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5 Ways to Promote Digital Citizenship - BBEDU 25

5 Ways to Promote Digital Citizenship - BBEDU 25

October 16, 2019

Featured Content

 

5 Ways to Promote Digital Citizenship at Home and School

  1. Emphasize content creation over content consumption.
  2. Model for our kids - both at home and at school - how to develop a balance between online and offline.
  3. Cite sources and use creative commons licensed media.
  4. Remind our kids that 13 is the magic number for social media.
  5. Be educated consumers of media. 

 

What I'm Learning

​One of the first and one of my favorite podcasts to listen to is called Note to Self. Note to Self's tag line is "the tech show about being human." This show explores technology and its impact on our face to face world. The most recent episode of of Note to Self is called "How to Create Good Digital Citizens".  In this episode, host Manoush Zomorodi talks wit the CEO of ISTE, Richard Culatta about core competencies of good digital citizenship for both students and adults. 

 

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Edtech PodSquad Simulcast - BBEDU 24

Edtech PodSquad Simulcast - BBEDU 24

September 23, 2019

On episode 24 of The Bits & Bytes of Education, I share a recent episode of The Edtech PodSquad, a podcast I cohost with 4 Missouri Technology Leaders. 

 

What's New: Flipgrid updates

 

Coach's Corner: SeeSaw for Schools

 

Featured Content: How do you praise the amazing work classroom teachers are doing?

 

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Google Tools in the Math Classroom - BBEDU 23

Google Tools in the Math Classroom - BBEDU 23

July 21, 2019

The Edtech Minute

Thank you to these educators who chatted with me at ISTE:

Donna Albertsons shared her thoughts about podcasting for PD. Connect with Donna on Twitter @albertsonsclass
Katie Cherry shared her ISTE take away. Connect with Katie on Twitter @teachcherry2014

I shared my thoughts about using Apple Clips to share learning. Check out Apple's Everyone Can Create curriculum to learn more. 

Featured Content

Dee Leible is a math teacher, conference presenter, and Google for Education Certified Trainer. In our conversation, Dee shares ideas and resources for meaningful integration of technology in the math classroom. 

​Connect with Dee on Twitter @deelieble and check out her website deeleible.com

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5 Tips for Attending BIG Conferences - BBEDU22

5 Tips for Attending BIG Conferences - BBEDU22

June 14, 2019

The Edtech Minute

Podcasting with students can be an inexpensive project. Here's what you need to get started:
teacher account to Anchor.FM
1 Chromebook
Yeti microphone

 

Featured Content

Jen Walter is a middle school science teacher and edtech leader from St. Louis, Missouri. In our conversation, we discuss five tips for having making the most of your time at major conferences:

  1. Plan ahead and be prepared to wait in line.
  2. Have a back up plan.
  3. Have a system in place for taking and organizing your learning.
  4. Take time to process your learning.
  5. Grow your PLN and make a new friend.

 

What I'm Learning

I was recently given the opportunity to serve my school district in a new capacity as the Communication and Instructional Technology Coordinator. My new responsibilities will include telling my school district's story and building our brand both on and offline. Don't worry, this podcast isn't going anywhere, though.

 

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Level Up Student Reflections with Screencastify and Google - BBEDU 21

Level Up Student Reflections with Screencastify and Google - BBEDU 21

May 31, 2019

Full show notes at jpprezz.com/pod/21

The Edtech Minute

Toontastic 3D is a digital storytelling app by made by Google with our younger learners in mind. There are 3 major reasons I recommend Toontastic:

  1. Ease of use
  2. Privacy compliant 
  3. A new way for students to share their learning.

Here is a storyboard template for any digital storytelling project. 

Featured Content

In my school district we have incoming freshmen create a video high school entry interview where they reflect on middle school and look ahead to high school. 
Tools we used:

Screencastify
Google Classroom
Google Sheets
formMule

What I'm Learning

The Art of Manliness episode 506 - how to improve your speaking voice

 

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Video Projects in the Classroom - BBEDU 20

Video Projects in the Classroom - BBEDU 20

May 12, 2019

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The Edtech Minute

 

No matter what you are doing in your class, always know and start with the why.

 

Featured Content

 

Samantha Hardesty-Knoll is an Instructional Technology Coach in the Wentzville School District in Wentzville, MO. Sam is passionate about giving students an opportunity to create content more often than they consume it.  In our conversation, Sam discusses the Wentzville Film Festival, creating video projects with Apple Clips and We Video, along with some her her favorite video projects for teachers new to facilitating creation and teachers looking to try something brand new. 

Connect with Sam on Twitter @techknoll.

 

 

What I'm Learning

 

Eric Curts' Hipster Google: Tools You've Probably Never Heard of

My favorite new tools from this presentation:

  1. Data GIF Maker
  2. Toontastic
  3. Google Semantris
#Edtech in the Spanish Classroom - BBEDU 19

#Edtech in the Spanish Classroom - BBEDU 19

April 27, 2019

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The Edtech Minute

Schedule email messages in Gmail - quick demo here
Customize swipe actions in Gmail on your phone - Google support article

 

Featured Content

Sra. Katherine Bluemel is a first year middle school Spanish teacher at Fox Middle School in Arnold, MO. In our conversation, we discuss Katherine's YouTube presence, evaluating edtech with the Triple E Framework, and Flipgrid. 

Triple E Framework App Evaluation Rubric
Katherine's YouTube Channel
My interview on Katherine's YouTube Channel

 

What I'm Learning

Presentation proposal planning document. Feel free to use, improve, and re-share this document.  Shout out to Erin Lawson for collaborating with me on this document. 

Leading a District Twitter Challenge - BBEDU 18

Leading a District Twitter Challenge - BBEDU 18

April 8, 2019

The Edtech Minute

According to the G Suite Update Blog, the ability to insert audio in Google Slides is coming to all G Suite users soon.  

 

Featured Content

Here are a few things to consider when you are planning a Twitter challenge:

1.  How will you automate your workflow? Schedule tweets with Tweetdeck or Hootsuite.
2. Design prompts in Canva or Google Drawings.
3. Communicate, communicate, communicate (newsletters, emails, building-level flyers)
4. What’s your hashtag? What story does it tell?
5. Curating tweets to review is important, too. Twitter Moments, walls.io

Here are a few things I’ve learned throughout the past 4 Twitter challenges:

1. Timing matters. Pick a time of year that isn’t too busy and don’t stretch out the challenge for too long. I have found that 10 days is the sweet spot.
2. Just because the challenge is on Twitter, doesn’t mean it has to be all tech all the time.
3. No matter how big or small your district is, you will learn about some amazing things happening in classrooms and schools.
4. Don’t stop with the Twitter challenge. Twitter is best utilized as a starting point. Make connections, ask questions, get to know people past their 280 characters and GIFs.
5. Twitter isn’t for everyone and that’s okay.

Start your own Educational Conference - BBEDU17

Start your own Educational Conference - BBEDU17

March 15, 2019

Get the full show notes at jpprezz.com/pod/17.

 

The Edtech Minute

Create a folder in the bookmark bar of Google Chrome to store tabs that you would otherwise keep open. Bookmark folders can hold webpages, Google Docs, and even emails! 

 

Featured Content

Shannon Steimel is the librarian and technology committee chair at Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, MO. In our conversation, Shannon discussed the many hats she wears and how she started the PD Bytes Online mini-conference series

PD Bytes PE online mini-conference: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019. 

 

What I'm Learning

ISTE has a new podcast called "Your Edtech Questions" Check out episode 3, where hosts Zac Chase and Amal Giknis chat with Dr. Liz Kolb all about digital distraction. 

Technology’s Role in Literacy Instruction - BBEDU 16

Technology’s Role in Literacy Instruction - BBEDU 16

February 20, 2019

The Edtech Minute

Reader Response GIFs with andtheniwaslike.co. Here is a Google Slides template to get you started. 

 

Featured Content

Tina Risse serves the Fox C-6 School District as the District Literacy Coordinator/K-5 Curriculum Coordinator. Tina is passionate about helping all children discover the love of reading. Throughout our conversation, Tina shares some invaluable suggestions for teaching literacy and when technology can enhance literacy instruction. 

Tina is reading: Read, Write, Teach by Linda Rief
Tina's Twitter recommendation: The Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project
Tina's teacher shout out: Laura Roberson, Sherwood Elementary School

Fox C-6 Summer Literacy Institute is three days of incredible learning for secondary educators focused around best practices of reading and writing instruction. 

 

What I'm Learning

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo's Twitter

1 minute walk to work video series

Hacking Leadership