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August Is the Month of the Connected Educator
This month, discover how online communities and learning networks are helping hundreds of thousands of educators learn, reducing isolation and providing "just in time" access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration. The following resources from NCTE provide additional ideas for being connected this month.

"Creating a Circle of Learning: Teachers Taking Ownership through Professional Communities" describes how teachers can reinvigorate their teaching careers through participation in professional learning communities (PLCs). PLCs continue to push members to grow as learners and educators, ultimately improving student learning, and provide a model for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

"Using Blogs to Promote Literary Response during Professional Development" describes a project that studied 15 preservice teachers who were using a Ning blog to respond to children's and young adult literature. Their perceptions and reactions provided insight into various practical aspects of using a social networking blog to facilitate literature response in a teacher education course.

A high school teacher and teacher educator facilitate student community by designing writing and response activities using social networking and webcams in "Cross-Level Collaboration: Students and Teachers Learning from Each Other."

"We're Smarter Together: Building Professional Social Networks in English Education" highlights a model for collaborations that affect communities, universities, and staff development opportunities.

Still not sure if you're ready to become a connected educator? Read about an educator's "Aha" moment in "Lessons from a Lurker."


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