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Edtech PodSquad Simulcast - BBEDU 24

On episode 24 of The Bits & Bytes of Education, I share a recent episode of The Edtech PodSquad, a podcast I cohost with 4 Missouri Technology Leaders. What's New: Flipgrid updates Coach's Corner: SeeSaw for Schools Featured Content: How do you praise the amazing work classroom teachers are doing? ----- Connect with the Show JP's Twitter: @jpprezz JP's Instagram: @jpprezz Bits and Bytes on Twitter: @bitsandbytesEDU Talk about the show: #bitsandbytesEDU Leave...


Google Tools in the Math Classroom - BBEDU 23

The Edtech Minute Thank you to these educators who chatted with me at ISTE: Donna Albertsons shared her thoughts about podcasting for PD. Connect with Donna on Twitter @albertsonsclass Katie Cherry shared her ISTE take away. Connect with Katie on Twitter @teachcherry2014 I shared my thoughts about using Apple Clips to share learning. Check out Apple's Everyone Can Create curriculum to learn more. Featured Content Dee Leible is a math teacher, conference presenter, and Google for...


5 Tips for Attending BIG Conferences - BBEDU22

The Edtech Minute Podcasting with students can be an inexpensive project. Here's what you need to get started: 1 teacher account to Anchor.FM 1 Chromebook 1 Yeti microphone Featured Content Jen Walter is a middle school science teacher and edtech leader from St. Louis, Missouri. In our conversation, we discuss five tips for having making the most of your time at major conferences: What I'm Learning I was recently given the opportunity to serve my school district in a new capacity...


Level Up Student Reflections with Screencastify and Google - BBEDU 21

Full show notes at The Edtech Minute Toontastic 3D is a digital storytelling app by made by Google with our younger learners in mind. There are 3 major reasons I recommend Toontastic: Here is a storyboard template for any digital storytelling project. Featured Content In my school district we have incoming freshmen create a video high school entry interview where they reflect on middle school and look ahead to high school. Tools we used: ​ Screencastify Google...


Video Projects in the Classroom - BBEDU 20

Connect with the show JP's Twitter: @jpprezz JP's Instagram: @jpprezz Bits and Bytes on Twitter: @bitsandbytesEDU Talk about the show: #bitsandbytesEDU Leave feedback on the new Bits & Bytes of Education Flipgrid community! The Edtech Minute No matter what you are doing in your class, always know and start with the why. Featured Content Samantha Hardesty-Knoll is an Instructional Technology Coach in the Wentzville School District in Wentzville,...


#Edtech in the Spanish Classroom - BBEDU 19

Connect with JP and the show: JP's Twitter: @jpprezz JP's Instagram: @jpprezz Bits and Bytes on Twitter: @bitsandbytesEDU Talk about the show: #bitsandbytesEDU The Edtech Minute Schedule email messages in Gmail - quick demo here Customize swipe actions in Gmail on your phone - Google support article Featured Content Sra. Katherine Bluemel is a first year middle school Spanish teacher at Fox Middle School in Arnold, MO. In our conversation, we discuss Katherine's YouTube...


Leading a District Twitter Challenge - BBEDU 18

The Edtech Minute According to the G Suite Update Blog, the ability to insert audio in Google Slides is coming to all G Suite users soon. Featured Content Here are a few things to consider when you are planning a Twitter challenge: 1. How will you automate your workflow? Schedule tweets with Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. 2. Design prompts in Canva or Google Drawings. 3. Communicate, communicate, communicate (newsletters, emails, building-level flyers) 4. What’s your hashtag? What story...


Start your own Educational Conference - BBEDU17

Get the full show notes at The Edtech Minute Create a folder in the bookmark bar of Google Chrome to store tabs that you would otherwise keep open. Bookmark folders can hold webpages, Google Docs, and even emails! Featured Content Shannon Steimel is the librarian and technology committee chair at Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, MO. In our conversation, Shannon discussed the many hats she wears and how she started the PD Bytes Online mini-conference series. PD...


Technology's Role in Literacy Instruction - BBEDU 16

The Edtech Minute Reader Response GIFs with Here is a Google Slides template to get you started. Featured Content Tina Risse serves the Fox C-6 School District as the District Literacy Coordinator/K-5 Curriculum Coordinator. Tina is passionate about helping all children discover the love of reading. Throughout our conversation, Tina shares some invaluable suggestions for teaching literacy and when technology can enhance literacy instruction. Tina is reading: Read,...


Make the most of professional conferences - BBEDU15

View the full show notes at Share The Bits & Bytes of Education on social media using the hashtag #bitsandbytesEDU! A big thank you to the Podcast PD crew for giving the podcast a shout out on episode 44! ​Check out Tech on the Side hosted by Jason P. Heisel. Come see JP speak at the Midwest Educational Technology Conference, February 11-13, 2019 Monday - I just Attended the Best. Conference Ever. 10:00am Agusta Tuesday - The Edtech PodSquad LIVE, 2:30pm Grand...


Creating Content in Google Slides - BBEDU 14

Check out the full show notes at JP's METC 2019 Presentations The Midwest Educational Technology Conference is February 11-13 in St. Charles, MO. Come hang out with me in my conference presentations: Monday - I just Attended the Best. Conference Ever. 10:00am Agusta Tuesday - The Edtech PodSquad LIVE, 2:30pm Grand Ballroom B Wednesday - Memes, GIFs, & #Booksnaps, oh my!, 8:00am Grand Ballroom A The Edtech Minute Google Arts and Culture: Featured Content Josh...


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...