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Teacher Road Blocks


Workshop run for the Elementary school revolving around completing "challenges" in the form of roadblocks. …

Workshop run for the Elementary school revolving around completing "challenges" in the form of roadblocks.
Based on the Amazing Race.

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  • 8-10mins. Save in Amazing Race folder.Can we have this as a video tutorial?
  • 10mins – recreate the page. Sample printed on piece of paper. Shortcut on desktop to Amazing Race folder.Instructions:
  • 5-7mins – answers will be on recording sheet
  • 3mins – view story in the wrap up of the race
  • 10mins – check answers during the wrap up
  • 10mins – check answers during the wrap up
  • 10mins – Submit the answer at completion
  • 5-8mins
  • 8mins – Check the sets at the completion of the race
  • 5-7mins – answers will be on recording sheet
  • 5mins
  • 5-7mins – answers will be on recording sheet
  • ???
  • 15mins
  • ???


  • 1. Roadblock number 1
    Google Sketchupis a tool which you can use to create models. With it you can create 2D or 3D models.
    The “roadblock”
    • At this roadblock you will find an instructional video
    • 2. Open up the video (on the desktop) and complete the challenge
    • 3. Save the file in your team’s folder (shortcut on desktop)
  • Roadblock number 2
    Smartboardshave been installed in all classrooms. They are a great way to bring learning to life.
    The “roadblock”
    • At this roadblock you will find a short instructional video
    • 4. Get ready to “recreate” and complete the challenge
    • 5. Save the file in your team’s folder (shortcut on desktop)
  • Roadblock number 3
    Communicating effectively is one of life’s greatest challenges. This is especially true for a school the size of NIST. The school has developed a flow chart to help faculty and staff share information through the most effective channel.
    The “roadblock”
    • You will find a flow chart and a set of scenarios at this road block.
    • 6. Read through the scenarios and work out the most appropriate channel for each scenario
    • 7. Record your answers on the “Roadblock List”
  • Roadblock number 4
    Collaborative writing is a great way to allow a number of students to express their ideas in a story. Titanpad is the tool that we will use for this roadblock.
    The “roadblock”
    • Go to this website - http://titanpad.com/sSiAYhxWC2(be careful with the address)
    • 8. Add your group name/number to the Titanpad
    • 9. Write the next 2-3 sentences of the story
    • 10. Note: the story doesn’t need to make sense
  • Roadblock number 5
    Google Maps is a powerful tool which allows your to explore the world. It is as if all the maps in the world have been combined into this tool.
    The “roadblock”
    • Your task is to create your own online map
    • 11. Go to http://maps.google.com/ and sign in with this account:
    Username = nisteys@yahoo.com
    Password = .....
    • Go to “My Maps” and then “create new map” – give the map your group’s name/number
    • 12. Find the 3 places and add a “place mark” (blue pin). Give each place mark a name
    The school
    Nana BTS
    Siam Paragon
  • 13. Roadblock number 6
    Resizing Pictures is a very useful skill and one which we often forget about
    The “roadblock”
    • Your task is to resize a set of pictures
    • 14. Go to Media – Ele Classes – Amazing Race. Find your group number and open the folder mediaEle_ClassesICT_DeptAmazing Race)
    • 15. You will need to work out how to resize these pictures so they are a maximum of 160pixels
    • 16. Once you have done this make sure you save them in the same folder you got them from
  • Roadblock number 7
    Everyone knows about Google, but not many of us use it to its full potential.
    The “roadblock”
    • You will learn a number of search tips for Google and find specific information
    • 17. Go to http://www.google.com/help/features.html
    • 18. Read through the first page and think about the things you could use this for
    • 19. Using the tips you have just read, go to http://www.google.com/ and find the following:
    • 20. The population of Thailand and China
    • 21. The weather today in Bangkok and Stockholm
    • 22. How much is 50,000 Thai Baht (THB) is in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)
    • 23. Write your answers down on the roadblock list
    • 24. Extra Challenge – try this game http://grant.robinson.name/projects/guess-the-google/ (it is quite hard but give it a go if you have time – no bonus points)
  • Roadblock number 8
    Voicethreadis a great way to allow people to express their ideas and views.
    The “roadblock”
    • What can you see in these optical illusions?
    • 25. Go to http://voicethread.com and sign in using these details
    Username: nista@nist.com
    Password: .....
    • Go to “Browse” and search for “Bangkok – What do you see?” (http://voicethread.com/share/1857699/)
    • 26. Take a look at the pictures, choose 2 and leave a comment about what you see
    • 27. Make sure that you mention your group name when you start
  • Roadblock number 9
    Flickr is a tool which allows people to share photos online. Most users simply upload and share their photos but there is a lot more on offer through the site.
    The “roadblock”
    • There will be a set of iPod touches and a set of cameras at this station
    • 28. You will need to find the following apps on the iPod and take a photo of the screen:
    • 29. Chicktionary
    • 30. Cat in the Hat
    • 31. Monster Maker
    • 32. Once you have the photos upload them to Flickr using this account:
    Username = nisteys@yahoo.com
    Password =  .....
    • Add these photos to a “set” and call the set your group’s name/number
  • Roadblock number 10
    The NIST Blogs have really taken off this year. We are constantly amazed about the quality of the information that is shared. Many other internationals schools have inquired about how we have our blogs organized after seeing the work you have put in.
    The “roadblock”
    • Now we all know what blogs are and are used to publishing information through them. It is time to look at how we can maintain this level of communication
    • 33. This is especially important as new staff arrives and teachers change teams
    • 34. A set of blogging responsibilities have been developed to help clarify faculty members responsibilities when it comes to the blogs
    • 35. At this roadblock you will find the blog responsibilities chart and a set of scenarios.
    • 36. Your task it to work out what blog it should be published on and who should publish it.
    • 37. Record your answers on the “Roadblock List”
  • Roadblock number 11
    Befuddlris a great way to make puzzles from high quality images.
    The “roadblock”
    • You are going to have to complete a puzzle and see how quickly you can do it
    • 38. Go to http://www.delicious.com/wkirkwood/befuddlr
    • 39. Choose any of the pictures on that page
    • 40. Once the picture opens click on “befuddle it” and see how quickly you can put it back together
    • 41. Write down your time on your recording sheet
  • Roadblocknumber 12
    YouTube has a massive collection of videos. While not all of them are great there is some really useful stuff out there.
    The “roadblock”
    • You will need find a series of useful videos about how to solve maths problems
    • 42. Go to http://www.youtube.com
    • 43. You are going to need to use the search feature – this works by entering keywords
    • 44. Find videos which help explain the following:
    • 45. How to do long division (author: patrickJMT)
    • 46. How to add fractions (author: yourteachermathhelp)
    • 47. What are the answers to the problems in each of these videos?
    • 48. Write your answers on the “Roadblock List”
  • Roadblock number 7
    Skype can get students in touch with other students from anyplace around the world and help them collaborate and make global connections.
    The “roadblock”
    • Figure out how to get a Skype account and check in with “eleict”
    • 49. Send a message or call to Ele Ictand you will get your next task
    • 50. Note (if you do not get a reply in two minutes it means I am helping out somewhere else – so please move on to the next station)
    You need to create an account at www.skype.com
    Make sure you choose a strong password
    For example: s4w4tdii (rather than sawatdii)
    Think about: numbers, letters and characters
  • 51. Roadblock number 13
    ZimmerTwinsis a fantastic online tool which allows you to create and tell your own animated stories.
    The “roadblock”
    • You are going to create your own movie
    • 52. Go to http://www.zimmertwins.com/. Log in on the left side using these details:
    Username/Nickname: eleict
    Password: …..
    • Click on “Make a Movie” work out how to make a movie
    • 53. Make sure you save it when you are complete
  • Roadblock number 11
    Wordleis a fantastic tool which can help identify the main points from pieces of text.
    The “roadblock”
    • Open http://www.wordle.net/
    • 54. Insert the thumb drive into your computer and open the word document “Martin Luther King Speech”
    • 55. Copy and paste the text of the speech into Wordle and create a “Wordle”
    • 56. Go to the blog http://ictinthepyp.wordpress.com/ and leave a comment on the “Wordle Post” detailing the 5 biggest words