Connected = Community
In my first Connected Educator Month blog post I talked about fostering voice and agency in both teachers and students, but in this post I want to focus on the idea of what it means to be connected. For many people, including myself, the idea of connected means being plugged in – most likely via social media. However, simply having a Twitter or Google+ account is not enough to make you a truly connected educator. Remember: With great power comes great responsibility. Social media gives us tremendous power, but not everyone chooses to use that power for good. Are you following, inquiring, engaging, and feeding others through your social media accounts? Being a connected educator means that you are making connections and help others do so as well. One of the things that I love the most about being a connected educator is how much giving I see around me and how much I, and the teachers I work with, have benefited from this giving. For me, Connected Educator Month is a celebration of these gifts which keep on giving (because internet).
Read more posts about writing and teaching writing both with and without technology on my Metawriting blog at: http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/