Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Ways to use social media to spice up your next museum trip

It’s not uncommon for today’s children, brought up in a fast-paced, digital world, to become bored and uninterested when visiting cultural institutions. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Sometimes the first step to enjoying art is to look forward to a museum visit as something that is fun. Social media can provide a great way to engage young people during a trip to museum, landmark, or other cultural institution. At the same time, it might just connect them to a new community of others who share a love of arts and culture that they didn’t know they had.

Here are some fun and innovative ideas for teachers and parents to try on their next field trip.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

#BYOD Management from the experts: @mluhtala @jksuter @hobsonjill

Listen as bring your own device (BYOD) experts discuss best practices for classroom management.  Special guests Jill Hobson @hobsonjill, Michelle Luhtala @mluhtala, and Jason Suter @JKsuter all currently work in BYOD environments and share insights about the following topics:
  • Getting started with byod management.
  • Preventing distraction. 
  • Fostering trust in students who are using their own devices.
  • The role of students in classroom management.
  • Explaining this will work to administrators.
  • Getting parents to support responsible use.  
Watch the video below then check out the collection of Tweets on Storify filled with insights and resources.

Saturday, April 12, 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.

Mar 19, 2014, 
Mar 23, 2014, 
Jun 13, 2013, 
Mar 16, 2014, 
Mar 9, 2014, 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Inspiring story of social media giving @CarlysVoice a #StuVoice

Carly Fleischmann hadn't communicated with many people before she started using social media. That is because Carly doesn't speak. Today however, social media has opened the door to give this very social young lady access to connecting with tens of thousands of people around the world. 

In the video below, Carly shares, "The moment when I typed on social media for the first time a sense of belonging and a feeling of being heard came over me. I was surprised how I was now a part of society in a social way. It has brought me out of my shell and allowed me to help people learn about autism straight from the horse's mouth."

Social media is an amazing tool to give us a voice, allow us to share our stories, and connect to others.  How are using using social media to open up doors to the students with whom you work?
Get social!
-->Follow Carly on Twitter at 
-->Like her Facebook page at 

Consider this...
How can you use Carly's social media presence as a model for the students with whom you work?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Google Hangout on Air - Managing BYOD - Live on April 7th!

Join me for a BYOD Google Hangout on Monday, April 7th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 


Managing the BYOD classroom

Guests will discuss the following

  • Getting started with byod management.
  • Preventing distraction.
  • Fostering trust in students who are using their own devices.
  • The role of students in classroom management.
  • Explaining this will work to administrators.
  • Getting parents to support responsible use.  

    Our special guests include

    • Jill Hobson @hobsonjill
    • Michelle Luhtala @mluhtala 
    • Jason Suter @JKsuter
    Connect with them on Twitter!

    • Join our backchannel conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BYODEquity. See all the backchannel hashtags on our Tagboard at
    Join the hangout at this link 

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    Teen explains the power of a student PLN

    Guest post by Connor Wood

    I had never heard of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) before Lisa Nielsen asked me to write about mine. I did not originally set out to make a PLN. It just sort of happened as I started asking around for interviews for my education blog, Trismegistus Nab-tu-we. I also contacted author  Henry Olsen and entrepreneur William Peregoy. They were both helpful in giving me the tools and ideas I needed to start my blog and autodidactism. There are a couple of other student groups I have turned to for advice including Students for Education Reform and The Providence Student Union.

    I have a little secret. Aside from my blog, the only social networking site I belong to is Google+ which is only because of my blog. I use Google+ for major posts, but not much besides that. I guess I am kind of old school in using my email for most of my networking. When I started going around looking for people to interview, I used only email. This allowed me to connect to progressive educators and reform activists like John Robinson, James Bach, Lisa Nielsen, and Jerry Mintz, all of whom have been extremely helpful in networking ideas and suggestions. Jerry and Lisa, for example, both recommended I get in touch with Nikhil Goyal. Additional help in getting my voice heard has come from Diane Ravitch and Mercedes Schneider. Lisa too has helped me a lot. Allowing me to contribute this guest post is an example of that.
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