Sunday, November 23, 2014

Great Digital Citizenship Activity for Teens to #SayThanks this Thanksgiving

Looking for a terrific Thanksgiving week activity that teens will love? Facebook brings us their "Say Thank you" video tool. Students can let Facebook auto generate the video, or they can put some thought into selecting meaningful pictures and posts to customize the video.

This is a great activity because it opens up the conversation about digital citizenship. Conversations like:
  • What makes a good friend?
  • Do you like how your portraying your friendships online?
  • What kind of friend are you?
  • What do you like about how you share your friendships?
  • What might you do differently after thinking about this?
  • Why is important to say thank you and express kindness in social media?
  • What are some other ways we can let people know they are appreciated?
Here's a sample of what a video looks like:
    

Not only is this a fun conversation starter, it's a great way to look back on those in our lives and how we share these memories with others.

Want to give it a try?  Visit https://www.facebook.com/thanks then pick a friend and give it whirl!
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Want to do an activity for preteens or use a tool that's not blocked in many schools? Check out the Thanksgiving template from +PowToon . It provides a fun way for students of all ages to share what they are thankful for this week.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you.  If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment.

Entry
Pageviews
Oct 29, 2014, 
4375
Nov 19, 2014, 
3256
Nov 2, 2014, 
3441
Nov 12, 2014, 
2880
Oct 26, 2014, 
2281

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stop Letting Good Students Do Bad Presentations

The good news is that more and more often students are presenting at education conferences. The bad news is that they’re doing a poor job and it’s their teacher’s fault. 

Don’t be a teacher who let’s your students give a bad presentation. Before you have your students present make sure you’ve prepared them with these tips.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Considerations for #EdTech Purchases

Well into the 21st century, most schools acknowledge that for students to be prepared for college and career, they must have equity and access to technology. Providing technology resources is more than purchasing equipment and delivering it to a school. As we've learned from numerous other districts who've gotten this wrong (east coast and west), district-wide technology purchases can be a godsend or a disaster.  


Here are some recommendations for schools or districts that are allocating dollars toward technology.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you.  If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment.

Entry
Pageviews
Oct 29, 2014, 
3998
Oct 12, 2014, 
2915
Oct 15, 2014, 
2614
Nov 2, 2014, 
2320
Oct 26, 2014, 
2213
Jun 22, 2014, 
1049

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Conversation topics for educators in the age of social media

Social NetworkUsed effectively, social media can provide one of the most meaningful and powerful learning platforms available. Yet, in many cases, we don't have conversations about recommended practices and practices that teachers may want to reconsider. These conversations are important if we want to support others in dipping their toes (or diving) into these waters.   Below are some conversation starters about social media use. These may be helpful for educators to discuss and consider how teachers are engaging where you work. As you review this list, know that this is not the same old do's and don'ts list. Times are changing. Out with "don't talk to strangers" and in with "considering ways to help students in engage responsibly with strangers online to build their learning network." Take a look at the advice below. Do you agree? Disagree? Why? What's missing?
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