The complete list of 100 challenges to help develop your independent learning skills.

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Send work by email to be marked
  • Use an online diary and set up reminders for key dates
  • Suggest a useful website to a teacher
  • Subscribe to a free podcast / iTunesU course
  • Create a ‘non important’ email account for subscription sites
  • Work with another student to revise on the VLE
  • Take part in a forum on the VLE
  • Offer to create a resource for a teacher for the VLE
  • Upload homework to VLE
  • Ask for help via the VLE
  • Create a QE code to a website
  • Use google documents to share a file
  • Use the iPads or iPods in a lesson
  • Use the iPads or iPods in a tutor period
  • Suggest an app to a class
  • Send an email using BCC
  • Start a posterous blog
  • Join the school newsletter email from the homepage
  • Complete an advanced google search
  • Change search engine browswers for a week
  • Recommend an app to a friend
  • Make a skype / video call
  • Make a dropbox file public
  • Set up a free voice caller on your phone, eg Viber
  • Send an email to a teacher thanking them

Personal Skills

  • Plan your social / homework time around you
  • Set up a RSS reader account
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds involving your interests
  • Use a todo list to help you remember things
  • Re-sort your bookmarks using sub headings
  • Register for courses you don’t take / study
  • Register on the Post 18 courses on the VLE
  • Have a look at the links on the home page of the VLE
  • Write a blog about your learning via the VLE
  • Access the VLE from a mobile / iPod using the mobile theme
  • Download an ‘e-textbook’
  • Scan or photograph some hand written notes and share them
  • Make notes on the way to school on your phone
  • Subscribe to an iTunes U course
  • Listen to a podcast on the way to school
  • Convert a video from youtube
  • Set up a dropbox account
  • Set up a shared dropbox folder
  • Use street view to see your house
  • Use Google Earth to find the hospital where you were born
  • Learn to touch type
  • Recommend a gadget to a friend
  • Use a GPS device
  • Know how to use a antivirus programme
  • Develop your home wifi / network

Problem Solving

  • Solve a google daily challenge
  • Find a problem to solve
  • Share a solution to a problem with a friend
  • Use an online thesaurus
  • Find a definition for a word using ‘Define:’
  • Complete a quiz on the VLE
  • Find an answer to a problem on the VLE
  • Find a topic to investigate further on the VLE
  • Look at work you’ll be studying next year on the VLE
  • Offer to work with a teacher on a course on the VLE
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Scan a QR code
  • Use the internet on a mobile device
  • Photograph hand written notes
  • Create a QR code and use in a lesson
  • Use wikipedia to solve a problem / question
  • Find the quickest way home from school using online maps
  • Post an unanswered question to a forum
  • Use google translate to translate some text
  • Use an online calculator / graph program
  • Ask a question on a forum
  • Answer a question on a forum
  • Order food online
  • Use advanced image searching tools
  • Find the best price for an item using shopping comparison sites

Research and Information

  • Create a Google form to seek feedback
  • Use survey monkey to find out peoples opinions
  • Use bookmarks to save your favourite pages
  • Browse wikipedia, not for anything in particular!
  • Bookmark and share a useful website
  • Register for all of your courses on the VLE
  • From the VLE investigate a topic further
  • Download resources for your courses from the VLE
  • Research a topic on wikipedia
  • Research a topic on youtube
  • Suggest a useful app to a friend to help with learning
  • Use an iPad as a learning tool in a lesson
  • Investigate the town you were born in in Wikipedia
  • Use an iPad / iPod outside of school
  • Take a photo and share it using a mobile phone
  • Subscribe the VLE RSS feed
  • Subscribe the school twitter feed
  • Find your primary school online and have a browse
  • Suggest a useful website to your tutor
  • Suggest a useful website to your HoH
  • Use google goggles
  • Download a weather app
  • Use a scanner to save hand written notes
  • Find copyright free images to use
  • Look at a website in another language…what does it teach you?