OwlTail

Cover image of #EdChat Radio

#EdChat Radio

Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven Anderson, Shelly Terrell, and Bernadeth Wall in the UK.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

The best episodes ranked using user listens.

Podcast cover

Is Your Lesson Plan a Blueprint, Burden, or Boondoggle?

Some teachers love lesson planning, many don't. What are the factors that make lesson planning a useful tool versus a dreadful waste of time? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jcordery @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jim Cordery has been a teacher for over 20 years, most of them spent teaching Middle School Math. He is working for Brooklawn Public Schools in Brooklawn, New Jersey. He has taught Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

11mins

24 Jan 2017

Rank #1

Podcast cover

Teaching Students in Poverty

In this segment from the 9/10/13 #Edchat, we look impact of poverty on what goes on in the classroom. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby@rafranzdavis @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Rafranz Davis is an instructional technology specialist and math educator in Texas. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

12mins

1 Oct 2013

Rank #2

Similar Podcasts

Podcast cover

Controlling Your Professional Development: Opportunities and Challenges

There are assorted new tools and opportunities available to personalize professional development. Many educators are buying in, many are not. Learn why some educators are so enthusiastic about controlling their professional development, while others remain disinterested. Follow: @hadleyjf @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetworkEdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Hadley Ferguson is the new Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation. She is one of the Founding members of Edcamp Philly and the Edcamp movement. She helped create the Foundation and has served on its Board since its creation, acting as the Board representative to the Public Relations Committee. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

12mins

31 Mar 2015

Rank #3

Podcast cover

How Do You Determine If You Are a Successful Educator?

We all want to be successful educators, but how do we know if we are hitting the mark? Follow: @timwolffssd @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tim Wolff is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who is the principal of John G. Whittier Elementary in the Scranton School District in Scranton, PA where he resides with his wife Molly and two daughters Pearl and Olive. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

10mins

28 Jul 2018

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

How Can We Encourage Parent Involvement?

Parental engagement varies from school to school. I this segment we explore ways to create stronger collaboration between educators and parents.Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach@amybrowns@bamradionetworkEdhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Amy Brown is an energetic educator who is passionate about improving the education of America's youth. She's currently a literacy specialist at a suburban Chicago high school and loves going on adventures with her husband and two children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

11mins

10 Jun 2014

Rank #5

Podcast cover

Differentiation: How Well Are Teachers Trained, Supported and Equipped?

Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 6/11/13 #Edchat on the challenges of differentiating instruction. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @MrStaubSTEM @bamradionetworkJustin Staub is a Social Studies teacher and building technology leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate world school with a 1:1 Macbook Program. Twitter @MrStaubSTEM / blog drstaub.wordpress.com. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

10mins

2 Jul 2013

Rank #6

Podcast cover

Faculty Meetings: Yes, There Is a Better Way

It's time for an update on one of our most popular issues. How can we improve faculty meetings? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

8mins

22 Jun 2017

Rank #7

Podcast cover

Five Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself and Stay Energized During the School Year

In this segment we discuss the highlights and takeaways from our #edchat discussion on how to stay energized during the entire school year. Follow: @geospiegs @wmchamberlain @blairteach @bamradionetworkEdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.comPeter Spiegel is a 6th grade geography teacher and a 12 year veteran of the Newton Public School system in Newton, Massachusetts who recently moved to Maine and is currently working as a curriculum consultant and educational blog writer.William Chamberlain is a husband, father, and an educator. He teaches in the school he grew up in and wouldn't have it any other way. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

10mins

17 Feb 2015

Rank #8

Podcast cover

5 Ideas for Faculty Meetings That Can Make (Almost) Everyone Happy?

In this segment, we talk about the dreaded faculty meeting. Tune in for some proven ways to make them more productive and appealing?Follow: @tomwhitby @plnaugle @carinahilbert @bamradionetworkEd Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Paula Naugle teaches 4th graders in a suburban, public school near New Orleans. She is a moderator for #4thchat and #LAedchat on Twitter and a co-founder and organizer of #edcampNOLA. Although she is a veteran educator (30+ years), she is a technology integration innovator. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

11mins

28 Jul 2015

Rank #9

Podcast cover

What Are the Qualities of a Modern Teacher?

The role of the teacher has changed and the evolution continues. In this segment we look at what it really takes to be a teacher today. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @BarbaraGruener @bamradionetworkEdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Genise Reid is an instructional administrator in Birmingham, Al. She has been in education for 20 years. She is excited about serving learners, both teachers and students. She believes that collaborating in effective teams is a catalyst for strengthening school culture and for enhancing teacher learning. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

11mins

23 Jun 2015

Rank #10

Podcast cover

Moving from Compliance to Meaningful Student Engagement

Compliance is not the same as meaningful student engagement. Join as we talk about getting students to move from going through the motions to owning their learning. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

10mins

23 Dec 2016

Rank #11

Podcast cover

What Are the Attributes of a Positive School Culture?

Highlights from the #edchat discussion on school culture.Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach@bamradionetworkEdhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Kaitlin Morgan is a World and US History teacher at Woodlake High School in CA. She strives to create a meaningful classroom experience through the integration of technology, CCSS standards, primary resources, and various engagement strategies. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

12mins

19 Aug 2014

Rank #12

Podcast cover

Demystifying Formative Assessment and Grading

In recognition of Connected Educator Month, the weekly #edchat was dedicated to the musings of long-time connected educators on the state of connected education.Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach@/ShiftParadigm@bamradionetworkEdhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

11mins

28 Oct 2014

Rank #13

Podcast cover

Rearranged: How Should the Ideal Classroom Look?

There is a new trend that is driving both rethinking and redesign of classrooms. What is the ideal classroom design?Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach@robpennington9@bamradionetworkEdhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/Rob Pennington has been teaching social studies for 12 years. He taught for two years in New York City and now a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher in Norwalk, CT at Roton Middle School. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

13mins

17 Sep 2014

Rank #14

Podcast cover

Do Kids Really Lose Their Early Love of Learning, Or...?

Highlights and commentary from the 5/7/13 #Edchat on the apparent loss of curiousity and desire to learn by time students get to middle school.Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @MRstaubstem @bamradionetworkJustin Staub is a Social Studies teacher and building technology leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate world school with a 1:1 Macbook Program. Aside from teaching, Justin is finishing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership / Educational Technology. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

11mins

21 May 2013

Rank #15

Podcast cover

Content Versus Skill: Is Content Knowledge Still King?

In this episode we look at whether the Internet has made deep content knowledge less important that mastering the skills of processing information. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @@bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

11mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #16

Podcast cover

What Makes a School Culture Good, Bad or Ugly?

Highlights and commentary from the 4/30/13 #Edchat on the role of school culture and what drives it.Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @katrinastevens1@bamradionetwork Katrina Stevens, a former teacher and administrator, is an education consultant with the Tuscany Group (@katrinastevens1). Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

12mins

15 May 2013

Rank #17

Podcast cover

How Do We Encourage Reflection Among Students and Teachers?

The power and benefit of reflection in the process of learning is generally accepted, but getting students and teachers to reflect is challenging. Our guests explore ways to make reflection happen.Follow: @tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @ktenkely @blairteach @bamradionetworkEdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/#edchat #edtech #Teachers Kelly Tenkely is an educational change maker. Kelly has been a teacher, technology integration specialist, educational consultant, prolific blogger, education reform conference organizer, and speaker. Most recently Kelly imagined a new model of education, one that is honoring to students as unique individuals. Kelly started a preschool through 8th grade school, Anastasis Academy, based on this model. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the "Learning Edge – What Technology can do to educate all children".

12mins

26 Feb 2015

Rank #18

Podcast cover

Moving from Teacher-Centric Teaching to Student-Centric Learning

Moving from teacher-driven classrooms to student-centered learning involve dealing with fixed ideas among teachers, administrators, and students. How can we best make the transition? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and

10mins

2 Mar 2018

Rank #19

Podcast cover

Given the Opportunity, How Would You Redesign Classrooms and Schools?

If you were given the ability to redefine and redesign classrooms, schools,  and learning what would you do? Follow on Twitter: @HarveyAlvy1 @RitaWirtz @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Rita Wirtz has served as a Title I ESEA Program Evaluator in the California Penal System, Curriculum Consultant for Sacramento County Office of Education, School Principal, Reading Instructor, K-Adult Teacher, and Special Needs Educator. She has written a number of reading books for parents and teachers (including Reading Champs: Teaching Reading Made Easy and Stories from a Teacher’s Heart: Memories of Love, Life and FamilY. In addition, her blog on Bam! Radio’s Ed Words continues to bring fresh insights to the world of education and life. Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.

10mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #20