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How To Become a Connected Educator

Posted by: | January 19, 2017 | No Comment |

***New Challenge Launching on February 21, 2017!***

No teacher should be an island.  [In August, 2012], the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) launched “Connected Educator Month,” (CEM) to help teachers and administrators connect and share with one another online. The initiative is part of larger efforts by DOE to provide new online resources for educators, and to encourage educators to use online tools for professional development and support. The second annual Connected Educator Month kicked off in October, 2013.  Every October since then, more and more educators have participated.

The Connected Educator Month (CEM) initiative networks educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide. Over the past four years, millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development and other educational opportunities, offering highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to all stakeholders at all levels.”

This course will be an introductory course for teachers and administrators to help them begin to make connections with educators around the world via social media.

Agenda February 21, 2017

Introduction: Read “5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network


Set Up D20 Blog

Set Up Twitter

Fill Out Form (Be ready to paste in Blog URL and Twitter Handle)

Set up TweetDeck

***New***TweetDeck Cheat Sheet

Educational Hashtags

Voxer in Education

Voxer Groups



Weeks 1-2 Lurk…Find out what’s out there

Week 1 & 2
Blog Post 1:  Create a blog post reflecting on what you hope to learn by becoming a Connected Educator.

  1. Tune in to EdWeb’s free Webinar, “The Eight Tenets of a Relevant Connected Educator.” (Skip to Slide 5)
  2. Join an education community, i.e. EdWeb, Edutopia, ASCD, Google+… and set up your profile page and report out on at least one thing you learned via comments on this blog.
  3. Set up your own blog to type your reflection of each week’s activities and what is happening in your school or classroom, as well as your own reflections from what you are learning from other blogs.
  4. Set up a Twitter Account & learn the basics.
  5. Tweet at least once per day (RT is fine!)
  6. Blog Post 2: Read some posts in education communities and write a review/reflection of one of the resources you found on one of the pages. Share as a comment on this blog.



Weeks 3-4  Dabble…

Week 3
  1. Continue to read blogs and forums/online education communities.
  2. Leave at least two comments on blog posts or in a forum that you have been following.
  3. Tweet at least once per day!
  4. Set up a curation tool to harvest the resources you learn about in online communities and Twitter.

Blog Post 2: Describe the experience or about what you learned so far on your blog.  Did the author respond back to you? Did other readers? Provide a link to the location of your comments.

Week 4
  1. Comment in one of your education communities (Edutopia, Linked In Community, etc.)  Start your own discussion thread by posing a question or sharing an idea.
  2. Follow some educators on Twitter who are sharing great resources.
  3. Tweet at least twice per day.

Blog Post 3: Describe the experience of participating in the online discussion and link back to it on your blog.

Week5-8 Take the Plunge…

Week 5  

  1. Read The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Teachers.
  2. Begin to engage in conversations on Twitter —follow a chat using TweetDeck.
  3. Tweet at least twice per day.

Blog Post 4: Blog about your  Twitter experiences so far.

Week 6
  1. Read “How to Build Your PLN on Twitter
  2. Add appropriate hashtags to your tweets (#edchat, #kinderchat, #engchat, #sschat, #1stchat, #cpchat etc.) and follow the people you find there who post good stuff. (More hashtag information here)
  3. Follow links to other forums and resources.

Blog Post 5: Blog about what you learned in this process from people you followed.

Week 7
  1. Read “How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool
  2. Experiment with searching for information on Twitter – learn how to search there, using hashtags and Twitter search to see what you can find!

Blog Post 6: Blog about the best resources and ideas that you find.

Week 8
  1. Read Angela Maier’s Tactical Serendipity
  2. Tweet some resources –at least 2 per day.
  3. Add your Twitter feed to your blog.

Blog Post 7: Write about any new discoveries via Twitter or blogs/forums you are following this week. Optional: Tweet a link to your blog post, and include the #edchat hashtag on your tweet.

Week 9-10  Build Your Professional Learning Network (PLN)

Week 9
  1. Participate in a live education chat of your choice. Follow everyone who participated in the chat.  (They will probably follow you back).

Blog Post 8: Write a summary of the chat on your blog. you might want to use Storify.

Week 10
  1. Strike up a conversation with one of your new PLN members from blogging, tweeting, and/or forum participation and continue it over several days.

Blog Post 9:  Re-read your first blog post. Blog about what you have learned through your Connected Educator experience.


More Connectedness

  • Curate.  Use a tool that links with Twitter so your new found resources will be shared with your network. Imagine if students did the same.
  • Connect your social media networks (Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, curation sites like Pinterest, Scoop-It) as appropriate
  • Create your own hashtag and document a PD session, classroom activity, etc. Use Storify to preserve it.


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