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 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: 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 
  • 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)."