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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.

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


    Thom Gibson | ‘Stories from the Classroom’ (https://storiesfromtheclassroom.simplecast.com/)


    YouTube: /gibsonedu (http://youtube.com/gibsonedu)


    Email: thom@thomgibson.com (mailto:thom@thomgibson.com)  


    Melissa Summerford | bit.ly/SummerfordTeachingBlueprint (https://sites.google.com/view/teachingblueprint/home?authuser=0)


    GEG-Global (https://www.globalgeg.org/)


    Nancy Minicozzi | TLC Ninja (https://tlc.ninja/)


    Tyler Keefe | @shermangators (https://twitter.com/shermangators?lang=en)


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    How to Onboard New Teachers into Your District During a Global Pandemic

    How to Onboard New Teachers into Your District During a Global Pandemic

    Are you looking forward to a new school year but it is just too early to bring new teachers into the building for training? Learn how to make the best PD decisions today!


    In this episode of “ Ask the Tech Coach (https://www.teachercast.net/episodes/ask-the-tech-coach/) ,” Jeff and Susan discuss a variety of ways that school districts can be successful onboarding new teachers before the school gets started!


    Whether it is physical or virtual, introduce yourself as the coach/trainer via video and send it out prior so they have a name, face, and voice to put together to make them feel more at ease.


    Physical Training


    Acknowledge the various levels of background knowledge of the teachers coming in.


    Think about a self-paced checklist for them to complete where you are not lecturing but having them complete a checklist for proof of knowledge and you are available to answer questions. We call ours “Getting to Know Tech at CASS” - SAMPLE (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BEPiEkVFcEigx9ImY8HTC3H3AMu47FoG/view?usp=sharing)   


    SAMPLE (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jzc-j-4w9M7D2BP3ZKKTBObYjjyKtbGi/view?usp=sharing) of a Technology Orientation Page


    Virtual Training


    The checklist idea from physical training can definitely be incorporated here.


    Utilize video. Get yourself an online video presence. Training does not always have to be synchronous. All of those questions you get all of the time, make them into quick tutorial videos for your teachers to access anywhere/anytime.


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    How To Run A Successful Virtual Bootcamp As Summer Professional Development

    How To Run A Successful Virtual Bootcamp As Summer Professional Development

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    What Can Teachers Learn From Google Educator Groups?

    What Can Teachers Learn From Google Educator Groups?

    Melissa Summerford (https://twitter.com/SummerfordStars?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) on the program to learn about the brand new Google Educator Groups that are designed to help connect educators and provide an amazing professional learning experience for teachers and school districts.


    Are you looking for a Google Educator Group near you?  


    Check out all of the great resources on start your own chapter today! (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1MiGmuAou4EBZiyl7uDHATg-IHdGE1RcKXS7wT0bjykU/preview)


    Topics DiscussedWhat are Google Educator Groups?


    What do Google Educator Group meetings look like?


    How do you build a community?


    What are the Google Educator Group requirements?


    How do you find “what works” when building a community?


    How do you stay connected with the greater Google Educator Groups?


    Links of Interest Find a Google Educator Group near you (https://edu.google.com/latest-news/communities/?modal_active=none)


    GEG-Texas (https://sites.google.com/view/geg-texas/home)


    GEG- Ohio  (https://sites.google.com/view/geg-ohio/home)


    Global GEG (https://sites.google.com/globalgeg.org/globalgeg/)


    GEG Learning Opportunities (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1MiGmuAou4EBZiyl7uDHATg-IHdGE1RcKXS7wT0bjykU/preview)


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    About our GuestsMelissa SummerfordMelissa Summerford is Google Certified Trainer who is passionate about student and technology integration. She has been in education for 16 years and has taught Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd, and Advanced Academics. She currently serves as an Instructional Technologist and the GEG-TX Leader. Melissa is always looking for ways to innovate and improve her practices and believes that it takes a team to build success. She loves to network and learn from others because she knows that staying connected and being a lifelong learner are the keys to innovation.


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


    @SummerfordStars (https://twitter.com/SummerfordStars?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)


    Stephanie HowellStephanie has been working in Pickerington Schools since 2014. She is currently the Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pickerington Schools. She has also taught special education in 5th grade at Diley Middle School. She has worked previous to Pickerington as an Independent Provider for individuals with Special Needs and as an One-On-One Aide at Forest Rose School. She has volunteered and worked in the Special Education field since 2006. She enjoys working with staff and students to increase the use of instructional technology. Stephanie has spoken at conferences such as PLSD Innovation conference, ISTE, ITIP and OETC and her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.


    Stephanie Howell (https://sites.google.com/mrshowell24.com/mrshowell24/home)


    @mrshowell24 (https://twitter.com/mrshowell24)


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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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