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The TeacherCast Podcast is one of the longest-running educational podcasts.  Created in 2011 by Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast features today's finest and most influential educators and educational technology companies discussing the topics that mean the most to teachers, students, and parents.

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The TeacherCast Podcast is one of the longest-running educational podcasts.  Created in 2011 by Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast features today's finest and most influential educators and educational technology companies discussing the topics that mean the most to teachers, students, and parents.

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By Moby Rocks It - Sep 01 2013
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I've been listening for a few months now, and I always hear about great uses of technology in the classroom. Jeff and colleagues LOVE sharing information, and provide thorough, pertinent and timely advice to any educator who wants to use technology in a better way in her/his classroom. Keep a note-taker on hand while listening; you’ll never remember all they share.

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By SCH Heart - Sep 29 2012
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Love this series of podcasts. Lots of great ideas and information.

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13 Ratings
Average Ratings
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I always get something...

By Moby Rocks It - Sep 01 2013
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I've been listening for a few months now, and I always hear about great uses of technology in the classroom. Jeff and colleagues LOVE sharing information, and provide thorough, pertinent and timely advice to any educator who wants to use technology in a better way in her/his classroom. Keep a note-taker on hand while listening; you’ll never remember all they share.

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By SCH Heart - Sep 29 2012
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Love this series of podcasts. Lots of great ideas and information.
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The TeacherCast Podcast

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The TeacherCast Podcast is one of the longest-running educational podcasts.  Created in 2011 by Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast features today's finest and most influential educators and educational technology companies discussing the topics that mean the most to teachers, students, and parents.

Rank #1: Gifted and Talented: How do we support our most advanced learners?

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Jeff sits down with Katie McClarty from Pearson Education to discuss Gifted and Talented education. Learn how the Center for College and Career Success can help you and your students.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

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Blog post:

http://researchnetwork.pearson.com/college-career-success/gifted-talented

About our Guest

Katie McClarty, Ph.D.Center for College & Career Success

Katie McClarty leads the Center for College & Career Success. She heads a team of researchers in planning and executing research in support of the Center mission, which is to (1) identify and measure the skills needed to be successful in college and careers, (2) determine pathways for students to be college and career ready, (3) track their progress along the pathway, and (4) evaluate effective ways to keep students on track. Dr. McClarty has authored papers, chapters, and presentations related to college readiness, standard setting, assessment design, computer-based testing, interface design, teacher effectiveness, and next-generation assessments. Her work has been published in journals such as the American Psychologist, Research in Higher Education, Applied Measurement in Education, Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research & Perspectives, and Educational Researcher. Dr. McClarty holds a doctorate degree in social and personality psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Show Topics

  • Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network and the Center for College & Career Success
  • Study about the impact of skipping a grade on gifted students. What are the benefits of acceleration for gifted students?
  • Are there any consequences for accelerating a gifted student?
  • “A Nation Empowered”
  • The role of technology in helping gifted students becoming successful

Recorded in 2015

Aug 19 2017

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Rank #2: QR Codes, Augmented Reality and other Scannable Tech from @ClassTechTips

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Jeff sits down with educator, author, and Apple Distinguished Educator Monica Burns to discuss her book Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality.

Why Scannable Technologies?


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About Monica Burns

Monica Burns is an Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as an educator, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started ClassTechTips.com to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom.

Since starting ClassTechTips.com, Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia and Channel One News. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin, 2016).

Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. In addition to being named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Monica is an Amazon Education Teacher Innovator, Book Creator Ambassador and Nearpod Pionear for her use of engaging creation and formative assessment tools. Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University.

Her mission is to help educators place the task before the app and promote deeper learning with technology. You can follow Monica on Twitter @ClassTechTips or visit her blog at ClassTechTips.com.

Sep 04 2017

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Rank #3: Using WordPress as your school districts main website

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Jeff sits down with Syed Balkhi from WPBeginner.com to discuss how WordPress can be used as a communication tool for teachers and parents, as well as how it can be used as a powerful digital portfolio tool.

About WPBeginner

WPBeginner is a free WordPress resource site for Beginners. WPBeginner was founded in July 2009 by Syed Balkhi. The main goal of this site is to provide quality tips, tricks, hacks, and other WordPress resources that allows WordPress beginners to improve their site(s).

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About our Guest

Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner. He is known for his aggressive marketing skills, creative designs, and expertise in SEO. Syed has been in the industry for over eight years, and he has worked with some of the top brands in the industry. He is known as “the WordPress Ninja” among our clients because he is a total WordPress Geek. He used to blog at Balkhis.com. Check it out, and follow him on twitter.

Recorded in 2015

Aug 15 2017

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Rank #4: How can we fully engage our students in digital learning?

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, I sit down with California educator and SMART Exemplary Educator Denesa Menge to discuss how she has created a fully immersive and interactive learning environment for her students, with the help of SMART Technologies.

One of the most important things you can do with your students is to provide them an engaging, interactive learning environment. When students are active, they become attentive learners. By using tools such as SMART Interactive Boards along with SMART Amp software, students can become immersed in a different type of learning.

About Danesa Menge

Danesa Menge is a seventh and eighth-grade English language arts teacher at Oakdale Junior High School. She is passionate about learning and technology and shares that love with her students and fellow colleagues across the globe. Danesa holds a Master’s of Science in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She is a SMART Exemplary Educator, a Google Certified Innovator, NovoAmbassador, and Flipped Learning international Ambassador. Teaching is not her job, it’s her passion. Getting better it, that is her job.


Learn how @SMART_TECH can be used in your classroom to create an interactive learning experience for your students.

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SMART Technologies

Connect students and their devices to a workspace with all your lesson content

SMART amp brings the whole class, groups of students or individuals together in a shared space to work on projects, add multimedia content and instant message. This is all done using student devices and while tracking contributions from each student, so educators have insight into who is contributing what.

Why SMART AMP?

  • Students work together in the collaborative workspace.
  • Contribute to the workspace from anywhere, at any time.
  • Provides the same experience on tablets, laptops and interactive displays.
  • Take over the workspace at any time to demonstrate and describe work to students.
  • Import SMART Notebook lessons, view them in full screen, export pages and write over them.
  • Import your Google Classroom class lists directly. They update automatically.


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** TeacherCast would like to thank SMART Technologies for sponsoring this podcast **

Sep 17 2017

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Rank #5: Visible Learning Plus

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Mike Soules, the President of Corwin and Dr. Julie Smith, Corwin's Senior Director for Visible Learning on the show to discuss Visible Learning Plus, a brand new professional development platform developed based on the research of Professor John Hattie.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Corwin 2018 News and Updates
  • What is Global Visible Learning?
  • How does Visible Learning plus fit into Corwin's family of programs and services?
  • How is the Visible Learning plus model implemented in schools?
  • What are the key takeaways from Prof. John Hattie’s research that can guide future teacher professional development?
  • How does Prof. Hattie’s research and Corwin’s practices differ from other professional development approaches?
  • What do you see as the most promising aspect of this partnership?

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About Corwin

Corwin, a SAGE company, is the premier provider of professional learning products and services that equip educators to improve teaching and learning. Corwin offers print books and ebooks, digital professional development products, institutes, and on-site consulting services for all types of educators at all stages of their careers. Corwin resources are authored by experts on the topics most relevant to you; formatted for hands-on, practical guidance; research-based and peer reviewed for quality; and suitable for professional learning settings and courses in education. Whether you are an administrator leading school reform or a teacher looking for solutions to daily challenges, we are committed to helping you reach your full potential so you can help children reach theirs.

About our Guests

Mike Soules

Mike Soules is President of Corwin, the leading provider of innovative professional services and publications for P-20 educators. Corwin is committed to collaborating with schools, districts and departments/ministries of education to deliver training and tools that build capacity, are evidence-based and have a positive change on instructional practice. Through long-term partnerships with authors, policymakers and associations Corwin sits at the nexus of research to practice and practice to research. Mike is most proud of the talented and dedicated all-star team that help bring Corwin’s work to life every day.

Mike has held senior leadership roles at the Channel One Network, Laureate, and Teachscape. The through line of his career has been pioneering unique platforms to provide meaningful and impactful content that educators need and want.

He serves as Regent of California Lutheran University, President of the Conejo Schools Foundation, and former Chair of the Ventura County Workforce Development Board. Mike has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles – Go Bruins!

Dr. Julie Smith

Dr. Julie Smith is the Senior Director of Visible Learning for Corwin/Sage. Her passion and expertise is in implementing system-wide change for districts and school-based leaders and teachers focused on Professor John Hattie’s Visible Learning research. Over her thirty-six years in education, she has served as a teacher, principal, and executive director of elementary schools. Additionally, she has taught at the university level in principal preparation programs in both Colorado and Florida. Julie continues to pursue her passion in leadership development by coauthoring three books, one on principal evaluation entitled The Reflective Leader: Implementing a multidimensional leadership performance assessment (2012) the other entitled Evaluating Instructional Leadership: Recognized Practices for Success (2015) and her most recent book is entitled Impact Coaching: Scaling Instructional leadership (2018).

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May 24 2018

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Rank #6: What If? Building Students’ Problem-Solving Skills Through Complex Challenges

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In this episode of the of TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome ASCD Author Dr. Ronald Bethetto on the program to discuss his new book What If? Building Students’ Problem-Solving Skills Through Complex Challenges. We wish to thank ASCD for making this show possible.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The problem with waiting for “someday”
  • Innovation – Imagination – Creativity
  • Can you teach creativity?
  • Routine tasks vs. complex challenges,
  • Lesson unplanning
  • How to get rid of uncertainty in the classroom
  • Legacy challenges,
  • Stop-Think-Do-Learn action principles
  • How to take risks in the classroom
  • Anything else you’d like to discuss.

About our Guest

Dr. Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings. He serves as Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of UCONN's Innovation House and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. 

Dr. Beghetto is the Editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education (Springer Books), and serves as a creativity advisor for Lego Foundation.

His work highlights how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning, and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting. 

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Aug 27 2018

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Rank #7: Closing the STEM Gender Gap: One Classroom at a Time

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On today's episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we take a look at the topic of the Gender Gap in STEM Education. For more information on this topic, please visit MakeWhatsNext.com. I would like to thank Microsoft Philanthropies and Microsoft Education for helping to set this episode up.

What if she could be the one to find the cure, crack the code, or invent something that has the potential to save lives? When we encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we double the potential to solve problems. If she stays in STEM, she could be the one to change the world.

Recent research shows that, on average, only 25% of tech jobs are held by women. If we really want to close the STEM gender gap, we must start early. In this conversation, join current and veteran classroom educators, who share concrete tips and best practices for encouraging girls’ interest in STEM subjects and helping them to persevere once they start down that path.

About our Guests

Tracy Immel Kennedy 

Tracy Immel Kennedy brings passion, innovation, and education experience to her role as Director of Marketing for YouthSpark, a Microsoft Philanthropies initiative focused on providing access to computer science education for youth most at risk of being left behind. Combining over 20 years of marketing experience with her passion for teaching and building human capacity, Tracy has a unique background that bridges both the public and private sector.

As a consultant, she has worked with governments, schools, NGOs, and companies to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning. She has personally delivered professional development to over 5,000 educators, trainers, and education leaders and has been a featured presenter and blogger on the topic of building educator capacity. At Microsoft, Tracy developed professional development opportunities for educators and created a Training Provider program that helped scale reach to hundreds of thousands of educators globally.

Today, Tracy is using her unwavering belief that all people should be valued, respected, and have the opportunity to live meaningful, productive lives to help inspire and engage young people in the opportunities that computer science education can enable.

Denise Cathryn Spence

Denise Spence has been an educator for over 22 years. She has earned her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis in Instructional Technology. Over the years, Denise has earned the following IT certification credentials: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, Adobe Certified Associate in Dreamweaver and Microsoft Office Specialist in Word/PowerPoint/Excel/Outlook. Her accomplishments include being selected as 1 of 3 finalists for Lee County's Teacher of the Year in 2000; she was the 1st ever Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year for Lee County in 2006; she was named Certiport's Global Summit's Teacher of the Year for 2010. Plus, Denise was a 2011 and a 2012 finalist for the Microsoft Innovation Forum. For her leadership in providing college and career related information technology training, Denise was asked to be a Faculty Champion for the Microsoft Imagine Cup and was selected to be an Adobe Education Leader. For her impact on the business community, Denise was selected as a finalist for the Fort Myers Greater Chamber of Commerce – Women in Business – Apex Award in 2011. Recently, she was nominated in the Education category, for The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Business & Tourism Chrysalis Awards 2015 & 2016 and Denise was selected as the winner of the Inaugural Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership Women in Technology Award for 2015.

Presently, Denise is the lead technology teacher at Dunbar High School, where she serves as the business technology department head and is the program's manager for award winning technology programs: the Academy for Technology Excellence (a Microsoft Showcase School), the Academy for Digital Excellence (an Adobe featured school program) and the Academy of Game Design and Programming Excellence. These programs have been featured both locally and internationally for how they prepare students for both college and careers. She has developed a long-term relationship with the business community by maintaining their Business Advisory Committee at Dunbar High School. Plus, Denise has trained and certified students, teachers, and administrators in a variety of Information Technology industry areas. Denise is also, an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, and served as an adjunct professor at Hodges University.

Concurrently, Denise has presented at several state and national conferences, including repeat appearances at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Magnet Schools of America National Conference, and a presenter for Adobe and Microsoft at various Career and Technical Education conferences around the United States. She has even done several national and international webinars related to career and technical training in high schools. Denise collaborated with The National Career and Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) and Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. Partners in Learning to help develop the IT Career Cluster guide for the States ”College and Career Readiness Program” series. Denise collaborated with the local YMCA to develop and host “Tech Quest, a technology enrichment summer camp. Plus, she is the founding sponsor for an all-girls computer club called GO-4-IT (Girls Opting for Information Technology), which tackles the diversity issue in the computer science fields.

Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Thompson is an Instructional Technologist with 15+ years in the education field including experience as a classroom teacher, STEM coordinator, and intervention specialist. After teaching first grade in Maryland, she moved to Tokyo, Japan where she gained a love for technology while completing her Master’s Degree. From there, her hands have consistently been in the “educational technology pot”. She currently consults and trains on instructional technology locally and nationally; designs and facilitates online workshops for Maryland State Department of Education; teaches a graduate level technology course at McDaniel College, and writes technology training content. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Surface Expert and Master Trainer.

In her many roles, Tiffany has led school initiatives as well as research to support interactive/digital and mobile learning, STEM education; written grants for digital technologies in her previous schools; planned and conducted numerous workshops for parents, educators, and students; written and developed content for online courses; and presented at local and national conferences.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and an Administration and Supervision certificate from Maryland State Department of Education.

Her enthusiasm for developing 21st-century learners and innovative educators has inspired her to begin development on an app for educators. She is always willing to assist novice and veteran educators in finding new and creative ways to incorporate technology into their teaching. Her philosophy is, “To improve rigor and relevance in the classroom, teachers must become proficient and comfortable in using technology to create innovative and engaging lessons that extend students’ personal limits and potential. Using various instructional technology tools is key in advancing 21st-century skills.

Sep 21 2017

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Rank #8: Boosting Student Learning through Educational Technology

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Jeff sits down with Steven Anderson and Eric Sheninger to discuss how they are educating a generation of digital learners.

Topics Covered:

  • What are we looking forward to as the new school year approaches?
  • How are we getting ready for school differently this year as opposed to in years past?
  • Suggestions for starting our students on the right track this year?
  • Empowering Integration
  • How should technology be introduced into our classrooms?
  • How can we help our teachers learn about these technologies?
  • What types of PD should we be giving our teachers.
  • What types of technology should be introduced into our classrooms? (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogs, Wiki's, Podcasts, iPads, iPhones, internet devices)
  • What types of accounts should we be asking our students to have? (twitter, dropbox, google…etc..)
  • Internet Safety and Security…. Keeping students, teachers and school districts safe
  • Should teachers use more Google in the classroom?
  • How should we be inviting our students to share files between home and school?
  • Having phones in school vs having iPads in schools (both students and teachers)
  • Encouraging our students to help teachers prepare for lessons…. (finding topics online and submitting them for research materials…. livebinder activities)
  • Are we as teachers preparing our students for the current future or the future yet to come?
  • How are schools using and managing table devices and app purchases

Websites and Apps Discussed:


  • Poll Everywhere
  • Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response System
  • Edmodo
  • Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students
  • Wordle
  • Beautiful Word Clouds
  • Blogger
  • Moodle
  • open-source community-based tools for learning
  • Ning
  • Create a Social Networking Site with Ning, the Best Social Site Platform
  • Twitter
  • PD 360
  • The world’s first and largest online, on-demand professional development platform for educators.
  • SimpleK12
  • Educational Technology Made Simple
  • Atomic Learning 
  • Education: Professional Development, Technology Integration and Software Training and Support Solutions – Atomic Learning
  • Teachscape: K12
  • Effective Teaching | Teaching Strategies | School Performance | School Improvement | Student Achievement
  • Groupboard
  • Evernote
  • Remember Everything
  • Dropbox 
  • Cloudbased File Storage
  • Diigo
  • Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network.
  • Delicious
  • Online Bookmarks
  • http://twitterrific.com/
  • Twitter Client
  • Feeddler
  • RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone
  • Documents To Go®
  • Office Suite

Jul 09 2017

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Rank #9: Dr. Robyn Jackson (Never Underestimate Teachers)

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome ASCD author Robyn Jackson on the program to discuss her new book: Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she came to the profession
  • Her experiences seeing teachers be underestimated in their jobs and the impact of that on their craft
  • Any teacher can become a master teacherFeedback mistakes leaders can make
  • How to give effective feedback
  • If being a master teacher is instinctive … can you teach instinct?
  • Tools for finding the strengths in teachers
  • How can we help other teachers become master teachers?During the school year?
  • During our pre-service years?
  • After we have become a veteran teacher
  • What strategies can be used for teacher motivation if you are not in a leadership position?
  • Advice for educators when seeking a leadership path for themselves

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About our Guest

Robyn Jackson is a former high school teacher and middle school administrator. She is the founder and president of Mindsteps Inc., a professional development firm for teachers and administrators that provides workshops and materials designed to help any teacher reach every student. Jackson is the author of Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, The Differentiation Workbook, and The Instructional Leader’s Guide to Strategic Conversations with Teachers, as well as the how-to guides in the Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching series.

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Apr 23 2018

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Rank #10: What does it take to become an Apple Distinguished School?

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Have you ever wondered what an Apple Distinguished School looks like? Have you ever thought about rolling out a successful 1:1 initiative across thousands of students and teachers? In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Ross Cooper to discuss TL2020, a State of the Art, 21st Century vision for the Salisbury Twp. School District that not only is turning heads worldwide, but chasing the lives of students as they become college and career ready.

About Salisbury School District

Teaching and Learning 2020 (TL2020) is an initiative of the Salisbury Township School District located in Allentown, PA. TL2020 is the next phase in the development of teaching and learning that started in our district with TL2014. TL2020 builds on our successes at transforming teaching and learning through technology. The initiative offers increased learning opportunities by providing a personal computing device for each student (1:1), Kindergarten through Grade 12.

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 – iPad Mini – available in school
  • Grade 2 – Grade 5 – Macbook Pro – available in school
  • Grade 6 – Grade 12 – Macbook Pro – available in school and at home

TL2020.org is the primary communication tool for teachers, students, parents and community about all things TL2020! Links to documents, forms and important information about digital devices for students and parents/guardians appear across the top of the page. Look for fresh content about student work and TL2020 news to appear on the main page.

TL2020 has as its stated goals:

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About Our Guest

Ross Cooper is currently the Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 in the Salisbury Township School District (1:1 MacBook/iPad) in Allentown, Pennsylvania.He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher.

Aug 27 2017

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Rank #11: Curate Your World using @LiveBinders

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Jeff sits down with Barbara and Tina, the creators of LiveBinders to disgust this revolutionary free web tool that is sweeping the educational universe.

Topics Covered:

  • What is LiveBinders?
  • How do LiveBinders work?
  • Creating an account
  • Bookmarking your LiveBinder account
  • Keeping your LiveBinder organized
  • Sharing your LiveBinder
  • Following other LiveBinders
  • Helpful Tutorials
  • Why should teachers be using LiveBinders?
  • How should teachers be using LiveBinders?
  • What types of resources can be found on LiveBinders?”
  • How can students use LiveBinders?
  • How to add things to your live binder
  • Integrating your live binders with your social networks
  • Taking LiveBinders with you on the road
  • The Future of LiveBinders

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About our Guests:


Barbara Tallent has a real passion for creating products that customers love and products that help them communicate. With over 25 years in the Information Technology Industry, Barbara was President/CEO of BoldFish (email marketing software), which she sold to Siebel Systems (now Oracle) She has held executive positions at a number of Internet startup companies and spent six years with NCD, eventually running the Z-Mail division which was one of the first internet email clients.

She volunteers at her local schools where she focuses on technology integration and support. She also volunteers for Astia (Formerly Women's Technology Cluster) where she coaches women on business planning for their start-ups.

Tina Schneider is passionate about creating technology that connects people and ideas; her mission is to enhance digital communication through new forms of narrative. As an MFA graduate student at SF State she applied art theory practice to digital mediums. Tina continued to develop that perspective as in intern at Xerox PARC and then as software researcher with FX Palo Alto Laboratory.  In 2003 she received the prestigious Fuji Xerox Innovative Technology Award for her work addressing the communication behaviors of digital natives.  Today Tina is focusing her attention on educators, providing a platform that empowers them and their students to be knowledge leaders.

Jul 08 2017

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Rank #12: You’re The Principal . . . Now What ??? | @JenSchwanke @ASCD

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On today's podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Elementary Principal and ASCD Author Jennifer Schwanke to discuss her new book called “You're the Principal! Now What? Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders.”

I met Jennifer Schwanke on a recent ASCD book chat and was completely amazed at how similar the story of a new administrator can be to the story of a new Tech Coach. In most situations, you may be the only one in your position in a building, you have to keep your confidence with little opportunity to lean others for support, and you have to remember that no matter what happens during the day, it is the relationships you forge that will ultimately create a successful and long-lasting career.

You Must Have Your Head Examined To Be A Principal

One of the things that amazed me about my conversation with Jennifer Schwanke was the constant reminder that, quite often, leadership is pointed out by others. Jen is not the first guest on the show who told me she had little to no ambitions to be an educational leader and instead it was only through a mentor that she found her calling to “the big desk.” Recently, Jennifer Schwanke wrote a rather interesting post about the fact that in order to be an administrator you might first need to have a little bit of brain surgery.

Now that you’re a principal, you’ve lost half your brain!

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Who is Jennifer Schwanke?

Jen Schwanke began her career as a language arts educator eighteen years ago. She has worked at both the elementary and secondary level as a teacher and administrator. A graduate instructor in educational leadership, she has written frequently for literacy and educational publications and presents at literacy and leadership conferences. She is the author of the book, You're The Principal: Now What? Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders.

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How Can I Find The Book?

Topics Covered in the Podcast:

Educational Leadership

  • What is it about being a school leader that people find most challenging? The most enjoyable?
  • What are some inherent character traits important for school leaders? What are some traits that can be learned with time and practice?

You're Not Alone

  • What is the importance of staying connected professionally?
  • Where can a principal turn if he or she is struggling?
  • What are ways a principal can stay fresh, avoid burnout, and be successful over the course of a career?
  • How can you make sure you build a strong school community, and successfully make connections with the larger community outside your school's walls?

The Book

  • Writing process questions:
  • When and why did you start thinking about writing a book? How did you go about learning about the process?
  • What were some challenges you faced throughout the process?
  • What suggestions might you have for someone considering a book idea?

Do You Have A Story To Tell?

As I move more into educational leadership myself, I am interested in learning more from those who have already taken the plunge and had the lobotomy surgery themselves. Please feel free to reach out and invite yourself on the podcast. I would love to share your story.

Sep 18 2017

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Rank #13: How can we create the perfect 1:1 learning environment for our students?

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Jeff sits down with Sam Patterson, Jenny Grabec and Casy Cohen to discuss 1:1 education. Topics include starting 1:1, implementing 1:1, and community involvement with 1:1.

Show Topics

  • Going 1:1
  • Choosing the right tech for 1:1
  • Preparing the buildings and classrooms for 1:1
  • How to Go 1:1
  • Getting your Teachers to go 1:1
  • 1:1 Lessons and Lesson Plans
  • Does 1:1 mean 100% Tech?
  • Resources online for 1:1 deployment
  • Community involvement with 1:1

About our Guests

Jenny Grabec

As Director of Instructional Technology at a K-12 independent school, Jenny has the privilege of leading a one-to-one iPad/Mac rollout with students, faculty and staff. The students at her current school have average to above average intelligence and have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities; primarily dysgraphia, dyslexia, language processing, executive function deficits, and/or attention deficit disorder. Jenny also led the first one-to-one iPad pilot in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in a middle school and high school classroom of ESL newcomers back in 2011, when the iPad 2 was first released. Jenny is an Apple Distinguished Educator and CEO of Tech Girl Savvy, LLC. Jenny Grabiec

Casy Cohen

Casey Cohen is an English teacher at Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (PPACS), an Apple Distinguished, 1:1, paperless school where each student’s primary learning tool is an iPad. She is a lead curriculum writer for the high school English courses. Casey’s curriculum work is based on project-based inquiry learning that supports the Common Core and allows students the freedom to explore and discover their passions and purposes as they take ownership in their learning. Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School courses are published and can be found in the String Theory Schools collection on iTunes U.

Casey received her B.A. at the University of Michigan, where she studied English, history, and theater in Michigan's Residential College. She received her Ed.M. at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where she studied English and secondary education in HGSE's Teacher Education Program. Currently, she is earning her Principal Certification at the University of Pennsylvania where she is participating in the School Leadership Program.

Casey is certified in English, social studies, and communications grades 7-12 in PA. She has taught a combination of middle and high school English for eight years. Outside the classroom, Casey has been a theater director, stage manager, track coach, and sponsor for various clubs and activities. At PPACS she organizes a Poetry Out Loud contest and supports the Speech and Debate, Homework, and Yearbook clubs.

Sam Patterson, M.F.A. Ed.D.

Poet, Writer, blogger, teacher of students: Sam has taught in independent Jewish schools for the last 12 years in the subject of English, writing, darkroom photography, algebra, algebra 2, and pre-calc and he currently teaches K-5 technology. Sam is an innovator on campus and he uses his blog to reach out to his campus environment and to reach beyond into the community of connected educators. There are many things that edtech can do, Sam looks at the pedagogical opportunities and helps teachers find the best tool for the job.

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Aug 05 2017

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Rank #14: Making Robotics Accessible to all Students with the Edison Robot from @MeetEdison

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On today's episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Kat Kennewell and Phil Grigonis on the program to showcase the amazing Edison Robot from Microbric.

About Edison Robots

In 2014, with only a tiny team based in South Australia, Microbric launched the Edison robot with a bang. The wildly successful Kickstarter campaign hit 524% funding and the popularity of Edison has only grown from there. The highly versatile and easy-to-use robot is now distributed globally and can be found in schools in more than 50 countries around the world.

Microbric’s vision for the Edison robot is to create an affordable, comprehensive STEM teaching resource for coding and robotics education for students in years 3 – 9. To support this vision, users of Edison have access to free educational resources and programming apps.

The Edison robot can be programmed multiple ways: using pre-set barcodes, EdWare, EdPy and now, EdBlocks.

EdBlocks, the newest programming language for Edison robots, is a fully icon-based language that is super easy to use. A drag-and-drop block-based system, EdBlocks is intuitive and fun, even for younger users. Perfect for introducing anyone to programming, EdBlocks is ideal for students aged 8 to 12 years old.

Students can then take their programming further with EdWare, a hybrid graphical language, and EdPy, a highly versatile text-based programming language based on Python.

Best of all? Access to all programming languages and associated teaching resources is absolutely free.

Learn more at www.meetedison.com

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Kat Kennewell

Product and Marketing Manager for Microbric, a South Australia-based educational robotics company, Kat has experience working in education, eLearning, and technology. An avid writer, Kat believes the right words can connect people with the ideas they need to make a better world for today and tomorrow.

Phil Grigonis

Phil Grigonis is a Technology Education teacher at Upper Perkiomen Middle School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Technology Education. Phil has been teaching for the past three years, and has worked for IBM and Accenture Consulting in previous careers. In addition to teaching, he is the advisor at his school for the Technology Student Association (TSA) and a member of the Technology Education and Engineering Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP).

Check out Phil's Edison Robot Website


More about Edison Robots

  • Unparalleled value-for-money and is supported by free downloadable lesson plans and activities.
  • Thanks to built-in sensors, lights and sounds plus autonomous behaviour capabilities, true robotics education is possible with Edison.
  • Responds to light and sounds
  • Follows lines and avoids obstacles
  • Communicate with other Edison robots
  • Can be used as a platform to build all types of projects
  • Edison can grow with students as their coding knowledge expands.
  • EdBlocks is a fully graphical robot programming language that is super easy to use. A drag-and-drop block-based system, EdBlocks is intuitive and fun, even for younger users – perfect for students in grades 3 to 6
  • EdWare combines the ease of drag-and-drop graphical icons with increased functionality from text-based entry, a great next-step in coding education.
  • EdPy is a highly versatile text-based programming language based on Python. EdPy makes text-based programming fun by letting students see their code come to life in their Edison robot. With EdPy, students are learning the core of a real programming language and are able to take their exploration of robotics and coding to a more advanced level.

EdBlocks:

  • Free to use at edblocksapp.com
  • Quick to get started with – just drag and drop blocks, connect Edison to your device through the headphone jack with the included EdComm cable, and program Edison.
  • Perfect for introducing coding to anyone with lesson plans targeted to students in grades 3 to 6.
  • Set of 23 lesson plans designed to allow students to work through activities independently, gradually learning about both the Edison robot and EdBlocks available free to download.
  • Free to download teacher’s guide to EdBlocks and the EdBlocks lesson plans
  • Over 150 blocks enabling programs to be created controlling Edison’s drive, lights, sounds, messaging as well as programming features such as loops and ‘wait until’ blocks.
  • Program straight from the online app in a browser – no additional software required

Sep 27 2017

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Rank #15: Now That’s a Good Question | Featuring Erik M. Francis

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with ASCD Author Erik M. Francis about his book “Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning. 

During our conversation, we discuss several ways that teachers can ask thought-provoking questions to their students both verbally and on assessments that allow them to provide a fully thought out answer rather than just a simple yes or no. 

For more information, please check out www.maverikeducation.com and follow Erik on Twitter at @MaverikEdu12

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About our Guest

Erik M. Francis is the owner and lead professional education specialist for Maverik Education LLC, providing professional development, guidance, and support in teaching and learning for cognitive rigor. He works closely with K–12 schools across the nation developing active and authentic teaching and learning experiences that address the cognitive rigor of college and career-ready standards by challenging and engaging students to demonstrate higher-order thinking and communicate the depth of knowledge. Francis has been an educator for more than 20 years, working as a middle and high school English language arts and math teacher, a site administrator, and an education program specialist in the Title I unit of a state education agency. He is also a featured presenter for the Education Development and Support Program offered through Grand Canyon University.

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May 16 2018

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Rank #16: Using Microsoft Teams and Flipgrid in the Classroom

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Justin Chando from Microsoft Teams and Joey from Flipgrid on the podcast to talk about how to create a seamless digital classroom using collaborative tools found in Office365.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What’s new in Microsoft EDU?
  • #Flipgrid FeverSummer Conference
  • What’s new in Flipgrid
  • Being a part of the MicrosoftEdu Family
  • What can teachers expect from Flipgrid in 2018-19?
  • What’s new in Microsoft Teams
  • The Microsoft Innovative Educator Community
  • Creating a Digital Classroom with MicrosoftEdu and Office365
  • Creating the future with help from the presentWorking with teachers to shape the future of Office Apps

What is Flipgrid?

Created a few years ago in Minnesota, Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students and teachers to share ideas and learn together. Building on the concept of personalized learning, Flipgrid has grown into the goto video learning platform in more than 150 countries.

The mission of Flipgrid is to “Empower learners of all ages to define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of overs.”

In a message heard around the world, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Flipgrid would be joining the Microsoft family on June 18.

How can I learn More about Flipgrid?

The educator community for Flipgrid is VERY active in sharing great resources and providing help and feedback for those who are new to the platform.

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every student an equal and amplified voice on the topics you define!

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Sep 20 2018

32mins

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Rank #17: 4 Things That Every Digital Classroom Needs Before The Students Arrive

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Are you looking to start the year off by introducing a fully immersive Digital Classroom? In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Lee Wilson from FreshGrade onto the program to discuss several things that teachers should have set up this year in their Digital Classroom.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why should teachers really embrace the concept of a Digital Classroom?
  • What are the components of a Digital Classroom? (Learning Network)
  • What is an End-to-End Learning Workflow
  • How should we be training teachers to create a Digital Classroom?
  • How do you use Technology to teach a skill in a way that you couldn’t do with traditional paper-based activities?
  • Digital PortfoliosWhat are they?
  • How to create them?
  • Different types of PortfoliosDraft Portfolios
  • Assessment Portfolios
  • Capstone Portfolios
  • Receiving Feedback fromTeachers
  • Peer Students
  • Parents
  • Parent CommunicationHaving real-time communication between student work and parent
  • Analog vs Digital ProjectsHow to digitize them for archiving and sharing
  • FreshGrade Company History + Overview – Evolving from digital portfolios to learning networks 
  • Meeting the Needs of Educators – Problems with app fatigue. It's the age of instant access and schools are behind. The need for personalized learning. The balance between incorporating technology that strengthens ties between people versus isolation with screens. 
  • The Shift to Learning Networks – the benefits of an integrated toolset like FreshGrade Next. 

About Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson has worked in the EdTech and publishing space since 1988. His perspective is shaped by 30 years of experience on the business side of the K12 market.

He currently serves as President at FreshGrade Education and previously served as CEO at Filament Games and PCI Education. Wilson has also held executive positions at Apple, Pearson, Harcourt, Common Sense Media, and Chancery Software. Through his consultancy, Headway Strategies, he has worked with over 50 companies across the industry on strategy and go-to-market programs.

Formerly he served on the AEP Board, the SIIA Board, and was involved in the start of SIF and LRMI.

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

About FreshGrade

FreshGrade Next gives administrators, teachers, students and families access to a communication system that simplifies interaction and emphasizes engagement. Using the same technology as consumer social media, FreshGrade Next is a learning network that combines elements of lesson planners, portfolios, communication systems and grade books into a seamless experience.

FreshGrade’s education-specific approach to networking equips school leaders with the ability to connect student work and school-wide priorities while supporting a variety of teaching practices. FreshGrade Next simplifies instruction while driving engagement.

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Aug 21 2019

38mins

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Rank #18: Using Google Plus in your Classroom

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In this episode, we look at how teachers can use Google Plus in their classroom.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Google+… Why do I need it in the classroom?
  • Interface and ways to customize it for classroom safety
  • What can GooglePlus be used for in the classroom?
  • Setting up a classroom profile
  • Creating a “Circle” in your classroom
  • What are hangouts? Why does my class want to hangout?
  • Using Sparks to research information
  • What is a +1 and how can I use it to compile a list of great websites for my class?
  • Using GooglePlus to showcase photos and videos for student demonstrations
  • Using Huddles
  • Creating a digital classroom scrapbook using photos and video
  • Integrating Google Docs into GooglePlus to provide students with great homework help
  • Embedding code from other websites such as LiveBinders or ….. (something)
  • Taking your GooglePlus classroom on the go… mobile apps!
  • How can we protect our children from online predators when Google+ promotes Hangout's so easily with no consideration of innocence?

Featured Guest:

Dennis Freitas: I was first introduced to personal computers in 1983 my first year of college. We have come along way since then. I have had to many machines to list here. I am what is been referred to a “Flipper” I started on a PC switched to Apple than back to PC (due to work) spent most of my time working on Windows machines. In 2007 with the release of the iPhone I dove back into the Macintosh ecosystem and have never looked back.

In Late 2009 I entered to the world of Podcasting Creating Mac Daily Quick Tips and YourMacShow the Podcast. Soon YourMacShow became a Video tutorial screencast based show. We have also had several other Podcasts over last two years such as Apple Aid, Not Another Mac Podcast and most recently GooglePlusToday and All Things Google.

We have several plans for the future with the next major project to be released this Fall. YourTechNetwork. We have an incredible group of people from all different Tech backgrounds who will be contributing their shows to our new Network. The idea is for YourTechNetwork is to be your one-stop shop for all things tech.

Now, where we will differ from the many of other Tech networks online today is ours is tutorial based. A place to learn all about your particular device. We plan to do this with Podcasts, Video tutorials, quick tips and detailed how-to articles. Most of the Networks online today focus on News and rumors. Our Network’s focus is on You and “Helping you Get to Know Tech”

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Recorded September 2011

Jul 05 2017

47mins

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Rank #19: Creating a Culture of Positive Professional Learning

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Teaching Matters CEO Lynette Guastaferro on the program to discuss how school districts can improve teacher moral and improve student test scores by building a culture of positive professional learning.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Teaching Matters?
  • Emerging Teacher Leaders Program
  • The importance of collaboration in and out of the classroom between teachers“It’s not my kids … it’s our kids”
  • Culture change starts with leadership
  • How to define success when there is a culture shift involved
  • Micro-credentials“Competency-Based Evidence of Learning”
  • How do you set up a system surrounding micro-credentials
  • Why are micro-credentials good for school systems?
  • Why are micro-credentials good for teachers?
  • What is the value of micro-credentials for teachers?What does “good” look like?

About our Guest

Lynette Guastaferro, Chief Executive Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in education. She possesses a unique blend of education, non-profit and private-sector experience. Under her leadership and responding to both research and what is happening in real classrooms, Teaching Matters has quadrupled its reach and spearheaded the design of award-winning, scalable teacher development models designed to improve teaching in over 700 urban schools. Ms. Guastaferro has worked as a classroom teacher, a school-network leader, and a senior management consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). At PWC, she led projects to innovate and improve the performance of government and educational agencies. Her work in education led her to Baltimore, where she took a classroom teaching position and designed her school's first technology-based learning support lab for literacy and mathematics. Ms. Guastaferro holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Williams College.

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Sep 05 2018

25mins

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Rank #20: The Innovation of Music Education and Creativity with @JohnKao

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Welcome to the TeacherCast Podcast. In this episode, Jeff sits down with speaker, author, and “Serial Innovator” John Kao, founder of EdgeMakers.com. In this episode, John and Jeff discuss how creativity can be fostered in every child by developing a strong interest and love for Music Education.

Join Jeff and John on September 24th for “Hack the Classroom” Presented by Microsoft Education LIVE from 8-10AM PST. For more information: TeacherCast.net/HackTheClassroom

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Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and a “Serial Innovator” by The Economist, John Kao is a thought leader, practitioner and activist, who has played a leading role in the fields of innovation and business creativity for over 30 years. His knowledge is eclectic and blends the perspectives of musician, facilitator extraordinaire, former Harvard Business School professor, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, and Tony-nominated producer of film and stage. Recently, Yamaha Music Corporation named him their first “innovation artist.”

John has spent much of his career developing compelling learning experiences for innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. As a Harvard Business School professor from 1982-96, John created acclaimed MBA and executive courses on innovation and entrepreneurship. He ran an executive program on innovation at Stanford University’s Bowman house for three years and also served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Innovation at the US Naval Postgraduate School.

For the past three years, John has focused his innovation pedagogy on young people. He is founder and CEO of EdgeMakers, whose mission is to empower young people worldwide to become highly effective innovators “ahead of schedule.”

John was an early proponent of what he calls “large scale innovation,” or innovation at societal scale. And for those that seek to develop innovation capacity, he counsels them to invest in innovation learning. He has been advisor to the governments of Finland, Singapore, Abu Dhabi among others, as well as to a variety of US government agencies. For three years, he served on a White House/Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology Innovation Policy Dialogue led by Dr. John Holdren and Minister Wan Gang. His advisory work has lead him to interact directly with world leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Finnish Prime Minister Esko Aho and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

John chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Innovation Council and has served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. His work has received coverage in such media as the New York Times, The Economist, CNN, and The Colbert Report.  As a self-described innovation activist, John is a trusted advisor to leaders of companies, startups and nations who are on the hot seat to deliver meaningful innovation strategies and action agendas.

He is author of the best-selling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, which describes what leaders can learn from jazz, as well as Innovation Nation, which documents America’s growing innovation challenge.  His education includes BA and MD degrees from Yale, a residency at the McLean division of Massachusetts General Hospital and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In the summer of 1969, John apprenticed to rock legend Frank Zappa. In his spare time, he plays jazz piano.

Sep 11 2017

37mins

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5 Useful Ways To Engage Your Classroom Through Screencasting and Video

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff welcomes Nefertiti Dukes, the Educator Growth Lead at Screencastify on the podcast to discuss 5 Ways to use Video in the Classroom.

Are you using Screencastify in your classroom to create video tutorials or other curricular projects? We would love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment below and share what is awesome about your classroom!

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5 Ways To Use Video in the Classroom

  • Instructional VideosGreat for a flipped classroom (but...also great for sub plans or remediation)
  • Verbal Feedback
  • Student Projects/Presentations
  • Meetings/Professional Development
  • Parent Communication

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About Nefertiti Dukes

Nefertiti Dukes currently serves as the Educator Growth Lead at Screencastify where she works to help educators implement video in their classrooms. Before joining the Screencastify squad, Nef taught English and Social Studies in both a middle and high school setting. She has also served as a curriculum coordinator for the Miami Urban Debate League, a grade-level chair, and a student advisor. She is always looking for new folks to talk to and learn from. You can connect with her on Twitter @NiftyNef or via email at nef@screencastify.com

About Screencastify

Screencastify is the easiest way to create videos for the classroom. Record your screen, webcam, or both and quickly share via Google Drive, Google Classroom, or YouTube. More information: https://www.screencastify.com/education

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Jan 08 2020

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How Are You Helping Your Students Set Meaningful, Obtainable, And Measurable Goals?

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Hillary Scharton from Instructure (CanvasLMS) to discuss the importance of creating meaningful, obtainable, and measurable New Year Resolutions with your students.

About our Guest: Hilary Scharton

VP, K-12 STRATEGY

Hilary Scharton loves education and has worked in it, in some form or another, for her entire career. As VP of K-12 Strategy for Instructure, she sets the strategic vision for how Canvas makes its products even more awesome for students and teachers across the globe, while focusing on leveraging technology to support improved instruction and equitable access for all students.

Prior to joining Instructure in 2012, Hilary served as a psychologist for Utah school districts, spending her time focused on RtI and PBIS for schools and classrooms as well as Special Ed assessment. Before that, she worked in higher ed teaching classes in psychology, education, and English at Utah State and Illinois State Universities.

About Instructure

Instructure (NYSE: INST) helps people grow from the first day of school to the last day of work. More than 30 million people use the Canvas Learning Management Platform for schools and the Bridge Employee Development Platform for businesses. More information at www.instructure.com.

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Dec 25 2019

23mins

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Canvas and Microsoft Education Team Up To Offer Immersive Reader To 8 Million Teachers And Students

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff welcomes VP of K-12 Strategy, Hillary Scharton and Principal Product Manager for Microsoft Education, Mike Tholfsen on the show to discuss how the Immersive Reader can now be used to help millions of students using the Canvas Learning Management System.

“Reading is foundational to learning, and through this partnership Instructure and Microsoft will help more students of all abilities learn,” said Tara Gunther, VP of partnerships at Instructure. “Accessibility is a top priority for Instructure and we are committed to ensuring our customers have tools that support all levels of learning. Immersive Reader will allow text-to-speech and make text more consumable inside Canvas by offering it in different sizes and colors.”

Immersive Reader demonstrably improves reading comprehension through tools that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters. It offers text decoding solutions for students with learning differences such as dyslexia. The learning tool encourages independent reading and provides a teaching aid that helps teachers support students with learning differences.

“Literacy is the foundation of all learning. As students, we go from learning to read in elementary school to reading to learn throughout our lives,” said Mike Tholfsen, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft who helped create the product in the company's Hackathon in 2015. “Canvas users will be empowered by this tool, which unlocks the potential of all learners.”

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why is the Immersive Reader so important not just to K12 but to PreK-20?
  • How can teachers activate Immersive Reader in Canvas?
  • How can Immersive Reader help students of all ages with their reading comprehension?
  • Translations, Translations, Translations!
  • How technology is helping children in reading
  • Advancement with Immersive Reader and making it more accessible
  • What tools are available to parents and teachers to help with reading
  • What does a digital learning environment look like?
  • The importance of defining success in today's digital learning environments

About our Guests:

Hilary Scharton – VP, K-12 STRATEGY

Hilary Scharton loves education and has worked in it, in some form or another, for her entire career. As VP of K-12 Strategy for Instructure, she sets the strategic vision for how Canvas makes its products even more awesome for students and teachers across the globe while focusing on leveraging technology to support improved instruction and equitable access for all students.

Prior to joining Instructure in 2012, Hilary served as a psychologist for Utah school districts, spending her time focused on RtI and PBIS for schools and classrooms as well as Special Ed assessment. Before that, she worked in higher ed teaching classes in psychology, education, and English at Utah State and Illinois State Universities.

Mike Tholfsen – Principal Product Manager: Microsoft Education

Mike Tholfsen is a Principal Product Manager on the Microsoft Education team focusing on Inclusive Classroom, Learning Tools and OneNote Class/Staff Notebooks.  He is passionate about education and has been regularly working with students and teachers around the world over the past ten years to create products that improve student outcomes.

About Instructure

Instructure (NYSE: INST) helps people grow from the first day of school to the last day of work. More than 30 million people use the Canvas Learning Management Platform for schools and the Bridge Employee Development Platform for businesses. More information at www.instructure.com.

About Microsoft Education

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, and personal computers and services. Its best-known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. It is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies.

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Nov 01 2019

27mins

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The Conrad Challenge 2019: Helping Students Change Their Worlds

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we meet Colorado Science Teacher Ryan Johson who last year, mentored a team of students to the final round of the Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge invites teams of 2-5 students between the ages of 13-18, along with a coach (who may be a teacher, administrator, business leader, or another adult) to innovate new products and services that address global issues in one of six categories:

  • Aerospace & Aviation
  • Cyber-Technology & Security
  • Energy & Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Smoke-Free World
  • Transforming Education with Technology

Students interested in joining this year's competition can visit www.ConradChallenge.com

What Is The Conrad Challenge?

Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge. Unlike any STEM competition out there, this annual event unleashes the potential of students to leave their mark on the world, using their innovation and entrepreneurial skills to address some of the most pressing global challenges. In its first 13 years, the Challenge has had student participants from more than 70 different countries.

Coaches and judges from the best in business, industry, research and academia worldwide will guide the teams’ innovative ideas. In February 2019, five teams in each challenge category will be chosen as finalists and travel to the annual Innovation Summit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Finalist teams present their innovations before an esteemed panel of judges. Winning teams receive awards, investment opportunities, patent support, business services and scholarships to support the growth of their concepts into real businesses that can make real difference. At the end of the competition, teams maintain ownership of their Intellectual Property.

Interested teams should visit the Registration Form and 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge Overview for more information on this year’s competition. Expert judges will then select semi-finalist teams in each challenge category who will be invited to develop comprehensive business plans for their innovation.

America’s Navy is proud to partner with the Pete Conrad Foundation to carry on the shared tradition of discovery, creativity and problem-solving. For the fourth year, the Navy will sponsor the Conrad Challenge for and present the annual America’s Navy Gemini Award for Distinguished Innovation in the Spirit of Captain Pete Conrad to the team that best demonstrates the Navy’s characteristics of teamwork, innovation and hard work. Navy subject matter experts will also serve as panel judges, offering feedback based on their professional experience and knowledge in medicine, aviation, cyber technology and engineering.

About our Guest Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is a chemistry and AP chemistry teacher at Doherty High School and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to research in analytical chemistry and chemistry education, Ryan is excited to be continuing his work with students entering the Conrad Foundation Challenge this year in several categories. He can be reached on Twitter @RyTriGuy.

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Oct 15 2019

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE JR: Discovery Edition

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In this episode of the TeacherCast we are having the second podcast in our LEGO Education series all about STEM robotics league, FIRST LEGO League. Some of you who are listeners may be involved in FIRST LEGO League yourselves. Maybe you’re a parent or a teacher who is a coach of FIRST LEGO League or you may have a child who is involved in FIRST LEGO League. As a Master Educator for LEGO Education I’ve been excited to learn more about the program and a few weeks ago held an interview with FIRST LEGO League Jr. Director, Kim Wierman. Today we’ll be talking with LEGO Education’s Head of Program Development, Alisha MacIntyre, all about LEGO Education and FIRST’s newest program for the youngest of learners: FIRST LEGO League Discovery Edition

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition is and why the program was created 
  • How FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition helps teach the youngest of learners the STEAM concepts they need to know for the future 
  • How you can get your students or children involved in FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition

About our Guest Alisha MacIntyre

Alisha is Head of Program Development. She is responsible for the development and strategy of the FIRST LEGO League programs at LEGO Education, and supporting the global implementation of the programs.

About LEGO Education

LEGO Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school and after school. Solutions and resources from LEGO Education enable every student to succeed by encouraging them to become active, collaborative learners, build skills for future challenges, and establish a positive mindset toward learning.

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FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16* in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce.

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Sep 30 2019

20mins

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4 Things That Every Digital Classroom Needs Before The Students Arrive

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Are you looking to start the year off by introducing a fully immersive Digital Classroom? In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Lee Wilson from FreshGrade onto the program to discuss several things that teachers should have set up this year in their Digital Classroom.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why should teachers really embrace the concept of a Digital Classroom?
  • What are the components of a Digital Classroom? (Learning Network)
  • What is an End-to-End Learning Workflow
  • How should we be training teachers to create a Digital Classroom?
  • How do you use Technology to teach a skill in a way that you couldn’t do with traditional paper-based activities?
  • Digital PortfoliosWhat are they?
  • How to create them?
  • Different types of PortfoliosDraft Portfolios
  • Assessment Portfolios
  • Capstone Portfolios
  • Receiving Feedback fromTeachers
  • Peer Students
  • Parents
  • Parent CommunicationHaving real-time communication between student work and parent
  • Analog vs Digital ProjectsHow to digitize them for archiving and sharing
  • FreshGrade Company History + Overview – Evolving from digital portfolios to learning networks 
  • Meeting the Needs of Educators – Problems with app fatigue. It's the age of instant access and schools are behind. The need for personalized learning. The balance between incorporating technology that strengthens ties between people versus isolation with screens. 
  • The Shift to Learning Networks – the benefits of an integrated toolset like FreshGrade Next. 

About Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson has worked in the EdTech and publishing space since 1988. His perspective is shaped by 30 years of experience on the business side of the K12 market.

He currently serves as President at FreshGrade Education and previously served as CEO at Filament Games and PCI Education. Wilson has also held executive positions at Apple, Pearson, Harcourt, Common Sense Media, and Chancery Software. Through his consultancy, Headway Strategies, he has worked with over 50 companies across the industry on strategy and go-to-market programs.

Formerly he served on the AEP Board, the SIIA Board, and was involved in the start of SIF and LRMI.

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

About FreshGrade

FreshGrade Next gives administrators, teachers, students and families access to a communication system that simplifies interaction and emphasizes engagement. Using the same technology as consumer social media, FreshGrade Next is a learning network that combines elements of lesson planners, portfolios, communication systems and grade books into a seamless experience.

FreshGrade’s education-specific approach to networking equips school leaders with the ability to connect student work and school-wide priorities while supporting a variety of teaching practices. FreshGrade Next simplifies instruction while driving engagement.

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Aug 21 2019

38mins

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The Journey of an Entrepreneur Starts With a Single Idea

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff welcomes writer, author, and entrepreneur Shane DeRolf from BigWordClub on the program to talk about how teachers can start with a single idea and turn it into a profitable business concept.

If you have an idea that you would like to turn into something special, please visit www.BuildYourEDUBrand.com to learn how we can work together this year to help you on your entrepreneurial journey.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Big word club
  • What is an entrepreneur?
    • How to create value for your target audience?
  • Book: From Good to Great – Jim Collins
    • What can you be the best in the world at?
    • What are you passionate about?
    • How can these two things make you money?
  • Organizing your thoughts to begin your entrepreneurial journey
  • Creating a proof of concept
  • Finding funding for your passions
  • Marketing and promotions of your ideas and concepts
  • Finding the balance between work, family, and being an entrepreneur
  • Creating collaborations and sharing your visions for others to support
  • Improving your product one step at a time
  • How to create better interactions and conversations between parents and children

About Shane DeRolf

Shane DeRolf brings more than 30 years of children’s publishing, television production, and executive management to his role as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Big Word Club. His unique talent for molding ideas into successful ventures has led to a powerful track record in creating and building successful start-ups in children’s media, toys, and games. Shane’s latest venture, Big Word Club, is an evidence-based, award-winning digital learning program that uses books, songs, animation, and dance to improve preschool and early elementary school children’s vocabularies in an attempt to help close the Word Gao in America. Big Word Club was recently the focus of 12-month MIT-funded randomized control trial that was implemented by the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto. The results were excellent.

Prior to Big Word Club, Shane was the founder and CEO of Big Green Rabbit, a four-time Emmy award-winning children’s preschool television series that aired on PBS in 2008-10. Prior to Big Green Rabbit, Shane served as the president of Random House Entertainment, where he wrote the best-selling children’s book, “The Crayon Box That Talked,” which has sold close to two million copies to date. While at Random House Entertainment, Shane created and produced “The Crayon Box,” a preschool children’s television series in national syndication.  Prior to that, Shane served as co-founder and Partner of World POG™ Federation, the marketing company that transformed an idea into an international toy phenomenon with sales of more than $175 million in two years. 

Shane began his career in children’s television by creating the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed “Zazoo U” for Fox Kid’s Network in 1991. As a result of his work on Zazoo U, Shane was asked to conceive and lead the branding effort for the young network that helped it become the #1 children’s television network in the world.

In addition to his passion for building successful companies, Shane's zeal for social justice and education has led him to produce award-winning children's television programming and PSA's for the Ad Council, including the Emmy nominated “Watts On Your Mind,” the largest national children's communications campaign in the history of the Ad Council and the EPA. His extensive body of work has caught the attention of such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and U.S. News and World Report, which wrote that with Shane DeRolf, “a single, eccentric imagination is clearly at work.”

Shane is the author of six children's books, including “The Crayon Box That Talked” and is a recipient of the Partners in Public Service Award of Excellence from the National Broadcast Association. Shane’s is an 11-time Emmy award-winning writer, producer, director, and composer.

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Aug 08 2019

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How Do We Support Teachers and Students Who Are Interested In Becoming Entrepreneurs?

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff welcomes the Global Director of Education from Cisco, Renee Patton on the program to discuss the topic of Teachers being Entrepreneurs.  

If you are interested in starting a side business to support your teaching, or if you have ever had a student come to you and say “I have an idea … now, what?” this is a fantastic episode that features tips, tricks, and amazing stories of what is happening in today's classrooms.

Today's podcast is brought to you by the Educational Podcast Directory. The Educational Podcast Directory is now home to over 130 educational podcasts created by teachers … for teachers. Check out the Educational Podcast Directory today and find a new podcast for your next drive to school!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Teachers as Problem Solvers
  • Teachers as EntrepreneursHow do you creatively engage your learners?
  • Helping students with their ideas to help them learn how to solve challenges
  • Where to start your entrepreneurial journey?Make a list of 10 things you are good at doing
  • Top 10 things you love to do
  • Where is there a need for these skills & abilities
  • Top 10 things you would NEVER want to do
  • Book: How do you start a consulting company?Create a business planWhat are my core values
  • Where do you I think my skills can fit in
  • What problems need to be solved?
  • How can I help to solve the problems
  • What is my target audience
  • How am I going to market myself
  • How can parents support students with their goals and dreams
  • Cisco for EducationCisco Networking Academy Program
  • Global Problem Solvers Series
  • And how teachers can use technology to create the next generation of creative, innovative thinkers

About Renee Patton

Renee Patton, Global Director, Education Industry, Cisco

Renee Patton is the leader of the Global Education Industry at Cisco. She and her team help schools, colleges, and universities envision the future of learning and start planning and executing on their vision today. With over 20 years of business, management, sales, and marketing experiences in both small start-ups and large corporations, Renee has managed through adversity and diversity to help customers realize technology solutions that drive business outcomes. Including a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford, Renee has spent 22 years in education, giving her a clear perspective to address business issues and changing landscapes. Always a curious learner herself, it was after earning her undergraduate degree that she became a high school English and French teacher. She coached cross-country and moderated the student yearbook and newspaper, becoming deeply ingrained in the school culture. She then spent four years on the district side managing policy and a $20M budget for Los Gatos-Saratoga JUHS Board of Trustees, learning firsthand how a district runs and understanding regional challenges. Prior to joining Cisco full time, she ran her own marketing consulting firm for seven years, working with agility to develop strategy and customize marketing programs and projects to meet client needs.

After seven years at Siemens serving as the key global marketing interface with Munich and managing national sales programs, Renee joined Cisco to lead US Education Field Marketing and manage their national E-rate Program. She then served as Global Industry Vertical Team Manager and Marketing Education Lead within Cisco’s Corporate Marketing Organization where she was responsible for content marketing, positioning, and strategy. In her current role, she helps deliver $2B of education sales per year to Cisco. Later, she developed and executed the education industry strategy for Cisco within the US Public Sector organization and led an international cross-functional team to expand Cisco’s influence across the globe.

Renee is excited about the future of education and the trends driving massive shifts in how always-connected students are learning today. Working with customers, Renee and her team are deploying technology that addresses new educational approaches and supports ways to better engage learners, prepare teachers, secure institutions, and improve efficiency.

Renee is a Lions’ Club Member and involved in her local community. She holds a B.A. degree in English from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University.

Over dinner at her home in Los Gatos, CA, you can catch Renee talking about a Ted talk that inspired her, new ways students are learning, Italian cooking, travel, and her family.

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Jul 26 2019

31mins

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Mark Wagner: Raising Awareness About What Is Possible In Your Classroom

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff welcomes EdTechTeam founder and CEO, Dr. Mark Wagner on the program to discuss why it's vitally important for teachers to help students understand how they each can create their own future by setting goals and helping them on their path to achieving them.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Mark Wagner?
  • The History of EdTechTeamFrom concept to consumer
  • From local to global
  • Summits
  • Services
  • Press
  • Student Voice Foundation
  • Dynamic Learning Project
  • More Now (Available on Amazon and EdtechTeam Press)
  • Becoming the Architect of the Possible
  • The Honeycomb of School Change
  • Courageous Leaders
  • Empowered teachers
  • Student Agency
  • Inspiring Spaces
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • Engaged Community
  • Advice for Teachers looking to build their own brand and move away from the classroom

About Mark Wagner

Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as President and CEO of the EdTechTeam, a global network of educational technologists which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit education companies. The EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. They aim to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a global series of EdTechTeam Summits featuring Google for Education. Involved in leading the Google Teacher Academy since 2006, he now helps oversee the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), and the provider of the technology module for the Orange County Department of Educations’s Administrator Training Program. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organizations that provide educational products and services.

Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. His doctoral research focused on the use of video games in education, and specifically on the potential applications of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructivist learning environments. He is the author of More Now: A Message from The Future for The Educators of Today (2018).

Outside of his work, Mark loves playing hockey, practicing martial arts, and obsessing over his ’62 beetle. He enjoys songwriting, spending time in nature, and exploring the world with his friends and family. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Eva, and boys Clark and Finn. Naturally, he’s a U2 fan.

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Jul 25 2019

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How Can Technology Help Us Gamify Our Classrooms?

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Steve Halliwell and Cheryl Miller on the program from Promethean to discuss how technology can assist our teachers in the classroom.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How do we define Gamification?
  • Grading
  • Badging
  • How to demonstrate proficiency
  • Goal Setting (Putting the students in charge of their learning)
  • Asking students to play a variety of rolls
  • Bringing the competitive nature of Sports into the classroom
  • Why gamification is a necessity in today’s classrooms
  • The impact of technology on lesson delivery
  • How gamified learning drives personalized experiences

About Promethean

Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments. At Promethean, our goal is to reimagine and reinvent educational technologies that engage and empower the classroom, and we do it all for the love of learning. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., Promethean is a member of the Net Dragon Websoft Holdings Limited group of companies. For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller is the Chief Marketing Officer at Promethean. She has over 20 years in the tech industry and joins Promethean from Microsoft where she was the GM of the One Commercial Partner Team, leading the worldwide go-to-market efforts. Cheryl was responsible for creating and driving accelerated success with partners through depth and breadth marketing initiatives. Prior to Microsoft, Cheryl was VP of Marketing at F5 Networks where she was responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing and led the creation and launch of F5 Synthesis and Software Defined Application Services. She also spent 11 years at Symantec in various product teams including four years leading the Huawei Symantec Joint Venture program office and investment. Early in her career she worked on open source software at VA Linux in product marketing, and started her tech career in distribution selling semiconductors at Arrow Electronics. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

Steve Halliwell

Steve joined Promethean in October 2017 and leads the Product organization as Chief Product Officer. Steve is also responsible for general management and driving revenue/profitability for the Americas Markets. This includes all customer-facing activities – sales, marketing, partners, education consulting and channel.

Prior to joining Promethean, Steve most recently held Executive Leadership roles at Amazon Web Services (AWS) since 2011. Steve started the Education and the Healthcare/Life Sciences verticals in addition to running the West Area commercial business. Prior to Amazon, Steve held progressive sales leadership roles in the technology sector with both Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. Steve brings to Promethean over 20 years of experience in both the public and commercial sectors, focusing on top-line growth strategy/execution and identifying new market share opportunities as well as building customer-centric organizations, vertical market penetration, and developing strategies for the efficient cost of sales resulting in margin growth.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational & Industrial Psychology from Penn State University.

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Jul 23 2019

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How FIRST® LEGO® League Is Teaching STEAM and Confidence.

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with Kim Wierman to learn about the FIRST LEGO League. For more than 30 years, FIRST has partnered with LEGO Education to provide outstanding collaborative learning environments and student competitions that ask teams of students to use the LEGO brick to solve a real-world problem.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is FIRST LEGO League?
  • FIRST LEGO League vs FIRST LEGO League Jr
  • LEGO Mindstorms
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • What do FIRST LEGO League competitions look like?How do you prepare for competitions?
  • What do the kits look like and cost?
  • How to get involved as a teacher & school district 

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 LEGO Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school and after school. Solutions and resources from LEGO Education enable every student to succeed by encouraging them to become active, collaborative learners, build skills for future challenges, and establish a positive mindset toward learning.

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About FIRST

FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16* in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce.

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Jul 22 2019

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Helping Students Solve Real World Problems: Featuring Travis Allen

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff welcomes Travis Allen from iSchool Initiative on the program to discuss why it's important for teachers to allow students to have the opportunity to solve real-world problems in the classroom.

I had the privilege of meeting Travis this year at ISTE where he and his team at iSchool Initiative partnered with Cisco to create an immersive, gamified, breakout experience that had 20,000 teachers buzzing during the entire conference.  In this interview, you will learn how Travis took his first steps at becoming an entrepreneur during his teenage years, and how he is turnkeying those experiences into helping other students create their own paths through a program called SLED: Students Leading Education.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • From Student … to Edupreneur
  • Teaching students to impact change
  • The importance of asking students non-googleable questions
  • How is iSchool Initiative helping students and teachers solve real-world problems
  • Escape the Bus
  • SLED: Students Leading Education

About Travis Allen

Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting technology and culture readiness within the learning environment. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. While in college, he started a company, iSchool Initiative, which focuses on empowering students with a voice. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 45 states and 11 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 300,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza; and in 2015 he won the GA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.

About iSchool Initiative

Why we are here iSchool Initiative exists because we saw a significant need to improve and support Education in America. The tools that our students have at their disposal and the amount of information that is readily available has created a need for a new set of skills in today’s world. Students must become passionate, lifelong learners who have the ability to problem-solve and manage an unknown future. Unfortunately, the system is antiquated – leaving our students unprepared.

Our Vision – Help create and define a new type of learning environment. Our services are designed to challenge the status quo and ask what learning should look like given the tools and information at our disposal.

Our Mission Help schools embrace technology and create a positive culture of lifelong learning. We do this by: 

  • Empowering students to have a voice in education 
  • Supporting teachers’ use of technology in the classroom 
  • Assisting districts in their journey to a 1:WEB experience

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Jul 17 2019

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Preparing Our Students For Their Post-Graduation Lives

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Sharifa Extavour and Ingrid Renderos to discuss how K12 teachers can help get our college and career ready seniors prepared for their post-graduation activities.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How should we be preparing K12 students for their post-graduation careers?
  • Options for Students after they graduate
  • What skills should be taught? / What skills aren’t being taught?
  • Should there be more of a connection between K-12 and Higher Level teachers?
  • What makes the KIPP Program so important for both students and parents?
  • How can we take advantage of our College & Career Counselors?
  • What role should parents have in preparing students for post-graduation careers?

About Our Guests

  • Sharifa Extavour, College and Career Support Manager, KIPP Through College
  • Ingrid Renderos, MPA, Director of Academic Partnerships, Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

Sharifa Extavour

As a College and Career Support manager, Sharifa works with College Persistence Team to improve college persistence outcomes for advisees. She coaches a caseload of KIPP Alumni to meet their academic, financial and career goals through intrusive advising practices. In addition, Sharifa manages the Strong Transition Plan as students prepare to leave the KIPPNJ region’s high school- Newark Collegiate Academy. As a leader in her region, she also works with key stakeholders at the high-school to ensure a smooth transition to college/career programs and in doing so, working to support the goal of decreasing ‘summer melt’.

Prior to KIPP, Sharifa served in various Enrollment Management roles within Higher education including Operations, managing recruitment efforts, admissions counselors, and working with key stakeholders to support University-wide recruitment efforts and events. Sharifa also managed recruitment efforts for Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) which provided access to college to students from ‘academically and financially disadvantaged’ communities throughout New Jersey. She earned her BA in Sociology, Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and M.A in Student Services.

Sharifa enjoys trying different kinds of food, traveling, a good book on Audible, spending time with her family including her dog, Charley.

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Ingrid Renderos, MPA

Ingrid Renderos currently is the Director of Academic Partnerships for Rutgers University-Newark’s Office of the Chancellor. In her position, she manages academic partnerships with various educational institutions, to ensure that partner students receive the support services needed to successfully graduate from Rutgers University-Newark. She is also charged with communicating to her academic partners the various campus-wide initiatives, especially targeting Transfer and First Generation college students. Since Rutgers University-Newark is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), she also collaborates with Latin American General Consulates, as well as community-based organizations that are serving the Latino community in Newark and Greater Newark.

She has more than 25 years of experience working in the public sector. Of those, more than 20 years have been spent working for Rutgers University, Columbia University and other higher education institutions running MBA programs, as well as state-wide Management and Leadership programs for Adult Learners. She has a special interest in access to education regardless of socio-economic background, the role of inclusiveness in the New Jersey educational school system, as well as economic development.

She has a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a specialization in International Administration, and a Bachelor of Science from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a double major in Marketing and International Business and a minor in Spanish. She has lived, worked and/or studied in Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Spain.

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Apr 23 2019

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The Edupreneur

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 In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Podcaster and Documentarian Dr. Will Deyamport on the program to discuss the new documentary “The Edupreneur.” If you are interested in learning more about creating a marketable brand for yourself, I highly recommend checking out this video featuring Angela Maiers, Thomas Murray, Eric Scheninger, Robyn Jackson and many more educators.

For more information, please visit: www.TeacherCast.net/Edupreneur

This podcast is sponsored by Concordia University – Portland

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What is an Edupreneur?
  • What are some traits of Edupreneurs?
  • The Edupreneur DocumentaryVision
  • Creation Process
  • Guests
  • Editing Process
  • Feedback
  • Where to purchase
  • EduMatchDr. Sara Thomas’s mission
  • Advice for teachers wishing to become Edupreneurs
  • The Dr. Will Show Podcast

The Edupreneur Documentary

The Edupreneur is a documentary film that takes you on a journey into the successes and challenges of some of the most recognized names in K-12 education consulting. The interviews feature eight edupreneurs discussing their lives and careers as educators and entrepreneurs.

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About Dr. Will

Dr. Will, as he is affectionately known, is an instructional technologist for a K-12 school district, freelance writer, and Digital Learning and Development Strategist, where he works with teachers and administrators in making sense of going digital. Additionally, Dr. Will is the creator and host of The Dr. Will Show – where he interviews educators and entrepreneurs on leveling up.

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Mar 22 2019

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Are We Speaking To Our Students (and each other) The Right Way? | Featuring Mike Anderson

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with ASCD Author Mike Anderson to discuss his new book What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What is the importance of the language a teacher uses in the classroom?
  • What first made you aware of the importance of teacher talk?
  • What are some common examples of how teachers end up talking in ways that don’t align with their good goals for students?
  • How can negative teacher talk affect students?
  • What are the benefits of positive teacher talk?
  • What steps can teachers take to improve the way they talk in the classroom?
  • What should a teacher do if they have an idea for a book?

About Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 25 years. An elementary school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool and university graduate level classes. He spent many years as a presenter, consultant, author, and developer for Northeast Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create safe, joyful, and challenging classrooms and schools. In 2004 Anderson received a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. Now, as an education consultant, Anderson works with schools in rural, urban, and suburban settings. He is the author of many books about great teaching and learning, including What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior (ASCD, 2019), The Well-Balanced Teacher (ASCD, 2010) and Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn (ASCD, 2016).

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We all want our students to feel safe, collaborate well with others, feel ownership for their learning, and be joyfully engaged in their work. Nevertheless, many teachers end up using language patterns that undermine these goals. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?


  • We want students to take responsibility for their learning, yet we use language that implies teacher ownership.
  • We want to build positive relationships with students, yet we use sarcasm when we get frustrated.
  • We want students to think learning is fun, yet we sometimes make comments that suggest the opposite.
  • We want students to exhibit good behavior because it's the right thing to do, yet we rely on threats and bribes, which implies students don’t naturally want to be good.


What teachers say to students—when they praise or discipline, give directions or ask questions, and introduce concepts or share stories—affects student learning and behavior.

A slight change in intonation can also dramatically change how language feels for students. In What We Say and How We Say It Matter, Mike Anderson digs into the nuances of language in the classroom. This book's many examples will help teachers examine their language habits and intentionally improve their classroom practice so their language matches and supports their goals.

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Mar 14 2019

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What Are Microsoft Learning Consultants?

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Lindsey, Zia, Brandon, and Danielle to learn how Microsoft Learning Consultants are providing FREE support and training to Office365 schools worldwide.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Who are Microsoft Learning Consultants?
  • How are MLC's helping School Districts?
  • What types of training is available?
  • How to contact an MLC?
  • How does a school setup training sessions?
  • How to use Teams and OneNote for Professional Development

About the Microsoft Learning Consultants Program

We are a collection of passionate educators with a drive to introduce Microsoft's range of education apps and tools into schools across the country. We combine our knowledge of Microsoft tools with our experience in the classroom to provide trainings that are relevant and customizable. Integrating technology into schools can be challenging– we know! From OneNote Class Notebooks to Microsoft Teams to Sway and more, we share with educators a variety of ways they can utilize Microsoft tools to simplify their days and create an inclusive modern learning environment for all students.

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Lindsey Troyanoski

Lindsey Troyanoski is the Microsoft Learning Consultant for the Greater Philadelphia Area. She is an ed tech lover, elementary and special education teacher, and accessibility advocate. She taught kindergarten and learning support before becoming an MLC. She loves helping educators shift their mindset from just incorporating technology into the classroom, to using technology daily to enhance the curriculum.

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Zia Hassan

Zia Hassan is the Microsoft Learning Consultant in DC. Before being an MLC, Zia was an elementary school teacher and technology consultant. Zia is currently writing a book about what it means to run a modern classroom, titled Inventing the Modern Classroom. He is also a musician, magician, and programmer.

Danielle Vogel Olson

Danielle Vogel Olson is the Houston Area Microsoft Learning Consultant. She is passionate about sharing technology tools that allow teachers and students to create and engage in meaningful ways with each other and the content. Before becoming an MLC, she spent 13 years teaching and learning with her totally awesome high school students in her English classroom. As an MLC, she works with Houston area districts, schools, and educators to integrate Microsoft tools to improve instruction and meet the learning needs of all students. She is also an MIE Fellow and MIE Expert.

Brandon Petersen

Brandon is an admitted geek, pop culture junkie, and fan of learning all things techie. When Brandon gets the time he loves to see new movies, hang with friends, learn new things from colleagues, swim, and play games. Brandon currently serves as the Microsoft Learning Consultant for Microsoft in Education. He spends his time in schools across Colorado providing free PD and Support in Skype, Sway, OneNote, and Minecraft: Education Edition. 

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Mar 13 2019

35mins

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How to Build Your Educational Brand

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we sit down with Richard Byrne, Jarrod Bormann, and Super Joe Pardo to about how they have built successful educational brands.  

Today's episode is brought to you by Student Treasures

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is a brand?
  • Can others build a brand for you?
  • Creating a memorial and marketable online persona … where to start?
  • “I have an idea!” … what happens next?
  • Content Creating Tips and Tricks
  • Advice for those starting out as bloggers / podcasters / speakers
  • Advice for existing websites / blogs / podcasts looking to up their game

About our Guests

Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne is the President of Byrne Instructional Media, LLC. He is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. His work is focused on helping teachers use technology to improve their students’ learning experiences. After writing 15,000 blog posts about educational technology, he’s learned a couple of things over the last twelve years.

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Jarod Bormann

Jarod is currently an Instructional Technology Consultant but will be moving to an Instructional Coaching role next year. He is the author of Professionally Driven: Empower EVERY Educator to Redefine PD. He blogs, presents, and keynotes about professional personalized learning for educators. He currently runs a vlog called DisruptED PD through the DisruptED TV network. You can find out more about Jarod and his message/mission at ProfessionallyDriven.com.

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Joe Pardo

Super Joe Pardo, a New Jersey-based business coach. He coaches entrepreneurs and consults to multi-million dollar businesses all over the world helping them with their team, offer and process to produce growth. Super Joe has always believed that society starts with you, and that to change society you must first change how you think.

In early-2014, Joe decided to leave his family’s $100 million business and pursue his dreams of owning his own business. By 2018, Super Joe is an award-winning podcaster (Business with Super Joe Pardo), business owner and best selling author. Speaking all over the country to business owners and even at the United Nations in 2016.

Find out more about Joe Pardo at SuperJoePardo.com!

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Mar 08 2019

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Give Your Students a Boost In Their Reading Comprehension with EDJI

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Will Stewart and Lacey Greco on the program to discuss how Edji is being used to help students of all ages improve their reading abilities. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How does Edji help teachers in their classroom?
  • Edji’s Story
  • How Edji is used to get more from classroom reading
  • How can Edji be used in the classroom?
  • Lesson Planning with Edji
  • Teacher Tools inside of Edji
  • Student stories?

About Edji

Edji is a Free online reading platform that lets teachers easily deliver any content to their students for live annotation. Students reading in Edji can interact with text, images, and PDF documents by leaving text, emoji, or recorded audio comments. Teachers see those interactions appear live on their screen, which gives teachers instant insight into what their students are thinking, where students are struggling, and which students need help. Edji also gives an exclusive look into where students are reading, letting teachers know instantly if students are achieving learning goals, or if they are missing important information.

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About our Guests

Will Stewart

Will Stewart is a 5th-grade teacher, father, and Edji Co-founder with more than 10 years of experience teaching elementary, middle and high school students. He has an unquenchable love for educating young minds in all subjects but has a holds a special place in his heart for Language and Reading Education. When he isn't teaching or finding new ways to use Edji, Will loves dinosaurs, biking and spending time with his family.

Lacy Greco

With 11 years experience in education, Lacy has taught 4th grade for 8 years, 1st for 2 years, and 3rd grade for one year, all in the Northside Independent School District. She is currently her campus’ Educator of the Year! She also does weekly Wednesday videos on Twitter (check out #EchoGreco!) to share ideas that she uses in her classroom. It’s a virtual PLC, if you will, to help put out best practices and reach more kids!

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Feb 26 2019

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Do Your Students Have Math Fact Fluency?

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome ASCD authors Jennifer Bay-Williams and Gina Kling on the program to discuss how students can easily pick up complex math concepts no matter what grade or ability level. Please check out their new book available from ASCD Publications for more information on how you can provide quality math education to your students today!

We wish to thank ASCD for helping to put this podcast together.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The phases children progress through as they master their facts
  • What does fluency mean? How is it different from automaticity?
  • How do games provide meaningful fact practice?
  • What are the disadvantages of timed testing? What alternatives are there to timed testing?
  • Why is it important for teachers and parents to understand the distinction between foundational facts and derived facts, and how should that impact instructional choices?
  • How do we help families understand there are better ways to teach and assess facts?

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Jennifer M. Bay-Williams

Jennifer M. Bay-Williams is a mathematics teacher educator at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She has written many articles and books related to K–12 mathematics education, including the popular Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally and the related three-book series, Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics.

Bay-Williams is a national leader in mathematics education, having served as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, secretary and president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), lead writer for the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics (AMTE, 2017), and a member of the TODOS: Mathematics for ALL Board of Directors. Bay-Williams taught elementary, middle, and high school students in Missouri and in Peru. She currently works in elementary classrooms in the Louisville area, helping teachers and students attain basic fact fluency while also developing strong mathematical identities.

Gina Kling

Gina Kling is fortunate to serve the mathematics education community in a variety of ways. Since 2011, she has worked as a curriculum developer for the elementary mathematics curriculum Everyday Mathematics (based at the University of Chicago) with a focus on grades K–3. Recently she served as the grade 1 lead author for the Everyday Mathematics 4 State Editions, the author of the Everyday Mathematics 4 Quick Looks Activity Book, and one of the authors of Everyday Mathematics for Parents: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Succeed.

Kling has taught elementary mathematics content and methods courses for the past 15 years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

About Math Fact Fluency

Mastering the basic facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is an essential goal for all students. Most educators also agree that success at higher levels of math hinges on this fundamental skill. But what's the best way to get there? Are flash cards, drills, and timed tests the answer? If so, then why do students go into the upper elementary grades (and beyond) still counting on their fingers or experiencing math anxiety? What does research say about teaching basic math facts so they will stick?

In Math Fact Fluency, experts Jennifer Bay-Williams and Gina Kling provide the answers to these questions—and so much more. This book offers everything a teacher needs to teach, assess, and communicate with parents about basic math fact instruction, including

  • The five fundamentals of fact fluency, which provides a research-based framework for effective instruction in the basic facts.
  • Strategies students can use to find facts that are not yet committed to memory.
  • More than 40 easy-to-make, easy-to-use games that provide engaging fact practice.
  • More than 20 assessment tools that provide useful data on fact fluency and mastery.
  • Suggestions and strategies for collaborating with families to help their children master the basic math facts.

Math Fact Fluency is an indispensable guide for any educator who needs to teach basic facts. This approach to facts instruction, grounded in years of research, will transform students' learning of basic facts and help them become more confident, adept, and successful at math.

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Jan 15 2019

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Intel Tech Learning Lab

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Raysana Hurtado from Intel and California Educator, Kennan Scott, onto the program to discuss how Intel is transforming education by demonstrating what might be possible in not just the “classroom of the future”, but the “classroom of the present”.

This year, Intel traveled across the country working with teachers and students to showcase their Intel's Tech Learning Lab, a custom-built, mobile truck that is filled with the most amazing virtual reality and augmented reality workstations to provide hands-on activities to teach students about coding and robotics.

I'd like to thank Intel for joining me for this podcast.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The future classroom is one that incorporates powerful technology and encourages creative approaches to learning, supporting education goals today and for tomorrow.
  • Until now, classroom technology has been used as an add-on to existing instructional methods rather than as tools to improve or revolutionize instruction. Cutting-edge technology-based educational programs can emphasize deeper collaboration and engagement, versus student instruction on software that likely will be obsolete by the time they enter the workforce.
  • Intel’s Tech Learning Lab is an example of how innovative teaching methods, like hands-on, dynamic learning, can help educators build the leaders of tomorrow by developing fundamental career skills like communication, collaboration, self-awareness, problem-solving, critical thinking and more.
  • Some of the demo sessions on the tour include coding a drone to fly, hands-on lessons through virtual reality, introduction to artificial intelligence, design thinking skills, and more. Some of the truck’s VR experiences allowed participants to: Take a virtual field trip to the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
  • Develop virtual robots in the Robotics lab using RoboEngineers by Filament Games.
  • Pilot a spaceship and travel the universe to explore the Milky Way galaxy via virtual reality by VictoryVR.
  • Participate in virtual frog dissections, providing a safer, cost-effective, and more humane life science/anatomy lessons by VictoryVR.
  • Program highlights to-date include:2,150+ students, educators and general public have participated in immersive educational experiences through the Tech Learning Lab
  • 1,020+ virtual tours of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibit
  • 700+ frogs virtually dissected through hands-on science lessons 
  • Technologies in the campaign included Intel AI, PCs by Intel, Lenovo, Alienware, HP, virtual reality by Oculus and HTC Vive and more.

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About Intel

Intel, a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. The company’s engineering expertise is helping address the world’s greatest challenges as well as helping secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world – from the cloud to the network to the edge and everything in between.

Intel’s 360⁰ approach to education technology keeps the focus on a student-centered learning experience. It gives educators access to digital tools, content and data that takes personalized learning to the next level. And it enables students to hone 21st-century skills to better prepare for careers in the modern workforce. Find more information about Intel at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/transforming-education/overview.

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Intel Tech Learning Lab

Intel’s Tech Learning Lab is a custom-built mobile container truck outfitted with virtual reality (VR) demo stations, powerful PCs, augmented reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) smart whiteboards. Accompanied by immersive, hands-on workshops featuring artificial intelligence, coding and robotics, it made stops at schools and other education institutions across the country from October through December 2018.

Through this tour, Intel brought innovative teaching methods to educators to help them build the leaders of tomorrow by developing fundamental career skills like communication, collaboration, self-awareness, problem-solving, critical thinking and more. The Tech Learning Lab tour was designed to engage with educators and spark conversations that go beyond the classroom to fuel curiosity about the role of technology and its impact on our world and daily lives.

About our Guests

Raysana Hurtado

Growing up, Raysana Hurtado’s parents, who both fled their countries due to dictatorship, always told her that education was the one thing no one could take away from her. That theme resonated throughout Raysana’s life and brought her to where she is today. Years of struggling in school led her to a career dedicated to helping students with different learning styles through technology.

As the Education Segment Manager, Raysana currently runs the strategy for education technology at Intel. By focusing on the needs of students and teachers, Raysana is looking to transform education with technology that meets those needs. In addition to extensive research into how technology can provide appropriate interventions for different learning styles, Raysana spent more than five years as a teacher and program director at Streetwise Partners and has done pro-bono consulting work for several different edtech companies. Prior to her current role at Intel she was the Strategic Engagement Manager for the industrial segment of Internet of Things.

Raysana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Adelphi University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She believes in the power of paying it forward and devoting time to building access to knowledge for the underserved. Raysana is a Board Member of the Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and the Intel Latino Network of Santa Clara. Outside of work, she enjoys being an active part of the EdTech community in SF or traveling to new places in search of adventure.

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Kennan Scott

Kennan Scott empowers young engineers to develop meaningful solutions to the problems faced in their communities through problem-solving and design thinking. Stemming from his experience as a transportation engineer, Kennan always held education in high regard and seized the opportunity to make a greater difference in the black community by teaching engineering to West Oakland youth.

As the Manager of Computer Science at the Oakland Unified School District Kennan supports curricular and teacher professional development, and partners with public, private, and nonprofit entities to expand work-based learning, internships and career opportunities for Oakland's youth.

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By Moby Rocks It - Sep 01 2013
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I've been listening for a few months now, and I always hear about great uses of technology in the classroom. Jeff and colleagues LOVE sharing information, and provide thorough, pertinent and timely advice to any educator who wants to use technology in a better way in her/his classroom. Keep a note-taker on hand while listening; you’ll never remember all they share.

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By SCH Heart - Sep 29 2012
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Love this series of podcasts. Lots of great ideas and information.