Connected Educator Month

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This month I will be embarking in participating for the first time fully in Connected Educator Month, a host of webinars, resources and connected learning for educators. This starter kit to the month ahead is a great way to get started – Connected Educator Starter Kit.

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Week 1: October 1st – October 7th

Wednesday, October 1 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm

When it comes to teaching students to code, finding cheap or free software isn’t the problem. But finding free personnel who are trained in curriculum and coding instruction? Now, that’s a challenge. In comes Google, who hopes to solve that problem with CS First–a program designed by a team of educators and computer scientists to get students, particularly those in underrepresented groups in technology, interested in coding through afterschool and summer programs, at a very low cost–all with fun, engaging and collaborative curriculum.

Last month, edtech news organization EdSurge spotlighted CS First in their “Teaching Kids to Code” Guide, chronicling the journey of CS First’s development and 1200+ student pilot in the Charleston, South Carolina area from August 2013 to April 2014. Interested in learning about this initiative? Join Google’s Kate Berrio and EdSurge Associate Editor Mary Jo Madda for all the details on free tools for coding, outcomes from the CS First initial pilot, and how you can bring this program to your school or district.

Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/B9sLk 

Wednesday, October 1 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

A special-focus Connected Educator Month webinar will kick off on October 1st as part of the “Student Agency, Voice, and the Maker Movement” theme and set the stage for a month-long set of conversations about creating space, time and opportunities for this kind of connected learning in the classroom. An open online forum for youth and their teachers called Youthvoices.net will also be highlighted as a space that many regulars at TTT work in with youth.

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.

This is a perfect time to jump into this collegial and friendly community, as well as get introduced to a related youth/teacher forum called Youthvoices.net, if you haven’t been already. And if you have been, we invite you to reconnect and revisit throughout October. TTT is streamed live via Google Hangout at EdTechTalk.com and includes a chat to increase the numbers who are able to participate.

Link to Event: http://edtechtalk.com/TeachersTeachingTeachers

Tuesday, October 7 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

In the “Olden Days” of education, novice teachers had limited options when looking for assistance with classroom management, lesson planning, and other challenges faced during their first years in the classroom. With the advent of social media, hundreds of experts are available to help at the click of a mouse! Join middle school administrator Shannon Holden as he introduces the best sources for teaching tips on Twitter.

Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/zc4M3

Link to Recording: http://www.instantpresenter.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EB53D689894D

Tuesday, October 7 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Core Question: What does “Connected Learning” look like with younger learners? What are the benefits of inter-classroom collaboration, and what are some strategies to make ‘breaking down the classroom walls’ a manageable reality?

The 1st of 4 Connected Learning TV webinars/chats in October. Join the Connected Learning Alliance and EdTechTeacher as we open up discussions on how to better support interest-powered, production-centered, peer-supported, tech-driven learning both in and out of the classroom. (Full series info at http://bit.ly/cltvCE14)

“Connected Learning TV” is an ongoing webinar series that showcases organizations, individuals and groups that support the vision, principles and values of an approach to education called “Connected Learning” – http://connectedlearning.tv/what-is-connected-learning

Link | Link 2

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Week 2: October 8th – October 14th

Monday, October 13 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Twitter For Instructional Leaders – A Conversation with a Tweeting Principal – Keith Peters

Join Keith, Principal of Gator Run Elementary School at 2:30 on Monday, October 13th at 2:30 PM

Adobe Connect Link

Monday, October 13 • 4:00pm – 4:30pm

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While Twitter is undeniably the primary Go-To for educators starting and developing a professional learning network (PLN), but other networks are available, are mobile, and are perhaps already teeming with fellow educators. Come learn about these tools, their communities and how you might leverage them for your own PLN!

Tuesday, October 14 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Core Question: Learning can be more powerful when in tandem with like-minded mentors and peers. What do parents need to know in order to feel secure in supporting online (and offline) peer-supported learning?

The 2nd of 4 Connected Learning TV webinars/chats in October. Join the Connected Learning Alliance and EdTechTeacher as we open up discussions on how to better support interest-powered, production-centered, peer-supported, tech-driven learning both in and out of the classroom. (Full series info at http://bit.ly/cltvCE14)

“Connected Learning TV” is an ongoing webinar series that showcases organizations, individuals and groups that support the vision, principles and values of an approach to education called “Connected Learning” – http://connectedlearning.tv/what-is-connected-learning

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Week 3: October 15th – October 21st

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The infusion of 1:1 and BYOD in classrooms today provide a learning experience for students far beyond what a teacher can generate within the community of the school. Educators now find themselves with endless options for creating a personalized learning experience for every student in the classroom. Though exciting, it also creates a new set of challenges… Where do I start making connections? What should I use? What sites are best for my students? In our community’s next webinar, we will look at the best sites, apps, tools and resources for taking your connected classroom to the next level. Join Steven Anderson on October 10th for strategies and tactics for maximizing your students’ learning experiences beyond your classroom walls.

Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/ys7ki
[Link](http://www.edweb.net/.5a0faf65/)

Tuesday, October 21 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Core Question: Innovative practitioners need to feel it’s ‘safe’ to promote digital media-heavy, production-centered learning. What can learning environment admins do to better support these efforts?

The 3rd of 4 Connected Learning TV webinars/chats in October. Join the Connected Learning Alliance and EdTechTeacher as we open up discussions on how to better support interest-powered, production-centered, peer-supported, tech-driven learning both in and out of the classroom. (Full series info at http://bit.ly/cltvCE14)

“Connected Learning TV” is an ongoing webinar series that showcases organizations, individuals and groups that support the vision, principles and values of an approach to education called “Connected Learning” – http://connectedlearning.tv/what-is-connected-learning

Link

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Week 4: October 22nd – October 28th

Wednesday, October 22 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm

In this webinar, Pete Hall discusses ASCD’s approach to capacity building within a school system, addressing these questions and more. Hall, an award-winning educator and author of Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success, will emphasize the development of educators’ reflective skills and tendencies to augment the technical proficiencies that enhance our professional practice.

In a strengths-based, coaching-oriented model, Hall will share how we can strengthen organizations by simultaneously bolstering our individual and collective capacity. This webinar includes tips for school leaders, decision makers, teachers, and anyone with an interest in increasing educator effectiveness.

Access the event here

Wednesday, October 22 • 9:30pm – 10:30pm

The new online e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) tool is now available to all schools. Glenview School principal Gaylene Preston and LWDT facilitators Kathe Tawhiwhirangi and Greg Carroll will share how they are using the tool in schools and answer your questions.

The eLPF provides schools and teachers with:

a self-review tool for schools to gather evidence about practice
a “road map” for building e-learning capability
a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning programmes

[Link](http://www.vln.school.nz/event_calendar/view/892438/webinar-using-the-elpf-as-a-tool-for-staff-development)
[Link 2](http://www.vln.school.nz/groupcms/view/187012/webinar-recordings)
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