Get involved in Connected Educator Month

Over the next month Global2 will promoting Connected Educator Month events. People can check out or set up an Australian/NZ event at 

Here are some things to consider:

Book club

“All Call” for Connected Educator Month Book Club #ce14 Do you have a book you want to lead a book club around?

Get involved
Wondering how you or your organization can get involved in Connected Educator Month this year? Check this out:  #ce14

Chat with Arne Duncan
Mark your calendar! #ce14 Twitter chat co-hosted with Secretary Arne Duncan October 16 at 6pm EDT. #plpnetwork #edchat Spread the word.

Updated free Starter Kit

Check out the updated, free Connected Educator Starter Kit for 31 days of activities! #ce14


The Connected Educator Month calendar has over 300 events, w/ dozens more added daily! Create your schedule at #ce14

iPads for Learning online professional learning short courses

The Department’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing a number of iPads for Learning online professional learning short courses for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learning.

There will be four short courses, each focusing on a different aspect of using iPads:


  • iPads for new users
  • Publishing with iPads
  • iPads for creating, finding and sharing content
  • iPad: Workflows

These short courses will contain three sessions, with each one hour session building upon the previous session’s learning. All of the courses will be supported with materials accessible via the Department’s iTunes U campus.

For Full details go to

Download this information as a PDF iPads_for_Learning_Short_Courses

Tips and support kit for running your Connected Educator Month (CEM) event

For teachers who want to run OR participate in the Connected Educator Month activities this October go to

I have created some tips for running your Connected Educator Month (CEM) event for those keen to have a go!

  • Plan with your audience needs in mind. Think about what stories and ideas will motivate them, build on prior knowledge and help develop their practice. What new information might they need to understand your ideas? How can you find out about your learners’ strengths/needs?
  • Design resources that will include all needs/preferences:  at the very least, provide clear audio and visuals, attend to cultural needs/preferences), provide a link to the documents so people can access them at another time.
  • Provide invitations and space for questions to help participants weave the learning into their own next steps.
  • Consider the guidance that underpins Universal Design for Learning to help you design effective, inclusive learning.

Be clear about the learning outcomes:  

Consider the  Global themes for 2014 for CEM

Choose your online format and tool

Select a format and technology platform that will reach your audience and best support them to engage with your learning focus. You might choose:

CEM Ideas

  • a synchronous event (e.g. webinar, Twitter chat, an open house guided tour of an online space),
  • an asynchronous (online discussion in your blog, new online resource, video using a tool like
  • a blend of both  (e.g. face-to-face workshop with online chat or Google doc).

Some resources available to CEM Victorian Educators

 Virtual Conferencing Connecting to learn – for students and teachers

Blackboard Collaborate  Register as a user of the Virtual Conference Centre by completing the Virtual Conference Centre Moderator Registration Form 

Polycom Vic Gov

Microsoft Lync Vic Gov


Google Hangouts on Air [free, with a Gmail account]

To record any session, check everyone is OK for it to be recorded and shared. If so share the link
Global2  All department educators, staff members, strategic partners and all Victorian P-12 educators are able to register and create their own blog in

This could be a ‘live’ blog during an event, or a blog (or blog series) posted a time(s) that suit you.

Running an online Twitter chat - and check out #community chat  from @scootle

Managing shared Google docs [collaboration and creation]

Eventbrite for organising

100 Tools for Learning

Promoting your event

  • Pledge the event  so it appears on the Connected Educator global calendar
  • Share with your audience using your usual communication channels (newsletter, social media, your own networks).
  • Tag/label everything with #cenz14 - and #cem14 and #ceoz14, to reach a global audience – and your own hashtag too, if you have one.
  • Build in a few loyal friends/followers who will support you and kick the event off.

Virtual Conference Centre coaches are available to assist prepare for a virtual conference. Download the Web Conference Coaching Program Overview (docx – 131.16kb)


Use the CEM Evaluation form

Google form for registrations: Open this link, go to File > Make a Copy, add to your Drive, and edit for your event(s)

Evaluation form for all CEM events: Please share this with your participants – and/or adapt for yourselfOpen this link, go to File > Make a Copy, add to your Drive, and edit for your event(s)

Google Drive a great resource for Connected Educator Month

Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows you to store your documents, photos, videos, and more online. From Drive, you can also use Google Docs, Google Sheets, forms and other applications to create and edit various types of files. The power is in the sharing.

Connecting with others, whether it be your co-teacher or teachers from across the globe is made easy. Here is some simple steps to follow  developed by the Goodwill Community Foundation and the video outlines that all important sharing capacity.

I would recommend sharing this with some of your staff who may not be so comfortable with the idea of online tools but are OK using the Office tools such as Word and Powerpoint.

The Google Form is a great addition for assessment and surveys results come right back to you in real time…organised!!!

ACMI Screen It’ s 10th Birthday …..calling all young film makers

Screen it is ACMI‘s national moving image competition for primary and secondary students. Screen It is designed to encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers.

This year is Screen It’s 10th Birthday! To help mark this special occasion, entrants will need to to create works responding to the theme: Reflection



Fancy yourself a filmmaker? Think you can match Shaun Tan in the animation stakes? Want to show off your skills as a videogame developer? Then get ready to enter this year’s Screen It competition for your chance to create something amazing and win some awesome prizes!

Entry Categories

  • Primary School
    • Animated Film
    • Live Action Film
    • Videogame

    Secondary School

    • Animated Film
    • Live Action Film
    • Videogame

    An overall best school entry is awarded in addition to awards for each primary and secondary category.

    Haven’t Registered Yet?

    Register now online to receive Screen It materials. Registration is free and ensures you receive all our Screen It updates, including access to comprehensive online resources and interactive production tools to assist you with your entry. See full Details at ACMI Screen it

Connected Educator Month sessions for producing iBooks using iBooks Author(iBA)

link to apple websiteHere is a great professional learning opportunity for all of the Mac users out there or those who are thinking of exploring one.

It is especially relevant for teachers in schools with one to one iPad programs.

During Connected Educator Month (CEM), Andrew Del Mastro will deliver 3 sessions to support teachers wanting to create quality resources for their students. These 3 x 1 hour sessions, run via Blackboard Collaborate will focus on producing iBooks using iBooks Author(iBA).

Participants will have to have an Apple Computer with iBooks Author (iBA) installed if they intend to work through the session.

An iTunes U course will also be created to compliment the course which will be best accessed via an iPad.

These sessions will take place on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of October and will commence at 4pm Melbourne time. Make sure you get these in your calendar. To see evolving CEM events go to Connected Educator Month.  All CEM sessions are free.

Join CEM for great professional learning including the educational team at National Geographic

The Connected Educator Month (CEM) community is open and waiting for you to join



Once you join a world of Professional Learning awaits you.

By joining the community you can register, organise and attend amazing global sessions and events.

One such event is hosted by the Educational Team at National Geographic

Join them to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects.

In this interactive hangout, staff from iEARN and PenPal Schools will share tips for getting started. You’ll also hear accounts from #teachers about how they’ve used global collaborative projects with their students.



Connected Educator Month Ideas for collaboration

Connected Educator month needs you! This global event is designed for educators to share ideas and collaborate.

Each day of October will bring a new and interesting opportunity to personalise your own professional learning and or support others

CEM Ideas

Sign up to host a session and or keep your eye out as pledged events roll out at

Some ideas for sessions include…..

October is Connected Educator Month and you and your colleagues are invited

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) over the past two years. In the past, CEM was largely a US-centric event. This October, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and others will host celebrations with a full slate of locally-based events & activities.

2014 promises to be even bigger and better as this event goes mobile and global bringing diverse sessions and activities from across the globe.CEM OZ

Victoria DEECD has joined as an organising partner and throughout October 2014, Connected Educator Month #ceoz14 invites all educators to connect!

Whether you are able to host an event or participate this is a great opportunity to collaborate using a variety of tools and strategies. Events are starting to roll in and we invite you to join and build the momentum of this exciting educational project.

The local allows you to register as a connected educator, host or join sessions and links directly into the universal calendar.

Talk to your leadership about using scheduling the CEM events across your school modelling personalized professional learning and purposeful use of technologies and collaboration tools.

The CEM events are an excellent way of gaining accreditation for the minimum 20 hours of standards referenced professional development activities required to maintain teacher registration through the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and/or an interstate equivalent. (You may not even have to get out of your “Jarmies”)

This is anywhere any time learning in action but it can only succeed with your participation.

Over the next two months Global2 will spotlight the upcoming Connected Educator Month events.