Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Club Announcements

Thanks to all who participated in the spring book club. I sent PGPs to all who took part in at least 5 weeks of discussions. Now it's time to start planning for the next book club. Beginning July 25th we will be reading Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach by Susan Bearden. This book is available to purchase through Corwin and Amazon. This will be a 7-week book study leading up to Indiana Digital Citizenship Week. Two copies of the book will be given away at each of the Summer of eLearning Conferences.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 10: Final Thoughts

Getting a head start on the final week of the 2016 spring eLearning book club, what now? What are you going to do with the information you've gleaned from the book and the last 9 weeks of conversation? Do you have any questions still lingering that you'd like to ask other participants?

I realize that some districts' spring breaks will be running through the first week of April, so you all will have until midnight Eastern Monday, April 11th. In order to eligible for 12 PGPs and the professional development grant, you have to comment in all 10 weeks' discussions. Be sure to stay connected to this topic and other people who are innovating by using the Twitter hashtag #InnovatorsMindset. And stay connected with other educators across the state by using the hashtag #INeLearn.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 9: Chapters 13 and 14

Are you there yet? As George said, "we will never 'arrive,'" but what are you doing to get there? And how do you know that you're moving forward? How have you changed or how will you change your way of thinking to allow you to move forward in innovating?

Next week will be the last week of this book club. If you want 12 PGPs and to be eligible to win the professional development grant, you have to comment in all 10 weeks' discussions by midnight Eastern Friday, April 8th. Be sure to stay connected to this topic and other people who are innovating by using the Twitter hashtag #InnovatorsMindset. And stay connected with other educators across the state by using the hashtag #INeLearn.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 8: Chapter 12

This chapter should have really gotten you thinking about your own personal learning. As teachers, do you see any of the "8 things to look for in today's classroom" in your personal/professional learning? Those of you who are school or district leaders, how can you implement some of these elements in the professional development opportunities you're offering to your teachers/learners? The last element discussed was Connected Learning and George reiterated the importance of using Twitter and hashtags to make connections. Don't forget to connect with thousands of Indiana educators (and even many outside of the state) by using the hashtag #INeLearn.

Next week we will read and discuss chapters 13 and 14 and finish the book. I know you will all be on spring break at some point in the next 3 weeks. Don't forget that if you want 12 PGPs and to be eligible to win the professional development grant, you have to comment in all 10 weeks' discussions by midnight Eastern Friday, April 8th.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 7: Chapters 10 and 11

This week, I'm letting you all lead the conversation. What would you like to discuss regarding these 2 chapters? What would you like to share with or ask the other participants?

We're down to the last few weeks of the book club. Make sure you have responded to all weeks' blog posts. Also, don't forget to register for the book club by completing the form here. Next week we will read and discuss chapter 12.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 6: Chapters 8 and 9

How are you focusing on strengths in your school or classroom or how can you envision doing this more? In chapter 9, George focuses on technology and toward the end of the chapter puts forth four questions to help guide the work of the IT department, but really could and should be asked in the classroom, too. How are you using these or other questions to focus the use of technology in your classroom?

Next week we will read and discuss chapters 10 and 11.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 5: Chapters 6 and 7

We're reading two information-packed chapters this week. How are you empowering your students? Does your school community have a shared vision for learning? If so, how are you working that into your classroom? Or feel free to share some other thoughts about these chapters.

A couple of reminders -- if you haven't responded to all weeks' blog posts yet, make sure that you do. Also, don't forget to register for the book club by completing the form here. Be sure that you have completed your Google profile so that your name shows up with your blog comments. There's at least one person who is showing up as Unknown, which means I don't know to whom those comments belong.

For next week, let's read and discuss chapters 8 and 9.