October is
Connected Educator Month: #ce15

What does "Connected Educator" Mean?

Within the silo of a school or classroom, it’s difficult to find time for meaningful conversations about what works and why. By reaching beyond school walls and connecting with colleagues from across the district or around the globe, many educators have discovered vibrant learning communities in which teachers and leaders share ideas and propel each other to grow.

Getting connected isn’t always easy. Here are some tips from ISTE to help you get started:

  1. Set aside time for networking (both in person and online).
  2. Participate in education-related chats. Did you know we have a Walled Lake district Twitter chat every other Tuesday night from 8:30-9:30pm. See schedule and topics on the #wleced (Walled Lake Every Child Every Day) web page. The theme for 10/13/2015 is Being a Connected Educator! See info about other popular chats here. Some are by content area, others by grade level.
  3. Join a network. Consider joining MACUL; it's free! MACUL also has many special interest groups (SIGs) that you can join; also free!
  4. Attend conferences and EdCamps. EdCampOU is coming up on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Oakland University. Edcamps are are free, participant driven, and powerful because they operate with a philosophy that “if given the time and space to collaborate, teachers will learn, imagine, and create in ways that will benefit students and our entire profession.” I will be there!
  5. Share your ideas - any way that works for you! Use your favorite social media platform or blog, and don't forget that it is a two-way street of giving and getting. Help others, and they will help you.
  6. Ask a connected educator for help. You know who they are; reach out!  

How can I  help you?

I am available to support WLCSD teachers as they use technology in their classrooms. Let me know if you would like to work with me for 1:1 coaching, professional development sessions with small groups or staff meetings. I want to work with you!  ~Pam