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SmartBlogs Roundup: Connected Educator Month

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In honor of Connected Educator Month, SmartBlog on Education showcased blog posts written by educators, for educators. Don’t miss these inspiring contributions from some of the top movers and shakers involved in the connected teaching and learning movement.

From connection to multi-scale collaboration during Connected Educator Month
This week marks the conclusion of the second annual Connected Educator Month, sponsored by the Office of Educational Technology of the U.S. Department of Education and produced by the American Institutes for Research.

A day in the life of a connected educator
As it is Connected Educator Month, it is interesting to take note of what life can be like in the day of a connected educator. The following is a sequence of events from one day last week:

Professional development: Let’s work together
It was sitting at a breakfast meeting three years ago with a colleague in a neighboring school district and my close friend, Rich Kiker (@rkiker) that it hit me.

Connected educator? But why?
Quite often these days, we hear the words “connected educator.” But what does that mean? And is it really all that important to be connected?

Givers, takers and matchers: How PLNs change the way we see our work
Adam Grant, in a new book called Give and Take, shares three profiles that typify most faculty rooms and work spaces:

I am a connected educator and proud of it
October, as you may or may not know, is Connected Educator Month. This is a great opportunity for connected and non-connected educators to understand the importance of collaborating and staying on top of best practices.

Tech connects educators with free, quality PD
Conferences continue to be one of the most popular methods for teacher professional development. Conferences, like ISTE and BETT, attract over 10,000 attendees each year.

Connected educators as activists
As we begin celebrating Connected Educator Month, it is important to recognize how empowering getting connected can be for many teachers. For some, they find fellow teachers with similar interests and passions.

Do we really need connected educators?
To answer this question in the very month that the U.S. Department of Education has set aside to recognize as Connected Educator Month, we need to first examine what a connected educator is.

Melissa Greenwood is SmartBrief’s senior education editor, with responsibility for the content in a variety of SmartBrief’s education e-news briefs. She also manages content for SmartBlog on Education and related social media channels. Prior to joining SmartBrief, Melissa held a variety of positions in the education field, including classroom teacher and education editor and writer.