Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tech Challenge #4

Today's Techmas Challenge:
"On the fourth day of Techmas the Techformers challenged me to create a progressive story using TodaysMeet! We have started our own channel! The story is.. This is going to best Christmas ever!"

I never thought of using Today's Meet to do a collaborative creative activity. I seem to think "inside the box" and would have only used it for backchanneling a meeting. Here's to opening the lid and thinking "outside the box". Glad I opened this Techmas gift box. Here is my Today's Meet progressive story if you'd like to participate:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tech Challenge #3

"On the third day of Techmas the Techformers challenged me to create a Padlet of what the holidays mean to me. Check out Jan Huckabay Wells sample Post your links in the comments below and post them on twitter with #techformersu"

As I have used padlet before, I decided to create mine this evening. That way possibly others might want to comment to add to the fun. So here is my entry for Tech Challenge #3.

Tech Challenge #2

On the Second Day of Christmas...
"On the second day of Techmas the Techformers Challenged me to create a Smore about celebrating Christmas in another country. Check outJennifer Kraft's Share your Smore in the comments below and post to twitter using#techformersu also follow us on Twitter"

I accepted today's challenge with my father in mind. My father was Canadian French and embraced his French roots with an American twist. We always had a Friendly's Jubilee Roll ( Which was a nod to his upbringing with a Bûche de Noël. We always left milk and cookies for Santa. And my father would say for Father Christmas. Probably because he grew up with visions of Père Noël while I was growing up with visions of Santa Claus.

When presented with this second Tech Challenge immediately, I thought of making a Smore ( on the Christmas traditions of France. So here is my submission to the 12 Days of Techmas.

Have you made a digital smore lately?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tech Challenge #1

A connected friend started a series of Facebook Tech Challenges. Being a life long learner I love connecting, learning, and growing. But you know, I realize I sometimes neglect the fact that life online can be (correction SHOULD be) fun. They have designed 12 days of digital technology challenges to complete in a spirit of fun.

So today's challenge:
"On the first day of Techmas the Techformers Challenged me to create a Wordle of your favorite holiday song. Choose a favorite song or story, or if you are feeling adventurous, complete one of these worksheets with your class to gather enough words to make your word cloud."

Here is my entry:

A) I love that through the power of the web you can look up the lyrics to most songs. These are the lyrics to Winter Wonderland as depicted in a word cloud. The larger words mean the words appear more times in the passage (or in this case song). What a great way to pinpoint the main idea of a paragraph.

b) The site that I used Abcya's Word Clouds. It is a rather kid friendly site. You can explore it here: The beautiful thing is that you can save the image. Some sites don't allow the save feature. This makes it perfect for education.

As the holiday season gets busy, I don't know if I will participate in each challenge. But I love the fun of collaborating with others. Seeing everyone else's posts on Facebook gives you a little insight into each of us. Some are more creative then others. Some used beautiful sites that let you put your word cloud into a particular shape. Some got creative with colors. I'm sure as the challenges build we will get to know more and more about each other. Looking forward to the fun! Thanks for including me.