Connected Educator Month ends, Digital Citizenship begins

It’s October 31. Halloween. Samhain. The airing of the 3Ts DS106 Radio Halloween Special (3 and 8pm PST.) And it’s the last day of Connected Educator month.

Even though the month-long celebration of learning and sharing is drawing to an end, the opportunities to learn, share, teach, play, experiment, and collaborate will continue for me. It’s a great time to be an educator, there are so many opportunities.

I am lucky to be an educator right now because there are so many opportunities
– to connect and stay connected
– for self directed professional development, much of it free
– to rethink old educational paradigms, especially in Alberta, with Curriculum Redesign underway
– to produce as well as consume in the rapidly expanding and constantly shifting digital landscape
– for my students

So many opportunities for my students to connect
– to an authentic audience
– to their community
– to experts
– to information
– to other students

However connecting comes with responsibilities. The rapidly expanding and constantly shifting digital landscape requires new skills, understandings, definitions, competencies. Next month is Digital Citizenship month in the Open Online Experience and the Post Etmooc Blog Reading Group. The learning will continue as we define, discuss and reflect on digital citizenship and all that comes with it.

On November 17th Kathy Cassidy will share her wisdom about positive digital footprint and ePortfolios in primary grades. On November 23 I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat about Digital Leadership with students and teachers. On November 25 Doug Belshaw joins us to discuss digital identity.

Next week I’ll be teaching a Lunch N Learn about Twitter for the Centre for Global Education. I haven’t been very active for the past few weeks in my two MOOCs, but I have been thinking of them, and contributing to the Twitter feed, and living the life even if I haven’t been doing the suggested assignments or activities. Next month I should be able to devote more attention to DS106 and Exploring PLNS.

It’s going to be a great month.

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