Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If You're Not Giving, You're Not Teaching



Thanksgiving is a great time to think about and celebrate giving. The best teachers are the best givers, but not all teachers believe in giving. In fact some teachers think it is unfair to be expected to share their hard work. 

I was reminded of this recently during a conversation among innovative educators who were discussing how much they enjoy the opportunity to share best practices and materials across schools. They shared stories of going to other schools where they learned from other teachers with an area of expertise that they wanted to get smarter about. They discussed stories of teachers coming to their school to learn from their teachers.They shared all sorts of great things that result from sharing. 

Because our district has developed and identified expert teachers in a number of areas (i.e. Digital Literacy, PBS resources, Google Apps for Ed, etc) the ingredients for this to occur are plentiful. Fortunately, teachers in many schools are reaping the rewards and students are benefiting. 


Unfortunately, at other schools, great ingredients don't always find their way to such favorable outcomes.


This happens when you work in a culture where teachers don’t want to share.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Great Digital Citizenship Activity for Teens to #SayThanks this Thanksgiving

Looking for a terrific Thanksgiving week activity that teens will love? Facebook brings us their "Say Thank you" video tool. Students can let Facebook auto generate the video, or they can put some thought into selecting meaningful pictures and posts to customize the video.

This is a great activity because it opens up the conversation about digital citizenship. Conversations like:
  • What makes a good friend?
  • Do you like how your portraying your friendships online?
  • What kind of friend are you?
  • What do you like about how you share your friendships?
  • What might you do differently after thinking about this?
  • Why is important to say thank you and express kindness in social media?
  • What are some other ways we can let people know they are appreciated?
Here's a sample of what a video looks like:
    

Not only is this a fun conversation starter, it's a great way to look back on those in our lives and how we share these memories with others.

Want to give it a try?  Visit https://www.facebook.com/thanks then pick a friend and give it whirl!
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Want to do an activity for preteens or use a tool that's not blocked in many schools? Check out the Thanksgiving template from +PowToon . It provides a fun way for students of all ages to share what they are thankful for this week.

Saturday, November 22, 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
Oct 29, 2014, 
4375
Nov 19, 2014, 
3256
Nov 2, 2014, 
3441
Nov 12, 2014, 
2880
Oct 26, 2014, 
2281

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stop Letting Good Students Do Bad Presentations

The good news is that more and more often students are presenting at education conferences. The bad news is that they’re doing a poor job and it’s their teacher’s fault. 

Don’t be a teacher who let’s your students give a bad presentation. Before you have your students present make sure you’ve prepared them with these tips.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Considerations for #EdTech Purchases

Well into the 21st century, most schools acknowledge that for students to be prepared for college and career, they must have equity and access to technology. Providing technology resources is more than purchasing equipment and delivering it to a school. As we've learned from numerous other districts who've gotten this wrong (east coast and west), district-wide technology purchases can be a godsend or a disaster.  


Here are some recommendations for schools or districts that are allocating dollars toward technology.

Saturday, November 15, 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
Oct 29, 2014, 
3998
Oct 12, 2014, 
2915
Oct 15, 2014, 
2614
Nov 2, 2014, 
2320
Oct 26, 2014, 
2213
Jun 22, 2014, 
1049
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