Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring Book Club Follow Up

Thanks again for all of the wonderful contributions you all made to the spring book club. PGP emails were sent out last week to everyone who participated in at least 6 of the 12 weeks of the book club. If you did not receive a PGP email and feel that you should have, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Congratulations to Lindsay Berndt from Lake Ridge Schools who is the recipient of the $1000 professional development mini grant. Another grant will be awarded to a participant of the summer book club.

It's now time to announce the selection for our summer 2015 book club. We will be reading What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. Our summer book club will kick off on Monday, June 1st.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pure Genius Week 12: Coming Together and Conclusion

After reading this book, what are your plans for your classroom? Do you see an opportunity to start a genius hour or do you now have a goal of teaching an innovation class? Or are you thinking about some small steps that you can take to add more innovation into your classroom?

Just a reminder that this is the last week of the spring book club. In order to be eligible for the professional development grant, you must comment to all 12 blog posts by 5pm eastern Friday, April 24th. The winner of the grant will be notified next week. PGPs will also be sent out next week. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pure Genius Week 11: Moving Forward

We are nearing the end of the book and getting some last thoughts from Don on how to get started with innovative projects. The three practices he discussed in this chapter were: giving yourself permission, transparency, and trust. How do you see any or all of these practices helping you as you move forward to more of an innovative culture in your classroom?

Well, we are down to the home stretch. Only 2 more weeks left in the book club. If you are behind in your reading and/or commenting, now is the time to catch up. In order to be eligible for the professional development grant you will need to have commented every week, either to the blog post or to comments by other participants. All comments must be made by Friday,  April 24th at 5pm Eastern. Next week we will read the supporting materials at the end -- Coming Together: Speaking the Same Language and Additional Resources -- and share what you're going to do moving forward.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pure Genius Week 10: Student Voices

I've really enjoyed this book, but this chapter was really powerful. I was impressed with all of the students, but especially the ones who did projects on their own, not for a class or a grade. Share any thoughts that were sparked by this chapter, ideas you might have, student experiences you know of, maybe even an experience that you had.

Next week we will read the next chapter, "Moving Forward." We've only got two more weeks left in the book club. Now is the time to catch up on your reading and commenting.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pure Genius Week 9: Opportunities are Everywhere

Don shared some really great examples of finding opportunities in unexpected places. Do you seek out opportunities to get your studentss some out-of-the-ordinary experiences or encourage them to find those opportunities? After reading this chapter do you have some ideas of untapped resources that you and your students can utilize?

Next week we will read the next chapter, "Student Voices," and learn about student experiences firsthand. 

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."