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The TCAPSLoop Podcast hopes to help make the Ed-tech landscape a little more interesting and much less daunting. Contributors to ”the Loop” are fellow Educators and Specialists willing to act as your digital ed-tech tour guides. This is not meant to be a ”White Paper” site replete with training videos and techno jargon (though there will probably be some of that), but a conversation starter and opportunity to have a bit of fun while sharing some potentially useful tips.

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The TCAPSLoop Podcast hopes to help make the Ed-tech landscape a little more interesting and much less daunting. Contributors to ”the Loop” are fellow Educators and Specialists willing to act as your digital ed-tech tour guides. This is not meant to be a ”White Paper” site replete with training videos and techno jargon (though there will probably be some of that), but a conversation starter and opportunity to have a bit of fun while sharing some potentially useful tips.

    Get Plugged Into WIREDTC! Northern Michigan's Summer AI Conference

    Get Plugged Into WIREDTC! Northern Michigan's Summer AI Conference

    Greetings and Welcome to another Potentially Useful episode of the TCAPSLoop Podcast. We are here to rebuke the commonly held belief that teachers have the summers off. Danelle Brostrom and Daneille Humphry from Northwest Ed discuss the past, present and future of our favorite summer event not associated with water, WIREDTC!  
    Moment of Zen:

    The expert in anything was once a beginner." - Helen Hayes

     
    The Rundown:
    What is WIREDTC? What is the history of this event? 
    What changes are we looking forward to this year?New partners 
    New format
    New timeslot
    New vibe

    Where can educators find out more information about WIREDTC?www.wiredtc.net
    Registration is open now!

    Tech Tool of the Week
     edWeb
    Free professional development from industry leaders like Common Sense. 
    Specifically, this upcoming one sounds AMAZING: Dreams Take Flight with THE BLUE ANGELS - edWeb
     
    Goblin Tools
    goblin.tools is a collection of small, simple, single-task tools, mostly designed to help neurodivergent people with tasks they find overwhelming or difficult.
     
    Please rate and review the podcast on your app of choice and leave us a comment on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    Thank you so much for listening and inspiring!
     
    Hosts: Danelle Brostrom, Larry Burden
    Special Guests: Daneille Humphry
    Um and Ramble Editing: Larry Burden
     
    Cover art created with help from Adobe Firefly.

    • 19 min
    Universal Design for Learning with Cast.org

    Universal Design for Learning with Cast.org

    Greetings and Welcome to another Potentially Useful episode of the TCAPSLoop Podcast. I’m so pumped for this episode as we are joined by Melissa Sanjeh and Bryan Dean of cast.org. They are here to de-mystify UDL and get you on board to implement their amazing resources into your practice, in the classroom, or district-wide. This is a must listen for any educator invested in the education of ALL students.   
    Moment of Zen:
    “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens
     
    The Rundown:
    Key Goals of the Podcast:
    Visibility for cast.org and what it can offer educators/schools
    Increase depth of understanding around accessibility/UDL
     
    Audience for the Podcast:
    K-12 educators
    Administrators
     
    Questions/Topics
    What is cast.org? What are the goals of your organization? 
    Why is accessibility important and necessary? What are some common accessibility barriers educators might be overlooking?
    How does UDL fit in? How can UDL benefit ALL learners?
    Connection between your work at cast.org and the NETP
    What advice would you give educators who are just starting to explore UDL, accessibility, and cast.org?
    Looking towards the future, what are your predictions for the role of accessibility and UDL in education?
    From a district leadership perspective, how do we make this into just something that we DO in our district/school?
     
    Additional Questions:
    Can you share some success stories or personal anecdotes about accessibility and UDL in action?
    Can you share a Tech Tool for our listeners? What will help them learn more about the topic or what will help them be more accessible?
    Tech Tool of the Week
    Cast.org 
     
    Please rate and review the podcast on your app of choice and leave us a comment on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    Thank you so much for listening and inspiring!
     
    Hosts: Danelle Brostrom, Larry Burden
    Special Guests: Melissa Sanjeh, Bryan Dean
    Um and Ramble Editing: Larry Burden
     
    Cover art created with help from Adobe Firefly.

    • 41 min
    Libraries, AI and Senate Bills

    Libraries, AI and Senate Bills

    Greetings and Welcome to another Potentially Useful episode of the TCAPSLoop Podcast. Today's show includes potential pulitzer prize winning novelist, Danelle Brostrom as well as her ghost writer in this alternate reality, Stephie Luyt. We will be discussing all things Libraries including three school library associated bills currently working their way through Michigan State Congress and how they'll effect our Certified Librarians. We focus on Information Literacy, Artificial Intelligence and of course, Bluey.
    Moment of Zen:
    “The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” — Benjamin Franklin
     
    The Letter:
    Dear Senate Education Committee Members,
     
    Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and questions about the “Library in Every School” bills that are sponsored by Senator Camilleri (SB741, SB742) and Senator Bayer (SB743).
     
    At yesterday’s Senate Education Committee Meeting, members of the committee asked for data about school libraries. The Michigan Association of School Librarians (MASL) has a wealth of data and we will share some of it below in several forms.
     
    Please reach out if you have questions about this data or would like to meet to have any of your questions answered.
     
    Thank you very much,
     
    Kathy Lester
    >MASL Advocacy Co-Chair, Immediate Past-President AASL, Adjunct Faculty Wayne State University
    Alexa Lalejini
    >MASL Advocacy Co-Chair, School Librarian, Rockford Public Schools
    Stephie Luyt
    >MASL Advocacy Co-Chair, School Librarian, Traverse City Area Public Schools
    Carrie Betts,
    >MASL President, School Librarian, Birmingham Public School District, AASL National School Library of the Year
    Christine Beachler, 
    >MASL President-Elect, School Librarian, Lowell Public Schools
     
    DATA ABOUT THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS
     
    Correlation between reading scores and school librarians in Michigan
    According to the latest data, Michigan 46th in the nation in the ratio of students to school librarians (ratio of 2788 students per school librarian from 2021-2022) and 43rd in 3rd grade NAEP reading scores.
    Michigan Study About the Impact of School Librarians
    In Michigan, a Library of Michigan research study showed that school library media programs have a statistically significant positive impact on reading achievement in grades 4, 7, and 11. Specifically, this study showed that schools with librarians have 35 percent more fourth graders who score proficient or above than school without librarians (see page ix of the study). The Michigan reading test scores rise with the extent to which the state’s school library programs are headed by qualified school librarians. The relationship between school libraries and test scores cannot be explained away by other school or community conditions at any school level.
    The Impact of Michigan School Libraries on Academic Achievement: Kids Who Have Libraries Succeed
    Other research and data about the positive impact of school librarians
    The Michigan Association of School Librarians has put together a document that summarizes the different ways that school librarians have a positive impact on students and includes links to research for each item.
    bit.ly/slibevid

    A good article that summarizes much of the research
    The article below is a great article that summarizes much of the research.
    Lance, K.C. & Kachel, D.E. (2018).  Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us. Phi Delta Kappan, 99 (7), 15-20.

    An infographic about the impact of school librarians on students with cited research studies: bit.ly/slheights
    Tech Tool of the Week
    Teaching Books is the new Sora extra! 
     
    Please rate and review the podcast on your app of choice and leave us a comment on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    Thank you so much for listening and inspiring!
     
    Hosts: Danelle Brostrom, Larry Burden
    Special Guest: Stephie Luyt
    Um and Ramble Editing: Larry Burden
     
    Cover art created with help from Adobe Firefl

    • 19 min
    Ed Tech Tools for the School Year Stretch Run

    Ed Tech Tools for the School Year Stretch Run

    Greetings and Welcome to another Potentially Useful episode of the TCAPSLoop Podcast. After several rather stress inducing weeks at TCAPSLoop towers we decided to keep this episode light by focusing on some great tech tools to get you through the stretch run of the school year. So let’s start the calming process by inhaling this weeks TCAPS Loop Moment of Zen:
    Moment of Zen:
    “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” —Michael Caine
     
    The Rundown:
    Canva for podcasting

    How To Create a Podcast in Canva
    Free and customizable podcast templates  

    Google Classroom Practice Sets


    Practice sets - Google for Education
    Uses AI to help find and attach supplemental study material
    Uses AI to deliver insights about assignment/class


    AI Test Kitchen from Google
    Comic Sans Criminal
     
    Additional Inspiration:
    Dr. Nagler Named COSN EmpowerED Superintendent of the Year
    Too much screen time? U-M pioneers digital wellness program for youths | University of Michigan News 
    In the legislature now: The American Privacy Rights Act of 2024  
    Tech Tool of the Week
    Bluey. Just watch it. 
    Watch - Bluey Official Website   
    NPR Bluey Podcast
     
    Please rate and review the podcast on your app of choice and leave us a comment on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    Thank you so much for listening and inspiring!
     
    Hosts: Danelle Brostrom, Larry Burden
    Um and Ramble Editing: Larry Burden
     
    Cover art created with help from Adobe Firefly.

    • 23 min
    AI Prompt Engineering and Regional Education Media Centers

    AI Prompt Engineering and Regional Education Media Centers

    Greetings and Welcome to another Potentially Useful episode of the TCAPSLoop Podcast. This episode dives into the world of AI prompts with guest Pete Milne, REMC Director! We explore best practices for crafting effective prompts, ensuring responsible AI use, and leveraging Pete's expertise to elevate your ed-tech game. Buckle up and get ready to unlock the appropriate use of AI in your practice!
    Moment of Zen:
    “The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” – Indira Gandhi
     
    The Rundown:
    Crafting Powerful Prompts: Pete shares key tips for creating clear, concise, and effective prompts that guide AI tools towards your desired outcome.
    Reliable Sources & Verification: Learn the importance of including reputable sources in your prompts and double-checking information for accuracy.
    Responsible AI Use: We discuss crucial considerations like avoiding PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and verifying sources to ensure ethical and responsible AI integration.
    Practice Makes Perfect: Pete emphasizes the importance of practice when crafting prompts. Explore scenarios like those offered by Common Sense Education (https://www.commonsense.org/education/collections/ai-literacy-lessons-for-grades-6-12)) to hone your skills.
    AI as Your Partner: AI is best used as an assistant or thought partner, not a replacement for our expertise.
    Tech Tool of the Week
    REMC 2Central
    REMC Association of Michigan
    REMC SAVE
    Control Alt Achieve: Super Prompt - An AI Prompt to Create AI Prompts
    The Prepare Framework – AI Pioneers
    Doc for Getting Started with Prompts
    Enhancing Efficiency & Effectiveness While Providing Accommodations for All - April (asynchronous)
    Sketchnoting - April 17th (noon - 3:30)
    PSTL in a Box - May (asynchronous)
     
    Please rate and review the podcast on your app of choice and leave us a comment on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    Thank you so much for listening and inspiring!
     
    Hosts: Danelle Brostrom, Larry Burden
    Um and Ramble Editing: Larry Burden
     
    Cover art created with help from Adobe Firefly.

    • 32 min
    Considering Age Appropriate AI

    Considering Age Appropriate AI

    Greetings and Welcome to another Potentially Useful episode of the TCAPSLoop Podcast. Danelle's leveled up after her successful quest through MACUL 2024 and will guide us into the exciting realm of Developmentally Appropriate AI in Education. We know our youngest learners must develop the necessary critical thinking skills to navigate a landscape where AI will be ubiquitous. So, gear-up, fellow ed-tech explorers, as we embark on a journey through bytes, and building blocks.
    Moment of Zen:
    There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. - Anais Nin
     
    The Rundown:
    Thoughts on Access vs. Exposure in regards to AI in schools
    Generative AI has potential benefits for education and risks that must be thoughtfully managed.
     
    Early Elementary - Bite sized digital citizenship, scaffolding to big ideas
    AI is not a human
    “Peek under the hood” to see how these things work
    Critical Thinking 
    AI hallucinations
    AI created images

    Slow down and self reflect AND Seek facts and evidence (5 core dispositions of digital citizenship)
    Not directly on AI systems - under 13
     
    Later Elementary
    Problem solvers, if we aren’t careful, they will learn to rely on this kind of tech rather than solving their own problems
    Ask ChatGPT questions, but the teacher is always in the drivers seat.
    Spend a LOT of time thinking critically about the answers
    Not directly on AI systems - under 13
     
    Middle School 
    CAUTION! “Over 13? Let’s get them on AI!” Developmentally what do we know about middle school brains?  They lack impulse control. Set guardrails and limits. 
    Exercises in which students ask a generative AI chatbot to answer a question or write an essay and then critique it—looking for factual errors, etc.
    “It should be used as a tool to complement and challenge the critical-thinking skills that come online at this age,” 
     
    High School
    High school students are fast becoming sophisticated users of programs like ChatGPT.
    Teachers may feel their main duty at this stage is to police students and make sure they’re not using ChatGPT, Photomath, and similar technologies to do their assignments. But experts say that educators have a more important role to play: primarily, to teach students the limitations of the technology. The text and images created by generative AI programs, for example, can be plagued with biases, stereotypes, and inaccuracies.
    “Exercise your natural suspicions. Doubt the machine. Don’t take answers at face value”
    AI is an important component of their education, but it still needs boundaries and guidance. 
    AI Literacy Lessons for Grades 6–12 | Common Sense Education
     
    Tech Tool of the Week
    AI Literacy Lessons for Grades 6–12 | Common Sense Education
     
    Rate, Review and Subscribe to the podcast on Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcast, Podbean, Castbox, Overcast, Bullhorn, or wherever else you get your ear candy. 
     
    Please rate and review the podcast on your app of choice and leave us a comment on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    Thank you so much for listening and inspiring!
     
    Hosts: Danelle Brostrom, Larry Burden
    Um and Ramble Editing: Larry Burden
     
    Cover art created with help from Adobe Firefly.

    • 19 min

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