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The Relevant Educator

The Relevant Educator
How Connectedness Empowers Learning

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August 2014 | 80 pages | Corwin

Professional growth and social media savvy at your fingertips!

This information-packed resource from digital experts Anderson and Whitby makes it easy to build a thriving professional network using social media. Easy-to-implement ideas, essential tools, and real-life vignettes help teachers learn to:

  • Find and choose the best social media tools, products, and communities
  • Start and grow a collaborative, high-quality PLN using Twitter, blogging, LinkedIn, and more
  • Use social media to enhance 21st Century education
  • Engage in authentic personal and professional learning

Includes invaluable resources and an in-depth analysis of the social media landscape. Collaboration has never been easier with this must-have guide!

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

"It is incumbent upon all educators to connect with other educators who can reignite their passion for teaching. The authors generously share their wisdom for those who want to accelerate the development of a personal learning network. “ 
Angela Maiers, Founder and President
Choose2Matter, Inc. and Maiers Education Services, Inc.

"Learn how and why educators must connect in order to truly be at the top of their game. This book gives practical advice on how to connect, engage, and grow as a learner."
Adam Bellow, Corwin Author Untangling the Web

Preface by Peter DeWitt
1. Connected Learning
2. Social Media in Education
Who is Using Social Media

Acceptable Use Policy

Myths and Misconceptions

3. The Effects of Culture on Change
School Culture

Internet Culture

4. Social Media for Professional Development and Professional Learning
Blogs in Learning

Why Blogging?

Personal Blog

Class Blog

RSS Feeds



5. Components of a PLN
What is a PLN? ...And What It Isn't





Podcasts and Webinars


6. Education Conferences
National Conferences


7. Social Media Communities




8. Getting Started
9. The Connected Educator
10. Apps/Sites for Social Media
Key features

This book helps leaders explore the various ways to become a connected educator, through social media sites, Personal/Professional Learning Networks, conferences, and other ways. It also gives a definition to connectedness and shows leader how connectedness is a vital component to a school’s health and growth. This book will give leaders:

  • An understanding of what connectedness is and the qualities of a connected educator
  • Tools to start becoming connected leaders and educators
  • Ideas for building your PLN
  • Resources for further learning about connectedness

 There is also the Connected Educators Series website where readers can connect with all of the authors of the series, find more resources, and find real support for putting flipped leadership into practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Connected Educators Series Preface

Chapter 1

For instructors

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