Connected Educator Month Is Coming – What Will You Do?

If you are reading this post, the odds are that you are already somewhat of a “connected educator.” Of course, if you are “connected” then you know that there are some responsibilities that come along with that designation.  One of the primary tasks of a connected educator is to help others learn about the tremendous rewards inherent in online social learning.

With this in mind, the United States Department of Education has designated the month of October as “Connected Educator Month.” The description below comes from the Connected Educator Month District Toolkit created by Powerful Learning Practice:

Connected Educator Month (CEM) is a month-long celebration of community, with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving toward a fully connected and collaborative profession. 

 The goals of Connected Educator Month include:

  • Helping more districts promote and integrate online social learning into their formal professional development
  • Stimulating and supporting collaboration and innovation in professional development
  • Getting more educators connected (to each other)
  • Deepening and sustaining the learning of those already connected

So, what will you do? How will you promote the power of Connected Learning for others? Whatever its is, be sure to share your ideas here! That's what being connected is all about!

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  1. […] "If you are reading this post, the odds are that you are already somewhat of a “connected educator.” Of course, if you are “connected” then you know that there are some responsibilities that come along with that designation. One of the primary tasks of a connected educator is to help others learn about the tremendous rewards inherent in online social learning."  […]

    September 23, 2013
  2. […] If you are reading this post, the odds are that you are already somewhat of a "connected educator." Of course, if you are "connected" then you know that there are some responsibilities that come along with that designation. One of the primary tasks of a connected educator is to help others learn about the tremendous rewards inherent in online social learning.  […]

    September 23, 2013
  3. I am going to host an afterschool workshop for teachers on using Twitter to get connected. I will first tell them how I use Twitter to connect with other educators. Then I will help them set up Twitter accounts if they haven’t done so already. After that, I will send them to scatter out throughout the building and we will hold the rest of our tech time through hashtag Twitter discussion.

    September 23, 2013
    • Janelle,

      Thanks for sharing your plans! We would love to share more here on the blog after you are finished. Let us know how it goes!

      September 26, 2013
  4. […] “If you are reading this post, the odds are that you are already somewhat of a “connected educator.” Of course, if you are “connected” then you know that there are some responsibilities that come along with that designation.”  […]

    September 23, 2013
  5. Hi Patrick,

    Some of the things I’m able to do at the district level to spread the importance of building PLN is through offering trainings about Twitter, blogging, etc. I’ve also been successful in offering online classes to my district about these.

    I’d like for our district to accept participation in events like the plethora offered during Connected Educator’s month as part of their professional development training. Each year I’ve proposed this, I get fewer and fewer district admin telling me no. So, I keep asking at strategic moments and making my case. They know I’ll continue to push these boundaries and provide solutions… and I believe that one of these days there will be a yes as a response since it’s a reasonable request to pursue.

    Kind regards,
    Tracy

    October 6, 2013

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