#EduDuctTape Episode 36, Part 2!

Promo Image for Part 2 of this Podcast Interview with Manny Curiel

In the 2nd part of the 12th episode of Season 2, I continue my conversation with Manny Curiel.  We discussed reasons for and benefits of recording lessons as well as diving into some new features in EdPuzzle!

See the Show Notes Here

16 Teacher Jokes from the Duct Tapers

Schools can be a stressful place for the staff & the students. So we all deserve a chance to 😃smile😃 and 😆laugh😆 every now and then. To help you out with that, here are some funny (or are they cheesy?) teacher jokes to brighten your day.

On 1/29/2020, a group of Duct Tapers (Educational Duct Tape podcast listeners) got together to have a Twitter chat.  Since the guest in the previous episode (Craig Klement) shared a teacher joke, I decided to have all of the chatters do the same!  Here are some of my favorites! (note: you can see all of the tweets from the chat here)

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#EduDuctTape Episode 36!

Promo image for Manny Curiel episode. Includes a picture of Manny and the episode date.

In the 13th episode of Season 2, I talk with the wildly fun Manny Curiel about video in the classroom, green screen videos made with Chromebooks, WeVideo, podcasting with WeVideo and the upcoming enhancements to WeVideo for Schools.

See the Show Notes Here

"You can take one minute everyday to teach how we are being good digital citizens." - @MannyDiscoTech
– @MannyDiscoTech, when discussing why he loves @WeVideo’s “licensed- and royalty-free Essentials Library” on #EduDuctTape.

Awesome Classroom Uses of #EduGIFs Created with Screencastify

This is a sponsored post. All opinions, however, are my own.

I am absolutely geeking out about Screencastify giving users of its FREE plan the ability to export their screencasts as GIFs! For years, people have asked me how they can make GIFs like the ones that I make, but for free.  I’ve always had multiple tools to mention depending on the person’s goal and the tech that they’re using (Mac, PC or Chromebook).  But now I finally have 1 response that I can give to almost everyone!

You can export GIFs in the FREE Screencastify plan now!

I’m so excited to share with you about this.  In the post below, you’ll see an #EduGIF about how to do this followed by 19 different ways that you can use this in your school or classroom!!

The #EduGIF

This GIF shows the process of recording screencasts with Screencastify and exporting them as .gif files.

View a Pausable version of this #EduGIF here.

19 Uses of GIFs in the Classroom!

Continue reading Awesome Classroom Uses of #EduGIFs Created with Screencastify

Strategies for “Sticky” Vocab Learning!

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If you could be a fly on the wall of an average classroom, it’d be pretty likely that you’d hear something like “Don’t forget to study your vocab words tonight!” or “Remember to review your flashcards tonight!”

While there’s been a move away from the rote learning of yesteryear, most educators agree that having a firm grasp of content area vocabulary is still an important piece to the learning process.  I think that there are two important goals for learning vocabulary in content areas: (1) retention of the words (sticky learning) and (2) application of the words.

In Episode 34 of the Educational Duct Tape Podcast, I spoke with Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, author of Stop Talking, Start Influencing, about both of these goals.

A week after that episode came out, I was joined by dozens of “Duct Tapers” in the #EduDuctTape Twitter Chat to discuss the podcast episode, including these two goals.

Below are some strategies that you can use in your classrooms to increase your students’ ability retain and apply their vocabulary learning.  Some come from the chat and others come from the episode. Continue reading Strategies for “Sticky” Vocab Learning!

Parlay Online RoundTable Discussions!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions, however, are my own.

In my Educational Duct Tape workshops and extended sessions, the participants share goals or issues that they are hoping edtech can solve for them.  We then use the #EduDuctTape edtech integration mindset to identify some possible tools that they can use.

Along with questions like “How can I formatively assess my students?” and “How can my students create podcasts about content?” one of the most common ones is “How can I have my students participate in online discussions about content?

Well, I think that I finally have an answer for that question that I feel really confident in.  Not long ago, a company called Parlay came onto the edtech scene.  I was intrigued from the very beginning.  The tool offers 2 different functions: (1) hosting online class discussions and (2) facilitating live, in-person roundtables and Socratic seminars.

Today, I’d like to focus on the first of those 2 functions: online class discussions.  In the #EduGIF below, you’ll see how Parlay guides the educator through this process:

  1. The teacher creates (or selects) a discussion prompt.
  2. The teacher sends the prompt to the students (via a link or Google Classroom).
  3. The students read the prompt and respond.
  4. The students read each others responses and reply.
  5. The teacher participates in the discussion.
  6. The teacher provides feedback on student responses.
  7. The teacher  (and students) view rich summary data.

I think that this tool has a lot of potenial in classrooms across most, if not all, content areas. If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!

A Pausable version of this #EduGIF is available here.

This GIF walks viewers through the online discussion process as outlined in the numbered list above.

Check out Parlay here.

#EduDuctTape Episode 35!

Promo Image for Craig Klement Podcast Episode

In the 12th episode of Season 2, I talk with Craig Klement about spicing up standardized test prep, Google My Maps choice boards, digital badges, eduProtocols, Google Forms, Google Sheets, pre-filled form links, some Google Sheets formulas, some Google Forms Add-Ons and more!

See the Show Notes Here

Craig Klement Quote: "You can still use the same type of questions, just try to package it in a different way that will engage students and make the learning stick."

13+ Ways to Share Tech Tips with Colleagues

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TL;DR. This acronym is a huge part of our culture, especially as educators. Are you familiar with it? It stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read.  We are bombarded with so much information that, when it’s long, we often don’t read it. Our email inboxes are the biggest example of this.

And this presents a problem for educators hoping to communicate new tech ideas and tips with a staff of teachers.  Sending emails to some of the busiest people on the planet in the age of over-information? You’re definitely not getting 100% readership.  So what do we do?

In episode 32 of the Educational Duct Tape PodcastSethi De Clercq of eduflip.net and I discussed our recommendations.  Then, on 12/4/19, members of the #EduDuctTape Twitter community got together to chat about it.  Here are some takeaways: Continue reading 13+ Ways to Share Tech Tips with Colleagues

#EduDuctTape Episode 34!

Jared Cooney Horvath Episode Promo

In the 11th episode of Season 2, I’m joined by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath and author of Stop Talking, Start Influencing | 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick to talk about how brain science relates to some edtech issues. We discuss some vocab tools like Quizlet, Memrise, Quizizz and SuperMemo, as well as live closed captioning, sketchnoting, ebooks, collaborative notes and more.

Continue reading #EduDuctTape Episode 34!