“Your favorite authors’ first drafts are bad—no better than yours. However, they aggressively rewrite their first drafts.” – Julian Shapiro (post)
James Clear’s tweet: “Your favorite athlete’s first workout was just as bad as yours. Your favorite chef’s first meal was just as bad as yours. Your favorite artist’s first work was just as bad as yours. Keep going.”
Today’s Guest: Mike Abrams
Mike is a tech specialist at a high school in Virginia who aims to inspire teachers to design lessons to support their students. Mike is a career switcher who moved into education after 10 years in Call Center management & training facilitation. Mike is a curious dabbler who tinkers with everything. He is an EdPuzzle Coach & a Pear Deck Regional Coach. Mike has a passion for video creation, pro wrestling & all things Cleveland Browns.
Scott is an ELA Teacher turned Edtech Coach, with a focus on PBL & amplifying student and teacher voices. Scott is an MIE Expert & hopes to become a Google Innovator soon. Additionally, he loves all things edtech and 3D printing. Scott has two podcasts: TNT Edtech (with Matthew Ketchum) and Education Today.
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Today’s SoapBox Moment – Flexible Learning with EdTech: And/But
Educational Duct Tape Question: How can I leverage blended to rethink assessment to yield richer information about student learning and growth? (rethinking assessment in the digital age)
“We need to really think about assessment as getting into the minds of our students.”
In a richer assessment… students can reflect, advocate for specific feedback, explain
“Now, I can put that onus on the student to explain to me their learning journey. And then, each of my students becomes an individual to me instead of a same-content, same-time, same-way.”
Assessment of Prior Knowledge
“Voice and Choice is not Individualized Instruction, it’s Individualized Outputs.”
“You can’t be a good writer and you can’t be a good reader until you’re good orally. But we shut down the oral in classrooms. And then we’re like ‘Oh we don’t have good writing scores or reading scores.’ ‘Uh, let me come fix that for you . . . in Flipgrid.’”
Holly – it may take students as much as 3 weeks to get to the point of leaving articulate, well thought out responses in Flipgrid.
Tools for a “Press Record” Mindset:
Flipgrid – watch “Netflix style,” speed up, text feedback, video feedback, rubric feedback, MixTapes
In the Season 2 Finale Episode, I share “success stories” from 8 educator listeners. The listeners share about uses of CommonSense Media, Code.org, Dash, Ozobot, Spheros, Shapegrams, Bitmoji, Quizizz, brain science, Google Forms, Choice Boards, WeVideo, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Adobe Spark, Pear Deck, blended learning, EdPuzzle, and HyperDocs, all of which stemmed from episodes of the show. + the Season 2 Giggle Mix!
In the 12th mini-episode, I talk to technology integration specialist and middle school teacher Mike Feldman about strategies–including gamification–that he used as a tech coach to motivate teachers to try new technologies in the classroom. Mike also talks about his passion for using a wood lathe to craft pens and how it benefits students when they see their teachers as makers.
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.