Are you an early adopter? Own a piece of CEM!

2014 Impact2014 was the biggest year yet for CEM. By sponsoring CEM 2015, you’ll work with us to build upon that remarkable success.

Sponsoring CEM offers you worldwide reach, especially to the influencers (connected educators) who drive online education traffic and unparalleled opportunities to network and collaborate with a who’s who of education organizations and companies.

Being a sponsor also offers opportunities to positively position your brand with influencers and decision-makers, demonstrate thought leadership in your areas of interest, expand and shape your target markets, launch or promote new offerings with the full support of the connected education community, gain market intelligence from connected education leaders and data from the event itself, and more. Become a sponsor today!

New & Now for 2015, CEM Membership!

be01dbda-4000-4525-8c00-aa5386763815If sponsorship isn’t quite right, you can now support us bybecoming a CEM member! Some exclusive member benefits for our early adopter members include:

  • Priority listing on our list of participating organizations, ahead of non-members: a page that will be prominently promoted in every CEM newsletter (it’s already one of the most popular pages on the site)

  • Your logo on the participating organizations page (non-members will only be listed, without a logo)

  • A link to your homepage from the participating orgs page (currently not done for any group)

  • A guarantee that your events & activities during CEM will be promoted in our newsletter, Twitter, blog, and other vehicles (there are getting to be so many offerings in October we can no longer guarantee this to everyone, as we’ve done in the past)

Connected educators are the best group to have in your corner in education (ask us why), and we do not forget who has supported us. Sponsorship is the best way to do this, but every membership really helps!

If you need “ammo” to get buy-in, this document includes key metrics from CEM 2014.

Become a member today

How much is it to join up?

As is often the case in education, the cost of CEM membership is dependent on the resources your organization has available:

  • b7268c6e-0f2c-431e-9456-48a66675b469$100/year if your org has 1-10 employees
  • $250/year if your org has 11-24 employees
  • $500/year if your org has 25-49 employees
  • $750/year if your org has 50-99 employees
  • $1,000/year if your org has 100 or more employees

Sign me up to be an early adopter!

Won’t you be an inaugural member of Connected Educator Month? Proudly proclaim that you were an early adopter, part owner of CEM 2015!

Become a member today

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Now Accepting Connected Educator Month 2015 Sponsorships

The Connected Educator Month initiative networks educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide.

2014 Impact
Over the past three years, millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development and other educational opportunities, offering highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to all stakeholders at all levels.

As we head into this year’s event and beyond, we’re seeking to significantly expand the scope, depth, and impact of the initiative, creating a more fully globally connected, evidence-based movement that fosters collaboration and innovation to transform professional learning and effect educational change.

2014 was the biggest year yet for CEM. By owning a part of CEM 2015, you’ll work with us to build upon that remarkable success.

We are now accepting sponsorships for Connected Educator Month 2015!

Sponsoring CEM offers you worldwide reach, especially to the influencers (connected educators) who drive online education traffic and unparalleled opportunities to network and collaborate with a who’s who of education organizations and companies.

Being a sponsor also offers opportunities to positively position your brand with influencers and decision-makers, demonstrate thought leadership in your areas of interest, expand and shape your target markets, launch or promote new offerings with the full support of the connected education community, gain market intelligence from connected education leaders and data from the event itself, and more.

Click here to view sponsorship levels and special packages.

We know you’ll want to be part of the biggest Connected Educator Month ever. Don’t wait to book your spot!

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ISTE 2015: Connected Educator Month Meet-up

connected-cafeThe International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Our friends at ISTE have been longtime supporters of Connected Educator Month. ISTE has served as a theme leader, and last year, co-hosted last year’s Connected Cafe – a series of Twitter chats with educational thought leaders, which were some of our most attended events in 2014! Connected Educator Month co-chair Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach also serves on the ISTE Board of Directors. At Connected Educator Month, we love ISTE and we love what they do for educators.

Will we see you at ISTE 2015?

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The annual ISTE Conference is right around the corner (June 28-July 1) and we hope to see you there! In fact, why not join us for the Connected Educator Month MEET-UP where we will not only make the formal announcement about this year’s Connected Educator Month 2015 but will be handing out free Connected Educator Month t-shirts and the highly sought-after Connected Educator ribbons. Here’s the info you need about the session; bring your best ideas and join us. We need you!

Connected Educator Month: Collectively Owned Global Learning

Tuesday, June 30, 12:30–1:30 pm, PCC 201A

Join Connected Educator Month leaders Marshal Conley, Richard Culatta, Tom de Boor, and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach as we discuss this huge collaborative undertaking that impacts millions of educators each year worldwide. We will explore past years, showcase our successes and brainstorm collaboratively with you steps for moving forward. Find out how you can get involved to make #ce15 the best year ever. Learn more

Do you represent an organization, district, or state? Talk with us about sponsorship!

We want your organization, district, or state involved in Connected Educator Month! If you’ll be at ISTE 2015, please meet up with the Connected Educator Month team to talk about sponsorship or how to get involved this year. Please fill out this form to let us know a time that’s convenient for you to meet and we’ll follow up with you to schedule.

Don’t miss these events:

#ISTEBoard Presentation

Monday, June 29, 11am–12pm, PCC 204C

What’s the next “best thing” in educational technology? ISTE’s Board wants to hear from you. Join the conversation as ISTE members explain their predictions and thoughts as to how ISTE can be prepared to meet the challenge. Get to know the ISTE Board and learn about the upcoming nominations process. Learn more

Want to take the stage and share your thoughts? We are looking for folks to share their ideas about the next big thing!

Lead & Transform: An ISTE Town Hall

Sunday, June 28, 9:00–11:30 am, Marriott Grand Ballroom H

How does leadership evolve toward a high-performing, connected learning and teaching environment? What roles are critical to success? How do they interact in the most effective ways? Hear from innovative ed tech leaders and students who will share their experiences. Share your challenges, perspectives and questions. Engage in discussion around possible solutions you can apply immediately. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of distributed leadership and tools for implementing change. Connected Educator Month co-chair Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will be serving as a social media moderator for this event. Pre-registration and additional fee required. Register for this event!

Future Ready Leaders Project – A First Look

The Future Ready Leaders project links superintendents to research on effective practice through video to help them lead the transition to 21st century learning environments. The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in partnership with the United States Department of Education Office of Educational Technology (OET), is designing, developing, and studying an online tool that provides district leaders with a self-assessment based on the best available research to identify gaps in their district’s practice and generates a personalized playlist of videos to help them develop their capacity to lead an exemplary digital conversion.

During ISTE 2015, we will be working with Future Ready Leaders to give first glimpses of the Future Ready Leaders Project. You can get a first glimpse of some of the footage we shot at nine exemplary districts throughout the U.S., and take a first look at the needs assessment platform!

We hope to see you at ISTE 2015!

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CEM Joins “Breaking The Code” Campaign

Connected Educator Month #ce14 http://connectededucators.orgConnected Educator Month has always been fundamentally about communication and collaboration. And one of the problems education faces in getting the resources and support it needs is that much of the great work being done in our schools every day by teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and students is unknown to the general public, because a culture of humility has created a climate of silence.

The BAM Radio Network (the home of Connected Educators Radio) has organized an amazing coalition of education leaders, many of them long-time CEM partners, who are determined to change this, including the American Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, the Association of School Business Officials, the Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy, the Consortium of School Networking, Discovery Education, the Ford Foundation, the International Society for Technology in Education,  the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Education Association, the National Geographic Society, the National Head Start Association, the National PTA, the National School Boards Association, Save The Children, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and more.

We on the CEM staff are proud to join in this campaign, but CEM isn’t just us, it’s all of you, and without you, your stories, and the stories you share of the amazing teachers, principals, superintendents, school nurses, engaged parents, school librarians, school custodians and other caring staff in your schools, we won’t collectively succeed.

To learn more about the campaign, how you can nominate amazing educators to be included, and get a Break The Code Of Silence video you can put on your website to help build momentum for a positive tsunami of everything that’s right about education and the heroes (present company included, of course) who are preparing our children to thrive in the 21st century, click here

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Collaboration for Literacy and Global Connection – Collaboration and Capacity Building, Week 4

This blog post was written by Lisa Fink, National Council of Teachers of English, and Michael Rifenburg, University of North Georgia, on behalf of the Collaboration and Capacity Building theme curation team, which worked together to cover related events and resources through the first two weeks of Connected Educator Month and met to identify key themes and examples.

“As long as institutions view literacy as primarily the ability to read and write, it stays in the domain of language teachers. When literacy is seen as competence or knowledge in other specified areas, it opens the possibilities to other disciplines and more educators.”

That quote comes from the idea that received the most votes in the Conditions for Literacy IdeaScale project. Visitors to this site were asked: What organizational conditions are necessary for powerful literacy learning to occur? The ideas they submit can be voted on by visitors in order to determine those that resonate most with viewers.

It’s interesting to see that this idea was the one that rose to the top—because many of the events our team covered in the last week of Connected Educators Month (CEM) spoke to this idea that there’s a role for everyone in a school, a community, and even around the world when it comes to building good learning environments.

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Collaborators Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Collaboration that leads to powerful professional learning and increased capacity to address educational challenges is more likely to succeed when certain organizational conditions are in place, conditions that are often determined by policies made outside the local context.

The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) has organized a series of webinars on models of interorganizational collaboration for improving education during CEM:

Each episode in the series features a model and/or conceptual framework that is yielding promising results and examples of its implementation. Here’s one interesting quote from the Networked Learning Communities session: “Collaborations are not just about exchanging existing knowledge, but also about creating new.”

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) put together a webinar that offers a powerful example of the role librarians can play helping students to create new knowledge. Curation team member Gloria Mitchell observed that librarians

can provide support by helping students ‘connect the dots’ (Kay Wejrowski), assisting with topic selection, finding an anchor text, finding ways to extend the project, helping create presentations, and serving as project mentors.  Capstone projects place student interests and passions at the center of the experience; benefits to the school include increasing students’ independence as learners (they know schools are trusting them to make significant decisions about their own learning), helping students to become expert in a topic that matters to them, and giving students a way to apply the knowledge they have acquired in their schooling, putting their formal education to real-world use.

The AASL website contains an executive summary of the task force findings and a position statement on senior/capstone projects.

This idea of empowered learning also ran through a session called The Digital Leap Charge that Melanie Koss covered. She reflects, “Digital learning occurs in an ecosystem, it comes from a need to empower learners and educators, to learn skills for success in the workplace and society. The goal is to empower them to become lifelong learners, to learn innovative thinking, and to be considered tech-savvy.”

Collaborations Can Span the Globe

Curation team member Michael Rifenburg was struck in his observation of events during the last week of Connected Educators Month by how truly global digital collaborations around education have become. “I had the privilege to tweet with my global colleagues in New Zealand about clustering and small-group collaboration (#cenz14 & I blogged about this experience) and with my colleagues in Norway about the need to have connected teachers before we seek to have connected students (#cenor14).”

Curation team member Marisa Crabtree covered an October 31st webinar on “Open Leadership for the Open and Connected Learning MOOC” (#oclmooc). (For those not familiar with this acronym, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.) This movement started in Alberta, Canada, and has an active weekly Twitter conversation and blog ( The goal is to create a digital, collaborative space where teachers in Alberta and around the world can discuss questions related to teaching and respond to specific weekly prompts.

While just last year MOOCs were either the panacea or the death of higher education (depending on your source), heated debate has seemed to wane recently, with outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education spending less and less ink on this topic. However, now that a recent Nature article has reported that the most common user of a MOOC is an educated young man, MOOCs will struggle even more to be seen as the greater leveler of access to (higher) education.

Curation team member Maria Clinton covered an event on connecting classrooms with Skype. According to Clinton, “teachers use Skype to overcome budget and time constraints. Using Skype, they can contact people willing to work with their kids for free.” And much of the webinar showed how these collaborations enable classrooms to take virtual filed trips around the globe without ever leaving their desks. One creative game Clinton reported on is called Mysteryskype, in which two classrooms are connected and the game is to guess the location of the other class by asking questions.

October’s professional learning shines a light on what education in a globally connected and flattened society can look like. We live in a world today where students and educators are able to reach across countries and borders to connect in the name of educating. Here’s to moving this idea forward!

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Earn Graduate Credit for your participation in Connected Educator Month

graduate-creditConnected Educator Month was filled to the brim with enormous learning opportunities and activities. You were an active participant but are still taking advantage of numerous archived activities. So why not reward yourself and earn graduate credit for all of your hard work? The University of North Dakota is offering one credit for $75 US dollars and two credits for only $150 US dollars. The course is graded as pass/fail and official transcripts may be ordered at the end of the course for an additional $5.

Assignments include creating an action plan that outlines how you will integrate your new knowledge and acquired technology skills into your teaching, what is your timeline for implementation and how you will share your knowledge with others. You’ll also take time to reflect on how participating in CEM events led you to reach your professional goals and how your new knowledge will impact your teaching practice.

Registration closes November 7th but you have until the end of the month to turn in your assignments. You completed the hard lifting this past month, but now’s the time to reflect and put your learning into action! Click here to register and/or to review additional information.

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Thank you from all of us at Connected Educator Month!

Thank you

Thank you to all the connected educators, organizations, volunteers, staff members, and many others who made Connected Educator Month 2014 possible.

We really couldn’t have done it without you!

Sincerely, all of us at Connected Educator Month

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CrICET: Learning Studios – Chat Transcript

Darren Cambridge:Please feel free to share comments and questions throughout here in chat. I’ll draw the speakers attention to them as we go along.
Darren Cambridge:Welcome Kim. If you like, fee free to introduce yourself in chat.\
Don Glass:Hi Kim!
Darren Cambridge:It’s fascinating to me to think about who the equivalent partner organizations might be if the focus were literacy (or arts, or diplomacy ..)
Kim Willey:hello!
Don Glass:Yes, working professionals as content experts, resource brokers, and curricular coaches.
Darren Cambridge:Welcome, Kristen!
Kristen Nielsen:Thanks!
Darren Cambridge:Yes, “model” is a problematic term. It impies replication with fidelity as opposed to the adapatation that’s likely necessary to make things effective and sustainable across a range of school and community contexts.
Don Glass:This is Elizabeth – I am happy to answer questions as Don is speaking!
Darren Cambridge:Professional learning communities + project-based learning + outside content experts
Darren Cambridge:4-6 week project
Darren Cambridge:NGSS pushing towards project-based, cross-curricular
Don Glass:The combination of strategies also provides multiple entry points for teachers, teams and districts with different strengths/challenges.
Darren Cambridge:Eleizabeth, you just said what I meant much more clearly!
Darren Cambridge:Some “PD” in this chart means tool training?
Darren Cambridge:Embedded design and evaluation capacity-building – at their level of use
Don Glass:Yes collaborative training on the tools especially around the curriculum map and NGSS.
Darren Cambridge:Is there a way to learn more about our collaboriaton discussion protocol?
Darren Cambridge:(your)
Don Glass:Yes I believe it is upcoming and if not we can talk about it in the Q & A.
Darren Cambridge:Collaborative culture survey informed by NCLE asset inventory, adapted for STEM context
Darren Cambridge:I really like the mapping between the NCLE domains and these other collaboraiton frameworks!
Darren Cambridge:The use of the NCLE asset inventory, we’ve found that identifying where their is disagreement about ratings between team members are really fruitful places to focus to strenthen the team.
Darren Cambridge:Buck Institute efssential elements of project-based learning
Darren Cambridge:Can others not (yet) involved in Learning Studios access some of these tools?
Adam Papendieck:Good question!
Adam Papendieck:I’m very sorry, i have to sign off a bit early due to prior engagement. The evaluation discussion, especially the details on the various collaborative culture framewhorks was very enlightening. I am thinking about how to transport some of this to evaluating outcomes in citizen science/informal STEM activity context.
Don Glass:So glad you asked – yes and we are in the process of developing a toolkit with these tools, improvement stories, and context right now – should be ready in Jan
Darren Cambridge:Thanks for joining us, Adam!
Don Glass:Adam feel free to email either of us for more info/discussion. Thank you for being here today.
Darren Cambridge:More about the Asset Inventory developed by NCLE:
Adam Papendieck:thanks all for your time. very interesting work
Darren Cambridge:It is available on the Literacy and Learning Exchange for anyone to use.
Kim Willey:survey items on the assessment evidence slide are great!
Darren Cambridge:NCTAF is developing an online toolkit with a number of these tools. Awesome!
Darren Cambridge:I’d love to share the toolkit with the evaluators of our new LIREC project, an Innovative Apporach to Literacy grant from ED NCTE, the Rural Trust, and IEL have just kicked off.
Kristen Nielsen:I teach at a Technical magnet school, so STEM is a major focus. What is the cost of this program?
Kristen Nielsen:Interesting. Are you working with Baltimore County Public Schools yet?
Kristen Nielsen:I do look forward to accessing some of the collaborative tools and survey feedback questions with my AP Literature seniors
Kim Willey:I am very interested in the student retrospective survey- can you talk a little bit more about how the survey was developed and how it informed practice
Kerry Burke:The video from the Summit will be available early next week on
Kristen Nielsen:Which aspects of the program will be available in January and where can they be accessed?
Don Glass:Thanks Kerry!
Darren Cambridge:Ping us when the video is up, and CEM and NCLE will defiitely promote it.
Kerry Burke:Absolutely!
Kim Willey:thanks don!
Kerry Burke:You can also find updates on the toolkit and summit video by following us @nctaf and on Facebook
Kristen Nielsen:Will the Toolkit only be available by the district manager of districts that have purchased the program?
Elizabeth Foster:No cost. It is for coaches and teacher leaders as well.
Kristen Nielsen:Wonderful. I look forward to exploring the program further. Thank you for your time and information.
Kim Willey:yes, I agree! I am very interested in adapting some of these materials to use in arts classes!
Elizabeth Foster:Thanks Kim Willey!
Kristen Nielsen:Thank you for your time, and I look forward to exploring your resources.
Don Glass:Go arts!
Kerry Burke:Thanks!!
Don Glass:Thanks everyone!
Kim Willey:thanks! this was great!
Elizabeth Foster:Thanks everyone!
Lu Ann M. McNabb:Thank you both for your work and your time today.
Darren Cambridge:The series:

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Join us: Connected Educator Month Town Hall Meeting – Monday, November 3

Join us for a Town Hall Meeting to celebrate the culmination of Connected Educator Month 2014

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Whew! After over 940 events this October, it’s time to regroup and reflect!

On Monday, November 3, 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!

Date: Monday, November 3


Time: 3:30-5pm Eastern Daylight (New York) time

If you are in a different time zone please use the Time Zone Converter.  International participants please select USA-New York for the location.

Where: Online at

Please spread the word about this collaborative closing event! We hope to see you there!

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This Week’s Best of the Web Roundup: October 31

Best of the Web RoundupWelcome 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!

First, a Halloween-themed laugh

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Join us for a Town Hall Meeting to celebrate the culmination of Connected Educator Month 2014

Town Hall Meeting

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

Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media

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

Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities


Download this free #infographic with PLC best practices from ASCD. Get it here:

EdTech Twitter Accounts You Can’t Afford to Miss

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

Words Matter: Are you talking about technology, or are you talking about learning?

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

The death of the PDF newsletter

PYqKQuWe45ZKjokXwAyhjjK3LcQCRzA2B6mpthh7rh9hNNKG3CTlEDFeaRP7i6cMvpRySjJ6Lfl7YsZff5Qt8aZFpXQEUP8nx2TOVGMHoUVKl2GhBdLqBTROZHSr49kqDid 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

Connected Educator Month 2015: Get in on the ground floor – how will you be involved?

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!

Analog Twitter Wall to Build Relationships and Digital Citizenship

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

Free Common Core Resources Project on iTunes U from ASCD

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

Earn Graduate Credit for Connected Educator Month Activities You’ve Already Completed!


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.

Teachers Are Leaders Beyond the Classroom

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

The Forgotten Elements of Digital Citizenship

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

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Tips & Tricks for Building Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Building Your PLN

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.

Get your free 13-page Twitter Guide for Teachers

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!

2014 Technology and Professional Development Survey

Q12-social-media-pd-012-1024x1003From 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

[Infographic] Five Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Teaching coding to students has several benefits. Here is an amazing infographic that demonstrates why teachers must teach coding to their kids. Read more

All Aboard the Connected Classroom

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!


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