Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#INeLearn Reminders Using IFTT Recipes

Last week we set up a Remind notification for #INeLearn Chat. We will use that on Thursdays to remind subscribers of the topic in the afternoon and at the start of chat in the evening.  This week, we've created a few IFTT (If This Then That) Recipes that you can personalize for your own use. These are set up for eastern time zone, but you can edit them for central time zone as needed. If you are not familiar with IFTT, you can learn more about the tool here.
IFTTT Recipe: #INeLearn Reminder with Twitter DM connects date-time to twitterIFTTT Recipe: #INeLearn Chat notification for Android connects date-time to android-notificationsIFTTT Recipe: #INeLearn Chat text reminder connects date-time to sms

Monday, August 25, 2014

#INeLearn in now on Remind

We've seen a number of you ask us for reminders when a relevant #INeLearn Chat is coming up. We understand that a busy school day might mean that you miss our Tweets on Thursdays, so we are partnering up with Remind (previously known as Remind 101) to offer you a more personalized message. To learn more about Remind and how it works, check out this post from last year's Web 2.0 Challenge.

There are three ways that you can subscribe to our Remind notices. Directions for each method are below. Choose whichever method is most convenient to you--use the app, visit this link and enter your mobile phone number or email address, or use your cell to send us a text.

Once you are registered, we will be connected and you will start receiving a text message (or email if that's what you selected). You do not need to download the app to use Remind.

We would like to hear your thoughts on how to best use this tool. It is our intention to only send notices on Thursdays prior to the chat and on rare occasions such as face-to-face special events.

Monday, July 7, 2014

#INeLearn Chat takes to edcampHome 3.0 this week!

#INeLearn Chat is doing something different this week! Instead of meeting on Twitter at 8p.m. EST on Thursday evening, we are encouraging everyone to take part in EdCampHome 3.0!

What is edcampHome 3.0? It's an opportunity to join an edcamp from the comfort of your couch or patio! It is an invitation to learn from teachers all over the world using the edcamp model! It is the chance to participate in an edcamp where every session is recorded and you can share the recordings later! The event will take place online using Google On Air hangouts from 7-10 p.m. EST which coincides with our #INeLearn Chat time. We encourage you share your learning using the #INeLearn hashtag.

In order to be a live attendee in the EdCampHOME Google Hangout on Air, you MUST be a member in the Google+ EdCampHOME community by Tuesday, July 8th. If you did not make the deadline, YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE!  What the organizers have done in the past is share the YouTube links for non-registered folks to view. If the moderator enables the Q & A feature, viewers can also ask questions and be a part of the discussion. As an observer, you can share your takeaways using Twitter and #INeLearn.

We are trying something new, so be watching for updates as we learn more on how to participate in EdCampHome 3.0.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

R is for Response

We've been using the Q & A format during our chats for the last year or so. The format came out of the need to help newbies (all of us really) identify moderator questions easier. Today I met a relatively new Twitter user who brought up an interesting point. She's lurked on chats, but has not felt comfortable responding with "an answer." She suggested that we use Q & R instead. As we talked about it, I was sold. The idea that learning is a series of questions and answers makes me shudder....so why would we want to continue formatting chat this way. By deliberating shifting to Rs we are freeing chat participants to respond (R) in any manner that makes sense to them. Maybe it's a reply framed as an answer, but it could be a question or reflective thought. I'm really excited to introduce this tonight with Keshia who is joining me to moderate our chat on digital reading and writing. Here's what it will look like:

Q1 In the last 5yrs (w/tech advancements) how has/could have teaching writing or reading​ changed? #INeLearn
R1: Share your thoughts #INeLearn


Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's almost time for ISTE

Tonight's chat topic is ISTE themed. John Keller, who is guest moderating for us tonight has served on the ISTE Board and is sure to have great insights to share with us. To prepare, we've pulled together several blog posts and resources to share with you:
Whether you are able to attend this national conference or will virtually participate by following along on its hashtag #ISTE2014, tonight's chat will be a great conversation about ISTE standards and what educators are looking for in edTech conferences in general. Do plan on joining us!