Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 9: Connected Educators

9. Connected Educator Month moves to October—and builds momentum.

The second annual Connected Educator Month wasn’t slowed by the federal government shutdown that dominated news headlines during the first half of October. In fact, more educators than ever participated.

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Launched in 2012, Connected Educator Month is a way for the U.S. Department of Education to call attention to how online “communities of practice” can connect educators and help them learn from each other.

This year’s event moved from August to October and featured webinars and discussions on topics ranging from online learning, Massive Open Online Courses, and professional development to mobile device implementation and social networking in classrooms.

More than 330 organizations participated in this year’s Connected Educator Month, and more than 600 activities were promoted as part of the month-long celebration, said Patrick Riccards of the Collaborative Communications Group, which worked to promote the event.

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.

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

To continue the online conversations sparked by this event, you can use the Twitter hashtag #ce13.

See also:

Six ways to engage in Connected Educator Month

What tech leaders need to know about online assessments

School librarians are rising school leaders


How administrators collaborate and connect


How to support teachers for 21st century learning


CTOs give their best mobile deployment tips


Connected Educator Month by the numbers


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