Google Educast #159: Google Unlimited

Google-Educast-Logo-LargeThis Week on the Google Educast:

Google has been working overtime releasing new apps, new features and making announcements about what is coming in the future. This week the Educast looks at unlimited storage for education accounts, free backup for school districts, image editing in Google slides, spell check in Google Sheets plus other additions and tricks in Google Sheets. Google continues to show that Google Voice is not going away by adding MMS support. They released a new Google News app for iOS and on Android and the web you can quickly create polls.

Hosts: Fred Delventhal and Chris Betcher!

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Google Educast #159: Google Unlimited

This Week on the Google Educast:

Google has been working overtime releasing new apps, new features and making announcements about what is coming in the future. This week the Educast looks at unlimited storage for education accounts, free backup for school districts, image editing in Google slides, spell check in Google Sheets plus other additions and tricks in Google Sheets. Google continues to show that Google Voice is not going away by adding MMS support. They released a new Google News app for iOS and on Android and the web you can quickly create polls.
Hosts: Fred Delventhal and Chris Betcher!

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EdGamer 144: Yummy Game Creation Using GameSalad

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Dan Magaha, Director of Operations at GameSalad, is joining us for EdGamer 144. GameSalad’s Creator platform allows game developers to rapidly design, publish, and distribute sophisticated games for iOS, Android, and HTML5, while eliminating the need to code. Tune-in and level-up!

 

 

 

Please go to the Show Notes for all of our links.

Here’s our Show Notes

 

Show Host: Zack Gilbert

Show Guest: Dan Magaha

Show Guest/Producer: Steve Isaacs

Show Contributor/ProducerGerry James

 

 


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EdGamer artwork by Tricia Fuglestad

 

 

#TLAT

hubLet’s start this off with an admission of a known character trait and a full disclosure of my hypocrisy.

I love the spotlight.

The prosecution respectfully submits the following as evidence:

Exhibit A- Sam Stecher has been known to compete in Slam Poetry and perform poems about upper respiratory infections with frequent and explicit references to phlegm.

Exhibit B- Sam Stecher used to be a cage fighter mostly because to him the saying “two men enter, one man leaves” indicated that everyone would probably be looking at him when all was said and done.

Exhibit C- Have you listened to the podcast? The dude is clearly in love with his own voice.

Guilty. As. Charged.

I’m a showman and a showoff. I love an audience and I love the attention.

Applause?

Yes please.

Laughter?

I am in constant search of a punch line.

Tears?

Oh, are those your heart strings? Did I mention I’m a tug-o-war champion too? Get ready for some pulling.

So of course I became a teacher. Along with the fat contract and wicked good benefits came a captive audience 5 days a week, 6 classes a day plus the late show when I coached. And I wasn’t shy about putting on a show.

Hello 8th graders.  I’m sure you are all here to see me me me.

I had, dare I say, a stage persona.

You know it worked pretty good some of the time. My personality was suited to this kind of life. And I bet most of my students gleaned some knowledge in between my theatrics. All was well in the Sam Show.

But then a guy named Dr. Raymond C. Jones ego checked me right into the wall. I was at a workshop he was leading when he smacked me with these words.

“I used to think that teaching was all about entertainment. Then I realized I was was competing with Disney and MTV. I don’t have the budget or the talent to match them so I will lose the battle for entertainment. But engagement, that’s a battle I can win. The difference being entertainment is all about what I’m doing and engagement is all about what the student is doing.”

Dr. Jones went on to provide a ton of great methods for student engagement that I used for the rest of my teaching career. In fact I used one again recently with my school board as part of a book study. He’s worth Google. Go check him out. Beyond the practical application of strategies he provided that statement above really made me question what I did in the classroom. That questioning led me to some significant realizations. I realized it’s not about me. It’s about the students. If I came in every day trying to sell myself I would be selling my students short. It’s not about what I can show the students about me. It’s about what I can get them to see in themselves. I was also selling the profession of teaching short too.  That fat contract didn’t say ringmaster or intellectual acrobat or renegade seating chart jockey. It said teacher. I didn’t need to dress up that title at all.  It is one of the most radical, risky, and rewarding careers ever. A teacher is not in the game of mass entertainment. A teacher is in the service of mind expansion. Labeling teaching something it’s not is a discredit to what it is.

I know that there are people advocating cultivating the neglected art of “teaching as performance” and I for sure see the value in it. You gotta sell your material a little but the hyperbole is out of hand. Teaching like one’s coiffure is en fuego or like you are a posing privateer off the coast of Barbados? I question the sustainability. I question the viability of broad application. Most importantly I question why we would need to sell teaching as something it is not when what it is is so amazing.

As a self confessed but reformed scene stealer in my own classroom listen to what I say.

Worry less about selling yourself.

Focus on buying into what your students can do.

If you make engaging your students in the learning your priority do you know what you will be teaching like?

A teacher.

Teach like a teacher. #TLAT

Sam Stecher and Mark Johnson tweet at @samuelstecher and @mc_bossy respectively and @Mission_Monday collectively.

 

Chicago StartupWeekend EDU: Pairs ‘n Carrots

This pasSWEDUChicagot weekend, Startup Weekend Education returned to Chicago and the site of last year’s highly successful event, National Louis University.  To build on all the success of the 2013 Chicago SWEDU, we created a one-day conference around Higher Education Startups in Success (kicked off by the superlative Howard Tullman and closed by the incomparable Ron Packard) and assembled another amazing team of coaches, judges and sponsors, including National Louis University (which donated our space, technical support and our judge, president Nivine Megahed), The Joyce Foundation, Apollo Education Group, DeVry Education Group, Deltak, Educelerate and First Analysis.

Of special note, several sponsors also donated prizes for the winning team, including 4.0 Schools offer of free admission and airfare for their Essentials Bootcamp at month’s end and 1871 Chicago offered a two month free membership.  And while not a formal sponsorship, a special thanks is owed to DevBootcamp, which sent a full bakers-half-dozen of recent graduates to SWEDU — 7 educators turned developers worth their weight in gold.   It should come as no surprise that DevBootcamp graduates were on the first and second place teams (but more on that below).

After a Friday night featuring 24 pitches (not to mention, a 36 hour travel ordeal suffered by our facilitator Jessica), we winnowed our way down to 6 final teams (see above for the stream), in order of their pitches:

Chicago SWEDU Wall of PostIts

      1. Pairs – a peer to peer tutoring app helping students learn through teaching their peers online 
      2. Watch Me Work – a video library of experts practicing their skills in a non-tutorial setting
      3. Eternity Engines – a Google Earth like globe combining geography with world history in a more interactive and integrated experience
      4. Carrot (@ClassCarrot) – a mobile student behavior management app with integrated notifications
      5. Fantasy Finance – teaching math through the best of fantasy sports and stock trading simulations
      6. Jock Games – offering remedial tutoring through serious games drawn from the world of collegiate athletics

As detailed in an insider account on the Startup Education blog by Ingrid Goncalves of Team Carrot, their idea Team Carrotand execution behind high school teacher (Go Cedar Lake, Indiana!) and DevBootcamp’er Ryan Spencer, along with fellow teachers Nathan Conroy and Jeremy Peters, Starter League alum Abhi Pillai and marketing pros Ingrid, Purab Kaur and Pat Doyle carried the day. The fact that they completed a compelling app demo and business pitch, while also creating a Twitter handle (@ClassCarrot), website (classcarrot.co) and logo t-shirts did not hurt either.

Timely enough, Dev Bootcamp is actually hosting a Fall Info Session and Tour and offering flexible tuition options for current educators interested in the upcoming December 8th cohort for their 19 week program to become a software developer (just email hello@devbootcamp.com for details).

And all was not lost for the other teams as Dr. Jane Honickel’s pitch for Pairs won the heart of our judge Alan Drimmer, who offered them an impromptu meeting for later in the month for further coaching.  Word is 4.0 Schools just might let them into their Essentials program then too.  After all, the biggest success to come out of last year’s Chicago SWEDU, Eric Nelson’s FantasyGeopolitics, did not even place in the top three, but still found support and spotlights from 4.0 Schools, Startup Education and EdSurge!

Google Educast #158: Google’s Moonshot Teen Scientists

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Join Juan, Kimberly, Fred and Chris as they bring you all the latest education news from the Googleverse. Learn about the Google Science Fair winners ( some truly amazing teens who are probably going to change the world), new features in Takeout and Drive for Mobile, the new file picker, calendar changes and more. Learn to make some awesome, styled maps, get cool app packs for back to school, and dig into the finer points of Google Classroom.

Hosts: Fred Delventhal, Kim Zimmer, Juan DeLuca, and Chris Betcher!

Here’s our Show Notes! 

Ask a Google Certified Teacher!   Leave us an email at googleeducast@EdReach.us

Watch the show here on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSQ08a4-UUA

 

 

 

 

 

Google Educast #157: It Ships Itself

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Where did Maps Engine Lite go? Oh, it’s now in My Maps! What password should you choose now? Who cares? Let Chrome make one for you! What’s the shortcut for bulleted lists or numbered lists? I don’t know, I just let it happen automatically. Why is managing iOS devices so hard? Because you’re not letting Google do it for you. Listen to the GoogleEducast this week to answer more of your most pressing questions with the help of Chris, Fred, Megan and Kevin.

Hosts: Fred Delventhal, Kevin Brookhouser, Megan Ellis, and Chris Betcher

Here’s our Show Notes! 

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Watch the show here on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcPXkfe2Lp0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Educast #158: Google’s Moonshot Teen Scientists

This Week on the Google Educast:

Join Juan, Kimberly, Fred and Chris as they bring you all the latest education news from the Googleverse. Learn about the Google Science Fair winners ( some truly amazing teens who are probably going to change the world), new features in Takeout and Drive for Mobile, the new file picker, calendar changes and more. Learn to make some awesome, styled maps, get cool app packs for back to school, and dig into the finer points of Google Classroom.
Hosts: Fred Delventhal, Kim Zimmer, Juan DeLuca, and Chris Betcher!

Here’s our Show Notes! 
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Google Educast #157: It Ships Itself

This Week on the Google Educast:

Where did Maps Engine Lite go? Oh, it’s now in My Maps! What password should you choose now? Who cares? Let Chrome make one for you! What’s the shortcut for bulleted lists or numbered lists? I don’t know, I just let it happen automatically. Why is managing iOS devices so hard? Because you’re not letting Google do it for you. Listen to the GoogleEducast this week to answer more of your most pressing questions with the help of Chris, Fred, Megan and Kevin.
Hosts: Fred Delventhal, Kevin Brookhouser, Megan Ellis, and Chris Betcher

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Idea Box Show #007: Take a Book on Vacation with Stacey Hazuda

This Week on The Idea Box

When students go on vacation, Stacey Hazuda encourages them to take a book along! Students mail or email photos of themselves reading on vacation to Stacey, and she posts the images on her blog with information about the vacation that the book got to go on! Use this idea for any school break, not just summer. Tune in for tips on encouraging reading when school is not in session.

Host: Mary Morgan Ryan

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Idea Box Show #006: Library Redesign with Leanna Fifhause and Patti Fleser

This Week on The Idea Box

Leanna Fifhause and Patti Fleser work in a middle school library that has been completely redesigned for today’s learners. It is called The Cube, and has flexible spaces, furnishings, and more. We’ll talk about the redesign process, the timeline, how the space is used today, and what Patti and Leanna have planned for the future.

Host: Mary Morgan Ryan

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Idea Box Show #005: Tweet-along in the School Library with Kathy Garneau

This Week on The Idea Box

This week we learn about Kathy Garneau’s school library Tweet-along. She taught parents how to tweet and used a hashtag for their conversation. We’ll talk about how she got the ball rolling, how the program went, and her Twitter plans for the future.

Host: Mary Morgan Ryan

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Ask us questions  Leave us an email at ideabox@edreach.us
Watch the show here on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/D6clTtJxYGM?list=UUdMQCObPdBxQ36Pd1dvnFFw

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Reasons Why I Love My Job

SelfieI am an elementary principal, and I have been posting on Facebook and Twitter for some time a segment I like to call “Reasons Why I Love My Job.” It seems to have generated some interest and most importantly, educators can relate to the day-to-day life of school.  So, here are some of the reasons I love my job.  Hope you enjoy.  Share if you like, and feel free to add some of your own in the comment section.

At the beginning of this year, a 3rd grade student said, “Mr Johnson, you look the same as last year.”

Me: “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”

Student: “Oh, it’s a good thing.” (Pause)

Student: “You also smell like my dad.”

Me: “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”

Student: “That’s also good.”


I got called into the teacher’s lounge. They said they needed a “strong man.” I ended up opening a bottle of ranch.


I did recess duty for 2nd grade and heard “Mr. Johnson, watch this!” at least a thousand times in 15 minutes.


I was sporting new glasses. I felt really good, like I had chosen the right ones. Then a 4th grader saw me and said, “Hey, my grandma has that same pair!”


2nd grader: Is it Friday?

Me: Yep, it sure is.

2nd grader: Darn. I wish it was Tuesday.

Me: Why?

2nd grader: Cuz then I could keep being in school and learning new things.


A 5th grader while reading a math problem: “A cricket, a rabbit, a mouse, and a turtle were in a race….Wait a minute. Are they serious?  How could that even happen?”


After I walked through the lunchroom, a kindergarten student stood up, put her hand on her hip, tilted her head, snapped her fingers and said, “That Mr. Johnson is so handsome!”


At the end of the day, I hugged a kindergarten student who said, “Wow! Your armpits smell really good!”


Kindergarten student: “Mr. Johnson, my shoulder really hurts today.”

Me: “Oh, no! Why is that?”

Kindergarten student: “I think I must have woke up crooked.”


Today a student sincerely asked how to spell “YMCA.”


Two girls were in the hallway.

The first girl said, “Mr Johnson, Ashley is crazy.”

I said, “If you mean crazy awesome, then I agree.”

Hi-fives were shared all around.


I was having a very bad day. A first grader came into my office, laid his head on my shoulder and scratched my back. Day instantly improved.


And lastly…

After an assembly, a parent told me, “It’s nice to see a principal be as immature as his students.”

Google Educast #156: Scratching The New Forms

Google-Educast-Logo-LargeThis Week on the Google Educast:

Now you get two hours to return apps that you buy in Google Play. Google Voice update may signal a longer life for this Google Product. The first Android Apps that can run on Chromebooks includes 3 educational apps. Google Educators Groups go global. Check out the new Snagit for Chrome. Juan shares a cool way to use Google Calendar in history class and Chris shares his Scratch theme using the new customizable themes in Google Forms.

Hosts: Fred Delventhal, Juan DeLuca, and Chrit Betcher!

Here’s our Show Notes! 

Ask a Google Certified Teacher!   Leave us an email at googleeducast@EdReach.us

Watch the show here on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_R5kd5tERg