Playing Catch up with the Whiteboard Challenge

Aaaarrrrgh! Can’t believe it’s September 18th and I still haven’t managed to put a post up about the first whiteboard challenge. I have also decided to have a bit of a personal development blog and thus added a specific website for this – welcome to the Tip of the Iceberg!

I am officially into my 3rd ever week of using IWBs, and it’s been really helpful as a new user to see the challenges and ways of making my lessons more engaging for the kids.

Day 1 of my first IT class (EVER!) and some kids fiddle about (and break) the headphones. I recorded a snippet of Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T and had that blaring out when we began to look at our essential agreements for the classroom. I think using music was a great way of reaching more students with the message I wanted to get across.

But still, that wasn’t the objective of the first challenge. The first challenge was to get your voice on your blog. I recorded a few little bits & pieces using Audacity and managed to get them into my flipchart ok. I used a variety of pictures and words to make things interesting.

It came time to do teach the kids and… nothing.

Not.

A.

Thing!

It turns out my speakers were broken and all my good work was undone by a technical hitch. These things happen in the world of IT, so I have not yet shared anything else as we are waiting for our speakers to be repaired.

I am way behind on the other challenges now, so will have to get busy and decide what to do for round 2!

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