Welcome to Waverly's 21st Century Skills Contest!

The purpose of the 21st Century Skills Contest is to encourage teachers to create 21st century lessons and celebrate their work.

Participants who complete 6 activities or more will be receive a custom Waverly 21st Century Skills Contest mouse.

Participants who complete 6 activities or more will also be entered to win the following prizes:

  • A desktop PC for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  You'll still receive a laptop, the desktop will be for your convenience.
  • A 32 inch curved monitor for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
  • A classroom printer for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
  • An Apple TV for the life of the device.

...and several other prizes as we receive suggestions!

Email all “evidence” to Heather Ellis at hellis@gstboces.org

Staff and student work will be displayed on www.waverlyschools.com for the community to see.

Remember, Heather Ellis is available to help with all 21st Century Skills Contest activities. If you have any questions you can reach out to her at hellis@gstboces.org or extension 1258.

Grades 3-12 Activities:

Activity #1 Our first activity is a simple one. Post a question of the week to your MS Team and ask the students to respond. When you are done, invite an administrator to your team to check it out.

Activity #2 Use a new website or technology related activity in your class. This should be something you have not used in the past. Once you have tried it out in your classroom, post a short student review of the website or activity on your MS Team.

Activity #3 Our third activity is to "Let the students drive the learning". For this one, the object is simple: Allow the students in your classroom to guide the learning for a subject or class period.  As always, take a picture to share on www.waverlyschools.com.

Activity #4 The fourth activity for our 21st Century Skills content is to "Integrate Selfies into Your Curriculum". The goal here is to find a clever way to use selfies in one of your lessons. Get creative on this one! In grades 9-12 you can use student BYOD devices, but all student laptops also have cameras available. Take a few selfies with a curriculum connection and share them on Teams or www.waverlyschools.com.

Activity #5 For the fifth activity, we'd like to you to share examples of technology use in your classroom using a picture collage. Take some pictures that show how your classroom has changed or how your teaching methods have changed with the use of technology. Once you have the pictures, you can create a picture collage. Heather is available to help! Finally, post it to www.waverlyschools.com.

Activity #6 is to Skype with a class in another district. Setting up a Skype session takes a bit of preparation for both classrooms so make sure to set a few minutes aside for this.

Activity #7 Create an assignment using FlipGrid. FlipGrid allows students to use their voice by creating a video response. There are many ways to use FlipGrid in the classroom so be creative! If you need help setting up a FlipGrid account reach out to Heather! Some possibilities for using FlipGrid include a book review, explaining how they worked through a math problem, responding to a question posed by the teacher, etc. Invite Heather to your grid using the code. 

Activity #8 The eighth activity is to create an assignment/project/activity that requires students to collaborate using technology. This can be as small as a one-class assignment to a multi-day project. There are several programs available that allow students to easily collaborate such as PowerPoint, Word, MS Whiteboard, etc.  

Activity #9 The ninth activity in the 21st Century Activities Contest is to give your students a voice. Create an audio recording of a student or students sharing what amazed them in class today, what they were most proud of this school year, or what they know now that they didn't know before the year began. Once you've created the mp3s, email a link for your colleagues to hear. 

Activity #10 We are down to the final activity of the 21st Century Activities Contest. Our students have been using their HP Streams or laptop carts in your classrooms since September. For the final activity, write a short article describing how the 1:1 devices or laptops have changed the way teachers teach and students learn in our district. The articles can be posted on www.waverlyschools.com. 

 

Grades PK-2 Activities: 

Activity #1 Use the ChatterPix app to have students reflect on a story they have read.  When you're done you can select the best ChatterPix and post them to www.waverlyschools.com.

Activity #2 Use a new website or technology related activity in your class. This should be something you have not used in the past. Once you have tried it out in your classroom, have a student review the activity through ChatterPix or another creative video activity.

Activity #3 The third activity for our 21st Century Skills content is to "Integrate Selfies into Your Curriculum". The goal here is to find a clever way to use selfies in one of your lessons. Get creative on this one! In grades 9-12 you can use student BYOD devices, but all student laptops and iPads have cameras available. Take a few selfies with a curriculum connection and share them on www.waverlyschools.com.

Activity #4 is to Skype with a class in another district. Setting up a Skype session takes a bit of preparation for both classrooms so make sure to set a few minutes aside for this. In a Skype session students could read to each other, do a "show and tell" session, or any number of creative ideas.  Use your imagination.

Activity #5 For the fifth activity, we'd like to you to share examples of technology use in your classroom using a picture collage. Take some pictures that show how your classroom has changed or how your teaching methods have changed with the use of technology. Once you have the pictures, you can create a picture collage. Heather is available to help! Finally, post it to www.waverlyschools.com.

Activity #6 The sixth activity in the 21st Century Activities Contest is to give your students a voice. Create an audio or video recording of a student or students sharing what amazed them in class today, what they were most proud of this school year, or what they know now that they didn't know before the year began. Once you've created the mp3s or videos you can upload the files to office 365 and email a link for your colleagues to hear. 

Activity #7 Create a SeeSaw account and add your students to your class. Assign at least one activity for students to complete. Contact Heather Ellis for more details! 

Activity #8 We are down to the final activity of the 21st Century Activities Contest.  Our students have been using their iPads in your classrooms since September. For the final activity, write a short article describing how the iPads have changed the way teachers teach and students learn in our district. The articles can be posted on www.waverlyschools.com.