Welcome to our final Best of the Web roundup for Connected Educator Month 2014! Each Friday we’ve posted our favorite links from throughout the week from all around the web.
Thank you for all the tips, links, and images you’ve shared! Without further ado, here’s the final roundup of resources and guides, free webinars, thought provoking posts, videos, and more. Dig in!
After a weekend breather to rest, join us for a Town Hall Meeting: an opportunity for the connected education community to come together, give thanks, share results, reflect on the month, talk about what went well, what we learned, what could be improved, and begin the planning process for CEM 2015! Read more
Busy schedules are one reason why educators don’t collaborate and connect through social networking platforms. But a lack of time isn’t the main issue. It’s priorities. “The Connected Educators Month is a great movement, and it’s not about big grand gestures,” McCoy said. “It’s about doing something that you normally have not done and reaching out and making new connections.” Keep reading to find out why two educators make digital connections a priority and how they do it. Read more
Download this free #infographic with PLC best practices from ASCD. Get it here: http://ow.ly/Dueb9
There are a number of Twitter users who are worth following for anyone who wants to be up to date with or wants to learn more about the ever growing world of education technology. Here’s a list of the EdTech Twitter accounts that you can’t afford to miss: Read more
In schools all over the nation, “technology coaches” are being hired, “technology workshops” are being held, and classrooms are getting “flipped” and “blended”. Every time we find a way to be more efficient or effective, we come up with a new acronym or word for it. Instead of “connecting with other educators”, we build a “PLN.” Instead of “giving students access to resources,” we “go 1:1 with a blended learning approach.” Can we please stop? Read more
Did you know that worldwide over 50% of emails are now opened on mobile devices? It’s a simple little data point that has far reaching implications for your email newsletters. If every second email you send is being opened on a smartphone or tablet then you better make sure that your email campaigns are all highly readable and actionable on any device. Read more
We all deserve a rest before we move into the planning for 2015, but we want to make sure you save your spot so that together we can make 2015 even better. Please let us know how you’d like to be involved. We will be in touch shortly with a survey for your feedback and then again in January to chat about the possibilities!
During this past summer, I heard about many educators using Twitter in their classroom. I loved the idea but did not know how to start or incorporate it into my classroom. I decided to go against the digital trend and use an analog Twitter wall to encourage students to express their feelings and thoughts. Read more
ASCD, the global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to announce the Common Core Resources Project on iTunes U. The Common Core Resources Project is a curation of instructional resources and assessment sample items that will help educators successfully implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and teach effectively using iPads.
The project features 23 iTunes U courses that are free to all educators through ASCD on iTunes U and the ASCD EduCore® site. The courses, designed by teacher teams comprised of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of PARCC Educator Leader Cadres, and ASCD teachers, are focused on CCSS for math and English language arts at each grade level from K–12. Read more
Would you like to earn graduate credit for the activities and events you participated in during Connected Educator Month? The University of North Dakota
is offering 1 or 2 credits to those who have participated this year. The cost for 1 credit is $75 US dollars and the cost for 2 credits is $150 US dollars. This course will be graded as pass/fail and official transcripts may be ordered at the end of the course for an additional $5. Registration closes November 7th.
Visit the Graduate Credit page to learn about the Connected Educator Month event & assignment choices for this course as well as the corresponding due dates. Upon registration, you’ll receive an Assignment Tracker that you can use to record your progress, check off the activities you participated in, and collect artifacts and links. This will be turned in when you’re ready to receive your grade. You’ll also receive link to make payment to UND.
My mother’s mantra was “to whom much is given, much is required.” Her confidence shaped me and my brothers and sisters into strong, talented young people. She instilled her belief in me so strongly that when I grew up I became a teacher and I’m still a volunteer.
All teachers are volunteers. They give their time, their money and their love to their students. They work hard and they deserve respect. But just being a teacher in your own classroom, as challenging as that is, is not enough. Read more
Two elements of digital citizenship — security and online etiquette (especially cyberbullying) — tend to get the most attention. Throughout October, many schools turn their attention to bullying prevention. Lessons, conversations, and statements of empowerment fill school hallways as students, parents, and communities demonstrate that they won’t stand for the pain that cyberbullying can bring. There’s no question that for anyone using digital resources, understanding the most appropriate ways to behave and protect information is key. However, let’s not forget about the other nine elements of digital citizenship: Read more
The October 14, 2014 Twitter chat co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Connected Educator Month co-chair Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach was a lightning-fast hour of collective intelligence-building! One particularly good bit of knowledge were the many tips and tricks about building your personal learning network that were shared during the chat. We’ve put together this “toolkit” of PLN-building tips and tricks in a Google Doc so you can benefit from the knowledge sharing.
Powerful Learning Practice’s free Twitter Handbook for Teachers is an interactive, 13-page guide to Twitter. This guide is for educators who are new to Twitter, or veterans to the social media platform who want to bring Twitter into their classrooms or grow their network. Is that you? Sign up to get your free instant download!
From the abacus to the calculator, the chalkboard to SMARTBoards, technology has had an immense impact on education and how students learn. However, technology is only one piece of the puzzle. Bill Gates said it best: “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
But how are teachers using technology? And how are teachers maintaining expertise in the areas of teaching and new technology? With these themes in mind, the USC Rossier School of Education’s online Master of Arts in Teaching set out to answer these questions by surveying current educators as to how and why they’re using technology, such as social media and Twitter chats, to form their own professional development. Read more
Becoming an Ed Tech leader is easy with the help of ISTE! Based on my own experience, there are a series of steps to developing ones leadership skills. While I am very honored to be sitting on the ISTE Board of Directors now, this resulted from several activities I participated in over the last few years as an active member. Below I will share what those activities were so that you, too, can try out my “recipe for success!” Read more
Teaching coding to students has several benefits. Here is an amazing infographic that demonstrates why teachers must teach coding to their kids. Read more
Throughout this October, edSurge is sharing articles, tools and resources on this fast-track journey of creating authentic learning for students and educators. Each week, they are releasing new resources for each part of the journey. Week 4 is Expanding Your Influence: Where do you go? Join in!
It’s time to change the world!