Monday, October 16, 2017

Master the Media Week 6: Books and Magazines

I learned a lot about the book and magazine industries in this chapter. I admit to feeling the pages of a National Geographic magazine and comparing it to other magazines in my house. What were some things that got you thinking in this chapter? What would affect how or what you teach your students?

If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. If you can't remember if you've registered, go ahead and fill out the registration form. This is how I get email addresses to send out PGPs at the end of the book club.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Advertising."

Monday, October 9, 2017

Master the Media Week 5: News

This is a very timely topic! What are your thoughts about your own media literacy in terms of the news and your students'? Something that really jumped out at me in this chapter is the discussion of the transition to 24/7 news on pages 60 and 61. How does this change how we receive and process news?

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 
  • 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. **If you are unable to change your name and you are labeled "Unknown" in your comment, please include your name in the comment so I know who to credit it with when I record participation for PGPs.
  • 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. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we will read and discuss Chapter 6, "Books and Magazines."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Master the Media Week 4: Film

What film concepts are the most important about which to educate your students? What are you now going to remember to look for when watching movies?

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 
  • 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. **If you are unable to change your name and you are labeled "Unknown" in your comment, please include your name in the comment so I know who to credit it with when I record participation for PGPs.
  • 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. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we will read and discuss Chapter 5, "News."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Master the Media Week 3: Radio

Did anything shared about the music industry surprise you? What implications does it have on your own interaction with music or your media literacy instruction with your students?

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember 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. **If you are unable to change your name and you are labeled "Unknown" in your comment, please include your name in the comment so I know who to credit it with when I record participation for PGPs.
  • 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. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we will read and discuss Chapter 4, "Film."

Monday, September 18, 2017

Master the Media Week 2: Television

I don't know about you, but this chapter really hit home with me. What are your thoughts about this chapter? How can you bring the topic of media literacy as it relates to television into your classroom? How do quotes like "everything in the media is a construction" change or solidify your opinion of television broadcasters' intentions?

Hopefully you all noticed a special member of our book club last week - the book's author, Julie Smith. Hopefully she will have time to join us each week to read and even comment on some of your comments. We are so excited you've decided to join us, Julie!

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember 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 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we'll read and discuss chapter 3, "Music and the Radio."

Monday, September 11, 2017

Master the Media Week 1: Let's Do This

Welcome to the Fall 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie SmithThis 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. We are excited to start this book club in conjunction with Indiana Digital Citizenship Week.

Here is 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 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 your role there. Second, we're jumping right into chapter 1, which introduces us to media literacy. Borrowing the author's question from the end of the chapter, how do your students think media affects them? How do you think media affects you? Or share some general thoughts on media literacy. 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, "Television."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Register Now for the 2017 Fall eLearning Book Club

Registration is now open for the 2017 Fall eLearning Book Club. Click here to register for the book club and we will send you a reminder the 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.

This fall we will be reading Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie Smith. This book can be purchased from Amazon and other places where you buy books. The book club will begin on September 11th as we celebrate Indiana Digital Citizenship Week and last 10 weeks. 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 20 PGPs.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer 2017 Book Club Conclusion

Thanks again to all of you for participating in this book club. We had 323 participants make over 4100 comments throughout the 11 weeks of the book club! I'm sure you all are walking away with some great ideas to take back to your schools and classrooms.

PGP documentation emails were sent out earlier this afternoon (August 23rd). Please archive the email as it serves as your proof of receiving the PGPs. If you did not receive an email please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

We are excited to announce our next book club selection. This fall we will be reading Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie Smith. This book can be purchased from Amazon and other places where you buy books. The book club will begin on September 11th as we celebrate Indiana Digital Citizenship Week. More information on registering for and participating in the fall book club will be coming soon.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Blended Week Eleven: Conclusion

This week share where you're going from here in terms of blending learning in your school or classroom. Are you starting to have conversations in your school or are you doing some blending in your classroom? What are you next steps?

This week marks the end of our summer 2017 book club. Please have all of your comments made to the blog posts by Monday, August 21st. I will email PGPs that week. As you look back to make sure you commented each week, remember we have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" multiple times at the bottom of the post pages. If you have any questions about your participation, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. And watch for a post in the next few weeks regarding the fall book club selection.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blended Week Ten: Discover Your Way to Success

It may be hard to imagine being this far into the blended learning process if you haven't started it, so think about the example schools form this chapter and the assumptions that were made. What assumptions about the design do you think are the riskiest? How might you test the assumptions? What other thoughts or questions do you have about this chapter?

Next week is the final week of the book club. Take some time to go back and ensure that you have commented each week. Remember, we have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" multiple times at the bottom of the post pages. If you have any questions about your participation, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 11, "Conclusion."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Blended Week Nine: Create the Culture

In this chapter our attention turns to a school culture that will create a successful blended learning environment. Think about your school and the current culture. Does it seem like it would be conducive to a blended learning environment or are there some shifts in the culture that might be necessary?

We only have two weeks left in this this book club. In order to receive all 22 of the PGPs you need to have made at least one comment to each week's blog post or to other people's comments each week. Now might be a good time to catch up on weeks you've missed. We have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the post pages. Please also be sure you have registered 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. If you are unsure if you registered, feel free to complete the form again. *Please make sure your email address is accurate before you submit the form.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 10, "Discover Your Way to Success."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blended Week Eight: Choose the Model

As you were reading chapter 8, were you starting to put the pieces together and come up with a model (or models) that might work well in your classroom, school, or district? Is there a question that's more important than the others as you're thinking about blended learning in your environment? Or are there any questions you can't answer yet or that you can't answer by yourself?

We only have three weeks left in this this book club. In order to receive all 22 of the PGPs you need to have made at least one comment to each week's blog post or to other people's comments each week. Now might be a good time to catch up on weeks you've missed. We have had lots of comments each week and in order to see them all you have to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the post pages.

If any of you were able to attend Warren Township's Blended Learning Forum '17 last week, feel free to share any resources from which you think the others in this group would benefit. To see what people were sharing at the conference you can also go to Twitter and view the conference hashtag #BLForum17.

Next week we will be reading and discussing chapter 9, "Create the Culture."

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blended Week Seven: Design the Virtual and Physical Setup

Chapter 7 contains so much information, ranging from the physical set up of the technology to the way digital content is secured to the architecture of the school building. What thoughts do you have about this chapter? It's been great to see so much discussion between participants. Please continue to ak each other questions and share what you're doing in your classroom or school or what plans you have for the future.

For anyone who might be interested, it looks like registration is still open for the Blended Learning Forum sponsored by MSD of Warren Township this Thursday, July 20th. For more information and to register visit the conference website.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 8, "Choose the Model."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blended Week Six: Elevate Teaching

What are your thoughts about the change in teacher role in a truly blended classroom? What about the need for teachers to act as mentors to their students?

We are now halfway through this summer's book club. Make sure you comment to every week's blog post in order to get all 22 of the PGPs. This can either be a comment to my post or a comment back to someone else's comment. 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. If you aren't sure whether or not you have registered, please register again. And continue to click "Load more" at the bottom of the blog post pages to see all of the comments.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Design the Virtual and Physical Setup."

Monday, July 3, 2017

Blended Week Five: Motivate the Students

How important do you think it is to design school so that students are motivated to learn and find learning enjoyable? What are some experiences that could help your students feel successful and have fun with their friends? Some of these may be similar to or the same as those utilized by Summit Public School.

Welcome to those who have recently joined the book club! No matter when you've joined in the conversation, make sure you comment to all of the previous week's blog posts in order to get all 22 of the PGPs. This can either be a comment to my post or a comment back to someone else's comment. I'm going to repeat a few notes from previous weeks because I think they're important, but I want to add one thing. There are still people who have "Unknown" as their profile name. If you are unable to change this, please note your name in your comment. The profile name is how I know to which participant each comment belongs and to whom to award PGPs.

  • 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.
  • 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 6, "Elevate Teaching."

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."