Thursday, September 26, 2013

Connected Educator Month Kickoff Details! PLUS Library 2.013 Proposals Deadline

Quick news on Library 2.013, our third annual worldwide, online, and free conference on libraries, librarians, and librarianship: the formal deadline for session proposals is end of day Monday, September 30th. We hope you'll submit! Any proposals after that date will be accepted only on a space-available basis.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1st and 2nd, are the kickoff days for the 2013 Connected Educator Month (CEM). Part of my job has been to help line up and facilitate the kickoff panels, and we think you are going to love them. (The other part of my job is hosting a nightly CEM "cafe" all month so you can personally meet lots of special "connected" guests--stay tuned!). The details for the kickoff panels and events are below, as are links to log in on the day of, or to sign up to receive email reminders.

If you didn't participate last year, this US Department of Education-sponsored month-long series of events focuses on the significant ways that online collaborative learning is playing in professional development. From Twitter to Facebook and Pinterest to Vine (hey--what about Classroom 2.0?!), educators are taking to social media to share best practices and experiences and create new, more dynamic digital learning communities. Online social learning empowers teachers of all styles and levels of classroom experience, providing real professional development created by educators for educators, and an increasing number of teachers are embracing the approach.

During its inaugural year last year, more than170 education organizations, companies, and communities came together, offering 450+ events and activities. Connected Educator Month information reached more than four million individuals through the event hashtag. This year, Connected Educator Month promises to be even bigger and will add a focus on helping school districts promote and integrate online social learning in their formal professional development. More information at the CEM website.

See you online!


    "Connected Leadership" Panel
    October 1, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
    What is connected leadership, why is it important, what are some simple steps leaders can take to get more connected, and what does the future hold? A highly participatory discussion featuring Candice Dodson, Chris Lehmann, Scott McLeod, Katherine Greenhill,  and more.

    "From Connection To Collaboration" Panel
    October 1, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
    How to get to the ultimate goal of connected education: collaboration to move the field forward. A wide-ranging interactive discussion ranging from basic tips to the latest models, with Tom Carroll, Kecia Ray, Connie Yowell, and Yong Zhao.

    Opening Night Gala
    October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM ET
    Much less formal but a celebration nonetheless, our opening night gala is an opportunity for CEM participants to meet, greet, and reunite. We'll be providing an overview of the month's programming, highlighting what's new and different from CEM 2012, introducing key members of the team, sharing stories of connection (to create a resource to share with the less connected), a few surprises and surprise guests, games, and enjoying all the fruits of being connected.

    "Innovating STEM and Literacy" Panel
    October 1, 9-10:30 PM ET
    What are the latest innovations in these two education pillars, what are their overlaps and reinforcements, and what do these fields have to offer each other? A discussion led by a strong panel from both disciplines, including Don Buckley, Jeanne Century, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Kent Williamson.


    CEM Town Hall
    October 2, 3:30-5:00 PM ET
    Our electronic Town Hall meeting will be an opportunity for those of us who participated last year and who have joined us this year to (re-) convene as a group, joined by the wider CEM community. We'll all be sharing plans for the month, seeking (additional) partners and collaborators, discussing how we’re collectively going to get the word out, make things happen (a lot of innovation and co-construction happens during CEM), get the most of out the month ahead, and lay the groundwork to insure the momentum for connected education continues beyond October 31. Questions will be welcome, as will discussions on any topic, and even (more) new ideas--October is a long month, the Internet is fast, and none of us wants it to be over.

    "Making It Count--Integrating Formal and Informal PD" Panel
    October 2, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
    A practical discussion of how professional learning educators do every day in online communities and networks can be formally recognized and impact formal PD, led by a panel of educators at all levels, including Al Byers, Pam Moran, and Eric Sheninger, who are already engaged in making it happen.

    "Personalized Learning" Panel
    October 2, 7:00-8:30 PM ET
    How close are we to realizing the dream of true personalized learning, what still has to happen, and what practical steps can educators take using connected technologies to personalize more today? A mix of tech leaders and award-winning classroom educators discuss with you, including Kathy Cassidy, Will Richardson, David Warlick, and Jessie Wooley-Wilson.

    "21st Century Classroom Management" Panel
    October 2, 9:00-10:30 ET
    What does classroom management mean in an era of 1:1 computing, BYOD, flipped classrooms, technology-driven personalized learning and other innovations intended to address discipline issues even more directly? Sam Chaudhary, Jane Nelsen, Jeanne Poduska, and Marsha Ratzel work with you late into the night.
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