Sunday, January 15, 2017

Inauguration Tips for Active Viewing & Doing



Innovative educators know that when Inauguration day comes you don’t want your students passively watching. Regardless of your political views, active, engaged, focused viewing is the key.


Here are a few ideas to ensure your students are engaged and their minds are stimulated with active viewing activities.


Whenever watching video, frame, focus, and follow up are the basics recommended by the EDC’s Center for Children and Tech for viewing digital media in the classroom.


Here are some ideas for each of these essential parts of viewing.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

3 Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!

Holding steady at the top is a post looking at the differences between terms like
ed tech, tech ed, digital literacy, media literacy, & digital citizenship. Think you know the difference? Check out the post and see if you agree with my take.  

In second place is a post outlining the 12 steps needed to create a comprehensive approach to ed tech integration. It points to the importance of bringing key stakeholders i.e. students, into the conversation, identifying the current and desired state, and more.

Making its way to the top for the first time is a post about GoNoodle. A great resource to keep student’s brains alert and bodies active. Read all about how to get fit and smart with GoNoodle.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

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It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty. Today, with Chromebooks, it is less expensive to give each child a device than it is to provide all the resources that device provides (i.e. pen, paper, notebooks, ruler, calculator, reading material, drawing materials, etc.). Furthermore with companies like Neverware which can turn most any old device into a high-speed Chromebook, cost and tech support are no longer the barriers they once were. Modern school districts have noticed that the cost of providing each child a device is no longer a hurdle. They also understand that Chromebooks last as long and are as sturdy as traditional laptops and despite the myth, they realize, just like laptops, you don’t need the internet to access your core suite of tools.  


What remains are the two biggest barriers most public schools and districts struggle with and must find a way to overcome to prepare children for success:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The 3 Hottest Posts Everyone’s Reading

If you haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator, don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!



Taking the top spot for the first time is a post looking at the differences between terms like ed tech, tech ed, digital literacy, media literacy, & digital citizenship. Do you think you know the difference? Check out the post and see if you agree with this take.  Next up is a post outlining the 12 steps needed to create a comprehensive approach to ed tech integration.


Rounding out the top is a post that reveals what happens when educators and families unite to learn about the hottest tech topics.  Check out the 3 gifts that result from such projects.




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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Discover #EdTech Tools for the New Year. Today's #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Discover the favorite tools this year for #NYCSchoolsTech educators. Then, get inspired to come up with an idea for one tool you can bring back to your work to make teaching or learning more effective.

Join us for our 9th monthly Twitter chat at 6:00 pm EST. #NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. We will also be joined by some leading ed tech companies who will share what  you can look forward to in 2017.

You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:
Questions:
Q1 Share your favorite #edtech tool for this school year w/a link & why you love it. #NYCSchoolsTechChat
Q2 Look at the #EdTech 11 tools fr @CommonSenseEd. Share which you <3 the best & why #NYCSchoolsTechChat https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/the-edtech-eleven-this-months-must-know-tools
Q3 Connect w/ someone who has shared an #edtech tool you’re interested in by asking them a question abt the tool #NYCSchoolsTechChat
Q4 What are the most important factors you look at when choosing #edtech tools? https://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2016/12/choosing-right-edtech-resources.html #NYCSchoolsTech
Q5 Give a shout out by RT, like, or reply to someone who has inspired you in today's #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Spend A Day In Someone's Shoes with Social Media

save imageYou've probably heard the saying that before passing judgement, you should try to understand what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes. This is an important concept when helping students learn empathy. Interestingly, social media platforms such as Facebook can give you insight into what life is like in someone else's shoes. At least the version of their shoes they choose to wear in public.  
And that's not a bad thing.
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