First Three to Being a Connected Educator

Today I had the fun of being a guest tweeter. (That was a first!) I was the connected educator of the day at @ConnectedEd thanks to Karen Fasimpaur‘s appeal on Sunday.  It’s weird…I’m usually a little more shy on Twitter, but today I tweeted and RTed like a maniac.

One thing I tweeted was:

I guess I wasn’t surprised to hear what topped the list–Twitter. (The list below is in order by how many times each was mentioned. Twitter and blogging were by far mentioned most often. The others were mentioned 1-3 times each.)

So, if you are a future connected educator, jump in and use one of these tools to join or extend your connections!

If you are already a connected educator, what tools and communities did you use to get connected?

Thanks to @CoughlinLaura, @JoyKirr, @NCarroll24, @KTVee, @Gallit_Z , @HughtheTeacher, @tdallen5, @Desjaras for sharing what helped them become connected.

6 thoughts on “First Three to Being a Connected Educator

  1. Thanks again for doing this…especially so last minute. I really enjoyed all you had to share.

  2. Oh, Karen, I just tweeted you without seeing that you left this comment. Thanks again for having me. I enjoyed it myself. It gave me confidence, I think.

    Thanks for teaching me more about being a connected educator (connected learner) this August!

  3. Super work, as always, Denise! I was swamped in first day of school activities and meetings. Last week just swished by in a blur of first week issues, information, and interactions. Whew!

    Kudos to you for keeping the CEM moving!

    What else should we do to keep the focus and help others?

  4. Thanks, Sheri! I figured you were up to your elbows in school. I hadn’t heard from you for a while. I hope you had a great first week! We’ve had a relaxing two weeks of school so far–early outs each day for heat, some were record-breakers.

    I have one idea to help others. How about if you come to my presentation at Northwest Iowa Reading Conference on October 16? Just for a short informal Q&A with the participants. We could do it on Google+ hangout. Maybe with multiple people? Live audience in Iowa. Connected educators online showing others how it works…Hmm…What do you think?


  5. I think that much depends on the age of the students. I wouldn’t want my elementary school kids to have public blogs with their name and pictures available for the world to see, but I think high school student blogs would be absolutely acceptable. One option with the names is to use first name only (like on profiles). I am a big believer in public blogs, but maybe that’s just because I trust people by default. Online safety is something that I still need to learn (did you know that you really should have a different password for each new site you use? ridiculous! but it’s a lot safer!), so perhaps it should become a part of grade school curriculum

    1. Diane,
      You make some good points. I agree about no last names, and we avoid pictures with names.
      I carry an address book with me that has passwords in it, to help me curate all the URLs, passwords and user names in my connected life.
      I agree about online safety needing to be part of the grade school curriculum. When I get my students in 7th grade, they are already walking all over the Internet making their footprints on Twitter, Facebook, gaming sites, and others. We must get in there and be part of the messiness of helping them to learn to do it safely and appropriately.

      Thanks for commenting,

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