The Innovative Educator's Workshops and Presentations

Here are a variety of topics on which The Innovative Educator has presented.

Introduction

As an experienced educator, author of the popular The Innovative Educator blog, writer for Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, and Leading & Learning and creator and participant in various social and learning networks with thousands of followers, Lisa Nielsen has a front-row seat for implementing and writing about innovative ideas designed to transform teaching and learning.

Keynote Presentations

Descriptions of The Innovative Educator's keynote presentations.

Connecting School Life to Real Life (EP)

Connecting School Life to Real Life (SP)

If school should be preparing young people for the world, why does the world behind school doors look so different from the world outside those doors? If we want students to be successful in the real world, schools need to get better at connecting school life to real life and give students the freedom to learn. In this provocative and engaging presentation, Lisa Nielsen will share ideas about how schools can do this work.
#140Edu Conference - August 2011
SAR Academy - Riverdale, NY - Opening Day - August 2011
Global Education Forum - Madrid, Spain, October 2011

Using Google to Innovate Instruction
Find out why Google has become instrumental in the daily practice and operations of numerous schools. Lisa Nielsen and Carolyn Semet explain how schools are harnessing the power of Google to innovate teaching, learning, and leading. In this presentation you'll see how schools are using Google sites, forms, docs, spreadsheets, presentations and more to streamline practice, gather data, and make informed decisions that support student achievement and school success.
Google Headquarters - New York, February 2012

Creating the schools that empower students to find their sentence

Lisa Nielsen explains why we need to help students break out of the boring prison of school if we want to prepare them for the real world in which they live. In this lively and interactive presentation Nielsen shatters the myths that have been used as excuses for administrators and policy makers to take the easy way out keeping 21st century students stuck in the past. Nielsen brings in voices of real students and educators who have experienced the success that ensues when they were empowered to think outside the ban and allow students the freedom to communicate, connect, and create in real ways with real audiences.

Educator's PLN- May 2011
Hot Springs Technology Institute - June 2011
Reform Symposium- July 2011 (listen here)

Learning Behind the Screens

In this fast-paced and interactive presentation, Lisa Nielsen shares real-life anecdotes of her efforts to work with others to stop fighting and start embracing the use of technology for learning. Participants will find out if they are "Smarter than a screenager" and learn how to catch up if they're not. They will be introduced to the building blocks for success for learning with screens and discover the five step plan to harnessing the power of the screens for learning.

Lisa will bring the ideas from her blog The Innovative Educator and book “Teaching Generation Text,” to life in this lively presentation during which she will not only display, discuss, share her ideas, but she will even have the audience join her in harnessing the power of technology for learning. Audience members will leave this presentation feeling as smart as a screenager.
  • Nassau BOCES - Tech Directors (October 2010)
  • Technology Leadership Institute - (January 2012)

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

Lisa Nielsen shares real-life anecdotes of the risk-taking experiences she felt were necessary to do what what was in the best interest of 21st students despite the protests of educational administrators stuck in the past. Passionate about educator voice and thinking outside the ban Ms. Nielsen blogs, promotes cell phone use for educators and students, and friends students on Facebook even though an outdated educational system tried to stop her from moving ahead. Author of The Innovative Educator blog, Ms. Nielsen was ultimately able to break free from the old way of doing things as her district eventually moved to embracing innovation and recognizing that some of these ideas are not so bad after all. The presentation concludes with a six-step guide any educator can take to get on the path to taking risks for student success in their own school or district.
  • The Tri-State Educational Technology Conference is the technology and learning conference devoted to educators in the tri-state area.- New Millford, NJ (October 2, 2010)
  • Program website: http://www.tsetc.org/program

There is Such a Thing as A Free Lunch - Free and Easy Ways to Begin Educating Innovatively

In this fast-paced and interactive presentation Lisa Nielsen shares that teaching our digital native students in engaging ways may in fact be easier and less costly than you may think. In this lively presentation, she'll display, discuss, and even demonstrate numerous free and simple ways every teacher can begin educating innovatively- starting now. Audience members will leave this presentation knowing exactly how to begin transforming the way they teach and their students learn.
  • Nassau TRACT Teachers Center Tech Conference - Long Island, NY (January 19, 2010)

Innovative and FREE Strategies to Support English Language Learners in Becoming Information Consumers and Producers

Discover how to unlock the language barrier and support all students in reading, understanding and communicating in multiple languages with some fluency. The world is changing. This workshop introduces innovative educators to a variety of resources available to support students in understanding and communicating with basic fluency in their non-native language, for free, and without Rosetta Stone. Upon completion of this workshop participants will have concrete and innovative ways to support speakers of other languages in CONSUMING and PRODUCING content.
  • NYS TESOL Tech in the Classroom Conference - New York, NY (October 2009)

Google Teacher Academy - Free and Easy Ways to Educate Innovatively with Google

In this fast-paced and interactive presentation Lisa Nielsen shares that teaching our digital native students in engaging ways may in fact be easier and less costly than you may think. In this lively presentation, she'll display, discuss, and even demonstrate numerous free and simple ways every teacher can begin using Google to begin educating innovatively - starting now. The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google's free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.
  • Google Headquarters - New York, NY (postponed)

Workshops:

Descriptions of The Innovative Educator's workshops.

Literacy Magic with Mobile Devices
Description: While we all understand the value of books in the home and know the benefits of a literacy rich environment, we also need to work with what young people do have, which are cell phones and other mobile devices. So what would happen if we allowed them to come out of hiding and into the classroom? More and more teachers across the globe are finding out by using student-owned devices to enhance learning in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

In this session we’ll share some ways educators are engaging in this work by
  • Introducing some commonly used tools;
  • Indicating ideas for how they are used in the reading and writing classroom and;
  • Sharing stories about how innovative educators and young people are doing this work.
ISTE - San Diego, CA (June 2012)

iPads, and cell phones and Facebook. Oh my!
Join Lisa Nielsen, The Innovative Educator as she takes you on a hands-on, fast-paced tour filled with ideas and activities that will empower you to update your practices and energize those with whom you work. This session will thrust you into the 21st century with demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to discover great apps on your iPad or iTouch, how to harness the power of cell phones, what to do with QR codes, and when and why to use social media.


Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Establish Your digital footprint
Who would you rather control your digital identity? Google or You? While many users of the Internet have accepted a passive digital footprint over which they have not taken control, there are ways for managing and manipulating what the internet says about us using social media. In this workshop participants will discover how to take control of their digital footprint to accurately represent themselves and their students to the world in the way they choose.
The Great Prohibition - Using Cell Phones Outside the Ban
Participants discover free and easy mobile learning activities that will engage students outside of the classroom. Activities include
(1) Using cell phones as part of an embedded student response system for collaborative discussion and reflection
(2) Creating and publishing podcasts/audiocasts relevant to curricula
(3) Using photo sharing sites to develop and present work
(4) Strengthening the home-school connection with Twitter
Workshop participants will collaboratively design mobile learning activities that they will share with the group and be able to begin implementing in their schools.
  • Nassau TRACT Teachers Center Tech Conference - Long Island, NY (January 2011)
  • International Society of Technology Educators Conference - Philadelphia, PA (July 2011)
  • EduCon - Philadelphia, PA (January 2011)

The 9 Step Plan to Combating illTWITTERacy
The illTwitteracy epidemic that has afflicted many educators can be eradicated with a simple 9-step plan that will have those who follow it all aTwitter with plenty of ideas for harnessing the power of the Tweet. In this session participants will be introduced to this plan which will enable Tweeps (Twitter using peeps) to not only learn how to Tweet from their phone or computer, but they’ll also discover why they’d even want to by looking at real examples of education Tweeple (Twitter people) who use Twitter to enrich teaching and learning. Upon completion of the plan Tweeps will be on the road to achieving the basic Twitteracy necessary for success in the Twittersphere.
  • EdCampNYC - Manhattan, NY (December 2010)
  • Nassau TRACT Teachers Center Tech Conference - Long Island, NY (January 2011)
  • Hot Springs Technology Institute June 2011

txtN N d library - Ideas for Librarians Who Want to Embrace the Power of Cell Phones (Even in they're banned!)
While for some, libraries bring to mind microfiche, card catalogs, and dusty stacks, today’s innovative librarians are shattering these stereotypes using technologies to provide engaging and relevant learning spaces for students. Learn how technology librarians are engaging 21st century readers, researchers, and writers, by using the tools and technologies students love. In this workshop, participants will walk away with a collection of librarian-tested strategies to successfully engage learners and empower students with the freedom to use their cell phones as personal learning devices.
  • Connecticut Educators Computer Association (CECA) - Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford (October 24, 2011)
  • Library 2.0 Webinar (November 2011)

Free and Easy Ways to Educate Innovatively

This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn how to begin educating innovatively with free and simple tools. Despite what educators may have been led to believe, there are many free and powerful tools available that require no purchase, no training and nothing to download. Participants will learn how to begin educating innovatively with free programs that will enhance reading, writing, arithmetic, and more, using tools like student response systems, Twitter, Voki, Google SMS, and Chacha. As part of the class participants will create at least one lesson they can begin using to engage learners. Lessons will be placed in a bank available to all class members. Upon completion of this class students will have several lessons containing concrete, free, and simple ways they can begin transforming the way they teach and their students learn.
  • Nassau TRACT Teachers Center Tech Conference - Long Island, NY (January 2010)
  • Malverne Teachers Center - Long Island, NY (April 24 and May 1 2010)

Create Your Own Social Learning Network to Keep Students (and Educators) Engaged All Year Long

Whether it's Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, our students are using social networking tools to communicate, collaborate, and connect in ways never before possible. In this workshop, participants learn how to tap into the number one passion of adolescents...being social. Participants learn how to keep their students engaged in the world they love with the tools they love and at the same time foster the ability to communicate, collaborate, and connect in new ways that will enrich the learning experience for all. In this hands-on workshop, participants won't just learn "about" social networks. Lisa Nielsen, creator of two popular social learning networks along with Dana Lawitt teacher and author of the top-rated article, “How I Kept My Students Engaged All Summer Long with Social Networking," will work with educators to "create and launch" their own learning network that they can begin using with students or teachers by the end of the workshop.
  • Nassau TRACT Teachers Center Tech Conference - Long Island, NY (January 2010)
  • Innovation Series, iZone Schools - New York, NY (December 2009)
  • New York City Department of Education Tech Liaison Meeting - New York, NY (November 2009)

Partnering with our Digital Natives to Launch a 21st Century Student Empowerment and Tech Support Team

Learn how to launch a student tech-support team designed to provide a cost-effective, student-powered solution to the technical-support challenge facing schools while improving students' 21st century educational and career opportunities with a hands-on, standards-based, information-technology-support program.
  • New York City Department of Education - New York, NY (Ongoing)

Educate Innovatively with Cell Phones Even in Schools that Ban Them

94% of Americans under age 45 have a personal learning device that could greatly enrich the way teachers teach and students learn. Unfortunately, many schools and districts ban student owned learning devices such as cell phones. In this workshop, participants learn to embrace these powerful learning tools and discover how they can enrich student learning by doing so. Participants also learn how to use cell phones for student-response polling or pop quizzes (no need to invest in costly hardware or software), to convert currency, translate language, define vocabulary, and calculate as well as use Google Voice to capture oral presentations and improve speaking skills.
  • Columbia University's Teachers College - Guest Speaker Series - New York, NY (February 11, 2010)
  • Columbia University's Teachers College - Guest Speaker Series - New York, NY (April 14, 2011)

5 Steps to Begin Harnessing the Power of Cells in Ed Today

The 5 Step Plan to Begin Using Cells for Learning
94% of Americans under age 45 have a personal learning device that could greatly enrich the way teachers teach and students learn. Unfortunately, many schools and districts ban student owned digital learning devices such as cell phones. In this session we'll discuss how to embrace these powerful learning tools and discover how doing so can enrich student learning even in schools where they are banned with a sensible and progressive 5-step plan.
  • International Society of Technology Educators - Denver Colorado (June 28, 2010)
  • Tech Forum - Tarrytown, NY (October 22, 2010)
  • EdCampNYC - Manhattan, NY (December 2010)
  • Connecticut Educators Computer Association (CECA) - Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford (October 24, 2011)
  • International Society of Technology Educators - Philadelphia, PA (June 29, 2011) - Elluminate Recording
  • Nassau TRACT Teachers Center Tech Conference - Long Island, NY (January 19, 2010)

Discovering your digital footprint

Does your digital footprint convey the message you want?
This workshop will give you a chance to explore if your digital footprint conveys the message you want to share with the world and give you ideas for activities you can do with your students so they can do the same.
  • SAR Academy - Riverdale, NY (August 2011)

5 Cs to Developing Your Personal Learning Network

In the 21st century teachers are no longer the sole imparters of information. Instead their role shifts to empowering students to learn independently in part by developing personal learning networks in areas of passions, talents, and interests. Not only are these real-world connections valuable, they enable learning to move from the preparation for life to the living of life by providing individuals with access to learners, leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls. The five Cs will empower educators to discover how they and their students can begin building personal learning networks specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe.
  • SAR Academy - Riverdale, NY (August 2011)

Support Research-Based Instructional Strategies with Cells

Support research-based instructional strategies that you are already using with cell phones. In this session you will gain a wealth of lesson ideas to support the 9 strategies in the classic, "Classroom Instruction that Works" by Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, all using FREE cell phone technologies. The audience will use cell phone technologies to determine the strategies they're most interested in exploring.
  • International Society of Technology Educators - Denver Colorado (June 28, 2010)

8 Ways To Use A School Wiki to Increase Communication, Collaboration, and Enrich Instruction

Wikis are a great tool to help a school enrich instruction, and increase communication and collaboration among staff. They are also free (for educators using wikispaces) and provide unlimited storage for digital materials including video, screencasts, presentations, pdfs, etc. In this workshop participants will be introduced to 8 ways to launch and use a school wiki to support school goals in a variety of ways including 1) Decrease Disruption of Instructional Time with Digital Daily Announcements 2) Conduct More Efficient and Effective Team Meetings and Planning 3) Collaborate On Important Documents Like School Comprehensive Education Plans 4) Enhance School Professional Development Using a Wiki 5) Share and Collaborate On Curriculum Maps 6) Save Trees /Save Time and Unclutterize Your Room or Office by Posting School Resources 7) Know Where Everyone Is When Schedules/Programs Are Posted 8) Serve As A Portal for All Your Lessons.
  • Building Learning Communities Conference - Boston, MA (July 2009)

Helping Students Develop Personal Learning Networks to Extend and Enrich Learning

Personal Learning Networks provide individuals with access to learners, leaders and experts around the world and bring together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls. In this workshop, participants will discover how they and their students can begin building personal learning networks specific to the learner's needs, thereby extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe. Participants will leave this workshop ready to begin using blogging, RSS, and social networks with their students to extend student learning, collaboration, engagement, and motivation.
  • Prepared for ConFraTute - Connecticut (Summer 2009)

Wide, Wide, World of Web 2.0 for Educators

The Wide, Wide, World of Web 2.0 for educators is a cutting-edge course that introduces participants to innovative, two-dimensional websites. Participants of this course will be introduced to the exciting World of Web 2.0, where users collaborate in real time to create authentic teaching and learning experiences that transcend traditional boundaries. Participants will discover how 21st century tools such as Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Wikis, and Blogs can be used to impact student learning, skill acquisition, teacher collaboration, and school-wide motivation.

Build Your Personal Learning Network
This workshop will provide ideas for launching and building your Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you begin teaching in a new way, your PLN can become a crucial resource enabling you to learn, grow, and share ideas with others. A PLN is the network created by an individual learner, specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to those around the globe who share interests, passions, and talents. PLNs provide individuals with an unprecedented ability to access and connect with leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.

In this workshop we will explore five popular tools used to build a personal learning network. Face-to-Face, Learning Networks, Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Participants will investigate one or two tools that interest them most and then reflect and share what they discovered with the group.

Roundtables and Panels

Are teachers keeping students prisoners of their past?
For today’s youth life outside of school is a fast-paced, connected environment where students have the freedom to learn in the spaces and with the tools they love. Once inside school walls however, digital devices are banned, collaborating is viewed as cheating, and students are often banned from accessing the very sites that are necessary for real-world success. This panel will address how we think outside the ban and partner with students for learning.
  • 140edu - New York, New York (August 2012)

Innovation Field Trips: A Path to Growing Innovative Projects Within and Among Schools
During this interactive sessions panelists will share how innovation field trips can support schools in trying to develop and strengthen innovative practices that will best help prepare students for real-world success.
  • Tech Forum - Palisades, New York (October 2010)

Innovative Strategies for Educators Teaching English to Speakers of Language Other Than English and World Languages

In this engaging and interactive roundtable participants will learn innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning and have an opportunity to discuss how this could possibly impact the work they do.
  • Tech Forum - Palisades, New York (October 2009)

Twitter in the Classroom Panel

Why and how should educators use Twitter in the classroom?
  • Tech Forum - Westchester, New York (October 2011 & 2012)

Twitter and Education Panel

This panel explores the disruptive nature of Twitter in education in education with a specific focus on 1) Why Social Media Curriculum is critical in schools and 2) Teaching Kids how to manage their Digital Footprint. Jeff Pulver email to speakers

Podcast - Cell Phones: Out of the Pocket and Into the Classroom

Bob Sprankle and Cheryl Oakes are joined by two advocates for educators and students using the tools they already own!
Topics discussed include:
  1. Combating the digital divide with cells
  2. How I (Lisa) got in trouble for helping teachers harness the power of cells
  3. Making a case for cells to schools that ban them
  4. How to use cells even in schools where they are banned
  5. Strategies educators can use to begin harnessing the power of cell phones in classrooms today
  6. Supporting research-based strategies with cell phones
  7. How to keep the conversation going

5 Steps for Harnessing the Power of Cells in Ed

Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb share a five-step plan for harnessing the power of cell phones and education.
Steps include:
  • Teacher Use of Cell Phones for Professional Purposes
  • Teacher Models Appropriate Use for Learning
  • Strengthen the Home-School Connection
  • Students Use Cell Phones for Homework
  • Students Use Cell Phones for Classwork

Listen to our webcast here.
Classroom 2.0 Live: Nielsen and Webb joined the Classroom 2.0 Live team Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini, Peggy George, Steve Hargadon (Saturday, November 13, 2010)
Global Ed Tech Conference (Wednesday, November 17, 2010)


Testimonials

Program Organizer:
I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for your keynote and workshops today. The keynote and workshops were very well received and the evaluations were highly complimentary. Our participants left the conference feeling motivated and ready to try their new found skills.
Thank you for making me look good.Les Cohn
Director, Nassau TRACT Teacher Center

Participant:
external image q1385118560_2541.jpg Maureen Kelly Rossi YOU WERE FANTASTIC! At this point in my tech abilities both personally and as an educator, I have sat through many conferences hoping to get one tiny treasure to "push on" to the next great thing...only to have the dialogue turned by an 'immigrant' in the audience speaking of the good ole days in the OLD COUNTRY! Yesterday, I left with a boatload of new info and was positively GIDDY about it...and that there is a Lisa Nielsen out there who is not only uber-talented...but also uses words like "balls and ass" (I missed the sh*t apparently!). And...on simply a fun girly note...you get style points as well on your beautiful outfit! I am also a teacher of models on the weekend (Tech teacher by day...Model instructor by night...busy, single working mother syndrome!) and you looked fabulous! Just as your presentation was edgy and stylish ...so were you! Yeah I'm a FAN!


Brief Bio

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Lisa Nielsen is a permanently certified teacher and educational administrator with more than a decade's worth of experience working in various capacities 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 nominated by her district as Technology Educator of the year. Ms. Nielsen is a Google Certified Teacher, International Edublogger, International EduTwitter, and creator of The Innovative Educator blog, 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.