We spoke to Powerful Learning Practice author and primary grades teacher Kathy Cassidy today about her bestselling book Connected from the Start. In this video, Kathy shares why getting young students “connected from the start” is so important, favorite stories of connecting and serendipitous learning from her classroom over the years, and practical tips for teachers who want to incorporate technology into their own teaching practice.

Watch the video below to take a look!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 4-8. Why not treat your favorite teacher or a colleague to Kathy’s engaging, interactive digital book? This eBook comes in several different formats, so no matter the device, the lucky recipient of your gift will be ready to learn!


About Connected from the Start

In Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades, primary teacher Kathy Cassidy makes a compelling case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. Her well-balanced text presents both the rationale for connecting students “from the start” and the how-to details and examples teachers need to involve children in grades K-3 in using blogs, Twitter, Skype and other social media to become true global learners.

This highly interactive digital book — featuring dozens of color photos, six student-centered videos, and hundreds of live links to helpful downloads and outside resources — invites the reader right into Kathy’s cozy and connected classroom, where kids are talking live with students “down under,” swapping video with peers in Greece, and using personal blogs to create digital portfolios that document their growth and achievement for parents, families and a worldwide audience.

Want to preview before you buy? Check out the table of contents and read an excerpt from Chapter 1. When you purchase Connected from the Start, you’ll receive the eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats.

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Kathy CassidyAbout the author

Kathy Cassidy is a grade-one teacher for Prairie South Schools in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Since 2005, she has been integrating various technologies into her teaching practice to help “connect” her primary-grades students so they can become global learners. Kathy also does professional development presentations and workshops on technology integration and early literacy and is a recipient of the Kay L. Bitter Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for outstanding technology leadership in the primary grades. Follow her on Twitter @kathycassidy

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During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.

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