By Mary Beth Hertz
"My colleagues Hadley Ferguson, Mike Ritzius and I presented the conversation “A New Species of Educator” at the #140edu conference in New York City. Over the course of 20 minutes, we talked about how being a connected educator can make us feel kind of like aliens. When we talk about our friends whom we’ve never met but have talked to for years online, and explain how much we learn from them, or when we talk about things like “flipping the classroom” or letting students lead their own learning, people sometimes look at us like we’re from another planet.
"It’s easy for those of us who are connected to feel different from our colleagues, like we have a leg up or an advantage or that we are in some way “better” than our peers because of the connections we make and the amount of information we have access to. This cannot be further from the truth, however. For those readers who may be familiar with Rogers’ Innovation Adoption Curve, it is fairly apparent that connected educators are at the beginning of that curve when it comes to using technology to further our learning and grow professionally. However, that does not make us aliens."