After far too lengthy a delay, here is the latest BISD Tech Challenge. Since the demise of 12second.tv, we are moving forward with the larger, all-powerful YouTube as our video host. This week will focus on Chogger, a tool that can be used at all ages and in all subjects to foster creativity through the creation of online comic strips. An example is below the video, just to get you inspired. Notice the important note in the video about cheating letting your students do the heavy lifting on this one! When you (or your delegate) have completed a comic strip, just post a link to it in the comments section. Have fun–this is about creativity, something most of us haven’t done enough of since we left kindergarten!
The BISD 12 Second Tech Challenge is back! This time, it is packaged with a creative, new title: The Revenge of the 12 Second Tech Challenge. For those who haven’t participated, the process is simple. I’ll post and share a short video (You can probably guess how short.) that either prompts you for a response or challenges you to complete a task, such as trying out a new technology tool. At the end of the challenge, which could be as soon as a few weeks or as long a few months, participants will be entered into drawings for prizes that are actually quite cool (e.g. class video cameras, graphics tablets, etc.). The number of times you will be entered is based upon the amount of participation, which is easy to document. Sooo, let’s start off quite easily, so those of you who are not regular blog readers or comment-writers can get the hang of things. This one should just take a few minutes. Watch the video below, then answer the question it poses by leaving a comment in the space that follows. We’ll start by trying to hash out just what “21st Century Skills” really are.
I wanted to thank the 25 teachers and administrators who took part in the Tech Challenges this semester. You completed 105 total challenges! Thank you for your very positive feedback and encouragement to continue the challenges next year. Also, congratulations to the 5 of you who won the drawings for prizes. I’m looking forward to working with you to use them in your curriculum. 8 teachers completed at least 4 challenges, meaning I have some serious baking to attend to next week (I may be re-thinking that particular part of the Challenges next year!).
You will need to create a Google account, if you don’t already have one (and you really should). The video below shows you how it works. You could create a student or parent survey, an online test/quiz, or whatever. Be sure to share the link to the survey in your comment. (I will give you 2 credits for this if you actually administer it!)
Thank you guys for trying so many new tools! I will announce the winners of the big prizes next Wednesday!
(If the video isn’t displaying above, you can view it here.)
In 2007, the International Society for Technology in Education released a list of student technology skills that would be needed to ensure that our students would be successful in modern society. The document is the National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Students (NETS•S). Your task is simply to download and read this document (It is SHORT–only 1 page.), then reflect on your curriculum. Think about a way or ways you could incorporate technology into your existing curriculum in such a way as to effectively meet your course objectives and the NETS at the same time. Share your lesson idea in the comments here. That’s it!
Now, for the “and…” part. Just to tease the big giveaways (which will occur next week), I decided to draw a name for one of the prizes, 4Gb thumb drive. This is no ordinary USB drive, mind you–it is covered in rich, Corinthian leather! The winner of the USB drive is . . . Janet Erlinger! Coincidentally, Janet has completed every challenge–you have to play to win! She will still be eligible for further prizes next week. Congratulations, Janet!
We’re getting down to crunch time. The big prizes will be announced next week, but for now, intrinsic motivation will have to do! For today’s challenge, you’ll need to create your own blog, using the site Posterous.com. Now, before you click back to the Cartoon Network site just yet, hear me out for a second.
Posterous is a site I recently shared that allows users to post using just an email message, even one that includes pictures or videos. You can even read and reply to comments via email. Accounts are free, of course, and you can blog about anything you like to talk about: family, sports, work, children, movies, food, etc. I want you to see how addictive they can be, and the best way to ensure that is to write about what you know and care about. Just be sure to share your blog’s address here once it’s set up!
This one is a little different. The next few challenges will revolve around creativity tools. For starters, the challenge is to try out the site Storyblender and create a narrated/animated scene or video. This site is a blast to use, and the creative possibilities are many! It is so fun, you might just want to be creative with your spring break photos and videos! So, give it a try, and, as always, post a link to your creation here when you are finished. Have a safe and happy spring break!