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."