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...
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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!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

You're Invited to the First #INeLearn Chat of 2014

Join us for #INeLearn Chat tonight. Realizing that many of you are transitioning back into the regular school schedule today or perhaps remain on winter break, we wanted to make this a fun, drop-in kind of event! You are welcome for the full hour or whatever bit of time you can share with us! Here's a sampling of what we'll be chatting about as we celebrate ringing in a new calendar year:

  • Offer a toast to connected learning ~ In October 2013 we had a month full of Connected Educator events. How did you benefit from being connected in 2013? How do you plan to stay or become connected in 2014?

  • Add your 2013 #eduwin ~ What is something that went well in '13 that you plan to continue growing or supporting?

  • Share your education resolution for 2014 ~ As you think about education in general, what is something we should resolve to do or resolve not to do that can impact our classrooms, schools and communities?

  • What is on your reading list for 2014? Books that you haven't got to or that are soon to be published, organizational publications, bloggers and Tweeters...we want to know what will feed you in the new year!

  • We will be taking topic suggestions for the New Year ~ #INeLearn Chat exists so that educators around the state can come together to discuss topics relevant to digital learning and the transformative potential and challenges that being connected brings to the classroom. We proudly encourage student voice in our chats and were able to highlight this more prominently in 2013. We also tested out a couple of collaborative chats in November and December and remain open to honorary Hoosiers joining us. Whether you are a regular or just joining for the first time, what types of conversations would you like to see taking place in 2014?

  • Anytime between 8-9 p.m. EST, we invite you to send a tweet and include the hashtag #INeLearn to say hello. If you are new to Twitter Chat, visit the New to Chat tab for tips on getting started.