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Episode 60: 5 Must Have Apps for the 1:1 Classroom


This week I share my 5 must have apps for teachers and students in the 1:1 classroom. This is my list what’s yours? Share your “Must Haves” on social media using #sospodcast and please tag me as well so I can see your list too.

5 Must Have’s for Teachers

5 Must Have’s for Students

 

Episode 59: High Structured, Loosely Organized Classroom Strategies


A great conversation with Micheal a Tech TOSA in the Auburn School District as we talk about the pedagogy that changes in a 1 to 1 classroom and how he created highly structured, loosely organized learning environments with his students and now how he helps teachers do the same.

Links from Michael:

Twitter handle is @ASDtech_Michael.

School Twitter: @AuburnSD

Living Computers Museum + Labs: livingcomputers.org/

Auburn School District #408 site: www.auburn.wednet.edu

 

Episode 58: Managing Distractions in the 1 to 1 Classroom


Debra Hernanz and I chat about tips, tricks, and ideas for managing distractions in the 1 to 1 classroom.

Debra’s Links:

https://www.chronicle.com/specialreport/The-Distracted-Classroom/

Twitter: @debrahernanz
Instagram: remember2day
Blog: http://blogs.evergreenps.org/hernanz/

 

Bounce Episode: Flipgrid Past, Present, Future


A bounce episode for all you Shifting Our Schools subscriber out there. I get a chance to chat with Joey Taralson, VP of Engagement at Flipgrid.com. At the end of June Flipgrid announced they were acquired by Microsoft and becoming part of the MicrosoftEDU team. Shifting Our Schools listeners know how much I love Flipgrid and talk about its uses often. It was great to hear the history of how it started, where they currently are and plans for the future. Congrats to the entire Flipgrid team on their acquisition and I’m excited to see what’s next!

Joey’s Links:

Twitter handle: @taralson
Flipgrid twitter: @flipgrid, #FlipgridFever
Flipgrid Live event info:

Register for livestream:

Attending in person:

Episode 57: Rethinking PD for Teachers


As we continue our 1:1 Summer of Fun one of questions always come back to Professional Development for educators and how do we do it right. According to research done by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called “Teachers Know Best: Teachers views on Professional Development” (http://k12education.gatesfoundation.org/resource/teachers-know-best-teachers-views-on-professional-development/). Schools are not doing a very good job and most educators feel like PD is a hoop that needs to be jumped through. As educators why are not better at offering PD for our teachers.

In this episode I chat with Tyler Rablin who’s school district is rethinking PD in the face of the Internet and trying to find a way to give teachers more choice and voice in their PD options.

1:1 Summer of Fun links:

Freebie: 30 Days of Free PD email series
http://www.sospodcast.org/30days

Discount: $25 for the course Digital Citizenship in the Classroom
http://www.sospodcast.org/1to1/

Tyler’s Links:

“Teachers Know Best: Teachers views on Professional Development” (http://k12education.gatesfoundation.org/resource/teachers-know-best-teachers-views-on-professional-development/)

@Mr_Rablin (https://twitter.com/mr_rablin)

Website: https://teacher-totter.blogspot.com/

 

Episode 56: Gamification of Learning


Kicking off our 1:1 Summer of Fun this week with a great podcast with Tisha Richmond, a culinary teacher in Oregon has had completely gamified her classroom. So many great nuggets and takeaways you’ll want to take notes on this one.

1:1 Summer of Fun links:

Freebie: 30 Days of Free PD email series
http://www.sospodcast.org/30days

Discount: $15 for the course Fake News and the Responsibility to be Digitally Literate
http://www.sospodcast.org/1to1/

Links for Tisha Richmond

@tishrich – https://twitter.com/tishrich

website: https://www.tisharichmond.com/

 

Episode 55: Cell Phone Use in the Classroom


This week I sit down and chat about dealing with cell phones in the classroom. It might just be the hottest topic in education at the moment. I swear every conversation I have with teachers somehow some way turns to cell phones. In this episode I talk about how I go about handling these conversations with teachers as well as how I would structure my high school classroom today to meet students where they are.

  1. Talk about it: I find that if you start the year talking about cell phones in the classroom and face the fact that they are there you can continue to talk about them all year long. “I want you to have them, you want to have them so let’s work together to make sure we’re using them when we’re supposed to.” Is always a great start. A) it shows that you respect them B) You bring them into the fold of creating the cell phone policy for the class.
  2. Respect: I’ll respect that you have a life outside this classroom and for better for worse it doesn’t end when you walk through that door. However, at the same time, I need you to respect this learning environment for you and for others. If you need to use your phone because something crazy is going on in your life…just ask.. I won’t disrespect your connected life and you do not disrespect the limited time we have together as a group.
  3. Continual learning: Constantly have discussions about “being connected”. Learn why SnapChat is so “addicting” to them. Why are streaks so important? I find 99% of the time teenagers just really want someone to care and “get” their life. Bring articles in the classroom about kids being over connected and discuss those (so many blog posts here). We have to engage them in the conversations about being connected and understanding the pressure they are feeling in order to have the conversation to put it down and pay attention.

An article from Brad Stulberg (https://www.outsideonline.com/2297671/most-eco-minded-toughest-gear-planet) came across my twitter feed yesterday. He writes for the blog outsideonline.com and if I were teaching HS today this is the type of article that when I found it I would share and discuss with my students.

It’s a really good article that talks about some research around what happens just having our phone around us. But he ends the article with four things we can all do.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Remove your phone from your visual field (for example, out of the room where you’re trying to work or out of your bedroom at night). Doing so immediately dampens its pull on you.

  • Schedule Device-Free Time: Make hard rules for certain activities during which you’ll absolutely keep your phone out of sight. Examples: at the gym, on a hike, during deep-focus work, watching television with your significant other, and perhaps most important, when you’re sleeping.

  • Monitor Your Usage: Apps like Moment, which tracks how much time you spend on your device, surface trouble spots and bring greater overall awareness to how (and when) you use your devices.

  • Tech-Free Mornings: For the first 30 minutes after waking, don’t interact with technology. Instead, use this time to set an intention for the day; fully immerse yourself in a ritual like coffee, meditation, or yoga; or do a chunk of deep-focus work.

Episode 54: Being a Middle Schooler in a 1:1 Program


This week I catch up with some students from Nampa, Idaho who are finishing up their first year of 1:1 program and fill us in on what’s working and not working for them. It’s always great to hear from the kids and what a great way to kick off our “1to1 Summer of Fun”.

Links: 

Eduro Learning 1:1 Micro-Credential: http://www.sospodcast.org/1to1/

East Valley Middle Schoolhttp://eastvalley.nsd131.org/

EVMS Ed Tech Blog: http://evmsedtech.edublogs.com/ – posts written by EVMS teachers and someday students!

Twitter: @TimRigsbyTech

Email: trigsby@nsd131.org

Phone: 208-468-4760 ext 4637

 

Bounce Episode: Reflection on Apple WWDC18 Keynote


A bounce episode for those of you who are regular subscribers. I did a quick reflection on the Google I/O conference a few weeks back and decided Apple needed a little love as well. So just a quick reflection from me on the WWDC18 Keynote and trends that I see affecting in education in the future. Enjoy!

 

Episode 53: The Teenage Brain and Its Future


Morning in Seattle

This week I sit down outside on my deck, taking in the view and reflect on a couple articles that came my way via Twitter.

 

Links:

Is Technology Bad For the Teenage Brain?
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-04-03-is-technology-bad-for-the-teenage-brain-yes-no-and-it-s-complicated

Skills of the Future: How to Survive in a Complex New World
http://www.gettingsmart.com/2018/01/skills-of-the-future-how-to-thrive-in-the-complex-new-world/