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Summary: Welcome to the TeacherCast Podcasting Network. Join host Jeff Bradbury (@TeacherCast) and the worlds finest educators and educational technology creators as we discuss the latest in educational tech and pedagogy. Our goal is to help you find and use the right educational technology for your classroom. Subscribe today to this podcast feed to receive all of our shows in one single location.

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 Tech Coach Website Design for Effective Professional Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:51

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick share secrets for what makes a fantastic and usable Tech Coach website.  With so many options, both paid and free, available, it’s easy to spend a ton of time creating a digital hub that nobody uses or wants.   The secret to any website is to make great content and make sure that your users have it available to them BEFORE they know that they want or need it. In today's podcast, we take a look at websites from the perspective of both the Tech Coach and the busy teacher. In this episode, we discuss: * Reflections and reactions to Episode 19 “Creating 1:1 Relationships with Teachers” Is it possible to make everyone happy? What happens you learn that administration is only hearing the bad things about you … that may or may not be completely accurate? How to you recover if something happens you might not be aware of? * Ask the Tech Coach Mastermind Signup 8-Week Digital Literacy Challenge 2 Face-to-Face meetings each month Create a Digital Literacy / Tech Integration Plan for your school district 5-week Online Course for Learning Management Systems Bonus Podcasts and Tech Coach Blog Posts FREE Digital Templates and Lesson Plans that can be used in the classroom Exclusive Membership in our Tech Coach Facebook Group Tech Coach Websites Why create a website? How to use a website? Who is the website for? Coaches Teachers District What goes on a Tech Coach website? Appointment Calendar Apps / Web Tools Lessons PD Classes Tips/ Tricks/Helpful resources Tech Coach Website Options WordPress EduBlogs WordPress.com Self-Hosted Google Sites OneNote Learning Management System Useful Tips for Websites Have a clear focus to the content Clean Navigation that everyone can understand Easily searchable How to promote your website and its various components * On the Next Episode Episode 21: The Best Training Methods to use as Tech Coaches Online Learning Face to Face Group Training Department vs Whole Building Weekly Newsletters Tech Coach Website Options WordPress Over the last few years, WordPress has grown into a pretty amazing platform. So much so, that WordPress as an online environment now incorporates more than 29% of the entire internet.   So why not use it for your Tech Coach website? For many, it’s simply overkill.  Too many things moving around and too much time to keep it all organized with its many plugins and website themes.  However, if you are looking to use WordPress for your Tech Coach blog, then here are some solutions that you might be interested in. For more information about WordPress, check out our online resources today. Edublogs

 Building Great Relationships With Your Coworkers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:26

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick take a look at several things a Tech Coach can do to create positive relationships with their teachers, administrators, and support staff members. In this episode, we discuss: * Reflections and reactions * The Great LMS Debate: Blog Post Q: What is the first thing a school should do when choosing an LMS? * Ask the Tech Coach Mastermind Signup (Coupon Code Ends Oct 1, 2018) 8-Week Digital Literacy Challenge 2 Face-to-Face meetings each month Create a Digital Literacy / Tech Integration Plan for your school district 5-week Online Course for Learning Management Systems Bonus Podcasts and Tech Coach Blog Posts FREE Digital Templates and Lesson Plans that can be used in the classroom Exclusive Membership in our Tech Coach Facebook Group * How To Create a Great 1:1 Relationship with Your Staff Members Having empathy for staff members while getting your job done Don’t take everything personally. Always ask them how they are doing. It’s about them getting their job done … not about you getting your job done. The importance of walking the hallways Making friends will get you everywhere you want to be.’ How is your family? How are the kids? Never lead with your agenda Keep the computer in your backpack Never take notes while they are in front of you. Makes you visible and open to assist “How do you use the Copy Machine?” Surviving the faculty lunchroom Know the school schedule and wear multiple hats with different people. Lunch happens in the Lunchroom … always Don’t be “the tech guy” 24/7 Treating your teachers as equals … but students Remember: you are their resource, not the other way around Supporting teachers in the classroom -vs- observing teachers in the classroom Focus on what they do well Find ways to enhance their practice or meet their needs What do you do when things don’t go the way you want it to? * On the Next Episode How to Create a Tech Coach Website Why build a website? Platforms for various websites The importance of modeling what you want in the classroom Choose the platform that is best for your teachers and district … not your ego Future Episodes Episode 20: Tech Coach Websites Episode 21: The 3 best ways to train your staff … when they don’t care about the topic Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Ask the Tech Coach Podcast | @AsktheTechCoach Follow our Hosts Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Nicholas Amaral | @NamaralEDU Tech Tip of the Week Find ways to highlight staff accomplishments.

 Podcasting With Your Coworkers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:43

In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, Jeff sits down with educator Ken Woodard to discuss how he has created a podcast featuring members of his school district to make a pretty awesome show called the Lunch Duty Podcast. If you are a new listener to TeacherCast, we would love to hear from you.  Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! In this episode, we discuss: Why should teachers get into podcasts Podcasting with your school faculty Podcasting in your school vs creating a school podcast How to start your podcast Tips and advice for working within our faculty on a creative project About our Guest A 29-year veteran of secondary school history teaching, Ken Woodard is the chair of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart upper school history department wherein he teaches United States History to grade 11 students. Ken leads the U.S. history oral history project at Stone Ridge which combines his love of history with his enthusiasm for the new possibilities presented by rapidly evolving production software. He is also the Executive Producer of Lunch Duty Podcast, a podcast for teachers by teachers. When not immersed in school-related projects, he rides his bicycle and works at a Vermont outdoor adventure camp during summers. Links of Interest Website Facebook Twitter Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Educational Podcasting Today Podcast | @PodcastingToday Follow our Host Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Learn how to create your own Podcasts with these great resources from TeacherCast Join our brand new Facebook Page! Join our PLN Are you enjoying the TeacherCast Network, please share your thoughts with the world by commenting on iTunes today? I enjoy reading and sharing your comments on the podcast each week. Let’s Work Together Host: Jeff Bradbury @TeacherCast | @JeffBradbury Email: info@teachercast.net Voice Mail: http://www.TeacherCast.net/voicemail YouTube: http://www.TeacherCast.net/YouTube iTunes: http://www.TeacherCast.net/iTunes Check Out More TeacherCast Programming Educational Podcasting Today (http://www.educationalpodcasting.today) View LIVE Professional Development from TeacherCast Join us LIVE every Wednesday at 8:30 PM EST: http://www.TeacherCast.tv Need a Presenter? Jeff Bradbury (@TeacherCast) is available as a Keynote Speaker, Presenter,

 Learning Management Systems and the Digital Classroom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:43

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss our latest post “The Great Learning Management System Debate” and share several ways that Tech Coaches can assist their school districts in creating a digital learning environment in all classrooms. In this episode, we discuss: * Reflections and reactions Episode 18: How To Choose The Best Presentation Topic For a Faculty Meeting What if your admin chooses a topic the teachers don’t like and you all just have to suffer through the presentation? EPISODE SPONSOR: Ask the Tech Coach Mastermind Sign Up Today to get on the list and be notified when it launches! $50 off using the coupon “TC50” Offer Ends October 1, 2018 Membership in an exclusive team of Tech Coaches Peer to Peer Mentoring 2 Monthly Video Collaboration Meetings 5 Week Online Course on Learning Management Systems Mastermind Exclusive FREE Lesson Plans to share with your teachers Mastermind Exclusive FREE Templates to share with your teachers A Positive and Friendly learning environment to help you grow your program Access to our Private Ask the Tech Coach Facebook Group *Bonus: Exclusive Ask the Tech Coach Podcast Episodes *Bonus: Exclusive Tech Coach Blog Posts Tech Coaching with Learning Management Systems What does a Digital Classroom look like? How do you share your vision of a Digital Classroom with your admin to start driving a digital culture in your building? How are Tech Coaches preparing our teachers to teach in digital classrooms? Is an LMS a tool or a burden for teachers? What do students want in an LMS? What features do you look for in an LMS? The role of parents in a digital learning environment. How do you encourage “the shift” in teaching styles? Popular Learning Management Systems Schoology visual appeal of a social media application like Facebook offers a wide array of customization and personalization invites creativity, collaboration, and communication Great for gamification Canvas fully customizable platform link their accounts to their other social media applications small groups function helps teachers give consistent feedback Google Classroom Simplicity Everything in one feed/stream discreetly send students who struggle individualized assignments How can we model Digital Learning as Tech Coaches through LMS Professional Development courses. How can we determine if an LMS is successful? * On the Next Episode * How To Create a Great 1:1 Relationship with Your Staff Members Having empathy while getting your job done The importance of walking the hallways Surviving the faculty lunchroom Treating your teachers as equals … but students Supporting teachers in the classroom -vs- observing teachers in the classroom Future Episodes Episode 19: Creating a great 1:1 relationship with your staff Episode 20: Tech Coach Websites Episode 21: The 3 best ways to train your staff … when they don’t care about the topic Follow our Podcast

 How To Grow Audience Engagement For Your Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:45

In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, we welcome podcaster Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings Podcast to discuss the importance of building strong relationships with your podcast audience. If you are a new listener to TeacherCast, we would love to hear from you.  Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! In this episode, we discuss: Tips for starting a podcast of your own How to grow your audience Creating a personal relationship with your audience The importance of building relationships Why you shouldn’t be afraid to initiate things. The importance of guesting on other shows and how to do so. Be original. There are many copy-cats out there. It’s best when you’re different. Creating a website with Podcast Websites About our Guest Noah Tetzner is the host of a popular podcast called The History of Vikings. The podcast is listened to by over 12,000 people every week and has been trending among the top history podcasts on Apple Podcasts for some time. A lifelong history buff and education advocate, he is passionate about instilling a desire to learn in young people and helping them to realize their unlimited potential! Links of Interest Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofViking Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehistoryofvikings/ Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Educational Podcasting Today Podcast | @PodcastingToday Follow our Host Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section.   This weeks question is: How are you building strong and positive relationships with your podcast audience?   Please leave a comment below. Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Learn how to create your own Podcasts with these great resources from TeacherCast Join our brand new Facebook Page! Join our PLN Are you enjoying the TeacherCast Network, please share your thoughts with the world by commenting on iTunes today? I enjoy reading and sharing your comments on the podcast each week. Let’s Work Together Host: Jeff Bradbury @TeacherCast | @JeffBradbury Email: info@teachercast.net Voice Mail: http://www.TeacherCast.net/voicemail YouTube: http://www.TeacherCast.net/YouTube iTunes: http://www.TeacherCast.net/iTunes Check Out More TeacherCast Programming Educational Podcasting Today (

 Using Microsoft Teams and Flipgrid in the Classroom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:01

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Justin Chando from Microsoft Teams and Joey from Flipgrid on the podcast to talk about how to create a seamless digital classroom using collaborative tools found in Office365. In this episode, we discuss: What’s new in Microsoft EDU? #Flipgrid Fever Summer Conference What’s new in Flipgrid Being a part of the MicrosoftEdu Family What can teachers expect from Flipgrid in 2018-19? What’s new in Microsoft Teams The Microsoft Innovative Educator Community Creating a Digital Classroom with MicrosoftEdu and Office365 Creating the future with help from the present Working with teachers to shape the future of Office Apps What is Flipgrid? Created a few years ago in Minnesota, Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students and teachers to share ideas and learn together.  Building on the concept of personalized learning, Flipgrid has grown into the goto video learning platform in more than 150 countries. The mission of Flipgrid is to “Empower learners of all ages to define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of overs.” In a message heard around the world, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Flipgrid would be joining the Microsoft family on June 18. How can I learn More about Flipgrid? The educator community for Flipgrid is VERY active in sharing great resources and providing help and feedback for those who are new to the platform. Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every student an equal and amplified voice on the topics you define! www.Flipgrid.com @Flipgrid http://facebook.com/flipgrid http://facebook.com/groups/flipgrideducators/ http://vimeo.com/flipgrid Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast iTunes: http://www.TeacherCast.net/MIEAudio YouTube: http://www.TeacherCast.net/MIEVideo Show Notes: http://www.TeacherCast.net/MIESpotlight The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Follow our Host Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: The Educators Guide to Flipgrid * Twitter.com/KarlyMoura * Twitter.com/seanjfahey Grid Guides #FlipgridFever (on Twitter) Flipgrid now a featured integration for Microsoft Teams

 Creating a Community around a Niche Podcast: Featuring Maria Alcoke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:29

In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, Jeff welcomes podcaster Maria Alcoke on the program to discuss her podcast “The Engine Mom.” Together, they discuss how podcasts can be created to create and grow a community around a group, concept, or idea to help build strength and positivity for all. If you are a new listener to TeacherCast, we would love to hear from you.  Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! In this episode, we discuss: Starting a podcast for a niche audience How to find and speak to your avatar Learning how your audience is listening to your podcast Finding and growing your audience Building a Community around your podcast Women in Podcasting Why it's important for women to pursue their passions (what inspired The Engine Mom Podcast) Risk taking and why uncomfortable leaps and scary action steps are necessary to make big (and small) life changes What keeps me motivated with my podcast and how I monetize it Blessings and challenges of working for yourself as a parent How to get involved in the TeacherCast Podcasting Community Join our Facebook Group Sign up for our Mailing List Share TeacherCast with others in your PLN Become a guest on the TeacherCast Podcast Subscribe to this Podcast About our Guest Maria Alcoke is the host of the Engine Mom Podcast, a CrossFit-L1 trainer, a Certified Pre&Postnatal Coach and runs her own graphic & web design studio, MariaVida Creative. After over 10 years in the creative field in both agency and education settings, she left the corporate world to pursue her own business right before the birth of her daughter. Now, three years into her motherhood and entrepreneurial journey with another baby girl on the way, due in early December 2018, Maria has a thriving design business and has merged her passion for teaching and fitness through coaching. Maria realized the true value of community and connection while navigating some major transitions in 2015 which included moving across the country, starting her own business and becoming a mom. She is a firm believer in “it takes a village” when it comes to raising your family while simultaneously staying true to yourself. In September 2017, she launched The Engine Mom Podcast to provide unique perspectives from Moms who are driven by their passions and to inspire others to be their best selves by identifying what fuels them: their passions and greater purpose. Links of Interest The Engine Mom Podcast: https://enginemom.com/ The Engine Mom on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_engine_mom/ The Engine Mom on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theenginemom/ Design Work: http://www.mariavida.com/ Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Educational Podcasting Today Podcast | @PodcastingToday Follow our Host Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

 The Conrad Challenge: Where Students Create World-Changing Innovations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:49

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we learn how the Conrad Challenge is promoting collaborative, student-centered, real world-relevant learning that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, unleashing students’ potential to create future-defining solutions and a sustainable society for generations to come. What is the Conrad Challenge? Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge. Unlike any STEM competition out there, this annual event unleashes the potential of students to leave their mark on the world, using their innovation and entrepreneurial skills to address some of the most pressing global challenges. In its first 13 years, the Challenge has had student participants from more than 70 different countries. The Conrad Challenge invites teams of 2-5 students between the ages of 13-18, along with a coach (who may be a teacher, administrator, business leader, or other adult) to innovate new products and services that address global issues in one of six categories: Aerospace & Aviation Cyber-Technology & Security Energy & Environment Health & Nutrition Smoke-Free World ― special category for 2018-19 sponsored by The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Transforming Education with Technology ― special category for 2018-19 sponsored by SMART Technologies Coaches and judges from the best in business, industry, research and academia worldwide will guide the teams’ innovative ideas. In February 2019, five teams in each challenge category will be chosen as finalists and travel to the annual Innovation Summit taking place April 24-27, 2019 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Finalist teams present their innovations before an esteemed panel of judges. Winning teams receive awards, investment opportunities, patent support, business services and scholarships to support the growth of their concepts into real businesses that can make real difference. At the end of the competition, teams maintain ownership of their Intellectual Property. Interested teams should visit the Registration Form and 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge Overview for more information on this year’s competition. Registration will remain open until Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. Expert judges will then select semi-finalist teams in each challenge category who will be invited to develop comprehensive business plans for their innovation. America’s Navy is proud to partner with the Pete Conrad Foundation to carry on the shared tradition of discovery, creativity and problem solving. For the fourth year, the Navy will sponsor the Conrad Challenge for and present the annual America’s Navy Gemini Award for Distinguished Innovation in the Spirit of Captain Pete Conrad to the team that best demonstrates the Navy’s characteristics of teamwork, innovation and hard work. Navy subject matter experts will also serve as panel judges, offering feedback based on their professional experience and knowledge in medicine, aviation, cyber technology and engineering. About our Guests Nancy Conrad Nancy Conrad is the founding chairman of the Conrad Foundation, who produce the annual Conrad Challenge. A former teacher, Nancy has become a recognized leader in transformative education, serving as a featured speaker at national and international conferences.

 First Time Professional Development Tips and Tricks for Tech Coaches | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:41

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick take a look at faculty and department meetings and discuss several solutions for choosing the best topic that will help to set up a great year of working with teachers and students.  Today's episode is sponsored by our upcoming Ask the Tech Coach Mastermind.  Join us next month for an 8-week journey that will help you be a better Tech Coach. In this episode, we discuss: * Reflections and reactions from Episode 16 Tech Coach Q&A Reach out to us: @AskTheTechCoach EPISODE SPONSOR: Ask the Tech Coach Mastermind Sign Up Today to get on the list and be notified when it launches! $50 off using the coupon “TC50” Offer Ends October 1, 2018 Membership in an exclusive team of Tech Coaches Peer to Peer Mentoring 2 Monthly Video Collaboration Meetings 5 Week Online Course on Learning Management Systems Mastermind Exclusive FREE Lesson Plans to share with your teachers Mastermind Exclusive FREE Templates to share with your teachers A Positive and Friendly learning environment to help you grow your program Access to our Private Ask the Tech Coach Facebook Group *Bonus: Exclusive Ask the Tech Coach Podcast Episodes *Bonus: Exclusive Tech Coach Blog Posts * What can Tech Coaches Learn from Podcasting? Jeff Presentation from MAPCON 10 Things To Consider When Redesigning Your Website * Tip of the Week * The art of School District Professional Development Weekday vs Weekend PD Sessions How to choose the best topic Tech Coach Choice Picking something you are passionate about to instill excitement. Build off of teacher wants/needs. Administration Choice Connect to district/building goals and expectations. Are there initiatives that need follow-up or training? How to prepare for a PD Session Before the session Gather supplies and resources. Will this have a slide deck? A handout? Is there a workshop framework you follow? Build in interaction/play time. During the session Assess on the fly? What’s the morale in the room? What would teachers like more work on? Give time to play and create! After the session Gather feedback See what needs arise for future PD sessions. Give resources/ links to where teachers can extend their learning. Online learning modules? Resources and Materials What do you do when everyone is looking at their watch? Treat this similar to students. Facilitate and keep it moving. Build in interaction/group tasks. Invite teachers to share they created to their colleagues. Reflections, Reflections, Reflections What do you need to fix? What needs have come up? Were your learning goals met? * On the Next Episode Is Google Classroom an LMS? What is an LMS? Where does Classroom fit in?

 How to Start a Podcast in your Community - Featuring Greg Holdsman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:12

In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, we meet Greg Holdsman, the creator of the new Philly Famous Podcast.  Greg and I met this summer at Podcast Movement and he produces a fantastic podcast called the Philly Famous Podcast where he interviews local Philadelphians. If you are a new listener to TeacherCast, we would love to hear from you.  Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! In this episode, we discuss: Podcast Movement 2018 What is exciting about being a podcaster? What is the Philly Famous Podcast? How to create your first podcast episode How to promote your show and grow a local audience How to get “celebrity guests” What have you learned as a podcaster? Best Advice you have been given? Best advice you can give another podcaster? About Greg Holdsman A life-long Philadelphian and graduate of Central High School (274), Greg pursued his academic and athletic path as a college basketball player at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. However, in his first t,wo years he suffered four concussions and had to retire from the sport he loved. He decided to finish his recovery back home, transferring to Temple University. During his periods of recuperation, his mental and physical activity was extremely limited. This time of struggle is when he became an avid listener of podcasts. In early November of 2017, he started his own podcast, with a focus on the city he loves, Philadelphia! Greg is passionate about basketball, culture, diversity, racial/gender/sexual/religious equality, social justice, innovation, and youth empowerment. He values honesty, open-mindedness, creativity, kindness, and love. * Website: http://phillyfamouspodcast.com * Instagram: @phillyfamouspodcast * Twitter: @phillyfamouspod Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Educational Podcasting Today Podcast | @PodcastingToday Follow our Host Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Learn how to create your own Podcasts with these great resources from TeacherCast Join our brand new Facebook Page! Join our PLN Are you enjoying the TeacherCast Network, please share your thoughts with the world by commenting on iTunes today? I enjoy reading and sharing your comments on the podcast each week. Let’s Work Together Host: Jeff Bradbury @TeacherCast | @JeffBradbury Email: info@teachercast.net Voice Mail: http://www.TeacherCast.net/voicemail YouTube: http://www.TeacherCast.net/YouTube iTunes: http://www.TeacherCast.net/iTunes Check Out More TeacherCast Programming Educational Podcasting Today (http://www.educationalpodcasting.today)

 Learning Dot Com | Learning Digital Literacy Skills in Grades K-12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:17

In this episode of EdTech in the Classroom, we welcome Jeff Meyer, the Director of Education for Learning.com. * New Integration with Google Classroom (Fall 2018 Release) * How are school districts consuming digital literacy * How can we assess the technology skills of our students? * Aligning data against the ISTE standards * 4 pillars for Learning * Keyboarding * Do we still need keyboarding skills in our curriculum? * Keyboarding vs Voice to Text * When to start teaching Keyboarding Skills * Online Safety / Digital Citizenship * When to start teaching Digital Citizenship * Coding and Computational Thinking * Business Applications * Spreadsheets and Word Processing * STEM Education * Gamifying Learning in K-5 * Text-based learning modules * Python Coding in Middle School * The importance of teaching computational thinking skills. Why Learning.com? By 2020, it is estimated that nearly 80% of jobs will require some level of technical proficiency. We live in a digital society. Students must be given the opportunity to learn and develop digital literacy skills – starting as early as Kindergarten. From keyboarding and word processing to coding and computational thinking, digital literacy skills are needed more than ever. Learning.com makes it easy to teach students the critical digital literacy skills they must have to succeed. About our Guest Jeff Meyer is the Director of Education and is Learning.com’s resident product expert for our digital literacy solutions who works to identify best practices for internal and external audiences. Jeff has 34 years of experience working in education as a public-school teacher and coach, district curriculum and technology director and administrator. He is passionate about the need to transform education using data-based, inquiry-driven approaches and digital resources, especially with urban students and educators. Prior to his eleven years of service with Learning.com, Jeff worked in the Austin and Eanes school districts, Education Service Center, and University of Texas at Austin, Texas. Links of Interest * Learning.com Homepage * Digital Literacy Curriculum * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest * LinkedIn

 SMORE: Create Engaging Newsletters For Your District Today! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:40

In this episode of EdTech in the Classroom, we welcome Rachel and Shlomi from Smore on the program to discuss how educators and school districts are using Smore’s robust platform to communicate with students, their communities, and each other. Check out EdTech in the Classroom today for other great podcasts featuring your favorite EdTech companies. In this episode, we discuss: Creating a newsletter should be easy and fun, and deliver professional results Using Smore to update parents, staff (internal newsletter) and the greater community Learn how your audience engages with your newsletter through live analytics so that you can build smarter newsletters that you know your audience will love Analytics will show who opened your newsletter, which links were clicked the most, how much time was spent on the newsletter, etc. Using Smore for your entire school Streamline school communications and maintain the school's brand with all educators using Smore Control, track, analyze The School or District License's Admin can actually maintain some control of the content going out to ensure that teachers and staff using Smore stay on brand. They can do this by creating beautiful templates that are on brand to send out to other educators on the License so those educators can use the pre-made templates and drop in their original content for their desired audiences. Admin (or admins) of the license have access to a Management Dashboard to view everyone who is active on the license and take a look at what is being sent out! We even have some schools who use the dashboard to create fun games and incentives for teachers/staff to communicate more. Smore Academy built in on-boarding. The built-in on-boarding ensures that all teachers/staff on the license get the proper training they need to be successful Smore users. The future of Smore Even better analytics Smart tracking (how people engage with your newsletter to help you learn from Your audiences behavior) Hot spots on the newsletter Built-in onboarding with Smore Academy coming now + more in the future Newsletter template sharing About Smore Smore enables you to create beautiful newsletters, share them everywhere, and track your results. It's fast and easy to update your class, colleagues, and community members. More than 800,000 educators across the globe use Smore to create gorgeous newsletters. Features like custom designs and enhanced analytics enable educators to quickly master their message and update students, parents, and colleagues in an engaging, professional way. It's easy to look amazing. How Can Smore Be Used In The Classroom? In this example, we are using Smore to create professional development tutorials for our teachers.  About our Guests Rachel Epstein My name is Rachel Epstein and I am the Head of Business Development and Sales at Smore. I've been with Smore for 3 years and I love working here! We are a fun, dynamic and creative team that makes coming to work a pleasure, really! I am originally from New York and went to college at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I received my MA from Tel Aviv University in Environmental Science. Outside of work, I love backpacking trips, skiing on powder days and traveling whenever possible

 Tech Coach Q&A | September 2011 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:05

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick answer the questions you have emailed, tweeted and left voice messages about.   In this episode, we discuss: Reflections and reactions from Episode 15 “Tech Coach Round Table” Loved hearing about the difference between a Tech Coach and a Digital Learning Specialist How to best keep track of your teacher interactions Calendar Use appointment slots Give teachers a place to access the calendar and book when needed Manage share settings and restrict who has access Google Forms More for you (the tech coach) to use to keep track of interactions Gives more options to assess and view data/results Embed graphs into a Google Site YouCanBook.Me/Appoint.ly Simple layouts and templates Minimal options to customize unless you pay for premium Difficult to arrange when needing custom time layouts/ hall transition Best way to communicate with your teachers? Email The simplest option, but teachers can get overwhelmed by the amount of email sent daily. Newsletter Great for monthly/quarterly distribution Smore makes for a great option. Other possible app choices: Canva, LucidPress, etc. Great way to touch on a variety of things at once while also highlighting staff accomplishments. Slack/Remind/LMS? Slack is something new to try out. Live feed- makes for a great way to stay in contact//share teacher accomplishments. Remind is great to keep teachers in the know of the building you are currently. Acts as a text without having to share your personal phone number. LMS One-stop-shop for everything teachers need (if it is what is used most/heavily. Website One-stop-shop. Houses everything teachers need. Eases teachers from email burnout. How should Tech Coaches be using Social Media to promote classroom activities and student achievement? Social Media is great to highlight the accomplishments of both teachers and students. Great way to build the school/districts brand. Helps the community get a feel for what is going on in the classroom. Use it to keep staff in-the-loop and up-to-date with workshops, etc. What have you learned from your first few years of being a Tech Coach that you wish you had known in your first year? Take it slow. Teachers want time to collaborate and just play. Too often they try something once and never get an opportunity to try it again. Give them time to play. Where do you go to find resources that are helpful when working with your teachers? Iste.org Blogs that you follow Fellow educators Helps build relationships while also getting a professional in the field you need. * On the Next Episode How to create a Professional Development session that meets the needs of all learning styles and grade levels How to pick a topic How to prepare a topic How to present a topic What resources to give out How to make an “I have to be here” session enjoyable for everyone involved. Ask The Tech Coach Mastermind Sign Up Today to get on the list and be notified when it launches! Membership in an exclusive team of Tech Coaches...

 Creating a Culture of Positive Professional Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:28

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Teaching Matters CEO Lynette Guastaferro on the program to discuss how school districts can improve teacher moral and improve student test scores by building a culture of positive professional learning. In this episode, we discuss: Who is Teaching Matters? Emerging Teacher Leaders Program The importance of collaboration in and out of the classroom between teachers “It’s not my kids … it’s our kids” Culture change starts with leadership How to define success when there is a culture shift involved Micro-credentials “Competency-Based Evidence of Learning” How do you set up a system surrounding micro-credentials Why are micro-credentials good for school systems? Why are micro-credentials good for teachers? What is the value of micro-credentials for teachers? What does “good” look like? About our Guest Lynette Guastaferro, Chief Executive Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in education. She possesses a unique blend of education, non-profit and private-sector experience. Under her leadership and responding to both research and what is happening in real classrooms, Teaching Matters has quadrupled its reach and spearheaded the design of award-winning, scalable teacher development models designed to improve teaching in over 700 urban schools. Ms. Guastaferro has worked as a classroom teacher, a school-network leader, and a senior management consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). At PWC, she led projects to innovate and improve the performance of government and educational agencies. Her work in education led her to Baltimore, where she took a classroom teaching position and designed her school's first technology-based learning support lab for literacy and mathematics. Ms. Guastaferro holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Williams College. Links of Interest * http://teachingmatters.org/about * https://www.facebook.com/teachingmatters/ * https://www.linkedin.com/company/teaching-matters/ * https://twitter.com/teachingmatters Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Follow our Host Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury Let’s Work Together Host: Jeff Bradbury @TeacherCast | @JeffBradbury Email: info@teachercast.net Voice Mail: http://www.TeacherCast.net/voicemail YouTube: http://www.TeacherCast.net/YouTube iTunes: http://www.TeacherCast.net/iTunes Check Out More TeacherCast Programming TeacherCast Podcast (http://www.teachercast.net/tcp) Educational Podcasting Today (http://www.educationalpodcasting.today) The TechEducator Podcast (http://www.techeducatorpodcast.com) Ask The Tech Coach (http://www.AskTheTechCoach.

 The First Month of Being a Tech Coach | Ask The Tech Coach Round Table | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:01

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” we welcome Kerry Gallagher, Sean Hackbarth, and Michael Krauszer on the program to discuss the many things that happen in the first month of being a Tech Coach.  For so many of us, the first month is filled with excitement but also misery when things don't go so well.  What is important is that we all learn how to get our first few staff encounters to be positive ones so that we have a fantastic program that is built on relationships and not just on tech. Next week on the show, we will be doing a Tech Coach Q/A and would love to have your questions be apart of the group.  If you have any questions you would like to ask about Tech Coaching, please email us at feedback@teachercast.net. In this episode, we discuss: Tech Coach … or Classroom Coach that features Tech? Tech Coach vs Digital Learning Specialist Role of an educator coach vs. Role of a technician What should the first month of Tech Coaching look like? The Tech Coach Introduction to Staff Members Role of admin in building the role and expectations Don’t overload staff members with lengthy presentation on first meeting The Tech Coach Website Mike’s Tech Coach Website Communicating with Staff Members both in large and small groups Working with the Go-Getters Breaking through to those not interested Creating PD for teachers of all shapes and sizes … that works Breaking an hour down into 20 min chunks that address each of the grade levels Think about Instructional Design * On the Next Episode Tech Coach Q/A Send in your questions: feedback@teachercast.net Ask The Tech Coach Mastermind Sign Up Today to get on the list and be notified when it launches! Membership in an exclusive team of Tech Coaches Peer to Peer Mentoring 2 Monthly Video Collaboration Meetings Mastermind Exclusive FREE Lesson Plans to share with your teachers Mastermind Exclusive FREE Templates to share with your teachers A Positive and Friendly learning environment to help you grow your program Access to our Private Ask the Tech Coach Facebook Group *Bonus: Exclusive Ask the Tech Coach Podcast Episodes *Bonus: Exclusive Tech Coach Blog Posts Download Our FREE Google Drawing Self-Assessment! Follow our Podcast The TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network | @TeacherCast Ask the Tech Coach Podcast | @AsktheTechCoach Follow our Hosts Jeff Bradbury | @JeffBradbury About our Guests Kerry Gallagher Kerry Gallagher is the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org – internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California – a FutureReady Instructional Coach,

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