Michael Hernandez

Posts by Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez is an award-winning high school cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose work focuses on digital storytelling, media literacy and social justice. He speaks regularly at conferences in the U.S. and abroad like CUE, ISTE and SXSW EDU and provides training and consulting services related to tech integration and innovative teaching and learning strategies. Michael is a Book Creator Ambassador and the author of Book Creator for the High School Classroom.
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Collaborative storytelling: How to publish a book as a team to foster a sense of community and connection

Book Creator easily facilitates collaboration. But when is the right time to work on collaborative projects? And how should you go about it with your class?
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How investing in empathy can help your classroom thrive

The pandemic taught us that human connections are vital to our students working together effectively. Empathy should be at the heart of our curriculum. Here are some ideas for fostering a mindset of empathy with your students.
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The art of inquiry-based learning through storytelling

Michael Hernandez implores us to encourage students to explore through asking good questions, and develop the inquiry process into an engaging, impactful journey of learning.
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How to integrate storytelling as design thinking in your classroom

Apply the design thinking process to storytelling to engage and challenge your students. Here’s how.
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Storytelling as assessment

Michael Hernandez has some thoughts on the benefits of allowing digital storytelling to form the basis of student assessments.
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Why should I “market” my book as a teacher?

Marketing your Book Creator book is a great way to tell the story of your classroom, create a professional presence, and share ideas that help elevate educators everywhere.
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Empathy Project: Using Book Creator to facilitate cultural dialogue

How do we help students develop empathy and become productive global citizens? Michael Hernandez suggests creating books that focus on interviews and portraits to help connect students to other people and cultures.
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Why publishing for social good will help your students connect learning to the real world

Michael Hernandez has some ideas to share about creating assignments that give students a wider purpose for learning.
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Workbooks with Book Creator

Some thoughts from Michael Hernandez on how we can make lessons more tailored and interactive with supercharged workbooks.
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Create a healthier, more productive learning experience with student portfolios

However you use digital portfolios in your learning space—as a replacement for traditional grading or as part of a mosaic of evaluation methods—you’ll help to create a culture of reflection, and a community of learners who confidently share their learning with others.
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