08/04/2012 05:08 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2012

Calling all Educators! August is Connected Educators Month.

August is an important month for educators. It's Connected Educators Month right now.

What does that mean? It means that you as an educator or interested parent can connect online to many keynotes and panels by well known educators who can give you tips on using technology effectively in the classroom.

It means that the U.S. Department of Education is enthusiastically trying to connect all educators to the Internet.

The New York Times ran a very special column last week on its Learning Network that highlights the links and learnings of connected educators who have written columns for them. It is an excellent resource for all teachers.

They asked these connected educators these two questions:

  • What is one important thing you've learned from someone in your Personal Learning Network (P.L.N.), however you define that network?
  • What one person, group or organization would you recommend every educator add to his or her P.L.N.?
The column has ideas from these 33 educators, all connected, who recommended hundreds of resources, people, organizations, and sites. The column is a great resource for all educators.

At the end of the month, in addition there will be a Learning 2.0 conference from August 20-24 also promoting digital learning.

Technology in education supports individualized instruction, discovery learning, and 21st century skills. Hundreds of articles have been written about the power of tech for learning. It engages the students, improves learning, and makes teaching easier and more effective.