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By Janet McQueen

Hi everyone

 The sun is shining and school is back!  I hope that the first day of term 4 was a successful one for you and your students.  Please don’t forget that this is Niuean Language Week.  

Connected Educator Month Opportunities

I am wondering if any of you have joined in with the many opportunities provide be Connected Educator month? I would love to hear your thoughts about what you have participated in.  I have explored number areas and listened to some interesting webinars.  Perhaps my favourite area is the starter ketewhere I can pick and choose which digital skills that I want to learn about. I just work through each section at my own pace.  

It is not too late to begin exploring as the event continues throughout October. You will find the NZ calendar of events at http://connectededucator.org.nz/events/2014-10/ . If you are looking at it make sure you click view all event s buttons or you will miss some great opportunities. For example, today there are 29 different opportunities that you can participate in, such as:

  • PODCAST: Raising Aotearoa – the emerging realities of multiple diversities (Part 1 & Part 2)
  • PODCAST: Putting the e in Pasifika (Part 1, 2, 3 & 4)
  • PODCAST: Cultural enrichment (Part 1, 2, 3 & 4)
  • PODCAST: Young gifted and brown (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7)
  • WEBINAR: Assessment with a Pasifika lens, October 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Or tomorrow you may be interested in one of the 32 events on offer e.g.

  • WEBINAR: Meeting the learning needs of your students with iUgo and Fyndit – your online planning solution, October 14 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • WEBINAR: Forget KFC it’s PFC, October 14 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • WEBINAR: The Art of Storytelling in the Digital World, October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

If you want to catch up on the New Zealand events that you have missed just go to the archives where most of the webinars have been recorded. If you are like me you can listen whilst multitasking. You can also read related blogposts.

And that is just the New Zealand calendar then there is the global calendar. Connected Educator Month started in America two years ago and this year New Zealand, Australia and Norway have joined forces with them.

You can also read an article about CEM and the ULEARN conference in Education Week at http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/10/live_from_nz_connected_educato.html

I joined in a global event from America, which was a webinar with Dr. Joyce Epstein on Partnerships, Then and Now.  It was an excellent webinar and a great chance to hear the latest thinking on Home-School Partnerships from a well-known expert in her field. She was focusing on how to organise and sustain high quality and effective programmes of family and community involvement particularly leadership for partnership at district and school level. I hope to share a little more about this with you soon.

New gems from around the world

Here I am sharing a few of the many recent blogs, websites, readings and research that I have discovered. Just pick and choose what interests you to open; I don’t expect you to read the lot!

I look forward to your feedback and questions and I hope to hear about what you have been participating in as part of Connected Educator Month.


Kind regards