Are you a connected educator?
Do you blog?
Do you use twitter?
Do you collaborate with other teachers at your own school and globally?
Do you take part in online conferences for PD?
Even though Connected Educator Month is a USA activity, there are many teachers from other countries also taking part. There is a starter kit you can download as a PDF from this site. For every day of the month of October, there are suggested activities to help you become more connected as an educator. You can find this on the PDF.
Day 1 is a bit of reading and finding out about being a connected learner.
I spent most of my teaching life working in my own classroom, coming out for recess and lunch, spending time at staff meetings that really didn’t help a lot in the classroom or that I could have read about at home. It wasn’t until I started blogging and using the internet more that I realised I needed to become a connected learner so I could help my students become connected in their global world. I was on Twitter for nearly 6 months before I realised the value of making connections to other teachers overseas and on the mainland. I began creating documents that I could share with other teachers with similar interests, storing them in the cloud and sharing with others. I save most of my photos in Flickr so others can use the photos as well as they are licensed as creative commons. I take part in online conferences as both a participant, a moderator and also as a presenter. These allow me to develop the skills I need to help my students and other teachers to connect in our modern world.
Day 2 is looking at Web 2.0
When I first began using the internet more I was a consumer. I read and gathered information, created worksheets for students to find more information or to work as a team in a webquest. Students then typed out their responses, printed them and gave them to me or they wrote the answers in their books. We were consumers and users of the internet. This was known as Web 1.0
But Web 2.0 has students as creators as well as consumers. Students are out there creating apps, creating games, films, videos, websites, blogs, sending out tweets, sharing documents across countries, uploading and downloading, using other Web 2.0 tools to embed on their blogs and ePortfolios. Often many students are way ahead of their teachers who often fear the unknown. Or they worry about no longer being in control of the classroom. This is where becoming connected as a learner, means you can allow the student to be the teacher.
How are you and the other staff at your school connected or do you still do most of your teaching in your own room with the door closed?