Monday, March 25, 2013

Chapter 3 -- Learning to Learn

Let me start this post by saying how excited I am about the diverse group of educators participating in this book group and how impressed I am each week by your thoughtful and enlightening contributions. I hope you are getting as much out of this conversation as I am! You are building quite the PLN right here. If you would like to connect outside of this blog, please feel free to share your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media handle in your comment to this week's blog post.

So, on to this week's topic. I don't know about you, but I typically think of unlearning in terms of bad habits or unhealthy coping mechanisms. Have you thought much about this idea of unlearning in terms of your teaching? As an educator, what do you need to unlearn and relearn? What is your strategy in doing this, if you have one? Share your thoughts on unlearning here. Also, feel free to participate in the Padlet (previously Wallwisher) from the Get Connected section at the end of the chapter. And while you're in Padlet, why not create a Padlet activity for your students? (To learn more about Padlet, check out this Wallwisher blog post that DeLyn Beard wrote as part of our Digital Learning Month Web 2.0 Challenge Blog.)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Chapter 2 -- Developing a Connected Learning Model

In chapter 2 the authors define and discuss the three prongs of connected learning communities: professional learning communities, personal learning networks, and communities of practice. They also talked about how important it is to have a diverse network. Do you have diversity in your network? How important do you think it is to have a diverse network? Share your thoughts and suggestions on how to build a diverse network. Be sure to listen to, and maybe even comment to, the VoiceThread that is introduced at the end of the chapter. There is a great conversation going on there about how we can be effective teachers of today's learners.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Chapter 1 -- Defining the Connected Educator

The first chapter defines the "connected educator." After reading this chapter, do you consider yourself a connected educator? If so, how are you connecting with your network? What tools are you using? If you do not consider yourself a connected educator, what did you think of this chapter? What do you think of the idea of becoming a connected educator? At the end of the chapter, Sheryl and Lani shared a couple of ways to get connected with other readers of the book. Feel free to add yourself to the Google Map and view and share resources through Diigo.

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.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring 2013 INeLearn Book Group

Welcome to the INeLearning Book Group Blog! Our spring book is The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall. This book is available from their site or from Amazon. Visit this blog often to participate in discussions about the book.

Discussions will officially begin on Monday, March 4th and will run for ten weeks, through May 10th. Each Monday we will post a question or idea to spark discussions. To be notified when new posts are available, click on "Join the Site" on the right toolbar or subscribe to the blog.

Participants will have the chance to win an opportunity to attend the summer eLearning conference of their choice. To qualify to win one of the eLearning conference trips, you must be an Indiana educator and make a meaningful contribution to each of the ten weekly blog entries. We will select and notify the winners on Monday, May 13th. (Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will be the keynote speaker at the Zionsville/CIESC eLearning conference on July 31st.) You can either participate on your own or organize a book group at your school. Please let us know if you form a local group.

We know this will be an enjoyable learning experience for all of us and we look forward to meeting you online! If you have any questions, please contact Meri Carnahan.