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Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator

Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator
We all know that education budgets are getting cut more and more, and that meaningful professional-development opportunities have unfortunately become a bit of an oxymoron in education. Not only can being a "connected educator" help change that, but it can also provide you with ongoing inspiration and support. I'd even go as far to argue that being connected will be the most impactful thing you can do in your career. So with all of that said, I'd like to provide you with these ten tips on how you can get connected -- starting tomorrow. 1. Embrace Making Mistakes I've been in so many meetings with educators who talk about the power of making mistakes. 2. When I teach others how to get started using social media for professional development, many request a manual of some sort -- a detailed step-by-step account that tells you exactly what you need to do. 3. I recently heard this playful metaphor of a puppy getting loose for the first time to describe how people should use social media. 4.

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ESL EFL Conversation worksheets This really only works under specific conditions though. You have to have a small class for this to work and the students have to be of a high enough level that they can maintain a conversation for let’s say 10 to 15 minutes. In larger classes the conversation might be going great but it will be really hard to monitor, to correct and to offer feedback for the different conversations that are going on. For lower-level students it’s sometimes hard for them to maintain the conversation so a lot more teacher intervention is required in order to help them make questions and continue talking. So the worksheets in this section are going to focus mostly on starting conversation techniques that can be used in classes of various sizes. On these pages I’ve posted some examples of materials and thoughts on how we can help our students reach their peak performance.

A Printable Guide to Social Media [#Infographic] Cram a dozen educators into a conference room and ask them to name the most popular social media tools used by students, and it’s a safe bet everybody at the table could rattle off the top two: Facebook and Twitter. But those are far from the only online applications making inroads in schools. As administrators warm to engaging students through social media, the list of potential resources at their disposal grows longer by the day. What Is Connected Learning? There are a ton of resources floating around out there about connected learning. Connected learning brings together all of the various experiences, interests, technology, academics, people and communities that learners are a part of in order to make all of these scenarios and experiences learning opportunities. Many teachers naturally do this to some degree in their classroom already, without perhaps the official ‘name’ attached. The handy infographic below, from Mia MacMeekin, takes a deeper look into connected learning, and highlights what is so great about it!

5 Powerful Common Core Tools For The Connected Educator With forty-five states plus Washington DC and four territories adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), I’m a little surprised educators are still questioning the benefits of becoming a connected educator. I’ve enjoyed the privilege of serving as the Elementary School Principal in Boyne City, Michigan for 13 years. I became a principal because I believe in the power of visionary leadership. I love what happens when you get a group of individuals behind an idea and working towards a common set of goals. If implemented correctly, the Common Core presents the opportunity for the greater educational community to work together towards the ultimate goal of educating our youth. I’ve enjoyed a relatively seamless transition to the CCSS thanks to a hard-working and dedicated teaching staff.

Connected Learning and Digital Literacy ~ Connectivism ~ A word which I’d never encountered before three weeks ago. A theory which is beginning to make sense to me. An area I’m growing my confidence in. This is my current understanding of what it means: Connectivism is the next evolution of the learning “-isms”: behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism. Tell users about Google+ - Google Apps Help [company name] employees: We’re pleased to inform you that Google+ is now available for your Google Apps account! Google+ is a social media tool that you can use to better communicate and collaborate with your coworkers. Joining Google+ You'll need join Google+ and create your Google+ Profile. But first, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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