Connect with Educator Innovators All Year Long

Whether your interests are in DIY or STEM, digital media and arts, or youth civic engagement, you've benefitted all summer from great colleagues. So why not maintain those connections into the school year? Educator Innovators are committed to creative and connected learning for all. Educator Innovator is a network of networks, and together the partners in Educator Innovator invite you to join the movement to re-imagine learning for the 21st century— and to have some fun in the process. Learn more about Educator Innovator.

Indulge your inner novelist at Camp NaNoWriMo

Based on November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Camp NaNoWriMo provides online support, tracking tools, and hard deadlines— all with the goal of helping participants draft of a novel in a month… specifically, the month of July. If you sign on, you will join 20,000 other novelists around the world as we  write some perhaps-awful, but definitely lengthy, prose together. Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. Why be part of Educator Innovator?: Those reasons are endless too. Many educators in schools and out support their youth in NaNoWriMo during the school year when the traditional NaNoWriMo kicks up in November. Other educators are eager to experience what it would be like to write online with the support and feedback of other writers online. The experience might help frame ideas about how to use online spaces for writing with youth. Others might want to indulge the inner YA novelist. When do I join?: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster. Writing begins at 12:00 AM on July 1. To...
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Find local colleagues at an Edcamp

Why not attend or host an Edcamp to network with colleagues locally who share your interest in teacher-driven and participatory professional development? You can find links to many Edcamps happening across the country in the Calendar section of Educator Innovator. You can also learn more about the Edcamp movement and upcoming Edcamps by visiting the Edcamp Wiki at http://edcamp.wikispaces.com. Edcamps are unconferences for educators where learners share their experiences and their professional expertise in a collaborative, interactive learning environment. Edcamps are based on Open Space Technology (OST) which Michelle Boule describes as learning where “whoever comes are the right people and whatever happens are the only things that could have.” An authentic Edcamp has the following features: free: Edcamps should be free to all attendees. This helps ensure that all different types of teachers and educational stakeholders can attend. non-commercial and with a vendor free presence: Edcamps should be about learning, not selling. Educators should feel free to express their ideas without being swayed or influenced by sales pitches for educational books or technology. hosted by any organization or anyone: Anyone can host an Edcamp. School districts, educational stakeholders, and teams of teachers have hosted Edcamps. YOU could be the next Edcamp organizer!...
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Make your mark on Dot Day

What is International Dot Day? Every day is a good day to celebrate creativity in the classroom and all that it unlocks and unleashes for students and teachers. But since 2009, one day – September 15 -- has become a great day for teachers, students and people everywhere to re-commit and re-connect to the power and potential that creativity brings to all we do. International Dot Day was launched by teacher Terry Shay when he introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. (Fun Fact: Terry chose September 15 because the original publishing date of The Dot is September 15, 2003!) The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. The teacher dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. How can you mark Dot Day? An International Dot Day celebration can be whatever you want it to be – from a 30-minute moment to week-long series of...
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