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Chalkstar to Rockstar #025: Taking Control of Learning – April Gudenrath February 28, 2014 9:44 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #025: Taking Control of Learning – April Gudenrath

April is all about relationships…with friends, family, colleagues, and especially, students. Her main goal is teaching students that they can think and share their ideas with anyone. To do this, her English class is run by inquiry. In this episode, I talk with April about how she manages to control the class when the discussion is insightful, but cut off by the bounds of the class schedule. How does she manage to get the kids interested in having these debates […]

Chalkstar to Rockstar #24 – Relationships Matter to April Gudenrath February 19, 2014 3:15 pm

Chalkstar to Rockstar #24 – Relationships Matter to April Gudenrath

I’ve known April for a long time now, having first met her at the third annual Flipped Learning conference in Woodland Park, Colorado. April is a high school English teacher and she took time to talk with me about how relationships have shaped the way she works with students as well as new teachers. April has a passion for seeing people succeed and she does that through accountability, love, and by being just rather than fair.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #023: Student Activism with Alison Baldwin February 12, 2014 1:57 pm

Chalkstar to Rockstar #023: Student Activism with Alison Baldwin

Alison Baldwin is a writing teacher for seniors outside of Indianapolis. Each year, that included a big research essay that took the majority of the semester to complete. After 17 years of doing this project, she decided to change paths. Rather than learning from a text and writing for their teacher, Alison’s students now focus on social issues and interact with NGOs.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #022: Call For Digital Learning! February 7, 2014 11:29 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #022: Call For Digital Learning!

Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day hosted at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. TechSmith Education is all about educators of any flavor accomplishing two goals: 1) Becoming a digital learner themselves, and 2) helping students become good digital learners, creators, and citizens. This week on the podcast, we’re looking for teachers, librarians, administrators or coaches who have an experience with digital teaching and learning they want to share. Time is short and our form is short. […]

Chalkstar to Rockstar #021: We Can Do Things Better January 29, 2014 8:00 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #021: We Can Do Things Better

Marc teaches chemistry. He is also extremely critical of himself and his practice. With nearly every lesson, he wonders what he could have done better. Since picking up and using technology, Marc is continually reevaluating what he does from classroom instruction to assessment.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #020: Google Glass and the Heart January 22, 2014 8:55 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #020: Google Glass and the Heart

I heard an incredible story from a friend of mine, Marc Seigel. Marc is an avid Googlite and has recently landed himself a set of Google Glass. He wrote about his goals with Glass and watched it evolve very quickly.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #19: Changing How We Teach Teachers January 15, 2014 1:43 pm

Chalkstar to Rockstar #19: Changing How We Teach Teachers

Rob Zdrojewski and Ron Kotlik are professors at Canisius College in the Education Graduate Studies program. Both teach graduate students in the area of education technology and emerging media. In short, they want to change the way we teach teachers. The program has a variety of students, both new to teaching (second career and first-year teachers) and old.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #018: Do We Need Content Experts? January 8, 2014 8:54 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #018: Do We Need Content Experts?

We’re back after a brief New Year’s hiatus and we’re extremely excited about bring more great teachers to you in 2014. We’re going to start the year off strong with an interview snippet from Rob Zdrojewski (RobZ) and Ron Kotlik. Both are K12 educators, but they also work together at Canisius College in the Education graduate studies program. We were talking about how content fits into teaching practice with their graduate students and I asked the question, “Do we need content experts anymore?” Their answer might surprise you.

Chalkstar to Rockstar 17: The Christmas Special! December 25, 2013 11:03 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar 17: The Christmas Special!

In this very special Christmas episode, we announce the winners of the 2013 Christmas Giveaway!

Chalkstar to Rockstar #16: The Christmas Giveaway! December 18, 2013 9:12 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #16: The Christmas Giveaway!

Last week at the end of our episode I announced a Christmas gift card giveaway for school supplies. We have $100 up for grabs for whatever you need for your classroom. So far, no one has entered to win! I never thought it would be so tough to give money away. We’re ready to read your stories, so it’s time to hunker down and get those in. To enter, go to the TechSmith Facebook page, the TechSmith Google+ page, or the TechSmith in Education Google+ Community and tell us how you would use that money to benefit your students. That’s all!

Chalkstar to Rockstar #15: Metaphorically Speaking… – John Spencer December 11, 2013 9:11 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #15: Metaphorically Speaking… – John Spencer

John Spencer always engages me when I talk with him. He speaks in metaphor and with a measured air, really thinking about what he’s going to say before he says it. I got to ask John about his views on technology, how he’s adapted with it, and how he pushes students to use it in new ways. His goal: live well. What does that mean? How do we get students to not only live well, but think better? We’ll discuss it in this episode.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #14: The Little Things – John T. Spencer December 4, 2013 8:00 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #14: The Little Things – John T. Spencer

I asked John, “What big things would you take away from the last 10 years of teaching?” His answer: focus on the little things.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #13: The Thanksgiving Special November 27, 2013 8:00 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #13: The Thanksgiving Special

Thanksgiving is upon us and like most people each year, we here at TechSmith want to think about what we’re thankful for. This episode of Chalkstar is a little different: we’re having a Thanksgiving special. I put out a call for teachers to share their #eduthanks for the show. Amid the chaos of teaching, grading, and policy, there is a lot to be thankful for in education. Today, we’re going to highlight those moments. Each response you hear are from teachers, read by colleagues at TechSmith. You can see the teachers’ names and their TechSmith reader below.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #12: BIG NEWS from TechSmith! November 20, 2013 8:00 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #12: BIG NEWS from TechSmith!

This is a very special episode of Chalkstar to Rockstar. We’ve teamed up with our sister show, The Forge, which is on the TechSmith YouTube channel each month. We’re doing that this week because TechSmith has just had a very special release. We’re introducing TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome, TechSmith Fuse for iOS and Android, and Google Drive integration for all of our tools.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #11: Asking the Right Questions November 13, 2013 8:00 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #11: Asking the Right Questions

In this week’s episode of Chalkstar to Rockstar, we talk with Dr. Chris Craft about asking the right questions when it comes to edtech rather than jumping into (what we think) are the answers. It takes skill, some listening powers, and a lot of deliberate actions in order to accomplish that goal. We’ll hear Chris’s philosophy and how he thinks we should be looking at the technology making its way into our classrooms.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #10: A Challenge for Education Reform November 6, 2013 11:57 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #10: A Challenge for Education Reform

Last week on Chalkstar to Rockstar, Andrew Vanden Heuvel talked about his vision for changing science education using video. This week is a near-unedited follow up to that episode with a discussion on the wider implications for education reform. Andrew gives his thoughts on why reform doesn’t happen and how teachers can begin to push that change.

Chalkstar to Rockstar 09: Science #ThroughGlass October 30, 2013 8:15 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar 09: Science #ThroughGlass

Google Glass was one of the most exciting announcements in 2012. But, because of the high price tag, it’s out of reach of most educators. Michigan’s own Andrew Vanden Heuvel applied to be a Glass Explorer anyways, and he ended up being chosen to be the first person to receive Glass.

Chalkstar to Rockstar #08 – Let Students Begin Their Life’s Work October 23, 2013 8:00 am

Chalkstar to Rockstar #08 – Let Students Begin Their Life’s Work

New Tech Network schools are project based, community-driven schools that allow students to tackle hard problems to drive learning. This week on TechSmith’s Chalkstar to Rockstar, Ron Houtman from Kent Innovation High shares his one main challenge to teachers: let your students begin their life’s work today. They’re capable. They’re ready. They’re eager. All they’re waiting on is for us to catch up.