Monday, February 27, 2017

Launch Week 4: Look, Listen, and Learn

This week we dive into the LAUNCH cycle. Considering your students and the subject you teach, how can you give time for your students to look, listen, and become aware before beginning a project? Are there other opportunities in your classroom where you can utilize your students' curiosity?

If you would like to get a late start in the book club, that's fine. Just be sure to comment on every week's blog post. I know a few people have had problems commenting to the blog and also signing up for email alerts. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. You might also check with your technology staff. Here are some other details about 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.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • 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. 
  • 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 20 PGPs.
  • 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. 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. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 5, "Ask Tons of Questions."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Launch Week 3: The LAUNCH Cycle

At first introduction to the LAUNCH cycle, do you see any ways that you can use it in your classroom? Or does it still seem to vague or like it won't fit in your subject or grade level? We will learn more about each step of the LAUNCH cycle as we continue through the book, but for now share your initial thoughts. When you have a few minutes, be sure to check out Caine's Arcade. So inspiring!

If you are wanting to get a late start in the book club, that's fine. Just be sure to comment on every week's blog post. I know a few people have had problems commenting to the blog and also signing up for email alerts. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. You might also check with your technology staff. Here are some other details about 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.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • 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. 
  • 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 20 PGPs.
  • 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. 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. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, "Look, Listen, and Learn." 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Launch Week 2: Finding Your Creative Approach

Welcome to week 2 of the book club. Do you agree with the authors that we are all creative? They list 6 types of creative people. What type(s) are you? Or do you fit into another type that they don't list? If you would like, give an example of how this creativity comes out in your classroom.

I know a few people had problems commenting to the blog last week. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. Here are some other details about 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.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • 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. 
  • 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 20 PGPs.
  • 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. 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. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 3, "The Launch Cycle."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Launch Week 1: We Need Creative Classrooms

Welcome to the Winter 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. JulianiThis 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.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • 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. 
  • 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 20 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. The authors talk about the need for creative classrooms and share things that stand in the way of teachers being creative. What's getting in your way? Or what do you see as one of the biggest hurdles for teachers in general in the quest to be creative? (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.)

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 2, "Finding Your Creative Approach."


Friday, December 16, 2016

Announcing the 2017 Winter eLearning Book Club Selection

Thanks to all of you for your great participation in the fall eLearning book club. We had over 800 comments and some wonderful conversations. You should have received an email from carnahan@doe.in.gov earlier this week with your PGP documentation. If you did not receive it, please email me. It may be that you didn’t register for the book club and I did not have your email address.

It’s now time to announce the selection for the winter book club, just in time to add it to your holiday wish list! We will be reading Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. Some of you may be familiar with John from this fall's ICE Conference where he was a spotlight speaker. This book can be purchased as a Kindle or paperback book from Amazon. The book club will begin the week of Monday, February 6th, will last ten weeks, and be worth 20 PGPs. Click here to register for the book club and you will receive a reminder the week before the book club begins.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 10: Chapters 28-30

This is the last week of our discussion of Kids Deserve It! Hopefully this book and the discussions that you all have had have given you some ideas to take back to your classrooms and schools and maybe challenged and stretched your thinking. What is your big take away? Have you tried something new in your classroom that you got from the book or the discussions?

This is the last week of the book club discussions. Please have all of your comments made by the end of the day Monday, December 12th. I will send out PGPs by the end of next week, using the email addresses you included in your registration.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spring Book Club Book

We are working on selecting a book for the spring book club, which will begin February 6th. If you have a suggestion of an educational book (it can be technology-related, but doesn't have to be), please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. We plan to announce the next selection in the next two weeks so you can add it to your wish lists and read over break, if you'd like.