Connected Educators


The USDOE has deemed August “Connected Educator Month” and there are a variety of activities, especially webinars, which will hopefully inspire educators to explore the joy of connectivity. Here’s an email I just sent out to my staff:

Hi everyone,

The USDOE has deemed August “Connected Educator Month”. As part of this, there are some free webinars happening and even one today which should be very good-it includes a colleague of mine from Pennsylvania, Lyn Hilt, who I think the world of. Head to and just before 3 PM, click on the “Join The Session” link. It’s free and easy. I’m going to try and log in at 3 as well.

For more information on Connected Educators, head to

Info on today’s webinar:

12:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Eastern:

Kickoff Panel and Discussion – “Connected Education and The First Six Weeks”
Suzie Boss, Lyn Hilt, Jane Krauss, David Rosas, Kate Berten, with Andrew Gardner and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach moderators

The key “to-dos” to get 2012–2013 off to a great start in the classroom, and how online communities and networks help make it great. The first 6 weeks of school always marks new beginning, whether you are a new teacher getting bearings and building strategies for classroom management, or whether you’re a seasoned teacher looking to expand your reach and exposure to other educators. This is the kick-off event for The First Six Weeks, one of the main forums for CEM.

In Blackboard Collaborate, live link

Let’s get connected.



Other resources: 

NY Times Overview 

Press Release from the USDOE

USDOE Blog regarding Connected Educator Month

Edutopia’s take

Steven Anderson’s take

The Edublogger’s take

Text of chat from “Connected Education and the Fist Six Weeks”

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