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October 2013 is Connected Educator Month

Posted on 10/02/2013

Connected Educator

The Department of Education will be supporting another Connected Educator Month (CEM) in October 2013. The mission of the Connected Educators initiative is to help educators thrive in a connected world. Such environments are envisioned in the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan External link opens in new window or tab and are soon to become the norm due to efforts such as ConnectED External link opens in new window or tab. Connected Educators pursue this mission through seeking to understand and promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks. That pursuit combines research, development, and outreach.

  • Research – Through studying existing communities and networks, we ask questions such as:
    • How does participation produce value?
    • How can schools and districts as well as individuals benefit?
    • What design and facilitation strategies maximize that value?
    • How can learning analytics using data generated through participation help improve the use of those strategies?
  • Development – Through designing and leading networked learning spaces for educators—such as the CS10K community External link opens in new window or tab that supports the National Science Foundation's efforts to broaden participation in computing careers—we test the results of research in our own practice.
  • Outreach – Through Connected Educator Month External link opens in new window or tab and project publications External link opens in new window or tab, we raise awareness of and engagement in learning and collaboration through communities and networks. Over the last three years, we have reached hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of educators.

Connected Educators is an initiative of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and is conducted by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with several partner organizations External link opens in new window or tab and technical working groups External link opens in new window or tab. Numerous other organizations and individuals have contributed to its success as organizers External link opens in new window or tab and participating organizations External link opens in new window or tab in Connected Educator Month.

Sign up External link opens in new window or tab to participate! (no need if you signed up for 2012), and follow the hashtag #CE13 External link opens in new window or tab on Twitter.