Monday, February 12, 2018

Social LEADia Week 2: Digital Leadership: We Need a New Direction

What a great start to the book club. There were over 140 comments made last week, there have already been some really great conversations, and the author of the book even joined in the discussion! And now we jump in to chapter 2. As we are introduced to the idea of moving from digital citizenship to digital leadership, what are your thoughts about digital leadership? Do you see ways to foster leadership and/or digital leadership in your classroom?

As we enter week 2, I just want to repeat some things that will help as you're participating in the book club.

  • Please be sure you are signed into your Google account before posting comments. If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name before commenting to the blog post. 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. If your Google username is not your first and last name, it would be helpful if you would include your name in your comments.
  • 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. To view comments and make a new comment, click on the post title or the comments link below this post. Make a new comment by entering it in the comment box near the bottom of the page page. To reply to another participant's comment simply click reply below their comment then enter your comment in the reply box.
  • 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, 2 PGPs for each week of participation. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get email addresses to send PGPs to at the end of the book club so it is important to register.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 3, "We Can (and Need) to Change the Current Trajectory."

Monday, February 5, 2018

Social LEADia Week 1: Addressing a Few Assumptions

Welcome to the Winter 2018 eLearning Book Club. We are excited to read the book Social LEADia by Jennifer Casa Todd and have some great conversations around the very interesting and important topic of social media and our students. We'll get started with the first week's assignments and conversation topic below, but first some information that will be helpful as you get started:

  • 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 before commenting to the blog post. 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. To view comments and make a new comment, click on the post title or the comments link below this post. Make a new comment by entering it in the comment box near the bottom of the page page. To reply to another participant's comment simply click reply below their comment then enter your comment in the reply box.
  • 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, 2 PGPs for each week of participation. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get email addresses to send PGPs to at the end of the book club so it is important to register.
This first week of the book club you have a few assignments. First, introduce yourself to others in the book club sharing your name, for what school and/or district (or other business) you work, and what your role there is. Second, read chapter 1, "Addressing a Few Assumptions." And third, let's have a conversation about the assumptions that Jennifer brings up in chapter 1. With which of these assumptions are you most concerned? Do you have any assumptions about students' relationship with social media that Jennifer did not bring up in this chapter?

Next week's assignment is to read chapter 2, "Digital Leadership: We Need a New Direction."

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter 2018 eLearning Book Club Starts in One Week!

One week to go! We will get started with conversations on the book Social LEADia by Jennifer Casa-Todd a week from today, on Monday, February 5th. You can prepare for the book club in a few ways. Don't forget to register for the book club. Confirmation emails were sent out today (Monday, January 29th), so everyone who has registered should have received a message from Meri Carnahan. If you have not already purchased the book, you can do so on Amazon. A prompt or question will be posted in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week. To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right in the blog. If you don't already have a Google account, you will need to create one 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. Last but not least, if you’re ready to begin reading you can get a jump start and read chapter 1, “Addressing a Few Assumptions.” I’m looking forward to a great book discussion!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Master the Media Week 10: Sex, Violence, Money, and Media

What jumped out at you in this last chapter? What are you going to do with what you've learned from this book and the discussions? How are you going to use what you've learned in your classroom?

This is the last week of the book club. I will send PGPs out next week so please make all comments, to this week's post and all previous weeks' posts if you are behind, by the end of this week. PGPs will be given according to how many weeks you participate. 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. If you can't remember if you've registered, go ahead and fill out the registration form. This is how I get email addresses to send out PGPs at the end of the book club so it's important that you register and I have your correct email address.

We will begin another book club after the first of the year. We will announce that book selection here in the blog and through social media in the next few weeks. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Master the Media Week 9: Political Media

Could Julie have come up with a more timely topic? Something that she brought up was that the media are "profit-based institutions and are not responsible for public service. They are responsible for keeping our attention." What stood out to you in this chapter?

We are down to the last two weeks of the book club. If you are behind in your reading and commenting, be sure you take some time to catch up on both. PGPs will be given according to how many weeks you participate. 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. If you can't remember if you've registered, go ahead and fill out the registration form. This is how I get email addresses to send out PGPs at the end of the book club so it's important that you register and I have your correct email address.

Next week we will read and discuss the last chapter, "Sex, Violence, Money, and Media."

Monday, October 30, 2017

Master the Media Week 8: The Internet

I think one of the most powerful statements in this chapter is in the introduction and on page 107: "...if you aren't paying to use a website, then you are the product being sold." That's really easy to forget as we get lost in the mass amounts of information available to us. How or what do you teach your students about their use of the Internet? And what about social media?

We are down to our last few weeks of the book club. If you are behind in your reading and commenting, be sure you take some time to catch up on both. PGPs will be given according to how many weeks you participate. 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. If you can't remember if you've registered, go ahead and fill out the registration form. This is how I get email addresses to send out PGPs at the end of the book club.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 9, "Political Media."