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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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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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Latest release on Sep 09, 2020

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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

40mins

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Rank #2: 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

31mins

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Rank #3: 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

54mins

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Rank #4: 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.

Recorded 2014

Aug 05 2017

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Rank #5: 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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About our Guests

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

24mins

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Rank #6: 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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About our Guests

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

19mins

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Rank #7: 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

21mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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

Websites and Apps Discussed:



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 #10: How can we bring Coding and Programming into the Classroom?

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In this episode, Jeff sits down with Kasia Chmielinski to learn how Scratch is being used in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages.

About Scratch

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create from Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers. To date, 9M Scratchers have shared over 12M projects to the online community.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. You can read more about Scratch here: scratch.mit.edu/about

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About our Guest

Kasia Chmielinski works at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, as the Product Lead for Scratch. Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) is a free visual programming language that engages youth in imaginative learning experiences to create games, animations and stories. At MIT, Kasia is responsible for defining, designing, and managing the future roadmap of the Scratch project.

Prior to Scratch, Kasia was a founding member of the startup Zestfinance, and before that, a product communications manager at Google. Kasia hails from Boston, but dabbled in architecture and engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before graduating with a degree in physics from Harvard University. When not in front of a whiteboard or a keyboard, Kasia can be found either tutoring local students in mathematics or upon a bicycle, cycling uncomfortably­long distances.

Kasia can be found on Scratch as @petrichord, and on Twitter as @kaschm.

Recorded in 2015

Aug 24 2017

45mins

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Rank #11: 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

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Rank #12: 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

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Rank #13: 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

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Rank #14: Learn how you can help your students succeed this year with TenMarks

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While getting students interested in math can be a challenge for teachers, TenMarks has found a fun – and timely – way to get kids buzzing about numbers. Drawing on students’ interest in sports and the excitement of the annual March Madness basketball tournament, the Math Madness contest is a great way to get kids genuinely excited about math! Through a little friendly competition, students have fun, win prizes and gain mastery in math. However, it’s not just about the cool prizes. Participating in Math Madness will spur student motivation and engagement like never before, resulting in significantly improved math confidence. Best of all, there’s no reason to worry about students struggling while competing on their own during Math Madness. TenMarks assignments provide individualized practice through a variety of tools such as hints and videos, all of which are designed to help students persevere and ultimately master challenging math problems. The Math Madness contest, now in its fifth year, has helped thousands of students strengthen their math skills. In 2015, students answered millions of questions with over 84 percent accuracy! Math Madness has amazing prizes such as Amazon Gift Cards and Amazon Fire Tablets that’ll help motivate students in the beginning. However, a week into the madness and you’ll see an enthusiasm for math you never saw coming!

About TenMarks and “With Math I Can”

Developed under the leadership of Amazon Education and TenMarks, “With Math I Can” challenges the nation’s more than three million teachers and their students to take the pledge to replace the notion of “I’m not good at math” with “I am working to get better at math” by embracing a “growth mindset,” the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed, which leads to an increased focus on the process of learning rather than the outcome. Supporters of the “With Math I Can” movement include Stanford University Professor of Mathematics Education Jo Boaler, Character Lab, Common Sense Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Stanford University’s Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS), ClassDoJo, ASCD, and Teaching Channel. Teachers and students can learn more, watch a video, access resources, and take the pledge at www.withmathican.org.

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Meera Vaidyanathan is an education leader who is passionate about integrating technology into education to bring innovation to the student learning experience. At TenMarks, Meera oversees the development of curriculum products and leads the effort to ensure that TenMarks delivers solutions that place the teacher at the center of instruction and provide students with work that is personalized to their individual learning pathways. Throughout her career in the education industry, Meera has held several leadership roles in content and product management, business development, and marketing.

Prior to TenMarks, Meera served as the VP of Content and Product Management at HotChalk where she led HotChalk’s growth and development strategy for K-12. In her roles at CK-12, McGraw-Hill Education, Oxford University Press, and Princeton University Press, Meera spearheaded the acquisition and creation of content for a wide range of K-12 educational materials and encyclopedias (online and print). She has an MBA from Temple University and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut.

Recorded in 2016

Sep 01 2017

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Rank #15: 10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention – Featuring Susan Hall Ed.D | ASCD

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome author and CEO of the 95 Percent Group, Susan Hall on the program to discuss the importance of Literacy Intervention in the primary grades. Check out Susan’s new book “10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention: Getting Results with MTSS in Elementary Schools” available from ASCD.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to support young readers as they develop their literacy skills
  • When parents suspect a reading issue what can they do?Susan advises parents to trust your instincts
  • Ask questions at school such as “Which reading group is my child in?”
  • Ask about assessments, whether there are small groups for those who are struggling, what systems are in place to assist teachers with small group instruction, etc
  • What is the state of literacy in today’s elementary schools?The US is about in the middle of the 37 developed countries
  • This just is not good enough – we should be in the top tier
  • What should we be doing to help our students learn how to read?Schools need to make early literacy a priority.
  • Teachers need the knowledge and resources to help teach ALL students to read.
  • 10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention:#1 – Students who are getting extra help should be grouped by skill deficit
  • #2 – It’s important to take a few moments to diagnose why the student can’t readParents have the ability to ask for assessmentsDoes my child’s school assess all students with early literacy assessments 3 times a year (like well baby check-ups)?
  • How did my child score?
  • #3 – Use a “Walk to Intervention Model” – When small-group interventions are offered, the best approach is for children to leave their homeroom and be placed in specific skill groups that are shared across the grade level with plenty of instructors. The students furthest behind should be in small groups of no more than 5 students. This is more effective than having 1 or 2 groups in a classroom and the rest of the students working alone during this time.
  • #4 – Use an appropriate assessment to monitor progress1-2 min assessment every few weeks to check to see if students are on progress
  • Chart the progress to see if the student is on an effective trajectory to reach benchmark.
  • These progress monitoring charts can be shared with parents
  • #5 – Flood the intervention time with extra help
  • #6 – Use intervention time wiselyThere is an urgency to catch a student up as early as possible
  • #7 – Be aware of what makes intervention time workTeachers need to understand what makes a lesson work (or not work)
  • #8 – Provide teachers with good intervention lessons
  • #9 – Invest in Professional Development
  • #10 – INspect what you EXpectPrincipal walkthroughs during intervention times
  • Being an active part of the process

About our Guest

Susan L. Hall, EdD. is Cofounder and CEO of an educational company called 95 Percent Group Inc. The company’s mission is to help teachers and administrators identify and address the needs of struggling readers. 95 Percent Group provides professional development, diagnostic assessments, and instructional materials so teachers have the knowledge base and tools to improve outcomes for struggling readers. Dr. Hall is especially known for her expertise on the use of literacy assessment data to inform differentiated instruction delivered in small groups to address specific skill deficits. Dr. Hall is author or coauthor of 8 books about reading development, including I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What? Next Edition (Sopris, 2012), Jumpstart RTI (Corwin, 2011), and Implementing Response to Intervention (Corwin, 2008). She serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Susan can be reached at shall@95percentgroup.com.

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Who is the 95 Percent Group

95 Percent Group began as a mission by Susan L. Hall, Ed. D. to help schools and school districts with their reading instruction and ensure success for struggling readers. Prior to founding 95 Percent Group, Susan was a consultant to various schools districts and State Departments of Education. During that time, Susan co-authored her first books with Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D: the award-winning book Straight Talk about Reading, published by NTC/Contemporary Books and Parenting a Struggling Reader, published by Random House in 2002. She was named by the US Department of Education as a member of the Reading First Review Panel. Dr. Hall became one of the first national trainers for LETRS and remains a national trainer today. In 2005, Susan wrote her best-selling book, I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What? and began providing workshops for educators on analyzing student data and providing differentiated instruction. While Dr. Hall was working with 8 school districts in Northwest Indiana on a long-term project, it became apparent that, while workshops can provide a good foundational knowledge for educators, a long-term, job-embedded model of professional development provided districts with best opportunity for sustained growth.

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Aug 24 2018

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Rank #16: School Leadership: Being Effective using Educational Technology

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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with the Jed-iPad Master, Toby Price, and Dave Meister to talk about how administrators use technology in their school districts.

Topics Covered:

  • How has educational technology changed in the last few years
  • The role of school districts within the digital community
  • Reaching out to families without computers in their homes
  • How are we preparing our graduates for the digital job market
  • Introducing and integrating technology in the middle and upper grades
  • Teaching students to blog
  • Using blogging to foster great writing skills and gain a voice in the world
  • What new technology experiences are schools creating for our students
  • Great Educational Apps
  • How to teach the parents about this great technology
  • How should we suggest students transfer their digital files?
  • What types of online accounts can we ask our students to have connections to
  • How to work around district filters
  • Presenting resumes in a digital job market.
  • Coping with a diminishing technology budget
  • Are we preparing our students correctly for the world?
  • How to find “Pockets of Excellence”
  • Teacher Training Programs
  • Google+ in the Classroom
  • Should we fear Facebook and other social networking sites
  • How should teachers keep an online public/private life
  • The Digital Resume
  • First thoughts on these topics
  • Social Media and Social Networking
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Skype
  • Text Messaging
  • QR Codes in the classroom
  • Cell Phones/Internet Devices in schools
  • Students bringing in laptops to learn with
  • Students bringing in iPads or tablets to learn with
  • Google+
  • LiveBinders.com
  • Online Learning for credit in k-12 education

Apps Discussed:


  • Splashtop Remote Desktop
  • This is the ONLY remote desktop app that streams video and audio from your PC or Mac, allowing you to interact with your PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Firefox, Safari, World of Warcraft, and other PC / MAC applications.
  • Splashtop Whiteboard
  • Turn your iPad into a mobile interactive whiteboard!
  • ReplyNote
  • ReplayNote is an app that records your writing and voice, then converts it to YouTube video.
  • ScreenChomp
  • A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun! Just – Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.
  • GolfShot: Golf GPS
  • #1 Golf GPS App Worldwide
  • Twitter
  • Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app for iPhone and iPad.
  • Stumble Upon
  • StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds the best of everything that is out there on the web, recommended just for you. With a touch of the Stumble button, or swipe of the iPad screen, you’ll discover photos, videos and web pages recommended by friends and people sharing your interests.
  • Flipboard
  • Named Apple's iPad App of the Year and one of TIME's top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos, videos, and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr, and Instagram.
  • Casey's Contraptions
  • Help Casey get his toys back by building crazy contraptions. Create Rube Goldberg-like machines with toys and everyday items to solve puzzles and playtime scenarios.

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About our guests:


Dave Meister is currently the interim Superintendent for Paris Union School District No.95 and the Director of Paris Cooperative High School (PCHS) in Paris, Illinois. PCHS is a one of a kind high school and is the only cooperative high school in the state. It is governed by two school districts who each have three members on their Board of Education. As director, he serves as the Board’s chief executive officer and is also responsible for the duties of the building principal.

Mr. Meister began his career in education as a teacher at Paris High School. He taught Contemporary Problems, United States History, European History, World History, and Psychology. Active in sports, he also coached boys basketball, boys baseball, track, and girls softball. In 1998 he accepted his first administrative position as the principal of two elementary in schools in Paris. In 2001 he was selected to serve as principal at Paris High School. On July 1, 2010, Mr. Meister was named the first Director for Paris Cooperative High School. He has a passion for the use of technology to enhance learning and have authored several grants that have infused more than $300,000 into our local schools to enhance our infrastructure.

Dave Meister is married to Marianne McIntosh Meister (20 years this past December) and has two children. He and his wife also provide a home to three rescue dogs(from L to R Libby, Gigi, and Chloe). Outside of education and computers, his interests include running, golfing, and following his children to their many events.

http://davemeister.net/

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Toby Price: “There is a fine line between genius and absurdity. I color all over it every day with my purple crayon.”

Recorded August 2011

Jul 03 2017

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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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

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Rank #19: Shouldn’t all educators be on Twitter at this point?

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Jeff sits down with Jerry Blumengarten and Brad Currie to discuss how educators are using Twitter to connect with each other. This podcast was originally recorded in December 2012.

Featured Topics

  • Twitter
  • Social Media in the Classroom
  • Using Twitter Hashtags to your advantage
  • Finding the right Twitter Chat
  • Student Involvement in Social Media
  • Twitter for Students
  • FInding the right technology for the classroom
  • Planning for the future

Featured Guests

Brad Currie is the Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is also the co-founder and co-moderator of #Satchat, a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders. Brad is a firm believer in the power of social media as a means to bring all educators together in order to promote the success of all students.

Jerry Blumengarten: I was a Middle School teacher who taught for 32 years in the New York City school system. I was a licensed Social Studies teacher who also taught Language Arts, Science, Math, Computers.. My last 12 years I served as teacher-librarian.  I wrote curriculum for my school district, the NYC Board of Education and Open Doors a school-business partnership.

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Recorded in 2015

Aug 02 2017

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Rank #20: 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

33mins

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