Accepting the Blogging Challenge – and Extending it…


This blog post is my acceptance of Lori DiMarco's challenge


1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.

2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.

4. List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve a little recognition.

5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they’ve been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)


This blog is my acceptance of the 5 challenges from Lori and I too am extending the 5 challenges to 11 people.


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Challenge #1 – acknowledge the nominating blogger
Lori DiMarco, (@TCDSB_21C_AICT) is the Superintendent of 21st Century Learning and Academic Information & Communications Technology with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. She is responsible for making 21st century teaching and learning a reality through her exemplary leadership of the TCDSB Project Next initiative.


Challenge #2 – Provide 11 random facts about yourself
  1. My undergraduate degree is in history 
  2. I work out to podcasts instead of music 
  3. I read 4 newspapers each day (Not the entire paper. Just enough to know what's going on). 
  4. I hate snakes 
  5. I wasn't born in Canada 
  6. I taught in the Jane/Finch community 
  7. I love to travel, but hate to unpack 
  8. I was a NCAA compliance coordinator 
  9. I spent over a decade working at summer camps 
  10. I've been to all of murder capitals in the U.S. 
  11. I have very small ears

Challenge #3 – Answer the nominating blogger’s 11 questions 
  1. Name one thing you have learned about 21st Century Learning and how it has impacted you. You don't have to use technology to be a 21st century edycator
  2. Name a favourite author of fiction. Which book or series? Why? - John Steinbeck 
  3. Name your favourite movie of all time (it does not have to be educational) and justify it with an educational reason or some learning that stuck with you - Moneyball (Not an all time favourite, but it always get me thinking how to apply similar principles to education. 
  4. What is your favourite piece of technology and why? - iPad; limitless reading 
  5. What book/reading/learning are you currently applying to your work? Disrupting Class 
  6. You are going out for dinner tonight to your favourite restaurant. What culture does this restaurant represent? Trinidadian Chinese 
  7. What blogs do you follow and recommend for me to follow? http://techenablededucator.com/ 
  8. Name one mentor who has impacted your career, how you know them and what impact they have had on you. Richard Thompson (SVSU Dean of Students); Leadership role model. 
  9. What were you doing when you found out that Nelson Mandela had passed away? Reading the news on my iPad. 
  10. Name one tradition your family adheres to. Getting together for Caribana weekend for a family BBQ 
  11. Share a link to a favourite recipe. Cajun Spatchcock Turkey
Challenge #4 – List 11 bloggers that deserve a bit of recognition and to whom you offer this challenge…

Challenge #5 – Ask 11 questions for your 11 nominees to respond to
  1. What is your favourite quote or saying? 
  2. Name your ideal retirement location. 
  3. If you could have only one educational technology resource, what would it be? 
  4. What is your favourite travel destination? 
  5. Recommend an educational game? 
  6. What is your favourite app? 
  7. What is your favourite tv show? 
  8. Have you ever paid it forward at a coffee shop? 
  9. If you had to pick a song to be your theme song what would it be? 
  10. What is the last movie you saw in the theatre? 
  11. What is the first thing you would do after winning a million dollars?

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