CONNECTED EDUCATOR MONTH
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BECOME A CONNECTED EDUCATOR: A MONTH OF ACTIVITIES
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CONNECTED EDUCATOR STARTER KIT
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CONNECTED EDUCATOR STARTER KIT
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Daily Activies Days 1-15
What is a Connected Educator? Read pages 6-9 in the attached CEM Starter Kit. When you find the answer, reply to this email with the answer, or reply with a Tweet with the hashtag #CE14JCTN #whatisce.
Read page 10 of the attached article to learn about Web 2.0.
Respond to the question “What is WEB 2.0?” by clicking here: http://padlet.com/carleton/fa10y56tjcoe
All about Twitter.
Read pages 11-14 of the CEM Starter Kit then . . .
1. Create a Twitter account
2. Follow at least three people/organizations. One should be me (@classroomtechjc), another should be one of the sponsors of CEM, and the third is your choice.
3. Respond, by Tweeting, to the question: How is Twitter useful to the connected educator? Use the hashtag, #CE14JCTN in your response
4. Post a tweet with your own hashtag AND #CE14JCTN
Become a Facebookworm . . . Read and check out the links on page 15.
I am not going to request that you set up and start using a Facebook account. Though I can see the benefits of working with social media; especially a format LIKE Facebook, but for many of us, our Facebook is an extension of our personal lives rather than professional so I want to introduce you to an alternative, Edmodo.
Edmodo is an education-based social media platform that works similarly to Facebook but with added features for teachers.
For today’s activity
1. Create an Edmodo account. Go to www.edmodo.com<http://www.edmodo.com>, enter your email and password, locate your school, complete the account creation info
2. Join the group I created, “JC Schools Connected Educator” with the code: 6ir32b
3. Complete the assignment posted and answer the survey question.
If you've been following Connected Educator Month, you're a week in and a week smarter! Today's activity is a little more technical than the last six days. CLICK HERE
Follow the instructions found on page 16 in the CEM Starter Kit.
Post a Tweet with the hashtag #CE14JCTN and the link to the YouTube video you create.
For Day 8 of Connected Educator month, read page 17 of the CEM Starter Kit, then read the “50 Ways” article.
Post to Twitter, your favorite of the 50 Ways to Tell a Story. Use the hashtags #50ways and #CE14JCTN
Today for CEM Day 9, you're going to tell your story. Use one of the methods from yesterday's reading. Be sure to post the link and tag with #CE14JCTN.
CEM Day 10: Learn about photo sharing. Follow the instructions on page 19 of the CEM Starter Kit.
Wikis . . .
Go to https://ce14jctn.wikispaces.com/Connected+Educator+Month+Day+11 and answer the question by editing the page. Please avoiding changing my question text (but you can change the font, size, and color if you wish).
Create your own wikispace page and share the link to it in a tweet using the #CE14JCTN
Today's activity may be beneficial to ANYONE needing professional development hours. The webinars found at edWeb.net provide a certificate upon completion. BUT . . . Get prior approval from your administrator to determine that the course(s) you choose qualify for in-service credit.
Choose a webinar from edWeb.net and follow it to completion. Share the webinar you chose and how it was beneficial at
https://ce14jctn.wikispaces.com/Connected+Educator+Month+Day+12 - Please identify yourself in your post.
For CEM Day 13 Follow the steps below to “Map Yourself”; an activity which serves to help you learn some things you can do with Google Maps.
Emerging technologies make it easier than ever to connect, collaborate, and learn together with others around the world. In this fun activity, you’ll add yourself to a collaborative Google map along with hundreds of other connected educators around the globe!
• Log into your Google account.
• Click here to access the collaborative map.
• Click on the Edit button at the top left. You will be able to see the Edit button only if you are logged in with your Google or Gmail account.
• Use the + and – tool to zoom in or out and find your location. Use the compass rose to move north, south, east, or west. Tools are in the upper left-hand corner of the map.
• Click on the blue “Add a placemark” pin symbol at the top of the map.
• Drag it to your location and click on your city or town.
• Edit the Place Information box by adding your name and a description. Click on OK.
• Save your changes.
• Click on Done in the left-hand column of the screen.
• Your name should appear in the list in the left-hand column.
For today’s activity,
1. Follow step 1 @ http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/blogging-with-students/
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and leave a comment
Today you will create a blog post and share HERE.
-Check out page 16 of the CEM 2014 Starter Kit for help in writing your first blog post.
Daily Activies Days 16-31
Today we look at what it means to be Future Ready. Due to the efforts of our District Technology Coordinator, Melony Surrett and our Superintendent, Dr. Richard Bales, I really feel like our district has already committed to becoming “Future Ready” but it’s time for all of us to get on board.
Read about being Future Ready HERE then sign the pledge HERE.
Social Bookmarking allows you to take your favorite web site lists with you wherever you go AND it lets you share those lists with others. Be sure and watch Social Bookmarking in Plain English found in the CEM 2014 Starter Kit.
Follow the instructions for Day 17 but be sure to apply for an Education Diigo Account after you create your Diigo account.
CEM Days 18-19 involve Social (Professional Networking). Follow instructions on each day’s page of the CEM Starter Kit and share your experiences as your next blog post.
Today I’m going off script and using my own activity.
Read today’s article and view the video about Voicethread.
Follow the instructions for Day 22. After you create your slide, post the URL and slide number for your slide as a Tweet with #CE14 and #CE14JCTN.
Follow instructions in the CEM Starter Kit for Day 23
Follow the instructions for Day 24 in the CEM Starter Kit. Add #CE14JCTN to your Tweet.
We are in the home stretch! Both activities this weekend have to do with reflecting on what you’ve learned and how you’ve changed your understanding of “connectedness” over the past few weeks.
Add to our connected learning manifesto
A manifesto is a document which sets forth the principles and goals of a group of people based on strong belief. As a revolutionary statement, a manifesto can be a powerful and daring document. Be part of the ongoing creation of a manifesto around connected learning. Visit the collaborative Connected Learning Manifesto add your “I believe” statements or your strong assertions. Keep the language simple. Use shorter and more vivid words, those that are more concrete and direct. Add your Twitter name so others can follow and engage with you online.
It’s time to reflect on your learning during Connected Educator month so far. Write a post in your edublog to reflect on the month of connecting.
Pick four of these questions to answer.
· How has your PLN grown?
· Which tools do you like?
· Which tools have given you trouble or do you not understand?
· Did you discover anything about your journey as a connected educator that surprised you?
· Are there any communities you want to delve further into?
· Do you have a hobby or interest that you could see yourself using your connected educator skills to get deeper into?
· Did you find any tools or skills that you’re inspired to use with your students? Which ones and how will you use them in your classroom?
Tweet a link to your post, put a link on Facebook, and add a bookmark in Diigo. Tag your post #CE14JCTN and #CE14.
Check out Voices from the Learning Generation, and post to your own blog about something that sparked your interest or indignation from a post on the blog.
What makes a connected educator?
Answer the question in a blog post and Tweet a link to your blog post and use hashtag #CE14 so other connected educators can check it out.
Do a Twitter search for CE14 and see if others have chimed in. If you find a post that resonates with you, leave a comment!
You’ve spent almost a month exploring new tools, learning new terminology, experimenting with things around the Web, and participating in Connected Educator month activities. It’s time for a Web 2.0 check in!
Write a blog post answering the following questions:
• How has your network grown this month? This doesn’t have to just be a measurement by numbers of followers, friends, and contacts (although that can be interesting to note), but also can consider what type of connections you’ve made, and how you might connect, collaborate or build those relationships in the future.
• What is your favorite tool or technology you discovered this month? How do you see yourself incorporating this tool into your everyday life and work?
• Were there tools that you signed up for and never used? What do you think is the impediment to you diving right in and trying these tools?
• Is there a tool that frustrated you? Why do you think that happened?
• Are there any applications for the things you learned this month to make their way into your classroom?
• Have you begun to see yourself as a connected learner? A connected educator? Why or why not?
• What is the biggest “a-ha!” moment or realization you’ve had this month?
• Be sure to Tweet your blog post with the hashtag #CE14 so other connected educators can check it out.
• Do a Twitter search for #CE14 and see what others have learned.
Make plans to participate in one of the culminating events for Connected Educator Month.
• Check the calendar for details.
• Sign up for an event.
• Post a tweet letting others know which event you’ll be participating in.
Be sure to include the #CE14 hashtag.
Tomorrow is our final day!
Congratulations! You’ve made it through all the DIY professional development activities offered in The Connected Educator month. Here’s a badge for you to use on your blog or website.
Just copy and paste this code to display it!
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Although we have done this work, we are continuing to learn. Like all restless lifelong learners, we have more questions than answers. Here are some of the things we think about.
• What principled changes should we be making in our classrooms to ensure that we are developing in students the skill sets they will need as they face future challenges?
• Are we preparing kids for yesterday, today, or tomorrow?
• Are current classroom techniques helping those we teach become future scientists, technologists, and imagineers who will solve the social ills of the society of the future?
• How can we collectively advocate best for needed policy changes that will enable our teachers and students to engage in connected, authentic learning?
• How can we help our students be ready to learn using tools we cannot yet imagine?
As you think about how to become a connected learner or continue on your journey, revisit these questions and develop your own answers, or add to the questions to advance your learning. To paraphrase Gandhi, be the change you want to see in the world.