Video Contest

Powerful Learning Practice and the Intel Teachers Engage Community  hosted a video contest for Connected Educator Month – we encouraged educators, leaders, and connected learners worldwide to enter and win some fabulous prizes, including our Grand Prize, an Intel Inspired Ultrabook!

Since is more than one way to create a PLN, we accepted submissions in several categories and we’re excited to announce the winners today!

How does your (personal learning network) garden grow?

We encouraged learners to show us how they research, build, and nourish their ever-growing personal learning network and to tell us a little bit about how they use their PLN.

Category Winner – Gary Feldman

Gary showed us snippets of his life (cute kids!) and tells us how he uses Twitter both personally and professionally to build his PLN. Gary will win a Kindle Fire for his entry.

Category Runner Up – Kratos Learning

Kratos Learning manages online communities of practice for their clients in adult education. Here, two of their online community managers talk about how they work to grow their networks. Kratos Learning will win a PD package for a team of five.

A day in the life of a connected educator

We asked: how does being connected play out throughout your day? Personally and professionally – we wanted a sneak peek inside!

Category Winner – Derrick Willard

Derrick teaches environmental science and chairs the science department at Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC). He encourages us, “Don’t be a digital hermit! Join in the conversation,” and tells us that being connected doesn’t just mean engaging in technology, it means expanding your network of educators from all over the world to share ideas and conversations that help us grow. Derrick will win a Kindle Fire for his entry.

What makes you a connected learner?

We asked learners to show us – how do you connect online?

Category Winner (and Grand Prize Winner) – Mark Van Horn

Mark stays on the cutting edge to keep up with the students at Columbus State through connecting online to find ideas, webinars, and forums. He has a hunger for knowledge, and the Web is his all-you-can-eat buffet. With the way the world is now, he says you have to learn, unlearn, and relearn or else get left behind. He’s connected 24/7 and it’s helped him to grow professionally. Mark will win a Kindle Fire for his entry, plus as the grand prize winner, he’ll get a Intel Inspired Ultrabook!

Category Runner Up – Stacy Sassaman

Stacy Sassaman admits that she doesn’t have all the answers, but that being a connected learner helps her grow as an educator. She is not afraid to put herself out there, ask questions of people she’s never met, and contribute to the discussion. Stacy will win a free eCourse for her entry.

Congrats, and thank you!

Congratulations to all our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who entered! If you’ve won, we’ll be in touch soon to get you info about your prizes!

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