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Stop Sending Attachments. How To Create Links Instead.

In the days of email, attachments were all the rage. Those days are gone. It's time to say RIP to old-school attachments and start using links instead.

Wondering why? Here's a comparison. 

Functions

Links

Attachments

Place on webpage

Yes

No

Share in form or application

Yes

No

Add to document

Yes

No

Use up storage space

No

Yes

Send in any text messaging / chat service

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How To Measure Tech's Success in Schools

How should we measure the benefits of technology in schools?

For the most part questions revolve around asking if technology will:

increase student achievement

make students smarter

result in better test scores

No. It won't.

Innovative educators understand that those are the wrong questions to ask.  

A better question to ask when looking at the advantages of technology in

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The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator

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up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is
for. 

What’s hot? Developing
your Personal Learning Network (PLN).

At the top is a post
from the past that takes us back to the basics with five ways to develop your
PLN.  Next up is a checklist for
effective professional learning opportunities where
I outline those things that you want to

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New York City Schools Reduce The Filter Divide

New York City Schools are paving the way toward addressing what has long been an issue for low income students:

The filter divide.

Children's Internet Protection Act

Because the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires filtering for schools receiving funding for low-income students to access the internet, many districts have simply gone too far. While their privileged peers

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From Banning to Embracing Social Media: #GovTechLive Names #NYCSchoolsTech Facebook Group & Twitter Chat Best in NYC

Visit the article here.

The New York City Department of Education has come a long way since 2012 when I took a risk and criticized the city's conservative approach to social media. It wasn't long after that I was brought on to help New York City schools embrace social media for teaching and learning. We started by developing guidelines "with" students and staff and offered related learning

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#NYCSchoolsTechChat: Diversity Matters Nov 2nd at 7pm

The New York City Department of Education is committed to Equity & Excellence for All: Diversity in NYC Schools. This means a commitment to supporting learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City. Educators across New York City will come together on November 7th for the #NYCSchoolsTech Summit on Diversity Matters. In advance of that event, we are hosing this Twitter chat to

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Financial Literacy: A Real & Relevant Way to Meet Math Standards & Develop #MoneySmartKids

Like many adults of my generation, I left high school and college without financial literacy skills. I’m not alone. In fact two-thirds of Americans couldn’t even pass a basic financial literacy test. It’s no wonder our household debt in our country is at a new peak.

Despite being one of the most important topics to prepare students for success in the world, financial literacy is not present

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The Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator

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What’s hot? Messaging and Music: To be or not to be.

In these posts we look at the advantages, considerations, and challenges when it comes to allowing students to listen to music and use messaging in the classroom.  

Want to know the verdict?  

Check out the hottest posts on The

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Is AR BS or Good Teaching & Learning?

Augmented Reality is nothing new for youth. It has been a part of student's social experience in apps like Snapchat and it made a big splash when Pokemon Go made its debut. But when it comes to learning, does it have a place?

While seeing an object, insect, or animal up close in an augmented reality is certainly preferably to reading about it in your science text, is it really the best way

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Google Movies: Fast, Fun, Easy Way to Capture & Celebrate Learning

Part of providing an effective learning opportunity includes capturing and celebrating the learning. There are numerous ways to do this. Lately, my favorite is Google Movies because it is a fast, fun, and easy way to document events.

Here's what you do.

During the event:

Take photos 
Record videos

After the event:

Go to Google Assistant on your phone
Tap "Movie"
Select photos and videos

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