Sunday, February 19, 2017

4 Sites to Fight Fake News

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Common Sense Education has released a 1-minute video featuring four websites to separate fact from fiction. When the next viral story, makes it to class, take break to discuss media literacy and help your students determine how these sites can be of value.

1)    Opensecrets.org
This site is all about following the money. It points out the connections among political contributions, lobbying data, and government policy. The site is run by a nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit, called the Center for Responsive Politics which is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The site was created so that citizens are empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy, and so they can use that knowledge to strengthen democracy. The site works to produce and disseminate information on money in politics to inform and engage Americans, champion transparency, and expose disproportionate or undue influence on public policy.


Here are some of the topics you will find on the site.


Innovative Educators: Not only is this a terrific site for the study of social studies and literacy, but it could also be a great resource for math / statistics.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

3 Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!

Making it to the top for the first time is a post that looks at ways that teachers who receive certifications / micro-credentials are showing off their digital badges. Check out the post to read about their innovative ideas, insights, and see actual examples. Next up is a post that has been at the top for a few weeks. It shares the insights colleagues and I came up with at EduConn 2017 when discussing the role of the teacher in the age of Google.

Another post that has made its way to the top for the first time provides five ways to know if you should really copy, paste, and share that thing someone told you to send. Read the post and save yourself or others the embarrassment of spreading fake news.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Why School Choice Does Not Lead to Fair Competition Or Innovation In Public Schools

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With the confirmation of Betsy Devos, people are trying to understand why there is such an outcry against choice. Isn’t competition a good thing? Reporter John Stossel said in a discussion on my Facebook page, “If the parents get to choose, and the money follows the kids, good schools will grow and bad ones will get better.”


But that can’t happen and the game isn’t fair.


Here’s why.


Once No Child Left Behind was enacted, public schools were forced to leave student-centered ideals behind and focus on ensuring children passed one-size-fits-all standardized tests that rewarded memorization and regurgitation. Authentic learning opportunities went to the wayside in public schools. Models like Big Picture Learning and Schoolwide Enrichment that honored students talents, passions, interests and abilities could not survive in such a climate. As a result, only private schools and charter schools are able to embrace models such as the Montessori Method,  Agile Learning, Reggio Emilia, and Democratic Schools that allow for the freedoms that can be realized when operating outside the restrictions and regulations imposed upon government schools.  


While some of these models were embraced in the past in public education, they can not survive the current climate of standardization and regulation. As a result the competition is rigged. Charters and privates can provide child-centered, innovative learning environments that the government prevents public schools from embracing.


Does it have to be that way?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Did Warren Buffett Really Asked You To Forward His Email? 5 Ways To Know.

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Fake news isn’t a new thing and it isn’t an internet thing. Many of us had our first experience with fake news when we were told about Santa Claus coming to town. That was followed by old wives tales. Stories that were generally told to discourage some type of behavior. Of course there was never proof. This is where, “Because I told you so” comes into play.


Then there was the chain letter. If you broke the chain surely you would receive bad luck. There's also scare mail. You know that email that warns you of dangers like poisonous perfume samples or the fright mail that says if you dodn’t send money somewhere something bad would happen.  


The internet and social media make the spread of fake information more simple, but it has always been there. Let’s take a look at a story that has been making the rounds in social media (Twitter. Facebook.)

Have you seen this one?


Warren Buffett is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is an idea that should be passed around.
The BUFFETT Rule (The email goes on with a bunch of “facts” and proposes a Congressional Reform Act.)


So, should this be passed on? Numerous people, like those below, thought it was worth a try.
But, was it really worth a try?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

3 Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!

Two of the top three posts look at the role of the teacher in the age of Google. The first outlines considerations. The follow up post shares what we learned about the role of the teacher during the conversation colleagues and I had at Educon. Check it out for some thoughtful insights.

Making it to the top for the first time is a post where principal and superintendent Chris Lehmann explains how schools can effectively develop their vision and mission and points to the idea that this should be revisited each year with stakeholders. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5 Ways to Show Off Your Digital Badges

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More and more entities are helping people show what they know with micro-credentials and digital badging.  Micro-credentials and certifications teach specific job skills and provide evidence indicating if these skills have been attained via a certificate or badge. The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) recommends using a badging system built on Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure. In their paper on the topic, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation explains that the badge image itself becomes the visual symbol or icon a learner can display to represent mastery or knowledge. Anyone clicking the image can link to verifiable information about who issued the badge, the evidence behind it, and its potential value.


In New York City thousands of teachers have participated in a program called Innovation Partner Professional Development (IPPD). The program produces expert New York City educators by providing them with best practices in using technology tools and resources for teaching and learning. Industry-leading companies like Common Sense Education, Promethean, Google, Newsela, and PBS have joined in this effort to develop experts in effective teaching methods, digital citizenship, family engagement, and using technology across subject areas. These teachers are prepared to share this knowledge with other educators in their schools, districts, and boroughs. 


Those who complete the program receive digital badges, but what is one to do with this recognition? Here are some ideas:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Who Gets to Tell [Y]Our story? @Edhistory101 - Uncovering The Truth With @JennBinis

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Who determines the truth and gets to tell the story of us in the history books? Jenn Borgioli Binis (@JennBinis), @edhistory101 host, led a conversation at Educon which looked at the answer to this question. She specifically looked at the history of education. She challenged attendees to think about stories told from the perspectives of those who haven’t traditionally told them and had schools named after them.

What if instead of getting the history of education from the men on the left side of the images below, we heard the stories from those on the right side?


One  Educon participant had this idea for getting started on the journey.

Here was the process we used:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

3 Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!

Making it to the top for the first time is a post that reveals the 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools. What do you think they are? Check out my post and see if I agree.

Next up is a post looking at the differences between terms like ed tech, tech ed, digital literacy, media literacy, & digital citizenship. Think you know the difference? Check out the post and see..  

Making its way to the top for the first time is a post about the power of social media to provide the experience of being in someone else’s shoes. Check out how that can work at Spend A Day In Someone's Shoes with Social Media.



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Thursday, February 2, 2017

#NYCSchoolsTechChat - #RespectforAllWeek with Guest @achaks CEO at @BloomzApp

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Did you know that February 13th marks the launch of #RespectforAllWeek? What will you do to support your students and families?

Haven't figured it out? Don't worry. Join us for our 10th monthly Twitter chat at 6:00 pm EST on February 2nd.

#NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents.

During the chat we will have special guest Chaks Appalabattula CEO at  which helps teachers save time in communication with parents.


You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Missions & Visions & Values...Oh My! Ideas for Doing It Well at #Educon

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Ahhh...the school mission statement. And then there is the vision statement. And, what the heck is the difference?  What are we really identifying and do we ever go back and re-examine to ensure it is still what we believe? 

At a session titled "Intentionality & School Design" at #Educon, for the most part, educators indicated that these statements, once created, were never looked at again. Should new staff come on board, they likely would never have a chance to understand what drove these statements. Existing staff can lose sight of from where it is they came. 

Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy (SLA) principal and superintendent for the Philadelphia School District asked educators to consider why it was not universal that the school community revisit these statements? He explained that at the 
heart of it is a school's core values. For SLA those are: Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Presentation, Reflection. They are posted in every classroom. 

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