Ep. 34: Jennifer And The Winward Academy

In this episode, I chat with the founder of the Winward Academy, Dr. Jennifer Winward. We discuss how virtual tutoring has transformed how and when students learn. She’s a San Diego native as well and listen to hear what she has to say about her favorite cuisine from her worldwide travels, including flour vs. corn tortillas. Don’t forget to tell a friend, subscribe, and leave a review on iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast platform you get your podcast from. Buen Provecho!

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Ep. 33: AIE And Chicken Wings

In this special 2 for 1 episode, I chat with Rachel Simic about the AIE Conference virtually to get some insight from AIE directly, and then with Todd Bloomer in person to discuss AIE from a presenter and participant point of view. This is great conversation about what the conference is all about, it’s roots, and where it is going in the future. Todd and I chat while eating some chicken wings together and listen to see what happens at 41:09! For more information on the AIE Conference, please click on the link above.

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Slam Poetry App Smash!

I recently planned a lesson with a teacher that slowly morphed into something greater than what she imagined. She wanted her high school students to write their own slam poems at the completion of this unit. The one non-negotiable was the fact that it had to revolve around one of the topics below.

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Well, a week had gone by and the students all had their poems done. Now what? I’ll tell you what! Here’s what we did. I had the teacher create an assignment in Google Classroom that included a copy of the Google Doc template for their poem. We also added the topic flipcode for the Flipgrid Topic we created for this project, the URL for Soundtrap, and Adobe Spark. Once they had those resources, here is what they had to do:

  • write their slam poem in a Google Doc
  • create a background track using Soundtrap
  • create an Adobe Spark Video of their poem using their own images
  • record themselves reading their poem in the Adobe Spark Video
  • upload their finished video as their Flipgrid video response
  • mark the assignment as Done in Google Classroom

In anticipation, I created my own slam poem but to gain interest from the students, I created a quick food rap and the students loved it. I recorded the vocals and the beat using Soundtrap and uploaded them to my Adobe Spark Video project.

 

Needless to say, this was a fun activity for me and an opportunity for me to be creative. Imagine what the students felt? How often do our children get the opportunity to use their own creativity and voice to create a project that is relevant, tech-infused, requires critical thinking, and more than anything, fun! Give it a shot and see what your students create.

Quickly Create Google Docs with Google’s New Shortcuts

If you haven’t already seen Google’s new “.new” shortcuts for Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Sites, you need to familiarize yourself with them. They are quick, easy to remember, and work on any browser.

Google Docs Shortcuts

With these new shortcuts come new ways to add these to your Bookmarks Bar. Simply add a new bookmark to your Bookmarks Bar (on any browser) and name it (New Doc, New Sheet, Etc.) and add the appropriate URL (doc.new, sheet.new, etc) and save it. Now, whenever you need to create a new document, just click on the appropriate bookmark. Check out the GIF below. This can be done for any of these shortcuts. Enjoy!

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Ep. 32: Meredith, #Soundtrapitis, and Food Analogies

In this episode, I sit down with Meredith Allen from Soundtrap to discuss Soundtrap for EDU and a couple of our favorite food analogies with EDU. She shares some of her ideas on how students and teachers use Soundtrap in the classroom. If you’re interested in Soundtrap for EDU, visit soundtrap.com/edu and sign up for a free 30-day trial. If your school is interesting in purchasing, please email meredith.allen@soundtrap.com for a 15% discount and don’t forget to mention that you heard it on The EdTech Bites Podcast. Make sure you connect with Meredith via social media using the links below:

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Ep. 31: Tips For Teachers and Seared Salmon

In this episode, I sit go over 3 tips for teachers now that we are back into the swing of things. I also give a couple of digital tools to help you organize your workflow, and life! Happy belated International Podcast Day and thank you to Sarah Thomas for the shoutout that day. All music in this episode was produced using Soundtrap. Check it out for yourself and tweet your thoughts using #Soundtrapitis and #EdTechBites

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Ep. 30: The Conrad Challenge Episode

In this episode, I interview Philip and Anika, two student participants in the Conrad Challenge. I met them while at the Global SEE Summit in July. These two give their insight on competing in the Conrad Challenge and also discuss the process. If you’d like to learn more about the Conrad Challenge, visit www.conradchallenge.org .

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