Let’s All Be Connected Educators

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.

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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4 Responses to Let’s All Be Connected Educators

  1. Nahida El Assi says:

    IT is my pleasure to join in the TESOL blog. I guess The first thing I will need todo is read the starter kit. Thank you very much, Tara

    • Tara Arntsen Tara Arntsen says:

      While Connected Educators Month is not organized by TESOL, posting on the TESOL blog is a great start to becoming a connected educator. The starter kit will give you even more ideas of how to participate on various platforms like Twitter and connect with other educators around the world. Good luck Nahida!

  2. edna b. abiabi says:

    Thank you very much for accepting me in TESOL Blog. This is considered a big break for an English language teacher not only for me but for those who wish to improve their teaching career.

    • Tara Arntsen Tara Arntsen says:

      Thank you for your comment, Edna! It is always great to get more comments on TESOL Blog posts and it is one of many ways that you can become a connected educator. Even though Connected Educators Month is not organized by TESOL, participating in TESOL events is a great way to become better connected to this educational community. I hope to read more from you in the future.

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