Who Has The Time To Do That?

“Who has time to do that?”

Often times, this is the response I get from my audience while delivering some sort of professional development that deals with digital tools, infusing technology, or instructional strategies. It is true, many of these tools and strategies do require some work up front. That can be a daunting task to anyone who is unfamiliar with a new tool or way of doing something. Instead of thinking of it as a time consuming task, think of it as time invested in trying something that might just work better, faster, and more effectively. With this in mind, what can we do as leaders, coaches, mentors, and colleagues?

Instead of teaching and moving on, let’s present options. Make time during these training for attendees to explore the pre-made units, lessons, and examples that many of these tools have curated. Show them how to download these and tweak them to fit their specific classroom needs. In addition to this, we can also show them how these tools offer something that all teachers want more of, differentiation. By downloading and modifying a pre-made lesson, formative assessment, or unit, we have now showed them how simple it is to meet their students’ unique needs whether they be cognitive or linguistic. Why stop there? Having them get together with their teammates also gives them the ability to collaborate and truly begin to build a library of resources and lessons ready for them to use at a moment’s notice. If the 5th grade team gets together and builds one specific lesson or assessment each, they now have multiple lessons that they can build upon or modify. Instead of saying “Who has time to do that?” teachers will begin saying “How come we didn’t do this before?”

We all know that time is of the essence, especially in education. Keeping that in mind, working smart while working hard will ultimately give us more time to do a little bit more for ourselves. For you, it might be going to the gym, going home a bit earlier, or reading that book you’ve heard so much about. Try it. You and your students deserve it.

Ep. 8: Mason and DFW Eats

I had the privilege of sitting down with Mason (@edtechmason) on this episode of The EdTech Bites Podcast. If you know anything about the EdTech movers and shakers in Texas, then you probably know or know of Mason. This is the first episode with no food is involved but it is still good conversation, which included food talk. Specifically, Dallas, Forth Worth eats. He gives us some insight into his journey to where he is now. He’s served as a people person with Apple, a teacher, and more than anything, an advocate for Educational Technology. He’s now an Education Technology National Instructor for EdTech Teacher and travels while sharing his dominoes (listen to this episode to know what I’m talking about). I promise you, you’ll be engaged and more than anything, inspired. As always, Enjoy and Buen Provecho!

Turn Your Awesome Google Slides into an Interactive Nearpod

We all have a couple hundred Google Slides presos that we’ve borrowed, copied, and stolen over the years right? How about taking those bad boys and creating an interactive Nearpod preso with them? The beauty of this is that there is no need to recreate it, simply upload and transform! Here is a recipe card that goes over the How-To. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nearpod, I challenge you to peep this and give it the ol’ college try. For those of you who are familiar with this, I challenge you to revisit this and beef up what you are presenting to your students. Beef, that’s making me hungry. Talk to you guys later! Deuces and as always, enjoy!

Ep. 7: Wes, Todd, Tacos, and Tips

In this episode, I’m joined by Wes Ryan (@weswryan) and Todd Bloomer (@yankee_todd) at Viva Tacoland to discuss back to school tips for teachers, admin, parents, and students. Wes got down with the chipotle chicken tacos while Todd went in on a trio of pulled pork. I tend to judge a taco establishment on its fish tacos so that’s what I went with. In addition to these, we all ordered a steaming bowl of corn with cheese, spices, and a touch of love. We were all very impressed with the tacos but I for one was blown away by their corn. Following the food came great conversation. We touched upon tips and strategies for teachers as well as what parents need to observe in order to have piece of mind when dropping our kids off for school. We didn’t stop there, we also discussed what students can do to fit in and be a part of the school culture. Enjoy this episode and please do not forget to leave a review. Talk to you soon!

Ep. 6: Jaime, Carne Asada Fries, and Forehead Juice

In episode 6 of the EdTech Bites podcast, I sit down and have a chat (via Google Hangouts) with Jaime Donally (@JaimeDonally) to discuss AR, VR, and MR. For those of you who don’t know, Jaime is known worldwide for her expertise in these three tools and shares her knowledge using #ARVRinEDU. I munch on some Carne Asada Fries, and Jaime…well let’s just say she forgot to bring food to her table. Maybe next time. To read more about Jaime and all of her resources check out her website (tiny.cc/jd). As always, enjoy, subscribe, and don’t forget to leave a review!

Ep. 5: Student Perspective and Dessert

In this episode, I sit down with 3 students to discuss their perspective on the technology they are exposed to in the classroom. We discuss devices and usage while having various desserts including donuts, cupcakes, and fresh fruit. Teachers, take note as to what the students mention and even more importantly, what they don’t mention. Enjoy!

Ep. 4: Net Neutrality, Spotting Fake News, and Death By Chocolate Cake…

In this episode, I sit down with my good friend, Death By Chocolate Cake. We discuss the issues with Net Neutrality as well as ways for students to spot fake news and bogus information on the interwebs. The idea for this episode came from @daycatherinem and @stacyjfarmer via a Flipgrid response. If you have an idea as to what you want to discuss or hear about, please use the following URL:
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The hoax site I reference in this episode is:
http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

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Ep. 3: Joey, Sushi, and Cookies

In this episode, I am joined by Joey Taralson (@Taralson)from Flipgrid. We discuss, ISTE 2017, Flipgrid, and Minnesota eats. Twitter has been flooded with educators talking about Flipgrid and its many uses in and out of the classroom. To get in on the discussion, use the hashtag #FlipGridFever . The New Flipgrid will be showcased live on August 10th, 2017 via online viewing parties. For more information about attending or hosting a viewing party, Click Here.

To participate in an EdTech Bites Flipgrid, follow the link below:

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Enjoy!

Ep. 2: Brian and Donuts

Episode 2 of EdTech Bites is ready! In this episode, I sit down and chat with Brian Romero Smith (@BrianRSmithSr) to discuss his experiences and evolution as an educator while snacking on donuts. He is a 1:1 Technology Learning Coach in the Forth Worth, TX area and is involved with the #PassthescopeEDU movement. For more information on this, visit www.passthescopeedu.com . Enjoy!