October is Connected Educator Month (website is no longer working), and to celebrate, the ICATS will be posting resources every school day in October that focus on becoming a connected educator. We hope you will join the conversation and connect with us this month by reading the posts we create and commenting to them with your perspectives and ideas.
If you are an EVSC employee, you can comment to our posts by simply logging in to the ICATS site with your email username and password.
If you are joining the conversation from outside of the district, you can sign in with your WordPress, Twitter, Facebook or Google credentials.
So what is a connected educator? The short answer is any educator who uses Digital Age tools to enhance their connections to other educators, students, parents and citizens around the world. By building their Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), connected educators increase their ability to learn, find resources, find support, collaborate, and share their voice. Connected educators are part of a worldwide community of education professionals who are dedicated to being part of the conversation that will define teaching and learning for the future. This video shares just a few perspectives from some amazing connected educators:
My personal journey to becoming a connected educator began with blogging with my students as a way to extend classroom conversations back in 2007. Seeing the impact this made on my connections to students opened my eyes to the potential technology had for improving my work as an educator. It wasn’t long before I was learning with passionate educators from all over the world through social media, communication tools like Skype, collaboration tools like Google Docs, and tools for expression like blogs and websites. Being a connected educator has changed how I see myself as a teacher and as a learner. Here’s a video that summarizes my life as a connected educator:
If you are just getting started as a connected educator (or would like to start connecting), I’d suggest starting with the links below:
- Connected Educators Month Website (website is no longer working)
- What’s a Connected Educator?
- Why Be a Connected Educator?
- 10 Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator
- 5 Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators
- 7 Ways My Classroom is Better Because I Connect
Over the coming month, members of the EVSC eLearning team will be sharing ideas and resources for growing as a connected educator. Today, we would love to hear your stories about using technology to connect and learn. Use the comment section below to share your thoughts, relate an experience, or ask a question.
We look forward to learning with you!