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K-12 conversations about building collaboration for successful technology integration.
5 days ago
Tacos and Technology: A Conversation with Jake Miller from the #EduDuctTape Podcast
This week Brett talks to Jake Miller an EdTech enthusiast, host of the #EduDuctTape Podcast, Tech Integration Coach, former STEM teacher, influencer, speaker, and presenter from Ohio. Jake shares the his observations during remote learning and the lessons he’s learned while educating educators to use technology in the classroom.
Jun 30, 2020
Using Digital Channels to Build Your K-12 PLN During Quarantine
This week Brett talks with Bruce Reicher, a middle school teacher who teaches television production, coding, and G Suite in New Jersey. Bruce and two other tech teachers co-wrote a book with ideas for teaching media production available in August. Bruce shares tips on building a PLN (professional development network) and his background in sports broadcasting.
Jun 23, 2020
Crash Course on How to Do Flipped Learning
This week Brett talks to Kyle Niemis, the co-creator ClassroomQ and an Edtech Coach and former Science teacher at South Brunswick School District in New Jersey. Kyle is passionate about ﬂipped learning, a method of teaching where students can learn at their own pace watching videos.
Jun 16, 2020
Fostering Relationships and Creating Clarity with Blended Learning
Stephanie Howell, the IT coordinator for Pickerington School District in Ohio, shares her experience training teachers during remote learning. Her district has 21 models of what next year could look like and is preparing this summer for all possibilities. Stephanie turned to her international Personal Learning Network for guidance when COVID derailed the school year.
Jun 9, 2020
How to Embrace Blended Learning and Technology During a Crisis
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath speaks to Josh Bridges. Josh is a STEM teacher, the IT coordinator for his district, and a parent in Michigan. He believes this crisis is the chance for all teachers to embrace blended learning and utilize technology to improve education.
Jun 2, 2020
Challenging the Status Quo in K-12 Education
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath speaks to Pearl Arredondo, Principal and one of the founders of the San Fernando Institute for Applied Media, a successful pilot middle school in LA. In 2013, Pearl gave a Ted Talk about her difficult upbringing and passion for teaching. In this conversation, Pearl shares her thoughts on Reform Education, reaching students in difficult situations, the present challenges of remote learning, and using technology to educate.
May 26, 2020
Leaning on Technology to Take Risks as a Teacher
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath speaks to Rachelle Dene Poth, a Spanish and STEAM teacher in PA who is also an attorney with a Masters degree in Instructional Technology in additional to being an author, podcaster, and blogger. She shares the changes she’s observed in the rapid transition to online learning. Rachelle encourages teachers to take risks and embrace digital tools, because this unfortunate situation can be an opportunity for innovation in education.
May 19, 2020
The Power of STEM and it's Impact on Remote Learning
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath speaks to Chris Woods, a high school math teacher in Michigan, STEM advocate, and host of the Daily STEM Podcast. Chris creates valuable resources for parents, teachers, and students. He is excellent at engaging students in fun and meaningful ways, even while teaching remotely.
May 12, 2020
How to Use a Growth Mindset When Tackling Remote Learning
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath speaks to Dr. Erik Youngman, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Libertyville School District in Chicago. Erik is an advocate for remote learning and expert of growth mindset. His book, “12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework,” will be available May 6.
May 5, 2020
How to Streamline Communication in K-12 Education During Remote Learning and Beyond
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath speaks to Dr. Monica Burns, ed-tech and curriculum consultant, author, and former NYC public school teacher. Monica usually travels across the country to schools to help them integrate technology in a meaningful and sustainable way. Since the quick shift over to remote learning, she shares her observations of K-12 schools during this difficult time.
Apr 30, 2020
The Power of Creating Platforms for K-12 Educators Right Now
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, Brett McGrath talks with Tierra Leustig, a fellow employee at Dyknow on the marketing team. Tierra breaks down exactly the problem that Dyknow helps solve for K-12 educators. In addition to being a classroom monitoring tool, Dyknow aims to build a platform to empower and bring together K-12 tech coaches.
Apr 28, 2020
How to Be on Offense in a Remote Learning Environment
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast Brett McGrath interviews the hosts of TNT EdTech Podcast, Scott, a teacher, and Matthew, a tech coach. The Modesto City School District was exceptionally well prepared for the quick transition to remote learning. The three discuss the value of distance learning and rise of meaningful and purposeful tech tools.
Apr 21, 2020
Prioritizing Time as a Teacher and Parent During COVID-19
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, powered by Dyknow, Brett McGrath talks with Erika Rodriguez, a middle school science teacher in Houston. Erika shares how her life has changed since the quarantine started and how her district is supporting their teachers and ensuring students are continuing their education.
Apr 14, 2020
Graduating Teachers from "Tech Uncomfortable" to "Tech Comfortable" with Remote Learning
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, powered by Dyknow, Brett McGrath talks with Eric Guise, the Media Specialist and Technology Coach at Hopewell Valley Central High School in New Jersey, about adapting to this new period of remote learning. In additional to supporting the district and teachers with technology, Eric hosts a tech-centric podcast for busy teachers, GotTechEd.
Apr 7, 2020
Why the Tech Coach Role Remains Unchanged Amid Remote Learning Discourse
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, powered by Dyknow, Brett McGrath talks with Sean Coffron, the Instructional Technology Training Specialist at Manassas City Schools. Sean shares how his district is continuing to educate students online, some of his favorite online platforms, and his hopes for the future of digital classrooms. Sean advises on what it means to be a studious digital citizen.
Mar 31, 2020
How to Create and Pave a Nontraditional Career Path in K-12 Education
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, powered by Dyknow, Brett McGrath talks with Elizabeth Walhof, Assistant Principle at the Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs. The two discuss the current state of the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how her school district is moving forward. Elizabeth had an nontraditional career path from high school teacher, to working at the District Level, and now back at the school level as an Assistant Principal. She shares what she’s learned along the way and advises on how to make meetings and communication more efficient.
Mar 23, 2020
Building Systems and the Power of Professional Learning Communities
On this episode of Tackling Tech Podcast, powered by Dyknow, Brett McGrath talks with Dr. Josue Falaise about building professional learning communities with teachers and students who are digital citizens and also ensuring cultural competency within K12 school systems.
Mar 17, 2020
Welcome to Tackling Tech
K-12 classrooms today look completely different than when we were students a decade ago. Schools have replaced the dust from chalkboards with the streamlined interactions of digital whiteboards. Districts are trading in their old, heavy, and expensive textbooks for powerful Chromebooks. Administrators, teachers, and students all have mini computers in their pockets that can give them answers to anything by just saying, “Hey Siri”. This digital transformation happened with the blink of an eye and now everyone is tasked with cracking the code to effective integration as technology continues to change education. The challenge? There are hundreds of EdTech tools to choose from, and countless ways to try and buy them. Administrators have options. Now they can choose the cost-efficient online experience to find technology tools instead of jumping through red tape to get approval to see the same tools at trade shows. Technology Coaches can demo new classroom tools with a couple of clicks…