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Happy Connected Educator Month!

Happy Connected Educator Month!

Written by Christina Cantrill
October 01, 2013

Today is October 1, 2013 and that means it is the first day of Connected Educator Month, a month-long exploration of key educational issues through online communities and networks, dedicated to broadening and deepening educator participation, as well as bringing online communities and education leaders together to move towards a more fully connected and collaborative profession.

Connected Educator Month is a partner of the NWP-powered Educator Innovator. Therefore many partners being engaged in this effort too, including NaNoWriMo, EdCamp, Common Sense Media, NWP, Mozilla Webmaker along with HOMAGO Geekouts, Connected Learning TV, Hive Learning Networks as well as NWP Digital Is.

See the Educator Innovator calendar and the NWP’s Connected Educator plans for a list of these upcoming events and opportunities that focus specifically on connecting educators while embracing connected learning principles. These include:

Learning Aloud Geekout Series!
Teen-led geekouts are designed to support youth in sharing something they have made with other youth and educators, lead a short “making” opportunity for participants, and getting feedback on their work.These sessions will offer educators an opportunity to explore the potential for learning by making, and will empower youth to share their creative process and product, all while supporting connections between youth and educators across formal and informal learning spaces. Starting October 10, 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT.

Learning to #teachtheweb
Join Laura Hilliger and Chris Lawrence of the Mozilla Foundation in exploring Webmaker tools for digital authorship and remix. Learn how to use tools like Thimble, Popcorn, and Web X-Ray Goggles to create open and sharable “teaching kits” that combine effective writing pedagogies with deeply engaging free and open digital production on the Web. Learn how you can become part of the supremely supportive #teachtheweb community. October 15, 2013.

Edcamp Online
As educators across the nation team up via social media to improve learning for kids, the Edcamp Foundation has teamed up with MIT Media Lab and the National Writing Project‘s Educator Innovator Initiative to help educators debrief and reflect on their learning by offering a virtual Edcamp experience via an “unhangouts” platform. “Unhangouts” leverage Google Hangouts but add special functionality so that we can truly simulate the Edcamp experience in an online space. Come join us in this endeavor and, in true Edcamp style, add your important thinking into the mix! October 26, 2013.

Teachers Teaching Teachers
Teachers Teaching Teachers is exactly what it claims to be – an opportunity for educators to touch base as peers and colleagues about connected learning and daily practice. Held every Wednesday evening at 9pm ET, New York City high school teacher Paul Allison invites open dialogue and conversations, “water cooler style,” among a range of teachers and learners from K-University educators, to developers, artists, mentors, coaches, designers, makers, dreamers and students. Starting October 2, 2013, 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.

And more!

Here at NWP Digital Is, we are also doing a range of things to celebrate:

Connected Educator Badges will be issued to those who blog here at NWP Digital Is during Connected Educator Month. Please use the hashtag #ce13in your post or tweet so that we can find you!

Want to chat and find out more about NWP Digital Is and Connected Educator Month? (Most likely to catch up business hours during the week.)

Looking forward to connecting with you!

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