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Once Upon a Tech

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Once Upon a Tech is a podcast exploring the intersection of literacy and technology with Ms. Fitz, Sarah FitzHenry and Miss-Bit, Kim Wilkens.
50 Episodes
Despite or maybe because of the pandemic, we are busier than ever this summer - teaching online classes, running summer camps and taking and offering summer professional development. In this episode, we catch you up on all our summer activities and of course, share tons of resources!
Jean Weller is the Educational Technology Specialist in the Office of STEM & Innovation for the Virginia Department of Education. She is currently the administrator of #GoOpenVa, an open education resource community and repository for all teachers in Virginia. In this episode, Jean shares how the promises of edtech from the last 30 years finally seem ready to come to fruition and how #GoOpenVa can help teachers and students make it happen in Virginia. Find resources here.
Saber Khan is a progressive CS educator, Education Community Director at the Processing Foundation and co-host of the #ethicalCS twitter chat. Kim first met Saber at #MozFest 2016 where he and a colleague, Jennie Crowley, shared ideas for building an open source ethical CS program. In our interview, we explore what’s been happening around the ideas of ethical CS and learn about the power of creative computing with P5JS. Find resources here.
In this episode, we talk about stereotypes, failure and appreciating the creative side of CS with Camellia Pastore, a rising senior studying computer science at Virginia Tech. We last spoke with Cami during #MorningMeeting. We have worked with Cami through Tech-Girls, Spark Hackathon, Summer Spark and most recently as co-presenters at #MozFest and we are always blown away by this young woman's drive and wisdom. Find resource page here.
In this episode, we talk with Brehanu Bugg, creator of Stand with BLM, a resource to "to inform and provide resources to Black Lives Matters activists". He also happens to be a former middle school student of ours and now a rising 11th grader. During this episode, he shares with us how he is embracing the intersection of technology and literacy through his love of CS, drama and writing. We also find out how Stand with BLM came into being. Finally, Sarah and Kim share a few Black Lives Matter resources that have been impactful on their anti-racist journey. Find resource page here.
We're back! We so enjoyed our time doing #MorningMeeting, but we are transitioning back to our original idea for the podcast: highlighting people that are working and projects that are happening at the intersection of technology and literacy. We hope you'll join us on our weekly journey! Learn more at
In today’s episode, Day Forty, we wrap up #MorningMeeting. It has been such a pleasure sharing laughter, resources, special guests and daily challenges with you for the past 10 weeks! We will be back in June with a weekly podcast format. Find resources and stats from #MorningMeeting here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-nine, we catch up on sharing our resource backlog including Code with an athlete, Varsity Tutors with Leland Melvin, Celebrities read James and the Giant Peach, How let your children be upset, and a mother’s COVID-19 children’s book parodies go viral. The daily challenge is to check out the Fresh Films video challenge and/or the Emoji Summer Reading challenge. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-eight, special guests Zach Minster, 9-12 CS Coordinator and Zach Ashby, senior, both from St. Anne’s-Belfield School join us to share their passion for computer science and to give us a preview of what’s in store for the student-driven Summer SPARK! experience. It’s going to be tremendous! The daily challenge is to set a tech creation goal for this summer. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-seven, special guest Cami Pastore, senior at Virginia Tech, joins us to share about her newfound passion for journaling and her journey into computer science. Along the way she shares some great resources for getting started with journaling and reframing failure. The daily challenge is to brainstorm ideas to solve a real-world problem, inspired by Bio-Med Tech-Girls and Animals on the Go. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-six, special guests Zara and Hayley join us to talk about their journey into their mask making and the impact it is having on them and their community. Resources from the episode include Social Distance Assistance podcast, Exploratorium and a read aloud from Michelle and Barack Obama. The daily challenge is to help combat loneliness by supporting our seniors and writing positive words of encouragement to them. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-five, special guest Lucia Hoerr, Backpack Buddies founder, shares about her mission to fill backpacks with school supplies for kids in Charlottesville and beyond. Resources from the episode include youth empowering organizations like Youth Service America, DoSomething and Karma for Cara. The creative challenge is to design your dream backpack! Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-four, special guest, Corrie Locke-Hardy from The Tiny Activist shares about their mission to find the best books, to spread knowledge & understanding and to make education transformative. Resources from the episode include Gender Spectrum, The Gender Wheel, Teaching Tolerance, The Conscious Kid and The Trevor Project. The creative challenge is to introduce your favorite character to the world through Scratch! Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-three, our rock theme is inspired by Bennett’s Village call to find a rock that speaks to you, write a message of love or hope on it and share it with someone to brighten their day. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-two, our special guest Viv Shields, senior at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and Emily Couric Leadership Finalist, shares her passion for environmental activism. We share lots of resources for budding environmental activists including Young Voices for the Planet, a spotlight on young activists around the world and tips for kids to get started. The creative challenge is a sneak peek at Viv’s Bitsbox tutorial for Girls’ Geek Day! Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty-one we explore sound from what it’s like to edit sound for a podcast with Audacity to creating your own soundscape with Scratch in today’s challenge! Also, don’t miss out on the latest from the Princess in Black and your last chance to register for Girls’ Geek Day! Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Thirty we catch up on sharing our resource backlog! For outdoors: 31 Unorganized Sports, for indoors: #architecturefromhome, for readers: a Harry Potter read aloud with Daniel Radclifff, for finding your own bright spots: the Pleasant Event Calendar and finally the Creepy Pair of Underwear read aloud and creative challenge! Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Twenty-nine we explore the intersection of animals, art and literacy with special guest Joe Vena, education director at Ix Art Park and host of The Daily Creature. And, of course, today’s challenge is to watch an episode of The Daily Creature to inspire your own animal creation. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Twenty-eight our special guests, Izzy, Spicer and Ms. Holden from St. Anne’s-Belfield School share their experiences doing distance learning, being part of a collaborative Robot Design Project with K-4 and their student-led Quest about exploring food insecurity in Charlottesville. The daily challenge is to make a Robot Zine. Find resources here.
In today’s #MorningMeeting Day Twenty-seven our special guests, Lily Lin & Raeann Giannattasio from UVA Society of Women Engineers (SWE), share their passion for engineering and how they work to inspire girls in K-12 interest in engineering fields through hands-on activities, design challenges, tours, and speakers. The daily challenge comes from the Virtual STEM Guide they created for doing engineering activities at home. Find resources here.
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