Welcome to the THRIVEinEDU podcast where learning happens and random thoughts related to all things education are shared. Listen in each week as I talk about some of the emerging trends and topics in education. Topics include Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Global Collaborations, Preparing Students for the Future, PBL, SEL, Coding, NFTs, Metaverse, Web3, the Power of PLNS, and more.
Thrive o'clock Live w/ Rachelle and Mel and special guest Michele Pitman, Founder and CEO of @x2VOL
We always have a great chat with Michele! Check out this recent episode of Thrive o'clock when Rachelle and Mel talk about heading back to school and are joined by Michele to talk about the great opportunities for students available via @x2VOL. We enjoyed the conversation, had some laughs, and learned a lot from Michele about the impact these programs have on students. Hope you check out @x2VOL for more information about volunteering, SEL, and CTE.
Follow on Twitter / X: https://twitter.com/x2VOL
From Student to Employee: The Transformative Power of x2VOL
Summer Volunteer Ideas for Students
Finding Belonging Through Service
How Students Access Core SEL Competencies at School
Preparing Today's Students for the Future
Cincinnati Public Schoolshttps://trackservicehours.x2vol.com/x2vol-case-studies/cincinnati-public-schools
ThriveinEDU Chat with Jason Lange, Co-founder and President of BloomBoard
I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Jason Lange, the co-founder and President of BloomBoard. Prior to founding BloomBoard, Jason worked in private equity and was also an early member of the NewSchools Venture Fund team, where he supported the development of the initial edtech investment thesis for the NewSchools Seed Fund (now Reach Capital). Jason received his BA from Yale University and is also a graduate of Stanford’s joint MA/MBA in Education and Business Administration Program.
BloomBoard is a talent development provider that enables K–12 school districts to grow, advance, and retain educators by making professional education a benefit of employment. BloomBoard offers turn-key programs for school districts to move educators forward at all points of their professional journey and BloomBoard’s platform connects school districts to higher education institutions that offer certification and degree programs using a unique, on-the-job instructional model.
Resources including articles, e-books, webinars, and videos
BloomBoard Success Stories Hear from school districts about the impact
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ThriveinEDU Chat with Dan Wolfe, Educator, Author of Becoming the Change
I recently had a great chat with Dan Wolfe, an educator who has served in many roles. He is also the author of the book Becoming The Change. We had such a wonderful discussion about education, learning, constant growth, and the importance of reflection.
A little about Dan:
Dan grew up in Germantown, Maryland, and went to Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. He has served in Pasco County, Florida for more than 25 years. During my time there he has held roles as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator. Dan is currently an Assistant Principal at Sunray Elementary. He was selected as Pasco County’s District Teacher of the Year in the 2011-2012 school year. He is currently in the Principal’s Pool.
For the past three years, Dan has written a blog called Becoming The Change which focuses on a different quote each day and how we can best apply it towards becoming the change through our own moral compass and the five areas in SEL. His first book, Becoming the Change came out in June 2022. He hopes to continue writing books and inspiring others for years to come.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/daniel.wolfe.50702/
Twitter - @ServLeadInspire
Instagram - @serveleadinspirealways
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-wolfe-45390a43/ Website: https://becoming-the-change.com/Grab Dan's book at: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Change-Essential-Elements-Being/dp/B0B2TW64X7
Chat with Drew Vernon, Marketing Director of Tonies. Check out the Toniebox!
Tonies for Teachershttps://us.tonies.com/pages/creative-toniesTonieboxTonies InstagramFacebook CommunitiesTonies for Teachers FacebookTonies for Librarians FacebookEducator and Military DiscountTonies YouTube
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Chat with Mike Judd, Senior Curriculum Manager at Nearpod
I enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Mike Judd, a senior curriculum manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary as well as a Flocabulary lyricist and rapper. He is based in the New York City area and has been with the company for five years.
We talked about Flocabulary and the many ways that educators can bring Flocabulary into the classroom and how easy it is to add a Flocabulary video to your Nearpod lesson. We also discussed the great contests that are available for students throughout the year. Black History Month, AAPI Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month contests are held each year and engage students in creative and meaningful learning opportunities. Links are below to check out the events and some of the winners!
For more information, check out the resources below:
The Week in Rap
Flocabulary blog: A great place to learn more about how to best use Flocabulary in the classroom as well as upcoming initiatives like student contests
How to master teaching academic vocabulary to students: A recent blog about teaching academic vocabulary using Flocabulary
Student contest winners: Hispanic Heritage Month Rap Contest 2022: More info on our 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Rap Contest winners (since the next one launches soon!)
What’s new with Flocabulary Plus: Back to school 2023: Information on what's new with Flocabulary
2023 Black History Month Contest Blog and Winners
AAPI Month Contest and Winners
Hispanic Heritage Month Contest
Check out the video of a previous winner of the Hispanic Heritage Month contest: https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/jose-hernandez/.
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AI in our classrooms: My ongoing exploration and teaching of AI + bonus ideas
I have more than 5 years of experience with AI and now have been working on a dissertation, a blog, two books, and continuing to research AI. I am motivated to help educators build confidence and comfort by bringing AI learning opportunities to their classrooms.
I am available for in-person or virtual PD sessions and keynotes. I can do 1-2 hour or full-day workshops.
AI is an area of deep interest for me and I want to make it easier for educators to dive in, just like I did. I teach full time and consult full time and would love to work with your school or a small group.
Sign up for my blog site and also submit a guest blog post.
My main blog: Learning as I go
Medium Blog: ThriveinEDU
My Newsletter: bit.ly/pothnews1
Here are a few articles that I wrote:
ChatGPT - my podcast
Education is about to change Chat GPT for Getting Smart
Reflecting on the year with AI article I wrote on June 26th
BAM Radio Network interview about AI
Fox News interview
AI interview at ISTE
My blog site
Podcast: AI in post-COVID
ISTE 2023 Interview of Closing Keynote Kevin Roose about AI and Education
Newer post on ChatGPT
Forbes Article 2020
VoiceEd Canada Radio interview about AI
EdTech Magazine Article
Recording from AI webinar: edalex.net/ai20232vid
Holly Clark AI Infused Classroom event My session of 8 Tools for Educators and More!
TCEA AI in Education day July 27th conference
AI for the Future of Education
Preparing for the Future
Increasing Role of AI
Growth in AI due to Pandemic
Recent article about NLP use
I’m a HUGE fan of Rachelle Dene Poth! Her work is inspirational and I love listening to her share her ideas and tips in these quick and informative episodes!