December 13th's After the Bell session at the Technology and Innovation Center (TIC).
Non-EVSC educators are welcome to join the challenge but will not be eligible to enter the drawing.  

The first 30 Day Challenge will explore Web 2.0 Tools related to communication, collaboration, productivity, creativity and innovation.  If you know how to join the blog, please do so now.  If not, no worries. Our first challenge will include how to join a blog as well as how to post comments.

If you have any questions, please email the ICATS or leave a post here.

Thank you and we are looking forward to learning with you!

34 comments:

  1. I am excited about this opportunity.

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  2. We are too Teri. We hope that you talk with your colleagues about joining!

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  3. This is really cool and I look forward to hearing about all the cool tech tools I could be using.

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  4. Can't wait to see what you have to challenge me with. Bring it!

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  5. So did I complete the first challenge by subscribing here and posting? :-)

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  6. No, Tammy, we don't want anyone getting a head start. Besides, the posts we will ask for involve sharing your talents and experiences:)

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  7. I like the challenge. It is always interesting and fun to learn something new!

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  8. I just hope I do better sharing on this and keeping up with posts than I do with my fantasy football picks. I always seem to be doing them at the very end.

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  9. Awesome! Can't wait to get started!

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  10. YEAH!!!! Too cool can't wait for all the comments. From your tech geek Melissa

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  11. this sounds interesting! very busy now, but when am I not? Let's go!

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  12. So, I'm assuming that we just need to comment on the daily challenge post to be "entered?"

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  13. Right @mrbennettchem. You will be entered for the drawing if you have completed all thirty of the daily challenges. @JohnWells perhaps putting your posts off until the last day isn't a good idea, but we want teachers to have some flexibility. We will updating a spreadsheet weekly (starting the second Monday) to track participants and eligibility. This way if you need a weekend to catch up on posts you can!

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  14. Sounds cool. There are many days that it is impossible for me to fit one more thing in, so I appreciate the flexibility factor of looking at the information on the weekends. I teach math and am looking for new ideas to incorporate technology to increase understanding and engagement.

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  15. Sounds like a great idea! Hope I can remember each day : )

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  16. I'm worried about remembering each day too! This will be fun though and a great opportunity to learn some new tech!

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  17. Perhaps you could partner up w/ a friend to remind each other to check the blog daily. Collaborative teams may want to do the same. It's also a great way exchange thoughts on the previous day's challenge.

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  18. I may have missed this, but is there a specific way to signup?

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  19. @ryan.purkey All you have to do is become a "member" of the blog and then comment to each of the 30 posts with a reflection on how the daily topic might apply to your professional practice. We'll do the rest:)For those who aren't sure how to join the blog, the first topic post will cover that information.

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  20. I am not in a classroom, but hope I am allowed to participate, as I am interested looking at how web 2.0 tools can increase cultural knowledge and understanding, as well as how I can use these tools with the preservice teachers I work with at USI!

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  21. looking forward to seeing what you throw at us

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  22. Looking forward to learning something new!

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  23. This is a great tool. Thanks

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  24. I think blogging would be an easy way to see how well students understand a lesson, or connect to a concept. Their responses/comments would be a good indicator.

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  25. I agree with Pamela L. I think some kids might be more inclined to comment in a blog than participate in person, during the actual class period. In addition, ideas and revelations don't always occur during the actual lesson. With a blog, kids can hop online and comment when their ideas and thoughts surface.

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  26. Blogging would be a great way for an administrator or educator to keep parents informed about what is happening at school. Parents would probably appreciate an update on what is going on at their child's school more often than a monthly school newsletter. Think it would be interesting if our Student Council or NEHS created a blog. LOVE my school!

    Love reading blogs and my favorite educational blog right now is The Book Whisperer. Have to say, though, that I adore checking out blogs created by artists, especially photographers and jewelry designers.

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  27. Yikes! Think I've started a ROUGH blog spot;-) If I could do it, anyone could do it. Bible!
    http://fairlawnneu.blogspot.com/

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  28. A few of the day 1 challenge posts got entered on the welcome blog post but that's okay! I just want to encourage you to check out what the others have said under Day 1. Hats off to you Ms. Hale! You jumped into the challenge with a school blog! I am so excited to watch where this leads!

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  29. Although I have been away from school for the past two days, the challenges have already inspired me to try these things with my students.

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  30. I am arriving late in the game, but I am looking forward to getting updated on the newest things I could use in my classroom.

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