Ed Tech Coast to Coast is a podcast for ed-tech leaders by ed-tech leaders. Geared towards professionals at all levels—from teachers to superintendents to technology leaders and everyone in-between— Ed-tech Coast to Coast covers a wide range of pressing topics and trends in the field of education technology. Each month we feature interviews with technology experts and insiders so that professionals just like you can help build a brighter future for students.
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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Conferences
The pandemic has completely disrupted the ed-tech industry’s usually packed schedule of face-to-face conferences. Today we talk with Irene Spero; CEO of Next Chapter Consulting. Irene recently conducted a survey of companies and associations called The Virtual World of Conferences to capture the changes taking place due to the pandemic, and the impact they are having on the industry. The responses map out the challenges, practical realties, solutions, and even opportunities that virtual conferences pose. Hear Irene explain how conferences may be handled, not only into next year, but for the foreseeable future.
Back to School 2020
Across the country, millions of students and teachers have gone back to school. Well…sort of. It’s an incredible and challenging time, with remote learning becoming the only feasible means in many schools and districts for keeping learning alive. We talked with five members of Clarity Innovations—all current or former teachers—about what they’ve seen work well and not-so well in terms of remote learning this fall.
The Process Behind Preventing Student Self-harm
Last episode, we talked with Mark Finstrom, CTO for Washington State’s Highline School District. He shared his school district’s amazing efforts in the realm of preventing student self-harm utilizing technology. Today, we’ll hear more from Mark as he explains the process behind the technology. After all, technology is useless if there isn’t a strategy and structure behind it. Discover how Mark and Highline School District realized that the way that people work together is critical for success with any student safety applications.
Saving Lives with Technology
Mark Finstrom is CTO for Washington State’s Highline School District. He shares his school district’s amazing efforts in the realm of preventing student self-harm. Using technology and a carefully considered process of district-wide inclusion, Mark estimates that— in the past six years —he’s had over two dozen conversations with parents saying, “Your child is just about ready to harm themselves.” Hear how Mark and Highline School District are literally saving lives with technology.