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Welcome back to Connected Educator Month!
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on CEM
Some of you know that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been following the goings-on with Connected Educator Month with interest (he’s been tweeting regularly about it). Now he’s offered some thoughts long-form in a new video about the event, how it’s going, what it means and why it’s important…
Adopt A Colleague
There’s been some interesting and very thoughtful discussion this week in the education blogosphere about the extent to which CEM is reaching the previously unconnected (starting with Tom Whitby’s terrific post here, and continuing here, and here). We’re seeing much higher participation than we projected, and a number of educators we’re communicating with seem to be new to online communities (welcome, all—we’re especially glad to have you join us!). But there’s no question, given how many unconnected educators there are, that we could be reaching more.
So we want to encourage everyone to take up an idea that came up during the first CEM session of the month—adopt a colleague. Find a colleague at your school, district, or state who is not already part of an online community and bring them to a CEM event/activity. Then send them the CEM Starter Kit, which gives them one easy way to get more connected every day. Or take one of the many other steps Stephanie Sandifer suggests in her excellent blog post on getting more of the unconnected involved.
If you really feel strongly about CEM and/or connected education, consider grabbing our CEM Supporter Kit to show your support and further spread the word, or our CEM District Starter Kit, which shows districts how to integrate CEM into back to school PD and other ways to get involved. We’re only a little more than halfway through the month, and there’s a lot of what we’re building together that’s going to continue—and grow—after the month is over, so there’s still plenty of time to get more colleagues involved.
Save The Date: Karen Cator joins DML LIVE, Tuesday, Aug 21, 10AM ET
Karen Cator, the US Department of Education’s Director of Educational Technology, joins the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative in a live webinar to share the purpose of Connected Educator Month, why it’s so crucial to connect educators with one another, what we’re learning from CEM, and what’s next for the Connected Educators initiative.
Learning Registry Adds Chrome Plug-In, Solicits Entries For CEM
The national Learning Registry has created new Chrome plug-in for Connected Educator Month and is soliciting new entries to the registry about online and open source learning resources you’ve found useful. Click this link for more information!
Leadership Week Continues: SEDTA, LIVE Today (Aug 17) 2 PM ET
Join the State Education Technology Directors Association and their assess4ed community for an “Ideas That Work” webinar on programs that support drop-out prevention and college and career readiness.
Saywire, Evans Newton: Essential Tools for Optimizing Professional Development Communities, LIVE Today (Aug 17), 1 PM ET
Join Saywire’s Chief Technology Officer Josh Hoover and Carole Everhart, Director of Professional Learning, Coaching and Virtual Implementation at Evans Newton Inc as they share how they’re using available online building blocks to create vibrant professional learning communities on the Saywire platform.
One Solution Tree Book Giveaway Ends Today, Another Begins
In honor of Connected Educator Month, Solution Tree has been running a series of book giveaway contests. Today is your last day to enter to win Alan November’s Who Owns The Learning. The next book you can win (through Aug. 24) is Will Richardson’s Personal Learning Networks
- Scholastic will be hosting a Facebook chat on classroom management with author Kelly Bergman (author of 4 Keys to Successful Classroom Management: Professional Development Binder) on Sunday at 7 PM ET
- The Learning 2.0 conference kicks off with a one day unconference all day Sunday
- Looking to get more connected? Two educators, Denise Krebs and Sheri Edwards, share their stories of how they “jumped in” in hopes it will help others do the same. Saturday at 2 PM ET, on P2PU.
- K12 Next Generation presents an online class about matching open educational resources to learning styles on Sunday at 2 PM ET
- The Connected Educator Collaboration Challenge, a collaboration itself between Flat Classroom and TakingITGlobal, kicks off at midnight on Sunday, with no waiting in virtual lines!
- The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) releases the result of its Vision K-20 survey on Saturday, a self-assessment that helps organizations monitor their progress integrating technology in their institutions. The results will be discussed by SIIA in an edWeb webinar at 12 PM ET on Wednesday, August 22 as part of CEM Leadership Week.
For more CEM help and resources, see the CEM Calendar and the CEM Getting Started page, which includes links to our CEM Starter Kit, Help Desk, Book Club, District Starter Kit, CEM Supporter Kit and more.
The Connected Educators project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under contract (ED-PEP-10-C-0059) with the American Institutes for Research in partnership with five organizations, including the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), Forum One Communications, the Friday Institute for Education Innovation, Grunwald Associates LLC, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).
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