Monday, February 8, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 2: Chapters 1 and 2

After reading the first two chapters of The Innovator's Mindset, has your definition of the "innovation" changed? If so, how? What are your thoughts about having an innovator's mindset in your school or classroom? Are there other thoughts or questions about the reading you'd like to share with other participants?

It has been great to see quite a few new names along with many familiar ones in the comments. Welcome, everyone, to the conversation! A few housekeeping things before finishing up this week's post. If you are joining in the conversation for the first time this week, be sure you go back to last week's post and introduce yourself. Also, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is a new addition with this book club and will provide me with all of the participant's names, schools/corporations, and email addresses so I can send out PGPs at the end of the book club. As I've been looking through comments I've noticed a few people's names are showing up as "Unknown" when they comment to blog posts. Please ensure that you have completed your Google profile. I need to know who is making comments so that I can award PGPs at the end of the book club. 

For next week we will be finishing up the first section, reading chapter 3, "Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset."

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 1: Welcome!

Welcome to the Spring 2016 eLearning book club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing George Couros' book, The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.  

Here are some particulars 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.
  • 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 15 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators working in a public school who meaningfully participate in all ten weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • To register for the book club please complete this registration form. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction and chapters 1 and 2.

Monday, December 28, 2015

What Are We Reading -- Spring 2016

We are excited to announce our Spring 2016 eLearning Book Club selection. We will be reading The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros. We will begin conversations the week of February 1st. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. PGPs will be awarded to participants at the end of the book club.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fall Book Club Follow Up

Thank you all for another great book club. Hopefully you found some ideas to take back to your classrooms and schools.

I sent out PGP emails to everyone who participated in at least 5 weeks' conversations. That email would have come from I was not able to locate everyone's email address, so if you did not receive a message and participated in 5 or more weeks' discussions, please email Meri at

Congratulations to Tara Ulmer from Bluffton-Harrison Middle School who is the recipient of the professional development grant.

Our spring book club will begin on February 1, 2016 and we will be reading The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 8: Conclusion

As we conclude this book club, what are your take-aways from reading this book? What steps will you take to ditch your textbook?

Be sure to catch up on your reading and commenting this week. In order to receive 8 PGPs and be eligible for the professional development grant, you must have commented to all 8 week's blog posts by this Friday, October 30th, at 5:00pm Eastern. Also, be sure your introduction from the first week includes your school so that I can locate your email address.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 7: Ditch That Curriculum

In chapter 34 Matt writes, "The motivation to ditch that textbook isn't only -- or even mostly -- driven by a desire to go paperless or create technology-powered lessons; it's about purpose. What do you want to do with the powerful platform you've been given?" Why do you want to "ditch that textbook"? What do you want to be known for as a teacher? What do you want your students to be known for and/or to know at the end of the year? Is there another idea from this reading that you want to discuss?

Next week will be the conclusion of the fall book club. If you are behind in your reading and commenting, now is the time to catch up on both. You will have until Friday, October 30 to make your comments to all the blog posts to be eligible for the PD grant and PGPs.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 6: Ditch That Textbook Part 2

In our reading today, Matt talked a lot about utilizing videos in the classroom. Are you creating videos to use in your teaching or are your students creating videos to share their learning? If so, what are you using to create your videos? Or have you found good videos online? What else did you find meaningful in these chapters?

Representatives from the IDOE Office of eLearning will be at the ICE Conference this week. If you are attending, please stop by our booth and say hi or attend one of our sessions. Also, if you are attending the conference you will have many opportunities to attend sessions with Matt Miller.

We only have two weeks left in the book club discussion. Next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 34-38.