Announcing the TeachersFirst 2017 Summer Book Study

TeachersFirst will be hosting a summer book study again this year. This is our way to invite you to actively participate in our professional learning community made up of learners who are teachers. A book study is a 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.

 

Details

The Book: We will be reading Integrating Technology in the Classroom by Boni Hamilton. The book is chock full of great ideas on how to get started integrating technology or how to take your implementation to a higher level. The Source for Learning, our corporate sponsor, will provide the ebook for every one of our participants. 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 Edmodo, a free learning community. Each week participants will be expected to read a few book chapters and join in a conversation about the chapters read the week before, and complete application exercises.

Participant 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, 2016 and May 31, 2017.


SCHEDULE:

July 3: The Summer 2017 Book Study begins

July 11: Kick-off webinar at 6PM Eastern Time. We will discuss the organization of the book study and participant expectations

Throughout July and August: Reading, discussion, and application will continue a few chapters at a time each week with formal discussions ending on August 14.

August 16: Closing webinar, including a discussion about how our perspectives may have changed.


Professional learning doesn't just happen during the school day or during the school year. Lots of professional learning happens in the “in between times.”  You don’t necessarily have to be at an in-service or a professional development workshop that your school is sponsoring.   Sometimes professional learning means you've gone to a Twitter chat and learned something new that you’d like to try in your classroom the next day.

The TeachersFirst book study will create a unique space that intersects the digital and physical world. We will discuss how what you are reading effects how you think about teaching; whether or not you might try something new or different when you get back to school; and we will want to know how the book inspires you to change your ideas on technology integration.

Participants who complete all of the book study components will receive a certificate for 45 hours of professional development.

Sign up: Participation is limited to the first 40 eligible TeachersFirst members who sign up.