Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Topic this Week: Social Media in the Classroom

This week's topic comes from high school English teacher John Wells. John began broaching this subject with his senior classes since the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) went 1:1. The F. J. Reitz High School yearbook class, which John advises, successfully used social media to revamp their process of collecting photos and opened the door to school hashtags. Last summer he brought a panel of his students to the eRevolution to candidly share their decision making process when it comes to posting and responding to social media. He will be returning this summer for a panel discussion titled Students' View of Digital Citizenship.

John Wells considers himself an educator and innovator, constantly looking to improve what he does in the classroom to better help students learn and to aid teachers in utilizing technology in their curriculum. Through his work with EVSC's Community of Digital Educators (CODE), he has focused on the role social media can play in the classroom and the best practices on teaching digital citizenship.  Wells is a father of four and enjoys photography and young adult fiction.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Moderators Join #INeLearn Chat as Regulars

It has been my goal as our regular moderator to develop a team to move the #INeLearn chat into the next stage of development. While I am privileged to facilitate this work, I feel strongly that the more voices involved, the stronger our network.

Over the last year and a half, our #INeLearn chat has welcomed several guest moderators who either had a driving question they wanted to share with the network or an area of expertise that they were willing to construct a conversation around. I personally love these guest visits as they brought variety to our chats. And we will continue to welcome topic suggestions and guest moderators to #INeLearn Thursday nights. But we are also introducing a slightly more structured calendar.

This month I'm excited to announce that we now have a moderator team! Joining me are Michele Eaton and Kim Hendricks. You can learn more about each of these educator leaders on the Meet the Moderators page. Michele will be leading the 2nd Thursday chats with a focus on virtual and blended learning settings. Kim has taken on our 3rd Thursday chats and will be engaging the group in discussions around digital leadership. Our 4th Thursdays will continue to have a 1:1 emphasis. I look forward to introducing more guest moderators from the Coach Community for these chats. When we have a 5 week month, we will be using the People's Choice format for selecting a topic.  The first week of the month will remain flexible.    

I must thank all of our #INeLearn network members who are making this project a success!  I will continue to moderate, but really look forward to engaging more fully as a participant in chats. Not a Thursday passes that I don't end the day on a high note. I encourage you to welcome Michele and Kim to the #INeLearn PLN. They have some great topics lined up! Check out the plans for March.

See you on #INeLearn,
Michelle @mrg_3

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Votes Are In

The Topic for 3/6/14 is...
This poll was conducted using Twtpoll.com
Tell what you think about the topics that didn't get selected for tonight's chat. Should we consider offering another People's Choice in April and bringing some of the options back? Leave a comment below.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

And the Survey Says...

Does this phrase bring a television game show classic to mind? When I was a kid, Richard Dawson hosted Family Feud. After contestants had given their answer, we'd wait for Dawson to shout this with a sweeping arm to the monitor to see just what that survey of 100 people revealed. The control of the game went to the person who guessed the most popular answer.

Today, our society's attitude toward technology covers a wide range of perspective. As schools look to integrate educational technology, it makes sense to be informed about stakeholders' views and concerns related to the topic. Guess work may get you far on Family Feud, but it's unlikely to leave you feeling like a winner at a parent information night or school board meeting. Your team's success in connecting with your audience depends on knowing what specifically needs to be addressed.

The Speak Up Survey, a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, is a free suite of online surveys and reports that collect data from students, educators, parents and community stakeholders. The results are shared at the national, state and local levels. To learn more about the methodology of the study, click here.

For tonight's chat, we will be looking at our state's results on the parent survey that was offered this fall. Since we have just an hour to discuss the significance of the information and how it can provide meaningful input in the planning and implementation process, we will be sharing snippets from 8-9 p.m. EST. You may like to look over the complete results here.

If your district did not participate in the Speak Up Survey this year and you are interested in learning how to share this resource with your leadership, this presentation by Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer at Project Tomorrow, is a great place to start.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ever Wonder What Happens During #INeLearn Chats?

New ideas are born during #INeLearn Chats!  What do you have planned #DLDay? That was the general topic last Thursday when we gathered around our hashtag. We warmed up with a few questions before I asked, what a super-sized idea for celebrating Digital Learning Day might look like.

And that was the beginning...

What are you doing on #DLDay? Whatever it is Stop, Drop, and Tweet a 140 character reflection on your experience with EdTech. Use the hashtag #stopdropntweet and involve students or your class when appropriate. 

Check @stopdropntweet on Twitter for more ideas leading up to #DLDay on February 5th.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Digital Learning Day: Make a Difference

Join us Thursday, January 16th to chat about how you can be a part of this year's national Digital Learning Day!