Schoology (www.schoology.com) – The Innovative Educators have been using Schoology to connect, share, collaborate, and create around the reading of Who Owns the Learning? by Alan November. They have been wonderful “students” and the online sharing and support that is taking place has been unbelievable.
The District Technology Advisory Committee (DTAC), the teachers who use Scholastic services on a daily basis (our Read 180, SDC, and RSP teachers), and our Principals and Assistant Principals have all started using Schoology to connect, communicate, and collaborate.
Finally, we’ve had several training opportunities for teachers to attend and connect with each other and some new content.
So, what can you do to become a more connected educator? Start with thinking about how connected you would like to be – I recommend taking small steps: setting up a Twitter account and following colleagues, such as @WUSDEdTech and @maoliver17, and education leaders, join an organization (free) such as EdWeb.net, or simply take some time to explore different blogs and follow one by having their articles delivered to your inbox.
Greg Garner has a great article on Getting Smart where he focuses on 5 things to become a connected educator. Greg explains what connecting is – learning, sharing, and mentoring, and what it is not – bragging – and the need to have a balance so that connecting does not consume your life. Take a look at Greg’s article “So You’re Already a Connected Educator … Now What?” and you might want to sign up to get updates from the Getting Smart website (I did!).
“Ten Tips to Becoming a Connected Educator” from Elana Leoni at Edutopia (another great website to subscribe to). She provides some practical steps as well as some great resources!
Upcoming training to connect with others and Google Apps or bring your tech needs to an open lab.