As educators head back to school and summer comes to a close, it’s time to formally wrap up this round of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. We realize some of you are still working your way through this self-paced challenge and we encourage you to continue to create and collaborate. But it is time to put an end to new sign ups at this point.
Resources for Use
The challenges will remain on the ThingLink Blog for anyone who wants to go work through them. In fact, we encourage you to use the challenges yourself and encourage you to use the resources during your own professional development offerings. For this reason, you’ll find a channel of challenges to help you navigate your way through the activities and use them with others.
The experience of bringing together our group through a common learning goal this summer has been truly amazing and I have personally enjoyed it tremendously. I’d like to thank every participant for sharing your talents, expertise and time with us this summer. Communication across the group was very strong and I truly believe that the collaboration among this diverse group of educators played a critical role in the success of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Personally, I learned a lot from each of you this summer! Badges and certificates to recognize your hard work are on their way to your in box.
Reflections to Expand Your Thinking
As a passionate blogger, I recognize the power of blogging as a tool for self-reflection and growth. Throughout the challenge, several participants have published thoughtful a blog posts to share their personal experiences and illustrate powerful connections to their own learning. Here are a few posts that are sure to inspire!
Can ThingLink Turn Bloom’s Taxonomy Upside Down? by Azhar Youssef
What’s Your Challenge by Sue Fitzgerald
10 Weeks of Professional Development You Can “Touch”, by Dan Gallagher
ThingLink Challenge: ESL Students Research Concepts, by Ann Rooney
ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Laura Moore
ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Khalid Nafil
As teachers, we are all well aware that we get better over time. The first time you introduce a ThingLink powered learning activity in your classroom, you might find yourself in need of classroom management or workflow solutions you never imagined. To support our community of educators, ThingLink will be moving forward with a series of webinars in September designed to help you maximize instructional time and reach your teaching goals as you build your ThingLink classroom. And of course, we have more ideas brewing to support our Professional Learning Community. If you would like to receive email alerts to upcoming professional development, please join our mailing list.