By Jueseppi B.
The Connected Educators project is designed to help educators leverage online communities of practice to connect around improving teacher and leader effectiveness and enhancing student learning. Through more efficient and coordinated online participation, educators will be better able to share practices, access experts, and solve problems that require systemic solutions in order to improve the opportunity to learn.
Connected Educators Month
October 2013 is Connected Educators Month, a celebration of online communities of practice and networks in education. The Department of Education invites all states, districts, and educational organizations to participate in Connected Educators Month. For information about how to get started visit www.ConnectedEducators.org.
CEM 2013: October
September 09, 2013
10:00 AM EDT
In honor of Connected Educator Month this October, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate local leaders in education, whose creative approaches in using technology to enhance learning serve as examples of what we should strive for in every classroom, for every child. These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to support more connected schools and students.
This past June, President Obama launched the ConnectED Initiative, a bold effort to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed wireless internet in five years, calling on the FCC to modernize its existing E-Rate program to meet this goal. As part of the initiative, the President challenged the federal government as well as states, districts, schools and communities to help prepare all teachers to thrive in a connected classroom and leverage technology to re-imagine learning.
Today, the average American school has less bandwidth than the average American home, even though it serves more than 200 times more people. Only around 20% of our students have access to true high-speed internet in their classroom. As President Obama asked at Mooresville Middle School at the launch of this important initiative: “In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, shouldn’t we demand it in our schools? Shouldn’t we want that for our children’s education? “
Although the ConnectED initiative was recently launched, the creative efforts of educators and school leaders in using technology to support learning and improve student achievement has been taking place for years. Innovative education leaders are using technology to increase engagement, boost achievement, and spur creativity in unprecedented ways. Teachers, school leaders, and support staff across the country are working tirelessly on these efforts in their community.
Today, we’re asking you to help us identify these standout local education leaders by nominating a ConnectED Champion of Change by midnight on Friday, September 20th. Click on the link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose ConnectED in the “Theme of Service” field of the nomination form).
White House Tweets – September 9, 2013
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