The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org, the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:
As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a "Connected Educator" is awesome!
Today's Connected Educator Profile
Kimberly Payton, Louisburg, Kansas
High School English Teacher
Why do you choose to be a connected educator?
I am connected primarily for the best PLN - I've connected with other educators, increased my understanding and practice in areas (e.g., standards based grading)
Where can other educators connect with you online?
Twitter - @PaytonLHS
Kimberly's Google Site
cross-posted at www.patrickmlarkin.com
Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning of Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA and the former principal of Burlington High. He blogs about education at www.patrickmlarkin.com.