ASCD’s annual conference (see #ASCD13 on Twitter) recently came to a close, and one of the main themes that kept surfacing was the need for more “connected educators.” At this conference, there were definitely some great “firsts.” The general session kicked off with a keynote from Freeman A. Hrabowski III, who tweeted his first tweet; an impromptu #edcampRogue sprouted up from in-attendance edcampers; and author and poet Maya Angelou was even tweeting at age 85!
We all know that education budgets are getting cut more and more, and that meaningful professional development opportunities have unfortunately become a bit of an oxymoron in education. Not only can being a “connected educator” help change that, but it can also provide you with ongoing inspiration and support. I’d even go as far to argue that being connected will be the most impactful thing you can do in your career.
So with all of that said, I’d like to provide you with these ten tips on how you can get connected — starting tomorrow.
- Embrace Making Mistakes
- There’s No Right Way — There’s Only Your Way
- Just Jump In!
- Be Open to Learning Unexpected Things
- Follow Like-Minded People in Education
- Join the Edcamp Movement
- Join a Live Virtual Event
- Block Out Time to Get Connected
- Be Yourself and Help Others
- Start Blogging
Read the entire article by Elena Leoni on Edutopia at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/10-tips-become-connected-educator-elana-leoni