Virtual School Meanderings

November 30, 2012

EDCOCP/CEM: PLN Video Winners, Free Connected Education Book, Giving Credit, EPIC-ED Webinars, Restarting the CEM Calendar

From Wednesday’s inbox…

PLN Video Winners, Free Connected Education Book, Giving Credit, EPIC-ED Webinars, Restarting the CEM Calendar
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Hello everyone—

We’re back!  We decided everyone needed a bit of a breather after CEM, not to mention an opportunity to put what we’ve already learned into practice before adding more, but we’ll be resuming regular newsletters from here on out…

PLN Video Contest Winners Announced
Many education experts recommend personal learning networks (PLNs), but it’s often not clear how to create or use one.  To help address this, Intel and Powerful Learning Practice sponsored a Show Us Your PLN video contest during CEM and beyond.  You can learn more about PLNs by checking out the top entries here.

Tomorrow (Nov 29): CEM Giving Credit Webinar Follow-On
One of the month-long themes of CEM was Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due, recognizing and rewarding educators for their investments in professional development. Two Giving Credit panelists/forum founders, Claudia L’Amoreaux and Ruth Rominger, have organized a follow-on webinar featuring Dr. Pamela Moran (Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools), Becky Fisher, Liza Katz, and Erin Brockette Reilly (Managing Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab), discussing Connected Professional Development: Evolving Teacher Evaluation to Keep Pace with Emerging Participatory PD Models, at 12 PM ET on Thursday, November 29 (sorry for the short notice!)

Save the Dates: EPIC-ED Webinars December 3, December 6
EPIC-ED (a collaboration between the US Department of Education, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation) has two great upcoming webinars:

  • Monday, December 3, 3:00 PM ETOne Size Does Not Fit All; School districts from Illinois, Indiana, and Texas share their digital transition stories and successes.

  • Thursday, December 6, 1:00 PM ET – Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, Robyn Young, Ann McMullan, and Kim Sharp share strategies for school/district participation in Digital Learning Day, 2013.

New Collaborative Book on Connected Education Released
Powerful Learning Press announces the release of The Connected Teacher: Powering Up, a ground-breaking new book collectively written by a group of educators about ideas and strategies for connected change.  Sign up for your free copy here and join the book launch party on December 6 at 8:00 PM ET.

Getting More Involved: Restarting the CEM Calendar
So many of you have told us that “every month should be Connected Educator Month,” and we want to do what we can to make it so (within the limits of our resources).  One step we’re taking: In support of one of CEM’s key goals, we’re now accepting new entries on the CEM calendar that involve collaborations between three or more education organizations or online communities.  If you’ve got an upcoming event or activity that you think qualifies and want us to help you get the word out on the calendar (and beyond), please send it to us here:

PS Be sure to include the names of all the organizations involved in your event/activity in the description, and as much information as you can provide about the collaboration involved.

Thanks again to everyone for helping make CEM and the Connected Educators initiative a success so far—more soon!

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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