Good evening everyone and welcome back to an exciting new podcast! Tonight we have very special guests Chris and Melissa Bugaj joining us. Chris and Melissa are the authors and creators of Night Light Stories…incredible stories for children to listen to. Miss Mel and Mr. Chris continue to delight and educate children around the world with their amazing storytelling skills. Chris also is the creator and host of the A.T.TipsCast and is a returning guest. Chris and Melissa I was hoping that you could kick off our podcast tonight by telling us what your favorite book was as a child…..
Chris Bugaj- Looice by Benjamin & Pot, any Nursery Rhyme Melissa Bugaj- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, and Cookie Monster at the Cookie Tree Patrick Black: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion Deb Truskey: Mabel The Whale by Patricia King
Your host for tonight….Anne Truger: I had two books that I vividly remember reading over and over during my childhood. The Golden Bible: The Old Testament printed in 1946 and The monster at the end of this book….PLEASE don’t turn that page!!!
Who was the crazy one? Who disrupted you? When I reflect with colleagues on how far we have come as educators most of us can point to one or two people early in our careers that showed us there was a better way, a different way to do our life’s work. Yvonne Corley, then a second grade teacher at Cholla Elementary School in Casa Grande, Arizona changed everything for me.
So, one of my childhood heroes is gone. I can safely say that, besides John Denver, for me, there is no greater public influence on my work in education, my work as a writer, my obsession with visual, audio, and written media- than Roger Ebert. This hurts.
When I first read the book , “The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt,” I was mesmerized by this courageous woman. One of my favorite quotes from her is “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” You will be surprised by your capacity to continuously rise to this challenge.
For me, the notion of being a disruptor has been in my blood since I was born the middle child with an older and younger brother. You learn very quickly how to complain and question everything. My older brother was able to do everything because he was the oldest and my younger brother got away with everything because he was the younger of the boys.
Last week at #SXSWedu, we had a moment to talk to Alan Gershenfeld, CEO and President of E-Line Media, a publisher of game-based learning products and services. We asked Alan to share his thoughts on the term “disruption,” and how he thought he and educational gaming play into that.
In addition to all of the innovative ideas being presented and discussed here at SXSWEdu this week, the conference itself is disrupting my idea of what an educational technology conference is and can be. From what I have seen here this week, SXSWEdu seeks to engage both speaker and audience in every session.
Today at #SXSWedu, I had a moment to talk to Matt Busbridge of McGraw Hill Education, talking about Government in Action, their new immersive gaming experience to help students learn about the intricacies of legislation.