Connected Educator Month was established in 2012 as a way for educators to participate in professional development activities and grow their personal learning networks. In support of this initiative, SmartBrief on EdTech recently asked readers what tools, events and social media platforms they rely on to connect and collaborate with their peers.

According to our findings, the majority of our readers are using or planning to use professional learning communities (53%) and face-to-face conferences (23%) as a way to network with other educators this year. Among social media networks, Twitter (43%) and Pinterest (25%) are the two most relied-upon platforms for educators to connect and exchange ideas.

A large number of readers – 81% — indicated that they would be open to attending events, sponsored by vendors, if those events presented useful content and provided opportunities to network with peers. Forty-six percent of these respondents said they’d like to attend such an event but that it should not be “a day-long sales pitch.”

Here’s a quick look at the results:

Which of the following tools are you currently using/planning to use to connect and collaborate with other teachers this school year? (read more…)

STEM-Roundtable-300x228Join us this week on SmartBlog on Education as we highlight Q&As with the panelists from our recent STEM Pathways Roundtable event. Read our most recent interview with Sabari Raja, CEO of Nepris.

Why is the issue of connecting industry and education to enhance STEM education important to you?

I landed in engineering because my parents said so. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of control over my kids. Kids today need to understand the relevance of what they are learning in the classroom and how it applies to the real world and eventually how it ties to a career. Sixty-seven percent of kids have no idea what STEM professionals do.

What is a top barrier to making this connection?

Most kids don’t have a role model in their life or in their community. If they don’t see these connections as part of their learning experience, it’s hard to convince them to pursue any career. (read more…)

STEM-Roundtable-300x228Join us this week on SmartBlog on Education as we highlight Q&As with the panelists from our recent STEM Pathways Roundtable event. We kick off the series with LeAnn Wilson, executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Why is the issue of connecting industry and education to enhance STEM education important to you?

One of the phrases I hear often from our members and at ACTE headquarters is that STEM is CTE, which is to say that these two ideas are fundamentally connected to one another. Our economy is still recovering from the worst economic recession in recent history, and it can be a struggle for people to find work, particularly in a field that they feel passionately about and that they can earn a living in.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are plenty of jobs available out there right now in growing fields, many of which require strong STEM skills. (read more…)

This post is sponsored by Ohio University Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. 

Each year, 3.4 million people die from poor water and sanitation conditions. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries. Civil engineers at Ohio University are determined to change this equation.

According to data from Water.org, roughly 780 million people – about 10% of the world’s population – lack access to clean water. Nearly 2.5 billion live in areas with inadequate sanitation. Every year, 3.4 million people die from poor water and sanitation conditions.

When it comes to water, most of the world’s attention goes to clean drinking water. But this is only one part of the water equation, according to Guy Riefler, associate professor of Civil Engineering at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Riefler discussed water issues in developing countries during a Sept. 16 webcast about OHIO’s Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. (read more…)

STEM-Roundtable-300x228Education and industry leaders recently gathered at SmartBrief headquarters in Washington D.C., for an interactive discussion on bridging the gap between associations and students’ STEM skills. The STEM Pathways Roundtable was the first in an event series exploring the real-world ways in which education and industry can work together to support STEM.

Join us this week on SmartBlog on Education as we extend the conversation with Q&As with the panelists:

  • LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Sabari Raja, CEO, Nepris
  • Kim Tobey, Executive Director, National Association of Community College Teachers Education Programs
  • Josh Thomases, Dean of Innovation, Policy and Research, Bank Street College of Education

Other STEM Pathways event coverage and resources: