The Bits & Bytes of Education
Make the most of professional conferences - BBEDU15

Make the most of professional conferences - BBEDU15

February 4, 2019

View the full show notes at jpprezz.com/pod/15

 

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A big thank you to the Podcast PD crew for giving the podcast a shout out on episode 44!

​Check out Tech on the Side hosted by Jason P. Heisel

 

Come see JP speak at the Midwest Educational Technology Conference, February 11-13, 2019

 

Monday -  I just Attended the Best. Conference Ever. 10:00am Agusta
Tuesday - The Edtech PodSquad LIVE, 2:30pm Grand Ballroom B
Wednesday - Memes, GIFs, & #Booksnaps, oh my!, 8:00am Grand Ballroom A

 

The Edtech Minute

Three resources to help you make beautiful presentations.

 

Featured Content

Five tips to make the most of professional conferences

 

What I'm Learning

Sadie Lewis and Manuel Herrera's blog series Visual Thinking to Manage Learning

Creating Content in Google Slides - BBEDU 14

Creating Content in Google Slides - BBEDU 14

January 24, 2019

Check out the full show notes at jpprezz.com/pod/14

 

JP's METC 2019 Presentations

The Midwest Educational Technology Conference is February 11-13 in St. Charles, MO. Come hang out with me in my conference presentations:

Monday -  I just Attended the Best. Conference Ever. 10:00am Agusta
Tuesday - The Edtech PodSquad LIVE, 2:30pm Grand Ballroom B
Wednesday - Memes, GIFs, & #Booksnaps, oh my!, 8:00am Grand Ballroom A

 

The Edtech Minute

Google Arts and Culture

 

Featured Content

Josh Howard is the Instructional Technology Facilitator for Fulton Public Schools in Fulton, MO.

Josh's blog post,  Baby's First Podcasting Studio

 

What I'm Learning

The Educational Duct Tape Podcast 

A First Year Administrator’s Journey - BBEDU 13

A First Year Administrator’s Journey - BBEDU 13

January 7, 2019

JP's Upcoming Conference Presentations:

Midwest Education Technology Conference, February 11-13:

Feb 11: I Just Attended the Best. Conference. Ever.

Feb 12: The Edtech PodSquad LIVE!

Feb 13: Memes, GIFs, and #Booksnaps, oh my!

ISTE 2019

Building Collaborative Content with Podcasts (Panel AND Poster sessions)

 

The Edtech Minute

The One Word movement is a concept that encourages people to focus their year around one singular word to focus their growth and learning around, instead of having a list of lofty resolutions. My #oneword2019 is positivity.

You can read about last year's word focus in this blog post. 

Featured Content

Dustin L. Brown is a first year high school assistant principal who has had a unique journey because he has spent his entire career - from student teaching to being an assistant principal - in the same building. In our discussion, Dustin shares his strengths and reflects on where he needs to grow after a semester of being an administrator. Then, we talk about the benefits and challenges of being a principal in the same building where he taught. Finally, Dustin gives aspiring administrators advice on landing their first principal job. 

Connect with Dustin on Twitter @dustin_l_brown

Dustins' Book Recommendation: Cujo: The Untold Story of My Life On and Off the Ice
Dustin's Podcast Recommendation: Cult of Pedagogy, Principal MattersStuff you Should Know
Dustin's Recommended Twitter Follow: Dr. Amy FastDanny SteeleDr. Justin Tarte
Dustin's Teacher Shout Out: Debbie Duncan, American History Teacher Festus High School

What I'm Learning

Without Fail is a new podcast by Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg where he tries to become a better leader by interviewing people who have had great successes and failures in business and learned from all of them. In November 2018, he interviewed entrepreneur Evan Markwell in an episode called “Relentless: How one guy brought the Internet to America’s schools”. This is a really interesting 40 minute conversation where Alex and Evan discuss how Evan  helped to re-shape E-Rate funding and make it easier for schools to get access to high quality Internet access for students. This is an amazing conversation about the side of edtech many educators don’t have to think about and a great story about persevering to achieve a goal. You can check out this episode here

Tips for Effective #Edtech Integration- BBEDU 12

Tips for Effective #Edtech Integration- BBEDU 12

December 4, 2018

The Edtech Minute

formRanger is a Google Forms add on that will eliminate an answer choice -actually replace it with a blank space or other text - on a Google Forms multiple choice question after it has had a specified number of selections. Three reasons you might use formRanger:

  1. Capping session or event registration to a specific number of participants.
  2. Limiting sign up numbers for after school tutoring sessions.
  3. Automatically populate and update multiple choice answer choices from a spreadsheet.

​Here is a video tutorial I made that will walk you through setting up formRanger

Featured Content

The first blog post I ever published was a guest post on my good friend Justin Tarte's blog, Life of an Educator. This post was called "5 Tech Tips for the not-so-tech-savvy teacher". I later republished the same post on my own blog. 

As I reflect on that blog post that hit the Internet just over 8 years ago, I wanted to share the 5 tips I most often give teachers when integrating new tech in their classes:

  1. Don't get lost in a sea of apps.
  2. Our students know a lot...about social media.
  3. Be aware of the limitations of the tech you use.
  4. Don't try to master the whole Internet at once.
  5. Know who has your back.

What tech tips do you have to share with teachers? Leave a comment below or let me know on Twitter.

What I'm Learning

The Edtech Takeout is a podcast hosted by Jonathon Wylie and Mindy Cairney from the Grantwood AEA in Iowa. It's an excellent show that shares edtech news and updates, featured content, and the popular (at least Mindy would say so) Tech Nuggets - quick useful edtech tips.  Episode 51 called Edtech Mythbusting was a great episode in which Jonathon and Mindy debunked a variety of edtech myths for the audience. Check out this episode and subscribe where ever you listen to podcasts.

#Edtech, #Makerspaces, & the K-5 Library - BBEDU 11

#Edtech, #Makerspaces, & the K-5 Library - BBEDU 11

November 12, 2018

The Edtech Minute

Google recently rolled out closed captioning in Google Slides presentations. Here is the Google Keyword blog post announcing it. Now that you know how to use close captioning in Google Slides, amp up your use by:

  • presenting with your AirPods to let closed captioning work when you aren't near your computer.
  • mash up closed captioning with a screencast for students who are absent from your class.

Featured Content

Meghan Ford is a recovering 5th grade teacher turned elementary librarian and Google Certified Educator. Meghan is passionate about using her library to create problem solvers by combining literacy and her makerspace. Our conversation focuses on how she makes that work an discusses how to enhance classroom-library partnerships.

Connect with Meghan:
Twitter: @techieteacher2
Instagram: fordfab5

 

What I'm Learning

Let me know on Twitter how you are using Adobe Spark with students!

Presenting at #Edtech Conferences - BBEDU 010

Presenting at #Edtech Conferences - BBEDU 010

October 23, 2018

The Edtech Minute

Recently I hosted two parent digital citizenship events where I gave a presentation called Hold the Phone: tips for managing teens with smartphones. This presentation focused on helping our kids navigate their digital lives by:

  • protecting our kids' (and our own) privacy online
  • empowering ourselves with knowledge about the social media apps and sites our kids use
  • understanding what's hiding in our phone settings
  • setting realistic and reasonable expectations for device usage

You can review this event's parent handout here

Featured Content

Jen Walter is a middle school science teacher and edtech instructional specialist for the Fox School District. In our conversation, Jen talks about her work as an instructional specialist and what it was like preparing for and presenting at her first regional conference, MOREnet 2018, AKA "being called to The Show".

TECHsgiving 2017
12 Days of TECH-smas 2017
Make a G Suite and Easy Transition to Flipped Teaching with Google Tools

Jen's recommended Twitter hashtags: #ditchbook#tlap#moedchat
Jen's recommended reading: NOW! Classrooms by Meg Ormiston
Jen's recommended podcast: The Cult of Pedagogy 

What I'm Learning

In October 2018, I attended a workshop hosted by Apple all about creating content in Garageband and iMovie. This workshop was based on their new Everyone can Create curriculum. Check out the curriculum and program overview

ISTE Standards in the Classroom - BBEDU 009

ISTE Standards in the Classroom - BBEDU 009

October 7, 2018

My latest blog post: Will YOU take the #EDUpodcastchallenge?

 

The Edtech Minute

I recently hosted a viewing of the documentary Screenagers. This is a movie about screen addiction and how families  can navigate the world of social media and create healthy balances for everyone in the family between being connected on a screen and connected to the people in front of you.

 

Featured Content

Jonathon Lee is an instructional specialist with METC & is a State-wide Technology Support Specialist for the state of MO who hold a variety of educational certifications, including being the world's first ISTE Certified Educator. In our conversation, Jonathon talks about the Midwest Educational Technology Conference, ISTE standards, and ISTE Certification. 

METC Student Innovation Showcase
METC ISTE Standard Certification

ISTE Standards for Students, Teachers, and Administrators

Connect with Jonathon Lee
Email
Twitter
METC Podcast
Edtech PodSquad

Jonathon's recommended Twitter follow: Joe Sanfelippo

What I'm Learning

The Shukes and Giff podcast is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to when it comes out every other Tuesday.  Check it out and subscribe here

First Grade View of Education  - BBEDU 008

First Grade View of Education - BBEDU 008

September 24, 2018

The Edtech Minute

I recently had the 5 year anniversary of working full time in an edtech role. Three things I have learned:

1. Elementary and secondary teachers and students are different. 
2. Everyone loves someone who can help. 
3. Having a strong network is invaluable. 

Featured Content

Giuliana is my daughter and is a first grade student. We discussed learning spaces, technology in her classroom, and qualities of an amazing educator. 

 

What I'm Learning

The Edtech Situation Room is a weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Wes Fryer and Dr. Jason Neiffer that discusses the technology news of the week and the implications it has on education. 

Share YOUR Voice - BBEDU 007

Share YOUR Voice - BBEDU 007

September 12, 2018

The Edtech Minute

The core content, not a piece of technology, should be the focal point of a lesson or learning activity. 

Featured Content

Chris Nesi is a high school social studies teacher, podcaster, and presenter who hosts The House of Edtech, co-hosts Podcast PD, and produces the wildly popular Google Teacher Tribe podcast. In our conversation, Chris and I talk about getting started podcasting and what we have each learned from having our own shows. Then we talk about imposter syndrome and the qualities of successful edtech leaders. 

Chris's podcast recommendations: The School of PodcastingThe Audacity to Podcast, Shows on the Education Podcast Network
Chris's teacher shoutout: Mrs. Maryann Cochran

What I'm Learning

Unleash Talent is a recently released book by Kara Knollmeyer that discusses how to identify and share the hidden talents inside yourself and the other adults in your school. 

How to be in Six Schools at Once - BBEDU 006

How to be in Six Schools at Once - BBEDU 006

August 27, 2018

The Edtech Minute

Unpacking the recent updates to Google Classroom. 

1. Classwork page
2. Gradning interface

My Google Classroom resource

 

Featured Content

Lacey Majors serves the Fox C-6 School District as a 6-12th grade gifted educator. Our conversation covers a wide variety of topics including Lacey's unique path to education and how it prepared her for her current role, and how technology helps Lacey build relationships with students, colleagues, and families. 

Lacey's spreadsheet template for weekly automated emails.
Jessica Lahay The Gift of Failure

Lacey's book recommendations: See How they Run, ​The Grade Cleanse, and The Hate you Give 
Lacey's recommended Twitter follows: Beth Houf
Lacey's teacher shout out: Mr. Todd Scott, principal of Seckman High School

 

What I'm Learning

I recently listened to episode 341 of Vicki Davis's 10 Minute Teacher podcast with guest Katie Martin. Check out this great episode called "A Learner Centered Innovation Model" at coolcatteacher.com/e341.