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The Connected Educator is about

The Connected Educator

  • Learner first, educator second
  • Connected Learning Communities – the next generation of professional learning communities
  • Do It Yourself professional development
  • Becoming a connected learner

The time has come to reject incremental change and to radically transform education to fully prepare students for life in the 21st century. The Connected Educator is about the need for teachers in the Digital Age to exploit the transformative potential of emerging technologies on behalf of their students and their own professional growth.

In the professional development model we describe, teachers and school leaders work together in local and global networks, connecting, collaborating and harvesting knowledge they apply in their schools and classrooms.

Through their participation in Connected Learning Communities, educators develop shared visions, common goals, and beliefs around principled change. They brainstorm and talk about creative ways to meet the needs of the 21st century learner with fellow professionals, whose ideas and geography may be very different than their own. Together in these diverse spaces they co-construct strategies that can motivate schools to transform learning environments, thus assuring their own sustainability by becoming highly relevant in students’ lives.

Our book also advocates for inquiry-driven, passion-based instructional strategies that unleash the artistry of teaching and learning in educators. It’s the kind of teaching that requires educators to think deeply about learning design so that we are constantly leading and encouraging students to become self directed learners.

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator

One of the most common questions I get is, “But where do we find the time to use all this new technology?” To answer that question, I developed this infographic – A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator to show that using social media in your classroom and in your life can be integrated, easy, and fun.

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Infographic showing a day in the life of a connected educator - teachers using social media

Explore more about the life of a Connected Educator and 21st Century teacher & learner in The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall.

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