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EdTech Lens

By Alex McMillan
EdTech Lens (ETL) is a production by Alex McMillan (@MrAlexEdTech) in which he examines educational literature and interview experts from the perspective of educational technology.
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Episode 3 - Campus Closures from COVID-19

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Episode 3 - Campus Closures from COVID-19
In today's episode @MrAlexEdTech talks to a panel of teachers across Asia who are currently experiencing campus closures. We discuss: What led us to this point in each of our school's countries? What has been working well? What hasn't been working so well? What essential app would you recommend for anyone currently experiencing campus closures? Catch all of us on Twitter: 😎 Alex (host): @MrAlexEdTech 🤠 Levent : @MrErdoganEDU 🥳 Kim: @MsKHogg 🥳 Justin: @JUouelle 😇 Laura: @LauraEngland Kim has been teaching internationally since 2002, is a Level 2 Google Certified Teacher, Apple Teacher, and holds an Master of Education in Information Technology. She has taught Design and English Literature in K-12 and EAL from age four through adult learners. She is currently serving at an international school in South Korea and wants to learn more about everything. 👉 - Stream directly to YouTube and other services for gamer-like engagement with students 👉 - Visualization of student (and teacher!) engagement with assignments in Google Classroom. Time bars allow for quick analysis of which students are likely on track and which might need some additional intervention. Also allows Teachers to see if an assignment  is still waiting for feedback. Mr. Levent Erdogan is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Digital Media Specialist and presently teaching Film Studies, Music and Phys-Ed at an international school in Hong Kong. Before becoming a teacher, Levent worked in the Los Angeles Film Industry and has been using this professional experience to innovate and create unparalleled learning opportunities for his students. Laura is currently teaching Middle School Language and Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition to teaching, she is collaborating with a co-author to create the 2nd Edition of the Hodder Education Skills for Success: MYP Personal Project. Laura has previously worked in Australia as an MYP Coordinator, MYP Projects Coordinator and is an AITSL chair for Initial Teacher Education review panels. 👉Read & Write Chrome Extension and Cmd + Shift + 5 to create a Screen Record. 👉Ghen Co Vy - Vietnam Corona Song Justin is a PYP grade 5 educator living in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with over 15 years over 15 years of experience. He holds a Master’s degree in educational technology, is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator (Level 2), Microsoft Innovative Educator and is currently working on his ISTE Certified Educator recognition. 👉Dr. Jennifer Chang Wathall’s Five Tips for Virtual Environments, shared in this infographic 👉This continually updated dynamic Wakelet that I have curated related to the topic. Includes action plans, infographics, tips and more. 👉TPaCK Music "Unrest" used with permission: ELPHNT
March 22, 2020
Episode 2 - Service Learning & Technology with Cathryn Berger Kaye
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., travels the globe bringing ideas and practical strategies to improve our schools. As the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning, Cathy guides educators in how students can apply what they discover through academics to improve communities. How Cathy presents models best teaching practices, illuminating ways we can continuously engage young people to discover, learn, and take action. LINKS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST: • – be sure to click Resources for articles and Blog for her latest postings (browse the archives for rich examples of service learning around the world) • – and click on In Our Global Village Project to access books written by youth and to learn how to contribute to this service learning program •  Cathy’s latest blog post about different ways students have recently been engaging in Service Learning at a distance:   LOOKING FOR MORE RESOURCES? CATHY RECOMMENDS: •  EarthEcho International – – has exceptional free downloadable resources including seven Service Learning Action Guides authored by Cathy such as Down the Drain and Rethinking Waste, accessible at Educator Resources: click on Action Guide and scroll through the pages. •  Go to to Download four free student guides authored by Cathy. Open the link, scroll to the middle of the page and click on Free Downloads. ⁃   A Kid’s Guide to Hunger and Homelessness ⁃  A Kid’s Guide to Climate Change and Global Warming ⁃   A Kid’s Guide to Helping Others Read and Succeed ⁃   A Kid’s Guide to Protecting and Caring for Animals Los Angeles Theatre Works offers many free audio plays for educators recorded by outstanding actors. Visit and click on Education and register. Interested in a free Teacher Guide written by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Maureen Connolly for the play Spill about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Email Cathy loves to receive your questions and comments, and can be reached at to schedule school and distance professional development on service learning, social and emotional dynamics, engaging teaching, Equity in Action, coaching, and more. To find out about Cathy’s July 13-16, 2020 Summer Advisory and Service Learning Institute, visit Music: "Pixelated Autumn Leaves" by Jeremy Blake, AKA Red Means Recording.
March 17, 2020
Episode 1 - "At What Cost" Interview with Psychologist Dr. David Gleason
In our inaugural episode of ETL, Alex speaks with Dr. David Gleason about his book "At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools."  We discuss adolescent development, social media, and, what everyone asks Dr. Gleason around the world, what it might take for an organization's culture.  Check out the links below for more information on how to buy Dr. Gleason's book.  His website and blog is also below. #CommissionsEarned Music credit: Sawyer Shin
October 27, 2019