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ICATS 30 Day Challenge…Warm Up and Get Ready!

Welcome to the 2013 ICATS 30 Day eLearning Challenge!

Well, another year has jumped out and handed us a new challenge!  We have been preparing our thoughts and we have come up with a great list of resources for you in this year’s ICATS 30 Day Challenge! We are also happy to include our challenge into our ongoing connected educator blogs for the month of October!  Additionally, we are proud to announce a great new feature to this year’s challenge… we are able to host it diectly on our evscicats.com website!  This will mean that all of our posts are archived directly on the site for easy searchable access in the future!

For our past challenges, all of the posts and resources are available at icats30daychallenge.blogspot.com – (Website is no longer available) for you to access and review if you would like.  We have had an overwhelming response to our challenge with thousands of people still accessing it each month throughout the year.  This is no doubt a testament to how dedicated teachers are to improving their craft in the classroom!

The first year we were able to award an iPad to teacher Melissa Mayer (Vogel Elementary School, EVSC).  Last year we awarded an iPad to teacher Aaron Sisson (Glenwood Leadership Academy, EVSC) and Debbie Wolinsky (Indianapolis Public Schools) received an eRevolution Conference prize package of 4 registrations and 2-nights hotel stay during the conference ($600 value).

Well, the great news keeps on keepin’ on!  In addition to handing out certificates for 10 Professional Growth Plan (PGP) hours to each challenger that completes the challenge, we are going to double the prizes awarded this year!!!  We will randomly select, via Fruit Machine2 EVSC teachers and 2 non-EVSC teachers who complete the entire challenge to receive additional recognition for their dedication to learning.

Additional recognition:

EVSC Employee:

1 – A New Google Chromebook, plus free registration to the 2014 eRevolution Regional eLearning Conference, July 9-10, 2014 at North High School, Evansville Indiana ($275 value)

1 – Free registration to the first ever Indiana Google Summit February 15-16, 2014 at Harrison High School, Evansville Indiana ($249 value)

Non-EVSC Employee:

1 – eRevolution Regional eLearning Conference prize package including registration for 4 to the eRevolution Conference and 2 hotel rooms for the nights of July 8-9, 2014 ($600 value)

1 – Free registration to the first ever Indiana Google Summit February 15-16, 2014 at Harrison High School, Evansville Indiana ($249 value)

Completing the Challenge! (The Rules)

Here’s how the challenge works…..  Each of the next 30 days that the EVSC is in session we will introduce a new resource and some general information about how to get started with it.  We will also provide you with additional similar tools that may be available.   Resources will vary from web tools to mobile apps, and may include a few free downloads, but we are committed to helping provide access to free resources.  All of the primary tools we investigate with you are free or have a free option.

Your challenge is to actively participate in the discussion around each of the topics.  Active participation means that you will contribute at least one new idea, suggestion or relevant resource to each blog post.  Cordial comments such as “I like that one”, “I agree with Kris”, or “This doesn’t pertain to my classes, but I’ll look at it” are not going to receive credit for the challenge.  All decisions regarding “active participation” will be made jointly by the ICATS.  For active participants, we will encourage you to verify completion of all posts prior to the final date of the challenge through email to [email protected].  The last challenge will be posted on December 11th, 2013.  You will have until midnight on December 15, 2013 to complete any remaining challenges.  Drawings will be held, via Fruit Machine, from all eligible participants on Monday December 16 and prizes will be awarded that afternoon.  Certificates for completion including PGP hours will be sent via email no later than December 20, 2013.

You do not have to complete the challenge by the end of each day to stay eligible for completing the challenge.  However, all your challenge comments need to be complete before midnight on December 15, 2013.

 

If you are an EVSC employee, you can comment to our posts by simply logging in to the ICATS site with your email username and password.

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If you are joining the conversation from outside of the district, you can sign in with your WordPress, Twitter, Facebook or Google credentials, or just add your name and email at the bottom of the page (your email will be kept private, but we need a way to contact you).

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The Challenge Will Begin on Monday October 28, 2013!

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Good Luck and Enjoy the Challenge!

 

If you have any questions please post them below in the comments section!

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Dennis Kuhlenhoelter October 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Well, I may not have the time to commit to this challenge all year with basketball practices coming up, but I will give it a try!

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Phil Clauss October 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

This is an awesome idea! I am going to encourage all of my staff to look into this. Thanks for including all who are interested.

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Kris Gordon October 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

No Problem! We love collaborating! Please do share, we have lot’s of great websites and apps that we are going to be looking at. Additionally each challenge can be completed at anytime throughout the course of the event as long as it is completed before midnight on December 15th. Please take a look at the last two years of challenges @ http://icats30daychallenge.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

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Jane Wilhelmus October 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I am also looking forward to the challenges and learning new resources!

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sfeller2013 October 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

I am looking forward to the challenges

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mmemmer October 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Boy! It took me a long time to figure out some of this because I didn’t click on Leave a Reply! I have created my gravatar and am anxious to see it somewhere. I’ve been teaching for 25 years and still like to try new things.

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Jerrad Gleim October 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Welcome to the challenge! Can you please submit your comment on the Gravatar post? The Warm Up is not counted towards the challenge. Thanks!

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Mary Rogers October 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I would like to join the challenge. Is responding to this warm up the first step to participating?
Thanks,
Mary Rogers
[email protected]

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Jerrad Gleim October 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Welcome Mary! This post is just for announcing the Challenge. The first post for you to participate on is the Day 1 #30DC13 Gravatar Your Avatar post.

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Sue Kroupa October 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I’m up for the challenge!

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Great to hear! Well then… here you go! https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar/

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Anonymous October 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I have been invited by Pam Lindsey to join this challenge. I would like to join and try this out. I am from out of district.

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

That’s Awesome! Please check out the first Challenge post and get started! https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar/

Using Gravatar is especially important during this challenge so that we know who you are as well!

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tracilangford October 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I just completed today’s challenge and completed my gravatar. I am a special needs teacher at South Spencer Middle school. I have previously taught elementary, music, band, and gifted students.

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Traci,
Are you the Anonymous poster from this thread? If So, thanks for completing your Gravatar! It is very helpful to use to know who you are! Also, lease post each challenges comments to the original post from that day. Please repost your Gravatar comment on the Day one post at this link. https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar/

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Michelle Houser October 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I would like to participate in the challenge.

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Jerrad Gleim October 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Welcome Michelle! Click to view the first post for the challenge -> https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar.

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Great! The first challenge is posted! https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar/

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Sondra Chancellor October 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

I would like to join the challenge!!

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Jerrad Gleim October 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

Welcome Sondra! Click to view the first post for the challenge -> https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar and read the challenge at the bottom to participate in today’s challenge.

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Darlenen October 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

I want to be a part of the challenge!!

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Darlene Wallace October 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

Some techie!! I hit accidentally hit enter!!

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

Great, the first post is out! On to the challenge! https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar/

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Wanda Schwartze October 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

So if I understand it correctly, all I have to do is comment to get started? I am not an EVSC employee but would like to participate.

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

That is correct, Just add to the conversation each day and be an active participant,…. If you get behind, it is OK, just make sure that all of your comments are completed by midnight December 15th.

Welcome and enjoy!

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Kay Morris October 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

Excited about the next 30 days! Thanks iCATS!

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

Welcome!

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Pam Lindsey October 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

I’m in and can’t wait to get started! I’ve invited my colleagues as well.

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

Awesome! The more the merrier!

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Alicia Buse October 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

I’m in! I’m looking forward to seeing various technology uses!

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Jerrad Gleim October 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

Welcome Alicia! Click to view the first post for the challenge -> https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar.

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Jolie DeVries October 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

Very excited to participate again this year! This was one of the things that really got me more interested in Technology in the classroom and there are always some really great ideas and web applications that have changed the way I teach! Thanks for doing it again!

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

Welcome back Jolie!

Jolie was one of our Guest Authors last year. Check out her Class Dojo post from last year’s challenge!

http://icats30daychallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/day-24-class-dojo.html

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Tiffany Todd October 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

I would love to do this to see all the great resources and maybe start my own little challenge with my staff.

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

Awesome,
Your staff is welcome here as well! They won’t be disappointed. Time to get started the first post is out! https://evscicats.com/blog/day-1-30dc13-gravatar-your-avatar/

Enjoy!

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Miranda Owen October 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

I would like to do the challenge. How do you know if you are an EVSC member?

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Kris Gordon October 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

All are welcome to participate. EVSC refers to the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to which the ICATS are employed. We have to separate EVSC teachers and employees from non-EVSC employees for the prizes only. We have incentives for both, but Funding sources limits what we can give away to people not employed here.

Again, all are welcome and no sign-up is required. Thanks!

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Michael Booth October 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Count me in!!! I am excited to learn about this!!

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Kris Gordon October 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Enjoy Michael!

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Muggs Murphy October 26, 2013 at 6:32 am

I would like to join your challenge.

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Kris Gordon October 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Great!

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John Wells October 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Count me in – but can we go back and count the Connected Educator days? I have posted day this month!!!

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Kris Gordon October 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

John, That just proves what we already knew,…. that you rock!

Sorry, the challenge starts Monday ;)

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Leah Simon October 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

If you haven’t participated before- this is one of the best PD ideas. I highly recommend it. The last 2 years I have made an old fashioned list of things I want to try from it. Look back at other years from the link- it’s some good info for your teacher tool box.

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Gigi Shook October 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

I would like to join your challenge. Gigi Shook

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Kris Gordon October 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

Gigi,
Great! Our first challenge post will begin on Monday and continue each weekday. Just as you have done here, place your comments in this area for each post and that’s it. We’ll keep track of your comments and include all in the challenge that participate.

Thanks!

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Natalie Mosier October 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

I am participating from an outside school. Do I need to register anywhere? Thanks!

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Kris Gordon October 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Natalie, No need to register, just participate and we’ll keep track of your participation each day.

Thanks and Enjoy!

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