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THRIVEinEDU by Rachelle Dene Poth

THRIVEinEDU by Rachelle Dene Poth

By Rachelle Dene Poth
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.
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THRIVEinEDU with JabuMind: Let's focus on selfcare and SEL!
Join us with the team from JabuMind to learn about how to promote self-care and mindfulness, get the JabuMind app for teachers. Check out the recording on our YouTube channel!
November 22, 2021
ThriveinEDU with special guest Elissa Frazier
Listen to our great conversation  with Elissa and check out the recording on our YouTube channels or Facebook Communities! 
November 16, 2021
ThriveinEDU With Special Guest George Couros
Listen in to our great chat and fun with George Couros. You can catch the recording on YouTube or Twitter.  Enjoy! Catch us live on Mondays and Fridays!  @gcouros @Rdene915 @EastonA1 
November 12, 2021
Digital Citizenship All Year Long!
Ideas for Digcit week and for all year learning! @BookCreatorApp @Nearpod @commonsenseEducation and more! 
October 18, 2021
Digital Storytelling
Tools for digital storytelling and more!
October 11, 2021
Ideas for Students to Demonstrate Learning
Importance of opportunities to develop SEL all through the year and prrovide students with differerent ways to demonstrate learning. See Buncee, Tract, Book Creator, Spaces and more!
October 4, 2021
Fostering communication skills
Helping students to build communication skills whether in person, hybrid or virtual learning. Methods and tools to promote SEL and build classroom community.
September 20, 2021
Ideas to Promote Interactive Learning
Check out some tools like Gimkit, Whiteboard Chat, Padlet and more for interactive, anywhere learning! 
September 13, 2021
Back to School: Building Community and SEL
Check out @Buncee Tract Learning, @WeVideo and @Flipgrid for some great ways to build community and SEL! 
August 30, 2021
Soaking up summer and prepping for back to school
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.
July 21, 2021
Learning together! Great PD and PLN time in July
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!
July 12, 2021
Conference Recap! Model Schools and ISTE LIVE
Did you attend ISTE Live? Have you been to the Model Schools Conference? Hear about some of the focus areas of these events. 
July 5, 2021
Learning and Relaxing: Books, Chats and More
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! 
June 25, 2021
Summer Challenge: Time to Thrive!
Are you taking a break? Focusing on self-care? Or looking for PD?  You can find that in our ThriveinEDU community and our weekly shows!  What are you working on this summer? 
June 14, 2021
Summer Challenge: Learn to Code!
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,, Hopscotch, Girls Who Code, Rex Academy, 
June 7, 2021
Ideas for the summer "break"
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.  
June 1, 2021
Learning or relaxing for the summer? Finding balance
Some ideas of ways to take a break and learn at the same time
May 24, 2021
Mentoring and support
Explore ISTE, ThriveinEDU Community, Mandy Froehlich blog 
May 17, 2021
Promoting SEL and engagement
Ideas for boosting student engagement, benefits, tools to promote SEL
May 11, 2021
Fresh Ideas for May
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!
May 3, 2021
Taking a break- How do you focus on self-care?
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. 
April 29, 2021
Family engagement and communications
Ideas for promoting home to school connections and family engagement.
April 21, 2021
Spaces EDU for Digital Portfolios and Learning Journeys!
Check out Spaces EDU for digital portfolios and more! 
April 12, 2021
Making a Shift: Hybrid to 5 days
How to prepare for another shift? Here are some ideas and thinks to consider. 
April 7, 2021
How do you pronounce your name?
The importance of knowing how to pronounce names. Have you ever had your name mispronounced? Or have you mispronounced someone else's name? Why pronunciation matters.
March 29, 2021
Learning Journeys with Digital Portfolios
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. Books
March 22, 2021
Learning about AI with AI World School
Looking for an AI course to try with your students? Or for yourself? Explore the options through AI World School. Learn more here and reach out if you have any questions. 
March 15, 2021
Learning on Clubhouse this week! Tools for Hybrid and Virtual
Tools for anywhere learning, some students to use to create with, some for more active learning and more. A few: Canva, PearDeck, Screencastify. Tune in! 
March 12, 2021
Learning on Clubhouse this week!
Are you on Clubhouse? Need an invite?  Here are some of the things that I learned this past week on Clubhouse. Join in my rooms on Saturdays and Sundays, also Monday and Wednesday nights.
March 8, 2021
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Where do we begin?
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
March 3, 2021
Artificial Intelligence in Education: How can we teach our students?
Increase in use of AI in the world and in our classrooms. What are resources to explore and how can we get started? Check out Quick Draw, Auto Draw, Teachable Machine, and Will Robots Take My Job
February 23, 2021
What I learned on Clubhouse this week
Here are some hacks and 5 tools to explore!  Hope to see you on Clubhouse, join in my rooms on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 
February 19, 2021
Learning from Clubhouse!
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!
February 11, 2021
Professional Learning: Check out Clubhouse
Have you heard about Clubhouse?  It is an iOs app and it has been a hot topic over the past few weeks. Learn what it is and how to get started! 
February 6, 2021
New year and new connections: PLN
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  Check out some chats: FormativeChat, PLN365, CelebratED, CultureED, EdAdventures, CrazyPLN and Bookcamppd to start!
January 25, 2021
Making Learning Interactive - A few ideas
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.
January 18, 2021
Thinking about hybrid
What if we go back to school the way it was from 2 years ago? What would you want that to look like? What would you take from the hybrid and virtual experience? Sharing my idea for Wednesdays.
January 11, 2021
Kicking off the new year
There are lots of things to look forward to but also some challenges, struggles, that we are all processing. Here are some ideas to start with! Buncee, Blooket, Jamboard, Wakelet, Zigazoo
January 4, 2021
Recap of 2020: So much to say!
What are your takeaways? The wins? The positives you found this year?
December 23, 2020
Recap of 2020: So much to say
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
What are your takeaways?
December 20, 2020
Reflecting on 2020: Lessons Learned from A Challenging Year
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.
December 14, 2020
Tools for Anywhere Learning
Tools that are beneficial regardless of where learning is taking place. Check out Buncee, Formative, Nearpod, Blooket, Bingo Baker, Gimkit, Quizizz, Quizlet Live! 
December 7, 2020
Working through Hybrid Teaching
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!
November 30, 2020
Thinking about Hybrid and Remote Learning
What are the challenges, benefits, frustrations of what we are experiencing as educators and students?  Some of my experiences and ideas/hacks for making it work! 
November 23, 2020
Teacher Wellness Ideas
Check out the Teacher Wellness posts from Edutopia  Definitely recommend the app JabuMind!  Check it out today, more to come about JabuMind!
November 16, 2020
Zigazoo: Student Created Videos!
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.
November 9, 2020
SEL in the virtual space
Ideas for meeting SEL needs virtually.
November 2, 2020
Collaborating: Building Skills
Ideas for promoting collaboration whether in the classroom or virtually. Check out some of the tools mentioned.  Also join my ThriveinEDU Facebook Community! 
October 26, 2020
Telling our stories: Ideas for students
Ideas for storytelling in the digital age. 
October 19, 2020
Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
Navigating the fake news, building digcit skills Check out Flipgrid/Wonderopolis Adobe Photoshop: Fake or photo:
October 12, 2020
Ideas for collaboration and creation
Looking for new ideas or versatile tools to have students create and explore? Check out this episode and also, join my ThriveinEDU Facebook community!  
October 5, 2020
Ideas and tools for the new year
PBL, collaboration, giving feedback and more! Wonderopolis, Thrively, Padlet, Wakelet, Trello, Anchor, Synth and Flipgrid
September 28, 2020
Back to school: first few weeks
What are your challenges your successes your experiences in these first few weeks of the new school year? Here are some of mine and how I'm working on them
September 21, 2020
Back to School: Challenges and Solutions
How is your experience?
September 14, 2020
Supporting One Another: Mentoring and Facing the New Year
Importance of being a mentor and finding a mentor for ourselves. 
September 8, 2020
Learning, Growing and Avoiding Burnout
Preparing for the start of the year, 
August 24, 2020
Starting the year with a focus on self-care
10 ideas to find balance, or do something each day for self-care
August 17, 2020
Connections and Presence
Navigating in the Digital World: Creating our Space for this School Year ChartYourNewCourse
August 10, 2020
Reflecting and Growing: Planning
Ideas to help us reflect, for our students to become more reflective and build SEL skills. PBL and more!
August 4, 2020
Mentally Preparing and Getting Ready for the year
Ideas for starting the year, things I have learned about the value of sharing our story, and the power of connecting as we embrace the unknown this school year.
July 27, 2020
Season 2: ThriveinEDU Show and group
Please join in my weekly show on Learning 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!
July 21, 2020
July 18, 2020
July 18, 2020
Digital Citizenship: Recap of my show with Jennifer Casa-Todd
Join in my weekly show on  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: 
July 16, 2020
Preparing Now - In between, what can we do?
Ideas for focusing on preparing for the unknown.   Also to join in my weekly show on on Wednesdays, 4:00 pm EST   A different guest and topic each week!
July 13, 2020
What now? Planning and Being Proactive
What are some things that we can work on now, that will benefit us in  the new school year, regardless of where learning takes place
July 6, 2020
Learning, Thinking Ahead and Planning for the Unknown
What have we learned and what can we do better?  Planning for the Unknown
June 29, 2020
Relationships, SEL and Focus
Take time to breathe, focus on  what is most important: Relationships
June 22, 2020
Listening to Students and Planning Ahead
Make time to ask students for feedback and use their input  to  guide your next steps for summer learning and planning  ahead. 
June 15, 2020
Lessons Learned and Reflections to Inform the Future
Reflecting on lessons learned and plans  moving forward, focused on discussion after my recent blog post.  Getting Through
June 10, 2020
My thoughts and how I'm processing and planning forward.
Finding the words to say and the actions to take can be a challenge, I'm working through and making sure I connect, looking to learn and grow.
June 8, 2020
5 Quick Ways to Start with AR/VR and Have Fun Creating
5 fun  tools to create with AR/VR 
June 1, 2020
Thinking about the end of the year, planning forward
Reflections on progress, plans for the future, new ideas and fun activities
May 26, 2020
Educating all learners during COVID 19
Check out the  EALA: Educating All Learners Alliance, a project focused on providing resources and  support for special education.
May 22, 2020
Checking In and Our New Routines
Check in on family and friends, make sure your students are doing okay. Every moment matters. 
May 18, 2020
SEL and wellness: Taking care of our school community
Sharing ideas and considerations for wellness and helping each other during the pandemic and every day.
May 14, 2020
Unconventional Ideas: The time is now to try some
Explore unconventional ideas and how to bring  about positive changes in our classrooms, remotely and in person. Check out my book Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU.
May 11, 2020
Reopening Our Schools: Thoughts and Reflections
What do you think needs to happen? What will our schools look like? Inspired by NPR article and my own thoughts.
May 7, 2020
Pondering the look of school
Some thoughts  about school, classes, precautions, and things  to consider now as we prepare for our return to the classroom.  Great article that I read earlier: NPR 9 things
May 4, 2020
April 30, 2020
Innovation and Remote Learning
Innovation does not mean technology. Take some risks, try something new, ideas for students and families. 
April 27, 2020
Thoughts about Remote Learning, Communicating and Transitions
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.
April 23, 2020
Finding Balance and Connecting in the midst of chaos
How can we find balance now? What should we do? Stay connected, make time for you, take breaks. Just some ideas for how to plan days and find some balance during this uncertain and chaotic time. 
April 20, 2020
Creating a supportive virtual learning space
Why we need to focus on connecting and how.  I use Zoom and this is how I set it up and  why I am glad that I did. 
April 16, 2020
Ideas for Educators & Families
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 for live cams around the  world, animals, places, and climates.  Pernille Ripp and Global Read Aloud: Authors doing read-alouds each day. 
April 13, 2020
Tips for Remote Learning after two weeks
Just some thoughts to share about things to consider, what has worked, tips, and hopefully some ideas to try.
April 9, 2020
Ways to Connect Remotely
Chats, Audio, Video and Meetings Bachchannel chat, Anchor, GoSynth, Padlet, Buncee, Zoom,  Google Meet, Google Hangouts
April 6, 2020
The Importance of Connecting During Remote Learning
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. 
April 2, 2020
Here We Go: Remote Learning, Learning as we go
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: 
March 30, 2020
Exploring the World from Our Classroom
Ideas to immerse students more in learning, global collaborations and explorations.  See Buncee, Nearpod. Flipgrid, CoSpaces EDU, Merge EDU, Google Expeditions, Mystery Skype
March 26, 2020
Advice from students and Focusing on our Why
Continuation from prior episode, with advice from students. Be creative. Be supportive.  Make connections. Take risks with learning. Encourage and Inspire. 
March 23, 2020
Focus on the Why/ Seeing the Student
Reflect on your experience. Share your story, lean in and listen more and see the student, not the behavior. I recommend reading the book Lost at School. 
March 16, 2020
Sharing Our Story: Pushing Ourselves Professionally
Share your story: Podcast, Blog, Periscope. Start with one and use it as a way to reflect and share your ideas. Your story needs to be told.
March 9, 2020
Professional Learning Spaces: Making Connections
Some ideas for learning and growing with your PLN
March 2, 2020
TCEA Highlights from a week of 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!) Esports Expo hall sightings
February 24, 2020
BETT Experience: Part 2
The BETT experience, part II: The Space, Technology and the People
February 20, 2020
Buncee and BETT
An amazing opportunity to be with Buncee  at BETT in London.  Being able to share the possibilities for creating with Buncee and how Microsoft's Immersive reader benefits learners  was an absolute honor. 
February 17, 2020
Tools to Check out this year!
Here are some favorites: Buncee, Gimkit, Nearpod, Wakelet, Synth, Anchor, Voxer
February 10, 2020
Conferences: FETC and Professional Learning!
Some of my takeaways from FETC  and conferences in general. 
February 3, 2020
Sharing Who We Are as Educators and Connecting
How to share our experiences, learn and grow together
January 30, 2020
Pushing Through Challenges: Connecting and Growing
Follow up to a conversation. Importance of being a risk-taker, connecting, not being afraid to ask for help
January 22, 2020
Professional Learning: 5 Ideas for Any Schedule
Five ways that I find time for personal and professional  development.
January 11, 2020
New Year, New Goals and One Word
Do you make resolutions? I think more about goals, being intentional about  changes I would like to make and reflecting. Relentless pursuit of growth.
January 6, 2020
Ideas for the New Year
Ideas for the new year after time to relax  and recharge. Focus on relationships, family engagement, learning spaces and more.
December 30, 2019
Future of Education and Work: Follow-up to Panel!
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.
December 23, 2019
Coding and Computational Thinking! Resources to Get Started!
Check out and look to twitter for the #hourofcode hashtag!
December 16, 2019
Coding: How does it benefit students and educators?
Check out the Hour of Code and site Also try Code Academy, Hopscotch, Brain Pop, MIT Scratch, Girls Who Code, Khan Academy
December 10, 2019
Global PBL: How to Connect Our Classrooms
How we made more powerful connections during PBL: Edmodo, Flipgrid, Padlet, Synth, Buncee and Nearpod
December 6, 2019
PBL: Authentic and High-Quality
I learned that I was not truly doing authentic PBL in my classes. Here are some resources and ways to provide a better and more authentic experience for students. 
December 2, 2019
Ideas to Promote Personalized Learning
Some ideas for creating more personalized learning experiences for students. Examples PBL, Blended Learning and  Station Rotations. 
November 25, 2019
Collaboration and Promoting SEL
Five ways to build collaborative skills in the Classroom,
November 18, 2019
Social Emotional Learning: Ways to Build SEL in the Classroom
SEL, check out the site for information and materials for use in your classroom.
November 4, 2019
Classroom Collaboration: 5 Ideas for Promoting Collaborative Learning
Here are five ways that I have tried to create more active learning in my classroom. 
October 28, 2019
Learning Experiences to Prepare Our Students
What happens if we offer more choices for students to learn and design their education?  What are the skills that students need for now and the future?
October 21, 2019
Preparing for the Future: What do our students need?
Some ideas of how to prepare students for the future of work and learning.
October 14, 2019
Artificial Intelligence in Education: What Do We Need to Know?
Ideas about AI and how it can be used in education, resources to explore
October 7, 2019
Movement in the Classroom: Student Engagement!
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.
September 30, 2019
The importance of mentoring in Education
Mentoring and why it is important. 5 ideas for connecting and forming a mentorship.
September 24, 2019
Making time for Self-care: Ten ideas for Educators and Anyone!
Check out my blog at Learn about my books In Other Words and  The  Future is Now,
September 18, 2019
Episode #1 EdTechRogue
My first podcast, random thoughts, please let me know if you want to be a guest, respond, anything. Definitely welcome some feedback..
July 4, 2018