Newsflash: October is Connected Educator Month! I almost missed it, so to make up for it, I have this lovely little post for you about what it is and how you can get involved.
First off, what is this all about? Well, the Connected Educators project was started by the Office of Educational Technology, part of the Department of Education in the United States, which designated October 2013 as “a celebration of online communities of practice and networks in education,” or Connected Educator’s Month. The main Connected Educators website is pretty snazzy, so I recommend you take a peek. There are all sorts of events going on this month and many ways to participate, too.
You should probably start where I did, with the Starter Kit, which explains just about everything you need to know. It begins by defining connected educator and connected learner and then runs through a number of awesome resources and activities you can do to utilize them. Even if you don’t feel like a tech whiz, give it a try! I think you’ll find it rather straightforward and everything is explained so well. There is no rush to get through the whole kit in one sitting. It’s well organized and nicely paced, although if you’re starting midmonth, I wouldn’t worry about trying to catch up.
From there, participate! Actually do the activities described in the kit, make connections, attend free events, and earn badges. Check out the publications and follow @edcocp on Twitter. If you don’t have a Twitter account, the Starter Kit has four pages devoted to it and that’s actually where I’m heading now—so good luck, have fun, and enjoy Connected Educator Month!
Once you get started, come back and share with us your favorite Connected Educator activity or resource, and how you used it with your ELLs.