[caption id="attachment_105020" align="alignleft" width="215"] There will be coordinated opportunities for educators to participate in live events and activities in dozens of online locations.[/caption]

“Improvement requires connection” with peers, colleagues, and new ideas, said Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Education Department (ED), at a recent ed-tech conference—and that's the idea behind the first-ever Connected Educator Month, which kicks off Aug. 1.

To celebrate the occasion, which encourages educators to join online "communities of practice" to improve their craft, ED and its partners in the project...

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