#engchatHost: National Writing Project
Archive of 8/27/12 #engchat: Being an Connected Educator
#engchat is a weekly webchat hosted by Meenoo Rami of the Philadelphia Writing Project. The week of 8/27/12 Meenoo Rami co-hosted with her colleague Sam Reed on the topic of being a “connected educator.” The chat archive and a storify version are now available.
#globallit Chat with Primary SourceHost: Primary Source
Storify of Twitter Chat
Primary Source Librarian Jennifer Hanson hosted a live one-hour Twitter chat on #globallit for CEM–this is a Storify archive. She shared new and exciting globally-themed books appropriate for K-12 classrooms, and educators were encouraged to share their own ideas and network with others from around the world, as well ask for specific recommendations for their students.
#IOL Chat: Attracting Online LearnersHost: OnlineCollege.org
#IOLchat Reports: Attracting Online Learners
A CEM #IOL Chat discussion on attracting online learners to higher education institutions. The archive includes an introduction to the topic, a summary of key points made during the discussion, a full video archive of the event, and links to related resources.
#IOL Chat: Creating the Perfect BlendHost: OnlineCollege.org
#IOLchat Reports: Creating the Perfect Blend
A CEM #IOL Chat discussion on blended learning in higher education. The archive includes an introduction to the topic, a summary of key points made during the discussion, a full video archive of the event, and links to related resources.
#IOLChat: Summer Brag BagHost: OnlineCollege.org
#IOLchat Reports: Summer Brag Bag
A CEM #IOLChat discussion on the latest accomplishments of members of the group and what group members are trying to do. The archive includes an introduction to the topic, a summary of key points made during the discussion, a full video archive of the event, and links to related resources. Discussion ended up being mainly about professional development and online communities.
#PBLChat–Positive School CultureHost: New Tech Network
A Twitter archive of a special CEM #PBLChat on Creating a Positive School Culture. #PBLChat is a weekly chat event on problem-based learning that takes place every Tuesday at 9 PM EST, moderated by the New Tech Network via Theresa Shafer.
#PBLChat–Refining Projects for the New YearHost: New Tech Network
A Twitter chat archive for a special CEM #PBLChat on Refining Projects for the New Year with guest host Andrew Miller. #PBLChat is a weekly chat event on problem-based learning that takes place every Tuesday at 9 PM EST, moderated by the New Tech Network via Theresa Shafer.
21st Centuryize This Classroom!Host: Laurie Toll, Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, MN
21st Centuryize This Classroom!
Using a scanned photo from the 1960s of her fourth-grade classroom, and a collaborative multimedia platform (ThingLink), technology integration specialist Laurie Toll of Osseo Area Schools in Maple Grove, Minnesota, launched her own collaborative project. She created an interactive Web-based poster and invited educators to “21stcentury-ize” the classroom by adding ideas, links, images, or video to the photo.
“The purpose of this project was to invite educators to collaboratively reflect and share their vision for a connected and engaged learning environment in a whimsical and meaningful way,” Toll said. “I loved the creativity and variety of responses and that people actually stopped by to contribute. It was a living, growing, dynamic document built and shared by connected educators everywhere!”
This collaborative project would not have had the same impact outside the context of Connected Educator Month, Toll said. “Connected Educator Month played a huge part in getting the message out to other educators. Leveraging the connections of colleagues involved in Connected Educator Month brought more activity to the project than if I had just shared it within my own network.”
ASCD Webinar: Virtual Summer Camp with Mike FisherHost: ASCD
Looking for new web tools to engage your students? Come to Virtual Summer Camp! In this webinar, Mike Fisher (http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/oscb/faculty/Fisher-M.aspx) of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) explored some of the exciting web tools of the moment and explain how educators can use them for instruction. Fisher discussed specific tasks and appropriate tool choices, as well as share helpful examples that have been implemented in real classrooms.
Beyond Top Down: Distributed Leadership & Teacher-Led Change – Wrap-UpHost: Connected Educators
Connected education provides unique opportunities for educators to take the lead in the redefining of the profession that’s going on, to insure it meets our needs and the needs of our students. Distributed leadership and teacher-led change was the subject of another CEM kick-off panel and a month-long forum; it was also implicitly in the DNA of the entire Connected Educator Month endeavor, including the final sessions. In this session CEM participants strategized together (with thought leaders like Shelly Blake-Plock, David Loertscher, Lisa Dabbs, Suzie Boss, and Shelly Terrell) about the best ways we can all use online communities and networks to insure the voice of practice is heard at the highest levels and drives the direction of education. Moderator: Steve Hargadon
BYOD PotluckHost: C4 Model of Learning
BYOD Potluck Webpage
BYOD Potluck was a week-long collaborative project during CEM in which users populated a world map with “dishes” (i.e. bring your own device [BYOD] resources). The archive includes a web page containing a goog form link and a MapGeo map.
CALPRO: Electronic Community of Practice and Virtual Workrooms for Adult EducatorsHost: AIR
CALPRO: Electronic Community of Practice and Virtual Workrooms for Adult Educators Recording
This is a recording of a webinar providing an overview of CALPRO: The mission of CALPRO is to foster continuous program improvement through a comprehensive, statewide approach to high-quality professional development for the full range of adult education and literacy providers working in agencies funded by the California Department of Education. In this tour Deputy Director Catherine Green presented an overview of CALPRO’s electronic Community of Practice and complementary Virtual Workrooms on topics such as multilevel ESL instruction, workforce readiness, and best practices in Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction. Participants then brainstormed how this model of professional learning for educators might be adapted for use in their contexts.
CEM Book ClubHost: Connected Educators
The Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity to read books about or related to online communities, then discuss them with your peers and the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog (in a Book Club Ning) and weekly real-time multimedia discussions in this room on Blackboard Collaborate. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events.
CEM District ToolkitHost: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CEM District Toolkit
This CEM toolkit for district leaders, created by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), contained a number of resources that can be used year-round, including PowerPoint slides for potential integration into professional development workshops, key connected education reports and links, materials for tracking progress towards a fully connected district, and more.
CEM Starter KitHost: Connected Educators initiative, Powerful Learning Practice
CEM Starter Kit
Provided a 31 day program for educators to get more connected, with one simple activity to engage in for each day of CEM, but all of the activities featured are evergreen and can still be explored today. Developed in collaboration with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach—the author—and Powerful Learning Practice, the kit was heavily downloaded and praised for its applicability across the entire spectrum of connected experience.
Connected and Open Professional DevelopmentHost: NROC Connected PD
NROC Open PD
This is a blog post describing Connected PD’s Connected Educator Month events with links to archives, including guided tour in which Ruth Rominger and Connected PD curator Claudia L’Amoreaux led a walkthrough of the Connected PD PLE (Participatory Learning Ecosystem) that included a high level review of the participatory design charrette, Reimagining Developmental English, a collaboration with P2PU’s School of Ed.
Connected Education & Badges for Educators PowerPointHost: Connected Educators
Connected Education & Badges for Educators PowerPoint
This PowerPoint on Connected Education & Badges for Educators was presented by a special panel that discussed badges in general, but more particularly potential criteria for and implementation of a new series of cross-community, cross-organizational, series of badges specifically for connected educators and connected communities, designed to complement, supplement, include, promote, and draw on existing badge systems. A new catalog of badges from a range of issuers related to being a connected educator was unveiled at the end of the session.
- Moderator: Darren Cambridge
- Panelists: Richard Culatta, Lisa Dawley, Tom de Boor, Dan Hickey, Erin Knight
Connected Education and Badges: Chat TranscriptHost: Connected Educators
Connected Education and Badges: Chat Transcript
This chat discussion is from a special panel that discussed badges in general, but more particularly potential criteria for and implementation of a new series of cross-community, cross-organizational, series of badges specifically for connected educators and connected communities, designed to complement, supplement, include, promote, and draw on existing badge systems. During the session, a new catalog of badges from a range of issuers related to being a connected educator was unveiled.
- Moderator: Darren Cambridge
- Panelists: Richard Culatta, Lisa Dawley, Tom de Boor, Dan Hickey, Erin Knight
Connected Education: Students Speak!Host: Connected Educators
Connected Education: Students Speak!
For most, if not all educators, the ultimate incentive to develop their practices is student learning and achievement: they’re willing to do anything for their students if it helps them learn. A special panel of students shared what connected learning has meant to them and, especially, what it’s meant to have a connected educator (or two) in their lives. They also shared their own tips for educators and ideas for a more connected educational world. Moderator: Tom de Boor
Connected Educator Month Final Session: What We’ve LearnedHost: Connected Educators
Beyond the explicit themes of CEM, there were a huge range of events and activities during the month. In this final CEM session of the month, and with the help of a number of special guests, including Barnett Barry, Milton Chen, Gavin Dykes, Stephanie Sandifer, and others, we considered the entire expanse of CEM activities and sought to distill them down to a handful of the top takeaways we can and should all carry with us into the school year and beyond, as well as the top policy implications of the month. Moderators: Karen Cator, Darren Cambridge
Connected Educator Month Video Contest winners!Host: Powerful Learning Practice
PLP/Intel PLN Video Contest Winners/Results
Powerful Learning Practice and the Intel Teachers Engage Community hosted a video contest for Connected Educator Month – educators, leaders, and connected learners worldwide were encouraged to enter and win some fabulous prizes.
- Gary Feldman: Gary showed us snippets of his life (cute kids!) and tells us how he uses Twitter both personally and professionally to build his PLN.
- Kratos Learning: Kratos Learning manages online communities of practice for their clients in adult education. Here, two of their online community managers talk about how they work to grow their networks.
- Derrick Willard: Derrick teaches environmental science and chairs the science department at Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC). He encourages us, “Don’t be a digital hermit! Join in the conversation,” and tells us that being connected doesn’t just mean engaging in technology, it means expanding your network of educators from all over the world to share ideas and conversations that help us grow.
- Mark Van Horn: Mark stays on the cutting edge to keep up with the students at Columbus State through connecting online to find ideas, webinars, and forums. He has a hunger for knowledge, and the Web is his all-you-can-eat buffet. With the way the world is now, he says you have to learn, unlearn, and relearn or else get left behind. He’s connected 24/7 and it’s helped him to grow professionally.
- Stacy Sassaman: Stacy Sassaman admits that she doesn’t have all the answers, but that being a connected learner helps her grow as an educator. She is not afraid to put herself out there, ask questions of people she’s never met, and contribute to the discussion.
Connected Learning Webinar: Bud Hunt, Cindy O’Donnell-AllenHost: Macarthur Digital Media & Learning Research Hub & National Writing Project
Teacher Research is Connective Learning: Practitioner Inquiry as Professional Development
In this ConnectedLearning.tv webinar, Bud Hunt and Cindy O’Donnell-Allen engage with colleagues around the questions “How do we ensure schools are places of learning for both the students and staff? What does classroom inquiry look like when the teacher is the inquirer? The archive includes a video of the event, a PDF of the chatstream, a collaborative document about the session, links to resources mentioned during the session, and a list of questions asked and key comments made.
Connected Learning Webinar: Connie YowellHost: Macarthur Digital Media & Learning Research Hub
Connie Yowell is the Director of Education for U.S. Programs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also oversees the $85 million program on Digital Media and Learning (DML): an initiative which aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. In this webinar, she explain the vision of “connected learning,” as well as her personal story of how she became involved in the MacArthur Foundation’s DML initiative. A full video recording of the webinar, an archive of the real-time Livestream Chat, a curated list of resources/URLs mentioned, and a timestamped list of the questions asked are included.
Connected Learning Webinar: Elyse Eidman-AadahlHost: Macarthur Digital Media & Learning Research Hub & National Writing Project
Communities of Practice for Professional Learning: Connected Learning for Adults
In this ConnectedLearning.tv webinar, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl of the National Writing Project engages with colleagues around the question “Can the concept of communities of practice help frame connected learning in the workplace and beyond?” The archive includes a video of the event, the PowerPoint slides used, a PDF of the chatstream, a collaborative document about the session, links to resources mentioned during the session, and a list of questions asked.
Connected Learning Webinar: Karen CatorHost: Macarthur Digital Media & Learning Research Hub
Karen Cator, the US Department of Education’s Director of Educational Technology, joined the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative on August 21 in a live webinar to share the purpose of Connected Educator Month, what we’ve learned so far, why it’s so crucial to connect educators with one another, and what’s next for the Connected Educators initiative. A full video recording of the webinar, an archive of the real-time Livestream Chat, a curated list of resources/URLs mentioned, and a time-stamped list of the questions asked are included.
Educator Virtual PDHost: Educator Virtual Professional Development
Experience a 3 hour PD day to interact with and learn various tools. Spend 15 minutes at each virtual station, learn 8 Web 2.0 tools used in the classroom, and gain opportunities to connect with knowledgeable, talented educators! Smackdown video and resources available on the wiki as well as recorded presentation on YouTube. Organized by Theresa Allen, tech coordinator and educator at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School, Joliet, IL.
edWeb.net and AT&T Webinar: How Schools Are Using iPads to Increase LearningHost: edWeb.net
edWeb.net and AT&T Webinar: How Schools Are Using iPads to Increase Learning
Want to make your classroom more individualized, efficient, and fun? In this webinar, David Vinca, Founder of eSpark Learning, and his colleague Colleen Loftus, show you how three schools revitalized learning with successful iPad implementations. They begin with Mineola SD in New York, and discuss the value of letting students take home devices. David and Colleen share how iPads can be used to increase hands-on, individualized learning and raise achievement levels on assessments, just like this New York school district did. Next, they explore the unique ways that iPads can improve opportunities for Special Education populations. We see how the KIPP charter school network in Chicago used iPads to improve learning outcomes of their special education students. Their final case study shows how the Utica School District re-imagined kindergarten. Hear all about this innovative program, including the efficient way the iPad hardware was deployed in this Michigan district.
edWeb.net and ETA hand2mind Webinar: Best Math Resources for the CCSSHost: edWeb.net
With the help of special guest moderator Sara Delano Moore, Ph. D., Director of Mathematics and Science at ETA hand2mind, this webinar explored the best resources for CCSS: You’ll hear what your colleagues like and see some of Sara’s favorites–books, websites, and other resource types, including Illuminations, Math Talk, Guided Math, and more.
edWeb.net and Follett Software Company Webinar: Data and the Cloud – Why?Host: edWeb.net
edWeb.net and Follett Software Company Webinar: Data and the Cloud - Why?
What is the cloud and why should you keep your data there? With the help of Gail Columbo, former Director of Technology and Curriculum, Montgomery Township Schools, NJ, edWeb and Follett Software provide a look at the benefits of keeping your data in the cloud versus on your old systems.
edWeb.net and Follett Software Company Webinar: How to Build a Rockin’ Volunteer ProgramHost: edWeb.net
edWeb.net and Follett Software Company Webinar: How to Build a Rockin' Volunteer Program
Educators are feeling more pressed for time than ever. Federal, state and local mandates are becoming increasingly rigorous and complex, with special emphasis on standards, bullying prevention and professional evaluation. In this session, we examine prioritization and delegation. Delegation may seem like an impossibility to many librarians, but edWeb and Follett explore creative ways to get more work done in less time, freeing up time to help others do the same.
edWeb.net and SIIA Webinar: America’s Schools and Technology: A Progress Report from the SIIA Vision K-20 Survey 2012Host: edWeb.net
edWeb.net and SIIA Webinar: America’s Schools and Technology: A Progress Report from the SIIA Vision K-20 Survey 2012
Karen Billings, VP Education Division, of SIIA was edWeb’s guest in this special CEM webinar on the progress of America’s schools in using technology to facilitate 21st Century learning. Find out how school and educators measured up to the Vision K-20 goals and benchmarks including:
- Utilizing 21st Century Tools for teaching and learning
- Providing anytime/anywhere educational access
- Offering differentiated learning options and resources
- Employing technology-based assessment tool
- Using technology to redesign and enable the enterprise support
Learn where education leaders believe they’ve made the most progress – and the least – and how the benchmarks compare to those in the past two years.
The Vision K-20 Survey is an annual online self-assessment for educators and educational leaders in K-12 classrooms, schools and districts, postsecondary courses, departments, and campuses. The self-assessment consists of 20 benchmark statements indicating progress toward the SIIA Vision. The survey was first developed by SIIA and its partners in 2007, piloted in 2008, and has been conducted every year since 2009.
edWeb.net Summer Live Chat: Learning Characteristics of Students with AutismHost: edWeb.net
edWeb.net Summer Live Chat: Learning Characteristics of Students with Autism
One of a series of three chats featuring the professional services team at Eden Autism Services about how to work more effectively with students with autism. This session explored the unique learning characteristics of students with autism and suggests practical strategies for overcoming these difficulties.
edWeb.net Webinar: Skype in the ClassroomHost: edWeb.net
edWeb.net Webinar: Skype in the Classroom
Worldwide collaboration is possible through the use of Skype. edWeb took a look at this resource, how to bring it into the classroom, and “go global,” in class, moderated by Gail Palumbo, former Director of Curriculum and Technology, Montgomery Township Schools, NJ.
edWeb.net Webinar: Using Google Tools to Engage StudentsHost: edWeb.net
edWeb.net Webinar: Using Google Tools to Engage Students
In edWeb’s August TechTools webinar, Shannon Holden helps teachers navigate the huge number of resources made available to teachers by Google. These free tools include Google Earth, Mail, Docs, Drive, Sites, and Groups. Shannon gives teachers a way to implement these applications in a way that engages students, encourages teacher collaboration, and saves time!
edWeb.net Webinar: What I Learned at PodstockHost: edWeb.net
edWeb.net Webinar: What I Learned at Podstock
Podstock is a conference started by Kevin Honeycutt where inspirational educators get together to share ideas about how to improve education, using whatever it takes – technology, PBL, gaming, online tools, as long as it helps kids learn. Podstock 2012 was in July in Kansas. Did you miss it? Here is a chance to hear about some of the new and creative ideas that came out of this year’s “unconference,” as Kevin Honeycutt, Michael Campbell, and Jane Renner share what they learned.
Energizing Math: Ideas, Resources, and Collaboration for K-8 Math TeachersHost: TeachersFirst
This is the archive from a webinar on ideas, resources, and opportunities for collaboration for K-8 math teachers provided by TeachersFirst, a site offering more than 15,000 free ad-free resources for teachers/students. The archive includes a full recording of the event, plus a number of related links.
Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform WebinarHost: AIR
Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform Recording
This is a recording of an overview webinar for the Everyone at the Table online resource center – materials to genuinely engage teachers and stimulate candid and respectful dialogue that gets to the heart of their perspectives on teacher evaluation. The webinar shows how to access short discussion starter videos, Powerpoint templates, focus group style dialogue prompts, and a discussion moderator’s guides, all aimed at making teachers’ voices heard when evaluation policies are decided.
Extend the Conversation…Jump In!Host: Spalding Catholic School
This is an archive of P2PU’s “Extend the Conversation” group, created for CEM, containing a full set of connected education resources and thinking developed by the group throughout the month. The purposes of the group were to provide a place to extend the conversations from events that are occurring all around the web for Connected Educator Month, discuss what it means to be a “connected educator,” and provide a launching pad for more connected activities after August.
Extend the Conversation…Jump In! – Webinar ArchiveHost: P2PU
Extend the Conversation...Jump In! - webinar archive
Are you already connected? Have you joined a few conversations, such as Facebook and Twitter? Have you “lurked” to learn about what others are doing? It’s time to extend the conversation, jump in, and give a little bit… Here’s how, through the stories of two teachers who have “jumped in” to become connected educators: Sheri Edwards (http://edwards.sheri42.org) and Denise Krebs (http://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org/). P2PU provided the platform as part of its month-long Extend The Conversation group, created for CEM.
Event providers: Sheri Edwards and Denise Krebs, presenters, and P2PU providing the platform
A video archive of the webinar “Extend the Conversation…Jump In!”
Flipping Your Classroom with SoftChalk: Lessons Learned from Early AdoptersHost: SoftChalk
Flipping Your Classroom with SoftChalk: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters
During this presentation the authors discussed why they decided to change the model for teaching by moving the “studying” to the live (or virtual) classroom and moving the “lecture/learning” to “homework”. While many instructors are struggling with the content organization and presentation, and student engagement in the classroom, SoftChalk has emerged as an appealing tool for re-visiting how we teach. Many instructors have used SoftChalk to develop media rich content with engaging activities to organize and present the content. They have used their SoftChalk lessons in various models to engage students in interacting with the content. In our presentation, the authors shared:
- Needs for Flipping the Classroom (F2F, Online and Hybrid)
- The sample lessons Before and After: (PowerPoint Presentation vs. SoftChalk Lesson Modules)
- Students’ Voices (what are students saying)
- Strategies learned (roadmap for novice online instructors)
Jodi Brown, Ph. D., Dept. Social Work
Wendy Ashley, Psy.D. and LCSW, Dept. of Social Work
Li Wang, Ph. D., Faculty Technology Center
California State University, Northridge
Forum Kickoff: Beyond Top Down–Distributed Leadership & Teacher-Led ChangeHost: Connected Educators initiative
Forum Kickoff: Beyond Top Down–Distributed Leadership & Teacher-Led Change Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) the kick-off of Beyond Top Down, one of the main themes/forums for CEM, covering such questions as:
- What are the ways educators can use networks and online communities to effect change in their school, their district, and their profession in the coming school year and beyond?
- How can grassroots networks and distributed leadership shape the future of education?
- How can decision makers at all levels be informed by and be responsive to expertise these networks enact?
The session was a combination of panel and open discussion. Panelists included Shelly Blake-Plock, Suzie Boss, Lisa Dabbs, Bill Ferriter, and Shelly Terrell. The session was moderated by Steve Hargadon.
Forum Kickoff: Connected Education and the First Six WeeksHost: Connected Educators initiative
Forum Kickoff: Connected Education and the First Six Weeks Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) the kick-off event of The First Six Weeks, one of the main themes/forums for CEM, covering such questions as:
- What are the key to-dos to get 2012–13 off to a great start in the classroom, and how can educators stay on top of and successfully manage all the competing demands involved?
- How can teachers use online communities and networks to help with this most critical period of the new school year we’re all planning for?
- What should communities and networks themselves be doing during this period?
- How can communities and networks best adapt to changing needs of educators throughout the year?
The session was a combination of panel and open discussion. Panelists included Suzie Boss, Lyn Hilt, Jane Krauss, David Rosas, and Kate Berten. The session was moderated by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Andrew Gardner.
Forum Kickoff: Giving Credit Where Credit Is DueHost: Connected Educators initiative
Forum Kickoff: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) the kick-off event of Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due, one of the main themes/forums for CEM, covering such questions as:
- What can educators do themselves to get more support and recognition?
- How should educators’ investment in learning to improve their performance and enrich the profession be supported, incentivized, documented, and recognized?
- What schools and districts are providing model levels of support, and how can their approaches be better disseminated and applied?
- What does the future hold for current informal recognition systems like badges?
- More broadly, how can educators be more fully recognized and rewarded for what they/we contribute to the well-being of society?
Forum Kickoff: It’s Personal–Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers Forum KickoffHost: Connected Educators initiative
Forum Kickoff: It’s Personal–Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers Forum Kickoff Recording
This is a recording of the kick-off event for It’s Personal, one of the main themes/forums for CEM, covering such questions as:
- What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?
- How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?
Forum Kickoff: Knocking At The Door–Connected Education & New TechnologiesHost: Connected Educators initiative
Forum Kickoff: Knocking At The Door–Connected Education & New Technologies Forum Kickoff Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources) for the kick-off of Knocking On The Door, one of the main themes/forums for CEM, covering such questions as:
- How can educators best take advantage of big technological trends such as mobile and gaming in their classrooms this year?
- What innovations and technologies being explored and leveraged outside education today have the greatest potential to be repurposed or extended to create educational value?
Forum Kickoff: Professional Learning and the Learning ProfessionHost: Connected Educators initiative
Professional Learning and the Learning Profession Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) the kick-off of Professional Learning and the Learning Profession, one of the main themes/forums for CEM, covering such questions as:
- What and where are the best (social) opportunities for educators to work on and learn for their practice in the coming year?
- What steps should every educator consider taking to become more connected, and what are the key resources that can help?
- In what kinds of learning do teachers (and other educators) need to be engaged in the 21st century, and how will technology help?
- What are the key methodological and content trends in the classroom (e.g., flipped classrooms, core standards) with which technology (in general) and communities or networks (specifically) can impact and help?
The session included both panel and open discussion. Panelists included Cathy Gassenheimer, Jackie Gerstein, Caren Levine, Stephanie Sandifer, Kathy Schrock, and Will Richardson. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach moderated the discussion.
Forum: Beyond Top-Down: Distributed Leadership & Teacher-Led ChangeHost: Connected Educators
A forum discussion on how “peer professional development” can open the floodgates of educator energy, release learning passions, and help to change education. Key questions to be addressed included:
Big Picture: How can grassroots networks and distributed leadership shape the future of education? How can decision makers at all levels be informed by and be responsive to expertise these networks enact?
Right Now: What are the ways educators can use networks and online communities to effect change in their school, their district, and their profession in the coming school year and beyond?
Forum: Giving Credit Where Credit Is DueHost: Connected Educators, Proteachers.net
A forum hosted by Proteachers.net. Key questions to be addressed (the forum is ongoing) include:
Big Picture: How should educators’ investment in learning to improve their performance and enrich the profession be supported, incentivized, documented, and recognized? What schools and districts are providing model levels of support, and how can their approaches be better disseminated and applied? What does the future hold for current informal recognition systems like badges? More broadly, how can educators be more fully recognized and rewarded for what we contribute to the well-being of society?
Right Now: What can educators do ourselves/themselves to get more support and recognition?
Forum: It’s Personal – Personalized Learning for Students and EducatorsHost: Connected Educators
Personalized learning can feel obviously necessary and impossibly hard to do simultaneously. In this forum, participants explored paths forward towards personalized learning for both students and educators. Key questions to be discussed included:
Big Picture: How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?
Right Now: What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?
Forum: Knocking On The Door: New Technologies & Connected EducationHost: Connected Educators
A forum for discussing how educators can take advantage of big technological trends in their classrooms this year, and which trends have the greatest potential for education. Key questions to be discussed included:
Big Picture: What innovations and technologies being explored and leveraged outside education today have the greatest potential to be repurposed or extended to create educational value?
Right Now: How can educators best take advantage of big technological trends such as mobile and gaming in their classrooms this year?
Forum: Professional Learning in the Learning Profession–21st Century PDHost: Connected Educators
Key questions to be addressed included:
Big Picture: In what kinds of learning do teachers (and other educators) need to be engaged in the 21st century, and how will technology help? What are the key methodological and content trends in the classroom (e.g., flipped classrooms, core standards) with which technology (in general) and communities or networks (specifically) can impact and help?
Right Now: What and where are the best (social) opportunities for educators to work on and learn for their practice in the coming year? What steps should every educator consider taking to become more connected, and what are the key resources that can help?
From ParentSquare: How to Harness the Power of Parents for Student Learning and School SuccessHost: ParentSquare
Strategies for Increasing Parent Engagement Including ParentSquare
These are the slides from ParentSquare’s PowerPoint presentation on how educators can support and promote family engagement in learning, enable parents to support their children’s success in school and life, and harness the potential of parents to support classrooms and schools in hard economic times.
The PowerPoint includes 10 strategies offered by educator Maria Chesley Fisk, Ph.D. as well as how ParentSquare’s private online home-school communication platform saves time (and money) while increasing parent engagement in homework help, reinforcing content, and volunteering.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Wrap-UpHost: Connected Educators
Badges were a running topic of conversation throughout the month, but beyond them lies the broader question and CEM theme of how educators should be incented and recognized for what they do to invest in developing their practice and craft. Drawing on discussions in the Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due forum, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources, with the help of thought leaders in the field like Al Byers, Claudia Lamoreaux, Pam Moran, Lisa Schmucki, and more, this community wrap-up generated takeaways and action items on the subject for the Department of Education and the field.
Moderators: Darren Cambridge, Tom de Boor
Google Drive: A Focused Workshop on Forms and Documents OnlyHost: TeachersFirst
Description: As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will:
- Explore sample Google Docs examples and template files to gather ideas
- List possible curriculum-related projects that students could create in his/her classes
- Explore TeachersFirst to locate appropriate web resources to support and inspire a Google Doc project
- Establish an account on Google Docs and explore general Docs organization/tools or discussion of doing so with students
- Practice with a Google Doc word processing file and spreadsheet
- List practical tips for implementing Google Docs with students (teacher-created and/or student-created)
- (follow-‐up) implement use of Google Docs as part of an upcoming teaching unit
Webinar provided by TeachersFirst, which provides 15,000 resources, including free webinars.
Applicable NETS-‐T standards (2008)*:
1a,b,c; 2a,b,c, d; 3b,c,d; 4c
* The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE’s NETS-‐T page:
Google Earth: Take Your Lessons INTO This World!Host: TeachersFirst
Take your lessons INTO the world using GoogleEarth. This session will introduce you to GoogleEarth, demonstrate and evaluate tools available using GoogleEarth, offer advanced support to those already using GoogleEarth, provide time for individual exploration, and more. A question/answer period was available to help with individual questions. It’s OK2Ask ®.
Great Ideas: Exploring the Resources of TeachersFirst 3.0 to Plan Effective, Technology-Infused LessonsHost: TeachersFirst
This is a webinar about resources for creating lessons with strong technology integration from TeachersFirst, a free ad-free site with more than 15,000 resources. This session briefly shared the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst 3.0 to help save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web, and participants were encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. The archive includes a full recording of the event, plus related links.
Green/Sustainability Knowledge and Skills and the ClassroomHost: MPR Associates, Inc.
Archived Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Webinar
The archived co-sponsored webinar presented an overview of the process and resources associated with the development of Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Clusters™ that are now available for use by states and local school districts. Viewers will learn the details of how the statements were developed, review the developed statements, obtain information about accessing additional resources, as well as hear about strategies for implementing the standards.
HLWconnection VideoHost: HLWskypers
Hello Little World Skypers is an international group of dedicated educators who reach out to others open the walls of their classrooms! This video was created for Connected Educators month: August 2012. Hello Little World Skypers has over 100 members; 21 of them from around the world talked about being connected.
How Does Engage Help You Become a Connected Educator?Host: Intel Teachers Engage Community
How does Engage help you become a connected educator Discussion thread
This is a discussion thread from CEM provided by Intel Teacher Engage, discussing how Engage can help teachers become connected educators.
Innovating New Models of Open Professional DevelopmentHost: NROC
This is an archive of a webinar “community-sourced” webinar focusing on new models for Open PD, which embraces a connected education model, offers a variety of channels for anytime/anywhere participation, gives educators the support to design and drive their own PD, and facilitates curation, sharing and social authoring of OER amongst educators. Resources include a Blackboard Collaborate webinar archive, a list of links shared in the webinar, and a Henry Jenkins pdf on Participatory Culture.
Keynote Kickoff: Connie YowellHost: Connected Educators initiative
Keynote Kickoff: Connie Yowell Recording
This is a recording of (and related resources/links for) a CEM kickoff keynote address by Connie Yowell discussing the vision of “connected learning.” Connie is Director of Education for U.S. Programs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also oversees the $85 million program on Digital Media and Learning (DML): an initiative which aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.
Kickoff Keynote: Chris LehmannHost: Connected Educators initiative
Kickoff Keynote: Chris Lehmann Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) a CEM kickoff keynote by Chris Lehmann. Lehmann is the Principal at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA; he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature. Lehmann has received several awards and recognition throughout his career, including the 2012 Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. He was also honored by the White House for his educational reform initiatives, and was named a ‘Champion of Change,’ in September of 2011. He is a writer, blogger (Practical Theory) and author (What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media) as well as a regular speaker at major education conferences.
Kickoff Keynote: Deborah MeierHost: Connected Educators initiative
Kickoff Keynote: Deborah Meier Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) a CEM kickoff keynote by Deborah Meier, How to Survive in Your Native Land. Meier is a senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS and Dissent and The Matopm magazines. She spent 45 years working in K-12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harem) and Boston (Roxbury) including leadership of several highly successful small democratically run urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill. Her books include The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust. In 1987 she was the first educator to receive a MacArthur “Genius” Award and currently blogs for Education Week with Diane Ravitch (Bridging Differences).
Kickoff Keynote: Douglas RushkoffHost: Connected Educators initiative
Kickoff Keynote: Douglas Rushkoff Recording
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) a CEM kickoff keynote, Program or Be Programmed: Commands for Education’s Digital Age, by Douglas Rushkoff. Winner of the Media Ecology Association’s first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics. For his keynote, Douglas Rushkoff offered his insights and perspectives on the promise and perils of technology and networking in education, guiding us in navigating a digital landscape and seizing what might very well be the control panel of civilization.
Kickoff Keynote: Larry JohnsonHost: Connected Educators initiative
Kickoff Keynote: Larry Johnson Recording
This is a recording of (and related resources/links for) a CEM kickoff keynote address by Dr. Larry Johnson. Dr. Johnson is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and has written five books, seven chapters, and published more than 50 papers and research reports on the topic. He speaks regularly on the topics of creativity, innovation, and technology trends, and has delivered more than 75 keynote addresses to a long list of distinguished groups and organizations all over the world. He is the founder of the Horizon Project, which produces the acclaimed series of Horizon Reports that are used by over a million educators in more than 100 countries.
Kickoff Panel: Connected Education and Serving Every Student, From Gifted to Special NeedsHost: Connected Educators
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) a CEM kickoff panel and open discussion about how connected education can serve the fully panoply of learning styles and needs among students today. Tracy Gray from the American Institutes for Research moderated. Panelists included Barbara Bray, Jenifer Fox, Kathleen McClaskey, Lisa Nielsen, and Ira Socol.
Kickoff Panel: The Sun Never Sets–Connected Education Around The WorldHost: Connected Educators
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) a CEM kickoff panel and open discussion about global connected education trends and how connected educators around the world can help each other improve practice, with panelists Ed Gragert, Lucy Gray, Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay, and Anne Mirtschin, Steve Hargadon moderating.
Kickoff Point/Counterpoint: Issues and Debates in Connected EducationHost: Connected Educators
- Top down vs. bottom up organizattion
- Security/privacy vs. opennness/dissemination
- Breadth of functionality vs. organic growth
- Immediate needs vs. higher order collaboration
- Manageability of content vs. diversity of expression
- Core communal interactions vs. more individual forms of expression
- Professional vs. personal needs
- Consensus/harmony vs. conflict/debate
- New vs. experienced users
- Birds of a feather vs. diverse users
Knocking On the Door: Connected Education & New Technologies – Wrap-UpHost: Connected Educators
What tools do we have available to us today to begin the re-imagination of education, and what’s on the horizon for us? New technologies and innovations were the subject of one of the kick-off panels and a month long forum; the CEM calendar also included many of events and activities showcasing new platforms, offerings, elements, and techniques. Drawing on all the above, and with the help of thought leaders like Bobbi Kurshan, Sylvia Martinez, Jeff Piontek, Robin Raskin, and Audrey Watters, CEM participants collectively weaved a vision for the connected future as they want to see it unfold, the new technologies and innovations we most want to see developed, as well as those we simply want to see made more available and used in our classrooms and beyond. Moderator: Steve Hargadon
Leadership for 21st Century EducationHost: EdLeader21
This is an archive for a webinar by EdLeader21. In the session, Ken Kay, CEO, and Valerie Greenhill, Chief Learning Officer of EdLeader21, along with Superintendent Jim Merrill of Virginia Beach City Public
Schools, outlined newly developed tools/resources and key initiatives being undertaken by EdLeader21, a professional learning community for education leaders committed to the “4Cs” (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity), including projects around assessment, international benchmarking and district criteria for 21st century learning.
Learning 2.0 Conference Panels & Speakers
The Learning 2.0 Conference, run by Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, was an integral part of, and coordinated with, CEM. This archive contains links to recordings of all the general sessions of this four day event, fifty webinars in all, featuring education leaders from around the world.
Learning 2.0 Keynote SpeakersHost: Classroom 2.0
The Learning 2.0 Conference, run by Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, was an integral part of, and coordinated with, CEM. This archive contains links to recordings of all the keynote addresses delivered during this four day conference, including Gina Bianchini, Julie Evans, Lucy Gray, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Angela Maiers, Sugata Mitra, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Marc Prensky, Lee Rainie, David Warlick, Audrey Watters, Esther Wojcicki, and Yong Zhao.
Light up Literacy: PreK-3 Reading/Language Arts Ideas and ResourcesHost: TeachersFirst
This is an archive from a webinar on PreK-3 reading/language arts ideas and resources from TeachersFirst, a free, ad-free website featuring over 15,000 resources for K-12 students/teachers. The archive includes a recording of the webinar and a number of related links.
MentorMob & Other Web 2.0 Tools for the ClassroomHost: MentorMob
MentorMob on BigMarker
Learn to use MentorMob to create digital Learning Playlists to guide learning, then discover ways to integrate this cool tool with other free and useful Web 2.0 tools to design engaging learning experiences for students. See how these tools can work together beautifully as moderators and participants explore Avatar Adventure and learn more about each tool.
Featured web 2.0 tools include ThingLink, Wikispaces, Wallwisher and VoiceThread. The webinar hosts also take a brief look at EduClipper, SlideRocket, Screencast-O-Matic and other 10 Minute Tech Tools.
Office of Educational Technology Directors Panel
This is a recording of (and related links/resources for) a special CEM kickoff online panel about Connected Education and The State of Education Today featuring all of the past and present directors of the US Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, including John Bailey, Karen Cator, Tim Magner, Susan Patrick, and Linda Roberts, moderated by Geoff Fletcher.
P2PU Connected Educator Month GroupHost: K12 Open Ed/P2PU
P2PU Connected Educator Month Group
A collaborative peer learning group formed for Connected Educator Month, about Connected Educator Month, to explore the benefits of being “connected” and to discuss other topics such as personalized learning, sharing content online, and OER. A second P2PU group was formed to “extend the conversations” started in CEM events and is also part of the CEM archive.
Professional Learning & The Learning Profession: 21st Century PD – Wrap-UpHost: Connected Educators
What we can and should be doing to develop ourselves as 21st century educators was the focus of another CEM kick-off panel and month-long forum, and many, if not all, CEM events and activities created by participating groups were focused on professional development in one form or another. All of the above, with the help of thought leaders like Jackie Gerstein, Lucy Gray, Stephanie Sandifer (and more), were used to communally generate a PD road map, as well as action items to share with the department and the field. Moderator: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Scholastic Facebook Chat & Blog Post: Classroom ManagementHost: Scholastic Inc.
Kelly Bergman, author of 4 Keys to Successful Classroom Management: Professional Development Binder, hosted a live Facebook chat on the Scholastic Teachers Page on Sunday August 19th 6:00 – 7:00pm EST. Kelly answered questions about classroom management, communicating with parents, teacher organization, and more!
Scholastic Teachers Facebook Page: (http://www.facebook.com/ScholasticTeachers)
Prior to the Facebook chat, Kelly posted a series of three blog posts on the Scholastic Corporate Blog, On Our Minds: oomscholastic.com
School Year KickOff: Get Off to a Great Start with TeachersFirst’s Ready to Go Lessons, Interactives, and Professional ResourcesHost: TeachersFirst
This was a webinar highlighting and demonstrating free lessons, interactives, and other professional resources to help kick off the new school year from TeachersFirst (a free, ad-free website from non-profit Source for Learning with more than 15,000 resources for teachers/students in K-12). The archive includes a full recording of the event, plus a number of related links.
State-Level Online Communities: Challenges & OpportunitiesHost: Alabama’s Best Practices Center, California’s Brokers of Expertise, and Indiana’s Learning Connection
State-Level Online Communities: Challenges & Opportunities
State-level online communities, like their local counterparts, deal with special challenges, but also have opportunities not afforded to national initiatives. This webinar brought together leaders of three successful state-level community efforts, Alabama’s Best Practices Center, California’s Brokers of Expertise, and Indiana’s Learning Connection. Panelists included Cathy Gassenheimer (Executive Vice President, Alabama Best Practices Center), John Keller (Assistant Superintendent of Technology, State of Indiana), Jon Knolle (Brokers of Expertise, et al), Robin Nelson (Program Coordinator for Instructional Services, Alabama), John Norton (Alabama Best Practices Center, et al), and Jose Ortega (Education Technology Director, California). Tom de Boor of the Connected Educators initiative and Grunwald Associates moderated.
Successful Community Building: The IDEA Partnership ApproachHost: AIR
Successful Community Building: The IDEA Partnership Approach
A recorded webinar presentation by Dr. Joanne Cashman on the IDEA Partnership approach to online communities of practice. The presentation includes how online communities of practice can join a variety of stakeholders, including those with authority and influence over issues, as well as those most directly impacted by the issues, in an online space to make progress and positive change. The IDEA Partnership is widely considered a model for developing online communities across multiple levels of scale, in particular by Etienne Wenger, the father of online communities of practice.
System Convenors in EducationHost: Connected Educators
System Convenors in Education Webinar Recording
Getting better at doing things across different geographies, departments or other silos is an increasing challenge for many of us. It calls for a new kind of leadership, which we are calling systems convening. Who are these systems conveners and what are the challenges they face? One of CEM’s closing events was a special panel discussion to look at some early work on systems convening and to hear from people who have taken up this role.
- Moderators: Darren Cambridge, Julie Duffield
- Panelists: Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Beverly Wenger-Trayner, Patrice Linehan, Nancy Movall, Leisa Gallagher, Sylvia Currie
Teachers Teaching Teachers: Connected Educator MonthHost: National Writing Project
Teachers Teaching Teachers: Connected Educator Month Webcast Archive
On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, Paul Allison, Monika Hardy and Chris Sloan host a conversation about Connected Educator Month with a conversation about what it all means to us, especially when we think about how important it is to be connected locally and physically as it is to be connected nationally or globally and virtually. This special show focused on online communities of practice and included guests such as: Darren Cambridge, director of the Connected Educator Month project; Karen Fasimpaur, founder and organizer of P2PU’s School of Education; Kevin Hodgson of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project; Pamela Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools and a teacher-consultant at the Central Virginia Writing Project; Paul Oh of the National Writing Project, and Valerie Burton, English teacher and new member of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project.
The First 6 WeeksHost: BrainPOP
First 6 weeks of school webinar Elluminate Session
A special CEM BrainPOP Educator’s webinar, with Kate Chechak guest moderating an in depth conversation about best practices for setting up your classroom and preparing students for a positive new year! An expert in classroom management, in the course of the webinar, Kate shared detailed and effective strategies that provide a strong foundation for effective learning spaces. She is a former 3rd grade teacher, curriculum designer and founding faculty member at The School at Columbia University in New York City, currently consults about curriculum development, math and technology integration, and has been on the board of the Association for Constructivist Teaching for many years.
This is an archived Blackboard Collaborate webinar from BrainPOP Educators webinar series.
Virtual Museum Resources: The Google Art ProjectHost: Intel Teachers Engage Community
Virtual Museum Resources: The Google Art Project Recording
Check out this special August (CEM) installment of the Intel Teachers Engage Virtual Museum Resources webinar series featuring the Google Art Project. Google’s Art Project Team presented this amazing resource and explained the technology used to build the website http://www.googleartproject.com/.