Across Ontario the connected educator movement is gaining momentum. More and more teachers, parents and school leaders are recognizing that the world is changing at an incredible pace. In order to keep up and ensure that our students learn in ways that foster the skills and attitudes they need to contribute and participate in a world where digital technology and connectivity has changed the way we interact, we need to explore the opportunities afforded by being a connected learner. The internet allows us to connect with a global network of experts and co-learners.
We no longer need to be satisfied with the answers provided by a google search, let alone a textbook. We can now find and connect with individuals whose background and experiences can provide rich, deeply personalized learning for ourselves and our students. Imagine the possibilities when students can pose questions to astronauts, writers, scientists, musicians, and an endless list of other experts. These connections are made possible through the use of social media and other online tools, such as twitter, skype, facebook, and a host of google applications.
Join the Conversation!
This Wednesday – November 16th – from 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST, join other educators, school leaders and parents from across Ontario and beyond for our inaugural #OntCL (Ontario ConnectEd Leaders) chat on twitter. Use the hashtag #OntCL to join the conversation exploring this week’s topic – “Why I connect to lead and learn in the digital age”.
If you are fairly new to twitter, consider setting up a twitter client such as Tweetdeck so that you can devote a column to the chat. Below is a short video on how to install Tweetdeck. Thanks to @davidwees for the video:
Next you will want to set up a column using the search term “#OntCL”. Below is a very short video on how to do just that:
We hope that you will join us as we connect across Ontario (and beyond!) on Wednesdays from 8 – 9pm EST using the hashtag #OntCL on twitter.