Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer eLearning Book Group -- Introduction

Today begins the Summer eLearning Book Group. If you have not purchased or started reading the book yet, don't worry. This week we will start with introductions. Please take a moment to share your name, the school/corporation/organization your work for, and your role there. To do this, click on this post title or the number of comments below this post then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you will see the "Enter your comment" box. You can also reply back to anyone's comment by clicking on "Reply" below any comment. Next week we will discuss chapter 1 and continue working through a chapter each week, so your homework this week is to read chapter 1. Keep in mind that any Indiana educator who participates in all 10 of the weekly conversations will be eligible to win a trip to the ICE conference where Angela Maiers will be the keynote speaker. If you get behind in your reading throughout the summer, you will have opportunities to catch up with the group. Also, you will receive PGPs by participating in at least 8 of the 10 weeks of the book group.

56 comments:

  1. My name is Meri Carnahan and I am the eLearning Resource Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education. I will be reading the book along with you and posting each week's discussion question.

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  2. Robyn Young, School Librarian at Avon High School and Avon Advanced Learning Center

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  3. My name is Wendi South and I teach English, Spanish, ENL and Reading. Last year I was with Pike Township.

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  4. My name is Ted Baechtold, and I teach Senior English, ACP Composition and Literary Interpretation, Novels, and Film and Literature at Eastern Greene High School. I live in Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!).

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  5. My name is Vicki Schmidt. I teach 8th grade general music and have 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs at Wea Ridge Middle School. I live in West Lafayette (Go Boilers)

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  6. Hi, My name is Donna Gehring. I'm the School Librarian at St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend. I also do the school data and reporting to the state and I'm the building admin for PowerSchool. Even though I live in South Bend, I'll ditto Vicki's shout out - Go Boilers!

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    1. It looks like you wear a lot of hats at your school, Donna. It's good to have you in the group.

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  7. Hi! My name is Kay Morris. I am the Tech Director at Evansville Christian School in Evansville. I'm looking forward to our discussion this summer!

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  8. I'm Susie Highley, a middle school media specialist in Warren Township on the east side of Indianapolis. I've met Angela Maier before at ISTE, and recently participated in a Classroom 2.0 Live webinar when she was the featured speaker. I just met Ted at edcampIndy last week, and I've known Robyn for years. I look forward to discussing the book with you, and maybe crossing paths at some of the many eLearning events this summer.

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    1. Glad you're part of the conversation, Susie!

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  9. Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Houser. I am the district library coordinator for North Adams Community Schools and the library media specialist for Bellmont High School in Decatur, IN. I'm having a great summer of eLearning and am looking forward to participating in the summer eLearning book group! I know Robyn and Susie and just met Ted at EdCamp Indy last week.

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  10. Hi! I'm Barb Ihnen, and I work for MSD of Wabash County. Our school corporation makes a donut shape around Wabash City. I am currently the principal at Metro North Elementary, a K - 3 school, but I will be transitioning back to the classroom for next fall. I'll be teaching second grade at Southwood Elementary, still for MSD of Wabash County. I live in North Manchester, IN.

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  11. Hi, I'm Julie Sheridan. I'm the library media specialist at Princeton Community Middle School. I look forward to some great discussions this summer!

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  12. Hello! My name is Fran Riley. I am a K-6 Technology teacher at Oak Hill School in Evansville, IN. Oak Hill School is a part of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. I am looking forward to the discussions.

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  13. Hi! My name is Alice Work. I am the World Culture and Visual Arts teacher at Oak Hill Elementary. I live in Evansville down by the bend in the river. Oak Hill is a part of Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. I'm excited about learning about "HABITUDES". What a great opportunity to share ideas!

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  14. Hi, my name is DeAnne Mayfield. I'm the director of bands and Business IT teacher (JH) at North Daviess Community Schools.

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  15. Hello, Everyone! I am Karen Ault, library media specialist at Brownstown Central Middle School. FYI: Brownstown is located 10 miles west of Seymour on Highway 50. Besides focusing on information literacy skills, I spend a lot of time collaborating with teachers to integrate technology effectively and efficiently.

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    1. Thanks for being part of the group, Karen.

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  16. Hello! My name is Kelly Stiltner and I am the school counselor at Haverhill Elementary School. I look forward to reading the book and learning from the group!

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    1. The first school counselor in the group. Welcome, Kelly.

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  17. Hi! I'm Kari Catanzaro. I have taught high school Spanish (with a little social studies) for 12 years but for the last 7 years I've been teaching 6-7-8th grade social studies (with a little Spanish) at Maconaquah Middle School in Bunker Hill. It's near Grissom Air Reserve Base, north of Kokomo. This year will be my first to teach just 6th grade social studies, so I am excited to learn habitudes to help them become independent learners.

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  18. Greeting, everyone! I'm Jill Lyday, a high school literacy specialist at IDOE. I am also coordinator of the Development Team for Supt. Ritz's summer reading initiative, now known as Hoosier Family of Readers. Check us out on the DOE website! Shout-out to Susie Highley, a member of the Development Team! I retired a year ago from North Central High School in Indy where I taught AP English Language and Composition, English 11 CP, and Contemporary Literature/Composition. Although I am no longer teaching, I am eager to discover what a 21st century classroom looks like so I can advise teachers in my new job.

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  19. Hi! My name is Christy Steffen. In January of this year I was named a technology instructional coach at Noblesville High School. Before that I was a special education teacher. Because of my crazy schedule and my new position I am sad to say that I can't attend any of the eLearning opportunities this Summer so I am thankful for the Book Club. I look forward to some great conversations! I will definitely be at ICE in the Fall!

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  20. Hello everyone! It's exciting to see new members and returnees introducing themselves and preparing for the book club! I've been reading Classroom Habitudes as we prepared for the Summer of eLearning. I am looking forward to drawing connections between the book's suggestions for classrooms and our broader work as educators. And I'm like a star-struck kid since the author Angela Maier plans to interact with us as we discuss the ideas she shares in the book.

    Through June and July our evening Twitter chats will connect to a lot of what you will be reading and considering in this book. I am so excited to follow your conversations here and invite you to join us on Twitter #INeLearn chats too! Very specifically, we will pull from chapter 3 on June 27th when we will discuss "How Does Curiosity Feed Creativity?" Pull up your favorite quote on creativity and join us!

    Prepare to Nurture Your Genius!
    Michelle @mrg_3
    #INeLearn Twitter Chats are Thursdays at noon and 8pm EST.

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    1. Hi Michelle -

      Will we be discussing the book on the blog or just on Twitter?

      Robyn

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    2. We are discussing the book here in the blog. I just updated the blog with today's post. Sorry I was a bit late today.

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  21. Hi! I am Laura Frondorf. I am the library media specialist for Mt. Carmel School and Laurel School for Franklin County Community Schools. I just received my copy of the book in the mail today! I am looking forward to reading and discussing the book this summer. I had the pleasure of hearing Angela Maier speak at the Tiger Tech Fair in Crothersville, In last June.

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  22. Hi! I am Amy Engle. I am a former media specialist and third grade teacher. I have stayed home with my three girls for the past 4 years and I'm very excited to get back into education. I am looking forward to reading and learning from all of you in our discussions this summer. So excited to have this awesome opportunity!

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  23. Hello, my name is Kerri Gieras and I am a teacher with Wabash Miami Area Program/MSD of Wabash. My position is the intense teacher for the In House Vernon Manor Classroom. My classroom is offsite from a traditional school building. The student's I serve range in age from 3 to 22. Vernon Manor Children's Home's resident population is changing. Last year's teaching responsibilities included a high school student that would consider mild/moderate, but because of his emotional issues, he could not leave the residence for his public education.

    I am excited to expand my eLearning abilities and look forward to reading and discussing this summer's book.

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  24. Helllo! My name is Julie Myers and I would like to join this group, if it is not too late! I teach fourth grade students at Eastview Elementary in Connersville. I have two youngs boys and so the opportunity to discuss and learn without finding a babysitter sounded great! I am excited to learn more about technology in the classroom.

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  25. Hello! My name is Cathleen Cunningham. I'm starting this club a bit late but I'll catch up. I know my book is sitting in the post office as I type. I've taught third grade for about 13 years and love it. The kids are at a great age!! We've not much technology at our school but we've received iPads this past school year along with projectors. I love technology! So I'm anxious to learn how to use it more in the classroom!!

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    1. Welcome, Cathleen! Where do you teach?

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    2. I teach in Winamac,In at Eastern Pulaski Elementary Sch

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  26. My name is Monica Katowitz and I am a media specialist at Indian Creek in Lawrence Township. I thought I posted earlier, but I guess it didn't go. I am excited about learning some new ideas through this book. I work a lot with technology and my school is a STEM school, so I am always wanting to find some new ways to increase 21st century skills.

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  27. My name is Patty Walters and I'm a high ability teacher with technology embedded curriculum, Title I Director who administrates the use of multiple intervention tools via technology, and Testing Coordinator utilizing several tech formats for Northeast School Corporation. I'm so excited to get started with this book and group! Thanks!

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  28. Good evening, All; my name is Jennifer Tait and I teach at Lebanon High School in Lebanon. I am a Business teacher, AVID 11 and 12 Elective Teacher, and an ICE (work based learning) Coordinator. I am looking forward to this book. I have to say that I thought I had posted my introduction last week but cannot find it now so thought I would post again.

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  29. My name is Amy Swafford. I teach intermediate grades at Clear Creek Elementary in Monroe County. I am excited to read this book as I implement more 21st Century skills into my classroom next year! I am jumping on board a little late!

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  30. Hello! My name is Jeanette Buchanan. I am a teacher for high-ability math students at Prairie Heights Elem., which is part of Prairie Heights Corp. I am also a part-time math coach for the k-4 students. I just found out about this book study opportunity last night, so I downloaded the book to get started. I am excited to join in learning about the Habitudes.

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  31. Hi! My name is Kim Davis and I am the Assistant Principal at Danville Community High School. I am looking forward to reading this over the summer to have some fresh ideas to share with teachers this fall. I am excited to engage in the conversation online this summer.

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  32. My name is Lisa Leliaert, and I am a 4th grade teacher at Maxwell Intermediate School in Greenfield. I just learned about this book club, so I am downloading the book and jumping right in. I look forward to learning from fellow educators from around the state!

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  33. Brant Moore Angola Middle School
    I teach 8th Grade American History.Looks like a very interesting book.

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  34. Paula Neidlinger- Plymouth School Corporation- currently teaching 7th grade language arts at Lincoln Jr. High.

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  35. My name is Kim Schrank. I teach 4th grade at Maxwell Intermediate in the Greenfield Central Community School Corporation. I know I am starting a little late, but I am looking froward to reading and discussing the book.

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  36. Hi! My name is Kristie Shoup. I am a special education teacher at Winchester Community High School.I found out about this book club while searching for something else. I am looking forward to joining everyone.

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