Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Connected Educator Month draws to an end, but the work is just getting started!

It seems fitting that for our last Pinnovation during Connected Educator Month that we are focusing on capacity building. This is the emphasis of much of the Office of eLearning's work. From grants designed to support innovation planning and implementation in districts to designing cohorts of educator experts across the state, the work of INeLearn is about advancing the transformational capacity of educational technology and improving student outcomes through its intential use.

The message that Collaboration and Capacity Building theme leaders, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), stressed throughout the month is that we need to move beyond the random acts of connection in order to sustain change.

If you have not already begun following Connected Educators on Pinterest, now is the time to do so. You will also want to check out the boards being curated by the NCLE and the NCTE, this week's theme supporters.  Below we are highlighting this week's theme with boards from Connected Educators and INeLearn. Join us tomorrow night for our state Twitter Chat topic around this theme.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement

We are especially excited for the Connected Educator Month theme that we are focusing on this week. In part because last week, the Office of eLearning sponsored Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom at the Indiana Connected Educators annual conference. Martinez presented the keynote, A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement, at a special pre-conference event and led workshops the following day. Attendees fully immersed themselves in the Maker experience! We could see that since we hosted the book club last spring, that the Maker Movement is growing across the state.

Another big part of the excitement stems from our office launching the Hoosier Student Digital Leaders program as part of our celebration of Digital Citizenship Week. The Hoosier Student Digital Leaders (HSDL) is designed to be a network for school programs that provide students the opportunity to develop digital leadership skills in technology integration and innovation by assisting their school community with technology support and through positive models of digital citizenship. And today, we announce the first annual Digital Media Festival as part of the HSDL program! This year's theme is cyberbullying.

Continuing with the theme of Student Agency, this week's #INeLearn Twitter Chat topic is "How do teachers encourage students to monitor their academic progress in a 1:1 environment?" Our 1:1 coach moderator, Keshia Seitz is collaborating with guest co-moderator @education_geek to lead this conversation. If you cannot make the chat, you can always find the archives on our #INeLearn board.

Our Pinnovation Boards for this week include:
Blogging with Students or on Your Own

Maker-Movement, Programming, and Coding

Hoosier Student Digital Leaders

Bullying Prevention Education

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leadership for Change

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the leader for the Connected Educator Month theme Leadership for Change, so we headed over to their collection of Pinterest boards to see what they've been curating. Right away, we spotted Trends and Leaders, which is sure to provide you with some new resources. In fact, take your time and explore all 19 boards that this organization has been building. You're bound to uncover several pins that connect to Leadership for Change.

Leadership pins that we've found ourselves creating include links to ISTE's own Lead and Transform Movement, which helps education leaders rethink learning in the context of being connected.  There are plenty of resources including a free diagnostic tool to get aquainted with, but none more popular than the ISTE Standards.

The Standards for Administrators have been the foundation for #INeLearn Chats on the third week of the month this school year. Moderator Kim Hendrick has been guiding participants through a discussion of Visionary Leadership. This Thursday at 9 p.m. EST, join us for a chat on Excellence in Professional Practice. After the chat, you can find the archive on our blog and on the #INeLearn board.

Today's post wouldn't be complete without pointing you to the official Connected Educator Month board on Leadership for Change and spotlighting our own board on Leadership.  Are you pinning resources around leadership? We encourage you to share a link to your board in the comments below.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blended Learning

It's the second week of Connected Educator Month, and in Indiana we are focused on the Blended Learning theme. In addition to exploring today's Pinnovation, we invite you to join us tomorrow night at 9EST for our regular #INeLearn Twitter Chat. Lending us their expertise are guest moderators from the Patins Project, a state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive-accesible technology for assisting local educational agencies in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials. The topic for discussion is: How do you incorporate UDL into Blended Learning?

To learn more about this week's CEM theme, do take advantage of the webinars and tweetups being planned by CUE. As theme leader, CUE is facilitating a discussion board using LinkedIn via the Blended Teacher Network.  They have also started the official CEM Blended Learning Pinterest Board.

The Office of eLearning has been curating Blended Learning resources on Pinterest for the last year. Our board is a great place to begin your search if you are looking for resources from experts in the field. You will find a variety of things to consider as you develop a plan for and implement blended learning in your classroom or school.

Once you are committed to the instructional design of blended learning, we have two other sets of Pinterest boards that may be of interest. The first is a collection of Digital Content boards. This original Digital Content board is for sites that cover multiple disciplines, for posts that share tips for moving from traditional to digital content, and for tools you can use to create or manage digital content. Originally, we pinned everything to it, but over time we broke out resources by content area.

Content specific boards include:
English Language Arts
World Language

Every teacher needs supplies and materials to implement instruction, and blended teachers are no exception. We encourage you to poke around in our set of Toolbox boards. We started out with the general Toolbox and then created several smaller toolboxes with specific focuses:

Cloud Storage
Graphic Organizers
Presentation Creation
Video Making

We'd love to hear what Pinterest boards you are following for professional learning around Blended Learning. Leave us a comment below!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Where to Begin with So Many Connected Educator Month Themes to Choose from?

We decided to select Educator Professional Development and Learning for our first 2014 Connected Educator Month Pinnovation. This theme is being led by the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD). They have put together a comprehensive page of events and resources for you. In that you can find the Connected Educator Month official Pinterest board for Educator Professional Development and Learning. We've already repinned a few things from there and will continue to follow the board for ongoing learning. Check out what else we've been pinning:

NEW to INeLearn's collection is the board, Empowering Educators to be Future Ready. It is specifically focused on providing tools to help teachers effectively leverage learning data to make better instructional decisions.

A more lighthearted collection, Videos That Inspire Us, pulls together many of our favorites from Summer of eLearning conference keynotes and more.

What are some learning goals you want to be working on this year?

  • Are you in need of methods for helping your students read and comprehend online text? If so, we encourage you to begin with Supporting the Digital Reader.
  • Have you considered the advantages to using collaborative documents for developing better writers? Check out Supporting the Digital Writer.
  • Do you want to brush up on your own knowledge about image copyright in order to model Digital Citizenship for your students? We have some resources for you! Copyright Questions We All Have
  • Do you want to find new ways to engage your learners? We have boards on Gamification and Genius Time that can help you with that.

Check out our complete collection and let us know if there's something you are interested in learning about that we aren't currently covering.

We hope to see you back here next Wednesday, when we share our Pinterest boards around Blended Learning!