Announcing the TeachersFirst 2020 Winter Book Study
TeachersFirst is hosting a winter book study again this year. We invite you to actively participate in our professional learning community made up of learners who are educators. Our virtual book study is a great way to do professional learning that you might not have tried before or thought of doing outside of your school. Of course, when trying something new, it’s always great to have some friends to try it along with. If you are thinking about joining the book study this winter, get in touch with some colleagues - who are TeachersFirst members - and ask them to join as well.
The Book: The book we will be reading is Learning Transported by Jaime Donally. The book introduces immersive technologies (augmented, virtual and mixed reality) and explains how to customize their use in safe, affordable ways. The Source for Learning (our non-profit organization) will reimburse you for the purchase of your eBook. We are limited to 40 participants so sign up soon.
About the Book Study: Participants will be invited to join our online conversation space hosted in Microsoft Teams. Each week participants will be expected to read a few book chapters and join in a conversation about them. Optional application exercises will be available for additional professional development hours. Participants should plan on spending 2 hours a week on the required reading, discussion and optional activities.
Participant Eligibility Criteria: TeachersFirst book studies are a member benefit. In order to participate in the book study you must be a TeachersFirst member (see how to register for FREE membership) and you must have participated in an OK2Ask workshop between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
January 6: The Winter 2020 Book Study begins
January 7: Kick-off webinar at 7 PM Eastern Time. We will discuss the organization of the book study and participant expectations.
Throughout January: Reading, discussion, and application will continue a few chapters at a time each week with formal discussions ending on February 7.
February 11: Closing webinar including a discussion with the author about how our perspectives may have changed.
- Join conversations about how immersive technologies can support learning goals
- Discover ideas and tools you can use to develop lessons that incorporate immersive technologies.
- Learn to match immersive technology with instructional applications.
- Share your thoughts with other book study participants.
- Tell colleagues how your reading influences your views on using immersive technology in the classroom.
- Build your willingness to try a new approach to finding out “what works” for your students.
- Discover inspirational points from the book that affect your perspective on technology implementation.
EARN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT
Participants who attend the virtual meetings and complete all of the required readings and discussion will receive a certificate for 10 hours of professional development. Throughout the study, additional PD credits can be earned through completion of optional application exercises.
SIGN UP HERE - Participation is limited to the first 40 eligible TeachersFirst members who sign up.