Monday, March 23, 2015

Pure Genius Week 8: Getting Started with Social Media

I saw in the comments to the post from 2 weeks ago that a few of you aren't using Twitter yet, but you were considering trying it. So what do you think now, after reading 3 weeks' worth of chapters on social media and 2 weeks' worth of comments? Are you willing to be an owl and see what people are sharing? And if you are an avid social media user, what type of user are you?

If you are on social media, whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or something else, please share your handle in your comment to this post so that we all can get connected. (I saw that some of you did that two weeks ago...thank you!) Also, share your favorite hashtags. The Office of eLearning is on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter and our Twitter hashtag is #INeLearn.

For next week we will be reading "Opportunities Are Everywhere." If you know others who want to be part of the book club, please tell them it's not too late to join in! Just have them get started with the first week's blog post and jump in to the conversation.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pure Genius Week 7: Social Media and Students

Social media use by students can be a slippery slope. Are you encouraging your students to utilize social media to enhance or expand their learning or to share things they are creating? How are you or how is your school helping students learn how to use social media safely?

For next week we will be reading the next chapter, titled "Getting Started with Social Media."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pure Genius Week 6: Social Media and Teachers

This week we are reading about teachers' use of social media. How are you all using social media? To share what your students are doing? To ask questions of your PLN? To read about what other educators are doing and get ideas to use in your classroom? Also, what is your preferred social media tool and why? And if you're not utilizing social media, are you seeing reasons why you should jump in and try it?

Next week, we will read the chapter titled "Social Media and Students."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pure Genius Week 5: Six Building Blocks of Innovative Learning

It's been really interesting to read everyone's comments and see where you all are in thinking about or implementing a genius hour. Was it helpful to read the three real-world examples of genius hour that Don shared? How have those changed or confirmed your thoughts about genius hour?

For next week we will read chapter 5, "Social Media and Teachers."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pure Genius Week 4: There Is No Plan

Although Don says that there's no plan for an innovation class, he shares a great description of how a typical week in his classroom runs and the expectations he has for his students. After reading this chapter, do you have ideas of how you could implement an innovation project or genius hour into your classroom? Or maybe you have ideas of some baby steps to adding innovation to your classroom. Please share those.

For next week, please read "Six Building Blocks of Innovative Learning."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pure Genius Week 3: Creating a Culture of Innovation and Leadership

Could you relate to Don's story about giving his students freedom to decide what to study, but a majority of the students not knowing what to do? I think I would have been one of the students asking for a topic and research paper in high school. Have you given your students opportunities to have some freedom in your classroom? What about opportunities for students to be leaders? Or what ideas do you have for doing this in the future? Do you think freedom and leadership for students in your classroom will lead to innovation?

If you know of others who would like to participate in the book club, it's not too late. Just remind them to start with week one so we all have a chance to meet them. For next week, please read the next chapter, "There Is No Plan."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pure Genius Week 2: Why Innovate?

Let's get started with -- what is innovation to you? And why do you think it's important to innovated? As I said in the introduction last week, you can comment 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.

If you are just entering the conversation this week, welcome! Be sure to scroll down to last week's post and introduce yourself. This is important so I know who you are when it's time to send out PGPs. Also, if you haven't started reading the book, it's not too late to purchase it and get started. The digital and paperback versions can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of more than 5 participants at your school or district and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at

For next week, please read chapter 2, "Creating a Culture of Innovation & Leadership."