The Innovative Educator

Google Movies: Fast, Fun, Easy Way to Capture & Celebrate Learning

Part of providing an effective learning opportunity includes capturing and celebrating the learning. There are numerous ways to do this. Lately, my favorite is Google Movies because it is a fast, fun, and easy way to document events.

Here's what you do.

During the event:

Take photos 
Record videos

After the event:

Go to Google Assistant on your phone
Tap "Movie"
Select photos and videos

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Checklist for Effective Learning Opportunities

If you provide professional development or work with those who do, you want to make sure, that participants have the best experience possible. To help with that, you can use this handy dandy checklist for effective PD that I wrote about and which the graphically talented and innovative educator, Eileen Lennon turned into an infographic. Check it out and print it out (here's the PDF) to place in

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Messaging - Tool of Engagement or Weapon of Mass Distraction?

To be or not to be? That is the question for some teachers when it comes to allowing messaging (text or instant) in the classroom. Many see it as a distraction, but young people often disagree. Innovative educators know that students own the learning, but at the same time, the educators are responsible for the success of their students. Therefore it is in everyone's best interest to review the

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Music - Tool of Engagement or Weapon of Mass Distraction?

To be or not to be? That is the question for many teachers when it comes to allowing music in the classroom. Many see it as a distraction, but young people often disagree. Innovative educators know that students own the learning, but at the same time, the educators are responsible for the success of their students. Therefore it is in everyone's best interest to turn to the research and find out

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: Tech to Connect with Families - Oct 5 at 7pm

We are well into the 2017/18 school year and that means it is time to focus on ideas, tips and strategies for using tech to effectively connect with families.  

#NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon (@eileen_lennon) moderates with me throwing in my two cents.

You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:

Q1. Share tech tools you have used to connect with

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If These Walls Could Talk...What Messages Can You Share with Staff, Students, & Families?

I had the opportunity to visit Facebook to learn how other school districts and businesses were using Workplace: Facebook's answer to connecting whole organizations with familiar tools like chat, Facebook Live, and groups, so they can turn ideas into action. While it comes with a price tag for businesses, it happens to be free for education institutions. 

But this post isn't about that, it

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Financial Literacy: A Subject Most Students Would #Love2Learn But Never Do

The book inspired by the card may be found here.
The Freakonomics podcast here and the show on NPR here.

It’s no wonder Harold Pollack’s photo of the infamous index card with all the financial advice anyone would ever need, went viral. Americans have a thirst for quick advice on making sound financial decisions. That’s because, when it comes to personal finance, Americans are woefully

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It’s Class Load, Not Just Size, That Matters

The 2017 school year has launched for students across the nation and that is when questions from passionate and innovative educators begin on how to support student learning. One common thread is the reality that learning can not be anonymous. You must know your students. Or, as Jeff Bliss reminded us a few years back , you need to touch a student’s freakin heart before you can reach their minds

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A Common Sense Approach to Watching How Gender Stereotypes Impact Student Development

Educators know that when it comes to gender roles, the media can do a better job of promoting more positive, accurate gender representations that give kids the freedom they need to be themselves. Parents agree. According to a study done by Common Sense, they are concerned about what their children see in the media.

5 Qualities Parents Want for Role Models

Here is what the Common Sense

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#XQLive Brought to You By @XQAmerica - Thoughts from an Innovative Educator

Following the airing of XQ: The Super School Live program my social media feed blew up a bit with comments  from my educator friends on threads like this one. The program featured a project spearheaded by Lauren Powel Jobs (aka Steve's window) and Russlynn H. Ali, who served as the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights during the Obama administration. The show was a joint

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