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Conversation 38 - Kasey Bell - Preaching to the Choir

January 18th, 2018

Kasey Bell has established herself as a Google Educator par excellence, on top of being an expert in all things tech. This episode, we talk about the implications of using tech in the classroom, it's evolving role in education, and using tech to go beyond what we think is possible. Kasey is smart and thoughtful, eschewing the past practices of "preaching to the choir" and instead thinking about how best to empower students with the skills and tools they need to succeed on their own terms.

Links:

Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin (free ebook!)
Tacoma - videogame by Fulbright Company
Black Mirror - sci-fi anthology series on imdb
Kasey on Twitter
Kasey's Website, ShakeUpLearning.com
GoogleTeacherTribe.com

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Conversation 37 - Jaime Donally - Riding Dinosaurs

January 11th, 2018

Strap on your headset and join me and Jaime Donally for a great convo all about AR and VR. Aside from elaborating on what that actually means, we explore the possibilities beyond the 'wow factor' that immersive experiences like this bring.

 

Links:

Jaime on Twitter
Jaime's website ARVRinEdu
Aurasma - AR app

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Check-in 24 - Resolutions & Babies

January 1st, 2018

The latest check-in welcomes back Jessica to the show, as ell as panel regular Joe Reimer. To kick off 2018, we're talking New Year's Resolutions. Inexplicably, we also talk an awful lot about babies and work-life balance.

 

Links:

Joe on Twitter
Shane on Twitter
Ball & Chain smoked bock
Pixar's Coco

 

 

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Conversation 36 - Todd Nesloney - Asking Crazy Questions

December 21st, 2017

This time out, I'm joined by Todd Nesloney, principal and author of Kids Deserve It. At the heart of our conversation is Todd's belief that, no matter what, teachers must honour the many talents, abilities and interests that kids bring to the table. Beyond that, our conversation expands outwards to Todd's philosophy of never saying no, which leads him to ask crazy questions like "Would it be possible to build a chicken coop for our school?" A passionate and nationally recognized leader, Todd brings his wisdom to bear in this episode and will serve as worthwhile listening for any and all teachers and admin who wonder what the path towards a better school culture looks like.

Links:

Todd on Twitter
Todd's Website

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Conversation 35 - Monica Genta - Doing Life Together

December 14th, 2017

Monica Genta is a science teacher, speaker and author with, frankly, an unbelievable amount of energy and passion. We chat about what fuels her and the idea which is most central to her practice: building a family.

Links:

Monica on Twitter
Monica's Website
180 Days of Awesome

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Conversation 34 - Joy Kirr - Asking Questions

December 7th, 2017

Joy Kirr is a teacher and the author of the recently published Shift This, all about making incremental changes in the classroom to achieve big results. As usual, the conversation ranges, as Joy and I talk about using different ed tech tools in the classroom, how to keep up with your students, going gradeless and much more. Through it all, the one thing which Joy likes to emphasize is the act of asking questions, realizing full-well that answers aren't nearly as readily available, and that's OK.

Links:

Joy on Twitter
Joy's Blog
Inside the Black Box by Paul Black & Dylan William
http://tinyurl.com/feedbackbinder - Joy's collection of research on giving student feedback

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Check-in 23 - Learning & Play

November 30th, 2017

After talking way too much about Justin Bieber, myself, Shaun Smith and Jon Thomas get into a great conversation on our own learning as teachers - how we curate our knowledge, the things we like to learn and then, in a strange left-turn, our talk turns to the value of play. But don't worry - it all comes back around to Justin Bieber.

 

Links:

http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

Brene Brown's TED Talk on Vulnerability

Message to Bears on Spotify

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Conversation 33 - Brad Shreffler - Two Squirrels in a Cage

November 22nd, 2017

What happens when two podcast hosts with short attention spans get together and chat? You get a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from cheap wine to keeping kids motivated. I'm joined by host of the Planning Period Podcast, Brad Shreffler. We talk about how he became a teacher, the problems with education, the joys of hosting a podcast and much more. It's a great conversation with plenty of nuggets of wisdom coming from a passionate and experienced teacher.

Links:

Brad on Twitter
Bradshreffler.com
The Planning Period Podcast on iTunes

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Conversation 32 - Eric Kallenborn - Let’s Get Graphic

November 15th, 2017

Eric Kallenborn is a recognized expert in the field of graphic novels. Hailing from Chicago, his passion for visual storytelling on the page has led him into teaching a course dedicated to comics and graphic novels. We talk about this and how he uses this unique form of storytelling to engage reluctant readers, enhance visual literacy, plus its strong connection to film studies. Listen in for an informative convo with plenty of recommendations for further reading!

Links:

Eric on Twitter
theothercomicbookteacher.com
The Comics Education Outreach

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Conversation 31 - Scott Hebert - Making School Not Suck

November 8th, 2017

For my latest conversation, I'm joined by Scott Hebert, a grade 7/8 science teacher with a strong bent towards gamification. For the past several years, Scott has slowly been building his Scientia Terra world - a place where students form clans, battle goblins, and, almost coincidentally, learn about science. Scott shares the origins of his passion for gamification, plus the impact it has on his students desire to learn. At the core of all of this: his desire to help students rediscover the fun of school.

Links:

Scott on Twitter
Scott on YouTube
Scott's website
Scott's book on gamification

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