Monday, July 24, 2017

Blended Week Eight: Choose the Model

As you were reading chapter 8, were you starting to put the pieces together and come up with a model (or models) that might work well in your classroom, school, or district? Is there a question that's more important than the others as you're thinking about blended learning in your environment? Or are there any questions you can't answer yet or that you can't answer by yourself?

We only have three weeks left in this this book club. In order to receive all 22 of the PGPs you need to have made at least one comment to each week's blog post or to other people's comments each week. Now might be a good time to catch up on weeks you've missed. We have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the post pages.

If any of you were able to attend Warren Township's Blended Learning Forum '17 last week, feel free to share any resources from which you think the others in this group would benefit. To see what people were sharing at the conference you can also go to Twitter and view the conference hashtag #BLForum17.

Next week we will be reading and discussing chapter 9, "Create the Culture."

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blended Week Seven: Design the Virtual and Physical Setup

Chapter 7 contains so much information, ranging from the physical set up of the technology to the way digital content is secured to the architecture of the school building. What thoughts do you have about this chapter? It's been great to see so much discussion between participants. Please continue to ak each other questions and share what you're doing in your classroom or school or what plans you have for the future.

For anyone who might be interested, it looks like registration is still open for the Blended Learning Forum sponsored by MSD of Warren Township this Thursday, July 20th. For more information and to register visit the conference website.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 8, "Choose the Model."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blended Week Six: Elevate Teaching

What are your thoughts about the change in teacher role in a truly blended classroom? What about the need for teachers to act as mentors to their students?

We are now halfway through this summer's book club. Make sure you comment to every week's blog post in order to get all 22 of the PGPs. This can either be a comment to my post or a comment back to someone else's comment. If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. If you aren't sure whether or not you have registered, please register again. And continue to click "Load more" at the bottom of the blog post pages to see all of the comments.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Design the Virtual and Physical Setup."

Monday, July 3, 2017

Blended Week Five: Motivate the Students

How important do you think it is to design school so that students are motivated to learn and find learning enjoyable? What are some experiences that could help your students feel successful and have fun with their friends? Some of these may be similar to or the same as those utilized by Summit Public School.

Welcome to those who have recently joined the book club! No matter when you've joined in the conversation, make sure you comment to all of the previous week's blog posts in order to get all 22 of the PGPs. This can either be a comment to my post or a comment back to someone else's comment. I'm going to repeat a few notes from previous weeks because I think they're important, but I want to add one thing. There are still people who have "Unknown" as their profile name. If you are unable to change this, please note your name in your comment. The profile name is how I know to which participant each comment belongs and to whom to award PGPs.

  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account.
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 6, "Elevate Teaching."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Blended Week Four: Organize to Innovate

Thinking about your classroom/school/district, what type of team do you see as being necessary to move toward blended learning? What do you see as your role in that team? What else from this chapter would you like to discuss?

You all were busy reading and commenting while I was away. I have many emails and blog comments to read, so if you had a question for me I will respond today or tomorrow.

Please continue to keep the following in mind as you participate in the book club:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 5, "Motivate the Students."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Blended Week Three: Start with the Rallying Cry

What do you see as a possible rallying cry in your school or district to implement blended learning? Is there a problem that needs to be solved, have you discussed a goal that you'd like to accomplish, or are there areas of nonconsumption?

Thank you for your great participation in the discussion and also your patience in interacting with the blog. A few things to note as you're viewing and commenting:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Please note that I am on vacation this week and will return on Monday, June 26. During this time I will not be accessing my email. If you have a problem with the blog you can email me (Meri Carnahan) at carnahan@doe.in.gov and I will respond when I'm back in the office. Remember, if you get an error message try to connect from another computer or Google account.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, "Organize to Innovate."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blended Week Two: Are All Classrooms Going to Blend?

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 2. Something that popped out at me in this chapter was the idea that moving to blended learning means you're utilizing the internet for more instruction time and, in turn, can redirect teacher time and brick-and-mortar resources to other important duties of a school. Do you think that is possible? Do you see how this could be helpful in your school community? Or if you would like to discuss something else in this chapter, feel free to do so.

The response to this book club has been amazing! We are now at almost 500 comments to the week 1 blog post! Thank you all for your patience in interacting with the blog. A few things that might be helpful:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. **We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Please note that I will be on vacation beginning this Wednesday, June 14, and will return on Monday, June 26. During this time I will not be accessing my email. If you have a problem with the blog you can email me (Meri Carnahan) at carnahan@doe.in.gov, but I will not respond until the 26th. Remember, if you get an error message try to connect from another computer or Google account.

Even though I will be gone, you all will still be reading and discussing chapter 3, "Start with the Rallying Cry," next week.