Connected Taupo

“Being a Connected Educator is about being an Active Learner as opposed to a Passive Learner”

Can you be a connected if you don’t find the courage to share as well as have the dignity to listen?

Is being connected necessary?

I was left with these ponderings soon after our 4th Taupo Connected Teachers Meetup.

What an excellent afternoon I had joining Taupo Connected Teachers via Skype. Due to an unexpected infection, after much needed surgery to my poor old knees, I was unable to attend in person. In attendance was some regular faces and some new faces. Already we are showing growth.

The title of our workshop was ’21st Century Connected Teacher Tools’. We had 5 tools we wanted to help TCT with 1. Twitter 2. Feedly 3. Blogging 4. Diigo 5. The VLN

Technically we could add number 6. Skype

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The Key messages I thought I would like teachers to leave with:

1. Manage the purpose of your connections.

2. Growing a network increases your professional support beyond what your school can offer you.

3. Develop your Professional Inquiry through your connections and share it with others.

4. Develop Digital Citizenship Skills as you become more and more connected.

5. Being connected is a two way street; to get the best from your connections start sharing.

I would like to acknowledge @virtualkaren and her blog post 7 characteristics of a true connected educator which inspired the key messages. @leighhynes also needs a mention because she is my rock in moving forward with our purpose and vision for growing a Taupo Connected Teachers group. Thanks Leigh!

 

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