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Tech Talk Roundtable 07-15 | Seussian Cyber School
“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.
I sat there with Sally.
We sat there, we two.
And I said, “How I wish we had something to do.””
Does that sound familiar? Is your family weary
Of viral contagions and weather quiet dreary?
Tech Talk Roundtable 07-14 | When Virtual Learning is Your Only Option
It’s Tuesday so I must be in California. Or maybe it’s Malaysia. Or Hong Kong, or Beijing. If you’re not sure where you are, or when you’re going back, then odds are you’re an international teacher in China trying to navigate what school looks like when you can’t meet in person. If you are, then we feel your pain. On today’s podcast we are connecting virtually to talk about virtual school. How does it work? What are you doing? What works? What doesn’t? And what innovative tools and practices are you implementing?
Dennis - Handbrake – for video compression https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php
Daniel - worldtimebuddy.com has been so helpful. MS Team is all over the world.
Chris - Zoom works great!
ILOVEYOU is one of the most well-known and destructive viruses of all time. It’s been 20 years since ILOVEYOU was let loose on the internet. If you got an email today like the one that was sent around in 2000, you’d never open it. The virus came in an email with a subject line that said “I love you!” People clicked into the email regardless of the fact the email wasn’t from anyone they knew. The malware was a worm that was downloaded by clicking on an attachment called ‘LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs’.
ILOVEYOU overwrote system files and personal files and spread itself over and over and over again. ILOVEYOU was so effective it actually held the Guinness World Record as the most ‘virulent’ virus of all time. Cost of the malware: $15 billion.
Notes & Links
Simplify lessons to the least access to technology.
Using tools for daily interaction – Flipgrid, Voicethread, Padlet,
Question: How much should be synchronous vs. Asynchronous? How should you use it?
Synchronous – Maintaining relationships
Asynchronous – Deep learning
Question: How does learning change in this setting?
Here are my guiding principles moving forward:
· Life is about relationships. Period.
· Start & end with the essentials
o How will I know that you learned the essentials?
· Do less,
Tech Talk Roundtable 07-13 | I’ve Got a Feva’ for More Growth Mindset
Worried about catching the Novel Corona Virus? Well, Christopher Walkin’s got a message for you. “Guess what? I got a feva’, and the only prescription is more cowbell.” Walkin’s character knew instinctively how to apply what the academic community is still struggling to implement: a Growth Mindset. Walkin knew that to make a good song great takes many iterations; that we must not accept just good enough as we work our way to greatness. We, too, embrace learning as an iterative process as we ask, can we really be Growth Mindset oriented if we simply change what we say without also changing what we do? Recently released research reveals radical rethinking results in rapid remediation of Fixed Mindset practices.
Dennis - Screencastify - full features now free for videos under 5 min. https://www.screencastify.com/buy
Daniel - Reader View
Chris - A app that removes all ambiguity and makes everything you say crystal clear … does not exist. Oh, how I want that app.
Fun Fact: Casablanca
Casablanca was shot in sequential order for the sole reason that the script was not finished; often writer Howard Koch would deliver recently typed scenes the same day they would be shot.
Notes & Links
Articles for discussion:
Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students
Tech Talk Roundtable 07-12 | To 2020 and Beyond!
Xinnian Hao! Happy New Year. This is the year of perfect vision, though it does seem strange to say it’s 2020. It sounds like that should still be in the future. But the FUTURE IS NOW and if you’re wondering what the future will bring, we’ll clarify for you, focusing on the techsperts and what they think the big Ed Tech Trends in 2020 will be. We might even throw in a few opinions of our own.
Dennis - That extra 3 inches makes all the difference (Economy Plus Baby!)
Daniel - More of a tip: Date everything this year using the full 2020.
Chris - If you are traveling, set you gadget clocks to the new time zone as soon as possible
Fun Fact: Future predictions for 2020 from long ago
Notes & Links
Articles for discussion:
eSchool News EdTech Predictions for 2020
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) https://www.scilearn.com/6-things-to-know-about-essa/
“I Don’t Think I’m an EdTech Guy Anymore” by Dean Shareski
Tech Talk Roundtable 07-11 | Christmas Tech-tacular 2019
It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Time to don those ugly sweaters, grab a mug of eggnog (or mulled wine), put on your comfy slippers and gather round the 4K Streaming YouTube virtual fireplace. If that doesn’t put you in the proper mood for an Ed Tech Christmas just think of these two words - CHRISTMAS BREAK! (I know WE are.) But before we skip town we’ve got a gift to give to you - we are going to share our FAVORITE Christmas movies - with a little EdTech Twist.
Dennis - Do you hear that Jingle in my pocket? It’s Jingle Plus!
Daniel - Bluetooth headphones w/mic connected to Phone for recording presentations.
Chris - Sometimes the best thing you can do is not express your idea. Seriously. I am reminded that Judeo-Christian Scripture, “... tells us that silence can help us avoid sinning (Proverbs 10:19), gain respect (Proverbs 11:12), and is deemed wise and intelligent (Proverbs 17:28). In other words, you may be blessed by holding your tongue … And we know that self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), is a discipline that is blessed.”
Where did it come from? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggnog#History
Notes & Links
Top 5 Christmas Movies - with an EdTech Twist
(In no particular order)
It’s a Wonderful Life
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Miracle on 34th Street
Tech Talk Roundtable 07-10 | Robotics
(domo arigato Mr. Roboto)
That’s right we’re talking about the rock band Styx … well, not really. But we are talking about … wait for it … robots! Not really the “Klaatu barada nikto” Gort-style robots of The Day The Earth Stood Still fame, but the less earth-threatening kind. You know, the kind that our kids build, program, and operate right here in school.
Dennis - https://www.classroomscreen.com/ A simple tool to help manage your classroom.
Daniel - Private Channels in Teams - You must create a new channel.
Chris - Android phone-controlled robots! “Most robots are run by the Arduino board, and there are wireless Arduino shields which allow the robot to communicate wirelessly by using a Bluetooth or WiFi module.” https://robotsauthority.com 10-ideas-for-school-robot-projects
Radiolab Episode: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/radiolab-clockwork-miracle
Want to see the mechanical monk? https://io9.gizmodo.com/this-450-year-old-clockwork-monk-is-fully-operational-5956937
Notes & Links
10 Reasons Why Your School Must have A Robotics Program
Coding and Computer Science. ...
Maker–based Learning. ...
Career Skills. ...
Arts: The “A” in STEAM / Digital Arts Instruction. ...
Innovation, Problem Solving, Creativity. ...
Motivation and Engagement. ...
Collaboration and ”Cooper-tition” ...
Sport of the Mind / 'e-Sport'
STEM learning across the curriculum
Life & Developmental Skills (ok, that’s 11)
Don’t have time for a robotics class? Integrate Robots into your curriculum.
GR1 - Program robots to move on a number line to model addition and subtraction sentences.
ELA - Storytelling. Program robots (Ozobots) to be the actor in a story.