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#iste17 trends: Google, Touch Screen Chromebooks and More

27 June, 2017 - 20:30

An interview with Kasey Bell in episode 107 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Kasey Bell @shakeuplearning sits down to talk about the hot trends at ISTE 2017 including lots of Google stuff, new AR news, Google Keep, touch Screen Chromebooks, and more news.

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This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool! Here’s the schedule.

I will be leading a panel discussion on 5 Key Trends Transforming Teaching Today  at ISTE 2017 on Monday June 26, 2017 at 4pm in room 225 A and B.

Come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos.1

Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 — I’ll be there some on Monday. For those of you are not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.  In today’s show, Kasey Bell discusses the hot trends at ISTE 2017:

  • Touch screen ChromeBooks
  • Google classroom
  • Google Keep
  • Augmented reality news
  • other hot topics

I hope you enjoy this episode with Kasey Bell!

Want to hear another episode on ISTE 2017 announcements? Listen to Hardeep Gulati talk about the Unified Classroom announced yesterday.

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Full Bio As Submitted Kasey Bell

Kasey Bell is part sparkling smile, part witty personality and a whole heap of passion as big as a Texas–go big or go home, y’all! She is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration. Whether it is learning from home through online courses, professional development, conference workshops or as a keynote speaker Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching. Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops and presentations and co-hosting Google Teacher Tribe weekly podcast, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning!

Co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast
Author of The Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom
Google Certified Innovator
Google Certified Trainer
Amazon Education Thought Leader
Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winner in “Sharing is Caring”
One of 20 TrustED Educational Thought Leaders
#3 EdTech Blog
#3 EdTech and E-Learning Influencer on Twitter
Must Read EdTech Blog
Edublog Awards Finalist

ShakeUpLearning.com provides teachers and educators with easy to understand, use tomorrow resources for Google and G Suite for Education, mobile learning and classroom technology integration through digital learning resources, technology tips and tricks, in-depth e-courses, books, resources, cheat sheets, blog publications. and podcasts.

Google Certified Educator Academies: http://googlecertifiededucator.com/
Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom eBook: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/google-classroom-ebook

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Unified Classroom Makes a Teacher’s Life Easier #iste17 @MyPowerSchool

26 June, 2017 - 21:15

A conversation with Hardeep Gulati from PowerSchool in episode 106 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Hardeep Gulati @MyPowerSchool, CEO of PowerSchool shares about the Unified Classroom in this special ISTE episode. This unique approach combines a Student Information System (SIS), Learning Management System (LMS), Assessment Suite, and more into one classroom that shares data and has one login for teachers and students. This is a sponsored content episode. The only time we do this is at ISTE.

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Vicki Davis’ ISTE schedule

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. Come by and see me at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education.

You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echoes. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.  Selected Links from this Episode

Full Bio As Submitted Hardeep Gulati

Hardeep is an experienced executive with 18 plus years of experience in successful software businesses and is passionate about education. Hardeep brings proven experience leading companies through periods of growth, and will architect the next phase of PowerSchool’s growth plan to have an even greater impact on K-12 education.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to edit and post it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.) Transcript for this episode

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CoolCat Teacher’s ISTE 2017 Resources #iste17

26 June, 2017 - 13:24

My slide shows and resources

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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It is ISTE17 time. I’ll keep this post updated with current information about ISTE. Here’s my schedule.

Cool Cat Teacher’s Mega Share App Presentation
This will be at the Microsoft Partner Booth 1140 in the Exhibit Hall from 12:15 – 1 pm

Mega edtech tool Share – Vicki Davis #iste17 from Vicki Davis

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TOP EPISODE: Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat

24 June, 2017 - 06:49

A season 1 encore episode

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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The top Wonderful Classroom Wednesday of Season 1 is… Social emotional Learning with Puppets and Special Needs! You loved this episode! Such a heartwarming story and novel idea. Puppets are a great tool to have in your toolkit, particularly with younger special needs children.

You loved the story of the child who was unlocked with puppets by teacher Karen McCallum. enjoy!


To get the show notes and transcript on this episode, go to www.coolcatteacher.com/e53.

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5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17

23 June, 2017 - 23:24

A conversation with Peggy George in episode 105 of the 10-Minute Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however – SHE WASN’T THERE. Peggy is an expert on getting the most of ISTE by attending virtually. Today, she’ll teach five tips for getting the most out of ISTE whether you’re at ISTE or riding home on the plane and wanting to see what you missed.

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echoes. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at http://www.powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom

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In today’s show, Peggy George discusses how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 even if you’re not at there:

  • The #notatiste17 Google Group
  • The #notatiste17 hashtag on Twitter
  • The livebinder for not at ISTE
  • How to share learning
  • How to deal with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) if you can’t go

I hope you enjoy this episode with Peggy George!

Want to hear another episode on ISTE 2017? Listen to Terry Freedman talk about how to get the most out of education conferences and ISTE.

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NOTATISTE Google Plus Community
https://plus.google.com/communities/102762507417207490264

#notatiste16 Livebinder
https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2011539

#notatiste17 Livebinder (not public yet but should be by tomorrow)
http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2208203

Participate slow chat for #notatiste17
https://www.participate.com/chats/notatiste17

Participate Collection for #notatiste17
https://www.participate.com/collections/notatiste17/39378a92-08a3-462e-ad4c-ebd0108d4e9a

Participate Collection for last year’s resources #notatiste16 (1135 resources)
https://www.participate.com/collections/notatiste16-curated-collection/7b2b7447-cb3c-4685-a41c-178becc8cb13

Twitter hashtag: #notatiste17

Full Bio As Submitted Peggy George

I am a retired educator in Phoenix AZ and love spending my time supporting teachers with the use of technology in their classrooms. I have been a professional educator for over 50 years with many roles including principal, teacher, special education director and university preservice teacher education instructor. I co-host the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars and am an organizer for the K12 Online Conference and EdCamp Phoenix.

Transcript for this episode

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This episode is sponsored by Power School. Stay tuned at the end of the show to learn about their Unified Classroom at ISTE Power School’s Classroom of the Future in room 207 A. It’s going to be where you can have fun and win awesome prizes, like an Apple Watch, Microsoft Surface or Amazon Echo. Stay tuned.

Five powerful ways to participate in ISTE 2017, even if you’re not there. Episode 105.

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VICKI:               My friend Peggy George @pgeorge

has been at ISTE https://conference.iste.org/2017/ many years, but she’s really kind of become the expert for how to participate in ISTE when you’re not at ISTE. Peggy, you’ve got five ways that we can join in at ISTE when we’re not at ISTE. What’s our first way?

PEGGY:       Hi, Vicki. It is great to be here with you. I get excited at this time of year every year when we’re talking about ISTE. It’s hard to narrow down five tips, but here is my first one. If you can’t go to ISTE but you don’t want to miss out on things, I want you to join the Not At ISTE Google community https://plus.google.com/communities/102762507417207490264

and you will get links to everything that’s going on. And you’ll have an opportunity to share with other people who want to be there but can’t be there, and they share their own resources there. So there’ll be chances to actually do presentations there. We have night presentations, we have challenges; all kinds of things that help you to connect with other educators who want to be a part of ISTE.

VICKI:          So this Google community, you’ll give us the link to put in the show notes, right?

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PEGGY:       If you just search for Not At ISTE Google community, it will come right up. And you just have to join, and then you can contribute to all of the conversations, you can share your photos, anything. Because we do our own photo challenges and things that people can do from wherever they are; they don’t have to be at ISTE. But it’s just a great way to connect with other educators at this amazing time.

VICKI:          Okay. What’s your second?

PEGGY:       Okay. My second is, make sure that you follow the Twitter hashtags, both for #notatISTE17 and #ISTE17. And when you follow those hashtags, you find amazing sharing going on, and you’ll find presenters who say, I have a session coming up and here’s a link to my presentation, or here’s a link to my resources. And you get tons of resources that way. We also have a not at ISTE community on Participate https://www.participate.com/chats/notatiste17

where we have a collection of resources that we gather from all of those tweets. https://www.participate.com/collections/notatiste17/39378a92-08a3-462e-ad4c-ebd0108d4e9a

So if you want to follow the not at ISTE ’17 hashtag on Participate, you can do that, and you’ll have them all coming through in one big stream. (See 2016 Participate resources – https://www.participate.com/collections/notatiste16-curated-collection/7b2b7447-cb3c-4685-a41c-178becc8cb13

 

VICKI:          And it’s so incredible, because I know, Peggy, some of the years that I haven’t gone, I’ve actually followed those hashtags and blogs, and there would be people who would think I was there because I was so in on knowing what was happening.

PEGGY:       Exactly.

VICKI:          And it’s so awesome. Okay, what’s our third?

PEGGY:       Okay, my third one is we have a fabulous resource that you’re going to want to bookmark, and that is a LiveBinder for not at ISTE ’17. http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2208203

Now, we have a LiveBinder that’s already full for not at ISTE ’16, https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2011539

and I will share that link with you because you can go back and get amazing information from last year. But this year, we’re just starting to populate it.

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                    And you can see; the videos are embedded. If people have done presentations at ISTE and maybe they did a periscope about them, those videos will be embedded in the LiveBinder, so you can quickly see blog posts that are being written, presentations that are being shared, night sessions, people that are just talking about ISTE and amazing things they’re learning. Lots of blog posts that reflect on what they’re doing each day; those will all be in the LiveBinder. I found that I actually got to see more of ISTE by participating in a not at ISTE LiveBinder than I did when I went to ISTE. It’s just amazing. I got to poster sessions, tons of them, with interviews with the teachers and the students right up close, just because of that sharing.

VICKI:          Okay, what’s our fourth?

PEGGY:       My fourth one is, after you’ve checked out all those things, like the hashtags and the community, start following the people that are sharing there. They may be presenters; they may just be participants. Many of them are blogging. And if you just start following them, you’re going to build an amazing personal learning network of people that are doing things that you’re really interested in.

VICKI:          Okay. And what’s our fifth?

PEGGY:       This is all about connecting. Be sure to share what you learn; no matter how or where, give credit. But tell people how excited you are about something you learned by participating in not at ISTE, and everyone will benefit from your learning.

VICKI:          Educators who care share. And we who love kids, we have to keep learning, don’t we, Peggy?

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PEGGY:       Absolutely. That is my theme. Never stop learning.

VICKI:          And here’s the other thing; it’s real easy to get; they call it FOMO, fear of missing out. I mean, there are times when I missed ISTE and I really got down about it. We can only go when we can go. We can’t all go every year, all the time; we don’t have unlimited budget. But the question to me is, do we have unlimited attitude, you know?

PEGGY:       That’s a great way to put it.

VICKI:          So how do you keep your attitude up and excited and not get FOMO?

PEGGY:       Because I know that there is no such thing as being caught up or keeping up. And so I take advantage of everything that I can, and I know that I’m missing out on some things. If you just participate as much as possible, you’re going to get renewed, and you’re going to get excited about the possibilities of things that you can do in your world that don’t cost anything. Like you said at the beginning, it’s really all about the people. When you go to ISTE, it’s not just going to presentations and going to the exhibit hall, but it’s talking to people about the ideas you’re learning there, and then coming back home and talking to people back home about the things you learned while you were there.

VICKI:          Okay, remarkable educators, so whether you’re going to be at ISTE, I hope you’ll say hello to me. I’ll be there all day Monday and part of the day Tuesday. Or whether you’re not at ISTE, we can all join in this awesome learning experience. And I hope that all of you will tweet and connect with Peggy, because she’s really the guru about how to participate at ISTE whether you’re there or not.

PEGGY:       Thank you. And I would love to connect with our listeners.

VICKI:          The ISTE Conference is here. And I’m so excited to be at ISTE with Power School on Monday, June 26th at 4:00 pm in room 225 A and B. http://www.coolcatteacher.com/iste-2017-schedule-iste17/

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I’ll be leading a panel discussion on the five teacher trends changing education. https://conference.iste.org/2017/program/search/detail_session.php?id=109644264  You’ll also want to come by Power School’s Classroom of the Future in 207 A, where they’ll be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos. You can also come by the Power School booth, 2918, to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE, check out the Unified Classroom at powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. That’s powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. Or just go to the show notes and follow the link. Hope to see you there.

 

Thank you for listening to the Ten-minute Teacher Podcast. You can download the show notes and see the archive at coolcatteacher.com/podcast. Never stop learning.

 

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ISTE 2017 Schedule #iste17

23 June, 2017 - 05:03

Hope to see you there!

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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ISTE 2017 starts this weekend. If you’re going – enjoy. If you’re not — stay tuned to the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast on Friday when Peggy George talks about how to participate in all of the #notatiste17 activities. We all win when ISTE happens, so don’t feel left out. PowerSchool is sponsoring some podcast episodes and work at ISTE. Thank you, PowerSchool!

As of three weeks ago – #notatiste17 was my plan. But then, some friends at PowerSchool called.

You see, Hardeep Gulati, the CEO, and his team had put together a stellar panel on the trends shaping teaching today. They asked me to moderate the panel. Excited! So, I said yes!

5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today on the ISTE Program

PowerSchool has a fantastic, reliable SIS. They also bought Haiku Learning and have since created PowerSchool Learning, the best learning management system (in my opinion.)

In addition, PowerSchool has a fantastic announcement coming Monday. (Hardeep will be on my podcast Monday to share the announcement for those of you not going to ISTE.)

The only challenge is that my toe may be broken, so be patient with me. Drop by and say hi.

The best thing about ISTE is my friends. As always, every chance to speak is a gift. I’ll do my best to “bring it” for those of you who add me to your busy ISTE 2017 program.

And this year, for all of my #notatiste17 friends, you are remembered. There will be a live stream Monday and Tuesday for you!  Quick Glance Schedule

Check the extended schedule for explanations below.

Monday, June 26, 2017

9:15 – 10:15 am – Classroom of the Future Tour and Live Stream 207A We will stream on the PowerSchool Facebook page
11:00 am – Classroom of the Future 207A visit with those in line

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Cool Cat Teacher’s Mega Tool Share – Microsoft Partner Booth  – I’ll be presenting quick secrets of success with the PowerSchool Learning Management System (my blended learning tool) for 15 minutes and then for 30 minutes I’ll share as many tools as humanly possible from my 50+ fave tools for teachers.

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm PowerSchool Booth 2918 – I’ll be tweeting out selfies with friends I see here. Say hi!
2:00 pm Classroom of the Future 207A visit with those in line and take pics!

Put 5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today on Your ISTE Program

4 – 5 pm 5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today

If you can get to only one event, this is the one you’ll want to see! I’ll be moderating an Awesome Panel with Marlo Gaddis, Dr. Scott McLeod, Dr. Richard Middleton, and Paul Ritter – Ballroom 225AB

Come by and support PowerSchool, enter to win Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces, and Amazon Echoes. Add them to your schedule.  Tuesday, June 27

11:00 – 12:00 ISTE Edtech Influencer Panel to be live streamed from SMART  on their Facebook and Twitter accounts – I’ll be on the panel with Jeffrey Bradbury, Angela Maiers, Lord Jim Knight, and Jeff Lowe. For  #notatiste17 friends

12:30 – 1:20 Edtech Insight Session: Teacher Hacks – Pitch Fest Pavilion 2142 – We’ll work to share more than 30 Teacher hacks and ideas for all age groups.

ISTE 2017 Expanded Schedule Monday, June 26 Tour Classroom of the Future (Live Stream from 207A)

Monday, June 26 2017 – 9:15 am – 10:15 am
11:00 am and 2:00 pm
207A

I’ll be joining Danielle Tyler from the PowerSchool social media team as we live stream a tour of the Classroom of the Future. Perfect for #notatiste17 to join in. (See their Facebook page for the live video.)

Note that this will be open every time the exhibit hall is open. They’ll be giving away prizes like Apple Watches, Amazon Echo’s, and Microsoft Surface Tablets and tours depart every 6 minutes. This is a must see! 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Cool Cat Teacher’s Mega Tool Share (Microsoft Partner Booth)

My 50+ tools and blended learning presentations are popular at conferences. This will be a condensed version.

The first 15 minutes will be about how I blend learning in my classroom. The last 30 minutes will be as many tools as I can share.  PowerSchool Booth (Come visit and say hello)

Monday, June 26, 2017
2918 in the Exhibit Hall
1:10 pm EDT

We’ll take selfies and tweet and share from here.  5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today (Lead Panel Discussion)

Monday, June 26, 2017 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ballroom 225AB

Tired of the buzzwords? Want to get past the hype? What really works in teaching? This panel will tackle five important trends transforming teaching today. It will help superintendents, principals, IT Directors, and teachers get back to what works in the classroom and refocus on learning.

Panelists:

  • Marlo Gaddis
  • Dr. Scott McLeod
  • Dr. Richard Middleton
  • Paul Ritter
  • Vicki Davis, Panel Moderator
  • Dr. Sally I’Anson, Backchannel Moderator

Put 5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today on Your ISTE Program

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 SMART Ed Tech Influencer Panel

June 27, 2017 10:30 – 11:30 am
To be live streamed from SMART  on their Facebook and Twitter accounts – I’ll be on the panel with Jeffrey Bradbury, Angela Maiers, Lord Jim Knight, and Jeff Lowe. For  #notatiste17 friends

Teacher Hacks at Edtech Insights (Edward Baker)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Pitch Fest Pavilion, Booth 2142

We’ll be sharing teacher hacks for students of all ages!

Check out the PowerSchool schedule. I’m grateful for the opportunity. 

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17

23 June, 2017 - 00:07

A conversation with Terry Freedman in episode 104 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Terry Freedman @terryfreedman author of Education Conferences: Teachers’ Guide to Getting the Most out of Education Conferences talks about how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 or any conference you attend.

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This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool! Here’s the schedule.

I will be leading a panel discussion on 5 Key Trends Transforming Teaching Today  at ISTE 2017 on Monday June 26, 2017 at 4pm in room 225 A and B.

Come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos.

Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 — I’ll be there some on Monday. For those of you are not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show

 

 

In today’s show, Terry Freedman shares how to get the most out of any conference and especially #iste17 :

  • Deciding your goals for a conference
  • Accomplishing important things at a conference
  • The “killer question” to ask people you meet
  • Finding what you missed (even when you go)
  • Some challenges unique to #iste17

I hope you enjoy this episode with Terry Freedman!

 

Selected Links from this Episode Full Bio As Submitted Terry Freedman

Terry has over 40 years’ experience in education. Roles include teaching (especially hard classes), management in schools, and government agencies. Since 2004 he has been an independent ed tech consultant, writer, trainer, and speaker.

He aims in his books and articles to answer two main types of question:

So what?

and:

So what do I do with class X on Friday afternoon?

He has embarked on writing and self-publishing a series of teachers’ guides, the first of which is the Education Conferences book mentioned elsewhere. These will be very practical and pragmatic. To be informed of new or impending publications, sign up for Terry’s newsletter.

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Blended Learning Hype or Taking Us to New Heights?

22 June, 2017 - 01:55

A global search for education blog post

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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No, blended learning is NOT hype, at least not in my experience. However, I will say that I have seen people say that they are blending learning when it is not blended learning at all. I have interviewed a thought leader from the Christensen Institute about the eight types of blended learning, shared my five essential, effective blended learning best practices, have given a webinar on blended learning best practices and led a panel at 2016 ISTE with blended learning thought leaders. Through all of this, here are some thoughts on blended learning today.

Each month, Cathy Rubin has a question for the Top Global Teacher Bloggers. This month’s question is “What do you think about the K12 evolution of blended learning?  What is blended learning?

First, there are lots of forms of blended learning. There’s station rotation. There is flipped classroom. There’s the flex model.

But, every classroom is made up of two spaces:

  • the face-to-face space and
  • the online space

The effective 21st-century teacher will meld the online space and the face-to-face classroom into a powerful combination of learning. That is blended learning.

The Blended Learning Secret

In my last five years of blending my classroom, I’ve learned the secret to great blended learning is to let each location do what it does best.

When I make huge mistakes, and blended learning is when I ask a space to be something that is not intended to do.

An example of face to face success

For example, there is no replacement for face-to-face feedback. Sure, I can record my voice, or I could record a quick video for students. Certainly, when you have online classrooms, you have to do this form of feedback because you just don’t have the ability to talk face to face.

But there is no substitute for me patting a student on the shoulder for a job well done or a quick high-five when a student has made a significant accomplishment. There is no app for that. It is human contact, and it’s a powerful way to improve learning.

You can’t educate until you relate. Even effective online teachers somehow build a relationship with their student’s classroom. But, in my opinion, you can have the best of both worlds.

Something that will move out of the physical classroom to the online space

In another example, I have a dry erase board on one wall of my room. For the last fifteen years, I’ve written the assignment on the board for the day. However, during the last three years, my students now use PowerSchool Learning as their learning management system (LMS.)

During their end of year feedback session, the students voted that I should no longer use the dry erase board.

“We don’t look at it. Everything is online.” one said.

“Let’s use that board for something else,” said another.

In this example, students asked for assignments to just be online and to use the physical space differently.

Dividing something into two spaces

Perhaps the most intriguing conversations happened about the course videos that I create and embed in their LMS.

Overwhelmingly they said they like the screencasts to be in video form. So, when I’m teaching how to point and click or do a task, they want those online.

However, to my surprise, they said that the bulleted content when I’m talking about a topic or trend — they want that in the face to face classroom.

“You have more energy when you share your stories face to face.”

“It is hard to pay attention to bullets and just words on a page when it is in a video.”

Student Feedback As You Blend

Therefore, as I get back from my students, I become the greatest personalization engine that they know.

Yes, tools like Khan Academy can customize learning for them in ways that I cannot do individually.

However, I can adapt the entire classroom and the whole learning experience to create a collaborative, cooperative place where students can create, design, and learn to the best of their ability.

Getting student feedback helps me blend better.

What Works in the Classroom!

So, I don’t think blended learning is hype at all. However, I do think that if people think it is the magic bullet to fix everything, as usual, they will be wrong.

Because what helps kids learn is a lot of hard work from the kids and a lot of hard work and the teachers.

Teachers select the best tools to be able to teach.

Teachers build relationships with students.

And, we bring strategies with a high effect size into the classroom that also fit with our own abilities as teachers so that we can teach the best of our ability.

Every Classroom is Blended Whether They Know it Or Not

So, every single classroom has an online component whether the teachers know it or not.

Students are texting about the class or parents are emailing each other and sharing information. It’s just better to have an online space where you can truly blend both places together and facilitate learning.

I think the only height that we are guilty of an education is the hype that comes from thinking that you can improve learning in the classroom by buying something.

Learning comes at a cost.

Certainly, we have to buy the supplies and access to the tools that we need but, we have to have teachers and students who know how to use those tools for the purpose of learning.

And that my friends, makes a great blended learning classroom.

When blended learning is done right, it isn’t about the technology at all — just learning.

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BEST OF SEASON 1: iPads in Kindergarten

20 June, 2017 - 20:00

The top #edtech tool Tuesday of season 1 with Caitlin Arakawa

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today, we unveil the top edtech tool Tuesday of season 1 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast. Caitlin Arakawa tops the list with her show about how she uses iPads in Kindergarten.

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In the show, I’m recommending Angela Watson’s upcoming webinars on How to create simple habits of rest and self care that will change your life. I do recommend her 40-hour workweek club and am an affiliate of the program.  

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TOP EPISODE Of Season 1: Jim Forde, “You’re the Teacher”

19 June, 2017 - 20:26

Encore Episode 101: The Best of Season 1

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Jim Forde’s episode, “You’re the Teacher” is the top episode of Season 1 of the 10 minute teacher. Kip, my producer, has remastered and “turned it up” so you can rock out to an inspirational message and song.

This week, we’ll be airing 3 encore episodes of the best of Season 1. Thursday and Friday, we’ll air some special ISTE episodes. Then, in July, we’ll take a short break and then come back for Season 2. Hope you enjoy these episodes as some of you in North America start your summertime.

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In the show, I’m recommending Angela Watson’s upcoming webinars on How to create simple habits of rest and self care that will change your life. I do recommend her 40-hour workweek club and am an affiliate of the program.  

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Google Classroom: Top New Features to Learn Over the Summer #gafe

17 June, 2017 - 09:41

A conversation with Alice Keeler on episode 97 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom.

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In today’s show, Alice Keeler talks about essential features to try this summer in Google Classroom:

  • Some little dots and arrows that you should find right now
  • How Alice finds new features
  • A cool feature that Alice suggested to Google
  • The power of engaging students using Google Classroom
  • How to test Google Classroom without students

I hope you enjoy this episode with Alice Keeler!

Want to hear another episode on Google Tools? Listen to Crystal Koenig talk about Google Keep in her classroom.

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Alice Keeler taught high school math for 14 years and now teaches teachers in the credential program at California State University Fresno. Alice is a Google Certified Innovator and co-author of the books “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom,” “50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach,” “Teaching Math with Google Apps,” “Ditch That Homework,” and “Google Apps for Littles.”

Alice has a popular EdTech blog http://alicekeeler.com and her Google Classroom posts can be found at http://alicekeeler.com/googleclassroom

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To celebrate the end of the first season of the Ten-minute Teacher podcast on June 16th, we’re running a giveaway – the Dash and Dot Robot Wonder Pack from Wonder Workshop. Stay tuned to the end of the show for how to enter.

Google Classroom. Hot new things to try this summer, with Alice Keeler. This is Episode 97.

The Ten-minute Teacher podcast with Vicki Davis. Every week day you’ll learn powerful practical ways to be a more remarkable teacher today.

VICKI:   Today, we’re talking with my favorite Google Classroom guru, Alice Keeler. @alicekeeler

And, Alice, you know, there’s some features or some awesome things in Google Classroom https://classroom.google.com/u/0/h that teachers really kind of need to get familiar with over the summer. But how do we start? I mean, how do we know what to look for? Because there’s so much in Google Classroom?

ALICE:          There is so much in Google Classroom, and at the same time there is so little in Google Classroom; which is really the genius of Google Classroom is that it’s so simple. So the first thing to look for is three dots. And that’s really true in any practice. I mean, you get excited when you see a tiny triangle or three dots, because that’s going to tell you there’s more features or more things to look at. So when you create an assignment in Google Classroom, one of the things you’ll notice is up in the upper hand corner of that assignment are three dots. Now, this is a nerdy brag. When you click on those three dots, the bottom option on there is to copy link. And that was my idea. And so, of course, I think it’s a really good idea to help explore Google Classroom because it allows you to connect outside of Google Classroom a little bit more easily. If you’re not strictly using Google Classroom, that’s how you can combine, say, Schoology and Google Classroom is by copying the link from the assignment and pasting that link into, say, Schoology or whatever other platform you’re using.

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                    Or, when you want to send out an email or invite others to look at it, that copy link is really perfect. And it also loops students right back into like, hey, let’s come back and look at this assignment again.

One of the things that we noticed is that students perceive a lot of their work as busy work. Well, it’s not busy work, but why do they think it is? Because we do the assignment, we get points, and then we move on to something else. And, really, with the logistics of paper, that’s how we had to do it. So when you look at Google Classroom like, how can I keep coming back? How can we make this a cycle of learning, that students feel like they have an opportunity to make a mistake, get some feedback, and come back and work on it some more? Because students really do want to learn. So a great way to do that is to copy the link to an assignment that students have worked on and later ask students to go back and revisit it, now that feedback has been posted. So look for those three dots in Google Classroom as places where you can get more options.

VICKI:          Awesome.

ALICE:          The other thing is in Google Classroom, in the bottom left hand corner is a little question mark. And when you click on that question mark, it says some awesome things. It says, what’s new? That’s the very first thing. So if you want to know new things to explore, Google makes it really easy for you to find some new features and things for your trial. But I have to warn you; a lot of things are kind of hidden and they don’t announce them, and they’re just kind of sneaking a few features here and there. And all the features are always teacher-requested.

VICKI:          Shameless plug here. Tell us where we find out your Google Classroom resources. Because I’m telling everybody they’re awesome, so it’s not a shameless plug; it’s really worth it.

ALICE:          Thank you. Appreciate that. Well, first, obviously, I have books. So if you go on to Amazon and look up either Google Classroom or Alice Keeler, I have 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom and 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom. But if you just go to my website, alicekeeler.com, right up at the top, I have a link that will filter for my Google Classroom posts. Or you can go alicekeeler.com/googleclassroom.

VICKI:          Cool. Okay, what other features do we need to try out or learn this summer?

ALICE:          I’ll tell you; my new favorite thing, really, is the return count in Google Classroom.

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                    Now, it’s been a feature on the app for a little while, but they finally brought it to the desktop version or the Chrome version. And so what you see is it says done and not done when students have or haven’t completed work. But now when you return work, it now shows you the number that you have returned, the number that is done, and the number that’s not done. And why that’s particularly awesome is I don’t use Google Classroom to save trees. I didn’t get into teaching for trees; I got into it for kids. And so what makes learning better is feedback and interacting with students. And the faster I can interact with students, the more motivated they are, the more they care about my class. So when I return work, I know that I’ve looked at it, or I’ve at least seen who’s done something, whether or not I’ve graded it or not.

If students look at it after that point, then it’s marked as done, and it counts on the done count. So I know that those two students, if the number was two for done, need to have that worked looked at. And it’s not mixed in with students I’ve already looked at. That was always a little bit of a frustration; I look at a list of student work, and then I have to try and figure out later, well, who’s done it since I looked at it? So if I return first, I can click on that too and it shows me only those two students who have done it since I last looked at it. And that helps me to respond to students faster. And that makes learning better.

VICKI:          Oh, and it just makes life easier, doesn’t it?

ALICE:          It so does. So when today they ask me, why are you returning this? Because I’m telling you; I have seen it, I looked at it, I care about it, I’m not ignoring it.

VICKI:          Awesome. And then you can have that back in fourth. Because, honestly, I mean, when teachers grade a first draft, I kind of wonder, well, what’s the point? Because the real learning goes on between draft one and draft seven or eight or nine, you know.

ALICE:          So true. Hands down; my favorite feature of Google Classroom is private comments. And I notice a lot of teachers aren’t aware that that’s there.

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                    So the way to find it is to click on the assignment title of any assignment, and on the left hand side you’ll see a roster of students, and click on any student’s name, and you’ll see on the right hand side is a place to do private comments. But, Vicki, it’s not a comment; it’s a conversation. And that’s where learning really happens, is when students interact with you. And let’s look at the research. Really, one of the most important and valuable things in the classroom is a highly qualified teacher. And so when you are interacting with students, that is going to be some of those things that really impact learning the most, because, again, it’s a conversation not just a comment that I’m writing on the side of a kid’s paper. And that allows students to say, I don’t understand this, or can you explain this further, or for you to give some really detailed information that students can then build on.

VICKI:          I did not know that feature was there. So do we have any other features that you think they should try this summer?

ALICE:          Well, there’s a new feature that I just discovered. And, again, I’ve mentioned there’s like some little hidden things. So when I go into the question mark and it says what’s new, this is not on the list. In the class comments; so when I post an assignment, what’s really cool is that we’re able to be a community of learners. The burden of feedback is not always on me. When a kid asks a question, he can ask the class. So there’s that class comment on every assignment where students can write a comment or a question or something like that. Now, when you hover over another student’s comment, a little reply swoopy shows up. And when you click on the reply swoopy – I don’t know if that’s a technical word; so it’s called a plus mention. And you can do plus mentions in comments in Google Docs and things you’ve been able to do that. And it’s lesser known maybe in Google Classroom. But it puts plus, and then that person’s email address for you so that the reply is directed towards that specific person who posted the question. Now, it’s always been an awesome feature, but my problem always has been, I don’t have everyone’s email address memorized. So how do I do a plus mention when I don’t know their email?

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                    So this has now solved that problem for me so nicely, is when I see a comment, or when a peer sees a peer’s comment and they hover over the comment in the class comments, the reply swoopy will automatically add the plus mention. So another great way for us to continue interacting.

VICKI:          So as we finish up; you know, one of the challenges that teachers have is they want to play with these features over the summer, but they don’t have a class to play with. Do you have a solution for that?

ALICE:          That one is a toughie. But, you know, we all have a hobby or something we’re interested in, and a new feature in Google Classroom is now people can create a classroom with Gmail and people can join classroom with Gmail. Now, that means it’s @gmail.com. Even though our school accounts are Gmail accounts, they’re not @gmail.com accounts. So go to gmail.com and log in and then go to classroom.google.com; and if teachers would create a Google Classroom through their Gmail account, they can actually invite peers and friends, just people on Facebook that they know, to say, I’m doing a little training, just trying some stuff out over the summer, who wants to join in.  And so now all their friends can try it out with them in a safe environment, because they’re not damaging kids trying to figure something out. I’m just joking; of course, you wouldn’t be damaging kids by trying something out. Try something out. But you’re not doing grades and some new things on that. So using the Gmail account is a really nice way over the summer for teachers to try out some new assignment types with people they know and love.

VICKI:          So we’ve gotten lots of wonderful ideas of things to try. We’ve got a new resource for you. I’ll put her books in the show notes. Follow Alice Keeler. I learn from her. She’s kind of my Google Classroom go-to person. So we’ve given you lots of ideas for the summer. So get out there, try some new things, and be remarkable.

ALICE:          Absolutely.

VICKI:          On June 16th, we’ll finish up season one of the Ten-minute Teacher. So to celebrate, we’ve partnered with one of my favorite robots for teaching coding – Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop.

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                    Go to coolcatteacher.com/wonder and enter to win your very own Wonder Pack from Wonder Workshop. And to learn more about how you can use Dash and Dot to teach programing to kids, aged, kindergarten and up.

Thank you for listening to the Ten-minute Teacher Podcast. You can download the show notes and see the archive at coolcatteacher.com/podcast. Never stop learning.

 

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Go Bold School: Old School + Blended Learning

16 June, 2017 - 23:16

A conversation with Weston Kieschnick on episode 96 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. Check the show notes for the book giveaway.

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In today’s show, Weston Kieschnick talks about blended learning and old school teaching:

  • The old school wisdom we should hold onto
  • What to improve
  • Teacher fear about being made to do things that don’t work
  • The mistake of “one size fits all” edicts
  • A bold school pep talk

I hope you enjoy this episode with Weston Kieschnick!

Want to hear another episode on getting motivated to reach students? Listen to Jennifer Cronk talk about motivating special needs breakthroughs.

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Full Bio As Submitted Weston Kieschnick

Weston Kieschnick is a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education. His thought leadership around blended pedagogy has been published in Education Week, Ed-Tech Magazine, and The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators. He also created and hosts Teaching Keating, an acclaimed podcast where pop-culture and pedagogy collide.

Mr. Kieschnick has worked with teachers and school leaders from every state in the US and more than 30 countries around the world. Districts, where Weston provides keynotes, teacher development, and coaching, have been recognized among the top ten in the country for their work in educational technology. During his tenure in education, Weston has served as an award-winning Teacher, Assistant Principal, and District Level Administrator. Weston resides in Colorado with his wife Molly and his children, Everett and Charlotte.

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To celebrate the end of the first season of the Ten Minute Teacher Podcast on June 16th, we’re running a giveaway. The Dash and Dot robot wonder pack from Wonder Workshop Stay tuned at the end of the show for how to enter.

Blended learning in the bold school. This is Episode 96.

The Ten-minute Teacher podcast with Vicki Davis. Every week day you’ll learn powerful practical ways to be a more remarkable teacher today.

VICKI:   Happy Motivational Monday. Today we want to be motivated to have a bold school especially as it relates to blended learning. Now, we’re going to be giving away a book from our author today, Weston Kieschnick, @wes_kieschnick

who has written a book called Bold School. http://amzn.to/2rniSLJ Weston, how can we motivate ourselves to be more bold and how does it related to blended learning?

WESTON:    The iteration of bold school – bold is just a mash-up of the words, blended and old. So my goal in writing Bold School was to inspire teachers to bring their old school wisdom around teaching and learning into the blended learning equation. So often, there are so many teachers out there who are fearful about blended learning and that’s understandable because so many of them fear that the arrival of technology represents the departure of everything they love about teaching and learning.

And the whole idea behind being a bold school teacher and be in bold school is to continue to infuse those things that have always worked about teaching and learning and to bring those into the equation so we’re not just creating all of these isolated sort of flip learning and station rotation drones, but that teachers can hold on to their identity and who they are the great things they love about working with kids while they infuse technology to make their instruction more effective and efficient than it’s ever been before.

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VICKI:          Okay. So what’s the old school wisdom we hold on to?

WESTON:    All those things that work with kids, right? And so I think really often about one of my colleagues who I caught with just starting out and he was a history teacher exactly like I was and he was one of those history teaches who could absolutely us stand in front of the classroom, talk about history and make it come alive. He was incredible at direct instruction and at lecturing. And I think about him a lot in the blended space because I know he would be one of those folks who would be resistant to technology and flipping his classroom or station rotation because he would fear it would take away from the things that he knows work with his kids.

What he know is that direct instruction has an effect size of 0.57. (Editor’s note, it looks like the new list has it at .60 see https://visible-learning.org/hattie-ranking-influences-effect-sizes-learning-achievement/ ) It is a high effect size instructional strategy, let’s not take it away from teachers, let’s figure out how to infuse back channels. Things like Todaysmeet, https://todaysmeet.com/  things like Twitter www.twitter.com  Let’s figure out how to infuse formative assessment tools, things like Kahoot www.getkahoot.com  and Google Forms forms.google.com  to elevate a teacher like that. I want to encourage teachers to double and triple down on the things that they do best as long as they are high effect size. And we know that they work with kids, let’s use technology to double and triple down on those things and make them better than they were before. That’s bold school, that’s capitalizing on things that are old school, things like lecturing and direct instruction to make sure that they don’t get lost and that the baby doesn’t get thrown out with the bath water.

VICKI:          So Weston you’re saying that if something works, mess with it, but mess with it to make it better. Is that what you’re saying?

WESTON:    That’s exactly what I’m saying. Let’s not ditch the things that work. Let’s not ditch the things that work just by virtue of the fact that they’re old and we’ve done them for a long time. Okay, now, let’s switch to something that’s completely new and unproven. Let’s figure out how to utilize technology as a tool to make our strategies better. And I think that’s been a point of confusion for so many teachers in the blended space. They look at technology as though it’s the strategy. It’s not.

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                    Our strategies are the things that we’ve been doing in classroom often at times since the dawn on the one-room school house. Now, is everything that we’ve done since the dawn of the one-room school house really good? No, of course not. But there are things that we’ve done for a long time for a reason, because they work. And so no the challenge is to figure out how to infuse technology to make those practices even better than they were before.

VICKI:          You know, and the other thing that sometimes we ignore in the research is, for example, I may be horrible at direct instruction and you maybe great at it. So just because overall it’s a great strategy for many people doesn’t necessarily mean it plays to my own strength.

WESTON:    Correct.

VICKI:          So don’t we have to try to look at it? Some people may do well with the back channel, some may not. But don’t we really kind to have of tune in to are students learning and the data of their learning and that sort of thing. But is this working? We’re talking about what works, not making people do what doesn’t, right?

WESTON:    Exactly. And so often, a lot of our teachers are so fearful of being made to do things that don’t work especially when they’ve had success up to this point. And so that’s exactly the kind of mentality we’re trying to capitalize on. So one of the examples that I give in the book is like you wouldn’t take a high school kid who is 5ft 7inc and runs a 4,440 and is just like an unbelievable football player and then all of a sudden try to turn that kid into a college basketball player. Like, no, you want to capitalize on his strengths to make him the best college football player he can be. Now, we’re not going to take a teacher who’s incredible at Socratic seminar and loves it and now try to take this teacher and say, okay, ditch that even though you’ve been hyper successful with it, now, let’s make you the master of station rotation. Like, no, let’s bring that old-school wisdom into the equation and show this teacher how to be effective. But to your point, Vicki, only if it is their gift and only if that particular strategy has a high effect size that we know through formative assessment works with kids.

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VICKI:          But sometimes administrators or people have a one size fits all and say, “All my teachers are going to do it this way because this way works.”

WESTON:    You’re 100% right. And it’s so bizarre because the genesis of blended learning was all about providing personalized learning experiences for kids and yet we’re trying to take our teachers and fit them into this one size fits all approach of like, you know I used the phrase like blended learning and station rotations – again, those are great tools and great strategies but at the same time is that what we want for all of our teachers? No. Let’s personalize to meet our teachers where they are relative to their expertise, relative to their wisdom so they can still be at their best for kids.

And that’s what the book is all about. And you’ll see a bunch of examples in the book where we match high effects size instructional strategies. We have a list of them 13 of them and then we show examples. Things that we’ve seen actually in classrooms, when I’ve been around coaching in the 1000 of rooms I’ve been in to say, “Hey, here’s how a teacher takes reciprocal teaching and melts that with these tools to be incredible on the classroom and here’s what he scenario looks like.” And that’s the part that gets me really excited because so often for teachers – and you know this to be true, Vicki, it’s about them being able to see what it actually looks like before they get an understanding. And my hope is that that’s what the book accomplishes.

VICKI:          So Weston, as we finish up, give us a one-minute bold school pep talk so that we can be bold-school.

WESTON:    Step number one to becoming bold-school is heading off this question and this problem at the past. So often what happens with teachers is Chromebooks will arrive in our schools and arrive in our classrooms and we will stop and we will ask ourselves, okay, what am I going to do with Chromebooks today? And that is the moment where blended learning falls apart because, then, it becomes all about the tool. If you want to be bold-school, approach your design methodology through this framework.

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                    Step number one, the first thing that we have to do is the thing that we’ve always done, identify our academic outcomes. What is our learning outcome for the day? Step number two is identify the instructional strategy that will allow us to accomplish that objective, that will allow us to cultivate those stills in kids. And then step number three is to ask ourselves, what digital tool will elevate the instructional strategy so then I could meet that academic outcome that we talked about in step one.

And then last but not least, we have to apply a sound instructional framework to figure out whether or not the things that we’re doing with kids are actually any good, whether it’s the SAMR model http://www.schrockguide.net/samr.html or the  Rigor Relevance Framework http://www.leadered.com/our-philosophy/rigor-relevance-framework.php we got to be able to take a good long hard look to say, hey, you know what, what I’m doing falls in Quad D what I’m doing is redefining teaching and learning in the blended space so that if they are, we can replicate those things and if they’re not we can enhance them and make them better.

VICKI:          I just want to go, okay, it all makes sense because all these years’ people want to talk about Ed tech integration. To me it’s like, okay, let’s just talk good teaching, forget technology. It’s just about great teaching and this is just another one of our tools that we have and we should use it because it’s so powerful, it lets us do stuff we can’t do on paper, it lets us do stuff we can’t do other ways. So the book is Bold School. Check out the website for how you can enter to win the book and follow all the resources. Weston Kieschnick has lots of exciting things going on this summer. So take a look and I hope this summer you’ll become more bold school, and I hope I will too.

WESTON:    Thanks so much, Vicki.

VICKI:          On June 16th we’ll finish up Season 1 of the 10 Minute Teacher. So celebrate, we’ve partnered with one of my favorite robots for teaching coding, Dash and Dot form Wonder Workshop. Go to coolcat.com/wonder and enter to win your very own Wonder pack form Wonder workshop and to learn more about how you can use Dash and Dot to teach programming to kids, aged, kindergarten and up.

Thank you for listening to the Ten-minute Teacher Podcast. You can download the show notes and see the archive at coolcatteacher.com/podcast. Never stop learning.

 

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