Rank #1: Tech Talk Roundtable 07-14 | When Virtual Learning is Your Only Option
It’s Tuesday so I must be in California. Or maybe it’s Malaysia. Or Hong Kong, or Beijing. If you’re not sure where you are, or when you’re going back, then odds are you’re an international teacher in China trying to navigate what school looks like when you can’t meet in person. If you are, then we feel your pain. On today’s podcast we are connecting virtually to talk about virtual school. How does it work? What are you doing? What works? What doesn’t? And what innovative tools and practices are you implementing?
Dennis – Handbrake – for video compression https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php
Daniel – worldtimebuddy.com has been so helpful. MS Team is all over the world.
Chris – Zoom works great!
ILOVEYOU is one of the most well-known and destructive viruses of all time. It’s been 20 years since ILOVEYOU was let loose on the internet. If you got an email today like the one that was sent around in 2000, you’d never open it. The virus came in an email with a subject line that said “I love you!” People clicked into the email regardless of the fact the email wasn’t from anyone they knew. The malware was a worm that was downloaded by clicking on an attachment called ‘LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs’.
ILOVEYOU overwrote system files and personal files and spread itself over and over and over again. ILOVEYOU was so effective it actually held the Guinness World Record as the most ‘virulent’ virus of all time. Cost of the malware: $15 billion.
Notes & Links
Simplify lessons to the least access to technology.
Using tools for daily interaction – Flipgrid, Voicethread, Padlet,
Question: How much should be synchronous vs. Asynchronous? How should you use it?
Synchronous – Maintaining relationships
Asynchronous – Deep learning
Question: How does learning change in this setting?
Here are my guiding principles moving forward:
- Life is about relationships. Period.
- Start & end with the essentials
- How will I know that you learned the essentials?
- Do less, not more
- Connect with your students and make sure that you connect with fellow teachers
- I love Project-Based Learning! https://studentsatthecenterhub.org/resource/buck-institute-for-education-bie/
- I love WeChat!
Feb 21 2020
Rank #2: Tech Talk Roundtable 07-11 | Christmas Tech-tacular 2019
It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Time to don those ugly sweaters, grab a mug of eggnog (or mulled wine), put on your comfy slippers and gather round the 4K Streaming YouTube virtual fireplace. If that doesn’t put you in the proper mood for an Ed Tech Christmas just think of these two words – CHRISTMAS BREAK! (I know WE are.) But before we skip town we’ve got a gift to give to you – we are going to share our FAVORITE Christmas movies – with a little EdTech Twist.
Dennis – Do you hear that Jingle in my pocket? It’s Jingle Plus!
Daniel – Bluetooth headphones w/mic connected to Phone for recording presentations.
Chris – Sometimes the best thing you can do is not express your idea. Seriously. I am reminded that Judeo-Christian Scripture, “… tells us that silence can help us avoid sinning (Proverbs 10:19), gain respect (Proverbs 11:12), and is deemed wise and intelligent (Proverbs 17:28). In other words, you may be blessed by holding your tongue … And we know that self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), is a discipline that is blessed.”
Where did it come from? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggnog#History
Notes & Links
Top 5 Christmas Movies – with an EdTech Twist
(In no particular order)
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Christmas Story
- Home Alone
Dec 20 2019
Rank #3: Tech Talk Roundtable 07-08 | History of the Internet
Happy Birthday Internet! Or maybe it we should say Happy Birthday ARPAnet. 50 years ago this week the first data transmission was sent from room 3420 at UCLA’s Boelter Hall to another computer at the Stanford Research Institute. It was the beginning of the ARPAnet which laid the groundwork for what we now know as the Internet. Seriously, imagine what life would be like without the Internet! I can’t. Hey, you wouldn’t even be able to hear us as we share stories about the early days of the Internet so for that reason alone, we are thankful.
Chris – The Eisenhower Decision Matrix:
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” – Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th POTUS
Important and Urgent – Do it!
Important but not urgent – Decide when (schedule it)!
Not important but urgent – Delegate it!
Not important and not urgent – Delete it!
Dennis – Just text or call me – using Microsoft Teams.
Daniel – Notion – Fabulous tool for brain dump. I characterize it as wiki 2.0 on steroids.
This early form of communication most often associated with Native Americans, actually originated (according to Wikipedia) in China around 850 BC. soldiers stationed along the Great Wall would alert each other of impending enemy attack by signaling from tower to tower. “Misuse of the smoke signal is known to have contributed to the fall of the Western Zhou Dynasty in the 8th century BCE. King You of Zhou had a habit of fooling his warlords with false warning beacons in order to amuse Bao Si, his concubine.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_signal#cite_note-1
Notes & Links
SPECIAL GUEST: Joel Klammer, HS Physics Teacher and Robotics Coach
Fun Fact: Joel was one of the first people with an email address and shares some fun stories from the early days of the Internet.
Nov 15 2019
Rank #4: Tech Talk Roundtable 07-07 | Make IT Happen – LIVE from ACAMIS Tech Conference
Hey! Did you ever think we would be asked back to Podcast LIVE at another ACAMIS Tech Conference? I didn’t. Well, Despite their better judgement, we are MAKING IT HAPPEN live, here, at the home of our podcast – Concordia International School Shanghai. We’ve got a LIVE and lively audience and some amazing guests who will be sharing what THEY made and HOW they made it happen.
Dennis – There are two different Microsoft Forms. Forms and “Forms for Excel”. If you want your forms to populate a live Excel Online Spreadsheet, you better pick “Forms for Excel”
Daniel – Dr. Li Jiang – Stanford professor and co-Chair of SUGAR Network and involved with the Stanford D School design thinking program -Dr. Jiang talks about going beyond Computational Thinking to AI thinking curriculum. Basic ideas behind deep learning and cognitive computing. https://sugar-network.org/about
Chris – “Love people for who they are, and not who you want them to be.” I believe this should be the mantra of all coaches, and maybe just all people. These words of wisdom resonate with me deeply. For these and other thoughtful thoughts like the “Five Day Teacher Challenge” check out our Ed Tech friend and colleague Rushton Hurley’s blog linked in the show notes.
The Monks’ Penance
The first strong beer (5-6% ABV) was brewed by Catholic monks in the 16th century to them make it through their Lenten fasts without losing too much weight. The Bavarian abbot was concerned that the merriment brought on by the delightful brew might not be pious – especially during the holy days – so he sent a barrel to the Vatican for an official ruling. The cardinals in Rome, who were wine drinkers, took one taste of the bitter brew and not only gave official approval, but actually commended the monks for accepting the extra penance of drinking it. (Source: The Book of Strange Facts and Useless Information by Scot Morris)
Notes & Links
What a great conference so far? Do you agree?l.
Students that MADE it happen.
- Modular Drone – Samuel Xu
- Student Media Services “Visual Graphics” Student Interest Group (SIG) – Athena & Andrew (Team Leaders)
How do YOU make it happen?
- Mel Varga – STEAM Cart: Concept to Market
Oct 25 2019
Rank #5: Tech Talk Roundtable 07-06 | Technology and the 4 C’s with Ralph Emmerink
One if by land, two if by sea, and three if by dirigible … Just in case you haven’t heard, the ACAMIS Tech Conference is coming! (We might have mentioned it once or twice) In fact, it’s just around the corner. Today on the podcast we’re going to give a little preview of just one of the awesome ideas being addressed. Ralph Emmerink from Xiamen International School will be here to give us a preview of what his session on how technology can help our students with “the 4C’s” (Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication). Hashtag: nospoilers
Chris – Once again, I am thankful that I always back up my hard drive …
Dennis – Digital Archiving. Are you able to access and view files from 10 years ago? What should you do so old codecs work with current technology? SWF Files, but what about old digital video, Hi8, S-VHS, 8mm film. Will what you want to see be playable when you want to see it?
Daniel – iOS 13 – Apple has implemented new “smarter” battery charging, in order to help stave off your iPhone’s battery going bad too quickly. What this means is your phone may charge more slowly when you leave it plugged in for a long time. It will initially charge to 80 percent, and then will charge the final 20 percent more slowly. Plug the phone in before it asks you to enter a low-power mode; iOS will ask you to turn that on when you hit 20 percent power. Plug it in when the phone is between 30 and 40 percent. Phones will get to 80 percent quickly if you’re doing a fast charge. Pull the plug at 80 to 90, as going to full 100 percent when using a high-voltage charger can put some strain on the battery(called trickle charging.) Keep the phone battery charge between 30 and 80 percent to increase its lifespan.
When implementing a new technology, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. This was the case back near the turn of the century when Thomas Edison was a special guest at the Bijou Theater for the first performance of a play staged under electric lights. As you might guess things didn’t go exactly as planned when after intermission lights started to flicker and go dim. Embarrassed, Edison excused himself, took off his formal clothes, and went to the basement to personally shovel coal to keep the generator going for the rest of the performance and the fancy dress banquet afterwards which was supposed to be held in his honor. (Source: The Book of Strange Facts and Useless Information by Scot Morris)
Notes & Links
SPECIAL GUEST: Ralph Emmerink , Xiamen International School
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ralph received his BEd in History and an MA in Globalisation and Development Studies there. He is presently teaching MYP I&S and Design Tech at Xiamen International School, Xiamen, PRC. He is Google Certified and has presented workshops on technology integration in Mexico, the USA, China, and Hong Kong. Technology integration is his passion and thus he is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to assure that students demonstrate their learning in an engaging, creative and collaborative manner, preparing them for the future.
Talk about your background with technology in education.
Technology Do’s and Don’ts? – Essential conditions for successful tech integration.
What are the 4 C’s?
Oct 23 2019
Rank #6: Tech Talk Roundtable 07-01 | Wired Differently
Does the institution we know as “modern education” encourage and celebrate the outliers? How do you think a young Albert Einstein, Mozart, or Nikola Tesla would do as students in your school? Would their curiosity be celebrated or scolded? Would they be encouraged to pursue their passions, or forced to conform to the curriculum? And, provocatively, should education be trying to adapt itself to myriad, diverse learners? Join us today for a lively discussion about ways to tweak what we do for those potential geniuses who are just “wired differently”.
Chris – “…education is what others do to you and learning is what you do for yourself.” – Joi Ito, The Educational Tyranny of the NeruroTypical <https://www.wired.com/story/tyranny-neurotypicals-unschooling-education/>
Daniel – cmd-return –
Dennis – Locking Notes on your iPhone. http://sciencenotebooking.blogspot.com/2019/08/password-protect-iphone-notes.html
Nicolaus Copernicus – Polish astronomer who first postulated that the Earth travels around the sun was also the father of buttered bread. (SOURCE: The Book of Strange Facts and Useless Information by Scot Morris)
Notes & Links
Article in Wired Magazine – https://www.wired.com/story/tyranny-neurotypicals-unschooling-education
Book: NeuroTribes <https://www.amazon.com/Neurotribes-Legacy-Autism-Future-Neurodiversity/dp/0399185615/ref=sr_1_1?crid=20F15CPFOF1EY&keywords=neurotribes+by+steve+silberman&qid=1566517695&s=gateway&sprefix=neurotribes%2Caps%2C423&sr=8-1>
Book: Life, Animated <https://www.amazon.com/Life-Animated-Sidekicks-Heroes-Autism/dp/1484741234/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3TDETJ5VW82WE&keywords=life%2C+animated&qid=1566519764&s=gateway&sprefix=life%2C+animated%2Caps%2C867&sr=8-2>
Book: Lifelong Kindergarten <https://www.amazon.com/Lifelong-Kindergarten-Cultivating-Creativity-Projects/dp/0262037297/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3PNC1U72WPQ9U&keywords=lifelong+kindergarten+mitchel+resnick&qid=1566521779&s=gateway&sprefix=lifelong+kindergar%2Caps%2C505&sr=8-1>
Aug 29 2019
Rank #7: Tech Talk Roundtable 06-21 | The Wheel of Awesome Topics
So many topics. So Little time. On today’s show we couldn’t decide on a single topic so we’ve decided to leave it up to … fate? Chance? Dumb luck? Rest assured no matter what topic comes up you – our loyal listener – are going to be a winner. Join us today as we spin the “Wheel of AWESOME TOPICS”
Chris – Our reactions to our problems and challenges can often make them worse. We have to practice self-control and thoughtfulness when confronted with a situation. Remain calm in crisis, seek healing in offense, always assume the best from your friends and colleagues.
Daniel – The new OneDrive app for Mac in Mojave OS allows for entire Sharepoint folders to be sync but stay in the cloud. The folder looks like a OneDrive folder on your computer.
Dennis – iPhone Photos – use Pano to mimic a wide angle lens
The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two
Miller’s Law by George A. Miller of Harvard University’s Department of Psychology – It is often interpreted to argue that the number of objects an average human can hold in short-term memory is 7 ± 2.
Notes & Links
The Wheel of Awesome Topics
- Information you wish you had before
- Would you like to take it back?
- Technology you wish you could have back?
- Pet Peeve
- I can’t wait for this!
- Person I would like to interview on the podcast
May 31 2019
Rank #8: Tech Talk Roundtable 06-20 | Too Much of a Distraction?
It’s late at night. You’ve just settled down to sleep. Then you hear a vibration from the smartphone on your nightstand. Can you resist the urge to check it? Smartphones and now smart watches are – or at least seem to be – an essential part of our life. We look at them frequently to check facebook, instagram, news, sports, weather, or to see what our best friend is eating right now. But do the benefits of these devices outweigh the distractions? If we as adults have a trouble resisting the temptation to be on our devices, should we be concerned about our students as well? We’ll share what we think along with the thoughts of some amazing educators here in Asia.
Chris – “Fine” is not an acceptable answer if you are asking how someone is doing. If you are going to ask how someone is feeling, then really mean it. Really meaning it, don’t let a casual “Fine” end it, especially if you suspect that not everything is fine. If you are really interested in how a person is fairing then ask them. If not, a simple “Hello” will do.
Daniel – Reviewed DaVinci Resolve 16 – free NLE editor https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/ was released at NAB couple weeks ago with a new ‘Cut Page’ is starting to look familiar: FCPX
Dennis – Skype video sharing. Share videos asynchronously. Must be under 1 minute.
Apple Watch Statistics
Notes & Links
We asked this question on WeChat:
“With California and Ontario banning cell phones from schools…we wanted your thoughts on the topic. Do the benefits of Smartphones/Smartwatches outweigh the distractions? Your thoughts? Any interesting articles, blog pieces that we should consider?”
Here is a condensed version of the rich responses we received.
Sam from Suzhou – Benefits – Health, stats, training, etc… opportunities to calendar classes and assignments. It is quite distracting though, as kids (and adults) are often getting buzzed if they don’t properly manage there notification settings. All in all – I would lean to “distracting” for most students in most settings, but not so much to say they are not allowed or detrimental.
Mel Varga (Macao) – Banning anything is the easy way out. Teaching students, teachers and parents to manage a device is much better in the long run. This takes time and effort which most teachers, schools etc don’t have hence the decision to ban phones.
James (Shenzhen) – I say, don’t aim at just reversing the policy. but do look into how students can be educated on the use of technology, this includes what’s appropriate and not.
Matthew Kelsey (Guangzhou) – Research about the link between device use in class and student outcomes on exams/tests: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272775716303454 – that’s a randomized controlled trial, so methodologically pretty sound. However, the classroom setting there, as well as the outcomes measured, may differ from yours.
As far as teaching responsible device use, if that means teaching self control, then see https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-myth-of-self-control – it may inform your school’s definition of how to go about teaching responsible use and what it means.
“…teachers should have specific expectations about when device use is appropriate and when it’s not, especially before 11th grade.”
“Having a device should not be the default state.”
John Lancett (Xiamen) – …there would need to be a shift in schools to value the ethical and practical use of tools. And a “when and where” expectation would need to be set.
Richard Burkhill (Beijing) – You’re very welcome to look at the research I did into the why here – hope it’s helpful! https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/beijing/shunyi/primary-11-ipad-programme-year-3-6/why-are-we-giving-every-child-in-year-3-6-an-ipad
More SmartPhone Facts & Info…
May 10 2019
Rank #9: Tech Talk Roundtable 06-19 | It’s Not About the Tech, It’s About the Learning
Learning is all about relationships. If this is the first time you’ve heard us say that then you are new around here. Welcome to our podcast! Today we take that mantra and apply it to Professional Development (PD) because, as educators, if we are not connecting with others we are missing out on an essential (THE essential?) component of professional growth. Join us as we welcome – all the way from the land of Nebraska – Brent Dieckhoff who will share his journey to help teachers CONNECT, GROW, and SHARE what they learn.
Chris – Write it down!
I had a serendipitous conversation with one of our Middle School counselors yesterday in which she informed me of a wonderful gift she once gave to her daughter. She wrote down specific, significant moments in her daughter’s high school life that made her proud of her daughter. She gave her daughter the journal of proud moments as a graduation gift. Wow! What an idea! So, I started a journal for my own daughter, who is a sophomore. I know that she doesn’t listen to this show so I’m safe telling you, but don’t tell her!
Daniel – Using Panoramic mode to get the perfect vertical shot.
Dennis – The Queen owns all the swans in England. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-the-queen-owns-every-swan
Do you “never forget a face”? Maybe you are among that special 1-2% of the population that are “super-recognizers”. The average person can recognize about 20% of the faces they see. A “super-recognizer” is that rare individual who can can remember 80% of the faces they see, even if they’ve only seen them once, years ago. These people have been quite helpful, sometimes even more effective than facial recognition technology, in fighting crime.
Notes & Links
Brent Dieckhoff is a product of International Schools. He is now a teacher, professor with a passion for helping teachers learn to use technology in a meaningful way, but more importantly to connect and learn from each other. He has come all the way from Seward, Nebraska to the little town of Shanghai to share his story.
Apr 26 2019
Rank #10: Tech Talk Roundtable 06-18 | The Pressured Child with Dr. Michael G. Thompson
Do you remember what it was like to be a student in grade school? Are you getting flashbacks of Field days, recess, team sports and Mrs. Scranton’s music recorder class or…are you among the many that are breaking out in cold sweat thinking about tests, group projects, bullying and peer pressure! Well today we revisit our childhood and put ourselves in the shoes of our students with our special guest Dr. Michael Thompson as we get his input on how technology has impacted this relationship.
Chris – Some lessons from teaching Morality & Ethics. Nothing gets an argument started more than perceptions of unfairness or intentional harm and that is because, of the five channels of moral decision making, fairness/reciprocity and harm/care are the two channels that nearly everyone agrees are extremely important. Add to that the reality that how we perceive issues of justice varies between individuals. Some of us see justice as equality of opportunity (freedom). Others see it as equality of result (welfare). One person’s justice is another person’s injustice.
On the personal level a whole bunch of negativity and friction can be avoided if we recognize that we hold differing understandings of what is fair and just. Instead of escalating tensions we can overcome the “us versus them” mentality by recognizing the basic good intentions in each other. We can do this by looking beneath the surface issues to the fairness/reciprocity and harm/care principles that underlie most conflicts, and separate the sacred from the pseudo-sacred. A great place to start learning the ins and out of conflict resolution and negotiation can be found in Robert Mnookin’s book Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight. Robert Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Daniel – Tableau Public is awesome. You can take your LinkedIn data and you can play around with various viz charts.
Dennis – Student’s use iMovie to find main idea. Grade 4 students had to take 1-2 minute interviews and edit them down to a 20 second sound bite. Listening to teams discuss what is important and what is not, was education gold!
Top 5 causes of stress
- Jobs and The Workplace
- Financial Problems
- Personal Relationships
- Daily Hassles / Being Too Busy
So, which one is involved as families wrestle with the hopes and dreams of getting children into college? Answer: All of them!
Notes & Links
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, NY Times best-selling author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Thompson is the author of several books dealing with today’s pressures of school and how to help students navigate this period of time with poise and confidence.
Mar 29 2019