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Thinking Outside of the Ban: Taking Risks to Prepare Students for Success

8 Free and Easy Ways to Begin Educating Innovatively
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Lisa Nielsen

on 2 October 2010

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Transcript of Thinking Outside of the Ban: Taking Risks to Prepare Students for Success

Thinking 0utside the Ban
Taking Risks to Prepare Students for Success We were driven by the desire
to do the right thing for students in
an educational system that was often
stuck in the past with outdated and fear-based
-rules
-regulations
-mandates. http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2010/05/banning-is-easy-way-out.html
Who should we invite to
help educators think outside the ban and take the risks necessary for students to succeed at the conference? I have been a fan of
The Innovative Educator blog
for some time. I think
Lisa Nielsen has a lot to
contribute to our community. Let's ask her!
“Why must you write about these things? It’s just like when you were a kid. You just don’t know how to stay out of trouble.” Because Ma! It’s part of my responsibility as an innovative educator to educate others on how to educate effectively using 21st century tools.
Rather than banning and fearing, I hope to help people learn to start harnessing the power of technology. At the end of the summer I received this email:

I wanted to thank you once again for all of your help. You really played a vital role in every step. Thank you. I also thought you might be interested to hear some of my conclusions. I found that teachers are skeptical, but excited about the possibility of utilizing cell phones to engage student learning. I also found that if a cell phone initiative is implemented well, it will focus less on providing content to students and more on providing opportunities for students to create and share their own content. As such, I recommended that we pursue a gradual approach that consistently phases in greater student control. But first, we must sit down and talk to students to find out what they really want and then work with teachers to recruit a pilot cohort and get them the proper training. Lisa Nielsen, 41, a former library media specialist at Public School 175/Intermediate School 275 in Harlem, which she said was for troubled students, logged on to Facebook one day last year and saw this message:

“Hey Ms. Nielsen, I had to find you because you made a wonderful impact on my life. If people only knew how great of a teacher you are.” The message continued, “I know it’s been at least 10 years since you took me under your wing,” and added, “Let’s talk, got a lot to say!”

The writer, Keryce Davis, who was a sixth-grade student of Ms. Nielsen’s, is now 22 and works as an optician in Washington, after receiving an associate’s degree. Ms. Nielsen is glad to re-enter Ms. Davis’s life, and said they were discussing possibilities for Ms. Davis’s future. Why is it so important to
think outside the ban and
share educator voice? Crystal from Schoology http://tinyurl.com/cellprojection http://prezi.com/pty_gdz1gtlt/the-six-step-plan-to-using-your-21st-century-voice/ I can't thank you enough for your blog posting about our project. I can't believe how many people have contacted me about trying it out. You helped turn what I was doing in a remote 1st grade class in Nebraska into a global conversation! We need people like you to share your voice and
become change agents for "Thinking 0utside the Ban." Please use your packet handout for notes & audience participation info for Wifitti, Poll Everywhere and your Twitter hashtag: #TSETC my Twitter alias is @InnovativeEdu - Comments (32) Erin Schoening said on the Innovatie Educator...


The account is in my name. I am the only one who has the password and I supervise all student use of the account. I'll be honest, at first I was concerned that the people at FB might not appreciate the way I got around the under 13 rule. However, over the summer I was contacted by someone from Facebook and they were not only excited about the project, but were interested in hearing feedback in how they might adapt FB to better meet the needs of educators (although their number one priority is still social networking).

The reason I chose FB as opposed to Edmodo or Ning is that with 500 million users, my student's parents are already on FB. The things we did at school appear on their wall without them having to go to a separate location to look for it. In fact, one of the things that prompted the idea of using FB in this way was the lack of visitors that my class blog got in the years before we started using FB.

Erin Schoening
This following video has been viewed by more than 1000 people and the blog post views on the topic number in the thousands.
A movement begins! Because by doing so you can
make a change that makes a difference. In Teaching as a Subversive Activity Neil Postman spells out why this is so important.

The institution we call “school” is what it is because we made it that way. If it is irrelevant...if it shields children from reality...if it educates for obsolescence...if it does not develop intelligence...if it avoids the promotion of significant learnings...if it induces alienation...if it punishes creativity and independence...if, in short, it is not doing what needs to be done, it can be changed; it must be changed.

And that was in 1971.
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