We can’t believe we’re already into week two of Connected Educator Month! Each Tuesday in October, we’ll post a roundup of featured events for the upcoming week. View the entire calendar hereIn this post are all the events you won’t want to miss October 8-14!  First, events from our theme leaders and sponsors:

Connected Cafe Twitter Chats

connected-cafeConnected Cafe is a series of Twitter chats (#ce14) each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-8pm EDT throughout October, co-sponsored by ISTE and CTQISTE Board Member and Connected Educator Month co-leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will facilitate the #ce14 chat. Our guest hosts will interact with the moderator and other participants around their area of expertise as it relates to connected learning or leadership for change.

Here’s what’s coming up this week during Connected Cafe:

Paige Johnson

Paige Johnson

Tuesday, October 7 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Personalized Learning

Guest: Paige Johnson, Intel Education Strategist, ISTE Board member



Rob Kriete and Cheryl Redfield

Rob Kriete and Cheryl Redfield

Wednesday, October 8 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Leading Core Success

Guests: Rob Kriete and Cheryl Redfield, CTQ teacherpreneurs



Scott Merrick

Scott Merrick

Thursday, October 9 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

K-12 Public Schooling Online: Making It Work

Guest: Scott Merrick, Lead Virtual Teacher, Support Specialist, Academies Coach at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Virtual SchoolISTE PLN leader

Twitter Chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Tuesday, October 14 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Join the Connected Educator Month team for a Twitter Chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. We’ll discuss hot topics in connected education including the Future Ready pledge and President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. Get a rare chance to interact with one of the most influential people in education today. Don’t miss out! The Twitter chat will take place at the #ce14 hashtag.

Webinars with ISTE Mobile Learning Network

Connectedness without Twitter: What else can you use?

downloadMonday, October 13 – 4:00pm – 4:30pm – While Twitter is undeniably the primary Go-To for educators starting and developing a professional learning network (PLN), but other networks are available, are mobile, and are perhaps already teeming with fellow educators. Come learn about these tools, their communities and how you might leverage them for your own PLN!

UDL, Cross Platform ACC Apps, Your Favorite & Mine

Monday, October 13 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Let’s explore your favorite apps and mine for teaching learners with multiple special needs. We’ll discuss iOS and Android-based apps for helping students communicate.

Master Note-Taking with Microsoft OneNote

Monday, October 13 – 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Microsoft OneNote is a free note-taking tool allowing users to organize their thoughts all in one place. Type, handwrite, or sketch notes. Add files, images, links, videos, and more. Microsoft OneNote- it’s the three-ring binder for the 21st century.

Stop Animation Keeps Learning Going

Monday, October 13 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Ideas will be shared for quick student-created stop animation movies using the Lego Movie app for use in all grades and subjects. Tips for making stop animation easier to incorporate in the classroom and answers to stop animation questions will be shared from my ten years of experiences with this activity.

Minecraft and More

Saturday, October 11 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm – ISTE Games and Simulations Network holds their second Minecraft and More event. This will be part webinar also with part livestreamed on a Minecraft server.

Saturday noon ET over the Games MOOC YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/gamesmooc

#edtechchat Topic: Educational leadership in the digital age with moderator Lyn Hilt

http://shop.plpnetwork.com/educational-leadership-in-the-digital-age/Monday, October 13 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Lyn Hilt will moderate #edtechchat, a well-attended synchronous chat on Twitter and will ask questions to participants focusing on the attributes exemplified by today’s educational leaders. Lyn is leading the upcoming eCourse Educational Leadership in the Digital Age with Powerful Learning Practice, launching October 20.

Developing Creativity in K-12 Classrooms with Adobe Education

adobeSunday, October 12 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Today’s students want to make a difference in the world. And they want to do it their way, using the tools of the connected world they’ve grown up in. Our opportunity is to provide an engaging learning environment that supports learning on any device, any time, from any location. And our imperative is to foster creative thinking, collaboration, and the development of digital skills.

This webinar will share the strategies and tools used in our classroom to ensure students are given these opportunities to develop creative confidence to become innovative thinkers of the future.

Join our Australian Adobe Education Leaders as they showcase how to encourage creativity, digital skills and collaboration in K-12 Classrooms.

New Frontiers in Assessment Hot Seats with NCLE

The dominant practices in assessment today have not kept pace with what we know about how students learn. To help broaden the conversation about assessment, NCLE will be putting an expert or team of experts on innovative approaches to assessment on the “hot seat” each week in October. Each week’s guest(s) will participate throughout the week in a conversation about their work and the questions it raises about the future of assessment in an online discussion forum. Anyone is welcome to join the conversation at ncle.vanillaforums.com.

October 6-12 – Scott Filkins, Champaign Unit 4 Schools

Scott Filkins has worked as an educator in a variety of roles, including English teacher and department chair, reading teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts, grades 6-12. Scott also co-directs the University of Illinois Writing Project and has taught a highly successful online course on formative assessment through the National Council of Teachers and English. He is the author of Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment (NCTE, 2012), winner of the 2013 CEE James N. Britton Award.

Book Clubs

book clubThe Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity for you to read books about or related to connected learning or online communities, then discuss them with your peers and in some cases the author. Discussions happen through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog and through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events. There are over 10 books to choose from and book clubs are kicking off now!

Join the Book Club Community today!

Weekly Blended Learning Tweetups & Panels sponsored by CUE

tweetupTweetups happen every Tuesday in October at #ce14 and #blendedlearning on Twitter. This week: Blended Learning Teaching – Tuesday, October 14 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Blended Learning Panel #2: Blended Learning and Teaching. What does it take to be an effective blended teacher? – Monday, October 13. 7:00-8:30pm EST / 4:00-5:30 PST.

What does it really mean to be a blended learning teacher? This webinar will feature teachers who have transformed into blended learning. They will share best practices regarding classroom management, personalizing learning for every student, ongoing data driven curriculum decision making, and the pedagogy required for a blended learning classroom. Also included will be the types of ongoing support that is needed to be successful in a blended learning classroom.

Registration is free, but please register and add to your Connected Educator Month calendar


Saturday, October 11, check out all these great edCamps. What’s an edCamp you ask? edCamp is a 1-day “unconference.” It is a chance for those in education (teachers, administrators, etc) to get together, network, share and learn. The day is planned during the kick off at the beginning of the day where any participant can propose a session idea/topic to the session list. All sessions are laid out and then everyone attends sessions they want during the rest of the day.

Other awesome events to check out

Breaking the Mold: Diversifying STEM Academia

Wednesday, October 8 – 9:30am – 11:00am – Scientific and technological innovation arises from new approaches and diversity of ideas. Too few women and individuals of color pursue and complete STEM degrees, leaving an untapped talent pool. It’s clear that U.S. colleges need to do a better job recruiting and retaining these individuals, but how? Can institutions attract students from underrepresented groups when their STEM departments don’t reflect the diversity of students they aim to serve?

The data make these disparities palpable: Although women with STEM Ph.D.’s are likelier to start their careers in academia, their male peers get more of the highly coveted faculty appointments at research institutions, giving them an early advantage to climb university ranks. And faculty of color are severely underrepresented in the top 100 STEM departments, accounting for just 5 percent.

Since colleges and universities exert great influence over the makeup of our future STEM workforce, the American Institutes for Research is hosting a discussion to explore the hurdles underrepresented groups face when pursuing an academic STEM career and to discuss what policies universities and colleges should consider to be more inclusive. Follow @Education_AIR to join the conversation and ask panelists questions using the hashtag #STEMdiversity.

Coding for Kindergarten: Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving Skills to Early Learners

Wednesday, October 8 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – With so many apps and digital tools marketed to young children, it’s hard to know what kind of experiences children are having when engaging with them. Not all apps are created equal, and in this webinar we will look at the different affordances of digital playgrounds (and playpens). We will also discuss ScratchJr, a new app designed at Tufts University and MIT to teach programming concepts to K-2nd grade students. Throughout the presentation, we will think about why programming is an important skill for early education, and what children can gain when they learn to code. Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/AKCkL

Workshop: Integrating Digital Technologies in Mathematics

Wednesday, October 8 – 4:15pm – 7:00pm – Explore e-learning pedagogy in Mathematics and digital technologies to support teachers in engaging and challenging students in the teaching and learning process. There will be a focus on online professional learning communities and 21st century future – oriented learning and teaching.

Social Media Ninjas: A masterclass in becoming a connected educator

Wednesday, October 8 – 6:15pm – 7:30pm – You may have tweeted on Twitter, dabbled in Google+, blogged a few times and added your voice to an online discussion or two. It’s time to step up, take your connectedness to the next level and lead others to do the same. This session is featured in Connected Educator Month and offers an opportunity to explore why the most connected educators in the world are so successful. What can we learn and adapt for our own professional growth?

This session would suit you if you have a developing confidence in the online space, are looking for your next challenge and are keen to provide leadership to others in your school/kura and community. And you know it’s not (just) about the technologies…

Identifying Quality Games, Websites, and Apps for Learning

Thursday, October 9 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Educators must sift through a sea of digital media to determine what apps, websites and games are of high quality for student learning. In this session, join Common Sense Media to learn about Graphite.org, their new free platform that helps K-12 educators discover, use and share the best digital learning products. Graphite offers rigorous ratings and reviews of learning products, covering a broad range of core academic subjects such as math and reading, as well as deeper learning skills such as creativity, thinking and communication.

Project ReimaginED: Redesign with ISTE Standards & Common Core

Thursday, October 9 – 4:30pm – 5:00pm – Project ReimaginED is a new social learning community dedicated to redesigning learning activities to meet the ISTE Standards for Students and the Common Core. Learn more about this moderated community for K-12 classroom teachers and technology coaches who want to learn how to apply the standards through collaborative practice.

Twitter Chat: #whatisschool is an interactive twitter chat about education around the world

Thursday, October 9 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm – We have done our best to create an edchat space where people can express an unbiased response to questions about schooling, where educators have a voice in shaping the future through their experience, recommendations and interests.

Twitter but questions posted each week with an archive of previous chat at http://mrkempreflects.blogspot.com

Digital Citizenship in an iPad Classroom

Friday, October 10 – 11:00am – 12:00pm – Learn about iPad resources for teaching digital citizenship by Common Sense Media. The K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum is available as free iBook Textbooks with interactive lesson activities, embedded videos, ability to email work to the teacher, and professional development. Digital Passport is an app for grades 3-5 that teaches the basics of digital safety and etiquette. Get ideas on digital citizenship for the iPad classroom.

Free Online Concert for K-5 Students Nationwide – ‘World Communities Concert’

Friday, October 10 – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – You and your class are formally invited to join performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch on Friday, October 10 at 1:15pm eastern time for a live, interactive concert that’s being broadcast nationwide from Dave’s home studio in Buffalo NY.

The program is called “World Communities Concert”, and features songs, musical instruments and stories from all over the world. Geared especially for grades K-5, this program is simple to access and requires only one thing from you: that your students like to laugh, sing, move, answer questions, and get involved as they learn!

Dave’s had tremendous feedback from teachers, administrators and students since launching these distance learning concerts last year, and is happy to share this exciting new format with you free of charge as we celebrate Connected Educator Month in October.

You can reserve your spot for the free concert at the link below, and Dave will be happy to email you with more information and a test link to make sure you have what’s needed on your end to participate (90+% of schools do).

Online discussion: Connecting kids & communities to science

Sunday, October 12 – 4:00pm – 11:00pm – This discussion invites you to reflect on the ways, people and places that children choose to involve in learning science. This will be important for schools trying to set up learning & change networks to improve science education. We hope to have regional, community and international perspectives.

#caedchat discusses: Collaboration and Capacity Building

Sunday, October 12 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Join #caedchat as they join Connected Educator’s month to discuss Collaboration and Capacity Building. This is a one hour Twitter chat and the moderators will be Jo-Ann Fox (@AppEducactionFox) and Jessica Pack (@Packwoman208).

K12 Online Conference pre-conference keynote

Monday, October 13 – 8:00am – 9:00am – The K12 Online Conference is a FREE, online conference open to ANYONE organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. This year’s theme is “Igniting Innovation,” and our keynote presentation is from renowned educator Wes Fryer.

#CommunityChat – #CE14 Educator Professional Development & Learning

Monday, October 13 – 8:00pm – 8:00pm – Community Chat is a weekly discussion on topics, themes and trends that affect Australian educators. The conversation takes place in Scootle Community and live Monday 8PM AEST on twitter using the #Communitychat hashtag. During Connected Educator month, Community Chat will focus on one of #CE14’s themes each Monday evening.

This week we’ll focus on tailored teacher professional earning available via online networks, conversation resources and questions can be viewed here. Please join in the learning, sharing and great #edchat Monday 8PM AEST.

Oslo Innovation week (Norwegian Event)

Tuesday, October 14 – Riktig bruk av teknologi er med pÃ¥ Ã¥ gjøre læring mer motiverende og tilpasset hver enkelt elev. I Norge er det en rekke leverandører av slik teknologi som nettopp muliggjør læring pÃ¥ nye og bedre mÃ¥ter. Disse leverandørene kaller vi norsk edtech-næring og de leverer læringsløsninger for elever og teknologi som gir smartere organisering av skolehverdagen.

Questioning to Support Formative Assessment

Tuesday, October 14 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Formative assessment is a powerful tool for improving teaching and increasing student learning. Our four-part Formative Assessment Webinar Series will explore strategies for strengthening the role of formative assessment in mathematics instruction. In our second interactive session, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will focus on questioning techniques which support visible student thinking and provide quality information for teachers. Learn strategies for crafting important questions and incorporating them into your teaching. Join Sara on October 14 to learn questioning techniques which move student learning forward. Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/AkUlR

Workshop: Beginners Guide to Becoming a Connected Educator (New Zealand)

Tuesday, October 14 – This is an opportunity for educators to explore how to connect with other educators, resources and experts beyond their school. Tools to be explored: Google Apps, Skype, Twitter, Pond and the Virtual Learning Network. Participants will explore tools in a hands-on manner and this will give educators the opportunity to create profiles and make a start at setting up an online professional learning network. All types of laptops and mobile devices welcome, please bring your headphones.

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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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