Lisa Nielsen

Accessibility vs Inclusion. What's the Difference?

The World Report on Disabilities says that 15% of the population today lives with some form of disability. If you're not in that 15% today, chances are you may be In the future. That's because in the years ahead, the prevalence of those with disabilities will rise as the population ages. In fact The Institute on Disability reports that more than 1/3 of those over 65 have a disability. 


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Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

Back in the 80s Tim Berners-Lee was launching the World Wide Web, Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had become the wealthiest person in the world, and Mark Zuckerberg was busy being born. 

Fast forward a few decades and all these formerly young-spry tech-preneurs are aging. Even Zuckerberg will age out of the young professional category in a few years.

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Limit Tech Use to A Communal Area

Youth need privacy for healthy growth, development, and to work through ideas. Yet in these monitoring-obsessed days of child-rearing, privacy is often thrown to the side in exchange for surveillance. 

That's why innovative educators help parents see past simplified safety advice like: only use technology in a communal area. While imposing such restrictions is easy and may give a false sense

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Increase Screen Time to Increase Literacy Proficiency

Like it or not, educators and parents of young
schoolchildren know (or will soon find out) the rigorous literacy demands being
placed on students today. A friend shared she was surprised by the reading level
and number of books her six-year-old was supposed to be reading. She'd been
reading bedtime stories to her daughter. What she didn't realize was that
schools today expect young children to be

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Innovative Tips to Share with Parents in a Minute from @WNETeducation

Innovative educators know the importance of family outreach. They also understand that to build a strong relationship with parents, there needs to be plenty of positive and useful contact made for busy families.

To help with that WNET Education has created Parenting Minutes. These short videos focus on key topics related to early childhood learning and raising children. Each video page contains

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Simple Guide to Analyzing Media with Key Questions from @MediaLiteracyEd

Innovative educators know media literacy is important. Common Sense Education explains that media literacy helps kids with the following:

Learn to think critically. 
Become a smart consumer of products and information. 
Recognize point of view. 
Create media responsibly. 
Identify the role of media in our culture
Understand the author's goal. 

What innovative educators may not know is how to

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Easy Peasy Guide to Capturing & Sharing Links to Screenshots

Innovative Educators often pursue certifications to let others understand skills and areas of expertise. Here are some easy ways to capture and share screenshots of accomplishments.  

Here is how to do this:

Step 1: Select Print

Step 2: Select Save to Google Drive

Step 3: Right click and select "Get shareable link."

Step 4: Copy link and ensure "Anyone with the link can view"


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Innovative Educators Don't Make Calls. They Text.

Communication has changed in the digital age. Today the rules are different. Ringers are off and educators no longer make or take calls unless a time has specifically been set to do so. Instead, if they want to get a message to someone they send a text.

Here's why:

There are too many spam callers. No one wants to be on constant phone alert because too many times it is an unwanted caller. 

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Make Photos Speak In Multiple Languages

There is technology that allows you to take a photo of a poster, book, page from a magazine, etc. then
convert it to text. From there it can be read aloud, translated, and read aloud
in the translated language. It can also be brought into a word processing
program for editing in the translated language to increase accuracy.

Here are some ways this technology makes content accessible to

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The Innovative Educator Named Top 10 Ed Leadership Blog

The Innovative Educator was selected from thousands of blogs as a top educational leadership blog by Feedspot using search and social metrics. This is the most comprehensive list of educational leadership blogs. 

Feedspot selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.

Blogs are ranked

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