Monday, July 15, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 7

How do you use lectures in your classroom? What are your thoughts on turning lectures into stories? What other thoughts or questions do you have about this chapter?

We are more than halfway through the book club. Be sure to keep up with your reading and commenting, but if you get behind, catch up as soon as you are able. We continue to have a lot of comments, so it is necessary to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the blog post pages in order to see all the comments. If you have any problems with or questions about the blog, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 8, "The Denouement." 

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 6

In your opinion, what are the biggest benefits to having your students work on collaborative projects? And what are the biggest difficulties? What stood out to you in this chapter?

We are more than halfway through the book club. Be sure to keep up with your reading and commenting, but if you get behind, catch up as soon as you are able. We continue to have a lot of comments, so it is necessary to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the blog post pages in order to see all the comments. If you have any problems with or questions about the blog, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Turning Lectures into Stories."

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 5

Do you make physical changes to your classroom dependent on the project on which your students are working? How does that effect your students and how they work? What are your thoughts about letting your students help with the layout of the classroom?

Thank you to all of you for your insightful comments and great participation in the discussion. We continue to have a lot of comments, so it is necessary to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the blog post pages in order to see all the comments. If you have any problems with or questions about the blog, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 6, "Rising Action."

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 4

Do you think it's important to create a conflict in your project for your students to work through? What other thoughts or questions do you have about this chapter?

A few things to remember:
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Next week we will read and discuss chapter 5, "Crafting an Epic Setting."

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 3

How do you plan to plot your journey or plan your epic project? What are your thoughts about creating an outline for your project? 

A few notes as we continue the discussion:

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  • If you get behind in the discussion, catch up when you are able. You will get credit for each week in which you participate as long as your comments are made by the end of the book club on August 9. 
  • 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 at the end of the book club so it is important to register.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, "Creating Conflict."

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 2

As you read chapter 2 did you see ways that you can integrate the five elements of a story into a project or lesson in your content area? Is there anything new in this chapter that you'd like to discuss or new ideas you'd like to share?

A few notes as we start week 2 of the discussion:
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  • Many people are showing up as unknown when they make comments to the blog. The first thing to try is to log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Personal info and ensure that your name is included in your profile. Due to some school security systems we occasionally have teachers who are labeled as "unknown" despite including all of the necessary account information. If this happens to you, it may be necessary to use a non-school Google account when participating in this discussion. If you try all of these things and you are still showing as unknown then you will need to include your name in your comments so we know to whom the comments belong. If you continue to have problems contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you get behind in the discussion, whether you got the book late or go on vacation or just get distracted by summer vacation, catch up when you are able. You will get credit for each week in which you participate as long as your comments are made by the end of the book club on August 9. 
  • 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 at the end of the book club so it is important to register.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 3, "Plotting the Journey."

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Epic Classroom Week 1

Welcome to the Summer 2019 eLearning Book Club. We are excited to be reading The Epic Classroom: How to Boost Engagement, Make Learning Memorable, and Transform Lives by Trevor Muir and have some great conversations. If you want to participate but don't have the book yet, visit Amazon or your favorite bookseller and jump into the conversation when you've received it and started the reading. We'll get started with the first week's 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 making a comment in the blog. 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 and to identify comments for credit toward PGPs. Due to some school security systems we occasionally have teachers who are labeled as "unknown" despite including all of the necessary account information. If this happens to you, it may be necessary to use a non-school Google account when participating in this discussion.
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  • 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. To reply to another participant's comment simply click reply below their comment then enter your comment in the reply box. Please note that we may have a lot of people participating in the book club this summer and a lot of comments. They likely will not all show on one page and you will have to click "Load more" at the bottom of the page to see all comments to a post.
  • 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, 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 at the end of the book club so it is important to register. 
This first week of the book club you have a few things to do. First, introduce yourself to others in the book club by sharing your name, at what school and/or district (or other business) you work, and what your role there is. (If you are a classroom teacher, please include what subject(s)/grade(s) you teach.) Second, read chapter 1, "The Power of Story" and join the conversation. How do you connect with the author's ideas about using stories in school and the connections that stories and story telling make for students?

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 2, "The Five Elements."

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