Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's #SoMe - Great Back to School Activity for Digital Citizenship


Like it or not, today's students are not just citizens. They are "digital" citizens. This means that educators need to spend time with students on ensuring they know how to be responsible online.  

In NYC schools we have social media guidelines created by students and teachers to guide this work. You can see them at schools.nyc.gov/socialmedia. We also support educators and parents with professional development. The professional development includes a fun back-to-school activity called, "It's #SoMe." (Note: #SoMe is the hashtag for social media.)


Here's how the activity works.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Inspirational Videos Help You Frame Focus + Follow Up Professional Development

If you are looking for inspirational videos to spruce up professional development at your school this year, you have to look no further than "The Brainwaves" video anthology which features videos on a myriad of topics from innovative educators.

The videos are free and generally run between 5 - 10 minutes. Should you decide to use them, you may want to follow these guidelines from WNET for using digital media in the classroom.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The hottest posts everyone's reading

Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. The question about Twitter makes it to the top again.  If you know someone at Twitter, please get them to comment with a straight answer :)

Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you.  If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment.

Entry
Pageviews
Jun 13, 2013, 
2741
Aug 3, 2014, 
2130
Jun 22, 2014, 
1736
Jul 13, 2014, 
1263
Aug 6, 2014, 
1636
Aug 10, 2014, 
1628
Jul 27, 2014, 
1536

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

3 Ways Effective Principals Support Teachers

Innovative educators are often frustrated when administration will not allow them time for collaboration and professional study. At the same time,  innovative educators know that to succeed they need to have an effective principal at the helm. Principal effectiveness includes knowing how to provide teachers with these three things:
  1. Time for collaboration
  2. Time for professional development
  3. A school wide system that supports positive behavior
These items require principals to find innovative ways to give their teachers time to learn.  Without that, even the most motivated of educators will have a hard time staying up to date and bringing innovative practices to their school.  If your school principal forgets, share the below infographic. It makes a great case for principals who may need a reminder every so often why you need to attend that amazing conference, ed camp, workshop, or Twitter chat.

Click below to check out the Infographic
The Impact Effective Principals have on Education Infographic – Queens University of Charlotte Online
Via:The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Six suggestions for effective, large-scale technology deployment

Guest post by Chris Casal (A more detailed version of this article was cross posted at The Casal Operating System)

If you haven’t heard, another story of technology gone wild was recently shared in this WNYC article “Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops.” As is the case with other failed technology initiatives in places like Liverpool, and Los Angeles, the problem is not the tech, but rather the ineffective deployment and implementation strategy.  

If you don’t want your school or district to end up in the headlines after purchasing technology, follow these six suggestions to make implementations more effective:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The hottest posts everyone's reading

Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you.  If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment.

Entry
Pageviews
Jul 13, 2014, 
2885
Jun 13, 2013, 
2610
Jun 22, 2014, 
2229
Aug 3, 2014, 
1918
Jul 27, 2014, 
1611
Jul 9, 2014, 
1381
Aug 6, 2014, 
992
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