Teacher’s Lounge: Collaborative Communication for Online and Blended Learning Educators • Jonathan Oglesby, Rob Darrow, Kristin Kipp, Mike Shumake • Bekci Kelly, James Brauer, Joy Nehr • VSS: October 2012, #vss12 www.inacol.org
Our Purpose• To increase our knowledge about how to blog in a non- threatening supportive environment• To build a community of online educators who like to blog• To provide the online or blended teacher/administrator/parent/student voice to the ongoing state and national discussion about online and blended learning (stories, experiences, etc.)
Overview: What we have done• Series of activities to become a blogger – Wiki: inacol.wikispaces.com• Weekly online meetings, Wednesdays at 5 ET via Blackboard Collaborate• Comment on each other’s blog entries – Blog: inacol.wordpress.com
IndividualExperiences/Transformations • From non-blogger to blogger
Logistics of Blogging and Engaging Others
Focus: Voices ofOnline and Blended Learning
Why is this Critical?• Communities of Practice• Professional (and Personal) Learning Network (PLN)• Professional Development
How to be visible?
Please join us!• Email Rob: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Whip Around” (Final thoughts/comments by everyone)Hockey Circle Panorama Planet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29143375@N05/5294224165/.CC attribution.