August is Connected Educator Month

The US Department of Education declared August to be Connected Educator Month. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), is hosting several events throughout the month that promote online learning and communities. Check out the calendar to learn more about training sessions, exhibits, webinars, and lectures scheduled in your area.

At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this past June, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the four week recognition of educator participation in online communities and networks. Duncan explained:

“Now more than ever we need strong leaders…to guide the country in transforming education and vastly improving the opportunity to learn for every American…Every educator needs to be connected with the best digital content, tools, and resources in order to enliven the learning environment for students, and to fully connect with peers and experts.”

Over fifty major education organizations, communities, and companies are participating in Connected Educator Month. For more information and to get involved, contact cem@connectededucators.org.

The Connected Online Communities of Practice (COCP) project seeks to strengthen connected online communities of practice in education. Its main purpose is to show how online communities in education improve educator and leader effectiveness, enhance student learning, and increase productivity. The COCP movement was also created to help achieve the 2010 National Education Technology Plan, established two years ago to increase the application of advanced technologies in our entire education system.

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