Sharing Importance of Connections
Today marks the end of an action packed month of learning events. At times, I was going in eight different direction trying to keep up and be involved in everything I wanted to participate in. It will take me the next year to process, reflect and act on my new learning. (Not to mention visiting the archives to continue my professional growth.)
As someone who is an advocate for connected learning, Connected Educator Month has given me the opportunity to build my network, form new collaborations, quickly gain vital information, showcase our district's work, participate in a variety of collaborative events, share the importance of being connected and see other educators find the power of building a strong PLN for themselves and their students.
Several "aah-ha" moments occurred this month including:
Today does not mark the end of the journey! I will continue to push myself and others to get connected, stay connected and to open the world to their students. I will continue to share my voice and our district's voice to provide our contribution!
Michelle Nebel | District Instructional Technology Coach
Reinforcing the Importance of Connections
For me, Connected Educator Month helped reinforce how important it is for me to connect with educators and to help others connect as well. I learned a lot and interacted with some great people through the events I did, and none of that would have been possible if I hadn’t made an effort to connect. My goal now is to continue to maintain and grow these connections – it takes time, but my experiences have shown that it worth the
Tony Harman | Excelsior Springs High School Instructional Coach
CEM Provides Models
I am thoroughly impressed and motivated by my peers. Even though I was unable to meet with everyone face to face or did not seem to participate in the Twitter chats, I read all of the comments, ideas, and suggestions and was completely blown away by how much talent we have within our district. The amount of people vesting themselves in improving themselves to improve their students and our community is commendable, and I admire each and every one of them. It makes me want to work harder and be better so I can be a
worthy part of this team.
Katrina Yoakum | Excelsior Springs High School ELA
Professional Connection Build Stronger Student Connections
This is has been a very crazy busy month for me, but I managed to squeeze in some extra helpful collaboration time by using Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. The other department teacher that I share curriculum most closely with sends me pins that she thinks I may be able to use somehow to improve my classes. I do the same for her. It is just a great way to keep an eye out for each other and share resources. I get a lot of great visual, instructional, and behavior pieces from Pinterest. Sometimes the things I come across are so helpful and broad that I feel I should share them with other ESSD employees, in which case I have started to tweet those findings at #ESSD40PD on Twitter. I even participated in a Twitter Chat for the first time and found that the topic was relevant, helpful, and the logistics of chatting were very simple. I picked up some good information and resource leads from that short chat. Lastly, I started an Instagram account for my class and use it to collect and share images from students during class time (school visual learning scavenger hunts), as well as during a recent field trip scavenger hunt. I am still exploring other social networking sites to get my secondary students more involved and excited about the things we are learning. Overall, I think the more I get connected to other educators, the more I find better ways to get connected with my students and help them make connections with the learning experiences I provide them.
Sherie Renne | Excelsior Springs High School Art
Connected Educator Month Made My Brain Spin
Connected Educator Month has made me even more aware of what technology can do for our
Kathy Travis | Excelsior Springs Middle School Library Media Specialist
Focus on Connecting Through Connected Educator Month
I enjoyed the time to really “focus” on being connected; sometimes I get so busy it is easier to move on or forget about it. I got ideas for ePortfolios to use in class, shared ideas with educators from across the nation in Twitter Chat, learned of new apps and programs to use in class.
Bobbie Abele | Excelsior Springs Middle School Art
Now a Twitter Chat Moderator Thanks to CEM
I learned that moderating a Twitter chat was not as scary as I thought. It took some time to think about the questions to ask, but other than that it is just putting yourself out there to do it. Once it is over, a sigh and lots
of relief. Then looking back, it is good to be connected to other educators through a PLN that is really limitless. I can get on Twitter and connect with thousands to find answers and opinions for many different questions. The ideas flow like a brook, never ending and with great potential. Thanks Twitter for making it easy to be a connected educator!
Kathy McCracken | Excelsior Springs Middle School Special Education
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