Holiday Hoopla Snowman Swap

Yesterday we finished our almost last Holiday Hoopla Snowman Swap. This was a new TWICE collaborative project and my teachers enjoyed it.

However, the snow really got in our way! The connections were supposed to be the last week in December before school was out for the holidays. The last one I have left is on its third reschedule due to snow & illness. But, none of my teachers have complained. They all comment that there’s still plenty of snow and that the VC is still appropriate!

I’ve enjoyed listening to the discussions of how much snow each school has, whether they have snow days, under what conditions they have recess inside instead of outside, etc.

We had a nice collection of creative snowmen. Here’s a few samples of the pairs:

This one was an Australian snowman! It’s hard to see in this picture, but there is a little kangaroo on his blue pants.

As you can tell, students certainly practiced their descriptive writing skills as well as the skill of following directions! This is a simple videoconference format, yet easily adaptable to many different themes. You too could swap snowmen!


About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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