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October is Connected Educator Month

Posted on 09/29/2014

Connected Educator Month

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) External link opens in new window or tab the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

Highlights of CEM 2013 included:

  • More than 300 major education organizations, companies, or communities officially participating, including, for the first time, entire states and districts
  • More than 600 national events and activities conducted officially (on the CEM calendar), many more conducted independently
  • More than 1 million web pages and other online locations referencing, promoting, or discussing the event (a 300% increase over CEM 2012)
  • More than 14 million educators and others reached around the world via Twitter alone (more than triple the reach of 2012)
  • Recognition as one of the top educational technology news stories of both 2012 and 2013.

For more information about the first two years of CEM, see our reports on the 2012 and 2013 events, and/or this post External link opens in new window or tab and video External link opens in new window or tab by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who hosted his first Twitter chat as part of the 2013 celebration). Connected Educator Month in 2012 and 2013 was convened by the American Institutes for Research External link opens in new window or tab and its partners in the Connected Educators project External link opens in new window or tab (2010-2014), on behalf of the Office of Educational Technology of the United States Department of Education.

Remember to use the #ce14 hashtag whenever you talk about Connected Educator Month on Twitter External link opens in new window or tab.