Monday, June 26, 2017

Blended Week Four: Organize to Innovate

Thinking about your classroom/school/district, what type of team do you see as being necessary to move toward blended learning? What do you see as your role in that team? What else from this chapter would you like to discuss?

You all were busy reading and commenting while I was away. I have many emails and blog comments to read, so if you had a question for me I will respond today or tomorrow.

Please continue to keep the following in mind as you participate in the book club:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 5, "Motivate the Students."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Blended Week Three: Start with the Rallying Cry

What do you see as a possible rallying cry in your school or district to implement blended learning? Is there a problem that needs to be solved, have you discussed a goal that you'd like to accomplish, or are there areas of nonconsumption?

Thank you for your great participation in the discussion and also your patience in interacting with the blog. A few things to note as you're viewing and commenting:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Please note that I am on vacation this week and will return on Monday, June 26. During this time I will not be accessing my email. If you have a problem with the blog you can email me (Meri Carnahan) at carnahan@doe.in.gov and I will respond when I'm back in the office. Remember, if you get an error message try to connect from another computer or Google account.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, "Organize to Innovate."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blended Week Two: Are All Classrooms Going to Blend?

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 2. Something that popped out at me in this chapter was the idea that moving to blended learning means you're utilizing the internet for more instruction time and, in turn, can redirect teacher time and brick-and-mortar resources to other important duties of a school. Do you think that is possible? Do you see how this could be helpful in your school community? Or if you would like to discuss something else in this chapter, feel free to do so.

The response to this book club has been amazing! We are now at almost 500 comments to the week 1 blog post! Thank you all for your patience in interacting with the blog. A few things that might be helpful:
  • Be sure you are logged into your Google account before attempting to comment to the blog. **We have found that some school systems and/or Google accounts don't play nicely with the blog. If you are getting a message that says something like "You do not have rights to this blog" when you try to post, please try logging in from a different location and/or a different (probably personal) Google account. 
  • Also, if you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. It will also help me to know who is commenting so I can accurately award PGPs at the end of the book club.
  • We have had so many comments that they don't all show when you view the blog post. When you get to the bottom of the page you may have to click on "Load more" to see more comments. You will have to do this multiple times to see all of them. If you post a comment and don't see it at the bottom of the page, please click "Load more" and it should show up there.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This will ensure that I have your email address to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form as I have come across several incorrect addresses.
  • To comment to the blog post, click on the post title or the Comments link below the blog post (it will either say "No comments" or "# comments"), then click in the "Enter your comment" box at the bottom of the page. If you would like to comment to another participants comment, click on "Reply"below their comment.
Please note that I will be on vacation beginning this Wednesday, June 14, and will return on Monday, June 26. During this time I will not be accessing my email. If you have a problem with the blog you can email me (Meri Carnahan) at carnahan@doe.in.gov, but I will not respond until the 26th. Remember, if you get an error message try to connect from another computer or Google account.

Even though I will be gone, you all will still be reading and discussing chapter 3, "Start with the Rallying Cry," next week.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Few Midweek Items

Good afternoon, everyone. I wanted to send out a few quick notes. First of all, you guys have been commenting to the blog at record pace! I love to see how many of you are already connecting to this book and with other participants. Keep up the awesome work! When we have so many comments to a blog post, the newest ones hide from view. To see all of the comments to the post, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on "Load more...." You may have to do this a few times to see all of the posts.

If you are looking for something to do tonight, consider joining in the #INeLearn Twitter chat. We will be discussing this book and blended learning using the hashtag #INeLearn from 9-10 p.m. EST. If you have not joined a Twitter chat before, this is the perfect time to get your feet wet. It's a small group of very supportive educators who would love to welcome some newcomers. Learn more about the chat and even sign up to get a Remind message 15 minutes before we start at http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blended Week One: What is Blended Learning?

Welcome to the Summer 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael Horn and Heather StakerThis book can be purchased as a Kindle or paperback book from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late. Just catch up as soon as you're able.

Here are some information 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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 22 PGPs.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
This week you have two assignments. First, in a comment to this post introduce yourself. Include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. Second, we're jumping right into chapter 1, which is all about what blended learning is, and even what it is not. As you were reading the definition of blended learning, did any of the pieces of the definition surprise you? If you are already teaching in a blended environment, in which model that Horn and Staker shared are you teaching? What other thoughts do you have about blended learning after this introduction? Don't forget to also comment to other participants' posts, if you feel so moved. (If you have any problems commenting, please first ensure that you are logged into your Google account. If you continue to have issues, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.)

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 2, "Are All Classroom Going to Blend?"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Book Club Registration Is Now Open

Registration is now open for this summer's eLearning Book Club. Click here to register for the book club and we will send you a reminder a week before the book club begins. This is also how we get your email address which we use to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in an eLearning Book Club in the past, you will still need to register for this one.

A few things to note as you are preparing for the book club. Discussions on the book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker will begin June 5th and last 11 weeks. You can purchase the paper or digital versions of this book on Amazon. We will read one chapter each week and a prompt or question will be posted each Monday here in the book club blog. To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. Participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 22 PGPs. I realize that it is summer and you may not be able to post a comment while you're on vacation or away from technology for an extended period of time. That's o.k. Just catch up on the discussion and your commenting when you are able, but before the end of the book club.

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Summer eLearning Book Club Selection

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the winter book club. PGPs were sent out to registered participants last week. If you participated and did not receive an email, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. It’s time to announce our next book club selection. Beginning June 5th we will be reading Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker. More details coming soon.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Launch Week 10: It's Time to Launch

What do you think of the idea of your students learning about marketing and then marketing what they make? Thinking back on the book as a whole, do you see an area of your curriculum where your students can make something and utilize the LAUNCH cycle? As you're moving forward with your use of the LAUNCH cycle, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook. And be sure to check out all of the resources at the end of the book

This is the last week of the winter book club. If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. If you're not sure if you did register, I would suggest registering again. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. I will send out PGPs around April 19th, so please have all your comments made by the 18th. I will post a note here next week after I have sent out PGPs and also to announce the summer book club selection. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Launch Week 9: Highlight and Improve the Product

What stood out to you in this chapter about highlighting and improving? What about the examples they suggested on pages 179 and 180 to help students highlight the strengths and weaknesses of their products or the 20-minute peer feedback process? Or the story about Mount Vernon Presbyterian School?

Next week we will finish up the book club by reading and discussing chapter 10, "It's Time to Launch."

If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. If you're not sure if you did register, I would suggest registering again. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. I will send out PGPs around April 19th, so please have all your comments made by the 18th. If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Launch Week 8: Creating

One thing that stood out to me in this chapter was the difference between a project and a recipe. How can you tell the difference between the two? Have you run into this in your classroom? I also liked the ideas shared about teachers modeling and creating along with their students. Do you do this in your classroom or do you see opportunities where you could in the future?

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 9, "Highlight and Improve the Product."

If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. If you're not sure if you did register, I would suggest registering again. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Launch Week 7: Navigating Ideas

What do you think of the authors' brainstorming ideas and process? Do you see how this would work in your classroom? Or do you see modifications that you could make to the brainstorming ideas or process that would make them more useful with your students?

Next week we will read chapter 8, "Creating."

If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Launch Week 6: Understanding the Information

What does student research look like in your classroom and with your students? What types of research are your students doing? After reading this chapter, do see new opportunities for student research in your classroom? Or are you modeling different types of research? It will be very interesting to see the answers to these questions considering we have participants teaching a variety of different grade levels and subject areas, along with administrators and media specialists.
 
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Navigating Ideas."
If you would like to get a late start in the book club, that's fine. Just be sure to comment on every week's blog post. I know a few people have had problems commenting to the blog and also signing up for email alerts. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. You might also check with your technology staff. Here are some other details about 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Launch Week 5: Ask Tons of Questions

How do you encourage your students to "ask as many questions as they answer"? (Spencer, Juliani 97)  How do you teach your students to ask better questions? Are you trying to ask more questions in your role as teacher?

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 6, "Understanding the Information."

If you would like to get a late start in the book club, that's fine. Just be sure to comment on every week's blog post. I know a few people have had problems commenting to the blog and also signing up for email alerts. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. You might also check with your technology staff. Here are some other details about 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Launch Week 4: Look, Listen, and Learn

This week we dive into the LAUNCH cycle. Considering your students and the subject you teach, how can you give time for your students to look, listen, and become aware before beginning a project? Are there other opportunities in your classroom where you can utilize your students' curiosity?

If you would like to get a late start in the book club, that's fine. Just be sure to comment on every week's blog post. I know a few people have had problems commenting to the blog and also signing up for email alerts. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. You might also check with your technology staff. Here are some other details about 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 5, "Ask Tons of Questions."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Launch Week 3: The LAUNCH Cycle

At first introduction to the LAUNCH cycle, do you see any ways that you can use it in your classroom? Or does it still seem to vague or like it won't fit in your subject or grade level? We will learn more about each step of the LAUNCH cycle as we continue through the book, but for now share your initial thoughts. When you have a few minutes, be sure to check out Caine's Arcade. So inspiring!

If you are wanting to get a late start in the book club, that's fine. Just be sure to comment on every week's blog post. I know a few people have had problems commenting to the blog and also signing up for email alerts. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. You might also check with your technology staff. Here are some other details about 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, "Look, Listen, and Learn." 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Launch Week 2: Finding Your Creative Approach

Welcome to week 2 of the book club. Do you agree with the authors that we are all creative? They list 6 types of creative people. What type(s) are you? Or do you fit into another type that they don't list? If you would like, give an example of how this creativity comes out in your classroom.

I know a few people had problems commenting to the blog last week. If you have problems, please try logging in from a different network (if you have problems at school, try from home and vice versa) or try commenting from a different account. If you still have problems, please contact me (Meri) at carnahan@doe.in.gov. Here are some other details about 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get your contact information so we can send your PGP documentation at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in another eLearning book club in the past, you will still need to register for this one. 
  • If you would like, connect to other people reading this book on Twitter using the hashtag #launchbook.
Next week we will read and discuss chapter 3, "The Launch Cycle."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Launch Week 1: We Need Creative Classrooms

Welcome to the Winter 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. JulianiThis book can be purchased as a Kindle or paperback book from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late. Just catch up as soon as you're able.

Here are some information 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.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
This week you have two assignments. First, in a comment to this post introduce yourself. Include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. Second, we're jumping right into chapter 1. The authors talk about the need for creative classrooms and share things that stand in the way of teachers being creative. What's getting in your way? Or what do you see as one of the biggest hurdles for teachers in general in the quest to be creative? (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.)

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 2, "Finding Your Creative Approach."