What's most important when it comes to learning?
A good teacher?
A motivated student?
Of course each of those are important factors, but today there is something equally, if not more important. If teachers don't get on board, they will cease to be relevant. The most important factor for lifelong learning today is this:
Gone are the days where students entered the building, disconnect, and power down. Today's teachers must know how to empower themselves and their students to make the important connections they'll need for success both inside and outside of school. This means teachers understanding how to build global learning networks for themselves and supporting their students in doing the same.
No idea how to get started? No worries. Today marks the release of "The Educator's Guide to Creating Connections." It is a must-read guide for educators who understand the importance of becoming connected through social media, blogging, personal learning networks, and even new policy. Unlike books from the 20th century where authors were mysterious beings writing from Ivory Towers, with this book you're connected to the authors. Have a question about something you've read? Want to discuss it with their author? Just Tweet em and they'll be happy to respond.
Each chapter is written by a education expert with real school experience and their Twitter handle is right there in the book. This is all a part of what it means connected and when you finish reading this book, you will be too.
In the book I share how you can do more than ensure a low teacher to student ratio. I show you how you can support your students in safely developing an entire network of teachers, mentors, and guides that can support them anytime / anywhere when they are empowered to use technology.
Here are a few of the other topics and authors you'll hear from in the book:
- PERSONALIZED LEARNING - Tom Whitby @tomwhitby
- DIGITALLY ENHANCED LEADERSHIP - Kyle Pace @kylepace
- GIVING OUR STUDENTS A VOICE THROUGH GLOBAL CONNECTIONS - Shannon Miller @shannonmmiller
For more information visit http://www.corwin.com/books/Book245568.
Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.
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