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#EduDuctTape Podcast Ep 45 with Dee Lanier

Dee Lanier, Interactive Lesson Ideas for F2F & Remote Learning Environments, Solve In Time, Maker Kitchen, Pear Deck, Zoom Breakout Rooms, and more!

#EduDuctTape S03-E045

Episode Notes Available at:

  • Support for Today’s Episode comes from Pear Deck –
  • #EduDuctTape Twitter Chats
  • Jake’s Calendar
  • Today’s SoapBox Moment – Merely Ship It
    • Episode of Seth Godin’s Akimbo Podcast
    • Merely shipping “Does not mean to ship junk. It does not mean ship things that you know to be inferior. It means ship it. Ship it without discussion or drama or anxiety. Because the discussion, and the drama, and the anxiety do not increase the quality . . .” – Godin
    • “Saturday Night Live doesn’t come out because it’s perfect; it comes out because it’s 11:30.” – Godin
    • “My next post doesn’t come out because it’s perfect; it comes out because it’s tomorrow.” – Godin
    • “You don’t need to be afraid to be judged . . . Our opportunity, when we make something, is to make something better. But you can’t make something better if you don’t ship the work.” – Godin
  • Today’s Guest: Dee Lanier
      • Dee Lanier is an Educational Technologist and Equity Enthusiast. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race relations, and inequality. He is the creator of Solve in Time!®️ and Maker Kitchen™️ and is currently a Transformation Agent with LINC.
      • Twitter @deelanier and email at
  • 2 Truths & 1 Lie
  • Educational Duct Tape Question: How can I build interactivity into my content?
    • “How do you make an interactive lesson?” – making interactivity a focus
    • Classroom setup
    • Questions & Discussion
    • “Whoever is doing the most talking is doing the most learning.”
    • Move small groups into Zoom or Google Meet breakout rooms and have them respond (or record takeaways) in a collaborative space like Google Docs, Padlet, Jamboard, etc.
    • “What needs to be happening is connectivity, connection with my kids, . . . and interactivity.” – Dee
    • Flipgrid
    • Modeling the risk-taking as a teacher, seeking feedback
    • Pear Deck – student-paced is available, embed things like Jamboards or Flipgrid Topics
    • Seize opportunities for students to share ideas and tips with YOU . . . “Power of Reciprocity”
    • Solve in Time – gamified version of design thinking
      • Cards – SOS (ask 3 before me), (1) Problem, (2) Research, (3) Understand, (4) Solve, (5) sharing cards (different cards for different groups)
      • Technology could be included in a variety of ways
      • Could transition into a robust PBL activity
  • Jake’s Additional Interactivity Thoughts:
    • Pear Deck–multiple choice, numbers, text, drawing, draggable, website
    • Nearpod–similar options, multiple-choice autograde, new EdPuzzle-like video feature, drag-and-drop fill-in-the-blank activities, matching pairs activities (match a picture to text), memory tests, the Time to Climb game. An added bonus is that teachers can now choose to allow students to respond to open-ended questions using audio!
    • ClassFlow–all kinds of question types, plus Categorise, Crossword, Flashcards, Labelled Diagram, Matching, Memory Game, Sequencing, Timeline, Venn Diagram, and Word search + gradebook and LMS like features. It’s only detriment, possibly, is that it does so much!
    • Formative–multiple choice, multiple selection, true or false, short answer, essay, and Show Your Work (students can draw, type, or even upload an image) + more in the paid version…. Great data
    • Classkick – Students can respond using drawings, highlights, text, images (even from their webcam!) or audio (yup! They can record their voice!).
    • Seesaw–This student work could be a photo, a drawing, an annotated photo (within the drawing tool), a video, a note, audio (within the photo, drawing, or note tool), a link, or an uploaded file.
    • Flipgrid
    • EdPuzzle
  • Celebration of the Adjacent Possible!
    • Apple Podcast Review – none! – go leave one so that you can be included next time!
    • #EduDuctTape tweets of the fortnight – none! – go tweet it up so that you can be included next time!
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  • Certificates of Listening, Laughing, and Learning!
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Jake Miller

Jake is the host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast, the #EduGIF Guy, a Tech Integration Coach, speaker, Former STEM, Math & Science Teacher, and a presenter.