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How did you participate in Connected Educator Month?

cem-monthOn Oct. 31, Connected Educators and the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up the second annual Connected Educator Month, an October event aimed at helping administrators, technology leaders, and classroom educators stay connected and learn from one another.

And while wrap-up events occurred on Oct. 31, the connected events did not end on Oct. 31, and that’s one main goal of Connected Educators and Connected Educators Month–to stay connected all year.

Connected Educators offers five steps for staying connected every month, all year long.

  1. Grow the calendar. Keep adding events to the Connected Educator Month calendar, and keep people engaged so that they continue to check out new events and opportunities.
  2. Take collective action. Don’t stop your efforts on Oct. 31. Keep collaborating with fellow educators. Connected Educators created a Collaborative Projects Google Doc to support ongoing collaborative learning.
  3. Use edConnectr. This app helps connect like-minded educators. The possibilities are many.
  4. Share Connected Educator Month and its resources with less-connected colleagues. You can often prompt someone to become more connected on a permanent basis by showing them an easy way to begin.
  5. Volunteer for next year’s Connected Educator Month.

(Next page: Connected Educator Month by the numbers)

More than 330 organizations participated in Connected Educator Month, and more than 600 events and activities were included on the Connected Educator Month calendar or promoted as part of the month-long celebration, said Patrick Riccards of the Collaborative Communications Group, which worked to promote the event on behalf of Connected Educators.

Outreach efforts on Twitter alone reached more than 13 million educators, generating an average of 4.6 million impressions per day.

Online, Connected Educator Month was mentioned more than 750,000 times, and more than 270,000 blog posts mentioned the event.

Participation numbers reflect the most recent data available at press time, but Connected Educators representatives said final numbers are pending and are likely to be higher when everything is analyzed.

“These numbers shatter records generated by the very successful 2012 event,” Riccards said.

Connected educators actively tweeted Connected Educator Month events and thoughts using the hashtag #ce13.

Here’s a weekly round-up of some of the best Connected Educator Month tweets:
Week 1 
Week 2 
Week 3 
Week 4 
Week 5 

eSchool News editors covered Connected Educator Month events every week. Here are some of our top stories:

Six ways to engage in Connected Educator Month

What tech leaders need to know about online assessments

How administrators collaborate and connect

State leaders learn tips in Connected Educator Month

School librarians are rising school leaders


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