Blogging Educators: The new Teachers Lounge

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A group of bloggers who focus on online and blended learning reflected on what they learned at the Virtual School Symposium 2012 in New Orleans.

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Blogging Educators: The new Teachers Lounge

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Introductions
  3. 3. 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.)
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Wiki: inacol.wikispaces.com
  6. 6. Blog: inacol.wordpress.com
  7. 7. IndividualExperiences/Transformations • From non-blogger to blogger
  8. 8. Logistics of Blogging and Engaging Others
  9. 9. Focus: Voices ofOnline and Blended Learning
  10. 10. Why is this Critical?• Communities of Practice• Professional (and Personal) Learning Network (PLN)• Professional Development
  11. 11. How to be visible?
  12. 12. Please join us!• Email Rob: rdarrow@inacol.org
  13. 13. “Whip Around” (Final thoughts/comments by everyone)Hockey Circle Panorama Planet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29143375@N05/5294224165/.CC attribution.
  14. 14. Contact InformationKey Links: – Wiki: http://inacol.wikispaces.com/ – Blog: http://http://inacol.wordpress.com/•Rob Darrow, (rdarrow@inacol.org)•Jonathan Oglesby, (joglesby@inacol.org )

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