Monday, September 18, 2017

Master the Media Week 2: Television

I don't know about you, but this chapter really hit home with me. What are your thoughts about this chapter? How can you bring the topic of media literacy as it relates to television into your classroom? How do quotes like "everything in the media is a construction" change or solidify your opinion of television broadcasters' intentions?

Hopefully you all noticed a special member of our book club last week - the book's author, Julie Smith. Hopefully she will have time to join us each week to read and even comment on some of your comments. We are so excited you've decided to join us, Julie!

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we'll read and discuss chapter 3, "Music and the Radio."

Monday, September 11, 2017

Master the Media Week 1: Let's Do This

Welcome to the Fall 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie SmithThis book can be purchased as a Kindle or paperback book from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late. Just catch up as soon as you're able. We are excited to start this book club in conjunction with Indiana Digital Citizenship Week.

Here is some information to help you as you participate in the book club: 
  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
This week you have two assignments. First, in a comment to this post introduce yourself. Include your name, school and/or corporation, and your role there. Second, we're jumping right into chapter 1, which introduces us to media literacy. Borrowing the author's question from the end of the chapter, how do your students think media affects them? How do you think media affects you? Or share some general thoughts on media literacy. Don't forget to also comment to other participants' posts, if you feel so moved. (If you have any problems commenting, please first ensure that you are logged into your Google account. If you continue to have issues, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.)

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 2, "Television."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Register Now for the 2017 Fall eLearning Book Club

Registration is now open for the 2017 Fall eLearning Book Club. Click here to register for the book club and we will send you a reminder the week before the book club begins. This is also how we get your email address which we use to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in an eLearning Book Club in the past, you will still need to register for this one.

This fall we will be reading Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie Smith. This book can be purchased from Amazon and other places where you buy books. The book club will begin on September 11th as we celebrate Indiana Digital Citizenship Week and last 10 weeks. We will read one chapter each week and a prompt or question will be posted each Monday here in the book club blog. To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. Participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer 2017 Book Club Conclusion

Thanks again to all of you for participating in this book club. We had 323 participants make over 4100 comments throughout the 11 weeks of the book club! I'm sure you all are walking away with some great ideas to take back to your schools and classrooms.

PGP documentation emails were sent out earlier this afternoon (August 23rd). Please archive the email as it serves as your proof of receiving the PGPs. If you did not receive an email please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

We are excited to announce our next book club selection. This fall we will be reading Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie Smith. This book can be purchased from Amazon and other places where you buy books. The book club will begin on September 11th as we celebrate Indiana Digital Citizenship Week. More information on registering for and participating in the fall book club will be coming soon.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Blended Week Eleven: Conclusion

This week share where you're going from here in terms of blending learning in your school or classroom. Are you starting to have conversations in your school or are you doing some blending in your classroom? What are you next steps?

This week marks the end of our summer 2017 book club. Please have all of your comments made to the blog posts by Monday, August 21st. I will email PGPs that week. As you look back to make sure you commented each week, remember we have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" multiple times at the bottom of the post pages. If you have any questions about your participation, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. And watch for a post in the next few weeks regarding the fall book club selection.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blended Week Ten: Discover Your Way to Success

It may be hard to imagine being this far into the blended learning process if you haven't started it, so think about the example schools form this chapter and the assumptions that were made. What assumptions about the design do you think are the riskiest? How might you test the assumptions? What other thoughts or questions do you have about this chapter?

Next week is the final week of the book club. Take some time to go back and ensure that you have commented each week. Remember, we have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" multiple times at the bottom of the post pages. If you have any questions about your participation, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 11, "Conclusion."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Blended Week Nine: Create the Culture

In this chapter our attention turns to a school culture that will create a successful blended learning environment. Think about your school and the current culture. Does it seem like it would be conducive to a blended learning environment or are there some shifts in the culture that might be necessary?

We only have two weeks left in this this book club. In order to receive all 22 of the PGPs you need to have made at least one comment to each week's blog post or to other people's comments each week. Now might be a good time to catch up on weeks you've missed. We have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the post pages. Please also be sure you have registered for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. If you are unsure if you registered, feel free to complete the form again. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 10, "Discover Your Way to Success."