The Innovative Educator

Developing A Community High School - Lessons from @BrotherAmouzou at #TLTechLive

Wisdom Amouzou shared his approach to developing a community high school with education leaders across the country at the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Denver, CO.

His approach consists of these four phases:

1) Participatory Research2) Mission, Vision, Values3)School Model4) Community Outreach

The Community Design Team consists of 23 students, 8 parents, 6 community members,

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7 Dates #EdTech Teachers Need to Know

If you teach tech, then you need to know when important tech topics are celebrated across the year.

Below are the dates every tech nerd teacher needs to know (listed chronologically) to celebrate with students and families:

Digital Citizenship Week - October 15 - 19

National Bullying Prevention Month - October

Media Literacy Week - November 5 - 9, 2018

Hour of Code - December 3 - 9


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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: #DigCit #MediaLiteracy - Thursday at 7pm EST

How will you prepare your students to be media literate and responsible digital citizens? What do you have planned for the upcoming recognition dates?Citizenship Week - October 15 - 19National Bullying Prevention Month - OctoberMedia Literacy Week - November 5 - 9, 2018Join us Thursday as we discuss these and other topics about #digcit and #MediaLiteracy You can prepare for the conversation by

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New Infographic! 8-Step Plan to Finding A Student Internship

View on the web in presentation mode here or as a pdf here. 

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The Value of #EdTech Certifications: #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast 3.0

Cross posted at the #NYCSchoolsTech

Educators share the value in developing
expertise and showing what they know via #EdTech recognition programs like the #NYCSchoolsTech
Partner Certification Program . This program allows
educators to develop expertise and receive recognition from companies like
Common Sense Education, Google, Apple, Microsoft, PBS/WNET, BrainPop,
SoundTrap, and more.

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Freebie & Ideas For Parent-Teacher Conference Success

Parent-teacher conferences provide a way for
staff and families to better to connect to support students. They can also be
stressful for all parties involved. Parents and teachers may be nervous about
what the other will say to them about the child. To make conferences more
pleasant and strengthen relationships remember the importance of promoting good
will. Your job as a teacher will be

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Funny Face Picture Prompts Spice Up Class Photos

For most of us we have just two options when it comes to group photos.  Say cheese is the standard.  Okay, be silly, is next. Second grade teacher Shira Moskivitz has figured out a way to make boring class or staff photos a thing of the past.  She has come up with dozens of other picture prompts teachers can use to make this year's class photo stand out.  

Step Away from the "Say Cheese"

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: #EdTech Certifications. Tonight at 7pm EST

Join us tonight (Thursday) as we discuss #edtech certification programs and how NYC uses them to support our growth. #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:
Q1 Why would you pursue an #edtech certification? #NYCSchoolsTechChatQ2 How does/could your school/district utilize

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#BacktoSchool List No No #1 - Graphing Calculators

It is not unusual for costly graphing calculators to be a part of back-to-school lists. The arguments go something like this. We need students to have a separate non-computer graphing calculator to know they really know how to use a graphing calculator.

Wait, what world are we preparing our kids for?  The only business place in the world in the 21st century where you'd see graphing calculators

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The Real Way to Avoid Hearing from the Same 26 Facebook Friends

Innovative educators are generally good fact checkers and don't fall for chain social posts like the one making its rounds about seeing the same 26 people on Facebook.  They know to verify and that even a basic search on The Google will help you find out if what you are reading is fact or fake.

A reason so many people were quick to believe "the same 26 people" story is because Facebook does have

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