Monday, June 19, 2017

Blended Week Three: Start with the Rallying Cry

What do you see as a possible rallying cry in your school or district to implement blended learning? Is there a problem that needs to be solved, have you discussed a goal that you'd like to accomplish, or are there areas of nonconsumption?

Thank you for your great participation in the discussion and also your patience in interacting with the blog. A few things to note as you're viewing and commenting:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, 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. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there. 
  • If you have not already done so, register 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. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Please note that I am on vacation this week and will return on Monday, June 26. During this time I will not be accessing my email. If you have a problem with the blog you can email me (Meri Carnahan) at carnahan@doe.in.gov and I will respond when I'm back in the office. Remember, if you get an error message try to connect from another computer or Google account.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, "Organize to Innovate."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blended Week Two: Are All Classrooms Going to Blend?

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 2. Something that popped out at me in this chapter was the idea that moving to blended learning means you're utilizing the internet for more instruction time and, in turn, can redirect teacher time and brick-and-mortar resources to other important duties of a school. Do you think that is possible? Do you see how this could be helpful in your school community? Or if you would like to discuss something else in this chapter, feel free to do so.

The response to this book club has been amazing! We are now at almost 500 comments to the week 1 blog post! Thank you all for your patience in interacting with the blog. A few things that might be helpful:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. **We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, 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. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there.
  • If you have not already done so, register 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. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Please note that I will be on vacation beginning this Wednesday, June 14, and will return on Monday, June 26. During this time I will not be accessing my email. If you have a problem with the blog you can email me (Meri Carnahan) at carnahan@doe.in.gov, but I will not respond until the 26th. Remember, if you get an error message try to connect from another computer or Google account.

Even though I will be gone, you all will still be reading and discussing chapter 3, "Start with the Rallying Cry," next week.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Few Midweek Items

Good afternoon, everyone. I wanted to send out a few quick notes. First of all, you guys have been commenting to the blog at record pace! I love to see how many of you are already connecting to this book and with other participants. Keep up the awesome work! When we have so many comments to a blog post, the newest ones hide from view. To see all of the comments to the post, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on "Load more...." You may have to do this a few times to see all of the posts.

If you are looking for something to do tonight, consider joining in the #INeLearn Twitter chat. We will be discussing this book and blended learning using the hashtag #INeLearn from 9-10 p.m. EST. If you have not joined a Twitter chat before, this is the perfect time to get your feet wet. It's a small group of very supportive educators who would love to welcome some newcomers. Learn more about the chat and even sign up to get a Remind message 15 minutes before we start at http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blended Week One: What is Blended Learning?

Welcome to the Summer 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael Horn and Heather StakerThis 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.

Here are 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 22 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 what your role there is. Second, we're jumping right into chapter 1, which is all about what blended learning is, and even what it is not. As you were reading the definition of blended learning, did any of the pieces of the definition surprise you? If you are already teaching in a blended environment, in which model that Horn and Staker shared are you teaching? What other thoughts do you have about blended learning after this introduction? 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, "Are All Classroom Going to Blend?"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Book Club Registration Is Now Open

Registration is now open for this summer's eLearning Book Club. Click here to register for the book club and we will send you a reminder a 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.

A few things to note as you are preparing for the book club. Discussions on the book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker will begin June 5th and last 11 weeks. You can purchase the paper or digital versions of this book on Amazon. 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 22 PGPs. I realize that it is summer and you may not be able to post a comment while you're on vacation or away from technology for an extended period of time. That's o.k. Just catch up on the discussion and your commenting when you are able, but before the end of the book club.

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Summer eLearning Book Club Selection

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the winter book club. PGPs were sent out to registered participants last week. If you participated and did not receive an email, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. It’s time to announce our next book club selection. Beginning June 5th we will be reading Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker. More details coming soon.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Launch Week 10: It's Time to Launch

What do you think of the idea of your students learning about marketing and then marketing what they make? Thinking back on the book as a whole, do you see an area of your curriculum where your students can make something and utilize the LAUNCH cycle? As you're moving forward with your use of the LAUNCH cycle, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook. And be sure to check out all of the resources at the end of the book

This is the last week of the winter book club. If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. If you're not sure if you did register, I would suggest registering again. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. I will send out PGPs around April 19th, so please have all your comments made by the 18th. I will post a note here next week after I have sent out PGPs and also to announce the summer book club selection.