Saturday, July 4, 2015

#cyberPD: Let's Get It Started (Week 1)

Finally, it's time for #cyberPD begin.  This year is our 5th annual event.  Across the years our community has grown.  This year there are over 100 participants in our new #cyberPD Google Community.  This year we're discussing Digital Reading:  What's Essential by Bill Bass and Franki Sibberson.   I purchased the eReader version several weeks ago from NCTE.  It transferred easily into my Kindle app.

Week 1
This week - the week of July 5th - is our first week.  For this week's study we will be reading chapters 1 & 2.  We suggest after reading you post your reflection, in any form of media, and share it with the Google Community.  You can post directly in Google or you can link to your reflection.  We're suggesting reflections for chapters 1 & 2 be completed by Thursday, July 9th.  Then we're hoping participants will take the time to read the responses of other participants from Thursday - Saturday.

Our community has grown considerably since the first year of #cyberPD.  #cyberPD has managed to maintain a small community feel as it has grown because participants have always valued the conversation and have worked to read and comment on the posts of other participants.  We're recommending that participants comment on at least three reflections each week.

I, for one, can't wait to learn with you.

July's Professional Book Chat:  #cyberPD
  • Week of July 6th:  Read Chapter 1 & 2, digital response by 7/9
  • Week of July 13th:  Read Chapters 3-5, digital response by 7/16
  • Week of July 23rd:  Read Chapters 6 & 7, digital response by 7/23 
  • Final Twitter Chat with authors Franki Sibberson & Bill Bass:  Tuesday, July 28th at 8 p.m. EST
***Educators in Hilliard City Schools (please read here) will be discussing the assigned chapters each week on Twitter using the hashtag #cyberPD.  These chats will take place each Thursday at 10 a.m. EST.  If you do not teach in the district, you are still welcome to join these weekly conversations.  

How to Participate

  • Join the #cyberPD Google Community to connect and receive updates 
  • Read the selected chapters each week 
  • Respond digitally to each section by the Thursday of the assigned week
  • Thursday - Saturday take time to reply on at least 3 participant responses
Ways to Respond
  • Respond on your blog and link your post to the Google Community or
  • Post your thinking directly in the #cyberPD Community or
  • Create a digital response and post it in the Google Community 
  • You can also share thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #cyberPD 

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