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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.

    Video Applications for the Instructional Technology Coach

    Video Applications for the Instructional Technology Coach

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan discuss our favorite Video Solutions for Tech Coaches and discuss Pro's and Con's for each application.


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    In this episode, we discuss:Virtual Meeting Applications episode link to debate episode……. Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/)


    ProsMany features are free


    Easy to use … people are familiar with the platform


    Connects to Google Classroom


    ConsMany features might end up being Enterprise overtime


    Doesn’t have many features that other platforms have


    Microsoft Teams (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software)


    ProsExtremely feature rich


    “Free” with Microsoft package


    Connects with additional apps both Office and non-Office


    Cons


    Zoom (https://zoom.us/)


    ProsMany teachers know how to use Zoom basic features


    Educational / Premium version allows for more security features


    Breakout Rooms on the Premium version


    ConsLike other applications, premium features are now back to being premium


    Free meetings are only 40 minutes


    Cisco (https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/conferencing/cisco-meeting-app/series.html)


    ProsFree for up to 100 participants for up to 50 minutes


    Unlimited number of meetings


    Premium versions allow for cloud mp4 recordings


    ConsMany times can be difficult to install and setup depending upon the device being used


    SchoolTube Virtual Classroom (https://learn.schooltube.com/virtual-classroom)


    ProsFree Video hosting for K12 students and teachers


    Branded educational environments


    Unlimited accounts & Video Uploads


    Only $2 / person to go ad-free


    Cons


    Video Creation Applications WeVideo (https://www.wevideo.com/)


    ProsMulti-use toolScreencasting


    Voice Recording


    Editing


    Publishing


    Collaborative


    Robust feature set


    Green Screen


    Works well with mobile application


    Cost is very reasonable because it covers the need to pay for several other applications


    ConsFree version is limited to 5-min video


    Screencastify (https://www.screencastify.com/)


    ProsWorks seamlessly in conjunction with Google Drive


    Easy sharing options for creating shareable link, downloading, and posting to YouTube


    ConsFree version is limited to only 5 minutes


    ScreenCast-o-Matic (https://screencast-o-matic.com/)


    ProsThis app now offers a chrome extension that makes access and recording more user-friendly than before


    Free version allows up to 15 minutes


    Allows local uploads as well as to YouTube and Google Drive


    Low cost (under $2.00 per month) premium version gives you drawing tools, editing tools, unlimited recording time


    ConsWatermark on free version


    Camtasia (https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html)


    ProsVery robust screencasting and video editing suite


    Tons of features and resources for creating professional videos … quickly


    Publish to several great platforms


    ConsNot easily purchased for every student due to the price


    Loom (https://www.loom.com/)


    ProsFree Chrome Extensions


    Saves easily onto Google Drive


    Cons


    PowerPoint (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/record-your-screen-in-powerpoint-0b4c3f65-534c-4cf1-9c59-402b6e9d79d0)


    ProsFeature Rich


    Complete Video Solution


    3D Animations


    Video Storage YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/)


    SchoolTube (https://www.schooltube.com/)


    Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/) ProsGreat for livestreaming needs


    Microsoft Stream (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-stream)


    Google Drive (http://drive.google.com)


    OneDrive...

    • 31 min
    Fears, Thoughts, and Deep Conversations About The Upcoming School Year

    Fears, Thoughts, and Deep Conversations About The Upcoming School Year

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan talk about organizing this school year that is looking more and more different by the day.  


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    In this episode, we discuss:What is your school district doing to prepare? Susan talks about the first day of school at one of their campuses as they transition back.


    What precautions is your school district/buildings taking with returning to school face to face or using a hybrid approach?


    How does / will your tech coaching day look different?


    How has planning PD changed?Different approach to PD for teachers and staff


    Serving families whose children are learning at home through a hybrid/blended model


    Dealing with conversations in addition to technology in areas such as social/emotional, etc.


    How are you protecting yourself and keeping healthy and safe?


    What organizational strategies are you using to keep your schedule and to-do list straight? Meeting - face to face vs. virtual?Google Keep


    Evernote


    Pencil/Paper Planner


    MS Planner


    Calendly


    Google Hangouts Chat


    Zoom


    Microsoft Teams


    Reflections from Last Week Ep100: What Does An Administrator Think About The Tech Coach Position? (https://www.teachercast.net/captivate-podcast/attc-ep100-sandy-paul-technology-director-thoughts/)


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    Are you searching for support in your position?


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    What Do Administrators Really Think About The Tech Coach Position?

    What Do Administrators Really Think About The Tech Coach Position?

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Sue sit down with (title) Sandy Paul to discuss what administrators really think about the Tech Coach Position.


    In this episode, we discuss:Why does a School District need a Tech Coach?


    What qualifies someone to be a Tech Coach?


    What do you look for when interviewing Tech Coaches?


    What does a Tech Coach Resume look like?


    How do you prepare your staff for having a Coach on staff?


    How do you prepare your staff for the concept of being “Coached” by another staff member?


    Why is it important to think of a Tech Coach as “Instructional” rather than IT support?


    What advice can a Tech Coach take away from today's episode?


    About our Guest:Presently Director of Information Technology and Operations. Past Senior Instructional Technologist at Rutgers University. Previous Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for the Sayreville Public Schools. I have 22 years of experience as a Director and prior was a Computer Science and Business Education teacher for 5 years. I was awarded administrator of the year by NJASL in 2007, a finalist for the 2014 Bammy Awards for Support Staff, named in the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers 2015 and named in the Top Most Social K-12 Tech Leaders on Twitter. Contributor to New Media Consortium Horizon report for several years, #EdTechChat podcast, Tech and Learning Media, Edsurge, etc. Keynote speaker, conference presenter/workshop, conference organizer, ed-tech and librarian/media specialist advocate. Doctoral candidate. Chairperson for Ed Technology Advocacy, a member of the Emerging Technology Committee for CoSN, organizer for EdcampNJ, member of ISTE, CoSN, ASCD, AASA, NJ GMIS, NJECC and Chairperson for CoSN-NJ.


    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


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    Free Lesson Plans


    Free Templates


    Much Much More


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    10 Ways to use Wakelet to Organize your Classroom and Tech Coaching

    10 Ways to use Wakelet to Organize your Classroom and Tech Coaching

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan continue the “Tools For Tech Coaches” discussion throughout this month of July. Today we talk about Wakelet and how you can “Catch the Wakelet Wave” as we welcome Bruce Reicher to share his many experiences and how he has used Wakelet for his own productivity, coaching teachers, and with his students.


    Topics DiscussedWhat is Wakelet and curation?


    How do you use it for your professional development and for your classroom?


    What are some interesting ways you have seen Wakelet used?


    How can students use Wakelet too?


    My PD Wakelet - www.wakelet.com/@reicher (http://www.wakelet.com/@reicher)


    My School Wakelet - www.wakelet.com/@breicher (http://www.wakelet.com/@breicher)  


    PD Google Site - https://sites.google.com/view/brucereicherpd/home (https://sites.google.com/view/brucereicherpd/home)


    Susan’s Wakelet Collections - https://wakelet.com/@sv314dws (https://wakelet.com/@sv314dws)  


    10 Ways to Catch the Wakelet WaveCurate resources on like topics


    Curate resources to check out later


    Create student choice boards


    Create interactive tutorials and instruction sheets


    Team/Class Collaboration


    Parent Communication


    Presentation Template/Digital Storytelling


    Lesson Planning


    Data Monitoring


    Digital Breakout Games


    About our Guest: Bruce ReicherBruce Reicher has been an educator for 25 years. He’s currently a technology teacher in Upper Saddle River, NJ at Cavallini Middle School. Reicher teaches Digital Leadership, Python Coding and Video Production. His 8th grade students have produced a live daily newscast for the past 12 years. The CTV student show passed the 2,000th show mark this year. Reicher is also a level 1 & 2 Google Teacher and an Ambassador for - WeVideo, Wakelet, Brainpop and 


    Codesters. Reicher is also an author who’s written the book with educators Randy Tomes and Paula Neidlinger called “Scripted - An Educator’s Guide To Media In The Classroom”. The book's publisher is Edumatch Publishing. Reicher is also a proud member of the Hawthorne, NJ BOE for the past 8 years. 


    SocialTwitter - www.twitter.com/breicher (http://www.twitter.com/breicher)     


    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bruce.reicher (https://www.facebook.com/bruce.reicher)


    LinkedIn - www.linked/in/breicher (http://www.linked/in/breicher)


    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/breicher10/ (https://www.instagram.com/breicher10/)


    Scripted - An Educator’s Guide To Media In The Classroom. This book is written by three media educators who are Paula Neidlinger, Randy Tomes and Bruce Reicher. The premise of the book is that all teachers and students can create media on a small budget. The book provides every step of creating a vibrant media program in a school at every level K-12. The book includes sections written by WeVideo, Wakelet and Backbone Radio. We can’t wait to see what educators and students create after using the book. Here’s a link to keep updated on the release of the book on August 11, 2020 - https://forms.gle/tLnhNFT3rMy9e7Vy7 (https://forms.gle/tLnhNFT3rMy9e7Vy7)  


    Twitter - www.twitter.com/scriptededu (http://www.twitter.com/scriptededu)  & #ScriptedEdu


    Facebook - www.facebook.com/scriptededucators (http://www.facebook.com/scriptededucators)


    Instagram - www.instagram.com/scriptededu (http://www.instagram.com/scriptededu)  


    Wakelet - www.wakelet.com/@scriptededu (http://www.wakelet.com/@scriptededu)


    Website - www.scriptededucators.com (http://www.scriptededucators.com)


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    Microsoft SWAY: 5 Ways To Be Creative In the Classroom With Your Students

    Microsoft SWAY: 5 Ways To Be Creative In the Classroom With Your Students

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan welcome Scott Bricker as we kick off the month of July focusing on Tech Tools for Tech Coaches. Scott will share ways to use Microsoft SWAY to create dynamic presentations as you train teachers and show them best practice tools to use with students.


    5 Ways to use Microsoft SWAY in the ClassroomWeekly newsletter


    Flipped Classroom


    Reimagining curriculum & textbooks


    Portfolios & Assessment


    Groupwork & Collaboration


    About our Guest: Scott BrickerScott is the Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and is charged with leading the school's Ed Tech Program for its 1650 Students and 115 Teachers. SMCHS is a proud Microsoft Showcase School and Scott is enjoying his 6th year as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and his second year as an MIEE Fellow, connections which have all been instrumental in fostering Scott’s passion for growing and inspiring the appropriate use of technology in the classroom. An experienced presenter and public speaker, Scott loves presenting ideas to audiences everywhere and motivating attendees to focus on identifying the “WHY” behind everything they do. He has recently presented on the pedagogy & best practices behind Blended Learning, and is also creating a series of sessions on using brain research to guide teaching methods and practices. He hopes to continue being a changemaker in the world of Education as our industry evolves significantly over these next months and years.


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    Simple Tips for Creating Video in the Classroom

    Simple Tips for Creating Video in the Classroom

    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan welcome an awesome panel of tech coaches to discuss using video with training teachers and teaching students. We discussed what we have learned, what our teachers have learned, and ideas for best practices.


    Topics DiscussedWhat have we learned about creating video to instruct our teachers?


    What have we learned about creating video to instruct our students?


    New Teacher Orientation


    What advice do we have for “newbies?”Camera angle at or a bit above eye level


    iPhone back camera is higher quality


    Interesting background helpful


    Light on your face


    Stay closer to your audio source.


    Be sure to look at your camera lens and not at yourself. Put an interesting picture/photo above your camera to focus on to look up at the camera.


    Amazing New Drawing Tool:  Wacom Tablet (https://www.amazon.com/wacom-tablet/s?k=wacom+tablet) for writing/annotations onto screen


    Making Great Looking Backgrounds


    Have an idea of the look you wantGoogle Slides, other slides apps to add shapes, colors


    Pixabay.com (https://pixabay.com/) - images, videos that are copyright friendly to make backgrounds


    The Noun Project (https://thenounproject.com/) - Starburst and Swirl icons to create alternate looks


    Zoom - 16:9 dimension


    Look in specs for platform you are using to determine background size


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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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