Today marks the kickoff of Connected Educator Month, an initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to help educators access online resources for collaboration. The initiative’s aim is to provide opportunities for educators to participate in events and activities in dozens of online locations to develop skills and enhance their P.L.N.s, or personal learning networks. Check out the schedule of this month’s online sessions here.
Connected Educator Month’s website also offers a helpful starter kit for educators wanting to get more involved in an online professional community or network. The starter kit provides a 31 day guideto online activities, offering videos, tips on using Twitter, Google Docs, Facebook, Wikis, webinars, and more. Educators can access the starter kit here.
Also, check out The New York Times’ education blog The Learning Network and their article on Connected Educator Month. They’ve polled educators who have written for the blog on their top tips for building their P.L.N.s. The educators have recommended more than 100 people, organizations, sites, and other resources for other teachers to check out. It’s a great read for educators wanting to learn more about connecting online.
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