Want to Lead a Book Club?

We are doing an ALL CALL for organizations, authors or facilitators who would like to add their book to the official Connected Educators Book Club community so let us know. We will get your book added to the list of choices and start to promote your book here and through our other Connected Educator Month channels.

3 Responses to The Connected Educators Book Club

  1. I am looking forward to all we will learn together! http://twitter.com/snbeach

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  2. Craig Martin says:

    The 21st Century Connected Educator by Craig Martin
    If you would’ve asked me if I were a “Connected Educator” a month ago, I would enthusiastically tell you that I try to talk to as many people as I can and have face to face networking sessions as often as my schedule will allow. However, after reading The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, I would have to apologize emphatically about how “out-of-touch” I am with Education 2.0.

    The Connected Educator is a rich resource, transcendent and poignant to the core in providing real world ways to ratchet up how we evolve as educators and technology integrationalists. 21st Century Professional Development should be boundless in opportunities where teachers create, collaborate, and cultivate promising communities of practice and commit to plugging into all the ubiquitous learning taking place across the globe. “The idea of orchestrating your own learning, selecting your own mentors, organizing your own conferences and workshops, and pursuing just-in-time learning” in this Connected frame of mind is transforming education forever.

    After participating in the Connected Educator Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; participating in the Learning 2.0. Virtual Conference led by edtech pioneer, Steve Hardagon; discovering my Digital Footprint in Verena Roberts MOOC; and devouring the Connected Educator, I find myself invigorated in taking charge of my own professional development in ways I could never imagined.

    In developing my own connected teacher network, I am collaborating with and availing myself to thousands of teachers around the globe who share a common goal to become more effective educators and heighten student engagement and achievement. We are creating and engaging in communities of practice such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, Skype, and Facebook where we can share ideas, inquiries, and investigations, and the benefits of a “collective intelligence” is invaluable.
    I implore my fellow colleagues to take a moment to reflect on your own practice as ask yourself one question: Am I serving as a catalyst for 21st Century teaching and learning in my own community?
    For those who desire to enhance their practice among a culture and community of change agents, I implore you to do the following:
    • Join Twitter. Find people who share your passions and interests and follow them. And they will undoubtedly follow you to as you emerge as a force in the community.
    • Create and maintain a blog of your practice. What you do in your work matters and there are teachers and educators abroad who are edifying their teaching based upon ideas you may bring to the table.
    • Be okay with not being an expert. Connect and collaborate with a supportive cast of educators who are open to supporting you as you fortify your own personal learning network. There is nothing more powerful than a team of cheerleaders who only desire to see you succeed!

    In conclusion, I want to leave you with this thought from Nussbaum-Beach & Hall, “We all have a choice: A choice to be powerful or pitiful. A choice to allow ourselves to become victims or activists. A choice to take a stand on behalf of the children we serve. The world is at your fingertips. Figure out your personal vision for change in your school or classroom. Learn how to leverage the wisdom of the crowd. Build alliances. Find your tribe, your community. Then do something powerful to promote change. Sit down with other educators and share what you learn. Be a transparent learner. Be the example you want your students to become. Show them what a learner does to make the world a better place. Choose to be powerful!”

    Craig Martin
    Blog: http://craigcmartin.edublogs.org
    Twitter: craigcmartin12

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