I am, once again, amazed by the impact of being a connected educator!
Being connected provides many opportunities one would not think possible.
Being connected allows you to form meaningful relationships with others in a way that others might find difficult to understand.
Being connected levels the playing field – there is not a great hierarchy on Twitter. Anyone can talk to anyone. And they do.
Take last summer, for instance. While reading the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek, a group of educators decided to do a Book Chat on Twitter about the book. We picked a date and time and tweeted out for everyone. One of us added Simon Sinek’s Twitter name to the list. The night of the chat came along (9pm PST) and what do you know, we get a tweet from Simon Sinek himself (keep in mind that it was 12am Simon’s time):
Now, we did not act right away on his message. I think we were all just stunned that he was offering to chat with us. Simon sent a couple other messages with a phone number that we could all call that would connect us to a conference call. We did and it was great! We chatted with him for about 30 minutes. What a pleasure. What an honour! What an opportunity!
If you haven’t watched Simon’s TED Talk about How Great Leaders Inspire Action, you really should (he also has many other great talks as well):
Fast Forward to this week.
This morning I got up and when I opened my email I was surprised by a message from Dylan Wiliam himself. Wow! Here’s what he wrote:
To say I was surprised and honoured does not quite summarize how I felt. If you would like to read this addendum to Wiliam’s Embedded Formative Assessment, Sustaining Formative Assessment With Teacher Learning Communities, you can purchase it online here for .99.
These are just a couple of examples of how being a connected educator can truly make a difference in your work and in your life. There are countless other examples, even more thrilling than these two examples (if you can imagine).
Here’s a brief video by Dylan Wiliam about his book, Embedded Formative Assessment:
The point to this post was not to drop names, but to demonstrate a small part of the impact of being a Connected Educator.
“Chance favours the connected mind.”
His TED Talk entitled Where Do Good Ideas Come From, is powerful and reminds how important being connected really is to our work and our lives.
The following RSA Animate is also a good video to watch and share about Where Good Ideas Come From:
I do believe strongly in his quote, “Chance Favors the Connected Mind” because without being connected, so many opportunities would not have been possible for so many connected educators.
Not only that, but the connected relationships are powerful and can positively impact the way you do your work on a daily basis.
There is power in Social Media.
So, get connected, People!
If you are not yet a Connected Educator, but would like to become one, here are some resources for you:
Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in the Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Why be a Connected Educator Video by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach:
Being a Connected Educator Prezi by Robin McLean
Also, if you have not done so, please take a look at Twitter. Twitter has provided many educators with invaluable 24-7 professional development and has provided many opportunities to connect with amazing and inspiring educators around the world.