Lisa Nielsen

Toss the Smartboard. Here's The Best #BacktoSchool Teaching Tool: @ClassroomScreen

ClassroomScreen which I will be using at all future learning events. ClassroomScreen basically allows me to ditch my former toolbox of presentation tools as it combines them into one nice, simple place.  Just visit classroomscreen.com and you have access to a timer, random number generator, work symbols (i.e. silence, work together, ask a neighbor), QR code, class sound level, and more.  

Here's

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: The First 5 Days. Tonight at 7pm EST

This week #NYCSchoolsTech educators attended the #NYCSchoolsTechSummit where they learned all sorts of fresh ideas, techniques, and strategies to implement in the classroom this fall. What did they learn? That's the topic of the August #NYCSchoolsTechChat where we'll discuss the first 5 days of the school year. What protocols do you implement to start your school year off on the right foot? How

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5 Steps to Making It With Students

Innovative educators know the importance of
ensuring student learning is real, relevant, hands on and fun. That’s why they
also understand the importance of a maker mindset. Teachers with a maker
mindset help their students do work that is important to them. They aren’t
looking for a specific answer, but rather support students in asking the right
questions and finding new answers.  

In New

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4-Part Checklist to Create A Killer Calendar Invite

If there is anything innovative
educators need more of, it’s time. By being as complete and accurate as
possible when creating a calendar invite, no one wastes time searching for
location or materials.

Creating calendar invites is an activity that today's modern learners should be
engaging in daily. Doing this correctly, is a skill that saves everyone time
and should replace outdated practices

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: #ISTE19 - Thursday at 7 p.m. EST

Join us for our monthly #NYCSchoolsTechChat on Thursday, July 5th at 7 pm EST. 

During this month's chat we'll reflect on past #ISTE experiences and prepare for #ISTE19 taking place in NYC's backyard right in Philadelphia, PA.  #NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:

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Gates & Teacher Effectiveness: Duh

If you're an innovative educator, the news about teacher effectiveness having little impact on student achievement is no surprise. The Gates Foundation spent a whooping $575 million buckaroos, when they could have just been listening to teachers who knew better.  

The work that is necessary to support student learning is easy to understand and hard to implement.  It begins with Maslow's

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Simple Tip for Quality Posting & Consuming on Facebook

Have you ever noticed a post on Facebook where rather than seeing responses to the post, instead the thread is cluttered with folks indicating "following" or "f."

Stop doing that.

Instead, just turn on notifications.

This way the content stays rich and clean and you get straight to the information you were trying to learn.

Here's how.

So, if you don't want to come off

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New Infographic: 12 Strategies to Manage the Modern Classroom

Innovative educators know they have to update classroom management strategies in the modern classroom. Here are twelve strategies to do just that. 

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The Key to Differentiating Instruction - Develop Student Experts

When you enter Dr. Lou Lahana's Tech Cafe at PS/MS 188, you aren't entering a classroom with a teacher preparing students for the future. Instead, you enter a space where social activists are working hard doing the real work of making the world a better place today addressing causes about which they are passionate. Lahana is a self-described passionate educator in search of technology to support

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Keep Students On the Cutting Edge of Learning

While Internet Explorer has joined the "product graveyard," Microsoft Edge has entered the scene as more than the standard web browser. Innovative Educators will appreciate the learning tools and extensions proven to improve reading comprehension, strengthen writing, level the playing field for struggling learners and help teachers personalize learning in less time.

Learning Tools are built

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