The Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity to read books about or related to connected learning and online communities, then discuss them with your peers and in some cases the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog (in the Connected Educator community) and  through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. For 2015, we have four books on connected education to read and discuss:

Book Club

The Connected Educator by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall

The Connected Educator compellingly lays out a step-by-step path to using online connected communities to become a connected learner engaged in do-it- yourself professional development. Even if you think you know it all, we promise this book club will be engaging and thought-provoking. Buy a copy here.

Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need by Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase

Led by authors Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase, this book club will explore the big ideas within their new book Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need. Sunday of each week, Chris and Zac will post questions to the forum for discussion based on that week’s reading. Additionally, they will host a weekly twitter chat using the hashtag #School20 to discuss the ideas synchronously. If you’re interested in student- and inquiry-driven project-based learning, come join the fun. Buy a copy here.

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades by Kathy Cassidy

In Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades, primary teacher Kathy Cassidy makes a compelling case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. This book presents both the rationale for connecting students “from the start” and the how-to details and examples teachers need to involve children in grades K-3 in using blogs, Twitter, Skype and other social media to become true global learners. Join the book club space or buy a copy of Kathy’s book.

Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing

The National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association worked together on Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing and therefore stating that their position that the primary purpose of assessment must be to improve teaching and learning for all students. Eleven core standards are presented and explained, case studies and vignettes are shared and a helpful glossary is included in the text available in print and online. Each week of the month of October, we will discuss a different cluster of standards. Even though the discussion moves on to different clusters of standards throughout the month, you can always enter the discussion at any point that is meaningful to you. Join the discussion here. The entire text is available online here.

Get Started

Jump into the book club at anytime. Simply make your way to the Connected Educator community and join.

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 to let us know. We will help you set up a Book Club Group, get your book added to the list of choices, and start to promote your book here and through our other Connected Educator Month channels. (Newsletter, Blog, Radio) Here is a step by step guide for setting up your book club.

5 Responses to The Connected Educators Book Club

  1. I am looking forward to all we will learn together!

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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
    Twitter: craigcmartin12

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    • Martina Orr says:

      Your quote just made my day. I appreciate your passion and I just needed a quick reminder of why I went into teaching.

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