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Conversation 51 - Randall Black - Sharing Our Stories

May 24th, 2018

Fellow podcaster Randall Black, host of The Randall Black Show, joins me to talk about his passion for sharing stories. We also discuss failure, what makes great PD, and the three different kinds of teachers there are when it comes to tech in the classroom. Randall is a vibrant, thoughtful educator who is working to make things better for everyone he meets, which makes conversation 51 a convo worth listening to.

Links:

Randall on Twitter
Randall's Website

 

Sponsored Link:

Rotary Club District 5370 Conference

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Conversation 50 - Geoff Ruggero - The Leading Edge of Change

May 17th, 2018

Self-described Learning Commons Wizard Geoff Ruggero joins me for conversation 50. We talk about the new-found centrality of libraries in learning and how makerspaces are revolutionizing the library space and the actual profession of librarians. With pedagogy pushing further into PBL, design-based thinking, and 21st century competencies, Geoff outlines how his role is essential to pushing the forefront of education. We also talk a lot about cardboard.

Links:

Geoff on Twitter
Makedo
Nintendo Labo

Sponsored Link: YESS Painting

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Conversation 49 - Derek Rhodenizer - Constructive Failure

May 10th, 2018

After doing several episodes together on the side, it's finally time to bring educator, podcaster and VoicEd man-about-town Derek Rhodenizer into the official Ed fold. We talk about podcasting, the value of reflection, teacher evaluation, and the best ways to mess with kids heads - and maybe even why you should.

 

Links:

EduThoughts (Derek's Podcast) 
Derek on Twitter
DerekRhodenizer.ca
AutoCrat (Google Sheets Add-on)

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Check-in 28 - The Student Teaching Experience

May 1st, 2018

In an unusual turn, our normal panel of hosts is out, and in their stead, I'm joined by three student teachers. This episode, we talk about the wins and fails of their early teaching experiences, what works, what doesn't, and why board games aren't popular in British Columbia. It's an honest and inspiring look at the future of the teaching profession.

Links:

Splendor (Boardgame)
Settlers of Catan (Boardgame)
The Secret of Kellsf

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Conversation 48 - Leanne Hanson - Let’s Blame Francis Bacon

April 26th, 2018

Leanne Hanson bills herself as a, "bad influence, corrupting the world, one classroom at a time". Along with unpacking what that means, we talk about the need for educational reform, teacher catharsis, why acronyms are so cool, and why we ought to blame Francis Bacon for everything.

Links:

Leanne on Twitter
Bad Teacher on YouTube
James Veitch TED Talk

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Conversation 47 - Allison Fuisz - Teaching Outward

April 19th, 2018

For this prime-numbered episode, I'm talking with Allison Fuisz. Don't worry - we get name pronunciations cleared up right away. Allison is a passionate educator devoted to helping students develop healthy worldviews. We talk about helping students to develop and maintain a curious attitude and how we can help them to be independent learners. We eventually wind up talking about what is perhaps most central to her practice: the UN Sustainable Development Goals; why their important, and how they can help students to become better learners and citizens.

 

Links:

Allison on Twitter
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky
UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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Conversation 46 - Zach Groshell - Turning the Tables

April 12th, 2018

Zach is a passionate educator currently working in Sudan, although his experiences have also seen him teaching in Vietnam and the US as well. We talk about the differences in student populations, plus the importance of creating a welcoming and dynamic environment for students.

 

Links

Zach on Twitter
educationrickshaw.com
Facebook Group - Over-Posting Educators

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Check-in 27 - Smash All the Phones

April 3rd, 2018

In setting out to discuss the future of education, it quickly becomes clear that this is an entirely too-complex issue to wrap up in just 40 minutes. Still, me and Joe Reimer give it a shot. We cover everything from smashing cell-phones, to boredom, to the power of the internet, to what the heck a teacher is supposed to do. We're not sure about any of it, but it's great food for thought.

Links:

Joe on Twitter
Shane on Twitter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Fortnite

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Conversation 45 - Phil Strunk - Building Future Humans

March 22nd, 2018

Phil Strunk, although relatively new to the teaching profession, is already a well-established personality in the twitter-sphere and his podcast, Wins & Losses, is a worthy addition to any and all education listening playlists. I sit down with Phil and we talk about what brought him to podcasting and why reflective practice is such an important element of a teacher's growth. We also segue into talking about the future and how we can best prepare our students for what lies ahead. Phil is a charismatic and thoughtful new teacher whose words are well worth listening to.

 

Links
Phil on Twitter (#Waledchat is every Thursday at 9pm EST)
mrpstrunk.blogspot.com

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Conversation 44 - Nick Janna - Making the Most of It

March 15th, 2018

Nick Janna is a newly minted school leader in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We bridge the time gap to chat about his take on school leadership and what it takes to create a positive learning environment. Nick has a strong desire to see students flourish not just within the classroom, but also the community. From positive relationships, to figuring out how and when helping can actually hurt, we cover the gamut of what it takes to make a healthy school with engaged and global citizens.

Links:
Nick on Twitter
Learning2Europe - upcoming EDU conference in Luxembourg

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