The US Department of Education has declared October Connected Educator Month, aimed at broadening and deepening educator participation in online communities and networks while providing opportunities for education leaders to work together to move the field forward. CEM will be be celebrated with four-plus weeks of online events and activities, including forums, webinars, guided tours, open houses, contests, badges, and more--more than 60 major national education organizations, communities, and companies (including ours) have committed to participate.
State Online Communities Bloom with Robust Resources
October 7, 2013
NOTE: If you attended this webinar and would like to receive your CEM Digital Badge for participation, please email Lia Dossin, email@example.com.
State leadership can help provide robust resources for teaching and learning and unique professional learning opportunities for educators. Representatives from two states who have led the gathering and dissemination of these teaching materials, Texas and Oregon, will showcase their efforts and how they go to where they are. Karen Kahan, Director of Educational Technology at the Texas Education Agency will share highlights of the Texas Project Share program (http://www.projectsharetexas.org). Project Share, developed and hosted by the Texas Education Agency, is a collection of Web 2.0 tools and applications that provides high quality professional development in an interactive and engaging learning environment. Carla Wade, Digital Learning and STEM Education Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education will provide an overview of the Oregon EdTech Professional Development Cadre (http://teach.oetc.org/oregon). The OR Cadre is an online community where educators share lesson plans and professional development ideas and seek advice from their colleagues.
Ready for Online Assessments? Help is Here.
October 15, 2013
While more than two-thirds of states already conduct some kind of statewide online assessments, the new assessments of the Common Core State Standards from PARCC and Smarter Balanced are increasing both interest and anxiety in school districts. To help relieve the anxiety, SETDA has created a series of case studies Implementing Online Assessments: Pathways to Success (assessmentstudies.setda.org), with a narrative and resources. Each narrative provides an in-depth look at what it took a district to implement the assessments as well as key factors in each state’s approach to infrastructure and training and communication. There also are downloadable resources that range from training agendas to checklists for technology readiness to sample letters from the state to school districts. Mike Nelson, Director of Curriculum and assessment of Coeur d"Alene School District 271, ID, Patches Hill, Technology Systems Manager of Indian River School District, DE and Scott Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Mooresville Graded School District, NC will explain what they did to get ready for their online assessments and answer your questions.