The Rock Star You’re Ignoring: How Afterschool Staff Can Take Your Class to the Next Level – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Eva Jo Meyers: Sponsored by Pear Deck and Participate   When I was a teacher in New York in the late ‘90’s, the afterschool program at my school felt invisible at best, and annoying at worst. The afterschool staff were like shadows to me, vaguely showing up on the recess field as I dismissed my class, disappearing as I headed out the door. I don’t think I ever even knew their names. When the program…

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2020 – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Pear Deck and ViewSonic   It’s that time again!!   As I do every January, I’m releasing an all-new update of my Teacher’s Guide to Tech. If you’re not familiar with the guide, here’s a quick video I made last year to give you an idea of what it is:     With every new release, I also put together a list of tools I think are worth checking out in…

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Making an Impact on One Person (#Podcast) – George Couros – Education Article

This week, I have released episode 1 of a weekly podcast that I have planned for years but, finally, have taken the initiative to put together and release it to the world.  Each podcast is meant to be 10-20 minutes long and discuss something I have been thinking about, and hopefully provide some inspiration or challenge thinking for the week. There is no script; it is just me talking about some points and sharing ideas. This week, I posted about…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today I taught a lesson in which I shared a 4.5 minute excerpt of an amazing 55 minute NASA podcast, featuring an April 2019 interview with Dr. Harrison Schmitt, the Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the Moon to date! In this post, I’ll share my workflow and steps I followed to create this audio media collage, shared as a video on YouTube. Before sharing my workflow, I’ll address copyright / intellectual property issues.…

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Top 10 EdTech Favorites of 2019 – Education Article

It’s been a wild and wonderful year here at Class Tech Tips! Just like in years past, 2019 included school visits, conference visits, and webinars, both close to home and many miles away. In addition to sharing EdTech favorites on the blog, this year I launched a new podcast and a new membership site, too. With a new decade approaching, I’m excited to bring you more free resources like the blog and podcast. You’ll also find more resources in 2020…

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A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Karen Vaites (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Chill Expeditions   For as long as the internet has been around, teachers have been able to find free resources online. But while it’s great to not have to pay for things, free instructional materials don’t exactly come without problems. One major concern is quality. When a resource is free, it’s often hard to tell whether it was created by someone with a solid education background or…

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Quick Ways to Share Student Videos with an Audience – Easy EdTech Podcast 043 – Education Article

In this episode I’ll share some of my favorite quick ways to share student videos with an audience.  You’ll also hear some tips and resources to make sharing student videos a success this school year! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Share Student Videos So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1.  Have students save their videos (either a link or file) 2. Decide where you want to share student creations 3. Asks students to write a short introduction…

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The Surprising Benefits of Student-Created Graphic Novels – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Shveta Miller (transcript): Sponsored by Learners Edge This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   There is no shortage of ways we all can benefit from teaching graphic novels. They engage reluctant or struggling readers, they are gateway texts for more complex literature, they build necessary background knowledge, and they develop visual…

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A Few Ideas for Dealing with Late Work – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Teams This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Most of my 9-week grading periods ended the same way: Me and one or two students, sitting in my quiet, empty classroom together, with me sitting at the computer, the students nearby in desks, methodically…

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The Time I Made a Fart Sound During a Test – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Public Consulting Group and ViewSonic   This is a stupid story. I’m telling it for several reasons: One, I’m a little burned out on teaching strategies and education research. I’m preparing to take a month off from blogging and sharing this story seems like a good way to go out. I’ll get back to all the really important stuff soon, but for now I’m just going to tell a little story…

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Simple Methods for Producing Podcasts – Education Article

This fall I started producing a weekly podcast. I’m not great at coming up with clever names so the podcast is simply called The Practical Ed Tech Podcast. In this post I’ll outline the process that I use for producing the podcast and some other methods that you might consider using. My Three Step Podcast Production Process I record a video using Screencast-o-matic.com. You can use any video recording tool that you like, I just use Screencast-o-matic out of habit. The video is…

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When You Get Nothing But Crickets – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Inclusive Classroom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   You know that thing where you’re talking to a group of people and you ask them a question and no one answers? And you wait a few more seconds, awkwardly, and nothing happens? It’s…

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Personal & Authentic Learning Experiences with Tom Murray – Easy EdTech Podcast – Education Article

In this bonus episode of the Easy EdTech Podcast, Monica Burns interviews Thomas C. Murray, author of Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime. Tom shares stories from his new book, tips for creating personal and authentic learning experiences, and plenty of EdTech connections! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Personal & Authentic Book Bonus You know that I love bonus items and extra special things, and I have one for you! If you purchase…

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Podcast: Jessie Woolley-Wilson on Intelligent Ed Tech – Education Article

Early in her career and while in banking in NYC, Jessie Woolley-Wilson started tutoring kids as a service project. She felt renewed and inspired by the students she met and was impressed by their innovation, skill, and ability to thrive in scarcity. The experience launched her leadership in education technology. After leading the pre-college and pre-graduate programs at Kaplan, she enjoyed engaging young children to help them learn how to read as President at Leapfrog SchoolHouse. She went on to lead…

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Repairing Harm: A Better Alternative to Punishment – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein (transcript): Sponsored by Public Consulting Group and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   When students behave in ways that are disruptive, when they do things that harm others, or when they otherwise make choices that go against established rules, schools often respond with punishment:…

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Let’s Make Better Slideshows | Cult of Pedagogy – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   OK, look. We need to have a talk. A lot of you are out there giving lectures, presentations, and workshops, and your slideshows need work. Maybe not all of them, but definitely most. I thought I…

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