Monday, July 25, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 1: Welcome and Chapter 1



Welcome to the Summer 2016 eLearning book club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Susan Bearden's book, Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach and to prepare for Digital Citizenship Week in September. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, 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 14 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 seven weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • To register for the book club please complete this registration form. We are jumping right in to the discussion, so your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post and also read chapter 1 and respond to this question: what would be the benefit to you and your students if you became more literate about digital citizenship? 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 carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer 2016 Update

We are less than a month away from the start of our 2016 Summer eLearning Book Club. To all of you who have received a copy of the book at one of our Summer of eLearning conferences, congratulations! We are excited to have you join in the conversation. For those of you who haven't won a book, there will be two opportunities at each of the remaining Summer of eLearning Conferences. There is also still time to purchase the book through Corwin and Amazon. We will begin conversations the week of July 25th, but we have the registration form ready now. If you want to beat the rush and get a reminder email the week before book club begins, complete this registration form. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Club Announcements

Thanks to all who participated in the spring book club. I sent PGPs to all who took part in at least 5 weeks of discussions. Now it's time to start planning for the next book club. Beginning July 25th we will be reading Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach by Susan Bearden. This book is available to purchase through Corwin and Amazon. This will be a 7-week book study leading up to Indiana Digital Citizenship Week. Two copies of the book will be given away at each of the Summer of eLearning Conferences.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 10: Final Thoughts

Getting a head start on the final week of the 2016 spring eLearning book club, what now? What are you going to do with the information you've gleaned from the book and the last 9 weeks of conversation? Do you have any questions still lingering that you'd like to ask other participants?

I realize that some districts' spring breaks will be running through the first week of April, so you all will have until midnight Eastern Monday, April 11th. In order to eligible for 12 PGPs and the professional development grant, you have to comment in all 10 weeks' discussions. Be sure to stay connected to this topic and other people who are innovating by using the Twitter hashtag #InnovatorsMindset. And stay connected with other educators across the state by using the hashtag #INeLearn.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 9: Chapters 13 and 14

Are you there yet? As George said, "we will never 'arrive,'" but what are you doing to get there? And how do you know that you're moving forward? How have you changed or how will you change your way of thinking to allow you to move forward in innovating?

Next week will be the last week of this book club. If you want 12 PGPs and to be eligible to win the professional development grant, you have to comment in all 10 weeks' discussions by midnight Eastern Friday, April 8th. Be sure to stay connected to this topic and other people who are innovating by using the Twitter hashtag #InnovatorsMindset. And stay connected with other educators across the state by using the hashtag #INeLearn.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 8: Chapter 12

This chapter should have really gotten you thinking about your own personal learning. As teachers, do you see any of the "8 things to look for in today's classroom" in your personal/professional learning? Those of you who are school or district leaders, how can you implement some of these elements in the professional development opportunities you're offering to your teachers/learners? The last element discussed was Connected Learning and George reiterated the importance of using Twitter and hashtags to make connections. Don't forget to connect with thousands of Indiana educators (and even many outside of the state) by using the hashtag #INeLearn.

Next week we will read and discuss chapters 13 and 14 and finish the book. I know you will all be on spring break at some point in the next 3 weeks. Don't forget that if you want 12 PGPs and to be eligible to win the professional development grant, you have to comment in all 10 weeks' discussions by midnight Eastern Friday, April 8th.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Innovator's Mindset Week 7: Chapters 10 and 11

This week, I'm letting you all lead the conversation. What would you like to discuss regarding these 2 chapters? What would you like to share with or ask the other participants?

We're down to the last few weeks of the book club. Make sure you have responded to all weeks' blog posts. Also, don't forget to register for the book club by completing the form here. Next week we will read and discuss chapter 12.