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The Official Podcast of the #EdTechAfterDark Twitter chat.

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The Official Podcast of the #EdTechAfterDark Twitter chat.




#AppleEDUChat - RING In The New Year!

Join Apple Distinguished Educators Ben Kalb (@mrkalb) and Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) for #AppleEDUChat, tonight at 9PM EST! When the clock strikes 9PM EST, start this podcast and chat alongside others in #AppleEDUChat on Twitter. There'll be breaks for you to respond to others on your device, but in between, instead of sitting statically, you'll be completing a series of active challenges (do them at your own pace). Have fun, be active, and let's set some educational resolutions we can...


The One About a Crossover Special: #AppleEDUChat

Tomorrow, on January 8th, 2019, friends of the show, Ben Kalb (@mrkalb) and Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) have a special challenge-based episode set to coincide with #AppleEDUChat at 9PM EST. Learn about how to participate in this Twitter chat/Podcast hybrid by listening to this quick episode, then keep it locked here tomorrow when their special podcast will drop right before #AppleEDUChat at 9PM EST!


The One About School Safety

In this episode, Dan, Zac and Alex discuss recent events that have led to the ongoing conversation surrounding school safety. Keeping our children safe is priority number one - but with so much noise surrounding the discussion itself, how can we possibly get anything accomplished? Our guest this week is Meg Jones - technology integration coach and PhD student who gives us some much needed insight into literacy studies and digital media literacy. We also chat about how the internet and social...


The One Where Josh Katz Drops A Mic

In this episode, Dan and Zac interview Joshua Katz, math teacher from Orange County, Florida and TED speaker of 2014's inspiring "Toxic Culture Of Education" talk. We chat with Josh about what he believes the most toxic parts of our educational thought processes are, and how teachers have basically accepted some of this toxicity upon their own backs. Link to Josh's TED Talk


The One Where We Talk To Kahoot

In this episode, Dan, Zac and Alex are finally back after our hurricane Irma hiatus. We offer our condolences to those negatively effected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. We discuss our thoughts on why students, however well-behaved, still act differently online as opposed to their in-person selves. In addition, Zac interviews Daniella Latham of Kahoot to get her thoughts on the formative assessment gaming platform and find out more about what Kahoot is going to be offering in the future.


The One Where We Talk To Taylor Mali

In this episode, Dan, Alex and Zac are joined by the one and only Taylor Mali - former teacher, slam poet, and all around great guy. We chat him up about the EdTechAfterDark Twitter chat he moderated for us, what it means to be "cliché," why we should all speak with conviction, and some new projects he's working on.


The One That Got Away From Us

In this long overdue episode, Dan, Zac and Alex reflect on the entirety of the schoolyear, discuss teacher burnout and how to overcome the inevitable feeling of being overwhelmed as an educator. We also speak to Dr. Monica Burns of ClassTechTips.com about her new book and awesome EdTech blog.


The One About Connectedness

In this (extremely long) episode, Dan, Zac, and Alex discuss what it means to be "connected" to the internet in schools--but more importanly, how to "connect" with students on a more than superficial level to engage in and keep them "hungry" for school. We also chat with Nathan Lang, co-founder of #leadupchat and EDU strategist at CDW about his thoughts on what education needs to look like in 2017.


The One With Dene & Ricky

In this episode, Dan, Zac and Alex talk with Dene Gainey, a long time friend, author, and expert in student-centered classrooms, about providing students the space to create their own agency. We also finally get a chance to include our interview with Ricky Johnson, CFO of PledgeCents - a crowdfunding platform specifically designed for teachers.


The One Where We're Hungry (For Knowledge)

In this episode, Zac, Dan and Alex discuss our methods of staying inspired throughout the school year, and some of our favorite instructional strategies to help quell the doldroms of testing season. We also include some listener feedback, get sappy, and talk a little bit about avoiding negativity on your campus.


The One Where We Condense A Conference

In this episode, Zac, Dan and Alex attempt to condense an entire 3-day technology conference into the best tidbits. They probably fail, so you should go to fetc.org and look up any sessions you missed when you were there. There's also a special interview with Ami Shah from Peekapak, a fun elementary education tool to teach character ed to kids.


The One Where Sharing Is Caring

In this episode, Dan and Alex rap about the process of collaborating in a constantly connected world, and the fears (and benefits) of sharing "too much" of your story with your students. We also get kind of philosophical about the word "resolutionary" and quote people on Twitter that are smarter than we are. Enjoy!


The One Where We Have Lots Of Questions

In this episode, we discuss the dangers of speaking about technology with an air of pessimism in schools, and build upon last week's chat with Eric Sheninger, in which he asked a lot of good questions about inspiring "awe" in our students in these connected times. In addition, we also ask ourselves if teachers sometimes misrepresent the role of technology in the classroom. In fact, we seem to have more questions than answers!


#EdTechAfterDark After Hours - Episode 1

Welcome to the #EdTechAfterDark After Hours podcast! In this inaugural episode, Zac, Dan, and Alex discuss a variety of EdTech topics including how to keep kids curious within the walls of a public school, what it means to be an EdTech trailblazer, and what the next steps in student/teacher digital evolution could (and should) look like.