Connected Educator Month Starter Kit
Never been part of an online professional community or network? Already part of a community or network, but want to be more connected? The Connected Educator Month Starter Kit (originally created for CEM 2015 but still relevant!) can help you on both fronts. Written by The Connected Educator author Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Powerful Learning Practice in collaboration with the Connected Educators initiative, and loaded with helpful links and embedded videos, the kit takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to get more connected every day. Please feel free to pass it along to any friend or colleague you think could benefit from getting more connected!
CEM Supporter Kit
Want to show your support for the Connected Educator initiative and what it stands for? To encourage other educators to come join the discussions, the explorations, and the fun? Or just to let others know that when people talk about “connected educators,” that means you? Get the new CEM Supporter Kit, add to it, and help us spread the word!
Join a Book Club
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) dialogue and through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events. Learn more and sign up.
At the end of the day, Connected Educator Month is first and foremost about making connections. edConnectr is a service developed for CEM that uses maps and tags to make it easy and fun to create rich, action-oriented self-profiles, get help, find collaborators, or just connect. Think of it as a matchmaker for learning and innovation—and enjoy!
School district decision-maker, or educator who’d like to see your whole district get involved and get connected? While it was written for CEM 2013 (rewrite underway), this special toolkit, written by and with district-level educators with many years of expertise, with sections created especially for school systems at different levels of connectedness, is chock-full of videos and helpful links, including a sign up for even more resources during CEM that will keep you connected all year long.
Connected Educator Profiles
Want to know more about how educators like you first got connected, how and why they’ve grown their connections, what tools they find most useful, how they deal with connectivity’s challenges, and much more? We interviewed connected educators at all levels, asking them to respond to 5-7 questions they feel most strongly about (from a longer list so each interview is short).
CEM Help Desk
Need help using any part of the CEM site? More generally, have a question about online communities or networks? On every page of the CEM site is a little Support button. See it over there? On the right hand side of the page, following you around as you scroll up and down the page? :) Click it and you’ll have a direct line in to CEM HQ. Anything we can’t answer, we’ll circulate to appropriate experts within the greater community of 100+ participating organizations, communities, and companies that have come together to make CEM possible!