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.

50 comments:

  1. I hold an Indiana Elementary license but am taking a leave of absence after having my son. I do not have a school/corporation to enter for the registration. Can I still participate?

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    1. Of course! Just note that you are staying home in the registration.

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  2. What book will we be reading? Will it be an Ebook or can I go purchase a paperback?

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    1. We are reading Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker. The book is available in paper and as a Kindle download. Purchase whichever you prefer.

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  3. How will I know if my registration went through? I am not currently an elementary teacher. I am renewing my license after being a stay-at-home mom and preschool teacher.

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    1. I will be sending out an email to everyone who is registered later today.

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  4. Registered and ordered the book tonight! :)

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  5. Is there a fee besides just purchasing the book?

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    1. All you have to do is purchase the book. Participating in the discussion and getting the PGPs is free!

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  6. Just registered this week....bought the book on ABEbooks.com used book site for $15. Going to read a few chaps while sitting on the Beach!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that information, Steve! Enjoy your beach reading!

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  7. Is this where the prompt will be posted every Monday?

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    1. There will be a new post each week to discuss that week's reading. You will comment to it like you commented to this post.

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  8. Is there a Twitter hashtag we are using ?

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    1. We do not have a hashtag specific to the book club. If you would like to tweet about it, please use our state hashtag, #INeLearn.

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  9. I received my book today and I'm excited to start.

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  10. I have my book and have already started reading. It has lots of information.

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  11. I love reading by the pool! :)

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  12. Just received my book today! Looks good!

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  13. Just received my book from Amazon!:)

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  14. Really looking forward to the book club!

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  15. So excited to earn PGPs while reading!

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  16. Hi! I registered this past Friday but have not received a confirmation email. I wasn't sure if I would receive confirmation, or if I will just receive weekly questions via email. Thanks!

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  17. I have not received email confirmation yet but I'm ready to go.
    Juliette lucas

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  18. I haven't received an email confirmation either. This is my first time participating. Where will we be posting the comments...on this link or somewhere else? I want to make sure I don't miss it.

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  19. I just read the first chapter. Very interesting! :)

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  20. I emailed everyone who has registered for the book club this morning (June 5th). If you did not receive that message you either have not registered or your email address was entered incorrectly. You can register again or email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

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  21. Hello, my name is Kelly Williams and I'm currently a second grade teacher at Hickory Center Elementary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My school is a part of Northwest Allen County Schools.

    I’m excited to learn more about blended learning after reading chapter one. This concept is new to me and I know I have a lot of learning to do. This book will be a great resource to use as our school moves 1:1 next year with the students getting chromebooks. I’m nervous to be honest, but I know it will also be a great tool to add the technology component in our classrooms because we were limited with what we had in our rooms before in regards to technology. I just need to become more confident in my technology use before teaching my kids. I enjoyed reading the different definitions and learning different ways that blended learning can be used in the classroom. I have used the station rotation method before, but I would love to learn more about how I could make my classroom a “flipped” classroom. I like the idea that students can be in control of their learning and take ownership. Students can learn at their own pace and go faster/slow down when needed. I love reading about success stories, so I was moved when I read the story about Jack and how he found success when using a blended learning environment. I’m excited to read chapter 2 to learn more.

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    1. HI Kelly! Did you see the PD that the high school is offering for the first time one on one teachers? If not email me on the NACS email and I will forward you the email that tells the dates and times of the PD being offered. I'm probably going to be attending some of the PD on technology the high school is offering this summer:)

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    2. Hi! What does your school do for one on one? I am renewing my teaching license after staying home with my children for several years.

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  22. Hello My name is Ami Gomez. I also work for Northwest Allen County Schools. I am currently the director/teacher of the alternative high school for our district.
    Our high school moved to one on one this past school year, but my building does not have wifi and uses only a few computers for
    on line classes that only selected students will take. Students will use the on line classes for obtaining a Core 40 or if they need a class for the general diploma that we do not offer in a book course.
    My classroom is a combination of student-centered and personalized learning. Each student is on a customized plan/path towards graduation, but a lot of the work is still standardized.

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  23. My name is Jewelee Kranning. I am a school counselor at Boonville Middle School for the Warrick County School Corporation. I work with students in grades 6th-8th. I am enjoying the book. I decided to join this book discussion because we will be moving towards a 1:1 school in the near future. I'm looking forward to learning more about a blended learning environment!

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    1. Our district is also moving to 1:1. I am hoping to see more blended learning taking place in all classrooms. I think blended learning can be so beneficial to students who need additional support to catch up.

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  24. Hi, my name is Gretchen Fleming. I am an 8th grade Special Education teacher at Boonville Middle School for the Warrick County School Corporation. Our Corporation is moving towards being a 1:1 school. I wanted to learn more about blended learning because of this.

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  25. I am enjoying reading Chapter 1. I assumed a blended classroom was more of a "technology -rich" classroom where students learn on their own. I was relived to find out that blended learning also relies on teacher supervision. As I read I am thinking how I can implement this style of learning in my self contained resource classes as well as in my co-taught classes with general education teachers.

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  26. I am Pam-Ella Harper. I am a Title 1 Instructional Coach in SBCSC.

    Definition: Blended learning is any formal education program where a students learns both through a physical school and online which a student has control over the time and pace of his/her learning.

    I’m familiar with blended learning. I think it is a great concept. I haven’t personally used it before, but have seen it work wonders in a Read 180 classroom. The students all knew what they needed to work on to improve and had the tools of both teacher and computer to build on skills at their level.

    With initiatives, schedules, short school day and curriculum mandates, I can see why some educators would have difficulty setting up a blended learning environment in their classrooms.

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  27. Hi my name is Melissa Hendricks and I am a school counselor at Break-O-Day Elementary at Clark Pleasant School Corporation. I have always been technology challenged and I am interested in how to use blended technology in my group and guidance sessions. I would love to hear from other school counselors. I feel like my corporation is on the right track. We just became level 4 certified through Mariano but feel that it is more technology enriched.

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  28. I am having trouble making comments to the blog. I have never received a confirmation email to get started, and am not receiving weekly communication! Please help!

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  29. Our district is finalizing one to one this coming school year. It is good to see another school counselor on here. I am at the high school level, and I use some blended technology on a regular basis. Sometimes is is the use of APEX in a flex model for credit recovery, or getting them connected with online resources to help them connect with other classes where they are struggling.

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  30. I am late to the game but the summer has started off very busy! I have started the book but ready to join the conversation. I am Noelle Hartman and I am a special education teacher for Northwest Allen County Schools. I have a K-5 program for students with Emotional Disabilities. I am excited to learn more as our district goes 1:1 at the elementary level and ready to take on the challenge as I have so many different levels of students in one room.

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  32. I am also late to the game because of a very busy start to the summer, as well some technical difficulties. My name is Angie Johnson and I am a fourth grade teacher at Northwest Allen County Schools. As soon as this professional learning opportunity was offered, I ordered the book right away. I am very much looking forward to each of my students having access to their own computer in the classroom.

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  34. Hi! I am getting a late start to the summer book club as well, but I am very much looking forward to reading the book, reading the discussion posts, and adding my own comments. I am currently staying home with my children, but I have been a public school chemistry/ICP teacher in Indianapolis in the past. I am teaching science online and homeschool chemistry currently. I am looking forward to applying the things I learn through the book to all of these different learning environments.

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  35. The teacher elevation chapter was an easy read, and it was interesting to visualize how the author and Summit see potential specialization (i. e.: the teacher who spends a majority of her time compiling data dives for the school in which she serves).

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  36. I enjoy how the author presents integrated or modular devices both as equally viable technologies, dependent upon where the particular classroom/curriculum design is on the continuum.

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  37. In the midst of the summarizing the author does for us in this chapter, I really enjoyed the irony of companies like AT&T, which spent bundles and bundles trying to surpass the power of the 'old standard' vacuum tube with a 'new and improved' transistor.

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