How will it work? Every other week (approximately!) from October 2012 through March 2013, we’ll post a new lesson here on this blog. They’ll be listed on the right side of this page. There will be a total of 9 lessons or “things.” Each lesson will cover a different topic and will include:
An introduction to the topic & tools
Examples of how those tools can be used in schools & libraries
Basic directions on how to use one or more of the tools
A short exercise to complete.
What do I need to get started?
A sense of curiosity, an interest in learning and an email address.
How do I let you know I’ve completed an exercise?
After you’ve explored the tools for a lesson and completed the exercise, you’ll write a brief blog post about what you learned. (We’ll cover blogging in the Thing 1!) That’s the only way we’ll have of knowing if you’ve completed the lessons. And that’s it! Complete all the “things” and you’ll receive professional development hours. (see below for details)
How much do I have to write in my blog posts?
Each blog post must describe the activities you have completed for each lesson. Remember to title your post for each lesson with something like this: Thing 1: Blogging. Describe what your experience was learning about the topic (easy, hard, impossible!), ideas about how you can use this in your library or school, and any other comments, tips, ideas that you want to share. While we don’t expect a dissertation on every topic, we do expect thoughtful reflection and active participation that is clear in the post.
Can I participate anonymously? Absolutely! Since you can control all the information that you share on your blog and you can choose to use a screen-name that does not reveal your identity to the public. Only the organizers will know your identity so we can track your participation.
How much time will it take?
This depends on how much you want to do. We estimate that you’ll need 2 hours for each lesson. Completion time will also depend on your previous online experience and your interest in the particular tools featured. All of these modules will be self-paced and can be completed in increments so your work time can be spread throughout the weeks allotted to each lesson.
What if I need help? Who can I call? There will be lots of ways to get help! If you’re partnering with a colleague in your school, you’ll probably want to work through the lessons together and share your tips and ideas. Also check to see if any of your friends and colleagues are participating and can help you out. This is a great way to develop a “personal learning network” that will last well beyond this program. Reading other participants’ blogs can be a great source of help too. And you can also post comments on the lesson blog post here on this site. That way we can all try to help each other by sharing our questions and solutions.
What about continuing education hours?
Yes! If you complete all 9 lessons you’ll receive 18 contact hours. Complete 5 of the activities (Thing 1: Blogging & your choice of 4 others) for 10 contact hours.
Have other questions?
Post a comment below and we’ll try to answer it!