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Conversation 57 - Brian Aspinall - And Coding for All

July 19th, 2018

Brian is a former classroom teacher, now special evangelist for coding in all areas of curriculum. Well spoken, thoughtful, and downright funny at turns, Brian and I have a great conversation about why coding is an important skill and why it's not necessarily the coding itself that's the most important thing being learned. We get into topics of environmental feedback, playing, the internet of things (and why it's scary), plus we cap our conversation by addressing some of the pushback that happens when high-profile twitter members come under fire from the EDU community.

 

Links:

Brian on Twitter
The Ed Podcast on Twitter
www.brianaspinall.com
Microbit

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Conversation 56 - Jennifer Binis - Changing the Narrative

July 12th, 2018

Jennifer Binis, host of the EdHistory101 Podcast, is an educator and amateur historian. She joins me this week to talk history (or course) and the importance of knowing the foundations of our modern education system. We cover everything from the influence of white colonial thinking and the false narrative of factory-based education systems, to the importance of race and gender in the modern landscape. Most vital to being a modern educator, she thinks, is one's abitliy to question the current narrative, and find fresh, thoughtful voices and help to make them louder so that the conversation on education becomes richer and more nuanced.

 

Links:

Books
The teacher wars: A history of America's most embattled profession

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School
Blackboard Unions: The AFT and the NEA, 1900-1980
Testing Wars in the Public Schools

Podcasts
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Sawbones
Sexing History
The Dig Podcast
Ridiculous History
Something True

Educators on Twitter
Jennifer Binis
The Ed Podcast
Jessica Lifshitz
Shana White
Kelly Wickam Hurst

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The Alberta Podcast Network

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Conversation 55 - Peg Grafwallner - Reading & Relationships

July 5th, 2018

Peg is an instructional coach and reading specialist. Her philosophy of helping other teachers incorporate literacy is truly refreshing; she believes in helping to augment teachers' work, not in adding to it. She also is the author of Lessons Learned from the Special Ed Classroom, which deals with students both gifted and special needs. At the core of all of her practice is the need for positive relationships.

 

Links:
Peg on Twitter
https://www.peggrafwallner.com/
Ed on Twitter

Sponsored Links:
The Alberta Podcast Network
The ECF's Well Endowed Podcast

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Check-in 30 - The Value of Zero

July 2nd, 2018

Assessment has always been a challenging subject, so we take it on this month. Based on our own experiences with assigning zeros and handling late work, myself, Joe and Aaron dig in to the ins and outs late policies, student motivation, and project design.

Links:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (YouTube Trailer)
theedpodcast on Twitter

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Conversation 54 - Jordie Maxwell - A Curriculum of Love

June 21st, 2018

Jordie Maxwell is the campus pastor at my school, and the first to come on Ed. We talk about his role as both educator and counsellor, alongside the many other more nebulous duties he fulfills. Our conversation focuses on how Jordie dovetails his Christian faith with his role as an educator. We also get into the purpose of Christian education and why it matters. This is an episode that is all-too-short, as we can only scratch the surface of a very large set of issues. If you're looking for a good starting point to that conversation, this episode is a great place to start.

 

Links:

The Ed Podcast on Twitter

 

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Conversation 53 - Doug Robertson - Breaking Stuff

June 14th, 2018

In this super-sized episode, I'm joined by The Weird Teacher himself, Doug Robertson. Doug is a 5th grade (soon to be 4th grade) teacher and an author of four books. In our wide ranging conversation, we touch on the importance of student teacher/mentor teacher relationships, grammar, makerspaces, and how Doug came to be called The Weird Teacher and how that relates to his habits of bucking the norm. Doug also gets into his habit of breaking things to make them work better (or at least in unexpected ways). We don't stop there, though. Doug and I get into music, movies, the importance of exposing yourself to challenging material, and finally, we land on Twitter: we discuss what's great about it and what's broken. There's a lot to go over in this one, but it's all fantastic, so buckle up, plug in, and join us for a great conversation!

 

Links:

He's the Weird Teacher
The Teaching Text (You're Welcome)
A Classroom of One
The Unforgiving Road
Cloud Atlas
Upstream Color
Jessth on Twitter
Shana White on Twitter
Josh Stumpenhorst on Twitter

Doug Robertson on Twitter
hestheweirdteacher.blogspot.com
facebook.com/theweirdteacher
theweirdteacher@gmail.com

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Conversation 52 - Emily Wong - The Sarah Factor

June 7th, 2018

Emily Wong is a first-year teacher candidate with a strong digital presence. She and I chat about her current educational career, her future plans, plus team teaching, being authentic, and the need for better mental health education for teachers. We also discuss the all-important Sarah Factor.

Links:

Emily on Twitter
Ed on Twitter
Emily's Blog

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Check-in 29 - Those Who Can’t

June 1st, 2018

It's often said that "Those who can't do...teach." While, as teachers, we may bristle at this adage, myself, Jon and new panelist Jackson sit down to dive deep into the implications of this idea. Moving past our knee-jerk reactions, it's an honest look into cultural attitudes towards teachers and teaching, the role of the teacher past and present, and what our responsibilities are in an ever evolving profession.

Links:

Jon on Twitter
The Ed Podcast on Twitter

Laura Dekker's IdeaCity talk
Not Another D&D Podcast

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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

 

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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

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