Who do you connect/identify with as an educator? There is a lot of interest on being a connected educator, but how do you make those connections? Do you regularly read blogs, tweets, Facebook pages (besides your own), Pinterest, or use other social media tools to get and stay connected? Is your connection just "lurking" or do you really interact with others on a more personal level? What is your level of participation?
"Participation in online communities of practice is a legitimate way of improving professional practice--and it should be recognized as such", according to the February 2013 report, Learning with Connected and Inspired Educators.
What does connected education look like in practice? Check out these ideas from practicing educators: What ‘Connected Education’ Looks Like: 28 Examples From Teachers All Over
Resources to Explore:
- The OLLIE Community
- PLN on Pinterest
- Connected Educators
- A Host of Interesting Resources for the Connected Educator
- The Best Guides for Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks
- 5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Networks
Books to Explore
- The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
- The Relevant Educator, Tom Whitby
- Connected Leadership: It's Just a Click Away, Spike Cook
- All Hands on Deck, Brad Curri
Book Club Ideas and Resources
- Book Club It - Create an Online Book Club
- Book Clubs for Teachers on Pinterest
- Face-to-Face and Virtual Book Clubs & Reading Groups
- From a Classroom to a Community of Readers: The Power of Book Clubs
- Virtual Book Clubs for Teachers
Peggy Steinbronn, Ed.D.