Sunday, July 5, 2015

How Technology Can Help Beat the Heat in Unairconditioned Classrooms

I work in one richest cities in America, though you might not know it if you stepped into one of our schools at the end of the school year. That’s because we still haven’t figured out air conditioning for all our public school students. This recent NYTimes article  addresses the long-time issue which was also covered 16 years prior in this NYTimes article.  Back then Randi Weingarten who served as the president for the United Federation of Teachers said, “It's inhuman to subject kids and adults to schooling in this kind of heat. If this doesn't convince people that we need to air-condition schools, then I don't know what will.''


Weingarten is right when it comes to summer school, and today, the education department says they are committed to ensuring all summer school classes have air conditioning. However, during the regular school year, when temps are on the rise, it might just be a good time for students to rise up and out of their seats and learn in a city with some of the most amazing resources available to humankind.


As Elliot Washor suggests in his book, “Leaving to Learn” is a good thing. Get out of the school and into one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

Explore. Live. Learn.  

Fire hydrant fun: Children welcomed sweltering weather in 1954 because it gave them a chance to frolic under the spray of fire hydrants; pictured, near New York City's Columbus Circle

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Hottest Posts Everybody'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
Jun 23, 2015, 
3102
Jun 17, 2015, 
2088
Jul 15, 2010, 
1927
Jun 28, 2015, 
1871
May 27, 2015,
1542
Jun 30, 2015, 
1450
Jun 25, 2015, 
957



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Capture Tweets to Share with Others

At #ISTE2015 there are a lot of great Tweets and some you may want to share with others where you work.  Do you know how to do that?  If not, read this to learn how in a few easy steps.

1) Find the Tweet
2) Right click on the date
3) Select "Copy link address"
4) Select "Open in new tab" to see what it looks like to others


Here is what the link looks like when others open it:



Sunday, June 28, 2015

What If We Changed the Word "Classroom" to "Learning Studio" - Talk with @PeggySheehy at #ISTE15

At the #HackED15 pre-conference at #ISTE15 I spoke with Peggy Sheehy (@PeggySheehy) about what she is doing to create an environment that inspires fun and meaningful learning with her middle school humanities students. I already knew she was inspiring student learning via games like World of Warcraft (here's her wiki that shows how), but it's not just about the learning that happens behind the screens. It takes more than throwing a bunch of cool new computers into a room to make a space where students want to be.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Hottest Posts Everybody'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
May 27, 2015, 
3365
May 24, 2015, 
1179
Jun 17, 2015, 
1090
Jun 23, 2015, 
941
Jul 15, 2010, 
814
May 31, 2015, 
745
Jun 13, 2013, 
713

Thursday, June 25, 2015

#FamiliesRead with Innovative Ideas for Today's Digital Learners

Kids these days. They're re-wired with a need for constant attention and engagement. They could never do what we did: Sit for hours locked in our room or under a tree with a single book.

And that's okay.

Don't knock em. Join em. Help em. Even learn from em.

Nearly 40% of parents say their child does not spend enough time reading for fun but when you take social media into account you realize that is simply not true. Today's digital learners are not only reading like never before, they are writing too using social media. And that's a great thing. More and more research shows this is an effective  way to increase literacy among our youth.

Here are some ways we can harness the power of social media to inspire reading (and writing!) and join families everywhere as part of the PTA Family Reading Challenge using social media.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4 Ways to Convey Your Message More Clearly

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of what people are trying, but not succeeding, to convey to others. They complain: “I tried to tell him…” (How to do that right. Not to do that. It wasn’t a good idea. This person was trouble, etc.) And, they think it is the fault of the person they tried to tell, for not listening.  However, when I ask how they tried to convey their message, I find sometimes the problem wasn't with the audience. Instead, it may be with the person “trying” to convey their message, idea, warning, or lesson.


You’ve seen this if you’ve ever watched someone trying to teach a person or class that’s just not getting it. You can spot when and where they’ve lost the audience. Perhaps they said one thing, but meant to say something else. Maybe they went too fast and someone couldn’t keep up or too slow and they got bored. Maybe the class completely misunderstood what was being conveyed. Maybe they didn’t have the foundation to grasp the concept or idea.  Maybe they just didn’t explain clearly or didn’t wait until the audience was focused and ready to receive the information.


Here’s the thing, if you want to be understood, it takes more work than just talking at your audience. There are some ways you can convey your message more clearly. This is important in general, but especially important for teachers to do effectively. Here are four strategies to keep in mind.
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