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Lisa Nielsen
Works at New York City Department of Education
Attended Massachusettes College of Liberal Arts
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Can Schools #Race2TheTalk Abt Why #BlackLivesMatter?
I have black friends and colleagues disappointed with their non-black friends because they are not speaking up about why #BlackLivesMatter. Some of my white friends say this topic is out of their comfort zone. They are embarrassed by what is going on and do...
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How and When to Teach Children to Type
Kids today are practically born with technology in their hands, but when should teachers and parents help those hands graduate from tapping, dragging, and swiping to home row and touch typing? Keyboarding skills are great to have because they save time and ...
Kids today are practically born with technology in their hands, but when should teachers and parents help those hands graduate from tapping, dragging, and swiping to home row and touch typing? Keyboarding skills are great to ...
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The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading
The post that takes the #1 spot for a second week provides an ethical response guide for When Students Ask: Can I Friend You ? Check out the post and the cool infographic created courtesy of @Eileen_Lennon.   Taking the #2 spot for the first time is a post ...
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Discovered Genius In Your Students: The First 30 Days.
If you work in an inner city public school, and even some who don’t, know that one teacher per 30 or more students is difficult at best. Fortunately, innovative educators have figured out that while they may be experts in pedagogy, they have a whole class f...
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5 Teacher Personas to #HackTheClassroom & Discuss Innovative Practice
Hacks are those who come up with clever solutions to everyday problems. Innovative educators are natural hackers constantly coming up with, and even sharing, ideas to improve teaching and learning.  Microsoft has come up five teacher personas as an easy-to-...
Hacks are those who come up with clever solutions to everyday problems. Innovative educators are natural hackers constantly coming up with, and even sharing, ideas to improve teaching and learning. Microsoft has come up five...
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The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading
Moving From Lecture to Learning   remains at the top for another week. This post is  essential for innovative educators looking forward to #backtoschool strategies that go beyond the lecture.   Also at the top is a topic on every teacher’s mind as they prep...
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3 of The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading
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you been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? If not, that’s okay.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t
want to miss! Taking the top spot
for the first time is The
Biggest Barrier to Real Learning .  Want to find out what it is? Read th...
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Sentence Diagramming. Who Cares?
I still remember standing at the chalkboard in Mrs. Kopald's fourth grade class diagramming a sentence. I had no idea what I was writing or why. I drew a straight line and all these branches and just wrote stuff on them. I didn't know what I was really doin...
I still remember standing at the chalkboard in Mrs. Kopald's fourth grade class diagramming a sentence. I had no idea what I was writing or why. I drew a straight line and all these branches and just wrote stuff on them. I di...
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The Biggest Barrier to Innovation In Education
David Geurin  shared 7 Ways Tech Transforms Learning . The first reason, authentic audience, is the single biggest barrier to learning that is relevant, real, and innovative. David says this: I t's really sad that most work students do in school ultimately ...
David Geurin shared 7 Ways Tech Transforms Learning. The first reason, authentic audience, is the single biggest barrier to learning that is relevant, real, and innovative. David says this: It's really sad that most work stu...
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The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading
This week a new post
takes the #1 spot. It provides an ethical response guide for When
Students Ask: Can I Friend You ? Check out the post and the cool infographic created courtesy of @ Eileen_Lennon.   Taking the #2 spot for
the first time is a post that h...
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#DeviceFreeDinner Ideas to Grow Learning + Strengthen Relationships
The research is clear. Time together around the dinner table has beneficial results including improving quality of daily life, your children's chances of success in the world, and your family's health according to the   Family Youth and Community Sciences D...
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#NYCSchoolsTechChat Recap of #BackToSchoolNYC Tips
The September 1st #NYCSchoolsTechChat focused on back to school tips for New York City educators. The chat consisted of 5 questions that were discussed by 29 participants who shared 200 messages and 33 resources. If you missed the chat, don't despair. You c...
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Lisa Nielsen is passionate about sharing ideas around learning innovatively.
Introduction
Lisa Nielsen is an educational administrator and permanently certified teacher with more than a decade's worth of experience working in educational innovation at the city, state, and national level. Working as an innovative educator in New York City, Ms. Nielsen was honored as Teacher of the Year and was her district's nominee for Technology Educator of the year. Ms. Nielsen has worked in various capacities in educational innovation at the NYC Department of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University including as manager of instructional technology professional development, literacy coach, instructional technology coach, teacher, librarian, and staff developer. She currently serves as Technology Innovation Manager for the NYC Department of Education. 

Ms. Nielsen is a
Google Certified Teacher, International Edublogger, International EduTwitter, and creator of The Innovative Educator blog, website, learning network, and wiki.

In addition to her blog (
http://TheInnovativeEducator.blogspot.com), her work is published in “Learning and Leading,” “Tech & Learning,” and ISTE Connect. An outspoken and passionate advocate of innovative education Ms. Nielsen is also covered by local and national media for her views on "Thinking Outside the Ban" and determining ways to harness the power of technology for instruction and providing a voice to educators and students.
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  • Massachusettes College of Liberal Arts
  • Adelphi University
  • Hunter University
  • UCLA
  • Cal State Northridge
  • UNLV
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  • Teachers College, Columbia University
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Confronting Fears - #BYOD for Students
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While most adults understand the benefits of students having cell phones in school to stay in touch with parents for safety purposes, when i

Stop Making Students Do Work
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Language matters. If we want to do what is best for young people and teachers we need to consider language. Consider this question for examp

10 Guidelines for #EdTech Companies + Social Media - It's All About Rela...
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Social media has changed how vendors do business. It is no longer one way communication. Instead with social media, like never before, there

1 Thing Presenters Should Always Do + 8 Strategies to Do It
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Whether workshops, panels, keynotes, or classes there is one mistake presenters should never make. It is a mistake I learned to never ever d

Stop Letting Good Students Do Bad Presentations
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The good news is that more and more often students are presenting at education conferences. The bad news is that they’re doing a poor job an

Considerations for #EdTech Purchases
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Well into the 21st century, most schools acknowledge that for students to be prepared for college and career, they must have equity and acce

5 ways to involve your students and keep those sleepy ZZZ's away.
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Large or small classrooms, sometimes keeping students engaged is difficult. These five ideas from @InnovativeEdu may be the answer!

How to host a Q-and-A Twitter chat
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Cross-posted at Smartblog on Education Many educators are aware of education Twitter chats and some have even participated in one of the hun

5 Ways to use social media to spice up your next museum trip
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It’s not uncommon for today’s children, brought up in a fast-paced, digital world, to become bored and uninterested when visiting cultural i

Inspiring story of social media giving @CarlysVoice a #StuVoice
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Carly Fleischmann hadn't communicated with many people before she started using social media. That is because Carly doesn't speak. Today how

Innovative ways to turn a museum trip into a fun learning experience
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It's not uncommon for today's children, brought up in a fast-paced, digital world, to become bored and uninterested when visiting cultural i

10 ways the research behind banning #mlearning for children is flawed
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You may have come across Cris Rowan's popular HuffPost piece explaining 10 reasons handheld devices should be banned for children under 12.

Is boredom the real epidemic in our schools?
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Me and my mother I was at a large conference in the fall when the presenter asked the audience of more than 1000 educators to say the first

How obsolete is your school? Take this quiz to find out.
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In his recent article, "14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools," Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson, gives innovative educators, students,

Face off: @Twitter verses @Remind101 for family outreach via texting
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To engage or not to engage? That is the question when it comes to figuring out the best platform for strengthening the home-school connectio

How Family Dinner Can Grow Learning and Strengthen Relationships - Educa...
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Time together around the dinner table has beneficial results including improving quality of daily life, your children's chances of success i

Recap apps - A great way to begin the digital footprint conversation
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As a gift to members, for its ten year anniversary, Facebook is giving us its latest recap app. It's called "A look back" and it provides yo

Another reason responsible social media use must be taught to students A...
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In case you missed it, a 15-year-old student from Staten Island created a Facebook page called Close NYC Schools During Snow Emergencies exp

Help your teen find an internship or apprenticeship -
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Most parents (and teachers) want children to be able to find a job after completing their education, but as reported by the Associated Press

The trick to knowing what social networking sites are right for students
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Parents often come to innovative educators for advice about the online spaces their children are or should be using. What's Ask.fm? Is GAIA