The Innovative Educator

Fight Fake News: A @CommonSenseEd #MediaLiteracy Toolkit

Innovative educators understand that they play a crucial role in our democratic society. However, a teacher’s job to ensure students are informed and educated has taken on a new meaning in the age of the internet where information is everywhere but accuracy, quality, and bias often remain unchecked.

Media literacy is a topic innovative educators cover with students within the broader topic of

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3 Hottest Posts Most Popular 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? Innovative
school models, misconceptions about charter schools, and increasing parent
engagement.

Making its way to the
top for the first time is a post I wrote about innovative school models that
influence

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Is Your School Modern? Check Out These 10 Principles to Find Out

Innovative educators understand that surprisingly little has changed in how school is done today versus the last century. It is clear we must update and/or throw out outdated practices and possibly do something radically different. But what does it really take for a school to be modern? This is the question educators and authors Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon answer in their white paper 10

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5 Innovative School Models You Might Not Know

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When it comes to education, innovation is nothing new. Innovative models have been around but forgotten in the current climate of accountability and standardization. Before that there were models, like Montessori, that were more well known. These are models where students work on projects, learning is

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3 Hottest Posts Most Popular 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? Fighting
fake news, increasing parent engagement, and ePortfolios.

Making its way to the
top for the first time is a post that points to four fabulous sites you can
turn to fight fake news. Next up I recap

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Easy Peasy Data Driven Snow Day Plan

#NY1Snow Photos

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There was a snow day for New York
City schools this week. Everyone had something to say about whether or not
schools should have stayed opened or closed. It was even the topic of the
popular news program, "The Call." 

Some felt the city was too darn soft. Some felt the city made the

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9 Ways to Increase Parent Engagement Using Media - #SXSWEdu Takeaways

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Ongoing parent engagement is an essential piece of building a positive culture of digital citizenship in schools. But what does effective parent engagement look like? How can schools address the unique needs of caregivers in their communities? What are co-engagement ideas where media brings parents

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3 Hottest Posts Most Popular 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? All
things South by Southwest Edu. Missed the conference? This wrap up will keep
you up-to-date on conference highlights.

The undercurrent at
this year’s #SXSWEdu was for attendees to consider their

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That Was No Heckler The @Tim Ferriss #SXSWEdu Keynote

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Ironically Tim Ferriss was made to feel quite a bit of discomfort in his talk at South by Southwest Edu. Ironic because Ferriss recommended to this audience of educators (and others who support them) that an effective learning strategy was causing discomfort and dissecting that. In case you don’t know him, Tim

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Tech Is Not The Answer. @ChrisEmdin Tells Us What Is At #SXSWEdu

At this year's South By Southwest Edu, during a rousing keynote, Dr. Chris Emdin explained that if we think tech is the answer, we're missing the boat. He warned that when those ed tech companies come in and try to use tech to "start taking away the problem," we need to tell them, "We got it from here. Thank you for your service."

Chris had an important message for all of us about what the real

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