Edutopia was one of 330+ organizations, companies, and communities that participated in the second annual Connected Educator Month (CEM), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Education Technology celebrating online communities of practice. The event included an array of rich opportunities for informal professional development, both for educators with established professional learning networks (PLN) and for those just getting started. Though the month has concluded, the need to connect has not -- the resources below will help you to connect, share, and collaborate with your network throughout the year.
Events from Connected Educator Month 2013 included forums on key topics, webinars, guided tours and community open houses, contests, badges, book club discussions, and virtual worlds. Events continue to be added to the CEM calendar now that the month is done; visit often and pick and choose among the events that are most meaningful for you. Edutopia also maintains an events calendar that gets updated on a weekly basis. Finally, consider attending an Edcamp. In "Why Edcamp?" Kristin Swanson explains what happens at a typical edCamp event and how these types of "unconferences" provide educators with opportunities for learning, growing, connecting and sharing. You can find the complete Edcamp calendar on the edCamp website.
Miss one of the 600+ events during CEM 2013? Visit the CEM Archives for access to recordings, transcripts, and other professional-development resources from October. The archived events are searchable by audience, event type, and topic. The Connected Educators website also maintains a showcase of opportunities for sustained professional development in the form of courses, classes and clubs.
Explore possibilities for collaboration and connection throughout the year.
Share ideas and resources on Twitter. The conversation continues on the #ce13 hashtag. New to Twitter? The CEM Starter Kit (linked above) includes step-by-step instructions for getting started. For advice on building your PLN and a list of thought leaders to follow, read "To Whom Should I Connect?" by Tom Whitby. For more inspiration and resources, take a look at "Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education."
Experiment with connection tools and technologies. If possible, find a colleague to join you. The Connected Educator Starter Kit guides you step-by-step through many of the ways you can connect and collaborate via social media, wikis, blogs, and multimedia tools. In addition, here are a few other ideas to explore: