Friday, July 22, 2016

11 Crucial Steps to @FacebookLive Your Next Presentation

If you're planning to Facebook Live your next presentation at an event for others who can't be there to enjoy, you just need to follow these steps.

  1. Image showing Facebook pre-live message
    More tips at
    Set Facebook Live up on the presenter phone a few minutes before the session starts. This includes making sure it is fully charged and connected to the internet.
  2. Tap “What's on your mind” at the top of News Feed.
  3. Select “Live Video” from the dropdown menu.
  4. Write a catchy description like the one in that photo to the right.
  5. Choose “Public” for your audience before hitting "Go Live."
  6. Ask a participant to tape you.
  7. Ask another participant to manage the livefeed which includes:
    • Posting the link in relevant places such as Twitter with the correct hashtag, backchannel conversation, relevant groups
    • Monitor / respond to comments
    • Include any relevant links or resources as they come up
    • Bring relevant comments or questions to your attention.  Bonus if you respond to Live commenters!
  8. Ask participants who don’t want to be filmed to sit in a particular section in the room.
  9. You'll see a three-second countdown before your broadcast begins!
  10. Go Live!
  11. When you're done signal the audience, say goodbye, and let them know where to find you next.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

5 Benefits of Having a Twitter Scavenger Hunt at Your Next Event

At this year's annual #NYCSchoolsTech Summit we are trying something new. We are going to have a Twitter Scavenger hunt inspired by the NYSCATE conference I attended where @Spiffwhitfield, @JenLaubscher, and @ransomtech manned the social media booth. Scavenger hunts serve many purposes. Here are just some of the benefits of conducting a Twitter Scavenger Hunt at your next conference, event, or celebration.

  1. It’s a fun way to support attendees in getting to know one another.
  2. It’s a terrific way to share ideas.
  3. It is an effective way to celebrate the great work of the educators in attendance.
  4. It helps attendees have a focused way to see what is taking place at the event.
  5. It provides an introduction and fun way to interact with some of the key players at the event.  

Below is our scavenger hunt.  Check it out and consider if this is something you might do at a future event.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

How to Use Facebook Live for Learning: 5 Outcomes, 4 Things to Remember, 4 Mistakes to Avoid, 1 Great Video

It's no secret that livestreaming video that can be viewed later, is an incredibly powerful learning tool. In fact @MarkBarnes19 explained in this #HackLearning podcast, that livestreaming has the potential to break down the walls of school.

The problem is that despite we know this is true, it hasn't. The question is why?

The answer...

Because it's not that simple. Regardless of the platform, there are a lot of confusing little details. A Google Hangout on Air requires "7 Not So Simple Steps." There are platforms like UStream and Livestream, but still, not so simple and not so intuitive for others to find.  Some people use Skype add-ons and equipment to record, but add-ons and equipment are not that simple.

But, there's good news. That has all changed.

Facebook Live puts the simple into livestreaming. Seriously! If you can write a Facebook post, you can "Go Live!" Here's how:
It's literally that simple.  I tested out my first Go Live broadcast of a learning event this week capturing Alan November speaking to leaders in New York City. 

The first thing you should know is this.

It was AWESOME!!!!!!!!

So awesome that I think every educator who considers themselves innovative as well as those who don't should be doing this.  With just my phone, a Facebook post, and no preparation, I made a livestream that got this reaction.

The second thing you should know is this.

Friday, July 15, 2016

11 Takeaways fr @Globalearner (Alan November's) Talk to #NYCSchoolsTech Leaders

Alan November spoke to a group of leaders from New York City. Here are the takeaways and resources I collected. 
  1. Make thinking visible. It’s not as important to know “what” a student does as it is to know “why” they do it.  
  2. The real revolution is not technology. It is information.  Don't ask what tech we need, ask are the students/staff getting the information they need when they need it. Determine if students own the learning. 
  3. Stop delaying feedback. Game design and instant responsive feedback has it right.
  4. Stop lecturing and consider more assessment not less with students leading the learning. Test twice.
  5. Beware of the curse of knowledge. An expert can't understand a beginners learning issues. The more you know, the less effective you become.
  6. Teachers sell a product to a market that doesn't want it.
  7. Don't start with content. Start with real problems.
  8. Pilots and surgeons have a checklist. We need to determine what an educator's checklist should include.
  9. Assessment can be the silent killer of learning. We're so focused on giving rubrics that we're hurting kids.
  10. To ask good questions students need to know the types of questions to ask. 
  11. When we change from "solve" to "involve" we transform learning. 

You can visit my blog on Sunday, July 17th to see his talk and also discover the lessons I learned about livestreaming a talk.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Share Tips & Best Practices for Summer Learning During Tonight's #NYCSchoolsTechChat

I hope you'll join us for our fourth monthly #NYCSchoolsTechChat taking place today, Wednesday, July 13th at 4 pm. The topic is "Summer Learning." It will be led by Twitter Chat Queen, @eileen_lennon (@NYCSchools) with me, @InnovativeEdu  (@NYCSchools) and @TaliCSM (@CommonSenseEd) serving as trusted co-hosts.

The chat will serve as an opportunity to share how you learn best, where you learn best, and some great links for where to learn more this summer.

You can prepare for the chat by thinking about answers to these five questions:
  • Q1 What topics are you most interested in exploring this summer, now that you have time?
  • Q2 How are you learning this summer? (eg: via social med, books, PDs) & what do you like most about learning this way?
  • Q3 How do you plan to extend this learning into the school year? #NYCSchoolsTechChat
  • Q4 Give a shout out & share what you’ve learned from a past, present, or future #NYCSchoolsTechChat participant
  • Q5  Share links to your favorite books, sites, spaces, resources for learning & connecting

Remember to respond using the hashtag and question you are responding to.

Here's an example:
A1: This summer I am learning abt #Virtual Reality. #NYCSchoolsTechChat

I hope you'll join the conversation tonight at 4 pm est to give and get ideas about learning this summer.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

It’s Not That Easy

I started my day reading a post from Pernille Ripp entitled If Not Now where she explains that change will only come if we all speak up. She says she is not sure how she got to be someone others sometimes listen to but she advises that even if we may not think of our voices as are nothing special a and we have no business speaking up, if we see injustice and believe in our own self worth, we must speak.

As someone who has spent the majority of my career speaking up, I want to shed light on why Pernille and others who speak up are sometimes listened to and why it’s not that easy.

Why it’s not that easy

When you speak up, you put yourself out there and you are vulnerable to attack. This is not easy to endure. For example, I have helped many parents opt their children out of standardized testing when the testing was harming their children. These parents and I were berated by other parents who believed parents had no right to speak up for their children’s education. You can see examples of those posts here and here. In each case, despite the fact that their children could suffer health risks if taking the tests other parents lashed out at these parents and me for standing up for their children.
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