Announcing the TeachersFirst 2020 Summer Book Study

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It’s time for our TeachersFirst® summer book study! We’re excited to invite you to participate in our professional learning community made up of educators. Our virtual book study is a great opportunity to try a new type of professional learning that you might not have thought of doing outside of your school. Trying something new is always better with friends, so if you’re thinking about joining the book study this summer, invite some eligible colleagues to join as well.

 

Details

Learning First, Technology Second Book CoverThe Book: This year, we will be reading Learning First, Technology Second (ISTE, 2017) by Liz Kolb. The book will introduce you to the Triple E Framework for technology evaluation, which will help you create learning experiences that use technology tools to meet stated learning goals. The Source for Learning will reimburse those who successfully complete the book study for the purchase of the eBook. We are limited to 40 participants, so make sure you 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 chapters and join a conversation about the previous week’s reading. Optional application exercises will be available for additional professional development hours. Participants should plan to spend 3-4 hours a week on the required reading and discussion.

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 webinar between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


SCHEDULE:

July 6: The Summer 2020 Book Study begins.

July 7: Kick-off webinar at 6 PM Eastern Time to discuss the organization of the book study and participant expectations.

Throughout July and August: Reading, discussion, and optional application activities will continue, a few chapters at a time, each week.

August 12: Closing webinar

August 14: Book Study ends.


OUTCOME HIGHLIGHTS

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  • Join conversations about how to effectively plan for the use of technology in the classroom
  • Discover ideas and tools you can use to align the use of instructional technology with your curricular goals.
  • Learn about the three ways technology can support your learning goals for your students.

PARTICIPATE!

  • Engage and share your thoughts with other book study participants.
  • Return to school in the fall ready to tell colleagues how your participation changed how you plan lessons.
  • 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 the required readings and discussions will receive a certificate for 20 hours of professional development. Throughout the study, up to an additional 24 PD credits may be earned through completion of optional application exercises.

SIGN UP HERE - Participation is limited to the first 40 eligible TeachersFirst members who sign up. Sign-up closes June 25th, 2020.