Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Hottest Posts of 2015 - Holiday Reading

BYOD, Social Media + Research - Most Popular in on The Innovative Educator in 2015.

Happy holidays innovative educators. I hope this was a great year for one and all and that you found at least a post or two here on The Innovative Educator blog that helped make your year a success.  The top post of the year is something I feel strongly about teachers remembering and that is that when it comes to learning, we are not the most important factor. Check out the post and see if you agree.  

Overall the most popular posts were those relating to research,  bring your own device, and harnessing the power of social media in general and Twitter in particular. It is clear that educators are hungry for evidence to support their decisions to bring new ideas to the classroom. It is also refreshing to see that more and more educators, schools, and districts (see #20 - my district!) are embracing bring your own device. 

Some reflections 

On a personal note, I was happy to see the #12 post make it to the top where I share my frustration about the role of law enforcement in my community. I was also happy that post #15 got a lot of attention and even inspired a Twitter chat. It addresses strategies every school can incorporate to make their environment more welcoming. #19 points out my very favorite laptop device. The Chromebook Flip. It has a price point under $300 and is my personal go-to device for work or play. During my recent trip to Israel it is the only device I took with me. It is lightweight, robust, touch screen and has an 8-hour-battery life.  

There are several others rounding out the top 20. 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.

1The Teacher Is Not The Most Important Factor When It Comes To Learning1119911/22/2015
27 Must-Haves for Teaching + Learning with #BYOD 109633/22/2015
310 Tips for Students to Keep in Mind When Using Social Media108018/16/2015
47 Innovative #EdTech Practices You Can Implement at No Cost99143/15/2015
55 Benefits of Using a Hashtag for Events97268/2/2015
6Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning95755/3/2015
7Screentime - Focus On Quality, Not Quantity89834/12/2015
87 Ways Social Media Has a Role in Education85823/18/2015
9New Research Shows Digital Content Increases Student Achievement83545/24/2015
10New Research: Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past79895/27/2015
11Don't Go #BacktoSchool without Knowing How Every Child Thrives75268/9/2015
12Relationships, Not Fines, Lead to Great Schools + Communities72448/20/2015
13Should cellphones be allowed in school?72038/12/2015
14Confronting Fears - #BYOD for Students71211/13/2015
156 Updates to Welcome Your School Community70069/13/2015
165 Strategies To Trend On Twitter at Your Next Event69958/5/2015
17A Learning Model with No Tests, Teachers, or Curriculum Standards68499/15/2015
18Socialization: How are Schools Doing?68437/15/2015
19Flipping for New Chromebook for Today’s Classrooms64427/29/2015
20After the Cell Phone Ban - NYC Schools Launch #BYOD60287/19/2015

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