The Thinglink Challenge #1

This summer I have decided to take part in the Thinglink Challenge.
challenge
I heard about it last year, but too late. This time I didn’t miss it and so, a couple of weeks ago, I started it. I really wanted to take part in it for a number of reasons. First, I like connecting with colleagues from all over the world and sharing what I do or what I think with them. Second, I like challenges. I find them extremely stimulating and the idea of a task to accomplish in a certain time, even though the Thinglink challenges have no deadline, is what makes me work at my best because it makes me stay concentrated and focused on what I am doing. Third reason, I can explore a tool I already know and use but much deeper and so I can find out more ways to use it. Actually I have already learnt something new, even though it is not that clear so far if what is new in only there for the premium version of the tool that you can use during the challenges. Fourth reason, what I create now can be used in the classroom next year, so it is not a waste of time at all, on the contrary it is highly productive

The first challenge was about getting to know each other, as a matter of fact there are so many of us in the challenge that it won’t be easy to get to know everybody!The task was to create an avatar, use the image to create a Thinglink and then add as many tags as possible in order to give information about yourself.

Here is my product :

I must say this is a very simple idea but I had never thought of it! What a nice way to make students know each other during the first days at school, for example, or at the beginning of a project with students from other schools. I am sure they avatars will be much more tagged than mine. In addition I have found out a lot of sites which allow you to create avatars. Here is a list:

http://www.buildyourwildself.com/http://www.doppelme.com/create/
http://www.voki.com/
http://cpbherofactory.com/
http://bitstrips.com/create/avatar/
http://www.dudefactory.com/
http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero
http://www.picassohead.com/create.html
http://www.manga.com/content/avatar-face-maker

Avatars are extremely helpful  also when you don’t want to or can’t use pictures of  students for reasons of privacy.

 

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One thought on “The Thinglink Challenge #1

  1. Alessandra, I am so glad you are participating in the challenges and reflecting on them through your blog. About week 2… I realize it was not very exciting, but it was important to learn about using channels in order to create channel portfolios of our work at the end of the challenge. I promise we will put that learning to good use! Next week is ThingLink Unplugged. It is simple and powerful. Happy tagging!

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