Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The New Challenge!!!

Welcome Back to the ICATS 30-Day Challenge Blog!

We hope that you enjoyed our first Innovation, Curriculum, and Technology Specialists (ICATS) 30-day challenge blog last fall and we are gearing up for a new adventure in digital learning!  When we signed off last fall we had visitors from 32 countries around the world.  That number has blossomed to more than 70 countries today.  The reach of our blog has well surpassed our expectations and we look forward to reaching even further around the globe and here at home.

In lieu of our own challenge last spring, we opted to contribute to and support the Indiana Department of Education's Web 2.0 Digital Learning Day Challenge.  We also held our 4th Annual EVSC eRevolution Regional eLearning Conference in July and opened registration up to educators from outside our district.  The conference was a huge success with over 900 registered attendees, 200+ sessions, and keynote addresses from Will Richardson, Kevin Honeycutt, and Leslie Fischer.  Here is a video overview of the conference this past July created by the IDOE.

I Am Excited Today to Announce the Fall 2012, ICATS 30-Day eLearning Challenge!

The first elearning challenge blog post will be on October 29th and run every school day (EVSC calendar) until December 13th.  For this challenge we will have guest contributors from our Community of Digital Educators (CODE) project here in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC).  Our CODE is what its name implies, a community of digital educators that has been supported and spotlighted to teach their classrooms using today's digital resources.  Our CODE cohort consists of 26 teachers in the EVSC engaging students in practically every subject from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.  The link above will send you to a list of our CODE teachers in the EVSC.

What is Being Presented?

The challenge will include 30 days of eLearning web tools and software programs that are available to educators around the globe.  Many of the tools and software programs are new from last year and there will be a few repeats as well.  In addition to introducing you to the tools, we will be offering specific examples of how our teachers are using them in their own classrooms!

Your Assignment!

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, will be to critically evaluate all of the tools presented and share additional examples (comments) to the community for others to see and/or experience.  As stated in the 10/5/2011 blog post, some of these will be tools that you already use.  For the tools you already use in class, it will be a perfect opportunity for you to share those real-world examples of how you already use the tools to engage your students!

Prize Time!

While the intrinsic value of participating in this challenge is ultimately priceless, we felt it of good cheer to entice you a little more...

For EVSC Teachers...  We will be giving away a (3rd Generation) iPad with case.  To be eligible for the iPad drawing, you must complete the challenge for every day of the challenge and be an educator in the EVSC (EVSC administrators are not eligible for the iPad, but are welcome to contribute).  If at any time the winner of the iPad is no longer an employee of the EVSC, the iPad will remain the property of the EVSC and will be returned to the ICATS.  But wait,..that's not all!  In addition to the iPad, the winner will also receive free registration for the EVSC eRevolution Regional eLearning Conference.  The conference registration will also include registration for one (1) full-day workshop.

For Everyone Else...  While we were not able to provide any prize options for those outside the EVSC last year, we are happy to announce that we are going to offer a separate, but equal, prize drawing for our guests!!!  The prize is a Hotel and Registration Package for Four (4) to attend the EVSC eRevolution Regional eLearning Conference in Evansville, IN July 10-11, 2013!  The Conference package will include four (4) conference registrations including one (1) full-day workshop registration per participant, and two (2) hotel rooms for the nights of July 9th and 10th, 2013.  Estimated conference package value: $600.  Requirements for the non-EVSC prize drawing are the same as the EVSC drawing listed above.

Professional Growth Plan (PGP) points / hours???

For those that complete the entire 30-Day eLearning Challenge, we will send you a certificate for 10 PGP points toward licensure. (Note: Individual states may require more than what we will be providing here .  Please check with your state as this may not suffice for all participants.)

Getting Started!!!

We welcome you to get started by joining our blog.  If you need assistance, please refer to the first blog of our last challenge which was on "Blogger".  Please comment with any additional questions to this blog post or send an email to the ICATS.


  1. Last year, I participated in the 30-Day Challenge. It was an invaluable technology resource. I couldn't wait to see what tool would be posted each day. I highly recommend particpating in this awesome opportunity.

  2. I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn about more resources to share with teachers and other therapists! Thank you!

  3. This challenge really opened my eyes to a slew of new and useful tools last year. I learned a ton not only from the presenters but from my fellow teachers. Blog on!

  4. This was the single greatest PD of my year last year. I did last year's challenge at my own pace and did not get to post every day, but still used it as a powerful resource! Visit www.thecfco.com to see how my students used many of these tools.

  5. This will be a new experience for me. One of my co-workers did the challenge last year and really enjoyed it. Excited to get started :)

  6. I am so glad this is back again this year. I added quiet a few great resources to my toolbox last fall!

  7. Never blogged before. Looking forward to trying to keep up with the daily challenge as well as learning all about this form of collaboration with students and fellow educators.

  8. I am so excited about this program. It is a valuable tool for teachers in our world today!