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Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas are widely acclaimed experts on teaching and leading and are pioneers in the education twitterverse, and now they are sharing their best practices! In What Connected Educators Do Differently, they show how being a connected educator--by using social media to connect with peers across the country and even across the globe--will g ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published February 1st 2015 by Routledge
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Lindsey Caven-McCubbin
The book What Connected Educators Do Differently was written in collaboration by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. The three authors are educators that have spent a significant portion of their careers teaching in the classroom. Dr. Todd Whi, taker in an accomplished author with over 30 books under his belt. He currently serves as a professor of educational leadership at Indiana University. Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is presently an Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Deerfie ...more
Joy Kirr
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
See my review on MiddleWeb soon.

Good book for some - okay for me at this point in my career. :)
Ron Montoya
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book explains how educators are connected globally and locally. The authors place an emphasis on the use of Twitter, but offer other ways to connect. In fact, the three authors meet via Twitter. On the other hand, they do mention that traditional ways of connecting (face to face) are just as important. They go on to explain that we need to have Personal and Professional Learning Networks (PPLNs) to grow as learners. Also, for those who are reluctant in accepting technology, they encourage t ...more
Lizeth Hernandez Rojas
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book, What Connected Educators Do Differently by Dr. Todd Whitaker, Dr. Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas, focuses on how 21st-century educators can connect with others through different social media platforms like Twitter. Dr. Todd Whitaker, Dr. Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas define the term connected educator “as ones who are actively and constantly seeking new opportunities and resources to grow as professionals” (Whitaker, Zoul, & Casas, 2015, p. xxiii). The most significant benefit of being ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoy having been able to read this book, and this will definitely be something I will hold onto for the rest of my career as an educator. I find that it provides readers with various opportunities to explore online networking for teachers and even includes various people you can look further into in order to be connected. There is a variety of advice the book provides that are very relate-able in today's and age as a teacher, and even for someone like myself, a future educator, who has ...more
Claudia Staude
While a valuable commentary on what the powers of the internet can mean for education in general and teachers in particular, this book read a bit too much like a workshop presentation and as a result was some what repetitive and less engaging than it might have been.

It takes also drifted into areas such as unplugging and multi-tasking issues which seemed a bit farther afield than it needed to go and into places where research is still a bit more anecdotal.

Good tips abound as do good links. No
Christine Fitzgerald
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Everyone has the capacity to lead, but every effective educator knows that no matter how willing and able they are to lead the way, they cannot do it alone;"
I purchased this book to prepare me for an upcoming conference and as you know with education conferences some are good and some are okay. Well if this book is any indication of how wonderfully inspiring this conference will be, I can hardly wait! A concise read that empowers every educator to become connected and surround yourself with you
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decent book. Learned a little bit about professional learning networks and a little bit about positivity in educational communities.
Stan Skrabut
Being connected is something I believe has helped me succeed. Being connected and "working out loud" is something that the Association for Talent Development advocates and I have taken to heart. Naturally, I am always looking for ideas to help improve what I am doing as well as ideas to share with other educators. The book,  What Connected Educators Do Differently *, has helped to validate what I am doing and provided me with new ideas. Read more ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The authors of "What Connected Educators Do Differently" have written a user friendly guide that will provide relevant advice for educators who plan to connect in today's digital world.

They emphasize "Follow 5, Find 5, Take 5" as the jump off point to get started. In particular, they summarize the gist of each one, so the educator could make an informed decision.

Surprisingly, they advocate taking time off from always being connected and the benefits of such a move.

Overall, it's an extremely use
Lisa Nocita
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this up in preparation for a class I am teaching about developing and growing a professional learning network. What a great companion book! It is a very fast read with lots of great nuggets of advice. This would make a great book study for PLCs no matter where individual teachers are on their own learning journey. Extremely positive and very inspiring while pragmatic.
Clint Heitz
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great validation for many of my practices as a connected educator. However, it still provided many great resources, ideas, and connections that I can add to my practice and Personal Learning Network (PLN).
Kaitlyn Rose
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this on a good reads giveaway

I thought this was a good way to sharpen my teaching strategies. This is my first year in a permanent position so this book will come in handy
Tammy Brown
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great Edtech resource! Great "how-to" suggestions,
Melissa D
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read for educators if you haven't really gotten into Twitter and PLNs. It could have been condensed! I felt like the same things were being said in different ways just to fill pages sometimes.
Brian McCann
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect follow-up to my recent NASSP conference. Tremendous advice for school administrators, wherever you may be in your leadership career.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all educators!
Melissa Gardner
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very informative with lots of useful information!
Karen Greer
Helped me gain confidence toward being a connected educator.
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