Yesterday, we introduced you to the concept of the connected educator. Since it is Connected Educator Month, we thought we would share some of the great opportunities that are occurring this month at the local, state and national level.

Locally

Connected Educator Posts and The 30 Day Challenge

In the EVSC, the ICATS are posting a connected educator resource on the website for each school day in October. We are also kicking off this year’s 30 Day Challenge on October 28th. If you haven’t done the 30 Day Challenge before, it’s a great way to connect with other educators, learn some new tools to try in the classroom, and win prizes. Watch for an announcement about the challenge later in the month.

After the Bell

The ICATS will also be hosting After the Bell sessions after school from 3:00 to 4:30 on October 8th at North High School and October 22nd at Harper. These sessions are a great opportunity to meet the ICATS, ask questions, or attend a workshop. Anyone in the district is welcome to attend. You can sign up for After the Bell sessions throughout the year on the EVSC Professional Development website.

Registration for Google Apps for Education Summit

Registration is also opening this month for the first ever Indiana Google Apps For Education Summit, which the EVSC is hosting in February. The summit is on February 15 and 16, with pre-summit workshops available on the 13th and 14th. If you are an EVSC employee and are interested in a special discounted registration, contact the ICATS.

Twitter Chat

If you are on Twitter, look for resources to be shared all month long using the hashtag #evscnetwork. You can also join us for our very first Twitter chat for educators on Monday, October 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (CST), using the hashtag #EVSCchat. Look for details on how to participate in a later post.

Social Media

You can also always connect with the ICATS via our Facebook page (Give us a “Like”), our YouTube channel, our blogs (we welcome new followers), and you can follow us on Twitter.

State

Indiana Computer Educators

At the state level, there is a great deal happening in the month of October. The Indiana Computer Educators conference is October 10 and 11. You can still register to attend at this link. This year’s keynotes include Angela Maiers and a great team of Indiana educators who will be sharing how they use social media in their work. Even if you can’t attend, you can follow the action on Twitter with the hashtags #ICE13, #ICEIndiana, and #INelearn.

Indiana Department of Education

The Indiana Department of Education’s eLearning team has several offerings as well, including:

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator Challenge
What does a day in the life a Connected Educator look like? We invite you to show us! Join Indiana educators in sharing a blog post, a graphic organizer, podcast or video. http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/day-life-connected-educator

Teach Like a PIRATE Book Club
Using Blogger as a model for how to conduct your own virtual book club, the Office of eLearning has just launched its fifth collective read. Throughout the month we are reading and discussing Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess at http://elearningbookclub.blogspot.com/

Pinnovation
Focused on the potential collaborative use of the social curation tool Pinterest, this blog will offer weekly posts on Connected Educator Month themes and highlight related boards that INeLearn is pinning to http://indianapinnovation.blogspot.com/

eLearning Admin Academies
Critical learning opportunities are planned for Indiana Superintendents and Principals pertaining to the creation and implementation of digital curriculum. These eLearning Admin Academies are a series of professional development provided by the Office of eLearning’s strategic partner Five-Star Technology Solutions, Inc. The one day Digital Curriculum sessions are offered across the state beginning in October. http://five-startech.com/k-12-education1/indiana-doe-partnership/elearning-admin-academy

October 1- 3:00 p.m. EST Kick Off Panel: Connected Leadership
Assistant Director of eLearning, Candice Dodson, will participate in this national panel with Connected Leaders Chris Lehmann and Scott McLeod. Learn more about the focus of their discussion and how to join: http://connectededucators.org/kick-off-panel-connected-leadership/

October 2- All day Launch of the 2013 Speak Up Survey
Strength in numbers. The Speak Up Survey opens for input today through December 20th. The free suite of surveys provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Last year, Indiana had 18 schools representing 7 districts in the Top 200 Schools participation nationwide. Overall Indiana had 173 school districts participate. http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/

October 2- 11:00 a.m. EST ConnectED Educators: Kicking off Connected Educator Month
Assistant Director of eLearning, Candice Dodson, will participate in this national panel about online learning communities. For more details and to register for this free event go to: http://connectededucators.org/cem2013/connected-educators-kicking-off-connected-educator-month/

October 3- 4:00 p.m. EST eDesk Webinar: Cool Tools to Curate Digital Content
Connected Educators tend to accumulate tons of resources! This free webinar offered by one of Indiana’s educational service centers and the Indiana Online Academy will introduce you to free tools that will help you curate, organize and share all the blogs, websites and articles you discover online. Details and registration.

October 10- 7:00 p.m. EST #INeLearn Tweet Up
This face-to-face social event will begin in the Marriott Indianapolis East lobby’s Skylight Cafe space (refreshments on your own) and at 7:30 we will join the ICE Conference Innovation Standup/Smackdown in the hotel’s Veterans Hall for a fast-paced show-and-tell of tech tools led by audience members.

October 10- 8:00 p.m. EST #INeLearn Chat-Social Learning
Topic: What/where are the best opportunities for educators to work on their practice? What role do professional organizations have in this time of the Personal Learning Network? To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/about-inelearn.html

October 16- 4:00 p.m. EST 21st Century Learning Lab Webinar: Getting Connected with Google Apps
Chris Atkinson, a Google Certified Educator and Assistant Principal with Carmel Clay Schools, will share his expertise and answer participants questions about integrating a suite of tools that promote collaboration. http://doe.in.gov/elearning/21st-century-learning-lab

October 17- 8:00 p.m. EST #INeLearn Chat-Tweets that Move You to Take Action
Topic: Connected Educators generally rave about the Twitter Chats that change their professional development. Still, Twitter chats are not held in high regard by all. On the first anniversary of our #INeLearn chat, let’s tweet bluntly about the different aspects of Twitter Chats: EchoChamber, WaterCooler, ThinkTank or TestKitchen. To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/about-inelearn.html

October 21- 4:00 p.m. EST 21st Century Learning Lab Webinar: Personalized Learning
Representatives from three districts: Danville Community Schools, Plymouth Community Schools and Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools will share their collaborative work on Customized Learning as part of Imagining and Creating Grant. This consortium is focused on developing a framework for instruction that is student-paced and focused on mastery of content and skill. http://doe.in.gov/elearning/21st-century-learning-lab

October 22 eDesk Webinar: Become a Connected Educator Using Twitter
This free webinar offered by one of Indiana’s educational service centers and the Indiana Online Academy will walk you through establishing a Twitter profile, selecting other Connected Educators to follow and using hashtags to make your own connections. Details and registration.

October 24- 8:00 p.m. EST #INeLearn Chat-Blogging
Topic: What effects has blogging had on the transformation of instruction and learning? To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/about-inelearn.html

October 31- 8:00 p.m. EST #INeLearn Chat-Developing a Student Digital Leadership Team
Topic: What is the purpose of establishing a student tech team/digital leadership group? Join educator leaders and the students leading in digital shift in their schools as we explore the value and variation of student groups. To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/about-inelearn.html

Every Thursday night, the IDOE eLearning team moderates a Twitter chat from 7-8 pm (CST). You can learn more about the #INelearn chats at this link: http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/about-inelearn.html  Also, be sure to follow #INelearn throughout the rest of the week as well. It’s a very active place for Indiana educators to connect.

You can also get a sense of what is happening with connected educators throughout Indiana by reading the Indiana Department of Education’s eLearning Pulse blog. It’s a great way to learn with colleagues all over the state.

The IDOE eLearning team also has a strong social media presence. In addition to following @INelearn on Twitter, you can visit them on Facebook and on Pinterest .

Indiana Online Academy

The Indiana Online Academy also has several offerings this month that would be of interest to connected educators, including these workshops:

October 3, 2013 Free Webinar – Cool Tools to Curate Digital Conent

Do you find yourself looking for ways to store or organize the content you find online? This session will introduce you to cool free tools that will help you curate, organize, and share all the blogs, websites, and articles you discover online. These collaborative tools will change the way you use the internet and can be accessed on your mobile device and by thers. Grab a colleague and join me for some hands-on learning!

October 7, 2013 Go Google!

Learn how to use Google Apps/Docs/Drive to collaborate with anyone at anytime! We will explore the amazing world of Google that will change how you work with others! Laptops recommended for full Google functionality & set up.

Go to www.ioaedesk.com/workshops for more information and to register.

K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century

Also, the Indiana Online Academy (IOA) and CIESC are partnering with Michigan Virtual University and Kent State, along with the National State Virtual School Leadership Alliance to offer a free MOOC titled:

K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century

What does it mean to be a K-12 teacher in the 21st century? We are providing a place for those passionate about teaching to receive feedback, explore new strategies and tools, investigate the transition from theory to practice, and discover the complexities and rewards of teaching. This experience will provide participants with a deeper understanding of MOOCs, along with an introduction to emerging and free technologies such as presentation media (e.g., Flickr), online artifact creation (e.g., Vialogues) and collaboration innovations (e.g., ThingLink).

Facilitated by Dr. Richard E. Ferdig & Dr. Kristine E. Pytash- Kent State University October 7 – November 8, 2013; Workload: 4-6 hours a week Please click here to register

This FREE course runs from October 7 to November 8, 2013.

CIESC will be offering 20 PGPs upon completion of the course.

A unique feature of this course is the intended audience. It is directed at three audiences: Grade 9-12 students who are interested in becoming teachers, preservice teachers and inservice teachers in the K-12 system.

Nationally and Internationally

On a national and international level, there are several opportunities you may want to check out. It pays to begin by looking through the many offerings on the official Connected Educator Month calendar. Also, on Twitter, be sure to follow the #ce13 hashtag for all the latest news.

In addition to those opportunities, consider checking out the 4th annual Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON), a free online three day event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world, which will be held October 11th to 13th.

My Big Campus has several Connected Educator Month activities that you can learn about at this link.

The Powerful Learning Practice folks have quite a few offerings as well that can be viewed at this link.

Common Sense Media is hosting a Digital Citizenship Week October 21-25 that you can learn about at this link.

Please Share!

As other opportunities come across our radar screen, we’ll add them in the comments below. We hope that you will share opportunities that you come across as well.

More importantly, we hope that you will share with us how you are celebrating Connected Educator Month in your classroom or school in the comments below. Remember, if you are an EVSC employee, you can comment by just making sure that you are logged in to the site. If you are sharing from out of the district, you can comment by using your Google, WordPress, Twitter or Facebook credentials.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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