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Learning Unleashed is an ISTE podcast for innovative educators hosted by education technology veteran, Carl Hooker. Listen to the ISTE Radio Channel on BAM Radio Network to hear proven strategies for teaching with education technology along with personal insights from ISTE authors.

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Learning Unleashed is an ISTE podcast for innovative educators hosted by education technology veteran, Carl Hooker. Listen to the ISTE Radio Channel on BAM Radio Network to hear proven strategies for teaching with education technology along with personal insights from ISTE authors.

    Preparing for the Increasing Types of SEL Issues Students Are Bringing to Class

    Preparing for the Increasing Types of SEL Issues Students Are Bringing to Class

    How can we prepare to help students with the increasing volume and types of SEL issues they are bringing to class? Join us for a discussion about when, where, and how to get started.

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    Jorge Valenzuela (@JorgeDoesPBL) is an education coach, author, and advocate. He has years of experience as a classroom and online teacher, a curriculum specialist, and a consultant. His work focuses on improving teacher preparation in project-based learning, computational thinking and computer science integration, STEM education, and equity and SEL integration. Jorge is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined. His book Rev Up Robotics and its companion jump start guide Ready, Set, Robotics! are available from ISTE, and his next book, which dives deeper into the Equity and SEL Integration Framework, is forthcoming from Solution Tree.

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    How Tired Teachers Are Getting Higher Student Engagement in the Midst of the Pandemic

    How Tired Teachers Are Getting Higher Student Engagement in the Midst of the Pandemic

    Even as many of us wrestle with the myriad frustrations of remote and hybrid teaching, some teachers are experiencing exceptional levels of student engagement. In this episode, we talk about some strategies and tools that are getting and keeping students' attention during the pandemic.

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    Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships have brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant. Her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community. She works as an author and speaker to provide practical use of augmented and virtual reality with more resources at ARVRinEDU.com.

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    Can Esports in Schools Can Help With the Social Emotional Challenges of Pandemic Learning?

    Can Esports in Schools Can Help With the Social Emotional Challenges of Pandemic Learning?

    Students who feel safe and connected to their school communities often perform better academically and are absent less. Games and esports can be a lifeline for students who need help most during pandemic learning.

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    J Collins taught computer science at Hathaway Brown, an all-girls’ school in Cleveland, where they founded the nation's first-ever esports team at an all-girls' school. For their work in computer science and esports, Collins was recognized as a featured voice at ISTE 2019 and with a 2020 Aspirations in Computing educator award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Prior to Liminal Esports, Collins led game-based education policy and projects at the U.S. Department of Education and the Smithsonian Institution. Collins is also an LGBTQ+ advocate and a member of the leadership team at the EduPride Alliance/#TeachPride.

    A K-5 Roadmap for Combining Content and Computational Thinking in Any Classroom

    A K-5 Roadmap for Combining Content and Computational Thinking in Any Classroom

    Computational thinking is an essential component in finding solutions to everyday problems.  It teaches reasoning, creativity and expression, and is an innovative way to demonstrate content knowledge.  Join us for a discussion on how to embed computational thinking skills into activities for every content area in the early grades.


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    Heidi Williams is a passionate coding and computational thinking advocate. Her over 25 years of experience in education include serving as language, science and mathematics teacher for grades 6-8, as well as roles as a differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, instructional coach, gifted and talented coordinator, elementary principal and K-8 director of curriculum. Williams has shared her passion for integrating coding into the curriculum at local, state, regional and national conferences, and many have leveraged her expertise for conference presentations, coding coaching, professional development and K-12 scope and sequence alignment of computer science skills throughout the curriculum.

    Authentic “Authentic” Learning: Making Learning Meaningful and Memorable

    Authentic “Authentic” Learning: Making Learning Meaningful and Memorable

    In this episode, we look away from Pinterest-perfect lessons and talk about how to turn every teaching and learning opportunity into an authentic learning experience that is both meaningful and memorable. Our guest provides a roadmap for showing teachers how to empower students to take charge of their own learning and provide creative and authentic opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge through projects.


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    Kristin Harrington is an edtech coach for Flagler County School District in Palm Coast, Florida. Harrington is a PLN Leader for the ISTE Learning Spaces Network and the 2020 ISTE Edtech Coaches PLN Award recipient. She is also the co-founder of Edcamp St. Augustine and Edcamp Flagler, and she co-moderates #FLedChat on Twitter. As an adjunct professor, she’s developed a deeper knowledge and appreciation for what it takes for students to succeed beyond high school and is passionate about sharing this information with others.

    New Ways to Inspire Students to Love Writing

    New Ways to Inspire Students to Love Writing

    There is a new universe of tools and strategies that have the ability to turn reluctant writers into writing enthusiasts. In the episode we explore the new platforms and practices that can inspire your students to love writing.


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    Michele Haiken is a literacy teacher at Rye Middle School in Rye, New York, and an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She’s a frequent speaker and has written or contributed to multiple books, including Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age, Personalized Reading and Gamify Literacy.

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Basically Hopeful ,

Practical, Relevant to the point

Love the flow, brevity, and snakable format of this podcast. Engaging and passionately inquisitive host. Informative and insightful guests. Relevant and practical edtech discussions. Thanks, ISTE, Carl Hooker and the BAM Radio team for another exceptional resource!

LeoBrehm ,

Great Podcast

What a great podcast!!! If you are into edtech you have to listen to this.

Techteach10 ,

Love the practical tips

I find many educational podcasts to spend too much time talking “in the clouds” and not enough time “in the dirt”, but this is an exception. Filled with all kinds of practical tips and suggestions this is going to be a must listen for me moving forward!

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