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For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire

For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire
Stacy BrownErin Olson, an English teacher in Iowa who is featured in our post, uses Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion. Go to related 2011 article » The U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month, and since we’d be nothing without the teachers we’ve connected with over the years, we’re enthusiastically on board. To celebrate, we asked every educator who has written a guest post for us, been featured in a Reader Idea, or collaborated on one of our features to answer two simple questions: What is one important thing you’ve learned from someone in your Personal Learning Network (P.L.N.), however you define that network? Reading their responses, below, is a crash course in how to be a “connected educator.” So read what they have to say, follow the links to their work both within and outside The Learning Network, and, when you’re done, tell us how you’d answer those two questions yourself. Aliza Aufrichtig | Flocabulary The Year in Rap Contest

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The Connected Educator By Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach Finally! The cover to our book: The Connected Educator: Learning and leading in a Digital Age which comes out early Oct. A connecting educator SmartBlogs U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has named August as Connected Educator Month. The U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative seeks to celebrate and encourage educators at all levels to collaborate and participate in online learning resources and communities. I have directly benefited from online communities and learning networks. To be specific, I have benefited the most from Twitter. Top 7 eBooks for Educators If you know us here at SimpleK12, you know we love our free eBooks. From time to time, we give them out via email, blog posts, Twitter, Facebook, and webinars. And it turns out, you love our free eBooks too! I've received so many questions about eBooks (mainly, on how to get MORE), that I thought I'd share a list of our most popular eBooks. So grab some coffee, kick up your bunny slippers, and take it all in...

Modern curation: How does it change teaching? SmartBlogs “The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.” — John Dewey Rewind: The old way of curation In the past, curating resources was relatively easy. Teachers, known fondly to their family and friends as pack rats, filed and saved just about every piece of paper they could find. They crammed worksheets and memos into color-coded files near the back of the classroom. During my student teaching, there was a teacher who planned to retire in June.

A Tale of Two Students Meet Michael. In June, he graduated from a high school where he was encouraged to use his own technology for teaching and learning, and to connect to the district’s Wi-Fi network, where he shared almost complete open internet access on school- and personal-learning devices while on campus. The district’s guidelines for appropriate conduct are delineated in the student code of conduct. The underlying principle that guides policy development in his district is one of trust. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Introduction[edit] Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by a teacher for effective pedagogical practice in a technology enhanced learning environment. The idea of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) was first described by Lee Shulman (Shulman 1986) and TPACK builds on those core ideas through the inclusion of technology. Punya Mishra, professor, and Matthew J. Koehler, professor, both at Michigan State University, have done extensive work in constructing the TPACK framework. TPACK.org is an active repository of news and information about TPACK.

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