What Connected Educators Do Differently Todd Whitaker, Jimmy Casas, Jeffrey Zoul

The book encourages educators to adopt social media and addresses educators at various stages of the process. A large portion of the book focuses on Twitter as a tool for collaborating with other educationAL professionals around the world.
The main emphasis is the value of investing in a personal learning group (PLN) via Twitter to avoid isolationism in our profession. Effective educators recognize the value of taking time to connect with others.
A 2005 study (Graziano) lists the following dire statistic: At least 22,000 (out of 200,000 hires) new teachers quit by the end of the first year. Out of those, 45% quit by the end of their 5th year in the classroom.

The authors believe the high rate of attrition in our profession can be at least be partially blamed on isolationism. Teachers spend 90% of their day deprived of significant adult interaction. Educators, like all professionals, need peer-to-peer interactions to grow and develop.

We all know that students who do not feel connected to their learning environment are less likely to succeed. We need to realize the same holds true for us as professionals.

Educator + Isolation = BURNOUT

We can now connect with others around the globe quickly and easily. The time has come for all educators to fully embrace the opportunities the Internet and social media offer us. We should be using this amazing resource to share our thoughts and ideas with others who can actually relate to our crazy world--b/c no one but a teacher can understand the real life of a teacher!

Sometimes connecting may not even be sharing great ideas...it's just the realization that you're really not alone.

Beyond explaining the importance of staying connected with other educators, the authors move on to convincing the readers that outside and inside the classroom, we must stop pretending it is a notebook paper and 3-ring binder world out there.

Do we truly "get it" ? Schools typically move at incremental, linear rates of change, but everything around us is moving at an exponential revolutionary rate of change.

Do we really understand what our kids are doing with social media, or is what we know primarily from the news media? Are we intentionally and purposefully modeling these new technology literacies? In our efforts to teach students safe technology use, are we teaching them empowered use?

By customizing your professional development--creating a professional learning network via social media--you will be able to learn what you want, how you want, and when you want. You will gain support from other educators and make an impact on others. You may find yourself energized and inspired by the great ideas out there and how you can contribute (benefitting both you and your students).

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