Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Face Off: Should Teachers Pay Teachers Or Share Freely?

Summer is the time that innovative educators reflect on their practice and begin putting in place plans to make their upcoming year better than ever. The big debate at #ISTE2016 this year is which materials they'll use to do that.  

Sparking this debate is @AmazonEdu's Inspire (click here for early access). Amazon announced yesterday that they would use their familiar marketplace look and feel with a search bar, ratings, and reviews to offer teachers a platform where they can access tens of thousands of lesson plans, worksheets, and other instructional materials just in time for the back to school season this August. 
But what does this mean for the more than 2 million teachers who are already paying other teachers for this type of content on the popular Teachers Pay Teachers website where teachers earn money for the materials they've created for the classroom?

If you are Tom Whitby or Steve Anderson, authors of The Relevant Educator Amazon Inspire is on the right track. In their recent talk at #ISTE2016 they shared that they believe relevant educators don't pay each other they share with each other freely. 
On the other side of the debate are educators like Angela Maiers and Vicki Davis.  They believe that when teachers are compensated, they are motivated to create materials that surpass the quality of anything processed by the textbook industry muddle machine. Angela and Vicki explain that when teachers enter the freelance marketplace they work on their own time to transform what they use for the classroom into quality materials with instructions that can be used in the world.  

So, what do you think?  Should educators pay each other or share their genius freely?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Being a #RelevanEdu cator in a Digital World: #ISTE2016 Insights fr @TomWhitby + @Web20Classroom

How do teachers maintain relevance in an ever-changing digital world? Tom Whitby and Steve Anderson shared ideas with a room full of educators at #ISTE2016.  One big idea is that relevant educators share freely with the world. There were several others. 

Below is a recap of what they shared that stood out for me.  Take a look and consider how this can impact the work you do.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Future of Education Highlights from Dr @MichioKaku at #ISTE2016

The #ISTE2016 opening keynote was Dr Michio Kaku who had powerful insights impacting the future of education.  Here is a recap of what he shared that stood out for me.  Take a look and consider how this can impact teaching and learning where you work.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

14 #EdTech Blogs to Make Up Your Summer Reading List

Blogs are a great choice for summer reading because not only are they current, but they also invite you to connect with others and join the conversation that is of interest to you. EdTech: Focus K-12 makes choosing those blogs easy with their 2016 honor roll featuring the 50 top K-12 ed tech blogs.

This year the blogs are divided into four categories:  Tech Gurus, Community Corner, Classroom Leaders, and Admin-All Stars.

To help you get started I am sharing the blogs and people I connect with and read most often in each category.

There are 14 with which I connect regularly. Each selection is a valued member of my personal learning network. Take a look and see how my picks stack up with your current or future favs.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Hottest Post Ever That Everybody’s Reading

This week’s hottest post is the hottest post ever on The Innovative Educator garnering more than 17,000 views in one week.  The post shares secrets to success for getting your principal to say yes from former @NYCSchools Principal Jason Levy (@Levy_Jason), who now advises principals and superintendents on how to develop a compelling vision and strategies to succeed with educational technology. It’s no wonder that this post is so popular with the innovative educators who read this blog. You are the ones who are often excited about trying out new resources and strategies and usually need the principal's thumbs up to do so.

There are several other posts that round out the top including one that explains why reading may not be as important as you think and another that shares some good ideas for saving time.  If any of these posts look of interest, check em out below and share with others.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

4 Steps to Apply to World #MakerFaire NYC & Attend for Free!

If you've ever had the opportunity to attend a Maker Faire, you understand what a fantastic experience it is. Last year when I attended many teachers lamented that the ticket price put attendance out of reach for them and their students. Don't let them happen again this year. Don't just visit the Maker Faire. Be a part of the experience and apply within the next month (application closes July 17th) to participate in one of many ways.

Read on for details!

The Important Stuff...

How To Apply:

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