Lisa Nielsen

A @CommonSenseEd Approach to Preparing #Ss for #13ReasonsWhy

Innovative Educators know how important it is to be connected to what is happening in the lives of their students. If you teach secondary students then you know 13 Reasons Why is what's happening. The Netflix series is based on the best-selling 2007 book about a teen girl who commits suicide, leaving behind a series of tapes that hold the story of her motives. The story takes place in the modern

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Even If You Hate Interactive Whiteboards You'll Love #Jamboard

I’ve written more than a dozen articles sharing why I hate interactive whiteboards. So I was a little surprised, that when I saw Google’s Jamboard, I liked it.  

Here's why.

To understand why, we have to start with what I hate about the interactive whiteboard design. What I hate is that the board is really designed to be interactive only for the sage(s) on the stage. So, while it is “

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The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator

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Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!

What's hot this week?

Digital drama and confrontations
How to avoid commenting turn offs on Facebook
Ideas for rewarding failure in the classroom

Making its way to the
top for the first time is a post that acknowledges the fact

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Can the Quadratic Equation Solve For Better Education?

A comment in The New York Times article How Google Took Over The Classroom struck a nerve for many readers. In it, Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group seems to question the value of teaching all students quadratic equations and also the reluctance of some teachers to allow students to use Google when they want to learn something.  

Here's the quote:

That

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#HowGoogleWorks - Reward Thoughtful Failure

I had the opportunity to hear Jake Shea explain "How Google Works" sharing lessons from the book, "Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That will Transform How You Live and Lead." Shea shared several insights that work at Google and challenged those not at Google to think about how those insights can be realized where they work. One of the insights we were asked to think about was how we "

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The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator

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!

What’s hot this week? 

1.                  
Formative Assessment

2.                  
Media Literacy
Resources

3.

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Commenting Turn Offs On Facebook - 6 Strategies To Keep In Mind

If you participate in groups on Facebook, or elsewhere, you’ve no doubt seen some conversations go off the rails. In some cases folks are so turned off, they leave the group or members are kicked out.

I’ve been involved in online communities for the past decade and I’ve been on both ends of digital confrontation. Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot since the early days. In the groups I moderate

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: @jutecht & @mscofino Discuss @#DigitalDrama

Digital drama and confrontations. Educators know it exists, but many haven’t been armed with the tools necessary to ensure their students know how to effectively address the topic with students. Sure, we teach students to pause before they post. But everyone makes mistakes. 

What then?

On Thursday, May 4th at 6 pm, we invite you to join the #NYCSchoolsTechChat where we will discuss #

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Develop Effective Commenting Skills Using Google Docs via @MsCofino

Innovative educator Kim Cofino used Facebook Live to share ideas about how students could have respectful and meaningful conversations online. She explained a strategy she used to help students develop these skills within the safe and private walls of the classroom using Google Docs. This activity can help students become comfortable with effective commenting.

It goes like this.

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The 3 Hottest Posts On The Innovative Educator

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!

What’s hot this
week? 

Formative Assessment
Innovative Idea For Letters of
Recommendations
Teen Brains

At the top of the hot
list for the first time is post highlighting a handy infographic that can be
posted in your classroom.

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