Monday, July 27, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 9: Key Connector 8 Know When to Unplug

We all know by now many reasons why we should be or get connected, but then we've also got to think about the importance of unplugging. Do you make intentional plans to unplug? What are some ways that you unplug? Do you agree with the authors' statement that connected educators "realize that part of digital citizenship is knowing not only when and how to connect, but also when and how to unplug"?

We only have one more week of the book club remaining. If you are behind in your reading and commenting, now is the time to catch up on both. You will have until Friday, August 7 to make your comments to all the blog posts to be eligible for the $1000 PD grant.

**Don't forget about the Twitter chat this week around this book. Whether or not you've participated in a Twitter chat, this is a such a great one in which to get involved. It is typically not too fast-paced so it's easy to follow along. Thursday night at 9pm eastern/8pm central tweet with us using the hashtag #INeLearn. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 8: Key Connector 7 Model the Way

The authors talked a lot about modeling in this chapter. This quote jumped out at me: "Within a school culture that models and expects every member of the school community to look out for one another and values the voice of each member of that community, the mindset they operate under is: What we model is largely what we get." What do you think of this quote? How do you see this play out in your classroom or school? How are you modeling connectedness to your students and/or fellow teachers?

We only have one chapter left after this week. We will be reading "Key Connector 8 Know When to Unplug" next week. Be sure you are taking time to catch up on your reading and commenting. And if you haven't introduced yourself in the week 1 discussion, please be sure you do that.

Monday, July 13, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 7: Key Connector 6 Know That It Is Still About the 3 Rs: Relationships, Relationships,Relationships

Relationships are so important in education, but had you thought about their importance in relation to your PLN? The authors mention a few specific topics regarding relationships -- trust, expect the best, respond in kind, a personal touch, celebrate good times, value diversity and dissent. Do you find any of these more of a struggle for you or more important in your relationship building?

 I'm so happy to see all of the sharing that went on with last week's blog post! As always, please go back and check out what other people had to say about your comment or others'. Next week we will be reading and discussing "Key Connector 7 Model the Way."

If you missed the announcement two weeks ago, we are going to have a #INeLearn Twitter chat specifically intended for you all! This will be a great opportunity for everyone, especially for those who have never participated in a Twitter chat. The chat will be on Thursday, July 30 at 9pm eastern. If you would like more information about the #INeLearn Twitter chat, including upcoming topics and archives of past chats, please visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/. I will share more information in the coming weeks. I hope to see you all there!

We only have 3 weeks left in the summer book club. If you have not introduced yourself in the first week's blog post, please do so. These introductions are how I find all the participants to send out PGPs at the end of the book club.

Monday, July 6, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 6: Key Connector 5 Strive to Be Tomorrow…Today

This week, continuing the celebration of our independence, I'm opening the topic(s) of this week's conversation to you. What would you like to talk about? What questions do you have for your fellow book club participants or what thoughts or ideas do you have to share? Someone jump in and lead the conversation.

Next week we will read Key Indicator 6 Know That It Is Still About the 3 Rs: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 5: Key Connector 4 Give and Take...and Give Some More

This chapter is filled with a lot of great information on the giving and taking in a PLN. It seems to me that most of us who are utilizing social media to connect with a PLN are mostly givers or takers. I think it's harder to find a balance of the two. What are your thoughts on this? And where do you feel that you fit, as a giver or a taker or a combination of the two? Or if you are new to a social media PLN, how do you think you'll find a balance in giving and taking?

I have some exciting news to share...we are going to have a #INeLearn Twitter chat specifically intended for you all! This will be a great opportunity for everyone, especially for those who have never participated in a Twitter chat. The chat will be on Thursday, July 30 at 9pm eastern. If you would like more information about the #INeLearn Twitter chat, including upcoming topics and archives of past chats, please visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/. I will share more information in the coming weeks. I hope to see you all there!

For next week we will read Key Connector 5 Strive to Be Tomorrow…Today. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 4: Key Connector 3 Embrace the Three Cs: Communication, Collaboration, and Community

Last week we talked a lot about hashtags and Twitter chats. Hopefully you all have checked out some hashtags and found some that will be helpful. And maybe some of you have even found a Twitter chat in which to participate. Thank you for all the suggestions! In this week's reading, the authors suggest creating a school hashtag. I would like to challenge you all to come up with a classroom hashtag (or school or corporation hashtag if you are at the school or district level). Share some ideas of some things you might share via Twitter utilizing a hashtag. The authors also discuss sharing through blogs and YouTube videos. If any of you are doing this, please share your URLs so that others can learn from your example. If you're not doing either of these, do you see a use for these in your school or classroom?

We have a few people who have recently joined the conversation, which is great, but please make sure you have introduced yourself in the first week's post. This is the only way I know who you are and where you're from so I can send your PGPs at the end of the book club. If you have colleagues who would still like to join in the conversation, please tell them it's not too late. Just make sure they participate in all the past weeks' conversations.

For next week we will read "Key Connector 4 Give and Take...and Give Some More."

Monday, June 15, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently: Key Connector 2 Learn What They Want, When They Want, How They Want

There are some great conversations going on in this blog this summer!! Thank you all for your willingness to ask questions and to share your knowledge and experiences with other participants. And a big thank you to Michelle Green from the eLearning team, our social media guru, who responded to quite a few comments last week. Be sure to look back at older conversations to see if there have been responses to your comments or to other comments that might be helpful to you.

This chapter discussed Twitter hashtags, Twitter chats, and Edcamps. What experience do you have with any of these? If you are very experienced at any of these, please share your wisdom, how you got started, etc. with participants who may be new. I would like to recommend that you use #INeLearn to connect with other educators in Indiana. You should also consider participating in the #INeLearn Twitter chats on Thursday nights at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. Check out the #INeLearn chat blog for information about the chat, including upcoming chat topics and archives of past chats. This is a great beginner chat. Susie Highley mentioned EdCampIndy, which was this past Friday. I'm sure she'd be happy to share a bit about EdCamps. If you are interested in participating in face-to-face PD this summer, be sure to check out the Summer of eLearning opportunities. Great PD very close to home!

For next week we will be reading "Key Connector 3 Embrace the Three Cs: Communication, Collaboration, and Community."