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. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 5: Ditch That Textbook Part 1

In this section of the book, Matt gets down to more of the specifics and logistics of how to ditch the textbook, specifically where to put the content and what that content is or could be. How far have you gotten down this road? Have you located or created online content? And if so how are you sharing it with your students? If you are not this far yet, what do you think you want to try first? What questions do you have for your fellow readers who might have some experiences from which they have learned?

It is so exciting to see all of your comments come in each day and I love seeing the connections you are making. Keep up the good work! For next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 28-33.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 4: Ditch That Mindset Part 2

In chapters 15 and 16 Matt talks about cheating and "minimum effective dose." What are your thoughts about these 2 concepts and how do you "work smarter, not harder" in and out of your classroom to balance the different parts of your life? It seems that every book we read gets around to the importance of being a connected educator. Please share your Twitter handle (if you haven't already) and/or a resource you have found helpful: a Twitter handle or hashtag, a blog, a Pinterest user or specific board. Did something else in this section of the book jump out at you? Share your thoughts with the group.

This week marks our halfway point in the book club. If you have colleagues who would like to join, please tell them it's not too late. New participants just need to start with the introduction in week 1. For next week we will be reading the first half of section 3, chapters 23-27.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 3: Ditch That Mindset Part 1

First of all, congratulations to blog participant Kari Catanzaro who was mentioned and quoted in chapter 8! It's great to see deserving Indiana educators in the spotlight.

The hard thing about reading fairly large chunks of the book at a time is that there are so many things to discuss. I'm going to throw out a couple of things that jumped out at me, but if you want to question or discuss something else, please feel free. I liked the idea of students either owning or renting their education. How do you encourage your students to own their education? Matt talks about the limitations of technology in the classroom. I'm sure you all are implementing technology to some extent in your classroom. How do you determine when it is appropriate to use technology and when it is not?

As you are participating in this blog discussion, please make sure you are logged into your Google account before you comment. Also, be sure that your profile is complete. We've had several people whose comments are showing up as "Unknown." I cannot give you credit toward your PGP points if I do not know who is making the comments.

For next week we will be reading and discussing the second half of the section "Ditch That Mindset," chapters 15-22.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 2: Why Go Digital?

Why go digital? Have you asked yourself this question? Of the seven reasons that Matt made to go digital, which one is most important to you? How have you already seen change in any of these areas in your classroom because of the implementation of technology?

As I've been looking through comments I've noticed several people's names are showing up as Unknown when they comment to blog posts. Please ensure that you have completed your profile. I need to know who is making comments so that I can award PGPs at the end of the book club.

Next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 8-14, the first half of the section "Ditch That Mindset."