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Being a Connected Educator – Skyping With Future Ag Educators

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May 15, 2013

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Being a Connected Educator—Skyping With Future Ag Educators

Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with future agriculture teachers who are nearing the end of their college experiences at Virginia Tech, Penn State and the University of Delaware. Since we are in state mandated testing week in NJ, this was a virtual meeting where I skyped into their meeting. Earlier in the week, they had written some questions about involvement in professional organizations as well as using technology in the classroom. Those questions gave me the inspiration for a topic of being a connected educator.

What they don't know is that through the experience, they helped me grow as an educator and try new tools. I created a "Being a Connected Educator" Prezi to help guide the journey we were on. By providing a live link to the professors facilitating, I was able to guide where they were in the Prezi, so we were "on the same page."

First we discussed being part of professional organizations including the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and the National Science Teachers Association. This included why you would join more than one organization and some of the concerns about membership.

Being interactive from afar can be a challenge, so when I learned using Nearpod would not be a possibility because of wireless connectivity issues, I jumped into Plan B. (Okay, first I had to come up with Plan B. Then I had to jump!) For the first time ever I tried Poll Everywhere. (Risk boldly!) It's a great way to interact with the audience and get real time results. Here's an example:

Concern about joing professional orgs

Connecting with them was a great experience for me as although I could not see them (technology challenge), I was able to sense the energy and excitement, and even interest in technology that the next generation of agricultural educators will bring to wherever their journey takes them.

Robin McLean was ACTE's 2013 Teacher of the Year and is an active leader in online professional tools. This was cross-posted from her blog, McTeaching Ag—visit her today!

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