Monday, December 28, 2015

What Are We Reading -- Spring 2016

We are excited to announce our Spring 2016 eLearning Book Club selection. We will be reading The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros. We will begin conversations the week of February 1st. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. PGPs will be awarded to participants at the end of the book club.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fall Book Club Follow Up

Thank you all for another great book club. Hopefully you found some ideas to take back to your classrooms and schools.

I sent out PGP emails 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 Tara Ulmer from Bluffton-Harrison Middle School who is the recipient of the professional development grant.

Our spring book club will begin on February 1, 2016 and we will be reading The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 8: Conclusion

As we conclude this book club, what are your take-aways from reading this book? What steps will you take to ditch your textbook?

Be sure to catch up on your reading and commenting this week. In order to receive 8 PGPs and be eligible for the professional development grant, you must have commented to all 8 week's blog posts by this Friday, October 30th, at 5:00pm Eastern. Also, be sure your introduction from the first week includes your school so that I can locate your email address.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 7: Ditch That Curriculum

In chapter 34 Matt writes, "The motivation to ditch that textbook isn't only -- or even mostly -- driven by a desire to go paperless or create technology-powered lessons; it's about purpose. What do you want to do with the powerful platform you've been given?" Why do you want to "ditch that textbook"? What do you want to be known for as a teacher? What do you want your students to be known for and/or to know at the end of the year? Is there another idea from this reading that you want to discuss?

Next week will be the conclusion of the fall book club. If you are behind in your reading and commenting, now is the time to catch up on both. You will have until Friday, October 30 to make your comments to all the blog posts to be eligible for the PD grant and PGPs.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 6: Ditch That Textbook Part 2

In our reading today, Matt talked a lot about utilizing videos in the classroom. Are you creating videos to use in your teaching or are your students creating videos to share their learning? If so, what are you using to create your videos? Or have you found good videos online? What else did you find meaningful in these chapters?

Representatives from the IDOE Office of eLearning will be at the ICE Conference this week. If you are attending, please stop by our booth and say hi or attend one of our sessions. Also, if you are attending the conference you will have many opportunities to attend sessions with Matt Miller.

We only have two weeks left in the book club discussion. Next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 34-38. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 5: Ditch That Textbook Part 1

In this section of the book, Matt gets down to more of the specifics and logistics of how to ditch the textbook, specifically where to put the content and what that content is or could be. How far have you gotten down this road? Have you located or created online content? And if so how are you sharing it with your students? If you are not this far yet, what do you think you want to try first? What questions do you have for your fellow readers who might have some experiences from which they have learned?

It is so exciting to see all of your comments come in each day and I love seeing the connections you are making. Keep up the good work! For next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 28-33.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 4: Ditch That Mindset Part 2

In chapters 15 and 16 Matt talks about cheating and "minimum effective dose." What are your thoughts about these 2 concepts and how do you "work smarter, not harder" in and out of your classroom to balance the different parts of your life? It seems that every book we read gets around to the importance of being a connected educator. Please share your Twitter handle (if you haven't already) and/or a resource you have found helpful: a Twitter handle or hashtag, a blog, a Pinterest user or specific board. Did something else in this section of the book jump out at you? Share your thoughts with the group.

This week marks our halfway point in the book club. If you have colleagues who would like to join, please tell them it's not too late. New participants just need to start with the introduction in week 1. For next week we will be reading the first half of section 3, chapters 23-27.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 3: Ditch That Mindset Part 1

First of all, congratulations to blog participant Kari Catanzaro who was mentioned and quoted in chapter 8! It's great to see deserving Indiana educators in the spotlight.

The hard thing about reading fairly large chunks of the book at a time is that there are so many things to discuss. I'm going to throw out a couple of things that jumped out at me, but if you want to question or discuss something else, please feel free. I liked the idea of students either owning or renting their education. How do you encourage your students to own their education? Matt talks about the limitations of technology in the classroom. I'm sure you all are implementing technology to some extent in your classroom. How do you determine when it is appropriate to use technology and when it is not?

As you are participating in this blog discussion, please make sure you are logged into your Google account before you comment. Also, be sure that your profile is complete. We've had several people whose comments are showing up as "Unknown." I cannot give you credit toward your PGP points if I do not know who is making the comments.

For next week we will be reading and discussing the second half of the section "Ditch That Mindset," chapters 15-22.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 2: Why Go Digital?

Why go digital? Have you asked yourself this question? Of the seven reasons that Matt made to go digital, which one is most important to you? How have you already seen change in any of these areas in your classroom because of the implementation of technology?

As I've been looking through comments I've noticed several people's names are showing up as Unknown when they comment to blog posts. Please ensure that you have completed your profile. I need to know who is making comments so that I can award PGPs at the end of the book club.

Next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 8-14, the first half of the section "Ditch That Mindset."

Monday, September 7, 2015

Ditch That Textbook Week 1: Introduction

Welcome to the fall eLearning book club. We are excited to read 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 don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.  

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 10 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one $1000 professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators with a public school corporation who earn all 10 PGPs are eligible for the grant.
  • **There is no official sign up for the book club. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction and Section 1 Why Go Digital chapters 1-7.

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. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 4: Key Connector 3 Embrace the Three Cs: Communication, Collaboration, and Community

Last week we talked a lot about hashtags and Twitter chats. Hopefully you all have checked out some hashtags and found some that will be helpful. And maybe some of you have even found a Twitter chat in which to participate. Thank you for all the suggestions! In this week's reading, the authors suggest creating a school hashtag. I would like to challenge you all to come up with a classroom hashtag (or school or corporation hashtag if you are at the school or district level). Share some ideas of some things you might share via Twitter utilizing a hashtag. The authors also discuss sharing through blogs and YouTube videos. If any of you are doing this, please share your URLs so that others can learn from your example. If you're not doing either of these, do you see a use for these in your school or classroom?

We have a few people who have recently joined the conversation, which is great, but please make sure you have introduced yourself in the first week's post. This is the only way I know who you are and where you're from so I can send your PGPs at the end of the book club. If you have colleagues who would still like to join in the conversation, please tell them it's not too late. Just make sure they participate in all the past weeks' conversations.

For next week we will read "Key Connector 4 Give and Take...and Give Some More."

Monday, June 15, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently: Key Connector 2 Learn What They Want, When They Want, How They Want

There are some great conversations going on in this blog this summer!! Thank you all for your willingness to ask questions and to share your knowledge and experiences with other participants. And a big thank you to Michelle Green from the eLearning team, our social media guru, who responded to quite a few comments last week. Be sure to look back at older conversations to see if there have been responses to your comments or to other comments that might be helpful to you.

This chapter discussed Twitter hashtags, Twitter chats, and Edcamps. What experience do you have with any of these? If you are very experienced at any of these, please share your wisdom, how you got started, etc. with participants who may be new. I would like to recommend that you use #INeLearn to connect with other educators in Indiana. You should also consider participating in the #INeLearn Twitter chats on Thursday nights at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. Check out the #INeLearn chat blog for information about the chat, including upcoming chat topics and archives of past chats. This is a great beginner chat. Susie Highley mentioned EdCampIndy, which was this past Friday. I'm sure she'd be happy to share a bit about EdCamps. If you are interested in participating in face-to-face PD this summer, be sure to check out the Summer of eLearning opportunities. Great PD very close to home!

For next week we will be reading "Key Connector 3 Embrace the Three Cs: Communication, Collaboration, and Community."

Monday, June 8, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently: Key Connector 1 Invest in a Personal and Professional Learning Network (P2LN)

If you're not already connected on Twitter, why not? What has been holding you back? Did the authors convince you to jump on board? If you are connected, why are you connected? Please share your Twitter handle and maybe the handle of one of your favorite people to follow. And if you're still an "egghead" or haven't filled out your Twitter profile, take this opportunity to do so. If you are looking for more people to follow, consider checking out these lists we've compiled: http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/inelearn-twitter-lists.html. Be sure to follow @INeLearn. If you follow us and we can tell by your profile that you are an Indiana educator, we will follow you back.

Please note, you can make as many comments to blog posts and other peoples' comments as you would like. You do not have to comment straight back to this blog post. I encourage you to comment back to others comments, even questioning them or sharing your thoughts and ideas. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.

Next week we will discuss "Key Connector 2 Learn What They Want, When They Want, How They Want."

Monday, June 1, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 1 -- Introductions

Welcome to the summer eLearning book club. We are excited to read What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.  

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 10 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one $1000 professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators with a public school corporation who earn all 10 PGPs are eligible for the grant.
  • We will typically read one chapter per week.
  • **There is no official sign up for the book club. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction ("Getting Connected: What it Means and Why it Matters") and Key Connector 1, "Invest in a Peronal and Professional Learning Network (P2LN)."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring Book Club Follow Up

Thanks again for all of the wonderful contributions you all made to the spring book club. PGP emails were sent out last week to everyone who participated in at least 6 of the 12 weeks of the book club. If you did not receive a PGP email and feel that you should have, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Congratulations to Lindsay Berndt from Lake Ridge Schools who is the recipient of the $1000 professional development mini grant. Another grant will be awarded to a participant of the summer book club.

It's now time to announce the selection for our summer 2015 book club. We will be reading What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. Our summer book club will kick off on Monday, June 1st.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pure Genius Week 12: Coming Together and Conclusion

After reading this book, what are your plans for your classroom? Do you see an opportunity to start a genius hour or do you now have a goal of teaching an innovation class? Or are you thinking about some small steps that you can take to add more innovation into your classroom?

Just a reminder that this is the last week of the spring book club. In order to be eligible for the professional development grant, you must comment to all 12 blog posts by 5pm eastern Friday, April 24th. The winner of the grant will be notified next week. PGPs will also be sent out next week. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pure Genius Week 11: Moving Forward

We are nearing the end of the book and getting some last thoughts from Don on how to get started with innovative projects. The three practices he discussed in this chapter were: giving yourself permission, transparency, and trust. How do you see any or all of these practices helping you as you move forward to more of an innovative culture in your classroom?

Well, we are down to the home stretch. Only 2 more weeks left in the book club. If you are behind in your reading and/or commenting, now is the time to catch up. In order to be eligible for the professional development grant you will need to have commented every week, either to the blog post or to comments by other participants. All comments must be made by Friday,  April 24th at 5pm Eastern. Next week we will read the supporting materials at the end -- Coming Together: Speaking the Same Language and Additional Resources -- and share what you're going to do moving forward.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pure Genius Week 10: Student Voices

I've really enjoyed this book, but this chapter was really powerful. I was impressed with all of the students, but especially the ones who did projects on their own, not for a class or a grade. Share any thoughts that were sparked by this chapter, ideas you might have, student experiences you know of, maybe even an experience that you had.

Next week we will read the next chapter, "Moving Forward." We've only got two more weeks left in the book club. Now is the time to catch up on your reading and commenting.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pure Genius Week 9: Opportunities are Everywhere

Don shared some really great examples of finding opportunities in unexpected places. Do you seek out opportunities to get your studentss some out-of-the-ordinary experiences or encourage them to find those opportunities? After reading this chapter do you have some ideas of untapped resources that you and your students can utilize?

Next week we will read the next chapter, "Student Voices," and learn about student experiences firsthand. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pure Genius Week 8: Getting Started with Social Media

I saw in the comments to the post from 2 weeks ago that a few of you aren't using Twitter yet, but you were considering trying it. So what do you think now, after reading 3 weeks' worth of chapters on social media and 2 weeks' worth of comments? Are you willing to be an owl and see what people are sharing? And if you are an avid social media user, what type of user are you?

If you are on social media, whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or something else, please share your handle in your comment to this post so that we all can get connected. (I saw that some of you did that two weeks ago...thank you!) Also, share your favorite hashtags. The Office of eLearning is on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter and our Twitter hashtag is #INeLearn.

For next week we will be reading "Opportunities Are Everywhere." If you know others who want to be part of the book club, please tell them it's not too late to join in! Just have them get started with the first week's blog post and jump in to the conversation.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pure Genius Week 7: Social Media and Students

Social media use by students can be a slippery slope. Are you encouraging your students to utilize social media to enhance or expand their learning or to share things they are creating? How are you or how is your school helping students learn how to use social media safely?

For next week we will be reading the next chapter, titled "Getting Started with Social Media."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pure Genius Week 6: Social Media and Teachers

This week we are reading about teachers' use of social media. How are you all using social media? To share what your students are doing? To ask questions of your PLN? To read about what other educators are doing and get ideas to use in your classroom? Also, what is your preferred social media tool and why? And if you're not utilizing social media, are you seeing reasons why you should jump in and try it?

Next week, we will read the chapter titled "Social Media and Students."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pure Genius Week 5: Six Building Blocks of Innovative Learning

It's been really interesting to read everyone's comments and see where you all are in thinking about or implementing a genius hour. Was it helpful to read the three real-world examples of genius hour that Don shared? How have those changed or confirmed your thoughts about genius hour?

For next week we will read chapter 5, "Social Media and Teachers."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pure Genius Week 4: There Is No Plan

Although Don says that there's no plan for an innovation class, he shares a great description of how a typical week in his classroom runs and the expectations he has for his students. After reading this chapter, do you have ideas of how you could implement an innovation project or genius hour into your classroom? Or maybe you have ideas of some baby steps to adding innovation to your classroom. Please share those.

For next week, please read "Six Building Blocks of Innovative Learning."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pure Genius Week 3: Creating a Culture of Innovation and Leadership

Could you relate to Don's story about giving his students freedom to decide what to study, but a majority of the students not knowing what to do? I think I would have been one of the students asking for a topic and research paper in high school. Have you given your students opportunities to have some freedom in your classroom? What about opportunities for students to be leaders? Or what ideas do you have for doing this in the future? Do you think freedom and leadership for students in your classroom will lead to innovation?

If you know of others who would like to participate in the book club, it's not too late. Just remind them to start with week one so we all have a chance to meet them. For next week, please read the next chapter, "There Is No Plan."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pure Genius Week 2: Why Innovate?

Let's get started with -- what is innovation to you? And why do you think it's important to innovated? As I said in the introduction last week, you can comment to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.

If you are just entering the conversation this week, welcome! Be sure to scroll down to last week's post and introduce yourself. This is important so I know who you are when it's time to send out PGPs. Also, if you haven't started reading the book, it's not too late to purchase it and get started. The digital and paperback versions can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of more than 5 participants at your school or district and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com.

For next week, please read chapter 2, "Creating a Culture of Innovation & Leadership." 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pure Genius Week 1: Introductions

Today we begin our spring 2015 book club. We are reading Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick. Don is the Innovation Coordinator and oversees the media center at Noblesville High School. We are excited to support a local author and to learn about adding innovation and authentic learning to classrooms. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of more than 5 participants at your school or district and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com. If you don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:
  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In order to receive 12 PGPs and be eligible for the $1000 professional development grant (1 will be awarded at the end of the book club), you will need to make a meaningful contribution to every week’s discussion.
  • We will typically read one chapter per week.
  • There is no official sign up for the book club. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction and chapter 1, "Why Innovate."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fall Thank You and Spring Book Selection

Thanks again for all of the wonderful contributions you all made to the fall book club. PGP emails were sent out last week. They were sent to everyone who participated in at least 10 of the 12 weeks of the book club. If you did not receive a PGP email and feel that you should have, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Congratulations to Adelle Marvin from Twin Lakes School Corporation who is the recipient of the $1000 professional development mini grant. Another grant will be awarded to a participant of the spring book club.

Speaking of the spring book club, it's time to announce the selection. We will be reading Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick. Don is the Innovation Coordinator and oversees the media center at Noblesville High School. We are excited to support a local author and to learn about adding innovation and authentic learning to classrooms. 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 spring book club will kick off on Monday, February 2nd.