This year's Connected Educator Month kicks off today, October 1! CEM is hosted by the Department of Education and offers dozens of online events and activities throughout the month to help educators learn to better integrate digital learning tools in their classrooms.
A central piece of CEM is the CEM Starter Kit, a step-by-step guide that introduces readers to one new online resource for every day in October. There is also an Events Calendar that lists all of the online events taking place during the month.
Science NetLinks and AAAS are big proponents of educational technology, so we're excited about CEM! How are you planning to participate in Connected Educator Month? Do any of the events or activities stand out to you?
This morning I saw this challenge on the CEM website:
I started thinking about what A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator could look like ... and how different it is for each connected educator ...
That could be an interesting blog topic or brainstorming session or conversation starter ....
Thank you so much for posting this great event with a link to the calendar. Being a military wife and a teacher living overseas, it is really important for me to stay connected to the education world. I was looking at the calendar and there are so many options for webinars and many even work with my time zone! Usually webinars are in the middle of the night for me. I will sign up for many of the webinars that start at 7am or 7pm EST. I also noticed presenters from across the globe (Japan, Australia).
As far as how I stay connected...I definitely use this Thinkfinity Community to stay connected. Our members here post engaging questions and innovative new applications and practices. It is where I can learn about the latest research. I am an online college instructor so I need to stay up-to-date with the latest research and trends. I learned about "flipping" the classroom in the Thinkfinity Community, and now I pass that on to my graduate students. It has made an impact on how they teach. I also learn just as much from my grad students. Then I bookmark their cool resources in the community. It really is important we encourage our educators to stay connected because many of my grad students teach in their own classrooms and have been teaching the same way for years. Every class I have students that haven’t heard about Common Core Standards, don’t know details about NCLB, aren’t aware that there are standards for English Language Learners, and even some who are new at creating a PowerPoint presentation or creating a brochure. There is so much knowledge out there for us to gather and teachers really do need to be given opportunities to learn.
I have to thank Thinkfinity for keeping me up-to-date on initiatives and education trends - it's almost impossible to stay connected and I work with our local school to give educators as much as I can offer in the way of support. I just learned about this local initiative :
However, I seriously doubt our educators even know about this discussion - we are limited in many of our schools by broadband issues. Would love to learn how some districts are overcoming these limitations. It should not all be about poor versus wealthier communities - Cleveland Metropolitan School District should not be limited by funds - amount per student is staggering.
I know our district has struggled with bandwith issues this fall as we gave the MAP assessment for the first time district-wide. Hopefully it will improve as they work to add more knowing the struggles we had. As more and more pieces of curriculum end up being in an e-format, we're going to need even more. I wonder what else can be done to make increasing the bandwith easier.