Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Book Club Follow-Up

This was by far the most popular book club we have had. We had 120 educators make over 1400 comments to the blog posts and, even more importantly, to other participants' comments! Great job! Hopefully you all have found a few ways to get and stay connected this school year.

I sent out PGPs yesterday to everyone who participated in at least 5 weeks' conversations. That email would have come from carnahan@doe.in.gov. 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 carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Congratulations to Kathryn Evans from Chesterton Middle School who is the recipient of the $1000 professional development mini grant. Another grant will be awarded to a participant of the fall book club.

If you missed the announcement last week, we will be reading Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom by Indiana educator Matt Miller. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of participants at your school or district of more than 5 people and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com. Our fall book club will kick off on Monday, September 7th.

Monday, August 3, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 10: Conclusion

It's hard to believe that our 10-week summer book club is ending. Some of you started school last week, many start this week, and others have an additional week to get ready. As you're starting your school year, what are you taking away from this reading and our discussions that you will use in your classroom? How will you be more connected or maintain your connectedness?

Don't forget to catch up on your reading and commenting this week. In order to receive 10 PGPs and be eligible for the $1000 professional development grant, you must have commented to all 10 week's blog posts by this Friday, August 7th, at 5:00pm Eastern. Also, be sure your introduction from the first week includes your school so that I can locate your email address.

Thank you to the book club participants who were able to participate the #INeLearn Twitter chat this past Thursday and a big shout out to Chantell Manahan who co-moderated the chat. It really was a great conversation! If you were unable to participate, be sure to check out the archive here. Check out the #INeLearn Chat blog to get more information about the chat, including other chat archives and upcoming topics.

With this book club winding down, I wanted to let you know that we are ready to announce our fall book club selection. We will be reading Ditch That Textbook by Indiana educator Matt Miller. More details coming soon.

Monday, July 27, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 9: Key Connector 8 Know When to Unplug

We all know by now many reasons why we should be or get connected, but then we've also got to think about the importance of unplugging. Do you make intentional plans to unplug? What are some ways that you unplug? Do you agree with the authors' statement that connected educators "realize that part of digital citizenship is knowing not only when and how to connect, but also when and how to unplug"?

We only have one more week of the book club remaining. If you are behind in your reading and commenting, now is the time to catch up on both. You will have until Friday, August 7 to make your comments to all the blog posts to be eligible for the $1000 PD grant.

**Don't forget about the Twitter chat this week around this book. Whether or not you've participated in a Twitter chat, this is a such a great one in which to get involved. It is typically not too fast-paced so it's easy to follow along. Thursday night at 9pm eastern/8pm central tweet with us using the hashtag #INeLearn. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 8: Key Connector 7 Model the Way

The authors talked a lot about modeling in this chapter. This quote jumped out at me: "Within a school culture that models and expects every member of the school community to look out for one another and values the voice of each member of that community, the mindset they operate under is: What we model is largely what we get." What do you think of this quote? How do you see this play out in your classroom or school? How are you modeling connectedness to your students and/or fellow teachers?

We only have one chapter left after this week. We will be reading "Key Connector 8 Know When to Unplug" next week. Be sure you are taking time to catch up on your reading and commenting. And if you haven't introduced yourself in the week 1 discussion, please be sure you do that.

Monday, July 13, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 7: Key Connector 6 Know That It Is Still About the 3 Rs: Relationships, Relationships,Relationships

Relationships are so important in education, but had you thought about their importance in relation to your PLN? The authors mention a few specific topics regarding relationships -- trust, expect the best, respond in kind, a personal touch, celebrate good times, value diversity and dissent. Do you find any of these more of a struggle for you or more important in your relationship building?

 I'm so happy to see all of the sharing that went on with last week's blog post! As always, please go back and check out what other people had to say about your comment or others'. Next week we will be reading and discussing "Key Connector 7 Model the Way."

If you missed the announcement two weeks ago, we are going to have a #INeLearn Twitter chat specifically intended for you all! This will be a great opportunity for everyone, especially for those who have never participated in a Twitter chat. The chat will be on Thursday, July 30 at 9pm eastern. If you would like more information about the #INeLearn Twitter chat, including upcoming topics and archives of past chats, please visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/. I will share more information in the coming weeks. I hope to see you all there!

We only have 3 weeks left in the summer book club. If you have not introduced yourself in the first week's blog post, please do so. These introductions are how I find all the participants to send out PGPs at the end of the book club.

Monday, July 6, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 6: Key Connector 5 Strive to Be Tomorrow…Today

This week, continuing the celebration of our independence, I'm opening the topic(s) of this week's conversation to you. What would you like to talk about? What questions do you have for your fellow book club participants or what thoughts or ideas do you have to share? Someone jump in and lead the conversation.

Next week we will read Key Indicator 6 Know That It Is Still About the 3 Rs: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 5: Key Connector 4 Give and Take...and Give Some More

This chapter is filled with a lot of great information on the giving and taking in a PLN. It seems to me that most of us who are utilizing social media to connect with a PLN are mostly givers or takers. I think it's harder to find a balance of the two. What are your thoughts on this? And where do you feel that you fit, as a giver or a taker or a combination of the two? Or if you are new to a social media PLN, how do you think you'll find a balance in giving and taking?

I have some exciting news to share...we are going to have a #INeLearn Twitter chat specifically intended for you all! This will be a great opportunity for everyone, especially for those who have never participated in a Twitter chat. The chat will be on Thursday, July 30 at 9pm eastern. If you would like more information about the #INeLearn Twitter chat, including upcoming topics and archives of past chats, please visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/. I will share more information in the coming weeks. I hope to see you all there!

For next week we will read Key Connector 5 Strive to Be Tomorrow…Today.