Ep. 29: Monica, #TasksBeforeApps, and NY Pizza

In this episode, I chat virtually with Dr. Monica Burns about her latest book, Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom. For those of you who do not know who Monica is or does, she’s an established edtech speaker, trainer, and author who is passionate about education and technology integration. Listen to her take on pizza vs. NY pizza as well as her tortilla preference. If you’d like to connect with Dr. Monica Burns, check out the links below:
Classtechtips.com
Twitter.com/classtechtips
Facebook.com/classtechtips
Pinterest.com/classtechtips
Instagram.com/classtechtips

Dr. Monica Burns’ Books:
Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom
#FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology​
Taming the Wild Text: Literacy Strategies for Today’s Reader

Also, don’t miss out on a promotional offer for EdTech Bites Podcast listeners from Nearpod. For a free 3 month trial of Nearpod Gold, go to Nearpod.com/redeem and use promo code “NP-Gabriel”.

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Buen Provecho!

Ep. 28: The SMART SEE Summit And Building Your PLN

This special episode was recorded in Calgary, Canada while attending the SMART Global Summit and is all about building your PLN or in this case PLF, professional learning family. This episode is made up of four interviews with four different individuals. Two of them are employees of SMART and the other two are attendees like myself. I would like to give a huge shout out to SMART Technologies for hosting this event and the Conrad Foundation for all the work they did with us, especially the students.

Katie Novak 2:30
Gretchen Monahan 15:06
Monica Mora 26:53
Kelly Miksch 36:53

For more information on becoming a SEE, click here. Thanks again to everyone who I interviewed thanks to my new PLF from all over the world. Don’t forget to subscribe to be notified when future episodes are released. Buen Provecho!

Ep. 27: Stella, #NotAtISTE18, and Kentucky Eats

In this special episode of EdTech Bites, I sit down with Stella Pollard to discuss #NotAtISTE18, the 1 year anniversary of the podcast, as well as some Kentucky eats. Stella is a 7th grade math and science teacher in Kentucky , she is an avid listener and promoter of the podcast, and is the first to write a review of EdTech Bites on iTunes/Apple Podcast. We dive into some of the hot topics at ISTE18. We discuss presentations, panels, as well as the expo floor. She also schools us on what is going on with the Kentucky education system. In addition to this, we also talk about Kentucky eats.

The good folks over at Nearpod have a nugget for the EdTech Bites listeners. If you would like 3 months of the Nearpod Gold experience, simply go to www.nearpod.com/redeem and use the promo code: NP-Gabriel to unlock the premium features you need in your edtech toolbox. Thank you, Nearpod!

Please subscribe to the podcast, tell a friend about it, and leave a review. Check out Stella’s website and follow her on Twitter. Buen Provecho!

The EdTech Bites Podcast Turns 1 Year Old!

Can you believe it? One year old? They grow so quickly (sniff, sniff)…

On June 28th, 2017, the EdTech Bites podcast launched episode 1 with Edward Zelarayán from Nearpod. I had the idea to do a podcast for a couple of years but for one reason or another, never got it off of the ground. I knew I wanted to do something different from the other podcast offerings in the edtech world. I knew I wanted to incorporate food somehow. After some discussions with Edward and some motivation from my wife, I decided to go all in with EdTech Bites. I interviewed Edward at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio and then interviewed Brian Smith the very next day. After that, Edtech Bites was born and began to grow in front of our very own eyes!

I’ve made some great connections through the podcast and am thankful for each and every guest I’ve had on the show. I’ve chatted with listeners and they are thankful for the content that I’m able to provide them with no matter where we may be (It still blows my mind that I can record an interview in person or via Google Hangouts in my den and be able to make it available to the world within a few minutes). I’m thankful for each and every listener and subscriber of the podcast and I want to thank you for telling a friend or colleague about EdTech Bites. I am not a published author or edtech evangelist but I thank those who have included me and my podcast into their own PLN. I hope your learning never stops as I know mine will not anytime soon. I hope that I can be a source of learning for you as many of you are a source of my own professional and personal growth. Thank you for this awesome year and there is much more in store for the future of EdTech Bites. I hope to break bread with you in person one day. Cherish your time at the table. Turn off those devices and have a conversation with each other while you eat. Remember, great conversations happen when we break bread with great people. Buen provecho!

Flipgrid Out Of Office Voicemail

I’m an Instructional Technology Specialist so teachers will come to my office at times and find me not there. I travel to 3 different schools so in some shape or form, I’m not there when a teacher needs me. In August 2017, I decided to create a Flipgrid Voicemail sign and place it on my office door when I leave. This way, teachers could leave me a “voicemail”. I realized that since I support three campuses, I would need 3 different signs with 3 different unique barcodes that pointed to 3 different topics. This way, it would be easier for me to track which schools needed me. Now, this is how I’ve done mine and in no way am the originator of this idea. I saw it with fellow #flipgridfever community members and put my own spin on it. 

I created mine in Canva with their free tools and using the “Oh No” Bitmoji. I went into Flipgrid, created my topic, and saved the QR Code for this topic. With the new updates to Flipgrid regarding their new privacy policies (and the other 900 emails we’ve all been receiving regarding updates to privacy policies), I will be adding the Grid Passcode to the sign making it easier for teachers to leave me a voicemail.

There it is! if you have any questions regarding this, please leave a comment down below or tweet me @edtechbites. Also, don’t forget to follow the EdTech Bites Facebook Page to be notified when new posts are added. Deuces!

Nearpod iOS Camera Integration

Unless, you’ve been living under a rock for quite some time, you already know that Nearpod is one of THE BEST lesson delivery, assessment, and overall engagement tools out. But did you know that on iOS devices, you can turn it up a notch? Peep this!

While working with some math teachers a while back, I showed them all that Nearpod can do for them and how it can change the way the teacher and students engage with a lesson especially since our district has a BYOD infrastructure. In doing so, we had a mixed bag of devices we were using and noticed that when a student gets to a Draw It slide on an iOS device while using the Nearpod app, they have a nifty feature that is not available on any other device, the ability to use the camera! See the camera icon below?

Nearpod Camera Icon

Is that hamster in your head beginning to turn the wheel? Good! Here’s what you can do with this tool:

  • Have students take pictures of items that begin with a certain letter and have them draw the letter with a highlighter after (Pre-K, Kinder, ELL)
  • Bellwork/Warmups: have students take a picture of a sentence and make the corrections/edits on the fly with the drawing tools.
  • Have students take a picture of a math equation/problem and have them work it out using the drawing tools
  • Have students answer more complex math problems on a sheet of paper and have them take a picture of their work (see my work below)Nearpod Drawing

The possibilities are endless and so much can be done with this tool. If your schools have BYOD, iPhone/iPad users can easily use this on their own iOS devices (Nearpod, please make this available for Android and Chromebook users). There it is folks, another way to get the best use out of Nearpod and iOS in your classes. What will you do now that you know this information? Remember, it’s not about the tools… it’s how you use it!

Ep. 26: Cat and Technology Integration

In this episode, I chat with Catherine Barrett AKA, Cat to discuss technology integration as well as the #RedforEd movement in AZ and healthy food choices for teachers. She reached out to me via the EdTech Bites Guest Interest Form and we finally made this interview happen after about 4 months. Don’t forget to check out the video her students created as it might just spark an idea for you and your students. You can also see how she was able to bring a Drone Club to her high school using Donors Choose. Also, June 30th is the last day to sign up your whole team for Formative at a great price. Check it out and take advantage of all of the premium perks at a not-so premium price!

On another note, I want to give a huge shout out to the EDUPodcasters that are going to be meeting up at ISTE18. I wish I could be there with you all but unfortunately, I won’t. Represent the EDU Podcast movement and when you grab a bite to eat, think of me or even better, post it to #edtechbites. I would love to see them!

As always, thank you for listening, subscribing, and leaving a review on your favorite podcast app/service. Tell a friend about the podcast and buen provecho!