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After 4+ years of piloting our 4 Shifts discussion protocol with thousands of educators, I am delighted to announce that our new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning, is now available! Over the past few years the protocol has really started to take off. In schools and districts all around the world, we have teachers, […]
Cross posted at the Educators share the value in developing expertise and showing what they know via #EdTech recognition programs like the . This program allows educators to develop expertise and receive recognition from companies like Common Sense Education, Google, Apple, Microsoft, PBS/WNET, BrainPop, SoundTrap, and more. #NYCSchoolsTech educators interested in learning more and applying for these programs can visit the training tab of our website at and join our . In this podcast #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast host, Nancy Ribak Altadonna interviews four innovators who share how these recognition programs have supported their teaching, learning, leading, and sharing their knowledge with others.
Pages Sunday, September 16, 2018 Freebie & Ideas For Parent-Teacher Conference Success Parent-teacher conferences provide a way for staff and families to better to connect to support students. They can also be stressful for all parties involved. Parents and teachers may be nervous about what the other will say to them about the child. To make conferences more pleasant and strengthen relationships remember the importance of promoting good will. Your job as a teacher will be easier if parents are your partners and look forward to your conversations with them about their child.
Learning math by building bridges or designing aircraft wings is inspiring. Chugging through the odd-numbered practice problems at the end of the chapter is not. Improving our community by collecting data and investigating the causes of local environmental challenges is inspiring. Participating in artificial, recipe-like science ‘experiments’ from a publishing company is not. Wrestling with controversial […]
The St. Vrain Valley School District is arguably the most innovative school district here in Colorado. And I’m incredibly excited to lead their next principal licensure cohort starting in January 2019. Woo hoo! Here is the district’s latest video. Public education proud, indeed. Get ready to take the world by #StVrainStorm!!!! Happy viewing! On a […]
For most of us we have just two options when it comes to group photos. Say cheese is the standard. Okay, be silly, is next. Second grade teacher has figured out a way to make boring class or staff photos a thing of the past. She has come up with dozens of other picture prompts teachers can use to make this year's class photo stand out. Step Away from the "Say Cheese" Instead Be a Superhero #NYCSchoolsTech Superhero Trainer TeamCheck out the funny face picture list below and find the prompts you think your class would like best.
Recently I shared some stories of youth using technology in amazing, empowered ways with a group of educators. One of them asked me: So you believe that students should be on computers all the time in school? I was taken aback for a second. It’s an enormous leap from ‘technology can empower students in interesting […]
Seth Godin said: Useful modern education is not the work of rote. When you tell someone the answer and then give them a test to see if they remember what you told them, that’s not education, it’s incented memorization. via https://seths.blog/2018/09/the-trick-question
Join us tonight (Thursday) as we discuss certification programs and how NYC uses them to support our growth. teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:Q1 Why would you pursue an #edtech certification? Q2 How does/could your school/district utilize certified #EdTech teachers? #NYCSchoolsTechChatQ3 What #edtech certifications would you be interested in pursuing? Why? #NYCSchoolsTechChatQ4 How has/can certification help improve practice or benefit your work or career? #NYCSchoolsTechChatQ5 Share 1 way #edtech certification benefits students or staff? #NYCSchoolsTechChatChat details are below:Date: Thursday, September 6thTime: 7:00 pmTopic: The first five daysYour Host: @eileen_lennon (@NYCSchools)Co-Host: @InnovativeEdu (@NYCSchools)Remember to respond using the hashtag #NYCSchoolsTechChat and include the number of the question you are answering in your response i.
Pages Monday, September 3, 2018 #BacktoSchool List No No #1 - Graphing Calculators It is not unusual for costly graphing calculators to be a part of back-to-school lists. The arguments go something like this. We need students to have a separate non-computer graphing calculator to know they really know how to use a graphing calculator. Wait, what world are we preparing our kids for? The only business place in the world in the 21st century where you'd see graphing calculators being used to do work is Texas Instruments.
Arriving (M.A. Reilly, Over the Atlantic Years Ago) I. In the year after his death, broken from its moorings, my body no longer felt like mine. Adrift, I felt legless. Yes, I lifted an arm to take down the tea cup. I pressed an arm against the doorway. I moved in the world with a mindlessness that kept the separate, broken parts of me together. The limbs I once knew for 56 years propelled
M.A. Reilly, 2016 The Sky Over My Mother’s House by Jaime Manrique translated by Edith Grossman It is a July night scented with gardenias. The moon and stars shine hiding the essence of the night. As darkness fell —with its deepening onyx shadows and the golden brilliance of the stars— my mother put the garden, her house, the kitchen, in order. Now, as she sleeps, I
Our 11th University of Colorado Denver principal licensure cohort for the Jeffco Public Schools is 31 students strong! We’re off to an amazing start. Starting this week, we are sharing resources and blogging about educational leadership issues in addition to our class sessions. Our first three posts involve school vision and mission statements: How do we […]
Pages Sunday, September 2, 2018 The Real Way to Avoid Hearing from the Same 26 Facebook Friends Innovative educators are generally good fact checkers and don't fall for chain social posts like the one making its rounds about seeing the same 26 people on Facebook. They know to verify and that even a basic search on will help you find out if what you are . A reason so many people were quick to believe "the same 26 people" story is because Facebook does have an algorithm that limits the posts you see. Fortunately, there are fast, simple, and logical ways to change that.
A wonderful video from the Early Learning Alliance. Some of my favorite quotes include: I want school to do no harm. I don’t want my kids coming home less interested in their world than when they left. [YES!!] I wish I felt like I had somewhere to go to learn about what I’m interested in. […]
Jason Glass said: I have an assignment for you. Tonight, I want you to go on the internet and download some worksheets on quadratic equations – try for at least 20 of them … on each side of the page, spend some time memorizing the periodic table, and while you’re at it memorize the major […]
Pages Sunday, August 26, 2018 Use Reflection Signs to Sum Up & Celebrate Learning Looking for an efficient and effective way for classes to reflect upon what they've learned that works for introverts and extroverts alike. Then you might want to try this fun reflection sign technique. At the conclusion of a workshop, class, or unit, ask participants to speak in pairs or small groups about what they learned that they are excited to put into practice. Give participants an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper with a reflection prompt.