Teachers on the cutting edge have been using social media, online networks and other tools to share best practices and build expertise for years. October 2013 marks the second annual Connected Educator Month—an opportunity to spread these practices, explore new resources and widen the circle of online collaborative learning to include teachers at every grade level and subject area.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Connected Educator Month recognizes the power of online social learning to provide real professional development and create more dynamic digital learning opportunities. Here are five ways you can celebrate connected learning and build your own stable of resources this October:
More than 240 free Connected Educator events will take place during October on topics from the Common Core to MOOCs. Are you an early childhood educator? A principal? A STEM specialist? There’s something for everyone on the Connected Educator Month calendar. Check out 21st Century Classroom Management, Creating a Connected Classroom and Developing Ethical Decision-Making Through Play to get started.
Host a tweetchat, webinar or other event you’d like to share with connected educators? You can submit additional calendar events here. Use the official CEM Twitter hashtag #ce13 and continue the conversation in the Twitter-sphere.
In the Connected Educators community directory, you’ll find dozens of recommended websites and online teaching tools. The CME blog showcases new ideas, tools and resources for educators with guest posts by educational experts. You can show off your talents and skills with CME digital badges. Organizations that issue badges to educators for connected learning can also submit a new badge to be featured on the Connected Educators site.
Check out the edConnectr Community, where you’ll find other educators looking to connect and collaborate. You can share your areas of expertise, explore topics you’d like to learn more about and talk to peers nationwide this interactive, online community.
Encourage a colleague or friend to get online and discover the tremendous resources available for teaching, learning and networking.
You can download the CEM promotional package to get promotional graphic, text and a postcard to send to your contacts. You can also post the graphics on your website or share as pictures on your Facebook account.
Reach out to any SEA colleagues by sharing the CEM SEA webpage, which has information, tools and resources just for states.
Join the Connected Educator Month Book Club – a new book launches each week throughout October. Read books about or related to connected learning, then discuss them with your peers and the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog (in edConnectr) and two real-time webinar discussions in Blackboard Collaborate in this room. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events.