Virtual School Meanderings

December 19, 2013

CEM: Last Day–Eddies, MIT Deeper Learning MOOC, DLD Planning, Huffington Post, More…

More from the CEM folks on Wednesday’s inbox…

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This week’s update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative, quite possibly the last one for 2013 (we’ll see):

Eddies Final Day Of Voting: Now Easier Than Ever
Voting for this year’s Edublogs Awards ends tonight (Wednesday) at 11:59 PM ET.  We’ve been nominated, in the Open PD category, and so have many other individuals and groups who have helped make CEM a success.

Come check out our list of CEM supporters to support–we’ve made voting from it a lot easier (you’ll see–we should have thought of this before)–no broken-down voting machines, long lines, or hanging chads, so come vote (and get out the vote) for your favorites today! (“new & improved!”)

New Deeper Learning MOOC (MIT Media Lab, P2PU, Hewlett)
High Tech High Graduate School of Education, MIT Media Lab, Peer 2 Peer University, Hewlett Foundation, and the Raikes Foundation are collaborating to offer a free nine-week massively open online course (MOOC) on deeper learning.

This exciting new PD vehicle will cover what deeper learning is, student internships, personalized learning, student voice and choice, assessment, the Common Core context, and more.  Virtual doors open for class on January 20, 2014, but the course is self-paced, so you can participate whenever and however works for you.  Sign up here!

PS Looking for more sustained PD opportunities like this?  Check out our courses & classes showcase, featuring offerings from the many groups that made CEM 2013 an unforgettable educational experience!

Digital Learning Day: Planning Workshop
2-3 PM ET, January 9 The next big date on the digital transformation calendar is coming up fast!  Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a virtual workshop on planning your own Digital Learning Day (February 5!) celebration.

Jennifer Barnett will be sharing what Talladega students will be doing for the great day, Verda McCoy (OH) will be showcasing what states can do, and Shannon Miller will be highlighting opportunities for libraries and librarians in a highly participatory, lively panel discussion moderated by Terri Schwartzbeck…To register and submit questions for the workshop–click here!

Huffington Post CEM Bloggers: Free Chapter
Ed Crego and Frank Islam, the Huffington Post columnists who posted month-long series’ of pieces in honor of CEM for both the 2012 and 2013 celebrations, have a new book out, Working The Pivot Points: To Make America Work Again, and have made the chapter on education available for free download for all CEM participants…

Holiday Connections, Resolutions
The holidays are a great time to make new connections, and CEM’s edConnectr is a great place to start. No matter what your role, area of expertise, need, or interest, you’re likely to find dozens, if not hundreds of potential friends and colleagues via edConnectr’s advanced search features.  Sign up today (if you haven’t already–it’s free!) or come back to the app for more superluminal fun… (sign up)  (search help)

The holidays are resolution time–how about posting yours to #ce13 (we’ll create a list of the ones we like best)?  Or just take up an easy one we should all be able to get behind: get at least one colleague connected in 2014–and tell us all on #ce13 when you do (we’ll collect those stories as well!).

Better yet, help us with our related resolution, pulling together an adopt-a-colleague kit all of us can use…

Connected Educator of the Week (Bigenho)
Dr. Chris Bigenho, Director of Educational Technology, Greenhill School (TX) describes how educators who “barely keep up with email” can stay more on top by being more connected, the coming impact of connection on how we define schools, the differences between “institutions of learning” and “learning institutions,” and more…

For the full set of our connected educator profilesclick here.  All profiled educators provide multiple ways to get in touch with them for follow-up questions.

For more events and activities, get the full CEM Calendar here.  For additional CEM news, check out the CEM Digest and additional issues of the CEM Newsletter.  For additional CEM help and resources,  see the CEM Getting Started page, which includes links to our CEM Starter Kit, Help Desk, District/LEA Toolkit, and more.  Participating organizations should be sure to check out the CEM Resource Center to plan activities/events and get the word out about them.  And everyone should consider joining edConnectr, the new matchmaker service developed to help you make connections, find collaborators, and get support, during CEM and beyond.

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