Supporting new teachers for success in the first years! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. In this helpful guide, new teachers will discover key strategies to help build confidence in the classroom and quickly get connected to resources and educators in the field who can stand in the gap to support them. Save time and learn to easily:  • Connect with online Communities of Practice  • Find and plan 21st Century lessons  • Collaborate with a face-to-face or virtual mentor 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 at “This book gives teachers the resources to lead their students into this global community. The authors represent the growing body of educators who recognize that social media gives power, not problems, to students’ learning.” Angela Maiers, Founder and President Choose2Matter, Inc. and Maiers Education Services, Inc. “This is a stellar exploration of what collaboration and communication can look like in modern education and how it can enhance all aspects of school. . A must read for those wishing to maximize digital tools to increase communication and collaboration with all educational stakeholders.” Adam Bellow, Educational Consultant and Corwin Author, Untangling the Web

Making Connections to Online Communities of Practice

Making Connections to Online Communities of Practice
Lisa DabbsNicol R. Howard

As a new teacher, you may have noticed that there has been an upsurge of social media use taking place over the past decade. Groups throughout various sectors of the world, including educators, are increasingly bending toward the use of social media, attempting to reap the benefits of this modern technology. Businesses may turn to social media to establish brand identity and improve customer service. Institutes of higher learning may utilize social media to remain connected with prospective and current students, as well as alumni.

Social media seems to be a thriving enterprise and certainly seems to engage many people across the world. As we know that teacher

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