Monday, March 4, 2013

Week 1 -- Introduction

Today is the kickoff of our spring eLearning Book Group. Please start by posting a brief introduction. Respond to this post (by clicking on the Comments link below this post) with your name, school/school district, and your role at your school/district. It will be great for participants to have an idea of who they are collaborating with in the book group. We will continue next week with a discussion of chapter 1. Don’t forget – each Indiana educator that makes a meaningful contribution to all of the weekly blog posts will be registered to win a trip to the summer eLearning conference of his/her choice.

38 comments:

  1. My name is Kim Hendrick. I am the Program Manager at the Indiana Online Academy where I am in charge of marketing and professional development. We just launched our new Professional Development website, ioaedesk.com. Please check it out and join us on the collaborative document so we can continue to connect with one another. You can find me on Twitter @evolvewithkim or on my website at evolvewithkim.com. I look forward to connecting with and learning from you all!

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  2. My name is Cindy Armbruster and I work at Southmont Junior High School in the Special Education Department. I have particated in the eLearning Book Group in the past. I was one of the lucky ones that won a trip to the fall eLearning conference. It was a wonderful experience and I learned so many new things! I look forward to being involved again with the book group.

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  3. My name is Susan Armacost, I am a Technology Coach (K-12) at Warsaw Community Schools. This is my first eLearning Book Group. I am looking forward to it very much.

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  4. My name is Ronda Eshleman and I’m the principal at Indiana Online Academy. I love The Connected Educator and have given it to several of my teachers. You can find me on Twitter @RondaEshleman. Looking forward to connecting with all of you!

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  5. My name is Melissa Pogue. I am the principal of Edgewood Junior High School in Ellettsville, IN. We are a 1:1 school. I look forward to learning from others in this group.

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  6. Chapter one discussed self-directed Professional Learning and I appreciate that this book club will allow me to learn from others. While I'm eager to learn new technologies, I welcome the opportunity to hear from other Indiana educators about what technologies they're utilizing in the classroom and most importantly, for what purposes.

    Right now, I'm re-engaged with Twitter after a 2 year break. I found Sheryl shortly after I reconnected with my PLN and am following her.

    And to Melissa Pogue, I subbed for two years in many school districts and schools and Edgewood Jr. High in Ellettsville was one of my favorite schools to sub for. The kids were wonderful and there were several staff memebers who went out of their way to make me feel welcome. So I always think of Edgewood as a special place in my career.

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    1. Thanks for participating, Catherine. Could you tell us what you teach and where? I know, but the rest of the group probably does not. ;) Thanks!

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    2. I am an English teacher at Avon High School.

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  7. Hi! I'm Rachel Porter. I am a junior high science teacher of 15 years currently working as the Digital Curriculum Integration Specialist at Southwest Parke Schools in Parke County. I'm am very passionate about technology in education, but only if we're doing it right - in ways that redefine and transform learning and make it more relevant and personalized for our students (shutting up on that now before I get going preaching to the choir!) I am involved as a coach for My Big Campus and you can find me on Twitter & Pinterest (mrsporterDCIS on both) or follow our journey at www.mrsporter.com.

    Super excited for my first eLearning book club!

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  8. Greetings from Scottsburg! I am Kristin Nass, Scottsburg Middle School Principal. We're pursuing a blended learning environment with extensive digital content and 24/7 1:1 iPad access. Never worked so hard. Never had so much fun. Excited about joining this conversation!

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  9. Hi! I am Deryck Ramey. I teach 4th grade General Ed and High Ability in Franklin. My school, Needham Elementary, is consistently looking for ways to integrate technology during our school day and have been increasingly finding ways to connect with parents through the use of social media. You can find me on Twitter at @RameyEDU. I am looking forward to the great conversation in this group.

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  10. Hello everyone! My name is Stacy Kitchin and I am the Curriculum Director at Tell City Schools. We are in the implementation stage of going 1:1 and building digital curriculum. Trying to become connected with the 21st century learner and making sure the teachers realize the importance that we want them to teach content not teach technology. We want the technology as a tool to enhance teaching. I am constantly looking for more resources to help our staff make the transition. I look forward to reading this book and the great conversations we will be having. See you next week!

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  11. Hi all. My name is Angy Northern. I am the Media Specialist and Distance Ed Coordinator at Southwestern Middle and High School in Hanover, IN. Our school is in the the second year of exploring 1:1 and how we can make it work for all of our students. Our goal is to implement at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

    For the last couple summers, I have lead teacher book discussion groups, using the IDOE recommended books, and this is the 3rd reading discussion I have participated in with IDOE office of eLearning. I was one of the lucky winners last year and got to introduce John T. Spencer at the (free for me) ICE conference last October. This is a really busy time for everyone but I am going to try to keep up with the reading and posts since I always learn so much from the forum discussions and posts. I am looking forward to learning from this group as we become connected educators together.

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  12. My name is Sandy Stabenfeldt and I am the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the PATINS Project. The PATINS Project is a state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive/accessible technology for assisting local educational agencies in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials. As a sole source provider for the Indiana Dept. of Administration and the Indiana Dept. of Education, the PATINS Project provides a complete state NIMAS delivery process designed to support the IDOE and LEA's in addressing the statutory and final regulatory requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

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  13. Hello. I am Sam Ruff, Coordinator of Technology and Student Services at CIESC (IOA and Driver Ed.). I have an interest in CoP, HPT, and ISD; and in this "accelerating universe", how do we ensure that method takes precedence over medium... Looking forward to the discussion.

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  14. Hello all! I am Jenny Froehle, Administrator in Zionsville Community Schools. My current responsibilities include a variety of district projects/areas: curriculum, professional development, teacher evaluation, policy. I'm part of the steering committee helping to plan the e-learning summer conference here in Zionsville. Looking forward to learning more about our author who's the keynote at our conference!

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  15. My name is Kari Catanzaro, and I teach Middle School Social Studies grades 6-7-8 at Maconaquah. This is our 2nd year as a 1:1 school, and I love teaching with computers in my classroom. I am excited to collaborate through this discussion group as my classroom and teaching continue to evolve!

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  16. I am Nancy Ellis, principal at Frank Hammond Elem school in Munster. We are a K-5 building and our district has 1:1 in grades 5-12 only (Dell laptops). Digital Learning Month reintroduced me to the great tech resources that Indiana has available! (Kudos to eLearning!) As a former Tech Coordinator, I am always striving to see tech used effectively for learning. I look forward to networking and sharing new ideas using this book club format!

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  17. My name is Bill Gumula and I am a first-year eLearning Coach in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, life-long techie! Previously I taught high school instrumental and vocal music for fifteen years, the last eleven in Evansville. As others have mentioned I am always striving to make sure that tech usage in the classroom is meaningful and purposeful, not an add-on just because "we're supposed to do technology." I'm looking forward to our discussions!

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  18. Hello! My name is Holly Stachler and I am a 1st grade teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School in Yorktown. This is my fourteenth year teaching primary age children. I am very excited about the technology integration that is taking place in my school system, as well as in elementary schools around the state. I look forward to learning new ideas to enhance my instruction, and share with my fellow PVE teachers.

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  19. Greetings! My name is Tim Wilhelmus and I am an Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialist for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. I've been in this role for 3 years. Before that I was a High School eLearning coach for 1 year, and before that, I was a high school English teacher for 15 years. I'm looking forward to learning with you.

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  20. HI. I am Nancy Singer, and I believe I will bring a different voice to the discussions. Although I taught English and was Department Chair for many years at Avon High School, currently the only formal teaching I do is with the summer program of the IOA. I have always been enthusiastic about technological advances and was always thrilled to learn about ways I could integrate them to make the curriculum more accessible and relevant to my students. I am interested in this book club to see the ways those who are currently involved in the classroom and in curriculum design will show how these ideas can and should be implemented to help the learning process. I plan to use what we discover as we read along to allow me to comment realistically and, I hope, constructively, in discussions with both my many friends still in education and the parents I meet in the community.

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    1. Hi, Nancy! It's Catherine from Avon - we didn't work together but you are still a legendary figure around AHS!

      If you see any more book/author events, let us know; the John Greene adventure was great.

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  21. Hello! I am Lance Yoder from East Noble School Corporation. I am a former fourth grade teacher. I am currently a technology peer coach (technology integration specialist) for our five elementary schools. I travel around between the five buildings throughout the week attempting to assist teachers with planning, preparing, and implementing technology into their daily lessons. We are a 1:1 technology school district with Kindergarten and first grade using iPod Touches. We have second through fourth grade students using iPads. Lastly, we have fifth graders on up using Lenovo laptops.

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  22. Hi, I am Sabrina Minser computer specialist K-4 at Canterbury Lower School. We have a classroom set of iPads, iPods, and laptops. We will be deploying iPads to every classroom in the fall. We have been piloting iPad integration in the lower school this year and so far it has been great. I love the way students are so focused and willing to dive into projects using these mobile devices.

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  23. Hello, I am Shawn Iverson, District Technology Coordinator for Rush County Schools. This will be my 3rd year at Rush County. We are at an exciting time in technology, and plenty of changes are about to come down the pipe. I look forward to collaborating with The Connected Educator!

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  24. Kim Parsons, tuning in from Van Duyn Elementary School in South Vermillion District. Our corp has gone 1:1 in grades 7-12 with iPads and at Van Duyn, we have mac carts and iPad carts. I am the special education teacher and have 5 macs and 2 iPads in the Learning Center (resource room). I am looking forward to some collaboration that can connect me globally. I am on my way to administration (finishing my internship in May) and I want to learn and stretch myself in the area of technology use.

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  25. My name is Meri Carnahan, I am an eLearning Resource Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education, and I will be facilitating the book group blog. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm! We are so excited to once again be sponsoring this book group. I can't wait to see what all of you have to share. Be sure to invite your friends and fellow teachers to join us. See you all next week to discuss the first chapter.

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  26. Hi. My name is Laura McDermott. i am an elementary principal (k-5) with Whitley County Consolidated Schools. Looking forward to reading everyone's thoughts about the book. Great way to stay connected.

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  27. Hello! I'm Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning from the IDOE....like Meri, from our team, I am thrilled with your participation and the opportunity to connect through this learning opportunity.

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  28. I hope I am not too late to join. I am Christy Steffen. I am the newly appointed Technology Instructional Coach for Noblesville High School. My school is going 1:1 with iPads in August. I am also participating in Powerful Learning Practice Sheryl.

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    1. It's definitely not too late, Christy. It's great to have you in the group!

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  29. Hello! I am Rob Tidrow, Technology Coordinator for Richmond Community Schools. We've recently integrated 1:1 iPads in our Early College Preparatory Academy (grades 5-high schoo) and have other 1:1 initiatives in the district. In September we also opend an online academy at Richmond High School. I have been in the technology field for many years, including over 10 years in the education field. I enjoy reading and discussing books (I've authored several technical books, including "Windows 8 Bible" recently) and look forward to participating in this blog.

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  30. Hello! I'm Stacey Schmidt, Superintendent of Porter Township Schools in Valparaiso, Indiana. This is my first year as a Superintendent--and my first year with Porter Township. We are pushing toward a fall implementation of 1:1 using iPads at Boone Grove High School. We have lots of work left to do, lots of learning, and I look forward to learning from all of you!

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  31. Hello! My name is Therese Dristas and I am the Technology Mentor for the School Town of Munster. eLearning is a great source of professional development. I am always excited about opportunities to learn from others. This will be my first online book club.

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  32. Hi, I'm Michelle Green and I'm the eLearning Development Specialist with the IDOE. I'm still new to the #INeLearn team. I enjoy learning all that is happening across Indiana and finding ways to connect learners. I'm excited to see many familiar "tweeps" and especially new names and faces!

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  34. I just now realized that my post here wasn't published. I'm back-tracking a bit. However, if anyone is interested... My name is Michele Eaton. I am the Virtual Education Specialist for MSD of Wayne Township. I'm excited to learn from you all. I'm actually interested in having our district's lead technology teachers possibly do this book study next year. It will be so good to revisit this book.

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