The hottest posts of 2012 on The Innovative Educator

Another year is behind us as 2012 has come to an end. Before you get to the list of the hottest posts of the year, I want to say thank you to all the educators, parents, and young people who’ve spent it here and inThe Innovative Educator group thinking and learning with me. I think more broadly and more deeply because of the feedback and advice you have provided to me throughout the year.
The hot topics of 2012 include education innovation, social media, homeschooling, education reform, standardized testing, flipped classrooms, assessment and using cell phones for learning. I also include a look into the past which included posts about student voice, using Facebook in elementary school, what not to do with interactive whiteboards and strategies to break the ban on tech where you teach.

Here are the posts that were most popular. Thank you for the fun discussions! And I wish you the best in the New Year.


Why an innovative educator cares about homeschooling

Dropping out was a great idea

Flipped Classroom

Why the flip’s a flop
Make your flipped classroom interactive
Education Innovation
A friendly guide to deploying iPads
Students leave school to make a difference

Education Reform

You can never replace a teacher. Or can you?

Dispelling popular myths about learning to read and write

Social Media
Creating a social media policy
Unfollowing all but my favorites on Twitter

Standardized Testing

Parents & teachers tell Pearson what they think

A dream to be free at last from standardized tests
9 ways to assess without standardized tests
Assessing what matters

Cell Phones for Learning

Using Cell Phones to Increase Student Achievement with Reading & Writing

Creating a plan with students to use cell phones for learning

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Tech & Learning.  

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.