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Pages Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Innovative Educators Don’t Recommend Screen Time Limits What recommendations should we be giving parents and youth when it comes to screen time? In past limiting some types of screen time made sense. A time when the American Pediatric Association (AAP) made long-standing screen time limits recommendations. However, those were based on research around passive television viewing and violent video games. Since then the AAP has backtracked. The APA acknowledges outdated views In 2015 Dimitri Christakis, AAP Council on Communication and Media member, revealed new information about the recommendations.
Pages Sunday, January 13, 2019 Guidelines for Posting Like A Role Model in Social Media More and more district and school staff are catching on to the advice of Superintendents like, Joe Sanfelippo who encourage staff to take every opportunity to say good things about their school. Never give up the opportunity to say something great about our school. — Joe Sanfelippo (@Joe_Sanfelippo) Sanfelippo's not alone. has put together . When the person in charge takes seriously the power of telling our own stories staff start to follow suit.
Pages Sunday, January 6, 2019 Checklist for Inclusive Tweeting Twitter is an important platform for sharing stories, ideas, and connecting with others. However, many Tweeters are unintentionally leaving out who have disabilities by not composing accessible Tweets. Fortunately, making accessible Tweets only requires awareness in a few areas. Camel Case Hashtags When you use hashtags, make them camel case. This means the first letter of each word is capital. This then becomes discernible to a screen reader allow the words to be read individually rather than a nonsensical word.
Betsy Corcoran, CEO of EdSurge, asked me to do two podcast interviews with her while I was at the EdSurge Fusion conference in San Francisco in October. The second recording is now available. Betsy asked me to discuss the 4 Shifts Protocol; my new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning; and how we should be thinking […]
We spent the last 200+ years (at least) pushing consumption models of learning on most of our students. We asked them to be passive recipients of whatever information came from the teacher or textbook. We gave them few opportunities to question the reliability or validity of the information that we spoon-fed them. We trusted that […]
… you must have deeper teaching. You can’t get to deeper learning with worksheets and end-of-chapter review questions. You can’t get to deeper learning with self-paced adaptive learning modules that emphasize facts and procedures. You can’t get to deeper learning with multiple-choice software and apps. You can’t get to deeper learning without actually changing day-to-day […]
Want to get some new ideas for new tools or resources you can use in the New Year to make teaching and learning more effective? Then join us for our monthly Twitter chat at 7:00 pm EST where #NYCSchoolsTech educators will share the favorite #EdTech tools they've been using this year. #NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. We will also be joined by some leading ed tech companies who will share what you can look forward to in 2019.You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:Q1 Share your favorite #edtech tool for this school year w/a link & why you love it.
Innovative educators usually know the basics of ensuring their tech works before presenting to students, staff, and families. Check the sound. Check the monitor. But that's just the beginning. If we really want to ensure we are including everyone in have access to what we are presenting, technology can take us even further.Here are some ideas based on recommendations from to you get started.1) Invite Technology UseToo often those without accessibility needs demonize technology, yet technology may be just the tool that is needed to include everyone.
Even innovative educators recognize the value of unplugging a bit during the holidays for family games. Here are some recommendations that may not be on your list. This list is gathered from a group of innovative educators who gathered over the holidays and shared some of their favorite games to play with family and friends.Games for the HolidaysThe Metagame is the ultimate cure for awkward silences. It sparks conversation about everything from high art to trashy entertainment and everything in between.
Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on. As school leaders we’re proud of – and point to – […]