By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
We live in a connected society. The rise of the Internet and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are erasing geographical boundaries and allowing us to communicate with people we wouldn’t normally connect with.
But what is a connected educator? In a nutshell, it’s someone who is using Web 2.0 tools (blogs, social networks, wikis, presentation & video tools, etc.) to create, collaborate, customize and share educational content online in order to enhance professional development and create extraordinary learning experiences for students.
Take a look at this infographic A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms from Powerful Learning Practice.
This is what a connected learner’s day might look like: coaching, sharing, connecting, collaborating, and leveraging her web of networks to improve personal practice and make schools more effective and exciting places.
Last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared August Connected Educator Month to celebrate the progress educators are making towards a fully connected and collaborative profession.
Get involved! You can strengthen your professional network and enhance your professional learning by connecting with others and leveraging best practices from around the world.
- Visit the Connected Online Communities of Practice project if you’re interested in online communities of practice in education. Comment on the ideas and add your own.
- Join one of the Connected Educator communities such as access4ed.net, which focuses on innovative approaches to access to technology.
- Join a Curriki Group and connect with fellow educators to exchange ideas, best practices, and curricula. There’s a group for everyone – from STEM and Technology Integration, to South Africa Education Group and New Teachers. Here’s a sample of the more than 650 groups on Curriki.
Do you have any tips to keep in touch with colleagues? Are you a blogger who’s sharing best practices? Are you connecting with others on Twitter? We’d love to hear your ideas!