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."