Jenna Drozd, Tech Electives & Smart Phone Photography – #EduDuctTape

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  • Today’s Guest: Jenna Drozd
    • @MrsDrozd_BMS – Technology Integration Specialist, Fab Lab Manager, Digital Photography Teacher, and Video Production Teacher for the Orange City School District in Ohio
    • Interview Recorded February 12, 2020 on location at the OETC Conference in Columbus, OH

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Tisha Poncio & Digital Portfolios – #EduDuctTape 47

Tisha Poncio, Digital Portfolios, Student Tech Teams, Google Sites, Wakelet, Padlet, Buncee, Google Slides, Microsoft Sway, bulb, Seesaw, and more!

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  • SoapBox Moment: Booboos & Caterwauls
  • Today’s Guest: Tisha Poncio
    • Tisha Poncio has served in education for the last 20 years as a teacher (English, Web Design, Graphic Design, Computer Information Systems, & Broadcast Journalism) and as a digital learning specialist t for the last 12 years. She’s a Google Certified Trainer, Wakelet, Flipgrid & Buncee Ambassador, and was named a finalist in 2018 for Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year in Texas.
    • Contact Info: @TXTechChick on Twitter, Empowered Educator on Facebook, @TishaPoncio on Wakelet, or email at

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#EduDuctTape Episode 42: Sarah Thomas, PhD!

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In the 20th regular episode of Season 2, I am joined by Dr. Sarah Thomas, ISTE co-author and founder of EduMatch, to talk about growing your professional learning network (PLN), crowd-sourcing solutions to problems, and using tools like Voxer, Periscope, Twitter, Skype, and Flipgrid.

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Check out this awesome quote from Sarah’s appearance on the show!

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The 4 Most Important Keyboard Shortcuts

The EduGIF below shows the 4 Most Important Keyboard Shortcuts.  Below the GIF, I’ve got a list of the 4 shortcuts.

This GIF shows the keyboard shortcuts for copying, pasting, pasting with matching formatting and undo.
Pausable version of this EduGIF available here.


  1. Ctrl + c (or command + c) – Copy selected or highlighted text or objects
  2. Ctrl + v (or command + v) – Paste copied or cut text or objects
  3. Ctrl + z (or command + z) – Undo last change
  4. Ctrl + shift + v (or command + Shift + v) – Paste copied or cut text with formatting that matches the destination’s formatting.

Note: This EduGIF is a new version of one that was originally shared in this post.

10 Tips for Supporting Students with Special Needs in #RemoteLearning

Over the last month or so, educators across most countries have been scrambling to figure out how to deliver content and assignments to students at home, how to connect with them via live video, and how to make sure they were safe and sound.  While we could certainly debate which of these are and are not important, as well as which ones are more or less important, I think that we could also certainly agree on one priority that’s missing from that list:

How can we support learners with special needs in remote learning?

While, certainly, some educators are doing great things to support these students, from my observations, this has taken a backseat to other elements of remote learning.  And these students NEED OUR HELP.

Unfortunately, I am not an expert in special education, accessibility features or assistive technology. I am, however, skilled at asking other people to share their expertise. 😃 So, in episode 40 of the Educational Duct Tape podcast and in the 4.8.20 #EduDuctTape Twitter Chat I asked educators one simple question:

How can we support learners with special needs in remote learning?

And they DELIVERED. I mean, the awesome suggestions and resources, all from a perspective of support rather than judgment, POURED in. And so, here they are.

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I’ve curated their responses and organized them into 10 Tips for Supporting Students with Special Needs in Remote Learning. Here they are! Summarized, organized, curated, and, most importantly, shared with you.  I hope that you can use these to support the learners that you work with! Continue reading 10 Tips for Supporting Students with Special Needs in #RemoteLearning

#EduDuctTape Episode 41: Catlin Tucker!

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In the 19th regular episode of Season 2, I am sharing an episode with Catlin Tucker, author of Balance With Blended Learning, where we talk about how teachers can streamline feedback during class time so that they have less to do outside of class time. Catlin shares strategies from John Hattie and Mark Barnes as well as a handful of great tech tips to make feedback more efficient!

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Check out some of Catlin’s mic-drop quotes from the episode below…

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Guest Post: Using Discord for Remote Learning

As educators, schools, and even professionals outside of education evaluated different options for synchronous video chats, a friend of mine was considering an option that I hadn’t heard anyone else mention. When Molly Klodor told me about her experience with using Discord for her Quiz Bowl team, I immediately asked her if she’d be interested in sharing it as a guest blog post. Here it is . . . Image Shows the title, author, and link for this blog post.

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Molly Klodor, M.Ed is an English Teacher and Quiz Bowl Coach at Streetsboro High School in Ohio.

My quiz bowl season was going so well. Both Varsity and JV were confidently buzzing in and having a blast, and my Varsity team was scheduled to go to Columbus for our state tournament at the beginning of March. We were so excited to cap off our excellent season!

Then came COVID-19. 

We let ourselves mope a bit at the cancellation of our tournament and the abrupt end to our season, but we needed to move on. I told my team we’d keep practicing, running trivia rounds through a Hangout or something. I said I’d figure something out. But my students, ever wiser than I, suggested I look into Discord Continue reading Guest Post: Using Discord for Remote Learning

#EduDuctTape Episode 40: Supporting Students with Special Needs in Remote Learning!

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In the 18th full episode of Season 2, I share tips, ideas, and recommendations from multiple educators about supporting students with special needs during remote learning. We discuss different accessibility features and assistive technologies within Chromebooks, iPads, Google Chrome, Microsoft and more, as well as some best practices, accommodations, and modifications.

Thanks to my friends who shared: David Allan, Catherine Day, Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Angela Greene, Lauren Hawkins, Pam Hubler, Matt Meyer, Jennifer Pearson

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Check out these quotable moments from this episode . . . 

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#EduDuctTape Episode 39, Part 3: Remote Learning!

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In the 3rd and final part of Episode 17 of Season 2, Jake continues his coverage of edtech ideas and suggestions for Remote or Home Learning during the covid-19 pandemic closures. In this episode, Jake shares the perspectives of 3 educators (plus his own) for tracking students’ progress during remote learning.

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UPDATE: Google Meets Remote Learning Improvements

Teachers have been scrambling over the last week or so to figure out how to connect with and instruct their students during extended school closures. One of the first questions that many seeked to answer was “How can I do a synchronous video chat or lesson with my students?”

People rushed to test out Google Meet (formerly Google Hangouts), but red flags appeared quickly:

  1. Students were able to mute classmates in the meeting.
  2. Students were able to kick classmates out of the meeting.
  3. Students were able to access the meetings later, without the teacher’s “supervision” to continue chatting (Jake’s note: I’m not sure this is a bad thing.  They do this in our hallways and playgrounds, right?)

Well, Google for Education has reacted swiftly and effectively.  Last night, they released an update to Google Meet for gSuiteEdu users.  This update remedies the 3 issues listed above.

In my tests so far today, #1 and #2 above are already fixedIssue #3, however, still persisted in my test and it looks like it’s because that part of the rollout won’t be quite as swift (the post lists that it may take as long as 2 weeks to roll out to everyone).

Don’t come down to hard on ol’ Google here

I have already seen some “too little, too late” comments on Twitter about this. I do NOT agree with that.

First off, if you switched to Zoom because of this issue with Google Meet, there’s no reason to switch back to Meet.  You’ve got a solution that is working for you.  Just stick with it.  Don’t ask your students to learn a new platform.

Now, if you want to say “You were too late on this, Google!” slow. your. roll. Like every other tech tool that we’re using, Google Meet was not built for synchronous remote video lessons. They could’ve easily said “too bad, That’s not the intended use of Google Meet,” but instead they said “We’ll fix that for you.”

And not only that, but they went from becoming aware of the problem to fixing the problem within 1 week.  1 week!  That’s tremendous.

Not only is that the kind of proactive, growth mindset, seeing a problem and fixing it mentality that we want our tech companies to have, it’s the kind of mentality that we want our teachers and students to have!

Think about that: they tried something out (essentially, a beta, as they call it in the tech world or a pre-assessment as we may call it in education), observed a flaw, listened to feedback and put improvements in place.  In the classroom, we call that formative assessment.  In the landscape of remote learning?  We call that awesome.