My challenges for November were:
-Non-Negotiable-Complete the STaR Chart (guess what! Everyone did this!)
-Science- Use Voki to share science words. These were posted on our Scientifically Sharing blog.
-Web2.0- Skype- connect with another classroom using Skype
-Data-Driven-Comment on either the Number Crunching blog or Wonderful Writing blog
-Support Staff- Create 2 Voki's to go with the Number Crunching blog
The end product for the first month
-Non-Negotiable- ALL the teachers completed this!
-Data-Driven- I had about 1/3 of the teachers participate in commenting on the blog
-Science- just a handful of teachers participated
-Web 2.0- just a handful of teachers
-Support Staff- I had about 1/3 of the support staff join in the challenge
To keep up with who was completing challenges I created an Excel document. As a teacher completed the challenge I added an X. I highlighted the box after I had put the badge in their box and given the swag that they earned.
My overall experience? I knew going in that not everyone was going to participate. My goal for the Tech Challenges is to plant seeds! It made my heart SO happy when I had a teacher approach me to ask for help on how to complete the Tech Challenges. I loved seeing her class comment come up on the blog. It made my heart SO happy when another teacher told me that she enjoyed the Number Crunching blog because it was a perfect transition. It also made my heart SO happy that I had 2 teachers complete ALL of the Tech Challenges!
I just finished up the December Tech Challenges. I have contacted a couple of the websites/tools we will be using this next month.
|One of the Tech Challenge game boards|
|The badges for the Tech Challenge game board|
|Loved that Voki sent some great prizes for the teachers!|
|Loved that Skype in the Classroom also sent some great incentives!|
Have you tried Tech Challenges? What are the pros/cons that you have seen? What are some great tools that should be included in future Tech Challenges?