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Ask the Tech Coach is a weekly podcast designed to support Tech Coaches and Instructional Technology Specialists. Each week, host Jeff Bradbury (TeacherCast Educational Network) discusses relevant topics in Educational Technology.

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Ask the Tech Coach is a weekly podcast designed to support Tech Coaches and Instructional Technology Specialists. Each week, host Jeff Bradbury (TeacherCast Educational Network) discusses relevant topics in Educational Technology.

    How To Help Your School District Make Good Purchasing Decisions

    How To Help Your School District Make Good Purchasing Decisions

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan talk about evaluating tech tools, things to consider, and working with administrators on purchasing needed technology for physical and virtual classrooms.


    How To Help Your District Purchase EdTechHave meaningful discussions with your administratorsDiscuss the Why and the How in addition to the Who


    What is your purpose for purchasing this?


    Test Drive the Free DemosMany demos are still available through June. Give them a try and see what works best for your school and teachers.


    Make Friends with the Companies on Social MediaThese relationships offer many benefits to pilot new features and in many cases discounts and benefits of their ambassador programs.


    Discuss training and implementation of new applications (both physically and virtually)Think about all the different ways training should take place for different learning styles and needs for the time.


    Video tutorial, written instructional guides, face to face presentations


    Ask the question: “Should you be bringing in new tools”Is this a top down tool or a bottom up tool?


    Purpose is huge here. Don’t purchase a tool because it is the “trendy” thing to do. Fully evaluate how it will benefit your teachers efficiency.


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    Matt Friedman (@mfriedmanPGH) is available as a Keynote Speaker or Presenter


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    3 Things School Districts Should Focus On During Summertime Professional Development

    3 Things School Districts Should Focus On During Summertime Professional Development

    In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Susan talk about using lessons learned from the school year to design effective summertime professional development.

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    Zoom vs Google Meet: The Great Distance Learning Debate Podcast

    Zoom vs Google Meet: The Great Distance Learning Debate Podcast

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff, Susan, take on the popular question “Which Distance Learning Service is Best?: Google Meet or Zoom.


    Tech Coach MastermindJoin the Tech Coach Mastermind (http://www.teachercast.net/Mastermind) and learn how to help your school district today!2 Mastermind group meetings each month


    Lifetime access to our Tech Coach Online Community


    Free Lesson Plans


    Free Templates


    Much Much More


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    What Happens When Your School District Cancels Physical Classes For The Remainder Of The School Year?

    What Happens When Your School District Cancels Physical Classes For The Remainder Of The School Year?

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff, Susan, Melissa, and Kelly discuss where we are in this eLearning process and how we are encouraging teachers to plan for the possibility of being out for the remainder of the year. 


    Reflections from Last Week:


    Last we discussed how our districts and schools have fostered STEM Education during distance learning.


    Tech Coach MastermindJoin the Tech Coach Mastermind (http://www.teachercast.net/Mastermind) and learn how to help your school district today!2 Mastermind group meetings each month


    Lifetime access to our Tech Coach Online Community


    Free Lesson Plans


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    Much Much More


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    Susan Vincentz | http://techimaginations.net (http://techimaginations.net)  


    Melissa Summerford http://bit.ly/SummerfordTeachingBlueprint (http://bit.ly/SummerfordTeachingBlueprint)   


    Melissa.tools (https://sites.google.com/view/melissa-tools/home)


    KellyJones @kjones_m (http://www.twitter.com/kjones_m)


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    Need a Presenter?Jeff Bradbury (http://jeffreybradbury.com/) , or to Broadcast your conference LIVE!


    Matt Friedman (@mfriedmanPGH) is available as a Keynote Speaker or Presenter


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    Learning How To Engage STEM Education Students During Distance Learning Days

    Learning How To Engage STEM Education Students During Distance Learning Days

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff, Susan, Thom Gibson, and Tammy Dunbar discuss various ways to keep students engaged in STEM Education during distance learning days.


    In this episode, we discuss:Reflections from Last Week:Last we discussed how our districts and schools have mobilized a digital/eLearning plan and gotten it off the ground in a matter of a few days.


    Tech Coach MastermindJoin the Tech Coach Mastermind (http://www.teachercast.net/Mastermind) and learn how to help your school district today!2 Mastermind group meetings each month


    Lifetime access to our Tech Coach Online Community


    Free Lesson Plans


    Free Templates


    Much Much More


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    Teaching STEM Education During Distance Learning DaysHow DO we teach STEM from home? How does STEM education change from school to home?Teams or other collaborative video conferencing tools


    For teachers, give opportunities for extra side training through office hours/help desk, etc.


    Give them the opportunity to teach the way that works for them


    Replicate dialogue from the classroom as best as possible. Use regular discussion/reflection practices for math concepts even on video meetings.


    Incorporate small group discussions using Zoom Breakout Group rooms.


    Blog reflections/Video Reflections


    Use things already familiar


    Streamline approach - Where is your classroom located? Learning Mgmt. System, Website, etc.?


    Be present and available to your teachers to help guide them and make them feel comfortable.


    Break your training into smaller parts.


    How do we keep students engaged/interested in STEM education at home?Focus on one new thing at a time to gain success


    Continue enthusiasm by sharing with fellow teachers


    Build your PLN


    How do we control the uncontrollable when it comes to teaching STEM concepts when screen sharing may be blocked,etc.Introduce assignments, create accounts, stay in the class to check in later.


    Accessibility Options


    Microsoft Translate features within the various tools including Teams, PowerPoint Desktop, etc.


    Advice For Distance Learning Thom- Ask teachers/students how things are going. Get in what you can and don’t stress over not covering everything in the curriculum. 


    Tammy-Tech coaches checking in with teachers making sure they are doing okay personally as well as professionally. Availability and Presence. Ask successful teachers to share what is working.


    Resources Available For Distance Learning https://blog.flipgrid.com/news/remotelearning (https://blog.flipgrid.com/news/remotelearning)


    MinecraftEDU (http://MinecraftEDU Distance Learning)


    BreakoutEDU (https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome)


    HourOfCode (https://code.org/athome)


    Steve Spangler Science Experiments at Home! (https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiment-library/)


    Khan Academy: Imagineering in a Box! (https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box?CMP=ILC-DPFY19Q4wo0808190814190031F)


    NASA at Home (https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html)


    About our GuestsTammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., STEMTwitter: (http://www.twitter.com/TammyDunbar)


    Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca (CA) USD. Recent Honors: NCCE 2020 Closing Keynote Speaker, Fulbright TGC 2018-2019 Fellow, 2016 California Woman of the Year, Assembly District 12, 2018 ISTE Literacy PLN Award, featured presenter at MicrosoftEDU’s 2017 Hack the Classroom online and on Bob Greenburg’s Brainwaves series. Dunb

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    How Are EdTech Companies Supporting Teachers and Students During Distance Learning Days

    How Are EdTech Companies Supporting Teachers and Students During Distance Learning Days

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff, Melissa and Jon discuss how EdTech Companies are offering their applications and services free of charge to school districts to support them during Distance Learning Days.


    In this episode, we discuss:Tech Coach RoundtableJoin the Tech Coach Mastermind (http://www.teachercast.net/Mastermind) and learn how to help your school district today!2 Mastermind group meetings each month


    Lifetime access to our Tech Coach Online Community


    Free Lesson Plans


    Free Templates


    Much Much More


    Website www.TeacherCast.net/Mastermind (http://www.teachercast.net/Mastermind)  


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    Email: feedback@teachercast.net (mailto:feedback@teachercast.net)  


    How Can Our Students And Teachers Take Advantage Of Free EdTech Apps During Social Learning Days?This is a great opportunity to try out some new tools but keep these things in mind:Look for tools that give students the opportunity for Choice, Ownership, Voice, and Authentic Learning opportunities (COVA)


    Be aware of privacy issues … like uploading student data


    Make sure that it aligns with district policy and curriculum


    Take advantage of Facebook groups. Educators are sharing templates and activities that you can make a copy and edit to fit your curriculum needs.HyperDocs


    Not so Wimpy Teachers


    Teachers using Google Classroom


    Teachers using Google Suite for Education


    Twitter: #remotelearning


    Book Creator Teachers


    Don’t get overwhelmed...start slowStart with tools that students are familiar with


    Make a collection of what you see by saving the link. (Wakelet, Google Keep)


    Start small until you get acclimated to distance learning.


    Simple can be powerful


    Take help if it’s offered https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/support-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/ (https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/support-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/)


    https://bookcreator.com/resources (https://bookcreator.com/resources)  


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    Susan Vincentz | http://techimaginations.net (http://techimaginations.net)  


    Melissa Summerford http://bit.ly/SummerfordTeachingBlueprint (http://bit.ly/SummerfordTeachingBlueprint)   


    melissa.tools (https://sites.google.com/view/melissa-tools/home)


    About our Guest: Book CreatorBook Creator is an amazing online application for creating online publications.


    @bookcreatorapp (http://www.twitter.com/bookcreatorapp) on Twitter and Instagram


    About our Guest: John Smith Jon Smith (http://www.twitter.com/theipodteacher) is currently the Teacher Success Manager for Book Creator and an Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2015. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before spending the last 7 years as a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his digital book projects have attracted attention for their global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon recently organized nine global digital book projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and published digital books. He is married with 3 children. Jon is a scratch golfer. In his spare time, he teaches a graduate course on engaging technologies for The Communicate Institute. You can connect with Jon on Twitter @theipodteacher


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Thank you for a very informative podcast and resources in this and other episodes! This podcast is so relevant to my work as a Tech/Instructional Coach. The accompanying website is full of resources and ideas to implement immediately.

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