Lots of activities are planned for the month of August, including:
A three day online kickoff event (Aug. 1-3) about connected education in the context of the larger education landscape, featuring keynote addresses by Deborah Meier, Chris Lehmann, Douglas Rushkoff, Larry Johnson, and Connie Yowell, a panel with the directors of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology, and more.
Six month-long discussion forums on key educational issues, selected by the participating organizations, and explored in an online community context.
A variety of resources designed to help educators who are not yet engaged in online communities or networks get connected.
A culminating two-day event designed to synthesize and distill learnings from the month, and generate takeaways and next steps for the field.
What is Connected Educator Month? This from the official Connected Educator Month blog:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared August, 2012 Connected Educator Month a month-long exploration and celebration of online communities and networks dedicated to broadening and deepening educator participation in learning and sharing, and bringing online community and education leaders together to move towards a more fully connected and collaborative profession.
Visit the site here to learn more: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/08/connected-educator-month-kicks-off/