By Michele Molnar @ Education Week
I jokingly wondered the morning of October 1 if the Department of Education would be involved in the Connected Education Month that they spent the last year planning. Looks like the shutdown has left the month with fewer connections.
October is “Connected Educators Month,” a time when the U.S. Department of Education encourages teachers to go online and share ideas, resources, and solutions about how to use technology. Businesses participate by holding webinars and live events focused on that theme.
The federal government shutdown, however, means that the organizing department is not participating.
In truth, this might be the best thing that could have happened. Setting up the context for connection and then staying out of the way certainly was not the plan. Staying out of the way is not exactly the DoE’s inclination. Yet richer and more interesting possibilities may well bubble to the surface in their absence. One can only hope.
A number of events continue to be available, despite the site being a bit rough. The archives do not seem to be working. So it is looking like the events need to be attended live if at all.