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A First Year Administrator’s Journey - BBEDU 13

JP's Upcoming Conference Presentations: Midwest Education Technology Conference, February 11-13: Feb 11: I Just Attended the Best. Conference. Ever. Feb 12: The Edtech PodSquad LIVE! Feb 13: Memes, GIFs, and #Booksnaps, oh my! ISTE 2019 Building Collaborative Content with Podcasts (Panel AND Poster sessions) The Edtech Minute The One Word movement is a concept that encourages people to focus their year around one singular word to focus their growth and learning around, instead of...


Tips for Effective #Edtech Integration- BBEDU 12

The Edtech Minute formRanger is a Google Forms add on that will eliminate an answer choice -actually replace it with a blank space or other text - on a Google Forms multiple choice question after it has had a specified number of selections. Three reasons you might use formRanger: ​Here is a video tutorial I made that will walk you through setting up formRanger Featured Content The first blog post I ever published was a guest post on my good friend Justin Tarte's blog, Life of an...


#Edtech, #Makerspaces, & the K-5 Library - BBEDU 11

The Edtech Minute Google recently rolled out closed captioning in Google Slides presentations. Here is the Google Keyword blog post announcing it. Now that you know how to use close captioning in Google Slides, amp up your use by: Featured Content Meghan Ford is a recovering 5th grade teacher turned elementary librarian and Google Certified Educator. Meghan is passionate about using her library to create problem solvers by combining literacy and her makerspace. Our conversation focuses on...


Presenting at #Edtech Conferences - BBEDU 010

The Edtech Minute Recently I hosted two parent digital citizenship events where I gave a presentation called Hold the Phone: tips for managing teens with smartphones. This presentation focused on helping our kids navigate their digital lives by: You can review this event's parent handout here. Featured Content Jen Walter is a middle school science teacher and edtech instructional specialist for the Fox School District. In our conversation, Jen talks about her work as an instructional...


ISTE Standards in the Classroom - BBEDU 009

My latest blog post: Will YOU take the #EDUpodcastchallenge? The Edtech Minute I recently hosted a viewing of the documentary Screenagers. This is a movie about screen addiction and how families can navigate the world of social media and create healthy balances for everyone in the family between being connected on a screen and connected to the people in front of you. Featured Content Jonathon Lee is an instructional specialist with METC & is a State-wide Technology Support Specialist...


First Grade View of Education - BBEDU 008

The Edtech Minute I recently had the 5 year anniversary of working full time in an edtech role. Three things I have learned: 1. Elementary and secondary teachers and students are different. 2. Everyone loves someone who can help. 3. Having a strong network is invaluable. Featured Content Giuliana is my daughter and is a first grade student. We discussed learning spaces, technology in her classroom, and qualities of an amazing educator. What I'm Learning The Edtech Situation Room is...


Share YOUR Voice - BBEDU 007

The Edtech Minute The core content, not a piece of technology, should be the focal point of a lesson or learning activity. ​Featured Content Chris Nesi is a high school social studies teacher, podcaster, and presenter who hosts The House of Edtech, co-hosts Podcast PD, and produces the wildly popular Google Teacher Tribe podcast. In our conversation, Chris and I talk about getting started podcasting and what we have each learned from having our own shows. Then we talk about imposter...


How to be in Six Schools at Once - BBEDU 006

The Edtech Minute Unpacking the recent updates to Google Classroom. 1. Classwork page 2. Gradning interface My Google Classroom resource Featured Content Lacey Majors serves the Fox C-6 School District as a 6-12th grade gifted educator. Our conversation covers a wide variety of topics including Lacey's unique path to education and how it prepared her for her current role, and how technology helps Lacey build relationships with students, colleagues, and families. Lacey's...


Planning High Quality PD - BBEDU 005

Check out the full show notes at The Edtech Minute How can we ensure that our students are connected to the real world when they are learning in our classrooms? Featured Content Dr. Amy Zielinski currently serves the Ladue School District in St. Louis, MO as the assistant superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. In our conversation, Amy talks about important considerations when planning professional development all the way from a district vision to best...


Creating Change Makers with Design Thinking - BBEDU 004

Check out the full show notes at The Edtech Minute Selecting the right tool for the right task at the right time. Featured Content Eva Rudolph serves Fox Middle School as a math and leadership teacher, along with helping students produce powerful and popular videos. Eva was recently recognized as the 2018 Fox C-6 School District Teacher of the Year. In our conversation, Eva shares how she implements design thinking in both her math and leadership class. ​ FMS...


Creating Teacher Technology Leaders - 003

The Edtech Minute Your Work Matters Featured Content Erin Lawson currently serves the Orchard Farm School District as the the District Technology Coach. Prior to this role, Erin taught 6th grade for 9 years. Erin is the founder of the #StudentPD conference, a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and was recognized as a 2018 METC Spotlight Educator honored with the 2018 Educational Technology Association of St. Louis’s V.C. McCluer award for outstanding contributions to instructional...


Facilitate learning with SeeSaw - 002

The Edtech Minute: Date the tool, marry the ability Featured Content: high school library media specialist Tonya Thompson shares how she uses SeeSaw to facilitate student learning What I'm Learning: Google Team Drive Full show notes:


Engaging Students with Technology -Episode 001

The Edtech Minute: Exciting is not the same as engaging Featured content: a conversation with award winning social studies teacher, PD lead, and incoming K-12 Social Studies Coordinator, Jordan McGaughey. What I'm Learning: ISTE's #ETCoaches book study on Lisa Kolb's book Learning First, Technology Second. I'm attending ISTE for the first time in June 2018. Tweet me your best tips for making the most of my ISTE conference @jpprezz.


The Bits & Bytes of Education Preview Show

Welcome to the preview of the Bits & Bytes of Education Podcast! On this super short episode, JP will talk about why he's starting a podcast and what listeners can expect from this bi-weekly show.