The Innovative Educator

Resources to Help Parents Raise Empowered Digital Citizens from @CommonSenseEdu

Kids today.  They're addicted to their phones. Distracted. Cyber bullied. Right? 

Well not quite.

Kids today are living in a world more connected then ever before. They are living in a world where they can harness the power of social media for social action and they are doing that in ways many adults could never even imagine. 

As innovative educators we do our part to help our students become

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Build Community & Bring The World Closer Together with Group Insights

For the past ten years I've moderated online communities in numerous platforms including Facebook, Ning, Yammer, O365 Groups and Teams, Edmodo and Google Groups. Facebook is the platform that has had the most success in retaining engaged members. 

If you are an innovative educator who values building community and meaningful connections among peers, it is likely you have had experience

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6 Steps to Get Going with Infographics from @Eileen_Lennon

to this episode of the 10 Minute Teacher.

We're more likely to read things that are visually
appealing, so if you want to get your message out there, consider making an

Want to know how? Check out this episode of the 10 Minute Teacher podcast where
#NYCSchoolsTech educator, Eileen Lennon shares ideas with Coolcat Teacher Vicki
Davis about her tips, tricks, and

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: #FinancialLiteracy #FinLitMonth Tonight at 7 p.m.

During this month's
#NYCSchoolsTechChat we will address practical ideas and approaches teachers can use to ensure students receive instruction and resources necessary for financial success. #NYCSchoolsTech teacher Eileen
Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two

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

Q1 What approaches are you

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Why I'm Not Leaving Facebook & You Shouldn't Either

You've seen the dramatic posts of friends who are bidding Facebook adieu because Facebook knows too much or it’s too depressing or, on and on...

I won't be one of those leaving Facebook, unless something better comes along. That's because I don't have the problems with it that others do and the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

Here's why...

Problems I don't have with Facebook


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The New Setting Every Group Moderator Must Know and Tips to Use It Effectively

If you’ve ever been in an online community you are familiar with the posts that get a lot of attention. This usually also equals a lot of comments. When the comments start to pile in, it is hard to keep track of what’s what. What’s worse, sometimes the information shared is incorrect. Others times the comments go off track.

One of the most annoying thing is when commenters chime in without

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3 Musts-Haves During Virtual Meetings, Hangouts,, Chats, or Conference Calls

Whether you are an innovative
educator or a student, in the 21st century, we’re all global learners who make
global collaborations. This means being able to effectively interact with
people whether they are in your classroom, district, or across the state, country,
or world.

You do not want your meetings
or calls to look like this:

When you do, there are some
protocols to put in

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5 Innovative Suggestions For Supporting "Kids Today"

Articles complaining about kids today aren’t too uncommon. Making the rounds is this article that asks, “WHY ARE KIDS IMPATIENT, BORED, FRIENDLESS, AND ENTITLED?”

I couldn’t disagree more with most of the answers among which include delay gratification, limit technology, and the very worst of all, “Teach your child to do monotonous work from early years as it is the foundation for future ‘

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6 Innovative Options for Students Who Don't Like Regular School

note: This is part of a series entitled "Innovative Approaches to Support At-Risk Youth."

Let’s face it. A traditional school approach
doesn’t work for every student... and that’s okay. Fortunately, there are
options in place for students interested in pursuing alternative pathways.
 Here are alternative options parents and students can consider.

1) High School Equivalency:


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5 Parent Resources to Support Children in Being Safe & Responsible Digital Citizens

Kids today!  If you believed the headlines, you'd think that technology has created a generation of kids who are impatient, bored, and entitled. While that could be true, don't blame the kids or the tech. It is up to the adults in their worlds to ensure we raise kids who know how to be safe and responsible digital citizens.  

Educators do this by following the
curriculum from providers like

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