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!

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!

Ep. 25: Sarah, EduMatch, and Vegetarian Cuisine

In this episode, I chat with Sarah Thomas to discuss EduMatch and the importance of connecting educators. No, EduMatch is not a dating site for educators. It’s Sarah’s brainchild that connects like-minded educators. All this while being a vegetarian! Sarah is the first guest on the podcast who is a strict vegetarian and is proud of it. Check it out for yourself and be sure to connect with EduMatch and Sarah with a plate of vegetarian lasagne! Don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review, and tell a friend about the podcast. Buen provecho!

Links to Websites, Blogs, Etc.:
www.sarahjanethomas.com
www.sarahdateechur.com
www.medium.com/@sarahdateechur
www.edumatch4education.com
www.medium.com/@edu_match
www.edcampvoice.com
www.edcampedumatch.org

Flipgrid + Nearpod

Have you ever considered app smashing with Flipgrid. There are many different ways to do this but my go-to tool to do this with is Nearpod. To do this, make sure you have both a Nearpod and Flipgrid account. Once that is done, you’re one step closer. To see step-by-step instructions, check out my how-to video that walks you through the rest of the process. Enjoy!

 

Ep. 13: Claudio, #Singasong, and West Coast Eats

In this special episode, I sit down with Claudio Zavala Jr. to discuss his contributions to the Educational and EdTech world including, #singasong. If you’re unfamiliar with #singasong, it’s a very innovative way he has incorporated Flipgrid to spread some #positivenoise around the globe. If you’d like to know more about it, listen to this episode. He’s come a long way on his educational journey and has taught various grade levels and now serves as an Instructional Technology Coordinator. We share many similarities being that we’re both born and raised in San Diego, California and both graduated from San Diego State University. We probably crossed paths in the past but never realized it. Now, we’re recording a podcast together discussing two passions of ours, educational technology and west coast eats. This was definitely a fun episode and conversation that continued even after I hit the “Stop” button.  Don’t take my word for it though, check it out for yourself. Don’t forget to follow Claudio on Twitter and share your voice using #singasong. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, share it with others, and leave a review. As always, enjoy and buen provecho!

Ep. 12: David, Peergrade, and Rødgrød Med Fløde

Ladies and gentlemen, The EdTech Bites Podcast has officially gone international! Yeah I said it, international baby! In episode 12, I chat with David Kofoed Wind to discuss Peergrade. David lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and is the CEO and creator of Peergrade. For those of you who do not know what Peergrade is all about, let me explain it to you. What do you do when students turn in a rough draft of an essay? You usually randomly hand them back so they may do a bit of peer editing. Students usually mark them up with corrections, ideas, and feedback. Imagine being able to do this with digital submissions via Google Classroom! That’s exactly what Peergrade gives you the power to do. Boom! Bang! Pow! David discusses the ins and outs of Peergrade, the importance of student feedback, as well as Danish cuisine which includes a dessert named Rødgrød Med Fløde. It’s a strawberry pudding that is topped with fresh cream. It sounds delicious but do not ask me to pronounce it, I’ll leave that to him. Check out this episode and check out Peergrade as well. It integrates with Google Classroom and other LMS platforms for ease of use for teachers as well as students. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review. Thank you and as always, Buen Provecho! In this case, Velbekomme!

Ep. 11: Leadership, Dan, and Desserts

In this episode, I sit down and chat with Dan Kreiness to discuss leadership and his podcast, Leader of Learning. He’s carving his own niche in the educational podcast world with a fresh perspective on leadership. This is a must-subscribe podcast for anyone who wants to hear from innovative leaders in the educational field. In addition, we discuss donuts from his favorite spot in Connecticut, Donut Crazy. Ironically, there’s a great BBQ restaurant that he recommends to anyone that wants great BBQ in the Connecticut area, Hoodoo Brown BBQ. If you’d like to subscribe to his podcast, look for it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and other podcast platforms. Don’t forget to leave a review and as always, enjoy and Buen Provecho!

Ep. 10: Microcredentialing, Chad, and Chicago Eats

In this episode, I sit down with a good friend and colleague of mine, Chad Belford. We met up at an authentic Chicago eatery called Wise Guys in San Antonio and discussed microcredentialing, digital badging, and of course…Chicago eats. This is definitely a “squirrel!” episode with lots of side conversation but hey, that’s dinner table talk right? We manage to discuss what we’ve come across in our own research of “how to” digital badge and the pros of it. We’re ready to start rolling this out in our district and would love to hear your journey in Microcredentialing and Digital Badging. Also, if you’d like to tell us about your favorite Italian eatery, please chime in on Twitter with #EdTechBites. As always, enjoy and Buen Provecho! Or in this case, Buon appetito!

Flipgrid Basics: Amplify Student Voice Using Flipgrid

One thing that all teachers want more of in their classrooms is more student participation. How do we do this when we have a mixed bag of personalities all in one class? Some of those personalities can and will dominate the conversation while other want to participate but are afraid to possibly be wrong in front of their peers. And then there are some who genuinely do not want to participate because “it’s stupid”. How do we get participation and more #studentvoice in our classrooms while keeping it relevant and engaging? Flipgrid! That’s how!

Flipgrid is a digital tool that allows teachers to create a “Topic” (question) and have students respond with video. That video can be recorded on the spot, can be a YouTube video, or can be a video created with digital software such as iMovie. It’s easy to use and can be done so on a Chromebook, PC, Mac, Android, and iOS (the response part, at least). Not only that, these student responses can be created at anytime, not just in the classroom. If you’ve never used it, here is a recipe card to get you started quickly. In addition, you can upgrade to a Classroom account, which has more bells and whistles, by using promo code: GABRIELC . So here you go, amplify student voice in your class with Flipgrid.

If you’d like to experience Flipgrid first hand from a student perspective, there are many grids and topics out there. Just search #flipgridfever on Twitter and see what is out there that might interest you. One of my personal favorites is by fellow San Diego rockstar Claudio Zavala who posts a different music genre every week to help you get your week going. Check it out at hashtagsingasong.com.

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