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You are a K12 Educator who wants to prepare your students for their future, not our past…but you’re not sure how. The education space is a constantly changing landscape and it’s hard to keep up. That’s why you need to listen to Shifting Schools. Each week, Jeff and Tricia interview thought leaders, and educators like you, who are successfully navigating the latest movements in K12 Education and EdTech. Between the episodes and the free monthly classroom resources, both you and your students will be ahead of the curve!

Follow us at @shiftingschools on Twitter and @shiftingschoolspod on Instagram and Tiktok

Shifting Schools: Conversations for K12 Educators Jeff Utecht & Tricia Friedman

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

You are a K12 Educator who wants to prepare your students for their future, not our past…but you’re not sure how. The education space is a constantly changing landscape and it’s hard to keep up. That’s why you need to listen to Shifting Schools. Each week, Jeff and Tricia interview thought leaders, and educators like you, who are successfully navigating the latest movements in K12 Education and EdTech. Between the episodes and the free monthly classroom resources, both you and your students will be ahead of the curve!

Follow us at @shiftingschools on Twitter and @shiftingschoolspod on Instagram and Tiktok

    Where might your AI journey take your school?

    Where might your AI journey take your school?

    Jeff and Tricia talk about the importance of curiosity as we continue to consider new tools like Chat GPT and generative AI. They explore what it might mean to think about generative AI as it intersects with information literacy and media literacy.
    Patrick Holt (Dean of Learning at XCL World Academy) kindly shares what's being discussed at his school and how curiosity is being amplified in the classrooms and hallways. He takes us on a mini journey explaining what his journey with AI has been.
    As always listeners are welcome to share their thoughts with us by sending a voice memo to the co-hosts via the SpeakPipe button on our home page at www.shiftingschools.com or by emailing us at info (at) shiftingschools.com
    This episode also discusses what it will mean to center equity in our conversations about generative AI.
    Learn more about ways to expand your learning on AI and take advantage of our special pre-sale discount: click here.
    We hope this episode helps you get curious about what Chat GPT might mean for your community's learning.
     

    • 34 min
    250: How do you find a balance with structure and student agency?

    250: How do you find a balance with structure and student agency?

    This episode debunks a few misconceptions about Maker education and design projects. We have help with the debunking from Lindsey Simmons, an educator who has partnered with Mackin Maker, who have been a phenomenal sponsor of this show.
    Our conversation goes on to explore ways we can use the design cycle in many different ways and how understanding that cycle can set us up for all types of projects in our personal lives.
    Lindsey also helps us think about sustainability and the intersection of literacy and MakerED.
    Learn all about Lindsey Simmons here. And follow her on social media here.
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    Have you heard about our pre-sale offer on now? Click here to learn more about our pathways for educators looking to leverage the power of Chat GPT and other Generative AI tools.
    Reach out to us at info (at) shiftingschools.com to learn more
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    For the rest of the links mentioned in this episode:
    Key Strategies for Maker Education (click here) via Mackin Maker
    Three myths of making (click here) via Mackin Maker
    Creating connections to the environment through making (click here) via Mackin Maker
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    Would you like to send us a message sharing your thoughts about this episode?
    Find our SpeakPipe button at www.shiftingschools.com

    • 40 min
    Will 2023 be the year of AI?

    Will 2023 be the year of AI?

    Jeff and Tricia talk about Chat GPT and other generative AI tools. The big question in this episode is: How might you use Chat GPT as a thought partner this year?
    We asked Chat GPT to help us out with the intro for this show, to tell us more about what misconceptions there are about Chat GPT. What did it tell us?
     
    "ChatGPT is sentient or conscious: ChatGPT is a machine learning model, it does not have consciousness or self-awareness. It can only respond based on the patterns it has learned from the data it was trained on. ChatGPT is always correct: ChatGPT is a powerful tool, but it is not infallible. It may make mistakes or produce nonsensical responses if it is given input that it has not been trained on or if the input is ambiguous. ChatGPT can write any kind of text: ChatGPT is a language model, it can generate text based on patterns it has learned from the data it was trained on. However, its performance may vary depending on the specific task or genre of text. For example, it may not perform as well on poetry or creative writing as it would on news articles." Jeff and Tricia also have a special offer for listeners: a big discount on the new 5-Day Generative AI Challenge. How might that challenge bring you a community-building learning experience?
    Learn more about all of our AI support here.
    We also have a special free guide to help your team learn more about tools like Chat GPT, click here to download it.
    Do you want to share your thoughts about how generative AI tools will intersect with learning this year? Send us a voice memo, using the SpeakPipe button on our homepage: www.shiftingschools.com
    Also discussed on this episode:
    A collection of AI tools to experiment with:
    https://theresanaiforthat.com/
    Chat GPT for you and me via Wired: click here.
    Learn more about ways to learn with Shifting Schools this year by exploring our full line up of professional learning pathways for K-12 educators by clicking here.

    • 28 min
    248: Does your network shape your mindset?

    248: Does your network shape your mindset?

    How do you build a network of learners and how does that network in turn shape you as a learner?
    On the podcast this week, Drea Weiner answers that question (and many others).
    This conversation is supported by our amazing sponsors: Stem Sports and MackinMaker
    At the heart of this conversation, we think about how we can cultivate the mindsets that promote STEM-based inquiry and set students up to be leaders in MakerEd. Drea reminds us that STEM learning intersects our entire curriculum and invites interdisciplinary learning and community connections.
    Let's learn more about our guest:
    Drea Weiner is the MiSTEM Network Regional Director for the Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network region. She provides professional learning, support, community connections to education, grant writing guidance, and resources to educators in order to bring the best possible STEM education to students. Drea is one of the founders of Newton's Road 3D, a STEM professional learning community for teachers wanting to give their students the opportunity to learn soft skills like critical thinking and problem solving through 21st century technology.
    Follow Drea on Social Media:
    On Twitter
    On LinkedIN
    Learn all about the MiSTEM Network here
    Mentioned on this episode:
    400,000 fabrication works short by 2024
    Do you want to weigh in on this episode?
    Have questions for our hosts?
    Send us a voice memo!
    You can find it on our homepage at www.shiftingschools.com
    Click here to explore our HUGE library of free guides for K-12 Educators
    Learn more about the STEM book series mentioned and email us to win a free book!
    Click here
    Email us info (at) shiftingschools (dot com)

    • 43 min
    Are we creating opportunities to explore our relationship with social media?

    Are we creating opportunities to explore our relationship with social media?

    In this episode, Tricia and Jeff are talking about our relationships with social media, misinformation, disinformation and the role schools must play when leading for media literacy.
    This conversation was inspired by this recent article in the New York Times by Jenny Gross.
    Our guests talk about the influence technology has on learners of all ages. The look at what it might mean to help students build habits that ensure they come to their social media with curiosity and a desire to check for bias and become savvy consumers of information.
    They go on to mention that NPR has launched its annual student podcat competition.
    Jeff and Tricia offer listeners a special offer on two of the professional development options.
    Looking to build media literacy routines with learners of all ages? Check out our free guide today.
    Reach out to the hosts via info (at) shiftingschools (dot) (com)
    Other resources discussed:
    Canva image AI
    https://www.canva.com/features/ai-image-generator/
     
    Open AI image creator
    https://openai.com/ 

    • 20 min
    The legacy of your lab

    The legacy of your lab

    Thanks to our special sponsors for their support of our show.
    Learn more by heading to StemSports.com and MackinMacker.com today. 
    On this week Jeff and Tricia talk to Sevile Mannickarottu: Director of Penn's Bioengineering Educational Lab & Bio-MakerSpace-the only Bio-Maker Space in the world.
    They talk about what it means to create an archive and a legacy of learning. Sevile also shares ways educators can get started in creating a Makerspace.
    You can learn all about Sevile's work here.
    Check out the introductory video to the lab here.
    Also discussed in this episode is Backyard Brains, learn more here.
    Learn more about ways to learn with Shifting Schools at www.shiftingschools.com
    Do you want to connect with our hosts? Email info (at) shiftingschools (dot) (com)
     

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

TriciaFriedman ,

Enjoying the mini series

Love that the show takes a deep dive approach and brings in many different perspectives

jsaff71 ,

So much love for this podcast!

I listen to many educational podcasts and this one is at the top of my list. Truth bombs in every episode. Anyone involved in education should be listening regularly.

jjkern85 ,

Great educational podcast

I’m picky with my podcasts and this one has proven to be worth my time. Jeff and the crew are a part of the international scene with boots also on USA soil. The content is very relevant no matter where you are in the world. I’ve been very curious about the continuing Ed programs that jeff has been a part of (COETAIL) and this podcast has prompted me to get started with one. Keep it up man!

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