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Your Connected Classroom: A Practical Guide for Teachers

Cofino, K, & Hellyer, C & Utecht, J (2017). (Self-Published) 

We have been connecting our classrooms to the world for over fifteen years and the experience has been empowering, engaging, and enriching for our students, and for us as teachers! We have written this book for you, the classroom teacher, especially if you are curious about creating a connected classroom and would like some practical advice for how to get started, why it’s worth your time, and what you can expect once you get started.

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Reach: Building Communities and Networks for Professional Development

Utecht, J (2010). (Self-published)

Building learning communities and networks online means reaching beyond the walls of your classroom, the walls of your school, and even the walls of your own state, country, or continent to create connections. Once you reach out and make connections with other educators, professional learning like you have never experienced before starts to flow your way. You will soon find yourself in a state of continual learning. Taking advantage of the constant stream of information available today on the web at any given moment and using it for your own professional growth is what it means to learn in today’s digital world. It is the ability to connect to the information and people you want to learn from. It is literally having the resource that is the Internet at your fingertips when you need it. This book will walk you through how to get started in joining online communities and creating learning networks tailored to what you are interested in learning about. Learn how to use Twitter for your own professional learning and use Facebook with students to communicate and engage them in learning beyond the walls of your classroom. By building a custom learning landscape for yourself, you will become more confident and help your students do the same. As you become more comfortable with using online communities and networks for your own learning, you will be able to pass your new knowledge on to your students and help them to reach out and create learning networks of their own.

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Print Publications


Print Publication Titles & Links

Utecht, Jeff, and Doreen Keller. Becoming Relevant Again: Applying Connectivism Learning Theory to Today’s Classrooms.
Retrieved from Critical Questions in Education, Volume 10, Issue 2, Special Issue on the Digital Academic, 8 June 2019, pp. 107–119.

Utecht, Jeff. (2014, October). Making Sense of the Chaos: The Importance of Teaching Internet Search Skills.
Retrieved from WSACD Curriculum in Context, 40(2), (pp. 5-6). 

Solomon, G, & Schrum, L. (2014).Web 2.0: How-To for Educators 2nd Edition. International Society for Technology in Education. (pp. 291-293).

McLeod, S., & Lehmann, C. (2012). What school leaders need to know about digital technologies and social media. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (pp. 173-181).

Solomon, G, & Schrum, L. (2010). Web 2.0: How-To for Educators. International Society for Technology in Education. (pp. 206-208).

Utecht, J (2009). The changing nature of communication and its effects on schools. International Schools Journal, 19(1), (pp. 8-11).

Utecht, J (June 2009). Wired For Learning: An Educators Guide to Web 2.0, Chpt. 16.

Utecht, J (2007, April 20). Blogs aren’t the Enemy. Technology & Learning, 27 (9)

Utecht, J (2007, Sept/Oct). Conference 2.0. Leading and Learning with Technology 35 (2)

Book & Journal Mentions


Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age

By Suzie Boss & Jane Krauss
ISTE, 2007
ISBN 978-1-56484-238-1

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Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools

By by Lynne Schrum & Gwen Solomon
ISTE, 2007
ISBN 978-1-56484-234-3

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Education Next

Petrilli, Michael J (2008). Education Blogs Provide Platform for New Voices in National Education Debate. Education Next. v.9 i. 1.

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