Sunday, October 23, 2016

7 Ways #TLTechLive Ensured You Caught It All

Innovative educators love staying connected to the latest information, news, trends, and updates at great conferences that take place across the year. The frustrating part is that you can't go to every conference and even if you do, you can't attend every session you hope to.  At least that's how things used to be. Today, innovative conference organizers can help address this issue by harnessing the power of technology to change that.

At #TLTechLive the following strategies were implemented to capture everything anyone interested may have missed.  Check them out and see which ones make sense for your next event. Notice something missing? Please share in the comments.

1) Hashtag: The hashtag is the foundation to stay connected, maintain consistency, and keep the conversation going. Tech & Learning Live used #TLTechLive. This hashtag was on the program, participant name tags, session poster boards, and it was the wifi password. Everything appeared on the social hub at

2) Presenter List On Twitter: Make it easy to follow presenters by making a list of them on Twitter. This list was called #TLTechLive NJ Presenters and is found at

3) Post Materials: Never worry about missing a slide or capturing what it said because all materials are shared at

4) Facebook Group: Create a Facebook Group before the conference to generate excitement before the event and give participants a place to keep the conversation going. The Facebook group reinforces the hashtag and is aptly named #TLTechLive and is found at

5) Social Media Booth: Not everyone knows how to follow a hashtag or write a killer Tweet.  Make sure everyone knows how to stay connected with a social media booth manned by an expert who can help lead the way.

At #TLTechLive, the social media booth even had a Twitter Scavenger Hunt which encouraged participants to share their knowledge far and wide using the conference hashtag.

6) Livestream: Livestream your sessions for those who couldn't attend or those who want to go back to be reminded of what they heard. Ask your conference presenters to jump in and help make that happen. You can catch the livestreamed sessions at

7) Storify: Recap the conference social media feed to provide an overview of the day. The #TLTechLive Storify below is captured courtesy of tech teacher, Eileen Lennon. You can view it below.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Guidelines for Setting Up a Facebook Page for Your School

  1. Select: Company, Organization, Institution
  2. Category: Education
  3. Email: Use the NYC DOE email (or other professional email) that you have set up for your school, institution, or program.
  4. Share website (optional)
  5. Upload photo that represents this page
  6. Complete about section
  7. In the admin panel invite at least one other person as an administrator using their professional email.

This is what the set up looks like.

Note: Following this process you will not need to set up a Facebook profile for the page you are administering.

Next you will create the settings for your page. Darlynn Alfalla, School Tech Specialist at Wagner Middle School in Manhattan worked with Staten Island Ed Tech Leader Jackie Patanio to determine these setting suggestions which you can see in the screenshot below.

Setting considerations
Most of the defaults work but there are a few to consider:
  • Favorites: Add to your favorites so it is always easy to access.
  • Visitors Post: Anyone can publish to the Page, since we want teachers and staff posting events and student work. We also want our school community to be able to post to the page. Moderation is therefore turned off.
  • Messages: As our school has other ways to be contacted and the website is linked to the page, this is turned off. We currently use Remind as a way to message parents.
  • Tagging Ability: We leave this as the default: We will allow the school community to celebrate one another by tagging them in photos. No photos will be posted without permission.  
  • Profanity Filter: Since this is a school, we felt it was responsible to set this to strong.
  • Most in Multiple Languages: This is by far my favorite setting. I checked this box as this can be helpful to many of our students and parents. This allows managers of the page to write posts in multiple languages.

Next is your page “About” section.  Here is what Wagner's looks like:

What do you think? Is what you have selected for your page the same? Different? Please share your choices, successes, and/or challenges in the comments.  

How to Share A @Periscopeco Broadcast

Periscope is a simple, and easy-to-use livestreaming platform where your audience can interact with reactions and comments, and you can respond back via text or voice.  When you complete your broadcast, or if there is a broadcast from someone else that you want to share, here is how to do that.  

1) Click on the bottom left of your screen on the circle with an underscored arrow.
2) A "Share Broadcast" menu appears allowing you to share via Twitter, Facebook, or by sharing a link.

Have you used Periscope? How did you use it? What did you think of it? 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Should Teachers Pay Teachers or Share Freely? My #GoOpen Verdict at #TLTechLive

Today I will be presenting at #TLTechLive in Princeton, NJ where among other things I will be discussing why the U.S. Department of Education wants teachers, schools, districts, and states to #GoOpen.  I was interested in discussing this topic after attending #ISTE2016 when Amazon announced "Inspire" and then there was a debate about if teachers should pay teachers or share freely. I wrote an article on the topic which immediately received dozens of comments.

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When I wrote the post my mind wasn't made up but after having numerous conversations and reading and responding to 92 comments and having a conversation on Twitter with the person who was the head of #GoOpen at the time, made a personal decision which you can read here and a global outlook.

The Verdict...

Teachers should not pay teachers.


Teachers should not share freely.


Teachers should be compensated by their schools, districts, government grants, philanthropic organizations, or from some other funding stream to create materials that are then made available freely. This way the teachers are compensated for their time and the world benefits.

I'll be saying more of this today at the #TLTechLive event. If all goes well, you can stay tuned here for a livestream of the panel.
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