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Monday, December 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Becoming a Connected Educator Made Easy

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In this globally connected world, being a connected educator is paramount. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Voxer, Snapchat, Periscope, Flipgrid, and many more platforms are emerging and evolving every day. Is it just enough to collaborate with our grade level, department, building, or district? There is a wealth of knowledge, expertise and inspiration at our fingertips if we only know where to look for it. Grab your virtual surf boards and ride the digital wave into global collaboration!
Becoming connected enables educators to reach outside the four walls of a building, beyond the professional development offered within each district, and into the globally connected world. Once connected, educators will find that there are so many more people just as passionate about all educational topics and ready to share their knowledge.
In this course, participants will learn how to choose a platform that fits their needs as an educator. Participants will learn the basics of a variety of platforms in order to tap into this wealth at their desired pace. The type of platform one chooses is personal. Participants will be able to assess the return on time invested, the easy of accessibility, and the preferred format (video, text, audio, or combination). Educators will hear the pros and cons of different platforms and learn how to optimize each. They will be able to use this information to choose a platform for their students to use as well.
We will look specifically at Voxer, Twitter, Facebook, Flipgrid, and Instagram. Participants will learn how each platform works and how to apply it for their collaboration needs for developing professional learning networks. In addition, tips will be provided on how to incorporate these same platforms with students K-12 in the classroom for communication and collaboration.
TSIP Standards addressed:
Lifelong Learner: Teachers engage in ongoing professional learning related to content, pedagogy, technology and leadership.
• Use technology to obtain feedback that allows for reflection and improvement in the learning process
• Use local and global professional learning networks to collaborate and learn in both physical and digital environments
Digital Leadership: Teachers positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.
• Cultivate and manage their digital identities and reputations and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
Learning Facilitator: Teachers facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement.
• Assist students in selecting and using appropriate and available digital tools to communicate, create, collaborate and solve problems

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Elizabeth Merce

Teacher, Glenwood Elementary
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Amanda Tatum

Teacher, VBCPS
I have been a kindergarten teacher for 22 years. I am interested in the social emotional learning of students. I want to learn more about how to improve a school's culture in order to support our students' SEL growth.

Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST