Connected from the Start

Learn to teach digital citizenship, provide your students with an authentic audience and engage your learners and meet your curricular standards.

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Connected from the Start

Hi, I’m Kathy Cassidy. I’m a primary teacher, an author, and presenter.

I wrote the book Connected from the Start to help teachers who want to connect their classroom with classes and people beyond the four walls of their school.

I wrote it for teachers who want to use technology in meaningful ways and who want to help students to learn online safety and etiquette by doing and not just by listening. I’ve been so pleased with the feedback from teachers who have read the book and have started to link their classrooms to the world beyond.

Together, we’ve seen the powerful learning that can take place.

At the same time, I’ve also had comments from teachers who want to start that journey but feel like they need a bit more support as they make that jump to using tools like Skype, blogs and Twitter. I’m pleased to announce that Connected from the Start is now available as a self-paced online course. It’s available anytime, anywhere so you can make it work with your schedule. As part of the course, you’ll get a free copy of my eBook Connected from the Start.

The book contains all the info you need to make your classroom a connected one, including more than 100 links to blog posts, videos and other online artifacts that my students and I have created over the years. Everything you need to connect your classroom is here: videos made specifically for this course to accompany the book, links to new material not in the book that will give you the info you need to connect, challenges to get you started, and access to private chat group where you can share and learn along with me and others in the course.

This course is for those who want to learn more about the benefits of connecting their classroom, who want to start connecting their classroom in meaningful ways beyond their curriculum, and who want to start creating the responsible digital citizens of tomorrow.

If you want to connect your classroom, but aren’t sure where to start, this course is for you.

If you’re wondering how social media tools can help you teach curricular subjects, this course is for you.

If you’ve started a blog or Twitter account that never really went anywhere or did anything, this course is for you.

If you’ve already read the book but wish you had more support as you start to connect your students, this course is for you.

Specific topics to be covered in the weekly content include:

Welcome & Why

For this lesson, we’ll look at why you would want to have a connected classroom and start thinking about doing it safely.


How can you use Skype to create a global learning environment while you work on curricular outcomes?

Blogging & Blogs as Digital Portfolios

In this lesson, we’ll look at classroom blogs and at student blogs and the power and potential they have.


Twitter? In the classroom? Let’s look at why and how to make it an incredible learning tool.

Other Possibilities for Connecting

We’ll look at other tools that can make your classroom a globally connected one.

Getting Started Connecting

So many options. Where do I start? In this lesson we’ll look at some practical ways to begin.

Connected from the Start eBook

Bonus: Get a free copy of Connected from the Start, my digital book that has helped hundreds of teachers connect their classrooms beyond the four walls of their school.

Access to a Private Chat Group

Learn, chat, and share with me as well as other educators taking the course in a private chat group. Share resources, compare notes, collaborate on ideas, and more.

Turn your classroom into a global classroom.

Teach digital citizenship, provide your students with an authentic audience and engage your learners. 

Get expert guidance from primary grades educator and author Kathy Cassidy.

Get instant access for just $49

Need to pay with a purchase order? Or maybe you want to enroll more than one teacher, your staff, your whole school or district? Or maybe you want to create a custom course bundle? We can do that! Contact us and we’ll get you set up in a hurry.

About The Instructor

Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Course Instructor

Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. Kathy has won several awards, including the Canadian Innovative Teacher Award from Microsoft, the Canadian Regional Award for Reading and Technology from the ILA and the Kay L. Bitter Award from ISTE. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

I love helping teachers to connect their students and I cant wait to see you as part of this course, and see you and your students will get Connected from the Start.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the material presented?

This self-paced course is a mixture of videos, written content, worksheets, downloadable goodies, and more. You’ll also be part of a members-only Facebook group with the course instructor and other folks participating in the course.

Is this a “live” course? Can I take it whenever I like?

This course is an asynchronous, self-paced learning opportunity. You can review the content whenever you like. Each lesson has video instruction, resources, a practical example, and a “take action” at the end.

When will I have access to the course content?

You’ll get instant access right after we securely process your payment. You then have access to the course material forever.

How do you handle payments?

Payments are securely handled through Stripe. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. If you need to pay with a purchase order, enroll in bulk, or want us to create a custom bundle for you, contact us.

Can I register multiple people in this course like a school or district?

Absolutely. We give significant discounts for bulk registrations. Please contact us to make an arrangement for your staff, school, or district.

Money Back Guarantee

You might be concerned that these courses won’t work for you. We get that. We offer a no risk, 60-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like the courses, if you feel like you already know the material, or if you just change your mind, we will refund 100% of your money for the first 60 days upon completion of an exit interview so we can learn how to make it better next time around. Do you have questions about this offering? Please contact us! Money-Back Guarantee