If not, October is the month to get started.
If you are, October is the month to celebrate your PLN.
October is Connected Educator Month. There is a website devoted to educators who are connected via social media and a hashtag #CE14 created for this year's events.
Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success over the last 2 years, the initiative is set to reach even more educators in 2014.
The goals of CEM include:
- Getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice
- Deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying connection’s benefits
- Helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts
- Stimulating and supporting innovation in the field
Many staff members in District 7 are already connected educators. They have developed a Personal Learning Network (PLN), participate in Twitter chats, and are involved in Skype/Google Hangouts with colleagues.
How do you plan to be involved as a Connected Educator during October and beyond?