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Step into the future of education with House of #EdTech, your gateway to the latest trends and developments in education technology.

Join Chris Nesi, a seasoned educator and edtech enthusiast, as he delves into the world of innovative tools, inspiring strategies, and thought-provoking discussions with pioneers in the field. Whether you're a seasoned educator or just starting your edtech journey, House of #EdTech has something for everyone.

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    • Education
    • 4.7 • 101 Ratings

Step into the future of education with House of #EdTech, your gateway to the latest trends and developments in education technology.

Join Chris Nesi, a seasoned educator and edtech enthusiast, as he delves into the world of innovative tools, inspiring strategies, and thought-provoking discussions with pioneers in the field. Whether you're a seasoned educator or just starting your edtech journey, House of #EdTech has something for everyone.

    The Harms of Generative AI with Tom Mullaney - HoET246

    The Harms of Generative AI with Tom Mullaney - HoET246

    Welcome back to another insightful episode of House of #EdTech! In Episode 246, we dive deep into the potential harms of generative AI with the knowledgeable Tom Mullaney. This episode promises to shed light on the complexities and ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in education.
    #EdTech Thought
    Khan Academy and Microsoft Partnership: A Game-Changer for Education
    Khan Academy and Microsoft have recently partnered to revolutionize education with advanced AI tools. Here are the key highlights of this significant collaboration:
    Khanmigo for Teachers: Microsoft's donation of Azure AI infrastructure supports this AI-powered teaching assistant. It aims to save teachers time by aiding in lesson planning and personalizing education for students. Enhanced AI Tutoring: The partnership focuses on developing new small language models to improve AI tutoring capabilities, especially in math, making learning more efficient and tailored to individual needs. Integration with Microsoft Platforms: Khan Academy’s resources will become more accessible through Microsoft’s platforms such as Copilot and Teams for Education, expanding the reach and impact of these educational tools. Focus on Engagement: By making lesson plans more engaging, these tools aim to keep students interested and motivated in their learning journey. This initiative underscores a significant step towards leveraging AI to support educators and enhance student learning experiences, particularly in K-12 education. For a deeper dive into the details, you can read the full article here.
    Featured Content: Interview with Tom Mullaney
    Tom Mullaney brings a wealth of experience from his background in Special Education and Instructional Design to help teachers create inclusive and engaging lessons. He has spoken at national conferences like SXSW EDU, the National Council for the Social Studies, and ISTE. Tom shares his educational technology insights on his YouTube channel and SubStack.
    In our conversation, we cover several topics:
    Ethical Concerns and Pedagogical Impact The Eliza Effect in Classroom Dynamics Addressing and Overcoming AI Biases Promoting Critical Thinking Through AI Integration Future of AI and Teacher Preparedness Resources:
    Week of AI - Harms of AI: What the Hype Doesn't Tell You
    Emily Bender
    Timnit Gebru
    Margaret Mitchell
    Joy Buolamwini
    Gary Marcus

    • 45 min
    Become a Ruthless #EdTech Evaluator - HoET245

    Become a Ruthless #EdTech Evaluator - HoET245

    In this episode of House of #EdTech, host Chris Nesi discusses the importance of critically evaluating educational technology in classrooms. He shares insights from Jessica Grose's NYT article about ensuring tech tools serve educational purposes and protect student privacy. The episode features the announcement of MagicSchool.ai as the 2024 HOET Final Four Winner and an EdTech recommendation for Vocabulary Quest, a gamified vocabulary learning platform. Additionally, Chris bids farewell to SatChat, reflecting on its impact on the education community.
    Resources Mentioned:
    MagicSchool.ai - 2024 HOET Final Four Winner Vocabulary Quest - EdTech Recommendation Every Tech Tool in the Classroom Should Be Ruthlessly Evaluated - Article by Jessica Grose SatChat - Discussion on SatChat ending 2024 HOET Final Four Winner: MagicSchool.ai We're excited to announce MagicSchool.ai as the 2024 HOET Final Four Winner! MagicSchool.ai stands out for its innovative approach to personalized learning and real-time performance assessment. This AI-based tool is transforming how students engage with educational content, making learning more interactive and effective. Congratulations to MagicSchool.ai for this well-deserved recognition.
    EdTech Thought: The End of an Era? Goodbye SatChat We begin with a reflective EdTech Thought segment, marking the end of an era with the conclusion of SatChat. For years, SatChat has been a cornerstone of the education community, providing a platform for educators to connect, share insights, and grow together. Hosts Billy Krakower, Scott Rocco, and Brad Currie have created a lasting legacy, and we take a moment to honor their contributions and discuss the future of such initiatives in the education space.
    EdTech Recommendation: Vocabulary Quest Our EdTech Recommendation for this episode is Vocabulary Quest, an innovative platform that gamifies vocabulary learning. Whether you're a student, professional, or language enthusiast, Vocabulary Quest transforms the often tedious task of memorizing new words into an engaging adventure. With gamified levels, interactive stories, puzzles, and personalized learning paths, this tool not only makes learning fun but also significantly boosts retention rates.
    Here's why Vocabulary Quest stands out:
    Gamified Learning: Turn vocabulary acquisition into an exciting game with progressive challenges. Personalized Stories and Puzzles: Engage with content tailored to your interests, enhancing learning efficiency. Advanced AI Memory Aids: Benefit from mnemonic devices, imagery, and associations designed to make words stick. Comprehensive Exam Preparation: Ideal for students preparing for exams like the SAT, ACT, or SSAT. Professional Communication: Elevate your career by mastering the right words for effective communication. Featured Content: Ruthlessly Evaluating EdTech Tools In our featured content, we dive into Jessica Grose's compelling article, "Every Tech Tool in the Classroom Should Be Ruthlessly Evaluated," published in The New York Times on April 24, 2024. Grose highlights the complex and often problematic landscape of educational technology, urging educators to take control of tech integration in their classrooms. Key takeaways from the article include:
    Educator-Driven Tech Use: Technology should be selected based on data and teacher experience, not dictated by tech companies. Commercial Origins of EdTech: Many tools were initially created for commercial purposes, which may not align with educational outcomes. Necessity and Good Standard: Schools should assess whether a tech tool is essential and beneficial from ethical and pedagogical perspectives. Privacy Concerns: Protecting student data is paramount. Solutions include destroying data after use and establishing an independent body to oversee digital product quality. Centralized Tech-Vetting: Post-pandemic, there is a need for standardized evaluation of tech tools at the district level. Classroom-Level Audits: Regula

    • 26 min
    '24 #HOETFINAL4 - HOET244

    '24 #HOETFINAL4 - HOET244

    Announcements:
    Welcome the newest member of the Education Podcast Network, the Resilient Teacher Podcast hosted by Brittany Blackwell! #EdTech Thought:
    Topic: The Role of Former Educators in Addressing the Teacher Shortage Discussion: A snarky yet thought-provoking commentary on how individuals who used to teach and now pontificate about education could consider returning to the classroom to help alleviate the current teacher shortage. Featured Content:
    EdTech Final 4: MagicSchool vs. Grammarly: Dive into a head-to-head comparison of these two powerful tools designed to enhance writing and grammar skills. Which one will come out on top? Explore MagicSchool | Discover Grammarly SchoolAI vs. Quillbot: In this battle of AI-driven writing assistants, we compare SchoolAI's innovative approach to Quillbot's established prowess. Who will reign supreme in the world of automated writing improvement? Check out SchoolAI | Learn about Quillbot Where's Diffit?: Get to know "Where's Diffit?" and its potential impact on education, all while drawing an interesting parallel to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Discover Diffit? Vote for the winner!

    • 31 min
    Use Your B.R.A.I.N. - HoET243

    Use Your B.R.A.I.N. - HoET243

    In this episode, I share the B.R.A.I.N. framework for interacting effectively with AI in education.
    EdTech Recommendation
    Humy.ai - A platform designed specifically for social studies and history educators. Humy.ai offers personalized tutoring, generates assignments, provides feedback, and enables the creation of custom AI tutors and assignments. It aims to make classes more engaging and interactive by integrating AI into the learning process. For more information, visit humy.ai.
    Featured Content
    Use Your B.R.A.I.N. - A framework for interacting effectively with AI in education:
    Be Specific: Clearly define your questions or needs to get accurate and useful AI responses. Relevance is Key: Ensure your input is relevant to your goals to enhance the quality of AI responses. Adapt and Ask for Help: If the AI's response isn't what you expected, refine your questions or provide more details. Interact: Engage in a back-and-forth dialogue with AI to refine and direct it towards the desired outcome. No Yapping: Add phrases like "No Yapping" or "Keep it Short" to the end of a prompt to limit the AI's output. Feedback
    After the last episode's edtech thought Brooke, Leo, Derek, and Steve reached out to share words of support and encouragement. Thank you so much for reaching out!

    • 21 min
    How to Use EdTech for Project-Based Learning - HoET242

    How to Use EdTech for Project-Based Learning - HoET242

    Explore how integrating technology into PBL can enhance the learning experience, making it more accessible, engaging, and impactful for students.
    #EdTech Thought: Are You Really Trying?
    In this segment, I ask myself if I am doing all that I could be doing because I am experiencing some self-doubt.
    #EdTech Recommendation: Brisk Teaching
    Discover Brisk Teaching, a free AI-powered Chrome extension designed to save teachers time. With features like personalized material creation, targeted feedback, and AI writing detection, Brisk Teaching is revolutionizing the way educators approach lesson planning and student interaction. Learn more and download Brisk Teaching from the Chrome Web Store.
    Featured Content: How to Use EdTech for Project-Based Learning
    Explore the transformative power of integrating technology into project-based learning. We discuss how EdTech tools can provide students with access to diverse resources, facilitate collaboration, and offer innovative ways to showcase their learning. From the planning stages to assessment, discover how technology can make PBL more accessible, dynamic, and impactful.
    How do we choose the right edtech tools for our project? Here are some tips:
    Tech Must Align with Learning Objectives: Ensure that the tool supports the goals of your project. If you're focusing on data analysis, a tool like Google Sheets might be more appropriate than video editing software. Consider Age Appropriateness: The tools should be suitable for the age group of your students. It should have an intuitive interface and appropriate safety features. Check for Collaboration Features: Since PBL is all about teamwork, look for tools that facilitate collaboration. Features like real-time editing, commenting, and sharing are essential. Evaluate Accessibility: Ensure that the tool is accessible to all students. It should work on various devices and platforms, as not all students may have access to the latest technology. Assess Cost and Privacy: Be mindful of the tool's cost and its privacy policies. Many tools offer free versions for educators, but make sure they comply with your school's data privacy regulations. Resources mentioned:
    Trello: A project management tool that allows users to organize tasks, set deadlines, and collaborate with team members. Asana: A web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work. Google Docs: A web-based word processor that allows real-time collaboration and sharing of documents. Google Keep: A note-taking service included as part of the free, web-based Google Docs Editors suite offered by Google. Canva: An online design and publishing tool that allows users to create graphics, presentations, and other visual content. Flip (formerly Flipgrid): A video discussion platform that allows students to create and share short videos on various topics. Miro: A visual workspace for innovation where teams manage projects, design products, and build the future together. Padlet: Make beautiful boards to collect, organize, and present anything. Zotero: A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Just Give It A Try - Bonus Recommendation!
    Tired of formatting issues when copying and pasting from AI tools like ChatGPT? Check out the Google Docs add-on "Markdown to Docs" to effortlessly convert markdown formatting into traditional document formatting.

    • 36 min
    Bridging the Digital Divide: Exploring Equity and Access in Education - HoET241

    Bridging the Digital Divide: Exploring Equity and Access in Education - HoET241

    Introduction:
    Special mentions: Happy Birthday to Christie Cloud & Glenn Robbins. Platform updates: RadioPublic & Google Podcasts are shutting down! Visit chrisnesi.com/follow to find a new podcast listening app! #EdTech Recommendations:
    The Magazine Rack: A vast collection of digitized magazines. Access here: The Magazine Rack Classroomscreen: A versatile tool for teachers, offering a customizable browser tab for classroom management. Free with daily resets, paid version available for saving setups. Learn more at Classroomscreen AI Created Jeopardy: Create engaging Jeopardy games using AI at ALMANACK.ai. Free account available. AskYourPDF.com: A resource for PDF queries and information based on PDF files you provide. Featured Content:
    The Need for Digital Equity: Revisiting the conversation from episode 210, delving into why digital equity and access are critical in education.
    I dive into the critical issue of digital equity and access in education. As our world becomes increasingly digitized, the necessity for equal access to technology and internet connectivity in learning environments has never been more vital.
    I kick off the episode by defining what digital equity and access truly mean and why they're essential components of modern education. The conversation then shifts to the stark realities of the digital divide, as we explore how disparities in access impact student learning and success, sharing compelling real-life examples.
    The journey continues as I tackle the challenges schools and communities face in providing equal digital access. I discuss various obstacles, from funding to infrastructure.
    Policy and advocacy take center stage in another segment, where I delve into how educational policies can influence and improve digital equity.
    Finally, I look into the future, speculating on emerging trends and the evolution of digital equity. This segment is a call to action, encouraging listeners to consider their role in advocating for and contributing to a future where digital access is a given for every student.
    Just Give It A Try:
    Inspiring Thoughts Daily: A daily motivational podcast by ME. Get your daily dose of inspiration at Inspiring Thoughts Daily

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

MamaEggers ,

So helpful in this time of Online Learning!

Chris does a great job of helping educators feel calm and confident about educational technology and in this time of distance learning, this is so beneficial!

Vuyfvfyyuvfygu ,

First Time Listener!

I just finished listening to the episode “11 must have chrome extensions for teachers 2021.” As a first time listener of your podcast, I truly enjoy the content that you present. In this episode specifically, you listed many interesting tech tools which I want to explore further in hopes that they will serve both my students and I in the classroom. In my personal opinion, I did feel as though your explanations of each tool were quite rushed. I found it hard to collect useful information throughout my listening, as I struggled to keep up with each example. In addition to this, I also felt as though the explanations of each tool were rather brief. I would have loved some more insight as to how each tool could be used in the classroom as a benefit students and educators! Despite this, your podcast has provided me with a great place to start when planning to bring technology into my classroom. I have begun researching TECH tools myself in hopes that I can better understand them!

Vintagekitty232 ,

Fantastic!

As a Student teacher who has been displaced due to the current events of COVID-19. Our hours are being made up by doing other activities, one being listening to podcasts. I have found this podcast to be beyond helpful and fun to listen to. I have listened to about 15 podcasts now, and I can not recommend this podcast enough for new educators!!
I have recommended this podcast to all of my fellow displaced teachers and they have all loved it just as much as I have!

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