Monday, November 9, 2015

We're headed to HECC

Will you be at the HECC Conference this Thursday? Several members of the #INeLearn moderator team will be there as will this week's guest moderator. If you are interested in participating in a face-to-face meetup or Live Chat Thursday night, let us know. We're taking suggestions for locations. Comment below.

Friday, October 23, 2015

IU Preservice Teachers Takeover #INeLearn Chat

It's a Connected Educator Month TAKEOVER! A group of preservice teachers and future edtech leaders from IU School of Education, who want to gain a deeper understanding of best-practice methods for facilitating classroom technology integration, are taking over #INeLearn. They have spent the past 2-3 years studying the field and are eager to learn more about teachers’ and administrators’ personal experiences. Show your support for our future colleagues by joining us Thursday, Oct. 29th at 9pm EST. Our topic is Strategies  & Advice for Emerging Technology Teachers & Leaders.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Chat Strand

Our moderator team is growing and we have redesigned the focus for our 4th Thursday #INeLearn chats. The new strand is designed for the classroom teacher. The exciting news is that you don't have to be 1:1 to gain from our discussions! Join us at 9 p.m. EST on the hashtag to welcome our newest members of the #INeLearn moderator team, Brittany Banister and Tiffany Copple. We encourage you to learrn more about these educators on their blog 2 Techie Teachers. This week's #INeLearn topic will be Digital Citizenship in honor of National Digital Citizenship Week! See you Thursday night.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Charting Transitions to Digital Instructional Materials

Has your administration encouraged innovative use of textbook funds for digital instructional materials or devices? If so, our October 8th chat will be of interest! We are excited to welcome SETDA to the #INeLearn Chat for a discussion focused on policies and practices. Joining our moderator for online and blended learning, Michele Eaton, will be Christina Fox, SETDA's Director of Educational Leadership and Research. They will co-host a conversation on Charting Transitions to Digital Instructional Materials.

On October 7th, SETDA will launch the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Portal (DMAPS), an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The goal of this portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. 

Site users including educators, policy makers and the private sector can review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials in multiple was including individual state profiles, a comparison tool and via an interactive map that displays national trends. This work will help state educational leaders, and school district leaders on state policy related to procuring instructional materials (including non-traditional instructional materials, such as digital content) to best meet the needs of their students. In addition, instructional materials publishers, technology developers, and investors can learn more about the relative friendliness of states to encourage innovation with respect to instructional materials.