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Over the past year, I have had the absolute pleasure to work with the Pine Valley School District as a technology integrator. A small, rural district in Western New York, it has an impressive cadre of tech savvy teachers. One of the most inspirational is 3rd grade teacher, Kirsten Lewis. A glance into Kirsten's classroom almost always brings a frenzy of students actively engaged in an array of tech infused activities. I've seen green screen activities, Lego We-Do Coding, as well as, OneNote Notebook Podcasting activities, to name just few. Kirsten is also an avid Black Mirror fan and is always willing to talk tech and culture! Here is a little about Kirsten in her own words: Kirsten Lewis is a 3rd grade teacher with a passion for books and reading with a splash of tech integration. A 15 year veteran, she holds a master’s degree in literacy with certifications in elementary education, english, and literacy. She is a self-proclaimed introvert with a weakness for coffee. Ways to connect with Kirsten: Twitter @kirst_lewis Instagram: @kirst_lewis Questions for Kirsten: 1. Kirsten what is your favorite coffee blend? ans. 1:04 2. Kirsten can you tell me about your tech savvy journey in a district with some tech savvy teachers? ans. 2:01 3. You are in a 1 to 1 district using Office 365. How do you like using this platform and how do 3rd graders handle it? ans. 3:14 4. How do you find the balance of traditional teaching practices and 21st century teaching practices? ans. 5:09 5. Where do you see technology taking us in 5, 10, 15 years and where would you like it to go? ans. 6:00 6. You're in the Black Mirror Support Group (Teachers talking about the show, "Black Mirror") What is a favorite episode or one that made you think about Educational Technology and its implications? ans. 8:28 7. What's the best way to find balance in tech and non tech learning tools? ans. 12:15 8. Where do you get your fearlessness for technology? ans. 14:09 9. Tell me about Sandbox Learning? ans. 14:25 Speed Geek Questions for Kirsten ans. 17:39
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional.
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional.
This was a really important conversation that I was honored to have with Luke. Marijuana legalization has been a hot button issue in many states. Luke and the Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Organization have been at the forefront to provide research and information to communities and states to provide valuable guidance in the decision making process. Marijuana policy will have direct effects on communities and schools so this is such an important topic for educators to think about now, rather than down the line when bad choices have been made. A little bit about Luke in his own words: Luke Niforatos is the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor at SAM, presiding over strategic federal, state, and educational initiatives. Prior to SAM, he spent his career working in nonprofit community healthcare. Luke also founded two digital health companies. Having lived in Colorado during legalization, he, his wife, and daughter have seen firsthand the disastrous effects of lax marijuana policies. This experience inspired Luke to work and speak across the country for a smart marijuana policy free of commercialization and normalization. Luke graduated from the University of Denver. Questions I asked Luke: 1. Luke can you tell me a little about SAM? Its major goals and long term focus? ans. 3:25 2. Tell me about your journey towards becoming part of SAM? ans. 6:44 3. I would like to focus a little bit on Marijuana and its effects on younger users and learners especially teens. Can you give an overview of some of the key research findings along the lines of youth and Marijuana use? ans. 12:00 4. As you can imagine I follow educational blogs pretty regularly. While I see many articles and posts about Vaping and Meth issues, the silence on Marijuana Legalization is quite astounding. Do you think that is true in your experience? And why is there such silence on this issue in Education circles where it was once on the front lines.? ans. 16:55 5. Marijuana legalization advocates seem to be very well organized and aggressive towards anyone who disagrees with them. I’ve personally experienced this on Twitter for complimenting Alex Berenson’s work. How do you respectfully deal with the often insulting and derogatory reactions you get? ans. 21:07 Speed Geek Questions for Luke: 1. What's your Whimsy? 2 Favorite Blogs? 3. Favorite App?
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional.
Scott Merrick has been one of the founding members of the ISTE Virtual Environment Network. His great sense of humor combined with a keen eye for innovative educational technologies make him a must follow on Social Media as well as at the ISTE Conference. This interview will give you a quick overview of the Games/ Simulations and Virtual Environments Playground at ISTE on Monday May 24th from 8:00 to 11:30am. In this interview I ask Scott about the Virtual Environments Network and the collaboration between Games and Simulations Network and More!
Scott Merrick has been one of the founding members of the ISTE Virtual Environment Network. His great sense of humor combined with a keen eye for innovative educational technologies make him a must follow on Social Media as well as at the ISTE Conference. This interview will give you a quick overview of the Games/ Simulations and Virtual Environments Playground at ISTE on Monday May 24th from 8:00 to 11:30am. In this interview I ask Scott about the Virtual Environments Network and the collaboration between Games and Simulations Network and More!
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional.
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional. Had a really great conversation with Microsoft Education, Principal Product Manager, Mike Tholfsen. Mike offered a glimpse into Microsoft Educations' new vision, culture, and learning tools. I was really fascinated with Mike's insight into the research, collaboration, and development that goes into Microsoft's educational initiatives. Here's a little about Mike in his own words: Mike Tholfsen is a Principal Product Manager on the Microsoft Education team focusing on Inclusive Classroom, Learning Tools and OneNote Class/Staff Notebooks. He is passionate about education and has been regularly working with students and teachers around the world over the past ten years to create products that improve student outcomes. Ways to connect with Mike: Twitter: @mtholfsen LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miketholfsen/ Questions: 1. Mike what is your favorite Coffee Blend? ans. 0:41 2. Tell me about your journey to your current position at Microsoft? ans. 1:25 3. Tell me a little more about OneNote and its related apps and what it can do for educators? ans. 4:40 4. What exactly is the Immersive Reader functionality that is being built into many of the Microsoft Tools? ans. 9:08 5. The Microsoft work environment sounds very dynamic. Do you think that can translate to education and the O365 Tools? ans. 14:01 6. Look into your crystal ball and tell me where you see education in 5, 10, 15 years. ans. 16:00 7. Microsoft really seems to be really pushing the envelope of innovation in education within the last few years? Why is that? ans. 19:05 Speed Geek Questions: Answers here: 21:23
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional. Had a really great conversation with Microsoft Education, Principal Product Manager, Mike Tholfsen. Mike offered a glimpse into Microsoft Educations' new vision, culture, and learning tools. I was really fascinated with Mike's insight into the research, collaboration, and development that goes into Microsoft's educational initiatives. Here's a little about Mike in his own words: Mike Tholfsen is a Principal Product Manager on the Microsoft Education team focusing on Inclusive Classroom, Learning Tools and OneNote Class/Staff Notebooks. He is passionate about education and has been regularly working with students and teachers around the world over the past ten years to create products that improve student outcomes. Ways to connect with Mike: Twitter: @mtholfsen LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miketholfsen/ Questions: 1. Mike what is your favorite Coffee Blend? ans. 0:41 2. Tell me about your journey to your current position at Microsoft? ans. 1:25 3. Tell me a little more about OneNote and its related apps and what it can do for educators? ans. 4:40 4. What exactly is the Immersive Reader functionality that is being built into many of the Microsoft Tools? ans. 9:08 5. The Microsoft work environment sounds very dynamic. Do you think that can translate to education and the O365 Tools? ans. 14:01 6. Look into your crystal ball and tell me where you see education in 5, 10, 15 years. ans.
Joanna is an amazing educator with @ideasmashing thoughts! We talked about her #canconnected presentations and new podcast "Outside the Bubble"
Really enjoyed learning about this French Language Learning App Created by Eden Students.
We all want to recycle right? This student created app helps us learn about recycling in an easy time saving way.
These students designed an app to help you find items locally!
Rebecca Chambers wants to change the educational world! And she's on her way. I talked with her about changing the educational paradigm as well as her upcoming @canconnected Presentation. She is a really engaging and dynamic teacher with some fresh new ideas! Check out our conversation at the Conference.
Joycelyn is doing some amazing work with Audio and music. She will be presenting today, May 1st and talking about her work. I got a sneak peak!
These students designed an app to help you find items locally!
Joanna is an amazing educator with @ideasmashing thoughts! We talked about her #canconnected presentations and new podcast "Outside the Bubble" You can check out Joanna's Podcast: http://ideasmashing.com/
Really enjoyed learning about this French Language Learning App Created by Eden Students.
Joycelyn is doing some amazing work with Audio and music. She will be presenting today, May 1st and talking about her work. I got a sneak peak!
Had a really awesome conversation with Stefan Dixon and his colleague, Magali Laville about the power of connecting students, technology, and the natural world. Fascinating conversation. They provided a wealth of ideas and food for thought!
Rebecca Chambers wants to change the educational world! And she's on her way. I talked with her about changing the educational paradigm as well as her upcoming @canconnected Presentation. She is a really engaging and dynamic teacher with some fresh new ideas! Check out our conversation at the Conference.
Great edtech interviews and commentary over a good cup of coffee... Coffee optional. Mike is a Lake Shore Central School Technology Integrator. He is dynamic and energetic.! He talks about his Ingite Session and more of his thought provoking and powerful ideas.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Andrew Wheelock
Podcast Status
Hiatus/Finished
Started
Mar 31st, 2017
Latest Episode
Aug 31st, 2019
Release Period
Daily
Episodes
126
Avg. Episode Length
14 minutes
Explicit
No

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