Welcome to the THRIVEinEDU podcast where learning happens and random thoughts related to all things education are shared. Listen in each week as I talk about some of the emerging trends and topics in education. Topics include Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Global Collaborations, Preparing Students for the Future, PBL, SEL, Coding, the Power of PLNS and more.
Summer learning continues with virtual events. Thinking about the new school year, here are five (or so) ideas to explore for back to school. Focus on SEL and building relationships and preparing for the future.
Don't miss out on the Campfire Convos Voxer group led by Sean Gaillard @SMgaillard and & @LainieRowell. Join in the Changemaker 2021 conference from July 14-28. Sunday nights with #BookCampPD via Meredith Johnson and a book study focus each month! All free, great opportunities to connect and grab new ideas and have fun learning together!
Check out some summer reads, what is on your to be read list? I just finished Culturally Responsive Teaching, Discomfort By Design and I am re-reading True Story Lessons That One Kid Taught Us. I shared a list of books to explore, some learning events and more!
There is a need for students to learn more about computer science. Check out some resources to learn to code and have some fun trying them out this summer. Blackbird Code, Code.org, Hopscotch, Girls Who Code, Rex Academy,
Learning or taking a break this summer? We can do both. Decide what is best for you and find something that works with your time and finding balance. Rely on your PLN, join the communities in ISTE, Microsoft, ambassador programs, read a book, check out a podcast, but do so when it is best for you.
Need some new ideas? Explore these using Edpuzzle, Screencastify, Game based learning tools, Buncee and Wakelet. Learn more in the episode!
Also check out my books! All for special prices, great educator and student stories and quotes!
Everyone needs to focus on self-care, even a 5 minute break! Here are a few ideas to explore. Maybe an activity, a group, some music or an app like JabuMind. Whatever works for you to help with being intentional about taking the breaks we need.
Benefits of digital portfolios and some tools for having students create them. @Buncee @Kidblog @Padlet @Spaces_EDU
Join in my ThriveinEDU Clubhouse conversations to share ideas.
Want to bring some AI into your classroom? Here are some ways to get started. Join me on Clubhouse for more discussions about AI and other emerging technologies!
Check out Google AI Experiments, AI World School
A few weeks in, Clubhouse has become a favorite space to connect and learn. Join in my rooms on Saturdays and Sundays and twice during the week, for ThriveinEDU chat.
In this episode, I share some ideas from educators who joined in. Tools to check out this week!
Wondering how to become more connected? Looking for a space to become part of a PLN? Here are some ideas. Also recommend joining my FB Thrive in EDU group https://www.facebook.com/groups/THRIVEinEDU
Check out some chats: FormativeChat, PLN365, CelebratED, CultureED, EdAdventures, CrazyPLN and Bookcamppd to start!
Hybrid teaching is not easy and some days I feel like I could have done so much better. I've decided to try some new ideas, break from the traditional methods and explore different tools that can help to connect us more in learning.
Looking back over 2020 and what we have learned about our work as educators. What challenges have we faced as we transition through in-person, to virtual to hybrid? What worries you about your work? Sharing my experiences and what I have learned this year.
There are definitely challenges when it comes to hybrid teaching and I've been working through a few. However, there are a lot of positives too. Being able to see some of the students and work together has been a definite plus!
I learned about Zigazoo a few weeks ago and have had fun exploring the videos created by kids! Zigazoo looks and feels like popular social media tools such as Instagram and TikTok, which means that students feel more comfortable with the user experience and are more likely to enjoy the learning process on Zigazoo.
Navigating the fake news, building digcit skills
Check out Flipgrid/Wonderopolis
Adobe Photoshop: https://landing.adobe.com/en/na/products/creative-cloud/69308-real-or-photoshop/index.html
Fake or photo: https://area.autodesk.com/fakeorfoto
Please join in my weekly show on Learning Revolution.com under SHOWS, ThriveinEDU on Wednesdays at 4pm Eastern. I have a different guest or guests each week. The show is live and is also recorded. Upcoming Tisha Richmond, LaVonna Roth, Justin Aglio, ISTE Teacher Education Network Team, and more!
Will be starting a book study of my book Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU in AUgust, please join us!
Join in my weekly show on LearningRevolution.com. A recent guest was my good friend, Jennifer Casa-Todd. We discussed the importance of digcit and empowering students as digital leaders. Check out her book Social LEADia and her upcoming book!.
Here is our episode: https://youtu.be/y41j48gbmBc
Think about best ways to communicate, focus on transitions that may happen fast, as our closures did. Prepare for the return to school by taking some opportunities to try new ways to foster communication.
Looking for tools for learning, here are ideas that families can enjoy too. Try Gimkit, Kahoot!, Quizizz, for games or Buncee and Flipgrid for storytelling, or explore with Nearpod for VR.
Also look at explore.org for live cams around the world, animals, places, and climates.
Pernille Ripp and Global Read Aloud: Authors doing read-alouds each day.
Some ways to foster connections during remote learning. Access is important, make sure families and students have access to information and resources. Next, how will you communicate? We still need to have social interactions, leverage the technology to make that happen. Google Classroom, Teams, Slack, Padlet, Flipgrid, Screencastify, Zoom.
Pace yourself, we are all learning and adjusting.
Find a tool like Buncee, where you can create a video, link resources, teach a lesson, have students create. Use Nearpod for interactive lessons and Virtual Reality, have meetings using Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, and record a lesson with Screencastify or Loom. for a few examples.
Read more: https://www.gettingsmart.com/2020/03/choosing-the-right-tools-for-remote-learning/
Carl Hooker and Adam Phyall Session
Jaime Donally AR/VR
Claudio Zavala, Amy Storer, Brian Romero Smith and Marialice Curran - Creativity is my Jam
Laura Steinbrink - Train like a NAVY SEAL
Lori Gracey - The Future is Now (great title, like my book!)
Expo hall sightings
We had a Tweet and Talk (EduMatch) last night, and the discussion was the 2nd part of a talk on the future of education and work. A great panel and so I wanted to share what we discussed and some of my own thoughts for this episode.
A space in which students take a more active role, transforms students from consumers to creators and the former teacher-centered classroom into a student-centered and student-driven space. n an effort to encourage students to become more active learners as well as to be more involved in the types of activities and instruction in the classroom, I started to implement some teaching strategies involving music and games.