It’s time for yet another week of Connected Educator Month goodness! Each Tuesday in October, we’ll post a roundup of featured events for the upcoming week. View the entire calendar here. In this post are all the events you won’t want to miss October 21-28! First, events from our theme leaders and sponsors:
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
This summer, the FCC made sweeping changes to the E-Rate program, focusing its support on WiFi and eliminating non-broadband services. In a few weeks, it may approve more changes and more funding. Join this ISTE webinar, featuring remarks from FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, to get a handle on what’s in, what’s out and what’s coming for the E-Rate. Register here | Attend the webinar here
Wednesday, October 22 • 10:00am
Hosted by PLP co-founder & CEO and ISTE Board Member Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. Spend an hour chatting with us and find out about our unique brand of coached, team-based professional learning and how to learn like connected learners do – through action research, lesson plan studies, virtual classroom visits, and more. Register for this free, one hour webinar, with many convenient dates and times (check the calendar or click the registration link for more upcoming dates). Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!
Thursday, October 23, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm EST
Presented by Justina Nixon-Saintil, Yoly Ramos, Helen Crompton, Jenna Linskens, and Brandon Olszewski.
This webinar will introduce a powerful new professional learning experience for teachers, tech coaches, and administrators who are interested in bringing their school up to digital age standards. The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a free, facilitated, online professional learning course for educators focusing on developing mobile learning at the school or district level. Funded by ConnectED partner the Verizon Foundation and designed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), this 10-week course covers key areas for mobile learning integration efforts, including assessing institutional readiness, frameworks on technology integration, mobile lesson development, management strategies, and digital citizenship. Successful completion of the course also results in CEU’s from Johns Hopkins University School of Education for participants, all at no cost to schools and districts! Come and meet ISTE faculty to develop your own understanding about mobile learning, and learn about an amazing opportunity to take mobile learning at your school to the next level!
Connected Cafe Twitter Chats
Connected Cafe is a series of Twitter chats (#ce14) each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-8pm EDT throughout October, co-sponsored by ISTE and CTQ. ISTE Board Member and Connected Educator Month co-leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will facilitate the #ce14 chat. Our guest hosts will interact with the moderator and other participants around their area of expertise as it relates to connected learning or leadership for change.
Here’s what’s coming up this week during Connected Cafe:
Tuesday, October 21 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Empowering Teachers to Become Learners
Guest: Krista Moroder, Professional Development Manager at Digital Promise, ISTE Young Educator Network Leader
Brianna Crowley and Jessica Cuthbertson
Wednesday, October 22 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Teacherpreneurs – What Are They?
Guests: CTQ teacherpreneurs Brianna Crowley and Jessica Cuthbertson
Thursday, October 23 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Critical Skills For Connected Educators
Guest: Torrey Trust, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Learning Technology at University of Massachusetts Amherst, ISTE PLN leader
Wednesday, October 22 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
In this webinar, Pete Hall discusses ASCD’s approach to capacity building within a school system, addressing these questions and more. Hall, an award-winning educator and author of Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success, will emphasize the development of educators’ reflective skills and tendencies to augment the technical proficiencies that enhance our professional practice.
In a strengths-based, coaching-oriented model, Hall will share how we can strengthen organizations by simultaneously bolstering our individual and collective capacity. This webinar includes tips for school leaders, decision makers, teachers, and anyone with an interest in increasing educator effectiveness. Register here.
U.S. Department of Education Webinars
Wednesday, October 22 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Amid all of the conversation of buying devices, bringing Internet to and through schools, and adopting digital content, it can be easy to lose track of a focused vision. Without a vision for what teaching and learning can and should be in schools and classrooms, though, districts run a high risk of paying for resources that are underused, misused, or not used at all. Join as our panelists discuss the moves they’ve made to leverage connectivity, digital content, and devices to expand and deepen the learning of students in their districts. Let their examples help shape a clear vision and goal for digital learning. Join the conversation.
Thursday, October 23 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Presented by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and in conjunction with the release of The Connected Community: Exploratory Research on Designing Online Communities of Practice publication, this webinar will feature researchers and community leaders discussing what it takes to develop online communities of practice that produce value. In particular, the panel will discuss how online communities create value, the features of online communities that produce value, and questions community designers should consider when launching an online community of practice. Join the conversation.
Tuesday, October 28 • 8-9 pm
A district with a clear vision that lacks the capacity to put that vision to practice might as well have no vision at all. Join our panelists as they discuss the various ways their districts have implemented structured efforts to build capacity of practice for their teachers to ensure resources are used to personalize digital learning in a way that is aligned with their districts’ visions. Join the conversation.
Weekly Blended Learning Tweetups & Panels sponsored by CUE
Tweetups happen every Tuesday in October at #ce14 and #blendedlearning on Twitter. This week: Blended Learning Reflections & Insights - Tuesday, October 28 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm TweetUp Topic: What are your reflections and insights from participating in the blended learning strand during connected educator month?
Panel 4: Reflections and Insights about Blended Learning with CUE
Monday, October 27. 7:00-8:30 EST / 4:00-5:30 PST
The purpose of this webinar is for participants to share their insights and reflections about blended learning. In particular, reflecting on any of the activities from the Connected Educator Month blended learning strand. Whether you viewed a webinar recording, saw a Tweet, or participated in the discussion forum, join this webinar to share your reflections and insights.
Registration is free, but please register and add to your Connected Educator Month calendar
New Frontiers in Assessment Hot Seats with NCLE
The dominant practices in assessment today have not kept pace with what we know about how students learn. To help broaden the conversation about assessment, NCLE will be putting an expert or team of experts on innovative approaches to assessment on the “hot seat” each week in October. Each week’s guest(s) will participate throughout the week in a conversation about their work and the questions it raises about the future of assessment in an online discussion forum. Anyone is welcome to join the conversation at ncle.vanillaforums.com.
October 20-26 - Owen Astrachan, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University and Lien Diaz, Senior Director, AP Program, College Board
Owen Astrachan and Lien Diaz are co-principal investigators for the AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) project. CSP is a new high school Computer Science course, slated to become an official AP course in 2016-2017, that focuses on the creative aspect of computing and computational thinking practices that enable students to experience how computing impacts their everyday lives. The design of the course is innovative, and so is the associated AP assessment, which is currently under development. The assessment includes a number of performance tasks that students complete both individually and collaboratively, submitting reflective writing about the tasks as well as their products, all of which is to be evaluated using rubrics.
Creating Inter-organizational Collaboration for Educational Transformation (CrICET) Webinars
CrICET: Learning Studios - Thursday, October 23, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
Melinda George, Elizabeth Foster, and Don Glass, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Learning Studios model engages teams of students and teachers with outside experts to learn STEM through extended, authentic, collaborative projects. The speakers will share the model and what we can learn from it about improving the structure and outcomes of education.
CrICET: Networked Learning Communities - Tuesday, October 28, 10 AM – 11 AM ET
Mark Hadfield, Cardiff University and Michael Jopling, Northumbria University
The Networked Learning Communities (NLC) program engaged over 134 school networks across the UK, involving approximately 35,000 staff and over 675,000 pupils between 2002 and 2006. Many of these networks continue and have stimulated further collaboration. The speakers will share their experience with the NLC model, how it has influenced subsequent work, and its implications for future educational improvement.
Webinars with ISTE Mobile Learning Network
Monday October 27
Check out these webinars on mobile learning from ISTE.
Thursday, October 23 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
For the National Day on Writing, thousands of young authors are writing about their communities, using not only text, but also images, videos, and more. What does this diverse collection of writing have to say about literacy today? How can we assess its quality, and what insights does that provide on how to support literacy education? A panel of distinguished educators, all experts on assessing reading and writing, will examine selections from the collection and reflect together on these questions.
Tuesday, October 28 • 1:00pm – 1:45pm
7 steps to create a global classroom using the advice from the book “Connected Learners” written by students and teacher Ann Michaelsen with examples from the classroom.
Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26, check out all these great edCamps. What’s an edCamp you ask? edCamp is a 1-day “unconference.” It is a chance for those in education (teachers, administrators, etc) to get together, network, share and learn. The day is planned during the kick off at the beginning of the day where any participant can propose a session idea/topic to the session list. All sessions are laid out and then everyone attends sessions they want during the rest of the day.
Other top events to check out:
Celebrate the Second Annual Digital Citizenship Week – October 19-25. Join us to shine a spotlight on the importance of helping kids learn how to create safe, responsible digital lives. Check out these resources and learn how Common Sense Education’s whole-community approach engages everyone — from educators and students to parents, district officials, and community leaders.
Dig in and sign up here.
Wednesday, October 22 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center. What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.
Wednesday, October 22 • 11:00pm – 12:00am
This is a hands on workshop for teachers who are keen to participate in online learning with the VLN Primary School. Whether you are supporting students who are online learners (mTeacher) or if you are teaching online yourself (eTeacher), or if you just want to see how it all works; this ‘induction’ workshop will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to step out with your kids in the world of virtual learning. This workshop session will introduce you to the VLN Primary online learning initiative; you will learn how to use some online tools – Adobe Connect, Welearn & Google Docs to develop an online class, and explore some strategies for teaching and learning online.
Wednesday, October 22 • 7:00pm – 7:00pm
Digital Citizenship Chat (#digcit) takes place on Twitter every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 pm Eastern time. Tonight we will discuss the ways in which educators can contribute positively to their digital footprint. Follow and use the #digcit hashtag to join us!
Wednesday, October 22 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
This webinar examines the integrated STEM initiative, the characteristics of a K-12 STEM program (with a middle school focus), and some tips for writing STEM lessons.
Thursday, October 23 • 10:00am – 12:00pm
SmartBrief’s Education team is launching STEM Pathways, a roundtable series that aims to explore real-world ways in which education and industry can work together to address skill gaps and guide students toward careers in STEM fields. Talking points for the roundtable include:
- How can associations take a leadership role in developing and promoting STEM programs that help fill workforce needs?
- How can industry and education come together to solve these problems?
- What are the barriers and resistance points to these types of STEM programs?
JOIN US TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND SHARE BEST PRACTICES WITH YOUR ASSOCIATION PEERS.
Thursday, October 23 • 1:00am – 2:00am
ECEOnline is a free online community for anyone interested in young children’s education. In this workshop, Justine will introduce the ECEONLINE community and how you can use this to connect with others, share information and build a learning network. Contact: Justine Mason, CORE Education (email@example.com)
Thursday, October 23 • 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Join us for a Scholastic Mini-PD discussion focused on “The Future of Blended Learning.”
Through this 40-minute, interactive panel discussion, you will:
1) Learn about the concept of “blended learning” and how it’s being effectively implemented in schools around the country.
2) Dig deep into trending topics, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), access to broadband, and the rapid improvement of student access to tech.
3) Gain insights into where the leading minds in ed tech see blended learning 10 years from now.
Friday, October 24 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Transforming instructional practice can be hard without the proper tools and supports in place. Ed Elements developed a rubric in collaboration with several public school coaches based on our work with 2000 teachers and coaches. Join this session where we will discuss the rubric, the hows and the whys of teacher support. Want to read the rubric ahead of time? You go getter you! Check it out here.
Monday, October 27 • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
This web seminar will explore the web site associated with the IMAX filmFlight of the Butterflies for educational resources and activities and discover resources available for tracking and monitoring monarch butterflies. The presenters will be Jim O’Leary from the Maryland Science Center and Katie-Lyn Bunney from the University of Minnesota. Jim and Katie-Lyn will share information about engaging students with the migration habits and life cycle of monarch butterflies through hands-on projects.
Monday, October 27 • 10:45pm – 11:30pm
Lesley Murrihy, principal Amesbury School and Mark Quigley, DP Orewa College will share:
- why they chose a 1:1 approach
- how they implemented 1:1
- changes/benefits for students and teachers
- lessons learned
This is an interactive webinar and participants will have time to ask questions of Lesley, Mark, and Howard Baldwin from the Ministry of Education.
Tuesday, October 28 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Digital learning tools are becoming ever more common in K-6 classrooms. With this shift, teachers are looking for high-quality content for students that allows them to differentiate instruction and assess student comprehension.
In this TIME For Kids webinar we’ll offer tips on how to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum, with suggestions from TFK teachers.
Tuesday, October 28 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Learn the basics of school branding–from logos to mottos to messaging and more–in this tweetchat presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals & the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Jump in and swap your favorite strategies for sharing your school’s story.
Tuesday, October 28 • 10:45pm – 12:00am
Leadership in mathematics. Research tells us that student interaction – through classroom discussion and other forms of interactive participation – is foundational to deep understanding and related student achievement. But implementing discussion in the mathematics classroom can be challenging. This webinar will explore effective practices that encourage student discourse and productive mathematical discussion. The teacher plays a vital role to orchestrate high level mathematical reasoning through questioning and the use of “talk moves”.