Friday, December 16, 2016

Announcing the 2017 Winter eLearning Book Club Selection

Thanks to all of you for your great participation in the fall eLearning book club. We had over 800 comments and some wonderful conversations. You should have received an email from carnahan@doe.in.gov earlier this week with your PGP documentation. If you did not receive it, please email me. It may be that you didn’t register for the book club and I did not have your email address.

It’s now time to announce the selection for the winter book club, just in time to add it to your holiday wish list! We will be reading Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. Some of you may be familiar with John from this fall's ICE Conference where he was a spotlight speaker. This book can be purchased as a Kindle or paperback book from Amazon. The book club will begin the week of Monday, February 6th, will last ten weeks, and be worth 20 PGPs. Click here to register for the book club and you will receive a reminder the week before the book club begins.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 10: Chapters 28-30

This is the last week of our discussion of Kids Deserve It! Hopefully this book and the discussions that you all have had have given you some ideas to take back to your classrooms and schools and maybe challenged and stretched your thinking. What is your big take away? Have you tried something new in your classroom that you got from the book or the discussions?

This is the last week of the book club discussions. Please have all of your comments made by the end of the day Monday, December 12th. I will send out PGPs by the end of next week, using the email addresses you included in your registration.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spring Book Club Book

We are working on selecting a book for the spring book club, which will begin February 6th. If you have a suggestion of an educational book (it can be technology-related, but doesn't have to be), please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. We plan to announce the next selection in the next two weeks so you can add it to your wish lists and read over break, if you'd like.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 9: Chapters 25-27

Hopefully you were all able to spend some time "unplugging and recharging" during Thanksgiving break and are ready for the last three or four weeks of the semester. How do you recharge yourself? This might not be a full disconnect, as the authors suggested, but how do you relax and focus on you? Do you have an example to share where you have really thought outside the box, but kept the focus on the content? What else jumped out at you from this reading?

Next week we will read and discuss the last 3 chapters of the book, chapters 28-30. It's hard to believe that our 10-week book club is almost complete. Please have all of your comments made by the end of the day Monday, December 12th. I will send out PGP emails that week. If you have not already done so, please register for the book club by completing this registration form. That is how I get your email addresses to send PGPs.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 8: Chapters 22-24

Here are a few questions to consider discussing this week:

  • What are some of your favorite tools for continuing your learning?
  • Do you remember a time when you got the "alien look" from colleagues about a new idea you had? How did you work through the feelings of doubt those looks may have caused?
  • How do you seek out support for the battles you face?
Thank you for all you do for the students in Indiana! We hope you all enjoy a few well-deserved days off this week! Next week we will be reading and discussing chapters 25-27.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 7: Chapters 19-21

When you experience self-doubt, how do you get re-focused on the good work that you're doing and grow from those doubts? Do you take opportunities to "act like a child" in connecting with your students? To borrow one of the authors' questions, "how do you stay focused on kids and on doing what's best for them." Share thoughts on any or all of these questions or comments from other participants or discuss something else that struck you in these chapters.

Next week we will read and discuss chapters 22-24.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 6: Chapters 16-18

The focus of these chapters tie in so well together. What is your favorite thing about teaching? What keeps you from stopping? And/or, how do you build and maintain relationships with your students?

Next week we will read and discuss chapters 19-21.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 5: Chapters 13-15

How do you give your students the chance to show what they are capable of and give them some control of their education? How do you support students who may go unnoticed or feel left out from their peers? Also, feel free to discuss any other ideas from chapters 13-15.

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:

  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you have missed any of the previous discussions, please go back and read and respond to those blog posts. 
Next week we will read and discuss chapters 16-18.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 4: Chapters 10-12

How are you a cheerleader for your students? How do you work to maintain a positive attitude and share a positive message?

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you have missed any of the previous discussions, please go back and read and respond to those blog posts. 
Next week we will read and discuss chapters 13-15.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 3: Chapters 7-9

This week we are reading and discussing chapters 7-9. What are some of the little things you do to make your students and the adults in your school feel like they matter? What do you do when you have feelings of doubt?

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:

  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. 
  •  If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you missed weeks 1 and/or 2, please go back and read and respond to those blog posts. 
Next week we will read and discuss chapters 10-12. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 2: Chapters 4-6

I was so excited to get started last week that I forgot to give you your reading assignment for this week. We are discussing chapters 4-6. (Each week we will be reading 3 chapters, if you would like to plan ahead.) A lot of this week's reading is about connecting with your students. How have you connected with your students and built deeper relationships? How have you seen this connection really benefit a student (or maybe how it benefited you and your attitude toward a student)? For next week we will read chapters 7-9.

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:

  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. 
  •  If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you missed week 1, please go back and read and respond to that blog post.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 1: Chapters 1-3

Welcome to the Fall 2016 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased on Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, 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.

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. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • 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 20 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators working in a public school who meaningfully participate in all ten weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • We are jumping right in to the discussion, so your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post and also read chapters 1-3 and respond to this question: what is the biggest fear holding you back from innovating or connecting with educators? Or, if you're doing these things, what are you doing? 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. (It is helpful to to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) 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.)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What We're Reading this Fall

Thanks for the wonderful participation in the summer eLearning book club. Hopefully you took away a few ways to start working on your own digital citizenship and some lessons to take into the classroom. I have sent out the PGPs to all participants. If you did not receive a message, you can email Meri at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

We will be starting the fall eLearning book club on Monday, October 3rd. We are reading Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased on Amazon. Please register for the book club at https://goo.gl/forms/cM9258MNxJ7uv8mG3. The book fall book club will cover ten weeks of virtual discussion. Up to 20 PGPs will be awarded to book club participants.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Digital Citizenship Conclusion

Thank you all for the wonderful participation in the summer book club. I will be sending PGPs out in the next week. Be sure you continue your conversations in the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice. And join in all of the activities surrounding Indiana's Digital Citizenship Week which began yesterday and learn about our other digital citizenship initiatives.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 7: Putting It All Together

It's the last week of the book club discussion so it's time to put it all together. Borrowing Susan's question at the end of chapter 7, what specific steps will you take as a result of reading this book to facilitate the implementation of a community-based digital citizenship program in your school or district? These may be big or small steps and they may just be in your classroom. 

Please have all comments posted by 5pm eastern on Monday, September 12th. Make sure you use this time to comment to posts or comments from each week. Also, if you didn't register or if you aren't sure whether or not you registered, please complete the registration form here. If you don't register I won't have your email address and I won't be able to send your PGPs.

Just a bit over a week to go until Indiana Digital Citizenship week. IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this important conversation.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 6: Educating Parents

Educating parents about digital citizenship is our topic this week. Are you already doing any digital citizenship work with your students' parents? If so, please share details with other participants. Or if you have any plans, share what you are going to do. What are some challenges that you face in educating your parents and how might you overcome those?

We have several opportunities for you to continue your work on digital citizenship. Next week's #INeLearn Twitter chat topic is Parents and Digital Citizenship: Recruiting Help from the Home, a perfect fit with our discussion this week. IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation.

We only have one chapter and week left in the summer book club. Beginning next Friday, September 2nd we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Putting It All Together, Building a Comprehensive Digital Citizenship Program."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 5: Educating Students

This week's chapter is all about educating students about digital citizenship. Susan opens this chapter saying, "Incorporating digital citizenship lessons organically into the fabric of daily lessons is probably the most effective approach...." Considering this, and assuming you have educated yourself in the different areas of digital citizenship, what can you do in your classroom to teach your students about digital citizenship. Think not only about the focused lessons you can do, but also how you model things like privacy, copyright, fair use, communication, safety.

IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Communities of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation.

One of our participants suggested that I share the blog posts on Fridays so you have the weekend to read and respond. Last week I posted on Saturday morning and many of you responded over the weekend, so apparently this is a good time for others. So feel free to respond over the weekend or during the week...or both! Whatever works best for you.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 6, Educating Parents.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 4: Educating Faculty and Staff

In the role you are in at your school or district, how can you help educate your fellow teachers and administrators about digital citizenship?

A few reminders. Be sure you register for the book club. If you would like PGPs for participating in this book club, we have to have your email address and we get that from your registration. If you aren't sure if you completed it already, just complete the form again. Make sure you are signed in to Google when you submit your comments. If you do not, your comments show up as from "unknown" and we don't know that you commented. If you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation. Also, visit our website to learn more about Indiana's digital citizenship initiatives.

Next week we will discuss chapter 5, "Educating Students." By the way, have you Googled yourself yet?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 3: Demonstrating Leadership

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 3, "Demonstrating Leadership." Considering the seven steps Susan discussed in this chapter, how will you start the school year educating yourself about digital citizenship or modeling good digital citizenship?

Thank you for being such great book club participants! The discussions have been rich and hopefully you all are benefitting from them. Continue to support each other in the discussions, ask questions, and share your thoughts and ideas. If you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Communities of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation. Also, visit our website to learn more about Indiana's digital citizenship initiatives.

For next week we will read chapter 4, "Educating Faculty and Staff."

Monday, August 1, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 2: Why a Community-Based Approach to Digital Citizenship?

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 2, "Why a Community-Based Approach to Digital Citizenship?" Susan's question at the end of the chapter seems perfect for our discussion this week. "What do you perceive as the biggest challenges you face in implementing a community-based approach to digital citizenship in your school or district?" Please share your thoughts and/or respond to other people's comments.

Great participation in week 1! I saw many new names amongst lots of friends of the book club. If you haven't already, be sure to complete the registration form. This is how we get participant addresses to send PGPs at the end of the book club. Also, make sure you are signed in to Google when you comment to blog posts and other comments. If you are not signed in, your comment shows up as from "unknown" so we don't know that you commented.

Next week we will be reading and discussing chapter 3, "Demonstrating Leadership."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 1: Welcome and Chapter 1



Welcome to the Summer 2016 eLearning book club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Susan Bearden's book, Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach and to prepare for Digital Citizenship Week in September. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, 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. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • 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 14 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators working in a public school who meaningfully participate in all seven weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • To register for the book club please complete this registration form. We are jumping right in to the discussion, so your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post and also read chapter 1 and respond to this question: what would be the benefit to you and your students if you became more literate about digital citizenship? 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.) 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer 2016 Update

We are less than a month away from the start of our 2016 Summer eLearning Book Club. To all of you who have received a copy of the book at one of our Summer of eLearning conferences, congratulations! We are excited to have you join in the conversation. For those of you who haven't won a book, there will be two opportunities at each of the remaining Summer of eLearning Conferences. There is also still time to purchase the book through Corwin and Amazon. We will begin conversations the week of July 25th, but we have the registration form ready now. If you want to beat the rush and get a reminder email the week before book club begins, complete this registration form. Happy reading!