Sunday, October 27, 2013

Personalized Learning

Looking over the boards we've selected to showcase this week, it's clear we veered off the path a bit from what others have done with the theme of Personalized Learning. Much of the discussion in the Connected Educator Month Kick-Off Panel and in the theme curators' blog have been around what we have come to consider Customized Learning, or learning that is empowered by data. Last week in the 21st Century Learning Lab, three Indiana school districts came together to share their work in that area. If you missed the webinar, you can view the archive once it is posted here. If you're not already following INeLearn on Pinterest, you may want to go ahead and do that now. It's very likely you will soon see a Personalized/Customized Learning board making an appearance soon! 

In the meantime, the INeLearn Pinterest Boards we opted to highlight under this theme are instructional practices that allow learners to assume some control over their learning process.

Genius Time | 20% Time: Our first pick is one that definitively personalizes learning. With just a few pins to its name, this board is a result of an interest that developed in one of our #INeLearn Twitter Chats. If you're curious about what this might look like in a middle school, we encourage you to visit the S.O.L.E. (Self Organizing Learning) Class visit

Gamification: If you have never lost yourself in a game or experienced the all consuming drive to level up, it's hard to understand the power of gamifying instruction. While this collection is small, it's packed full of good information.

Blended Learning: Like Personalized Learning, there are many variations of what it means when we talk about Blended Learning. This board looks at how combining traditional face to face settings with digital learning can result in personalized instruction.

Flipped Learning: This flip of instructional time surged in popularity after educators Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams started sharing the story of how they restructured their classwork and homework practices. The phenomenon of Flipped Learning illustrates how hungry educators are for innovation.

For decades, educators have developed creative ways to engage their learners, yet often those stories were relegated to journals or simply never shared. Today, there are no silos preventing collaboration. There are no juries selecting whose story will be published. This is the power of being a Connected Educator in 2013. It's hard to believe this is the final week of CEM.  While the days have dwindled away, the excitement continues to build. We would love to hear how you celebrated this month and what practices you will carry through the remainder of the school year! Thank you for joining us on Pinnovation.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Innovating STEM and Literacy & an Invitation to Collaborate

We are very excited to have joined Connected Educators as a collaborative pinner on a few of their boards such as this week's featured theme, Innovating STEM and Literacy. And we were glad to reciprocate the invitation to Connected Educators, who is now pinning to our boards Social Media, Leadership and others featured on Pinnovation. 

If you are still learning your way around Pinterest, you can identify group boards in two ways. When you are looking at a pinner's collection of boards, there is a silhouette of a group alongside the board title (see above left). And if you have a board open, you will see multiple pinners' avatars on the info bar just under the title (see above right). Are you thinking you might want to create or turn one of your existing boards into a group board?  It's as easy as editing your board to invite another pinner. 

Being part of a group board is just one way to connect and collaborate using Pinterest. Of course, the primary means is the ability to repin with the Pin It button. This sharing from one group of followers to another is most common. You will also see users Like a pin, which is essentially just collecting from others and storing a resource away for personal use. The one function we encourage everyone to try out this week is commenting. Adding a comment to a pin amplifies the value of the resource. Sharing how you've used a resource, adding more details to the pin or even asking a question is what moves us from connecting to collaborating virtually.

We invite you to visit our boards related to this week's featured Connected Educator Month theme and leave a comment so that we know you've been by. We'd love to see some discussions develop!

STEM This board doesn't require any introduction. What we can tell you is that you may be surprised by one pin in this collection that has received 306 repins (at the time of publishing this post)!

While the next two boards may not be terribly innovative, they are collections of digital resources pinned to support educators leaving the traditional textbook and they support STEM in general.
You may notice that Digital Content: Math is a collaborative board. We have invited Indiana educators to pin to our collection of digital content boards. You can see we are still in need of a science educator to transform Digital Content: Science into a group board. Any Indiana educator who collects resources for digital learning is invited to join one of the content area group boards.  Are you ready to pin with us? Just complete this interest form. After confirming you're an Indiana educator, we will send you an invitation to pin.

Maker Movement, Programming, and Coding  While the Maker Movement is not just about technology, we decided to group it with other pins related to programming and coding.

Literacy As you will notice, this board has become a mix of digital literacy and traditional reading literacy. We'd love to hear your thoughts on keeping the board as one or splitting it into two.

Blogging with Students or on Your Own was a last minute addition to the list. Yesterday as we added the latest pin to the board, it occurred to us that blogging with students deserves to be included as an innovative approach to fostering literacy.  We encourage you to check out "Why Blogging Needs to Be in My Curriculum and Why My Students Need It!"

Thanks for dropping by and please leave a comment either here or on any of the boards featured this week! YOU make us better!

Monday, October 14, 2013

21st Century Classroom Management

Classroom management strategies rank high in educators’ professional interests. Promise to show how to engage the disengaged, and a book is published. Make classroom management the topic of a Twitter chat, and you are trending. Pin a blog post on digital distractions, and brace yourself for the number of repins. Even the DIY pumpkin spice latte syrup recipes don’t measure up to teachers’ thirst for this area of expertise.

The pinners for Connected Educator Month have developed a board on the classroom management theme that covers many diverse aspects of the topic. You can visit it here It prompted us to evaluate our boards and decide which ones best share resources and ideas that promote a positive, productive classroom environment. Here’s what we came up with:
Digital Responsibilities
This collection has a wide range of pins. Scan the board for everything from resources on learning about digital citizenship to tools that enable users to put digital responsibilities to work. You will also find current news stories highlighting the topic.

Raising Digital Citizens
Some things never change. The power of partnering with students’ parents is one of those things.  Both parents and educators are learning what it means to make good choices when connected so that we can pass those lessons on to our children. We encourage schools that pin for their community to create a board similar to this and share it with their school families. Perhaps you have parents who are strong advocates in this area. Consider enlisting them to pin to a group board.
Coaching/Embedded PD
This collection is still quite small, but it includes pins from supporting educators with digital tools to designing ways to engage learners in communication and collaboration in the connected classroom. Most importantly, it includes ISTE’s NETS for coaches.  We believe you will find standards one and three particularly valuable to classroom management.
AUP board
For more than a year, we’ve been encouraging discussion about moving beyond the standard, traditional Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for schools that have opened their networks to bring your own devices or have a one-to-one program. Rather than providing students a list of technical forbidden actions, we believe you can use the policy for instruction on what you can and should be doing with a digital device and global connections. As Dr. Scott McLeod says, “
We need more AUPs that emphasize YES! Instead of NO!” And yes, we pinned that.

We are very interested in sharing examples of responsible use policies that others have developed. If you have one to share, please leave us a comment with a link.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Celebrating Connected Educator Month 2013

You'll be disappointed if you're looking for a crayon inspired art project. You may be surprised that about half of what we repin comes from male Pinterest users. Truly, we are breaking the stereotypes associated with Pinterest for professional development.

About a year ago, the Office of eLearning began pinning resources for Indiana educators and pretty much anyone who opts to follow our boards. If you scan our pins, you'll find that they are focused on technology integration and all things related to transforming the profession of education. Our efforts on Pinterest are not centered on disseminating resources so much as an attempt to build a community of users who can ring in on the relevancy of pins and share ideas that amp up their value.  It's that potential for collaboration that makes us reach for the Pin It button on a regular basis.

In February 2013, we started this blog as part of a celebration of Digital Learning Day. We featured educators who found that Pinterest had impacted their professional practices and wanted to share their informal learning with others.  We recently revived the blog to begin focusing on the idea of developing Group Boards. For October, the Pinnovation blog will offer weekly posts on Connected Educator Month themes and highlight related boards that INeLearn is pinning.

For our first post, we thought we'd focus on the theme Making It Count: Integrating Social Learning Into Formal PDNaturally, we recommend you explore the Connected Educator Month organization's board for this theme: Integrating Formal PD into Social Learning but we would like to highlight 5 Boards from our collection as well.

1. Our Twitterific board has a number of guides and infographics, but more importantly it promotes several blog posts where educators share the value of professional learning possible through Twitter. 

2. The DIY PD board came about after Twitter chat discussions around the value of determining your own professional learning needs and not simply waiting for your school to provide what it is you really need in order to make the most of the technology available. There are also several options that can provide the experience of what it is like to be a digital learner.

3. Reimagine PD stems from the realization that schools will continue to provide professional development for their faculty, but if leaders continue to offer traditional models then teachers will continue to lead in the classroom using traditional pedagogies.  This board offers approaches that are learner centered and engaging.

4. When are we not looking for new people to push our thinking or to teach us a new trick or two? The EdTech Blogs Worth Exploring is exactly where to turn when you need to expand your PLN. We'd love to hear who you would Pin to this collection!

5.  Last but not least is our board on all things related to Connected Educator Month 2013!

We invite you to follow these boards, add comments and repin. We'll be back next week to tackle another CEM theme.