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Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Importance of Being Connected


Today was my Sabbath so I am cheating a bit and reposting a Post I wrote in October for Connected Educators month

October is connected Educators month. I would consider myself a Connected Educator.

  • I am very active on Twitter 
  • I participates in Twitter chats and actually started one #jedchat 
  • I started a 30 blog day blog challenge and created a page on Facebook for others to join and share 
  • I actively blog and try to comment on blog posts
  • I have presented at conferences 
  • I have developed an amazing PLN and many of whom are actually very good friends
All of the above has made me a better educator, lifelong learner, friend, parent and spouse. I don't regret it for one second in fact I question at times where I would be without twitter and without my PLN.

However lets take a peak on the dark side. ( Again I am grateful to my PLN and my friends so this is not geared towards any individuals)

What if I wasn't as connected on line?

What if I only lurked on Twitter and blogged once in a while ?

Yes I have presented at conferences but have never given a keynote nor been able to work out a deal to publish ( yes some of that is my fault) 

 To be honest I have asked these questions 

Am I really connected and what would be different if I was a bit less connected? 

I think we need to view being connected a little differently. 

Being connected should not be measured by how many twitter followers you have, or by how many times you blog or by how many books you have published or by how many keynotes you give.

But rather how you connect with your peers and your students.

  • Do you connect so that you can learn more, or share ideas with others 
  • Do you connect so that you can grow as a educator and person 
  • Do you connect so that you can maximize your students potential 
  • When you connect do you make people feel that they matter 
I am sure there are other things we can and should measure but if you answered yes to the last set of ideas then I believe you are truly a connected educator 


  1. I think it is critical Akevy that we always ask ourselves WHY we connect before we start investigating a plethora of tools & SM sites. That being said... I love being connected as an educator, a learner, & most especially as a person. I can't imagine being without my network of amazing individuals... they are and have been the greatest source of my learning over these past 5 years... is that even possible? I have met some f2f and consider many true friends, actual individuals I would seek out to celebrate successes and go to for advice when I am struggling with obstacles in my way....

    Thanks you for the inspiration of our blogging challenge & how it has led to so many great opportunities to learn.

    I feel more than blessed:)

  2. Thank you
    Don't get me wrong I feel the same way about ,y PLN many of whom are now very good friends and I cant imagine my life without them.
    My point was what are our goals and hoe do we measure being connected and its success in a way. I do think some get caught up in the glitz and the lights and may be missing the true benefits and sense of connection
    Thanks for the feedback

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  4. I completely agree.... those that are deliberate in their thinking & sharing are most certainly not doing for the learning... but as a promotion of their ideas & furthering their reputation.

    You nailed it:)