August 2012 was the first instance of “Connected Educator Month.”
This formal designation (made by Arne Duncan at the 2012 ISTE Conference in San Diego), recognizes the emerging importance of learning networks in the education profession and in learning in general.
If you missed the first CEM, you can still access some wonderful resources on the ConnectedEducators.org website.
If you are looking to delve more deeply into connected learning (or know of a colleague or two who might be interested), consider the free 31-day CEM Starter Kit, which let’s you (and your colleagues) develop comfort in becoming “connected educators” at your own pace.
• CEM Starter Kit (PDF)
For use on a wider scale, the CEM District Toolkit, created by the Consortium for School Networking for CEM, has everything you need to integrate CEM into your back-to-school PD, promote the event to local educators, track CEM activities, and measure the impact of CEM on your district.
There are many other great resources and connections on the ConnectedEducators.org website to support you and your colleagues in your learning and in your work. Check it out!