CEM Starter Kit
Never been part of an online professional community or network? Already part of a community or network, but want to be more connected? The CEM Starter Kit can help you on both fronts. Written by The Connected Educator author Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Powerful Learning Practice in collaboration with the Connected Educators initiative, and loaded with helpful links and embedded videos, the kit takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to get more connected every day. Please feel free to pass it along to any friend or colleague you think could benefit from getting more connected!
Edutopia, EdSurge Connected Education Guides
Two of the top groups in educational technology have honored CEM this year by creating special editions chock-full of connected education resources. Check out Edutopia’s Guide To Connected Educator Month and EdSurge’s Tweeting Down the Classroom Walls by clicking on the embedded links (we’re working on a random link for the image, but either way, you’ll feel lucky). If you know of any other great resources, especially for less-connected educators, that we ought to sharing, write us here.
At the end of the day, Connected Educator Month is first and foremost about making connections. edConnectr is a new service developed for CEM that uses maps and tags to make it easy and fun to create rich, action-oriented self-profiles, get help, find collaborators, or just connect. Think of it as a matchmaker for learning and innovation–and enjoy…
School district decision-maker, or educator who’d like to see your whole district get involved and get connected? This special toolkit, written by and with district-level educators with many years of expertise, with sections created especially for school systems at different levels of connectedness, is chock-full of videos and helpful links, including a sign up for even more resources during CEM that will keep you connected all year long…
Connected Educator Profiles
Want to know more about how educators like you first got connected, how and why they’ve grown their connections, what tools they find most useful, how they deal with connectivity’s challenges, and much more? We’ve been interviewing connected educators at all levels, asking them to respond to 5-7 questions they feel most strongly about (from a longer list–so each interview is short) and we’ll be sharing their profiles throughout CEM, 1-2/day.
CEM Book Clubs
CEM’s book clubs are one of its most popular features–a great opportunity to interact with top experts (the book authors), meet connected educators who become life-long colleagues, and get more connected together, in a time-tested format, with the books themselves providing week-by-week direction and purpose. This year there are four book clubs you can join, each six weeks long (you can join at any time), all facilitated by Powerful Learning Practice’s Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, with the book authors involved throughout.
CEM Help Desk
Need help using any part of the CEM site? More generally, have a question about online communities or networks? On every page of the CEM site is a little Support button. See it over there? On the right hand side of the page, following you around as you scroll up and down the page? :) Click it and you’ll have a direct line in to CEM HQ. Anything we can’t answer, we’ll circulate to appropriate experts within the greater community of 100+ participating organizations, communities, and companies that have come together to make CEM possible!
CEM Supporter Kit
Want to show your support for the Connected Educator initiative and what it stands for? To encourage other educators to come join the discussions, the explorations, and the fun? Or just to let others know that when people talk about “connected educators,” that means you? Get the new CEM Supporter Kit, add to it, and help us spread the word!