Lisa Nielsen

The Innovative Educator Named Top 10 Ed Leadership Blog

The Innovative Educator was selected from thousands of blogs as a top educational leadership blog by Feedspot using search and social metrics. This is the most comprehensive list of educational leadership blogs. 

Feedspot selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.

Blogs are ranked

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Google Slides Has Easy Peasy Accessible Closed Captions

Closed captioning is helpful for many students when listening to presentations, but it wasn't always easy to provide. 

Until now. 

Closed captioning in Google Slides is easy peasy? Just select "Present" and select "captions." Have questions? Read this "how to" from Google or watch the demo below.

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Inbox Zero or Inbox Infinity? Which Type Are You?

When friends or colleagues celebrate their "Inbox Zeros" I'm thinking, (not saying) really? "Is that how you want to spend (ahem waste) your time? Inbox Zero is so last decade." Interestingly many of the Inbox Zero folks are those who are not the most responsive to emails. The ones you are always circling back to follow up on an email.  

Inbox zero ? increased efficiency
Getting your inbox to

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: Valentine's Special Tonight at 7 p.m.

As Valentine's Day approaches, this chat will give participants ideas for way we can touch our students' hearts so we can reach their minds.

#NYCSchoolTech 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 What innovative approaches are you using in your classroom to

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2 Tips to Connect with More Families on Facebook

More and more educators and schools are using Facebook to connect with families. However, they might not be connecting with as many families as possible if they are not ensuring they are posting inclusive content. This is particularly important in places like New York City which serves a population where 20% of students have disabilities. About half of the population speaks a language other than

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Beyond Music & Weather: 3 Ways to Get Smarter with Smart Speakers

Smart speakers were "The Gift" of the 2018 holiday season. By the end of 2019 they are expected to be in about half of all American households. Alexa has a 66% share of the market. Google has 29%. HomePod has just 5%. 

Currently the top use for the device is playing music. This is followed by answering a general question, providing the weather forecast and telling a joke.  

So, where does

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Is Facebook Really Kicking Members Out of Groups?

If you are a member, moderator, or admin of any Facebook group, you may have heard a buzz that they are kicking out members unless they prove they are active. 

Is this true?
Let's look at the buzz.  Some admins are complaining that they're losing thousands of members. Some are saying they weren't informed in advance and there is no way to appeal. To prevent this, some admins are encouraging

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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

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How to Post Like a Role Model

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. #spsleads pic.twitter.com/kpURivieS7
— Joe Sanfelippo (@Joe_Sanfelippo) July 25, 2017
Sanfelippo's not alone. Supt Daniel Frazier

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Checklist for Inclusive Tweeting

Twitter is an important platform for sharing stories, ideas,
and connecting with others. However, many Tweeters are unintentionally leaving
out 15% of the world’s
population 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

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