23 Things Challenge



One Thing at a Time!

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Welcome! I want to challenge you to learn at least 23 new things this year! Two quotes by Roger Von Oech seem appropriate for the beginning of this challenge. The first is: “It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.” So much of what we as educators do is outdated, even though it worked last year or year before. If we don’t keep learning and changing our strategies, the opportunity to reach our students in meaningful ways will pass us by. Segue into the second Von Oech quote: “Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.”
Are you ready to get started?  Begin by watching this video about 21st century learners–our kids. Youtube is blocked at school.  You may watch the Youtube videos at home or unblock them by clicking on “For further options, CLICK HERE” and typing in your employee number and password.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

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23 Things

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Now it’s time to begin your challenge.  Click on the link below to take you to a challenge.  Challenges vary in difficulty and in the time it will take you to complete them.  Some may be accomplished in thirty minutes while others may take days.  You may go through them in whatever order you choose, but we’ve listed them in a logical progression here, so it may make better sense if you begin with challenge one and go straight through.  You have all year to finish, and when the year ends, I guarantee you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.

Each of the Things has instructions.  You’ll post your thoughts, share a creation, or link to something you’ve done.  Work through all the posts for a special opportunity at the end of the year!

Thing 1 – eFiles, sFiles, H and S Drives 

Thing 2 – Reach out with Outreach

Thing 3 – Word and saving files

Thing 4 – Embedding

Thing 5 – Elmo

Thing 6 – Google Tools

Thing 7 – Prezi-More Powerful than Powerpoint

Thing 8 – Let your voice be heard

Thing 9 – Cartooning around

Thing 10 – Accessing eBooks

Thing 11 – MP3 CDs in the classroom

Thing 12 – Math for everyone!

Thing 13 – Skype

Thing 14 – Wikis

Thing 15 – Netbooks

Thing 16 – Photo editing

Thing 17 – Storybird & Wordle

Thing 18 – Widgets

Thing 19 – Slideshows

Thing 20 – Weebly

Thing 21 – Online Databases

Thing 22 – Wikipedia

Thing 23 – Your FAVORITE Thing


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