What is CREATE Connect?
CREATE Connect is an online education community platform developed for teachers and educators interested in STEAM and maker education to find and connect with others to discuss different projects, share ideas, work together or simply help one another with their problems by sharing insights and best practice.
The CREATE Connect platform aims to provide the bridge between technology and teachers. One of the biggest problems with new technology in education is educators not being able to connect with other people who have successfully integrated new technologies into the classroom for advice and support or even experts in the industry for help and resources. This platform solves this problem by offering an open platform that educators at all levels, industry partners and educational leaders can interact with each other, discuss common issues and create solutions for integrating technology into their classrooms, labs and makerspaces.
How do I join?
If you are already a member of CREATE Education, login using your existing CREATE Username and Password.
If you are new to CREATE Education, register. This will set you up with a single account for both CREATE Connect and the CREATE Education website at www.createeducation.com
Win One of 3 Ultimaker 3D Printers
- Sign up to CREATE Connect at any time during BETT 2019 – Join and write an introductory post in the “Welcome & Introductions” group before the end of BETT (26th January). One member of the group will be selected at random to win an Ultimaker Original 3D Printer Kit.
- Make new connections and friends – Invite fellow educators to join CREATE Connect and make friends with them and other members of the community. The member with the most friends will win an Ultimaker 2GO 3D printer.
- Join a group (or set up your own) and post some interesting and relevant content. The member that publishes the post with the most interactions (likes and comments) will win an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer.
Why CREATE Connect?
As a member you can set the privacy levels of you posts, you can also join relevant groups and set up and manage your own groups (public or private) for collaborating with like minded educators, collaborating on specific projects or discussing specific topics. You can also share a wide range of media such as images, videos, links documents and other files.
Education is fundamentally about sharing knowledge and the education community should have their own dedicated space to discuss things related to their interests, be able to connect with other like minded people and facilitate peer to peer development. Currently educators are having to use other platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc), blurring lines between professional and personal, being bombarded with advertising, with more and more users concerned about privacy and usage of their data.
This platform allows you to provide a clear distinction between you professional and personal life as you no longer have to use personal social media accounts for collaborating on a professional level.
By providing this solution, we can ensure our community aren’t subject to content unrelated to them such as political posts, adult content and other distractions. No data will be sold to third party organisations and the negative behaviour that is increasingly associated with the big platforms will not be tolerated. All the benefits of digital connections without the concerns!