Posted: Fri, 09/27/2013 - 4:45pm Updated: Tue, 06/20/2017 - 9:15am

The US Department of Education has declared October Connected Educator MonthIndiana Connected Educator Month 2013 Join dozens of major education organizations & communities in the celebration. There are plenty of opportunities to get connected on Indiana's calendar of events:

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator Challenge
What does a day in the life a Connected Educator look like? We invite you to show us!
Join Indiana educators in sharing a blog post, a graphic organizer, podcast or video.

Teach Like a PIRATE Book Club
Using Blogger as a model for how to conduct your own virtual book club, the Office of eLearning has just launched its fifth collective read. Throughout the month we are reading and discussing Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess at

Focused on the potential collaborative use of the social curation tool Pinterest, this blog will offer weekly posts on Connected Educator Month themes and highlight related boards that INeLearn is pinning to

eLearning Admin Academies
Critical learning opportunities are planned for Indiana Superintendents and Principals pertaining to the creation and implementation of digital curriculum. These eLearning Admin Academies are a series of professional development provided by the Office of eLearning’s strategic partner Five-Star Technology Solutions, Inc. The one day Digital Curriculum sessions are offered across the state beginning in October.

October 1
3:00 p.m. EST        Kick Off Panel: Connected Leadership
Assistant Director of eLearning, Candice Dodson, will participate in this national panel with Connected Leaders Chris Lehmann and Scott McLeod. Learn more about the focus of their discussion and how to join:

October 2
All day            Launch of the 2013 Speak Up Survey         
Strength in numbers. The Speak Up Survey opens for input today through December 20th. The free suite of surveys provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Last year, Indiana had 18 schools representing 7 districts in the Top 200 Schools participation nationwide. Overall Indiana had 173 school districts participate.

11:00 a.m. EST         ConnectED Educators: Kicking off Connected Educator Month
Assistant Director of eLearning, Candice Dodson, will participate in this national panel about online learning communities. For more details and to register for this free event go to:

October 3
4:00 p.m. EST     eDesk Webinar: Cool Tools to Curate Digital Content
Connected Educators tend to accumulate tons of resources! This free webinar offered by one of Indiana’s educational service centers and the Indiana Online Academy will introduce you to free tools that will help you curate, organize and share all the blogs, websites and articles you discover online. Details and registration.

8:00 p.m. EST        #INeLearn Chat-Demonstrating the Value of Being a Connected Educator
Topic: How do you know you’re a Connected Educator? More importantly, how do others know? To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit

October 10
7:00 p.m. EST        #INeLearn Tweet Up
This face-to-face social event will begin in the Marriott Indianapolis East lobby’s Skylight Cafe space (refreshments on your own) and at 7:30 we will join the ICE Conference Innovation Standup/Smackdown in the hotel's Veterans Hall for a fast-paced show-and-tell of tech tools led by audience members.

8:00 p.m. EST        #INeLearn Chat-Social Learning
Topic: What/where are the best opportunities for educators to work on their practice? What role do professional organizations have in this time of the Personal Learning Network?  To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit

October 16
4:00 p.m. EST        21st Century Learning Lab Webinar: Getting Connected with Google Apps
Learn the basics of some of the great products Google offers educators to deepen teaching and learning. The webinar will explore Google Apps for Education, Google Plus, Google Hangouts, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Chrome. This webinar will be led by Google Certified Teacher and Indiana educator, Chris Atkinson.

October 17
8:00 p.m. EST        #INeLearn Chat-Tweets that Move You to Take Action
Topic: Connected Educators generally rave about the Twitter Chats that change their professional development. Still, Twitter chats are not held in high regard by all. On the first anniversary of our #INeLearn chat, let’s tweet bluntly about the different aspects of Twitter Chats:  EchoChamber, WaterCooler, ThinkTank or TestKitchen.  To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit

October 21
4:00 p.m. EST        21st Century Learning Lab Webinar: Customized Learning
Representatives from three districts - Danville Community Schools, Plymouth Community Schools and Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools - will share their collaborative work on Customized Learning as part of Imagining and Creating Grant. This consortium is focused on developing a framework for instruction that is student-paced and focused on mastery of content and skill.

October 22      eDesk Webinar: Become a Connected Educator Using Twitter
This free webinar offered by one of Indiana’s educational service centers and the Indiana Online Academy will walk you through establishing a Twitter profile, selecting other Connected Educators to follow and using hashtags to make your own connections. Details and registration.

4:00 p.m. EST        21st Century Learning Lab Webinar: Teaching Like a PIRATE with Dave Burgess
Are you looking for ways to liven up your classroom and increase student engagement? Have you ever wondered how a PIRATE teaches? Join us for a conversation with Dave Burgess, author of our fall eLearning Book Club selection, Teach Like a PIRATE. If you'd like to join in the book club, please visit the eLearning Book Club Blog

October 24
8:00 p.m. EST        #INeLearn Chat-Blogging
Topic: What effects has blogging had on the transformation of instruction and learning? To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit

October 31
8:00 p.m. EST        #INeLearn Chat-Developing a Student Digital Leadership Team
Topic: What is the purpose of establishing a student tech team/digital leadership group? Join educator leaders and the students leading in digital shift in their schools as we explore the value and variation of student groups.  To learn more about #INeLearn Chat visit