It’s Just a Click Away
- Spike Cook - Lakeside Middle School
You’re at the top—but never alone!
Take the leap and connect with other educators and leaders through social media. Educators learn to transform relationships with their students, staff, parents, and with the overall community in this simple guide to social media. With real-life examples from K12 educators who’ve integrated social media technology and education, this guide helps educators to harness the power of connectedness and change the way you lead. Jump in and you’ll learn how to:
- Develop a personal learning network
- Tell your school’s story through blogging
- Use connections to transform your leadership
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.
"This book has practical examples of how educators can use Web 2.0 tools to grow professionally and personally. Cook describes his journey as a lead learner in a way that is easy to read; he inspires, engages, and encourages the reader to move from isolation to connection."
Dwight Carter, Principal
New Albany High School
"After reading this book, you'll be inspired by the stories of newly connected educators. If you've been hesitant to take the plunge into the social media waters, you'll be ready to jump right in after this quick and informative read."
Erin Klein, Teacher and Blogger
"How relevant are you as a school leader? This is the essential question that Dr. Cook succinctly addresses in this handbook that is positioned to be an essential reading for any 21st Century leader. His work details the power of connectivity to break down silos of information and get school leaders off isolated islands to improve professional practice and transform schools. By weaving stories of how practitioners have benefited from connecting through social media, Dr. Cook presents the necessary ingredients for change that can be implemented immediately."
"In this book, Spike Cook presents a practical, easy to understand, and more importantly easy to implement manual for becoming connected. Spike uses real life experiences from connected educators to highlight the tenets of the book. This is a must read for the connected and soon to be connected leaders!"
"Dr. Cook’s book is one of the best and most practical examples of how educators can take advantage of Web 2.0 tools to grow professionally and personally. He describes his journey as a lead learner in a way that is easy to read; he inspires, engages, and encourages the reader to move from isolation to connection.
I will not only share this book with my new staff and faculty, but with parents to help them understand the evolving role of today’s educator. In today’s era of accountability, Dr. Cook provides examples of how educators can use Web 2.0 tools and social media to gather evidence of the creative and student-centered learning that takes place in their classrooms every day. Finally, his journey inspires me as a connected educator to continue try a few new tips to better share stories from my school and to continue to find ways to engage the school community through social media."
"Each of us possesses the innate desire to continually improve and be life-long learners; however, change is not always easy. In fact, it can be frightening and even challenging. Whether you're a leader at the district level or within your own building, connecting and collaborating with others is powerful. With today's digital tools and social media platforms, learning together has never been more accessible. After reading Dr. Cook's book, you'll quickly become inspired by reading the real stories of newly connected educators and how much of an impact this has had on their practice. If you've been hesitant to take the plunge into the social media waters, you'll be ready to jump right in after diving into this quick and informative read."
- Flipped leadership
- Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
- Blogging for educators
- Best practices for establishing a makerspace
- Tools to connect and empower teachers
Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Connected Educators Series Preface