Show 52: Student-created Hybrid Learning with Sophia Pink (Part 1)

Guiding Question: What might a student designed year of studies look like?

Guest: Sophia Pink, Student at Washington International School in the District of Columbia

Two articles about Sophia's hybrid 10th grade year: Washington Post | Dept of Education

Tips of the Week:

Sophia- Udacity for Online Learning

David- Edweek Article on Virtual Learning and Screen Time for Elementary Students

Show 50: Teacher Preparation for Effective Curriculum-based Technology Integration

Guiding Question: What do pre-service and novice teachers need to know to plan for and implement effective curriculum-based uses of technology?

Tips of the Week:

Mark- Adobe Voice, Blinkest

David- Mindshift post on changes to teacher prep programs and Scott McLeod’s post on what teachers graduating from teacher prep programs should be able to do. Front page Washington Post article entitled Tablets take a swipe at status quo in schools. Reasonably balanced as it is so difficult to cover the complexity of 1:1 programs especially when implemented in big school districts. There are just so many things that need to be in place for them to work well.

Show 51 will feature the second part of the interview with Jeff Nugent.

Show 48: Interview with Founder of Mynutkase

Guiding Question:

How can our educational systems better support young entrepreneurs?


Oliver Page, Founder of Mynutekase for Tablet and Laptop Accessories

Tip of the Week:

Check out the Concordia EdTech Podcast specifically the show with another young entrepreneur who shares his learning experiences. It is a wonderful show for teenagers to learn that going to college could involve lots of networking and internships to gain an edge in preparation for future employement.

Show 47: Making the Shift to School 2.0- Greg Moncada and Taking Action with Leadership, Data, Engaging Learning Activities and Funding

Guiding Question:

How to help make the shift to school 2.0?


Greg Moncada

Tips of the Week:


CAPACITY Building Sites:  (Admin Leadership Example/Resource)

Grant Resources:   (more than 120K grant resources for non-profits)  (STEM money)

Student Resources-  (programming that is gamefied) (protein folding gamefied)

David- Presentation Tool Matrix for students to use their technology literacy to compare tools for communicating their understanding.

Show 46- Making the Shift to School 2.0: Ongoing and Sustainable Professional Development with Jeff Utecht

Guiding Question:

What is happening out there Jeff? How to provide professional development that is ongoing and sustainable?

Tips of the Week:

Jeff- Chrome extension “Google Voice Search Hotword”, Chromecast

David- Anja Merilainen’s Coetail blog. I really enjoyed her insights as she went through the Coetail course. SOS Podcast 15 Show Notes on “Where do you start the shift?”. COETAIL

Show 45- Mark Hofer Shares Putting TPACK into Practice and Lessons Learned in Authoring a Book on Student Created Documentaries

Guiding Question: What does TPACK look like in K-12 schools?

Tips of the Week:

Mark- And Action - Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom (Amazon) and  take a look at the And Action website.

David-This Week in Google (TWIG) top Android apps for 2013

Show 44- Student Designed Curriculum

Guiding Question: What could high school classes look like if designed by students?

Guest: Samuel Carpenter, high school student

Tips of the Week:

Sam- iTunes for podcasts, iTunes University for lectures, YouTube, Facebook and Quizlet

David- I have been catching up on my reading with two books that probably many of our listeners know about. The first is Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 by Catlin Tucker. She really gets blended learning but more importantly really gets student-centered, inquiry and project-based learning. After the intro defining blended learning, she dives into different subject areas around the Common Core to give examples of lessons/units that are just great learning experiences that also extend the learning outside of the classroom. The book is a wonderful resource for your teachers needing to see how using LMSs, Goo Docs, Mindmeister, blogs, etc. can really make a difference in the learning for their students. The second book is all about Information & Communication Literacies (ICL). It is The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy by Cyndy Scheibe and Faith Rogow. It is also very practical with lots of lesson ideas providing strategies to develop critical thinking skills for our students.

Show 43- Hybrid Pre-service Teacher Education with Mark Hofer

Guiding Question: How to teach a hybrid course for pre-service teachers?

Tips of the Week:

David- Ron Ritchart of Harvard’s Project Zero and Making Thinking Visible has a very helpful resource website. Besides buying his books, look to check out his site.  

Mark-Todoist is a great tool for keeping track of projects and tasks. Even the free version is really robust, including the ability to have multiple projects, tags, due dates, etc. There is a premium version available as well that adds additional functionality.

Using Blendspace to virtually teach the Learning Activity Types step by step.