Wednesday, May 4, 2016

To Certify Or Not To Certify? That Is The Question for Tonight's #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Apple, Microsoft, Google...Oh my! What does it mean to be a certified educator and is this something you should pursue?  These are some of the topics we'll be discussing on tonight's #NYCSchoolsTechChat on Twitter at 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Our last chat was a huge success with more than a million impressions.  You hope innovative educators will join the success in our next chat where we'll discuss ed tech certification.

In New York City we have hundreds of educators certified as experts in the use of their favorite tech resources including the biggies above and more such as Common Sense Education, Thrively, PBS, and more. NYC Schools educators can apply to participate in these free programs at 

One participant, Chris Casal, had this to say about his experience:

As a teacher heavily involved with Apple, Google, and social media I must say these connections are extremely valuable for both me and my students. I think it's great to have direct access to folks at Google, Common Sense, Edmodo, etc. Because of these connections Lisa Nielsen has fostered I have gotten access to preview software which has helped me prep & plan for use with my students and allowed me time to experiment & ask questions so I can be a better resource for my colleagues.

If corporations create great products & platforms for education that's great. If they offer free assistance to educators to become better versed in their products and provide better learning experiences for students I think it's awesome.

Another win-win is that these corporations take insight from teachers in developing future iterations with students & education in mind.

During the chat we'll be discussing these questions:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Move Beyond Traditional Q & A in the Classroom

Innovative educators often are not fans of traditional teaching dominated by sage on the stage lecturing from the front of the classroom, occasionally pausing to ask a question and point to a child whose hand is raised. While direct instruction has its place, in general innovative educators strive for more of them (students) and less of us (educators). I had the opportunity to share ideas about how to move beyond traditional question and answer teaching and onto ways to ask questions that promote deeper thinking, offer more authentic assessment, and think about how students can do stuff rather than just talk about stuff.  I'm joined by Sarah Johnson and Ben Johnson in an episode of Studentcentricity, hosted by Rae Pica. 
Click the image below to listen to what we have to say about why the old method of using questions is obsolete and share five ways to move beyond the traditional classroom Q & A.