Friday, October 23, 2015

Connected Educators BINGO (#CE15)

Connecting with Mr. Bays



Inspired by Brad Gustafson's ConnectEd Bingo, here is a challenge I created to help encourage connected, professional learning for our teachers during Connected Educators Month (#CE15). The goal is for teachers to complete enough connected learning activities to score a bingo. A few extrinsic motivators, such as t-shirts and cookies, are thrown in for competitive fun. Our principal has offered to buy lunch for any of our teachers who complete all of the activities on the game board by the end of our first semester. (WHAT)







Here are the intentional objectives of this professional learning format: (WHY)


  • Encourage relationship building through virtual, as well as, face-to-face interactions
  • Develop a culture of connected learning and digital innovation
  • Gamified elements allow for personal learning, and fun
  • Digital submissions allow "practice" of workflow processes common in our 1:1 learning environment

The header letters on the "live" digital game board are each linked to a Google Form for players to submit pieces of digital evidence satisfying the specific challenge. The submission sheets feed into a master Google Sheet for tabulating a complete set of results. 


Hyperlinks within cells provide enrichment opportunities for the player (learner). Digital badges are awarded through our LMS, Schoology, for those players completing a row (silver), or a fully completed board (gold). If I was as smart as Alice Keeler, I would create a script to automate this whole process. (HOW) #StillLearning


Clicking on the "Free Space" square in the image below allows you to obtain a copy of the game board (Google Doc) to create your own connected learning experiences. And that's not all, reach out to me on Twitter and I will send you a link to the live game so you can experience it yourself. (Game board, forms, submission sheets)


Your questions and suggestions are appreciated. Use the comment link below to provide feedback on improving, and expanding, this professional learning experience.  



Play hard and have fun!


"Shall we play a game?" - Joshua, WarGames - 1983

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