Not a “connected” educator? Here’s where you can start.

educators-connectedConnected Educators Month (CEM), an initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to help educators make better use of digital and social media tools for collaboration, has released a new video highlighting popular educators on Facebook, Twitter, and other digital spheres.

“Go back thousands of years and educators would collaborate,” said Tom Whitby, founder of #edchat and a high school English teacher, “but technology has taken us to a level where we can collaborate beyond our wildest imagination.”

The video aims to spread the word about Connected Educators Month, first launched in 2012. The goal, says ED, is to call attention to the different ways online communities and learning networks can connect educators and aid them in collaborating with and learning from peers.

Last year, more than 170 education organizations, companies, and communities were involved in Connected Educators Month. It offered more than 450 events and activities, and more than 4 million people followed the 2012 hashtag, #ce2012, by the end of the month.

This year, Connected Educators Month is focusing on helping school districts promote and integrate online social learning in their formal professional development.

(Next page: The Connected Educators video)

Meris Stansbury

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