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090: Ditch Those Exams with Stephanie DeMichele

8/17/2018
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Are traditional exams -- especially standard multiple-choice ones -- serving our students? Can we do better? Stephanie DeMichele, an instructional coach from Ohio, and I presented on this concept at a conference recently and share some ideas from it.

Duration:00:11:36

089: Firefly Classrooms with Troy Cockrum

8/16/2018
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Did you ever spend time catching fireflies (or "lightning bugs") as a child? Author Troy Cockrum believes that learning should be more like that, where we capture our students' interests. He talks about the ideas he shares in his recent book.

Duration:00:10:22

088: A sticky note tech app smash!

8/15/2018
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We usually use sticky notes in the physical world to gather and save ideas. But by smashing the Post-It app and Google Drawings together, your students can do some unique digital brainstorming. Kelli Lane, a tech integration specialist from Illinois, shares how.

Duration:00:04:44

087: The Quizizz you never knew ...

8/14/2018
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Quizizz is a fun, student-centered study tool. Many teachers use it to help students review material they've studied. But other teachers are innovating and using Quizizz in very clever ways. Deepak Cheenath, co-founder of Quizizz, shares some ideas.

Duration:00:05:42

086: What the work world is begging us for

8/13/2018
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Sarah Kearns has spent her entire career in the corporate world, now working as Director of Marketing for ViewSonic. Her perspective helps us see what the work world really wants from students and how we can help prepare them for it.

Duration:00:05:28

085: Ditch That Panel with Lance McClard

8/10/2018
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Missouri administrator Lance McClard and I participated in a panel discussion at the ISTE Conference in Chicago. Lance shares some of his takeaways and his responses to questions, including: "What happens when everything blows up in your face?"

Duration:00:08:51

084: Real world connections with Sidekick

8/9/2018
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What if your students could partner with organizations outside of school? If they could brainstorm solutions to big problems together? Sidekick Education is making that happen. Sarah Shaw shares how all sorts of classes are starting these projects.

Duration:00:05:00

083: Try the Connected Kahoot!

8/8/2018
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Kahoot! games don't have to be limited to the students in your classroom. Steve Auslander (of Indiana, USA) and Steve Sherman (of Cape Town, South Africa) share how a video call can turn your traditional Kahoot! game into a "Connected Kahoot!" game.

Duration:00:06:01

082: Teaching for the long game

7/20/2018
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Sometimes, the most important things we do in the classroom or school doesn't give us immediate results. We need to focus on the long game, according to Megan Hacholski and Michael Abramczyk.

Duration:00:06:50

081: The Martians in Your Classroom w/@rachaeledu

7/19/2018
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The first person to set foot on Mars has likely been born, and there's a chance that she/he is in your classroom. What will that person need as a student, and how do we need to change as educators/schools to provide it? Rachael Mann, author of The Martians in Your Classroom, shares ideas from her book.

Duration:00:06:43

080: Let's do PD (or class!) at a destination!

7/18/2018
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One of the coolest professional learning experiences I've seen was at a zoo. We did PD at a ZOO. I got to reflect with Kari Espin and Andi McNair of Region 12 ESC in Waco, Texas, about the experience and how classes/schools could do the same.

Duration:00:08:39

079: Create easy augmented reality in the classroom

7/17/2018
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I found an amazing way to merge student art and creations with augmented reality at a recent visit to Region 12 educational service center in Waco, Texas. We talk about how it could be used in schools and the classroom.

Duration:00:06:12

077: Three FREE online conferences for teachers

7/16/2018
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Now's the time to get FREE inspiration and ideas online! Check out three "digital summits" -- awesome speakers you can watch from the comfort of home on your time!

Duration:00:06:08

078: Concerns about "locked mode" in Google Forms quizzes

7/16/2018
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Google recently announced that teachers could impose "locked mode" when giving students quizzes in Google Forms. This prevents students from switching to other tabs while taking a quiz. Lots of teachers certainly asked for this feature, and I can imagine why. But it feels like a move that moves us in the wrong direction heading into the future of education.

Duration:00:07:06

076: Co-teaching across the world from your classroom

7/12/2018
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Mike Pennington learned early in his education career that instruction isn't limited to the teacher standing in the classroom. He shares how he co-taught with teachers beyond his state -- and how YOU can too!

Duration:00:07:49

075: Awesome animated GIFs with Jake Miller

7/11/2018
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Animated GIFs are these fun, very useful moving images you see all over social media. But you can make your own -- so can your students -- and they can support teaching and learning! Jake Miller shares his expertise in this episode.

Duration:00:11:52

074: TONS of places to go virtually with students

6/18/2018
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Looking for inspiration on using Skype, Google Hangouts and the like in the classroom? Ohio educator Ann Radefeld has plenty of experience and shares her ideas with us!

Duration:00:06:35

072: Video call guests: Just ask them!

6/15/2018
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Todd Shriver teaches the "History of the 80s" elective class. There are no textbooks available for that class! He brings the luminaries of the 80s to his students. My takeaway from this episode: you never know who you can get until you ask!

Duration:00:08:06

072: How to make your OWN Google Expeditions

6/14/2018
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Indiana educator Ryan Mitchell created an Expedition with his students of their town. He shares how they did it and tips to help it succeed.

Duration:00:06:07

071: 7 keys to providing stellar feedback

6/13/2018
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How can we best help students to improve? The late Grant Wiggins provided a fantastic framework and suggested these 7 keys in a post on ASCD.

Duration:00:05:47