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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Buen Provecho!

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 .

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”.

If you’d like to purchase WeVideo For Education, email John Kline (johnk@wevideo.com) and mention that you heard it on EdTech Bites for 10% off a classroom license, 15% off a school license, or 25% off a district license.

Buen Provecho!

My Thoughts, Views, And Predictions On Soundtrap

STEAM schools are popping up left and right. In fact, many STEM schools are now incorporating the “A” into their curriculum and rebranding themselves as STEAM. In all fairness, they should as statistics show that the arts play a huge roll in our lives and help make up the whole child. With this being said, creation of the arts comes in many shapes and forms. One of my favorites is music and audio production. For those of you podcasters, music producers, writers, composers, teachers, or anyone interested in audio creation, Soundtrap is the perfect tool to handle all of these needs. Not only that, it is about to be used by educators and content creators like never before!

For those of you who do not know (or haven’t figured it out yet), Soundtrap is an all in one virtual music studio that can interface with USB instruments, microphones, and USB mixers. The best way to describe it is as follows: If Garageband and Audacity had a baby, and then that baby grew up, met Google Docs, and if they had a baby together, they would name it Soundtrap!

There is a track timeline equipped with pan tools, mute track function, and a whole load of other things you can do within the tracks.

Soundtrap Tracks

In addition, there are also tools to create your own music, loops, and tools that are very reminiscent of Garageband and Audacity. There’s also a collaborate feature which allows for podcasts, music creation, voice overs, and all endless EDU possibilities!

Soundtrap Options

My upcoming episodes of The EdTech Bites Podcast will be recorded and edited solely using Soundtrap and not Audacity, which is my go-to for podcast editing. I’m going all in with this tool and I plan on utilizing all of the bells and whistles that this amazing program has to offer. I’ve already began importing audio clips and recording segments such as my call to action using my Audio Technica 2100 microphone and Soundtrap. I must say that the audio that I have recorded and edited is professional and up to par with what I normally get from Audacity. There is one piece that Soundtrap has to offer that none of the others do, it’s completely cloud-based. This is an absolute game changer for the industry. The fact that I can begin on my work laptop, continue on my home desktop, and upload other audio clips from my son’s Chromebook, makes Soundtrap second-to-none in my book. In addition, I can send my audio file to my guest before hand and they can then record their segment on the same cloud-based file without having to be on the same machine, in the same room, or even worse, having to send audio files back and forth. So here’s what I’m getting to…

Soundtrap WILL revolutionize how creators create and collaborate. Without a doubt, many veteran podcasters and up and coming podcasters WILL choose Soundtrap as their means to record, produce and collaborate. If you listened to my latest podcast episode with Dr. Monica Burns, I made a prediction in that episode that I still believe because I will help make that prediction true. I predicted that Soundtrap WILL become the next big edtech tool, just like Flipgrid was and still is for 2018. The educator community with a HUGE boost from folks like Claudio Zavala Jr. and his #singasong movement catapulted Flipgrid beyond what anyone could have imagined and even birthed the #FlipGridFever. With this being said, here is what the I am making the “unofficial” hashtag for Soundtrap, #Soundtrapitis! (Get it?! Flipgrid has a Fever and Soundtrap has an itis?! Eh, eh!) I have caught #Soundtrapitis and there is no known cure yet. Not only have I caught this, it is contagious and will cause a major disruption to the educator community. But I’m not alone, at some point, someone in your district, building, or hallway will eventually catch it. My question to you is this: When #Soundtrapitis finally hits you in your classroom, home studio, or makerspace, what will you do with it?

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”.

If you’d like to purchase WeVideo For Education, email John Kline (johnk@wevideo.com) and mention that you heard it on EdTech Bites for 10% off a classroom license, 15% off a school license, or 25% off a district license.

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.

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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!