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Educator friends... As of today, what do you think is the most compelling argument for why educators must embrace connected learning?

I'm not looking for one single right answer... much more interested in a range of responses... just brainstorming :-)
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many minds sharing through connected networks (like this one) is a lot more better than one alone. Now that I am connected, I can chose what I learn, when I need it, and when I want. That is pretty cool if you ask me!
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Here is a virtual tour of A+UP -- the middle school in the Houston Museum District that I helped design.
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Nice. Thank you +Stephanie Sandifer for responding. 
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Educator friends... As of today, what do you think is the most compelling argument for why educators must embrace connected learning?

I'm not looking for one single right answer... much more interested in a range of responses... just brainstorming :-)
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Being connected allows you to learn from others (their knowledge as well as their mistakes) and provides a broader perspective than just focusing on your classroom or school.
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I was listening to a fascinating show by Pat Flynn, blogger and podcaster who was interviewing Bryan Kelly from What The Speak on the neuroscience behind great presentations. As I thought about the...
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"If edtech companies are not engaging in conversations with teachers and students, they’re doing it wrong." -- Rafranz Davis

That is precisely why I joined the team at June Labs -- we are building a platform and community of educators & ed tech companies who will "be the change" within the ed tech ecosystem.

I, and the rest of the team at June Labs believe in two fundamental ideas:
1) Educators want and need to be more involved in the development of educational technology in order to create better tools for today’s classrooms.
2) Educational technology companies want and need the involvement of educators to develop valuable, viable, and impactful products.

We connect educators with ed tech companies and vice versa, so they can work together to build valuable products that improve education. We are creating an ed tech ecosystem that will result in better outcomes for learners while also creating a win-win for educators and education companies. 

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As an instructional technology specialist with nine years of teaching math behind her, Rafranz Davis has experience with how technology can help in the classroom. She’s got valuable advice for educators and entrepreneurs, so when EdSurge got a chance to ask her a few questions about her experiences
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Educator, Author, Edublogger, Technology & Arts Advocate
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  • June Labs, Inc
    Community Guru Lead, 2014 - present
    • Building strategic connections to grow the June Labs stakeholder community of educators, edtech startups, education nonprofits, and education specialists. • Designing and delivering web-based product training for teachers and cohort members, as needed, via Google Hangout and other online collaboration tools.
  • SXSWedu
    Advisory Board Member, 2013 - present
  • EdCamp Houston
    Co-Organizer, 2012 - present
    Collaborating with other co-organizers to plan and operate the annual EdCamp Houston unconference.
  • A+UP
    Advisory Board Member, 2013 - present
    Consulting, guidance, and feedback on the implementation of blended, mobile, and connected learning and the use of technology in the A+UP school. Served as a member of the design team (from March 2012 - May 2013) for the A+ Unlimited Potential (A+UP) school that launches in August 2013 as an innovative school located within the Houston Museum District. The school will serve students in the middle grade levels and will provide a highly personalized, connected, and mobile learning experience situated among world-class museums where students will have daily access to an artifact-rich and technology-rich learning experience.
  • Lagniappe Learning
    Owner, Educator, Learning Designer, Author, Edublogger, Ed Tech Consultant, 2006 - present
    Online educator (college level, adjunct), author of Wikis for School Leaders, and independent learning designer, and education consultant.
  • Houston A+ Challenge
    Technology Coach, 2011 - 2013
    Change Agent focused on coaching and modeling the use of a variety of technology, media, and methods of “connected learning” in the classroom and within all aspects of professional collaboration and professional learning throughout the entire Challenge Network. Served as a member of the design team for the A+ Unlimited Potential (A+UP) school that launches in August 2013 as an innovative school located with the Houston Museum District. The school will serve students in the middle grade levels and will provide a highly personalized, connected, and mobile learning experience situated among world-class museums where students will have daily access to an artifact-rich and technology-rich learning experience.
  • Houston Independent School District
    Educator, 2000 - 2010
    Teacher, Literacy Coach, School Improvement Facilitator, Dean of Instruction, Curriculum Specialist
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Educator, Author, Edublogger, Google Glass Explorer
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Author of Wikis for School Leaders: Using Technology Improve Communication and Collaboration (available at Amazon.com and Eye On Education)
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