In this episode, I break bread with Eric Curts. Not just break, fatty brisket to be exact. We have a great conversation all about well-being. And what a more perfect time to discuss well-being than Spring Break! Eric gives some great advice as to how he has focused on digital well-being in order to be a more balanced individual. So make sure you check this episode out and hear what Eric and I have to say about well-being… and fatty brisket. Buen provecho!
In this episode, I’m joined by Tisha Poncio to discuss the differences between Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy. She’s a passionate Digital Learning Coach from Celina ISD and has done some great things with students at that district. In addition to these topics, we also discuss where she goes for donuts while in Austin, Texas. This episode was recorded entirely with a Rode SC6-L and my iPhone. We are in an extremely loud environment but I wanted to put this mic to the test. So tune in and check out what Tisha has to say about Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy.
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In this episode, Jeni Long and Sallee Clark (AKA Jenallee) join me in the TCEA 2020 wrap up. They discuss their conference experience and some of their favorite sessions. In addition, they also discuss their love of being in the MIEE community. This is a fun episode full of great energy and knowledge. So enjoy, and help spread the word. Buen provecho!
Who Is Jenallee?
Fellow EdTech guru, Jeni Long, and Salleé co-host a YouTube show called The Jenallee Show, where the two share great tips and tutorials and interview teachers and students on various tech lessons and activities.
Jeni Long is an Instructional Technologist with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Jeni is passionate about technology integration and making learning accessible & fun for all! Jeni is an MIE Expert and Trainer and also a Wakelet and Flipgrid Ambassador. She has served in education for 21 years as a 6th grade Math Teacher, 7-12 ELA Curriculum Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist and as a Science Curriculum Specialist. Jeni has presented across the 27 schools in her district, at her Regional Education Service Center, at FETC, BETT, TCEA, TIA & in Central America.
Salleé Clark is an Instructional Technologist with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Salleé is passionate about technology integration and making learning accessible & fun for all! She is an MIE Fellow, MIE Expert, and Microsoft Trainer. Salleé is also a Wakelet and Flipgrid Ambassador. She has served in education for 15 years as a Pre-Kindergarten General Education and Special Education Teacher, Librarian, District Librarian, and is currently serving as an Instructional Technologist. Salleé has presented at ISTE, TCEA, FETC, TLA, TIA and other various conferences. She has also shared her passion for empowering students across the 27 schools in her district, at her Regional Education Service Center, and across Central America.
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For the past 4 years, I’ve been obsessed with consuming podcasts. If you were to go through my subscriptions, you would find a variety of different genres from education, hip-hop, comedy, and parenting. I could confidently state that I now to the majority of my learning through my headphones. I learn while I type, drive, cut the grass, wash the car, and walk. That last one…walk…I’ve been brewing an idea for a couple of years now and I’ve always put it on the back burner until now!
#PedometerPD Is Born!
That’s right, Pedometer PD. What is it? Well, let’s break it down. Pedometer: An ancient device that counts your steps and motivates you to be more active (NOT a device that measures your pedos!). PD: professional development, making ourselves better ________. I wanted to bring something different to our educators in the realm of professional development. But first, I needed to get approval from my directors to give teachers credit for listening to a podcast while walking the track at one of our district facilities. I did not want it to stop there though. I wanted a way for teachers to share what they learned from a podcast in a not-so conventional method. This way, they could reflect and put together an implementation plan to make their classrooms a more engaging environment. Once I wrapped my head around this, I began executing my plan! My directors loved the idea and were in full support of this. First, I booked a district facility from 4:30pm-5:30pm for our “course”. Knowing that was taken care of, I curated a list of podcast episodes that gravitated around student engagement. I put these into a Google Doc and typed out detailed instructions for installing a podcast catcher app, searching an episode, and downloading it to the device. Next, created a Synth Podcast for reflection. Participants would answer a set of reflection questions in the form of a Synth podcast. This way, I could promote using podcasting in the classroom! Lastly, I put the course in our digital catalog so it would be discoverable by anyone in our district. Before I knew it, people signed up for the course!
The official day was January 23rd, 2020. I arrived at our facility early, scoped out the walking paths, printed my sign in sheet, and was patiently awaiting participants. As they arrived, they signed in and I made sure they all had a podcast catcher app and an episode downloaded. As soon as all participants were present, we began walking. I was able to get in 2 miles in the 45 minutes allotted. We met up at the end of the session and I clarified any questions they had regarding the Synth recording for feedback. We agreed that 1 week would be enough time for them to get these reflections to me before I submitted my final attendance. The feedback was incredible! They loved being able to be outside on a perfect day and be able to learn about their craft while being active. I have received their Synth responses and they have some great ideas on how to increase student engagement. I responded to all of their Synth recordings and have another Pedometer PD setup for February 26th. I’ve already got people signed up for it and the word is spreading. I plan on keeping this as a monthly course and going with a different theme each month.
All in all, I would say this was a success and I really feel that this idea is going to grow exponentially. I love learning while I’m active and I feel that with the different media outlets that we all learn from, why not recognize podcasts as a true learning outlet? I’m really looking forward to next month’s session and I plan on outdoing my previous 2 miles. Let’s. Do. This.
January 23rd #PedometerPD Podcast List
- The EdTech Bites Podcast-Episode 37: Heather, Seesaw, and Raising Cane’s
- The House Of EdTech-Episode 129: Flipgrid For Assessment
- InnovatEngage-Episode 2: Technology Doesn’t Drive The Lesson (Digital Breakouts)
- The Cult Of Pedagogy-Episode 118: To Boost Learning, Just Add Movement
- Educational Duct Tape-Episode 22: John Sowash, Chromebooks, Video on ChromeOS, Adobe Spark, WeVideo, Screencastify, & Tech Integration Advice
In this episode, I chat with Kristin and Joe Merrill, coauthors of The Interactive Class: Using Technology to Make Learning More Relevant and Engaging in the Elementary Classroom. We chat about their experience in education, how the book came to be, how they manage to keep it all together, and potato skins! It’s a great conversation and if you haven’t already done so, pick up a copy of their book using the link below. I’ll be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky listener. If you’d like to be entered into this drawing, subscribe to the EdTech Bites newsletter by clicking on the link below. This gets you into the drawing. I’ll randomly choose a winner on February 7th so subscribe before then to be entered. As always, thanks for supporting the show and spread the word. Buen Provecho!
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- The Merrills On Twitter
- The Merrills Facebook Page
- The Merrills Website
- The Interactive Class on Amazon
In this special FETC featured presenter episode, I chat with Eujon Anderson to discuss how he coaches as a tech director. He has an interesting take on coaching which is “Act like an admin, think like a teacher.” He gives great advice for anyone looking to be a better leader. Buen provecho!
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Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! In this solo episode I chat about what changes I’m making for 2020 and ask the listeners some questions about how to go about making change. This is a 10 minute episode that is easy to digest (no pun intended) but will make you think about what to change about yourself in 2020. In addition, I chow down on some garlic noodles with jumbo shrimp. The full recipe will be posted later this week on the site. Buen provecho!