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Designing Engaging Presentations based on Gagne's 9 Events of Instruction... http://www.slideshare.net/zaid/designing-engaging-presentations 
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Happy Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful day!  
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Lucy Gray

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Here is the schedule for the third day of +The Global Education Conference Network conference! Hope you'll find time today to drop into a session.

Keynotes today include Jaime Casap of Google, Karen Blumberg and Rekha Puri of the School at Columbia, iEARN Board Member Margaret Riel, and global educator Anne Mirtschin! #globaled13

http://www.stevehargadon.com/2013/11/globaledcon-2013-day-three-schedule.html
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John Graves

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Using Google Apps as a Free Learning Management System started in February 2013 and grows daily. Now at 1,573 members, we get excited about GAFE summits[1], the merger of CourseBuilder with edX[2] and the prospect of building open online learning systems which extend beyond traditional educational settings.

[1] http://gafesummit.com
[2] https://code.google.com/p/course-builder/
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We at Friends of the African Union look forward to those able to make the call tomorrow [6PM EST 213.493.0700 pin 106132#]  to Erase the Digital Divide throughout the African Union using my patent USPTO 5,577,042 in a public STEM program in Cincinnati.
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Jennifer Magiera
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CEM: What We've Learned (CEM Staff, Theme Curators, And You)
5-6:30 PM ET What We've Learned (Personalized Learning, Innovating STEM and Literacy, 21st Century Classroom Management).  In the the first of two centrally-programmed CEM sessions, with the help of special guests, we will reflect together on the expanse of activities and learning of the month, and work with you to generate a handful of top takeaways from our month of learning (focused, in this session, on the themes of personalized Learning, innovating STEM and literacy and 21st century classroom management). We’ll also take a look at Connected Educator Month by the numbers, celebrate some 'best of show' moments, and talk about how we continue to keep the momentum going as we head into November and beyond.
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Jennifer Magiera
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The NSTA Learning Center--With Special Benefits For Attendance
6:30-8 PM The NSTA Learning Center: An Online Portal for Teacher Professional Learning.  A great opportunity to learn about and explore this rich resource from NSTA (more than 3,700 free resources, including interactive content modules) for science educators at all levels.   All participants will receive one free SciPack, (an online, interactive learning module valued at $40), a certificate of participation, and 100 Learning Center activity points for attending and completing the post-program evaluation
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Jennifer Magiera
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Roundtable: Has Online PD Changed Your Teaching? (Education Week)
We're thrilled to be able to support that bellwether education publication Education Week is in the house, with a stimulating blog-based Teaching Ahead roundtable discussing a question at the heart of this year's event: Has online PD changed your teaching?  Five Education Week regular contributors answer the question in detail, mainly with a collective resounding yes...
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Jennifer Magiera
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EdCamp Online (Edcamp Foundation, MIT Media Lab, MacArthur/Educator Innovator, National Writing Project)
12:30-2:30 PM ET Educator Innovator: Edcamp Online  Edcamp Online is a collaboration between the Edcamp Foundation, MIT Media Lab, and the National Wrtiting Project to help educators debrief and reflect on their learning this month by offering a virtual Edcamp experience via an "unhangouts" platform.  "Unhangouts" leverage Google Hangouts but add special functionality to truly simulate the Edcamp experience in an online space for the first time.  

If you've never gone to an edcamp before, this is a great way to start.  For all of us, it's going to be a truly unique event and we hope everyone will tweet this one up, come out and show edcamp some love for everything they've done this month (they've been getting hundreds, if not thousands of educators more connected through local edcamps--in fact, they'll be doing it again tomorrow in San Francisco). 
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About this community

Helping educators thrive in a connected world. Building on the success of CEM 2012, US Department of Education will be supporting another Connected Educator Month in October. This community is meant for organizations, schools, and districts to connect around how they will engage in this month-long event. Share ideas, resources, events. Ask questions, get support. Connect!
 
As far as today’s scenario is concerned, STEM needs to play a strong role that would not only keep it exposed to women but also to students and minorities from economically weaker communities who have always been underrepresented while making way to #STEM_industries  
If experts are under the impression that men outscore women in terms of earnings, they might be taken aback on knowing that the number of women earning college degrees and higher credentials is act...
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Jennifer Magiera
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Connected Educator Month officially ended late on October 31 with a rollicking, highly interactive afterparty that was a great mix of substance and fun.  We were graced to have ISTE CEO Brian Lewis as our co-host (in costume!), and were surprised and very grateful when the US Department of Education's head of the Office of Educational Technology, Richard Culatta, who made this entire event possible, was able to dial in from the BETT conference in Brazil (tough connectivity!) and was with us for the entire party, even though it ended at 1 AM local time for him.  Among many other things Richard shared with us is that what we're doing collectively to support connected education is something he's consistently been able to showcase as a model for other nations at top international conferences (like BETT).  And that Secretary Duncan is already taking action on a number of things he heard in this past week's Twitter chat, setting the ultimate example of connected leadership (at the highest levels) as far as we're concerned.  

Originally we were going to include all of the above and more in a newsletter to you on Friday, including numbers, archives and next steps, plus more connected educator profiles and other content, too. But after the huge month we all had, we decided everyone, including us, needed a real day of rest.  And we still think it's time for rest today.  But it's also time for some appreciations that we expressed during our closing sessions to be expressed more widely (a little past time, actually). So without further ado, we want to say thanks, from the baseline of our real and virtual hearts, to:
The Department of Education who provided the resources and leadership that made CEM as you saw it possible
All the organizations and individuals who helped with the planning of this year's event (we hope you were pleased by how much of what you suggested we did, and know that we're still in the process of implementing more)
All the participating organizations whose events and activities made the month unforgettable and whose efforts to spread the word allowed record numbers of educators to experience it
All the thought leaders who participated in the opening sessions, in the Connected/CEM Cafe, as theme curators, in the Pinterest team, and in many other events besides, who gave us inspiration and ideas that will last for years to come
All the organizations who showed support for connected education above and beyond the call by sponsoring the many contests and challenges that were run (some still running!), and 
Above all you, the educators at all levels who participated in and partook of CEM, and did everything we all did and more.
Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.
 
The CEM Team

PS We'll be back early next week with some final numbers for the month, a few updates, and what's next for CEM.  We hope everyone has a peaceful and restful weekend.
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Jennifer Magiera
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Happening now! 
Halloween Howl CEM After Party (Co-Hosted With ISTE), October 31, 9:00pm – 11:00pm EST
ISTE logoBats, cats, monsters, and moonlight! Halloween is upon us and along with this holiday comes a delightful and dreadful event – the end of Connected Educator Month! In celebration, our closing ceremony will be a wondrous mix of chilling costumes, enchanting entertainment, great prizes, and devilish discussions. Whether you drop in for a hair-raising hello or join us for the entire 2-hour party, we hope to see YOU on Halloween! Here’s what’s in store for this petrifying party: 

9:00 – A Wicked Welcome – Meet the other ghouls and goblins who came out for this epic event, and learn what’s planned for the night ahead.

9:15 – Beastly Badge Bonanza – Go wild and release your inner badge beast! Get out your claws and make a grab for it as you collect badges that eluded you during Connected Educator Month. Make a suggestion for badge for #ce14 and earn a Badge Creator badge.

9:25 – The Scariest Thing - Hear and tell terrifying stories about the barriers that prevent connected learning. Listen to the toe-curling tales and share about your own harrowing brushes with barriers, budgets, push-back, and more. Together, let’s also talk about how to smash these beastly barriers with some proactive solutions.

9:50 – Eerie EduSlam - Keep your ears and eyes open as five of our selected educators give 3-minute talks about tools or PD ideas related to connected learning. You’re sure to be ensnared by their illuminating ideas.

10:05 – Enchanting Entertainment (by YOU!) – Fall under a spell as connected educators from all over the globe showcase their terrific, thrilling, and terrible talents. Do you sing, dance, or perform all sorts of “magic”? We need you to show us! What will be revealed in this session is not for the faint of heart. Don’t miss it! 

10:20 – Chilling, Creepy, and Cute: The Costume Contest - You wouldn’t dare come to a party on Halloween without a costume, would you? Open your eyes and ears, and revel in the spine-chilling, spirited, scary, shocking, and sweet costumes of the other party-goers. Make sure your webcam and microphone are connected so you can frighten or charm us with your unique getup for the evening.

10:45 – Weird Wondering Wizardry - Let’s collectively cackle and carve out questions about what we wonder as we wrap up Connected Educator Month. Bring your most pointy (or is that pointed?) questions and contribute to this creatively creepy discussion of wondering wizardry.

11:00 – Trick or Tweet - As we say goodnight and wander off into the mist, we’ll post our final thoughts, farewells, reflections, and favorite moments from the evening. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ce13 in your terrible, terrifying, or touching tweets.

To attend the party, log into Blackboard Collaborate here at 9pm (or later) on October 31. See you there!
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Even though it's the last day of CEM, the edConnectr community will be up all year long. If you have not joined, please go to http://edConnectr.connectededucators.org - it takes 5-7 minutes to complete your profile.
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Jennifer Magiera
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Day 30 is upon us and the hits keep coming...we hope that everyone will get a chance to reflect on this year's CEM today and tomorrow (we've got great prizes to give away as small tokens of our gratitude for all you've done this month), participate in the edConnectr Challenge (where you can win all four CEM book club books), and/or join us for the first of our two "what we've learned" sessions at 5 PM ET...
http://edcocp.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d45b3eb6e1f59fc420d78ef88&id=cb7c37cc92&e=37718f3074
http://edcocp.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d45b3eb6e1f59fc420d78ef88&id=76265f55c4&e=37718f3074
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"Few among us would condone a lackadaisical attitude toward research-based efforts to improve medical education. And why would we see preparation for the teaching profession—the profession that makes all others possible— as any less vital an undertaking?" ~ CTQ's president and CEO Dr. Barnett Berry, in latest blog post.
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Jennifer Magiera
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Being A Connected Educator (Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, #edtechchat)
8 PM ET, Oct 28.  #edtechchat: Sec Duncan -- Being A Connected Educator Tomorrow night, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be guest moderating the weekly Twitter chat #edtechchat for a discussion about being a connected educator.  We hope everyone will come out and let Secretary Duncan know how you feel about his support for connected education (it's Twitter, so you can always multi-task)!  A great opportunity to be heard at the highest levels as well...
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edConnectr Challenge, Contest
As many of you know, we're headed towards the official close of CEM (though many activities will continue or be added--CEM is a beginning, a kickoff, not an end in itself).  Here's a link to all the closing activities (which we're still adding to).
http://connectededucators.org/cem-2013-wrap-up-events-activities/

One closing activity is the edConnectr Challenge (you'll need to be a member of edConnectr to see it and participate). edConnectr is a free new service we introduced for CEM to help you make connections, and we want to finish connection-making for the month with a flourish, like the pin exchange at the end of an Olympics (you're all marathon runners now, if nothing else).  

Full details of the challenge are here (you can also get a detailed challenge description from the CEM Wrap-Up page)--participating organizations will be holding at least two prize basket drawings/day on the 30th and the 31st that anyone who completes it will be eligible for.

http://edconnectr.connectededucators.org/#Forum/forum/0/0/27/86
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Jennifer Magiera
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Minecraft Open House (ISTE, Games MOOC, rgMOOC, Inevitable Instructors)
1 PM - 3 PM ET.  Minecraft Open House.  Minecraft is a simple, easy to use virtual world that has been unlocking higher order learning skills in kids (especially creative skills) at an ever-accelerating rate, providing outlets for students who were falling by the wayside, and was one of the most popular applications at the most recent ISTE conference.  We're honored to have ISTE's virtual worlds group, as well as several other games in education movement leaders, join us today for an open house where you'll get a chance to explore the environment, ask questions, and discuss it with experts in the field.
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