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Connected Educator Month Closing Sessions

August 22, 2012 at 11:41 am PST

The U.S. Department of Education declared August Connected Educator Month (CEM), and more than 140 of the nation’s leading education organizations, communities, and companies (including Cisco) have come together to celebration and explore the power of professional online communities to advance the field of education. Throughout the month, educators have been participating in 400+ webinars, guided tours, live chats and forums, as well as blogging and tweeting using the #ce12 hashtag,  to explore how online communities can enable educators to take control of their own professional development

Through the Connected Learning Exchange, Cisco provides an online community of educators from schools, colleges and universities to foster collaboration and showcase innovative and practical strategies that can dramatically improve education everywhere. We are also pleased to host, via WebEx, seven of the concluding CEM webcasts on August 30th and 31st, on a range of important topics including Personalized Learning, Teacher Led Change, 21st Century PD and the concluding session on Connected Educator Month: What We’ve Learned. Descriptions and registration links are included below.

Please also check the CEM calendar and continue to participate in all of the remaining CEM activities.

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Terrific Apps for Back to School for Instructors and Students

We won’t hide the fact that we think the new WebEx Meetings (it’s free) is a great back to school app.

You can jump online and video conference with two other people, view each others’ computer screens so you can collaborate on projects or ideas and record the whole thing so you can share it with other people. It can be used for teaching and it’s also great for studying together.

We found some great articles that round-up other apps that can make going back to school easier on students and teachers. We hope these help as you start pulling things together for the coming year.

From the Chicago Tribune: These Back to School Apps Get Straight As

Featuring apps for all ages, and focusing on students, this article has five apps they recommend. Read More »

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Happy Connected Educator Month! We Can All Help Enhance Learning.

August 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm PST

In a video address at the  June ISTE conference, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that August will be Connected Educator Month.  To kick off this event The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) will convene Connected Educator Month in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization. Connected Educator month is part of the Office of Educational Technology’s Connected Educators initiative, which is supporting informal, online, social and professional learning for educators by conducting research, hosting communities, and working with the field.

Do you want to help transform the way we learn? In the video below, Darren Cambridge of the American Institutes of Research explains how you can participate and help transform education.

You should also check out the Connected Learning Exchange (CLX) Community Open House on Monday, Aug 20, 2012, from Noon – 3 pm, EST to learn more!

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Connected Learning Exchange, Open House and Chat

August 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm PST

Educators are increasingly taking control of their professional development by participating in Professional Learning Communities.  To celebrate and encourage this trend, the U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month.  Cisco is pleased to join more than 60 major education organizations & communities in events & activities that explore the power of professional online communities.

If you’ve never been part of an online community or network before, Connected Educators Month offers a wide array of opportunities to network, learn and collaborate. It is in this spirit that Cisco provides the Connected Learning Exchange (CLX) Community as a platform to foster collaboration and allow educators to share best practices and practical solutions that can dramatically improve education everywhere. Read More »

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Scaling Education Innovation, the Mooresville Summer Connection 2012

August 8, 2012 at 8:34 am PST

Innovation is alive and well in education. You don’t have to look far to find teachers using technology to personalize teaching and learning in their classrooms. There are also many outstanding examples of schools of distinction that have integrated technology into curriculum and instruction. However, there are precious few examples of school districts that are systemically employing technology as a foundational strategy to improve student achievement. That’s why the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) stands out as a shining example of 21st century education and why their recently concluded Summer Connection 2012 institute is so important.

A vision of “every child, every day”, digital resources and a culture of caring are keys to the success of the Mooresville Digital Conversion. However, reform does not happen without leadership. Mooresville is fortunate to be led by one of the most innovative educators in American education today. Listen as Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of the MGSD describes the impetus and impact of Mooresville Digital Conversion.

MGSD ranks 100 out of 115 North Carolina school districts in funding yet ranks 2nd in student achievement and its graduation rate is also the 2nd highest in the state. Can these results be replicated in other districts? Is there a way to scale the Mooresville model? That’s where Summer Connection comes in.

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