Why Great Teachers Are Joining Dream Teams and Starting Personal Learning Networks: Connected Educators Radio Episode #7


Connected Educators Radio is a BAM Radio station that will feature connected goodness throughout the year. Tune in to Connected Educators Radio to hear the latest developments on connected educator initiatives around the globe, highlights from connected events and the back stories on the people and programs involved in the drive to connect the entire education community worldwide.

Episode #7: Why Great Teachers Are Joining Dream Teams and Starting Personal Learning Networks

featuring Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Tom de Boor

In this episode: The days of teaching in isolation behind classroom walls are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Find out why increasing numbers of educators are forming dream teams called Personal Learning Networks.


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Win $500 to Amazon.com – Connected Educator Month Crowdfunding Contest: Week Two

Win a $500 shopping spree at Amazon.com

puzzle piecesThanks again for your ongoing support of our crowdfunding campaign to expand the scope of CEM and support connected education year-round. We promised you some great prizes for getting involved, and we’re delivering! Congratulations to last week’s contest winner, Sandy, who won a free eCourse from Powerful Learning Practice (a $495 value)!

It’s time for a new contest! This week (September 11 – September 18), anyone who gets two donations (of any size) will be entered to win a $500 shopping spree from Amazon.com!

http://bit.ly/cem_crowdfunding (for more details about the campaign)
http://bit.ly/cem_crowdrise (direct link to join or start a team–click the Help Fundraise button)

Stay tuned for even more contests and prizes to come–our way of saying thanks for your support of a cause we all love!

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New calendar! Create your profile, add your event, and more!

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Connected Educator Month 2014 Calendar! Dozens of exciting events are already being added, and we’ve put together a few videos with tips and tricks on how to make the most of the 2014 Connected Educator Month calendar.

This calendar has a ton of interesting features and we want to be sure you get the full experience. For example, you can create your own account as an attendee or organization, fill out a profile, and create a personalized schedule that syncs with your calendar of choice (Google, iCal, etc.). You can also search for events in many ways (by topic, audience, or type of event), and you can also easily submit events through our submission form.

We encourage all individuals and organizations who are hosting an event or who know about an event that might be relevant to Connected Educator Month audiences to submit it to the calendar. There are already dozens of events being added, and we expect to see hundreds more in the coming weeks and months.

Check out the tutorial videos below for more on how to use the calendar, or just get started.

How to create a profile and personalized schedule

How to find events and search

How to add an event

Don’t forget to share your events through the easy to use social share tools, and tag them with the #ce14 hashtag. We can’t wait to learn with you!

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Nashville Bus Tour Event – Technology in Education: What does it mean to be Future Ready?

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Connected Educator Month is traveling to Nashville, TN this week to participate in the Nashville Bus Tour event that is part of Secretary Duncan’s annual Back-to-School Bus Tour!

Secretary Arne Duncan and senior ED officials will visit Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. This year’s tour, themed  Partners in Progress, will run from September 8-10 and includes visits in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.

Throughout the tour, the Secretary will discuss the changes in education and the challenges that accompany them, all while highlighting the champions of reform — teachers, parents, community members, and others — who are leading the effort to improve education for all students.

What Will CEM Be Doing in Nashville?

The Nashville event is in coordination with the goals of the Office of Educational Technology and its upcoming work with the Future Ready initiative connected to the October Superintendents’ Summit at the White House.

The Nashville event brings together national participants and local constituents (including district leaders, business leaders, teachers, parents and students) to seed a cross-constituent conversation and get specific feedback from teachers around what it will take to make the Future Ready initiative a reality in classrooms.

Working along side Ford Next Generation LearningInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and event organizers (Kecia Ray, Executive Director of Learning Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Richard Culatta, Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology and James Liou, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology), Connected Educator Month representative- Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, will be co-facilitating small-group discussions. Our group will be engaging with teachers listening to their ideas around what it means to be “Future Ready”.

Key themes

Questions to help guide the discussions and sharing at the event will be around the following themes:

● What does being #FutureReady mean to you?
● How will the Future Ready District Pledge impact teaching? Student learning?
● As an education leader, teacher, parent, or community member, what will it take to make the Future Ready initiative a reality?

To keep up with the event follow the #edtour14  and #FutureReady hashtags as well as our own #ce14 tag. Also be sure and follow @edconnectr- the official Connected Educator Month Twitter account.

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Seven Great Themes for Connected Educators Month

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Episode #6: Seven Great Themes for Connected Educators Month

featuring Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Darren Cambridge

In this episode: Seven themes have been defined for CEM  2014.Tune in to learn how you can participate around a theme or sub theme.

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As part of our ongoing efforts to distribute ownership of Connected Educator Month to the community, we Connected Educator Month 2014 Themesopened up the theme nomination and voting process for the first time, and hundreds of education organizations and their representatives cast ballots. As a result, this year’s celebration will focus on these themes:

  • Blended Learning
  • Collaboration and Capacity-Building
  • Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Global Connected Education
  • Educator Professional Development and Learning
  • Leadership For Change
  • Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement
  • Whole Community Engagement (Parents,Teachers, Students, Community Members)

Theme Leadership

We are pleased to announce a stellar group of organizations will be leading five of the seven CEM themes, with more leaders on the way:

  • Blended Learning: Led by CUE (Computer-Using Educators)
  • Collaboration & Capacity Building: Led by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE)
  • Educator Professional Development & Learning: Led by the ASCD
  • Leadership For Change: Led by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement: Led by the National Writing Project (NWP) and the Educator Innovator (MacArthur)

For organizations: Lead or co-lead a Connected Educator Month theme

Is your organization interested in leading or co-leading one of Connected Educator Month’s themes? As a theme leader or co-leader, you’ll organize the programming and events around your chosen theme for the month. You’ll feature your activities and programs as well as general professional learning experiences around the theme. As a theme leader our core leadership team would support you in your efforts and alert you to possible collaborations that align with your organization.Some of the things we’ll ask your organization to do as a theme leader:

  • Work with us to create a brief description of the theme, including key questions and, where appropriate, goals
  • Help to define and organize the overall approach (to the theme) possibly with other groups, including potential strands and weekly sub-themes
  • Put your own related events & activities on the calendar
  • Work with us to recruit other organizations to do the same
  • Participate in opening (and potentially closing) panel discussions about the theme
  • Blog at least once a week (we’ll cross-post on the CEM site) about what’s been learned about the theme through CEM events & activities
  • Develop a Pinterest board of resources related to the theme
  • Promote the theme and related events & activities

In return, you’ll receive special leaders-only perks like visibility for your organization, access to exclusive face-to-face events, opportunities to expand and shape your target markets, and more. If you’re interested, let us know and we’ll be in touch!

For individuals: Adopt a Connected Educator Month theme

Is there a Connected Educator Month theme that you feel especially passionate about? Or do you have special knowledge or expertise to share? Adopt a theme and you could do things like promote programming around the theme, offer a session or two of your own, help find speakers, or promote programming. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll connect you with organizations, educators, and others for potential collaboration.

 

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Connected Educator Month Crowdfunding Contest: Week One

puzzle piecesOur campaign to expand the scope of this year’s Connected Educator Month, reach every educator, and support connected education year-round is now underway. We promised you some great prizes for getting involved, and our first weekly contest starts today.

Just for starting or joining a CEM crowdfunding team between now and Thursday, September 11, you could win a free e-course of your choice from Powerful Learning Practice (up to a $495 value). If you’ve already created or joined a team, you’re eligible as well.

http://bit.ly/cem_crowdfunding (for more details about the campaign)
http://bit.ly/cem_crowdrise (direct link to join or start a team–click the Help Fundraise button)

Stay tuned for more and bigger weekly and monthly contests to come–our way of saying thanks for your support of a cause we all love!

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Episode #4 is Up on Connected Educators Radio


We have started a BAM Radio station that will feature connected goodness throughout the year called Connected Educators Radio. Tune in to Connected Educators Radio to hear the latest developments on connected educator initiatives around the globe, highlights from connected events and the back stories on the people and programs involved in the drive to connect the entire education community worldwide.

Episode #4: 10 Cool projects you can do for Connected Educator Month

featuring Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Darren Cambridge

In this episode: Sheryl and Darren toss around ideas of how to engage in October during Connected Educator Month. Ideas for beginners, connected mavens, and the unconnected too.


Broadcast Archives:
All past shows available on BAM Radio Network

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Calling All States And Districts

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Is your District or State Future Ready? 

Preparing America’s students to be future ready relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology and connected learning literacies. Connected Educator Month is a great way to get your teachers future ready. Sign up to participate in free professional development for the entire month of October. Bring your top educators to the table to showcase what they know is working in your district or state. Together we can co-construct collective intelligence on behalf of the precious students we serve.

2013 was the first year that entire states and districts signed up to participate in CEM.  If you’re a state or district leader, we want you to know that we’ll be bringing you a plethora of ways to participate in connected education beyond October- throughout the year. Sign up here to put your state or district on the 2014 map, and get weekly newsletters highlighting connected events, activities, and resources just for you…

http://bit.ly/CEM_Participating_States_Districts

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Help fundraise or donate to the cause: Own a piece of Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month - crowdfunding - own it, worldwide.

In 2013, more than 400 education organizations offered more than 600 events and activities during Connected Educator Month, providing hundreds of thousands of hours of professional development opportunities to millions of K-12 educators and others around the world. But as successful as Connected Educator Month has been, there are still many educators in the U.S. and around the world who are not connected, and many more who are not yet taking full advantage of the opportunities connected education affords. At the same time, Connected Educator Month has outgrown the Department of Education’s ability to support it alone.

So this year Connected Educator Month becomes collectively owned. We want you to own a piece of it, and help make Connected Educator Month 2014 the best it can be. We’re crowdfunding to expand, and are asking you to help us reach all educators with this year’s Connected Educator Month.

Why we need your support:

  • Improving education thousands of connections at a time - www.connectededucators.orgTo expand the reach and scope of CEM in general
  • To make the event more global/international, so educators around the world can learn from each other
  • To increase outreach to less-connected educators; develop more programs and resources to help bring them on board
  • To involve and bring together all education stakeholders–educators of all levels and roles, parents, students, policymakers,edupreneurs, community members–to magnify CEM’s impact
  • To put the event on a more permanent, independent footing, so we can support connected education and connected education activities year-round, as well as build more resources to do the same.

Contests, Prizes, and Cool Stuff 
We will be having weekly contests for fundraising teams with some outstanding prizes, as well as monthly contests with even bigger prizes. Stay tuned for those very exciting details. More great news: we’re already 1% to our goal before we’ve even officially launched!

This week’s goals & matching funds

Our goal for this week is to raise $5,000. Our partner American Institutes for Research (AIR) is matching the first $10,000 we raise. Now we need your help to get there.

How you can help

  1. Visit our Crowdrise page and take a look around. Share the page with friends or on your social media accounts.
  2. Click “Help Fundraise” to start a fundraising team for your organization or school or better yet, join an existing team.
  3. If you’re not ready to start your own fundraising team yet, please click on “Donate” and give whatever you can ($10, $15, $20 or more) to support one the fundraising teams already in place.

Resources

We have support kits for people interested in joining or starting teams. We also have an entire Connected Educators Radio show (Episode #4) dedicated to learning the new skill of crowdfunding.

Through your fundraising efforts, you’ll be able to help connect educators around the world through hundreds of online events and activities. We can’t wait to see what you can do!

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We want you for the Connected Educator Minute

Connected Educators Radio InterviewWe want you (yes, you!) for our new segment Connected Educator Minute on the Connected Educators radio show. This new feature is a 3-5 minute interview where we’ll want to know anything and everything you’ll be doing for Connected Educator Month – whether it’s leading a webinar, hosting a face-to-face event at your school, or simply blogging about your experience over the month of October.

Don’t be shy — it’s not live radio and the BAM radio team makes all of us sound like stars in the edit room! You’ll also have the opportunity to reach the 600,000+ (and growing) educators who listen to BAM every month!

If you’re an individual or an organization interested in sharing your plans for Connected Educator Month, let us know by filling out this form.

This week on Connected Educators Radio

On this week’s Connected Educator Radio we talk about how exciting and creative education related projects can be funded through crowdfunding. Join us as we collaborate to learn this new skill set and fund the expansion of the Connected Educator Month initiative. Listen now

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