Be a Connected Educator - Locally, Nationally, Globally

28 July 2014

Do you want to try an innovative approach to professional learning and connect with educators from around the world? Are you interested in professional development and connecting with like-minded educators from around the globe?

All of us are on our own journeys to learn to use digital technologies effectively with our learners. However we need to be learners too. New and emerging web technologies offer educators opportunities to collaborate, share and learn from each other in ways that previously have not been possible.

CORE Education is delighted to bring Connected Educator Month (CEM) to New Zealand in October for its inaugural year, alongside CORE’s partners — the US Connected Educator Team and the Department of Education (Victoria, Australia) — to help educators share and learn in a digital environment.

What is Connected Educator Month?

Connected Educator Month is a coordinated approach providing educators with opportunities to participate in events and activities online. Connected Educator Month will be the ultimate professional development for ‘how to’ connect and learn, offering skill development and enhancement of personal learning networks.

CORE Education believes that a connected, networked approach to learning offers far greater opportunities for professional learning than working in isolation.

Over the past two years, millions of educators and organisations have participated in rich professional learning as part of the US-based Connected Educator Month which has proven to be extremely valuable for educators from early childhood education through to tertiary.

How can I take part?

Connected Educator Month is driven by an open, collaborative calendar that will connect you, kura, early childhood services and other learning centres, with thousands of like-minded educators from around the globe, enable you to engage in conversations in safe online spaces, help you to develop online connectivity skills, enhance your professional networks and transfer your knowledge back to your own learners/classroom.

For example, if you feel like you could be using the digital world more effectively and want to understand more about how to use digital technologies, such as online communities, creating a blog or participating in a webinar, there is the perfect starter kit for you that runs daily to learn the basics about connecting, using digital technology and creating professional learning networks.

For emerging leaders, you can run your own event, mentor others and model networked professional practice.

Schools, kura, early childhood services and other learning centres can commit to sharing the event with your whole staff, individuals can pick their own pathway - and anyone can submit an event to the calendar to share with others.

Calendar of events

The calendar of events will be connected through online platforms, such as webinars and blog posts. There’ll also be streamed face-to-face workshops with live feeds at CORE’s ULearn14 Conference 8-10 October, plus online book groups, panel discussions and virtual field trips. Mark the key dates in your diary so you don’t miss out on the events that will help your professional learning!

Prominent Maori and Pasifika sharing on panels locally, nationally and globally. Kura in the NorthIand can connect with students and kaiako through collaborative online learning with Kura in the Far South.

CORE will continue to progress learning and keep events running throughout the year - so while we’ll launch in October, it won’t suddenly stop on the 31 October!

You can register to receive updates and more information online by visiting the official Connected Educator Month website.

Together we can be stronger and move on the digital technology pathway in a shared, collaborative approach.

Ka kaha ake tātou mēnā e whai wāhi ana te katoa ki te whakawhanake, ki te tuari hoki i te ara rawa hangarau.


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