The Network

Lunch. Learn. Lead.

Welcome!

  • Sign in and get some lunch.
  • Use the instructions at your table to create a Google+ account and access our Network Community.
  • As you read the article "The #InnovatorsMindset," use the sticky notes at your table to capture words, phrases, ideas, or connections that resonate with you. Use as many sticky notes as you need!
  • Be ready to share with your table group at 11:45.
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In Your Table Group...

Discuss your thinking and create affinity groups of your sticky notes.

WHY we are here...

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Network GOALS

Explore and define the transformative uses of technology, from specific technology tools to the growth mindset required to embrace innovation and embed transformative use in our practice, including:


  • Experience and embed the use of new technology tools in your work
  • Reflect on your learning to build empathy for classroom practitioners and help identify common challenges to implementation
  • Network and collaborate with innovative colleagues
  • Build your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

By the End of Our Time Together Today,

You will have experienced:


  • an online community through Google+
  • posting and replying to the posts of others
  • tools and strategies to make thinking visible
  • questioning strategies to promote iteration and refinement of thinking
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Write a POST in our Google+ Community...

Go to the DISCUSSIONS category in the menu on left side of Community (note that this menu stays constant as you navigate the Community).

Click in "Share what's new..." box to write your post: Consider your answers to the questions:


  • why you are here?
  • what do you hope to learn?
  • what are your personal learning goals?
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Interview Line

  • Line up in order by birth day (month/day)
  • Fold line in half to create two lines
  • LINE A: In SIX WORDS or less, communicate your learning goal to your line partner.
  • LINE B: Pick a QUESTION STEM to push your partner's thinking.
  • Then SWITCH roles.
  • When signalled, move to your next line partner.
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Refining your personal LEARNING GOAL...

Now that you have heard from others and thought more deeply about what you hope to learn and accomplish as a result of joing the Network, you are going to create a VISUAL REPRESENTATION of your goal(s).


Your visual can be created using any digital tool (such as SketchPad, Canva, even PowerPoint). Your visual should:


  1. Communicate your learning goal
  2. Identify the support you will need to achieve your goal
  3. Suggest ways you will know that you have met your goal



When your visual is ready to share, post it as a photo in the LEARNING GOALS category of the Network Community. If you finish early, take a look at the posts of other Network members and reply to their goals. If you use a tool that you love, please share it in the RESOURCES category of the Network Community so that we can learn from you!

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An Example:

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Wrapping Up...

Today, you experienced:


  • an online community through Google+
  • posting and replying to the posts of others
  • tools and strategies to make thinking visible
  • questioning strategies to promote iteration and refinement of thinking


If you have any remaining QUESTIONS or FEEDBACK, please post in our Community.

Keeping the Learning Going...

  • Find a Learning Partner or Partners: After viewing the posts of others, look for people with similar goals to your own. You may know this person well, or you may find alignment with someone you do not know at all. That’s great! Reply to their post, and be ready to connect at the next Network meetup on December 18th. Same time, same place!

  • Post Your Network Gains: As a result of today’s meeting, we ask that you celebrate your network gains - new connections to people, new thinking, actions taken, tools used, etc. Post these in in the NETWORK GAINS category in our Community.

  • Come Back for More: Once a week, we will post a "Five Minute Read" in our community. We are trying to create new habits of connection and contribution, and will be looking for ways to celebrate your engagement!!! We encourage you to read and comment to keep our conversation going between sessions.

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