Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to change your Facebook administrator from a personal to professional account

Innovative educators know it's not a great idea to use your personal account to administrate Facebook pages or groups that you are using for your school i.e. school page, library page, sports page.  However, for some, especially us early adopters, you may have a page that has been up and running for years using your personal account.

Don't worry! Switching it to a professional account is easy!

Step 1 - Select "Manage Admin Roles."

Step 2 - Select "Add Another Admin"
This is where you add a Facebook profile that has been set up for professional purposes and is not tied to a personal account.

Step 3 - Type in the name or email of the person you want to add.  This person must currently "Like" the Facebook page to be added.

Step 4 - Click the "x" to remove yourself as the administrator.



Saturday, March 29, 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.

Entry
Pageviews
Mar 23, 2014, 
3478
Mar 19, 2014, 
3347
Jun 13, 2013, 
2765
Mar 16, 2014, 
2406
Mar 9, 2014, 
1245

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

10 ways the research behind banning #mlearning for children is flawed


You may have come across Cris Rowan's popular HuffPost piece explaining 10 reasons handheld devices should be banned for children under 12. You may also haveread the rebuttal from a librarian mom who explains why she will continue to give her children handheld devices. While the pro-device author explains the benefits of handhelds, what she doesn't uncover is that the research cited by the original author doesn't support her claims.

In fact, the research cited in the Rowan piece is so unsupportive of her claims, it seems possible that the real motive behind the article was to test the reader's gullibility. If readers had dug a little deeper, they'd find the truth.

The research focuses mainly on passive television consumption and video games that are either simple or for mature audiences. Much of it also is focused, not on pre-teens, but rather on teens and adults. The research shows a dearth of findings around the type of technology use in which the overwhelming majority of children engage.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Is boredom the real epidemic in our schools?

Me and my mother
I was at a large conference in the fall when the presenter asked the audience of more than 1000 educators to say the first word that comes to mind when thinking of high school. As if rehearsed for church choir, the audience responded.

Their answer? 

BORED!

I was thinking, wow! We all know this truth yet seem to accept it as just the way things are. When I tell this to other educators, some push back sharing all sorts of positive memories they had of high school. Still that doesn't negate the fact that a room full of pedagogical strangers came up with one answer to describe their high school experience. This hit home for me. 

When I was just three years old, my mother was called into my pre-school because they were concerned that there was something seriously wrong with me. In fact among other things they thought I might be "retarded." The conclusion was made based on warning signs they observed such as my not paying attention in class.  Fortunately, my mother got a second opinion and found the cause behind my lack of focus wasn't a mental condition, but in short, it was simply that I was bored. 

You can hear the story from my mother here:



Saturday, March 22, 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.

Entry
Pageviews
Mar 19, 2014, 
2162
Jul 15, 2010, 
1896
Jun 13, 2013, 
1799
Mar 9, 2014, 
1680
Mar 16, 2014, 
1318

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How obsolete is your school? Take this quiz to find out.

In his recent article, "14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools," Ingvi Hrannar Ă“marsson, gives innovative educators, students, and parents some food for thought in their own schools. When I read the article, I couldn't help but think that an excellent activity would be to turn the article into a quiz for school staff, students, and parents. After taking the quiz, they could compare results, see where they are, discuss what is working well, and also figure out some ways to update practice.

The quiz is at the end of this post. Once you take it, share how you did in the below poll. Results from first poll:


In the comments, please share any tips, ideas, suggestions for how you've successfully updated outdated practices in your school. Hopefully we'll learn some good ideas from one another.     

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Google Drive gets add-ons. Yeah or Eh?

I was stoked this week when I learned Google Drive now has these cool add-ons which you can get to right from the menu bar.

There are a number to choose from.

Saturday, March 15, 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.




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5 Ways to Encourage Child Creativity

Schools don’t have to kill the creativity Sir Ken Robinson laments in his popular video. To follow are a few ideas that can teachers can share with parents, or use in their classrooms, to provide young people with the inspiration to be creative.  

1) Create safe havens
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way tells the guardian that by “Creating safe havens where our children are allowed to dream, play, make a mess and, yes, clean it up, we teach them respect for themselves and others.”

2) Interact with your child
Spend time interacting with your child while she is learning. For example when learning about historical events you can discuss questions like, “what do you think happens next?” Then you can compare what they thought would happen with the reality and talk about what outcomes might have been had events occurred in another way.  These “inbetween” lesson times are ideal for creative thinking. You can find materials for these types of activities at places like the Library of Congress Primary Source Sets or Pencil Street kids history resources.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Face off: @Twitter verses @Remind101 for family outreach via texting

To engage or not to engage? That is the question when it comes to figuring out the best platform for strengthening the home-school connection with texting.

Schools know that texting is a great way to reach out to families. It’s better than the “robo-calling” that is only one-way, is overwhelmingly reported as an annoyance to the Better Business Bureau, can disturb parents at work, or set off all the school staff phones ringing at the same time. They also know texting works well if you have a population that is less likely to have reliable, ongoing access to the internet. It’s also one of the best ways to get information right from your school and into the pockets of those who care about students.  

But with so many choices out there, which is the best one to choose?

Twitter and Remind 101 are two of the most popular free services available to text parents. But how do you know which one is best for you?

Saturday, March 8, 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.

Entry
Pageviews
Jun 3, 2012, 
4124
Jun 13, 2013, 
1719
Feb 9, 2014, 
1526
Feb 3, 2014, 
1382
Jul 15, 2010, 
1287
Feb 23, 2014, 
1226
Feb 14, 2014, 
1207
Feb 8, 2011, 
1158

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Innovative Educator named top #Homeschool #EdTech blog


Top 5 EdTech Blogs for HomeschoolWhen we think of innovative educators, we often think of classrooms and teachers, but we sometimes forget parents are employing innovative strategies to support learning outside of school.  For home educators this is just a way of life, but parents who choose school can also play a key role in helping their children learn. When they do, I am happy to know that The Innovative Educator was named a top five ed tech blog for homeschoolers by WizIQ who provides an online learning platform on which to deliver classes.

Other blogs named were Free Technology for Teachers, Get Me Geeky, and The Wired Homeschool.  Check out the article and these other great blogs at http://blog.wiziq.com/top-5-ed-tech-blogs-help-integrate-technology-homeschool 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Scholarships infographic - Were you aware of these facts?

Innovative educators know that as spring is about to be sprung upon us, so are the deadlines for most scholarships and financial aid. Check out this interesting infographic from FluidReview that gives you the skinny with facts and figures about various scholarships they've collected over the years as a result of offering one of the top scholarship management software platforms on the web today.

Some interesting facts you'll find include distribution by race and sex, average amount awarded, and perhaps most important, some unusual scholarships that are out there such as tall people, coffee lovers, and skateboarders.

Check it out.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The answer to helping teens find an internship or apprenticeship

Innovative educators want students to be able to find a job after completing their education, but as reported by the Associated Press more than half of America's recent college graduates are either unemployed or working in a job that doesn't require a bachelor's degree.

Anthony Cody explains that it is not that schools are failing to teach students to become skilled workers, but that schools are not providing them with enough experience doing things in the world.

Innovative educators can help change that by helping teens find an internship or apprenticeship.  I share some ideas to do that with my post in Answers.com here.

The post hits on the key elements for success listed below.
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