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Class is in session! Tech Study Hall is a place where educators can go to recharge and keep their ideas flowing to find creative ways to accent tech to their lessons. Tech Study Hall is a great place to take small steps to your tech independence in a safe space for exploring. Remember that even a small step forward is movement toward a greater journey! Let's learn together!
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Join us this episode as we discuss technology integration as it relates to real-world learning. My special guest is Ann Radefeld from the Shaker Heights School District in Ohio where she teaches French to 5th & 6th graders while adding some real-world flair blending it with the best of technology. She makes a great case for making this a part of any subject in the curriculum with just a smidge of creativity and research. Many thanks to Ann for joining us on this episode. Be sure to check out the article below that she contributed to for Education Week. Keep learning and be well everyone!Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @DrSmith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe. As Heard On the Show:Contact Ann Radefeld through Twitter: @annradefeldIn Ann’s Tech Tool Belt:FlipGridGimKitBook CreatorKahootBlooketQuizletAnn’s Contribution to the Article on “Virtual, Hybrid, & Concurrent Are Three Words I Never Expected to Use:  The Three C’s”.NEW PODCAST ALERT!!!Check out the new podcast that I co-host with Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila called “Connect with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.” where we discuss the world of Autism and Other Neurological Differences and how The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach(SM), as an intervention model, can help your individual with Autism grow. It’s available on all major podcasting platforms and through this link as well (https://www.thesuccessapproach.org/autism-podcast).  Be sure to stay tuned for more details on our upcoming tribute to Autism Awareness Month scheduled for a Live Stream on Facebook on 4/17/2021 at 7pm. You too can expect S.U.C.C.E.S.S.!
Learning doesn’t have to be boring!  Rich explores the use of SPHERO robots to bring coding to life! This episode discusses the importance and fun associated with learning-by-doing.  The SPHEROs allow you to add some interesting project ideas to class, combining some other subject matter skills, and relating those project ideas to practice.  Come and explore with us!Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention license,Bensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/ , Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @DrSmith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe. As Heard On the Show:Rich’s SPHERO EDU PresentationMore Information about SPHERO EDU
This episode is a reflection on the lessons I’m learning as a result of my teaching during this pandemic and thoughts to change the way we teach our 21st century learners.  I present a new set of 3R’s to focus on as we move beyond the pandemic to meet the needs of our learners today.  Let’s keep the conversation happening!  Reach out today to talk about what strategies you are using that are changing the landscape of learning today.  Tech or not, nothing is off of the table.  How are you evolving as a result of this pandemic?Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @DrSmith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe. As Heard On the Show:Catlin Tucker Live Fall Cue 2019 Keynote: https://youtu.be/p6J0JB3g9Q4
Do you remember the awesomeness of PBS programming in the classroom when we were kids?  Maybe coming home to programs like the Electric Company and the iconic Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood?  PBS has been a creator for good, quality, and neutral content for decades and they are STILL here for us to enhance our lessons with amazing content.  This episode focuses in one on my favorite tools for teachers, the PBS Learning Media Library, and how you can easily find the content you might be looking for without the fear of YouTube commercials and scary content.  Enjoy! Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @DrSmith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe. As Heard On the Show:PBS Learning Media Libraryhttps://ideastream.pbslearningmedia.org/
This is the final episode in the three episode arc of “Tech the Halls” where I feature my favorite follows. It was a rough one to put together because whatever this non-COVID bug that has been going around was getting me down, but whether it be podcasts, websites, blogs, or videos these pioneering and inspirational educators put it all out there to help better education every day sharing and collaborating with us. I didn’t want to leave 2020 without this quick and reflective episode. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Enjoy some of “My Favorite Follows”.  See you in 2021!  Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseSleighbell Soundeffects are provided courtesy of Zapsplat.com Bensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @DrSmith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe. As Heard On the Show:Catlin TuckerTwitter: @CatlinTuckerWebiste/Blog: www.catlintucker.comThe Balance Podcast by Dr. Catlin TuckerCharity DoddTwitter: @CharityDoddwww.linclearning.comBlended Learning in Action PodcastEric CurtsTwitter: @EricCurtswww.controlaltchieve.comStephanie DeMicheleTwitter: @sdemichelehttp://www.stephaniedemichele.org/GotTeched the PodcastTwitter: @WeGotTechEdTwitter: @GuiseGotTechEdTwitter: @NickGotTechEdGotTechEd’s YouTube ChannelFlippEd Flops via TreeFishEduFavorite Honorable Mentions (Twitter Handles)Jake MillerAlice KeelerTeachers On FireJeff Bradbury
As we get ready to head into the holiday season, we take this time to refresh and rejuvenate our spirits and spend time with family.  Inevitably, we also use this time to check out some new sources of tech inspiration to prepare for the last half of the year.  These shorter episodes I’m calling our “Tech the Halls” Series will highlight a few of my favorite tech apps and tools that I like to use to accent my lessons.  Be on the lookout, we will also be launching a companion series on YouTube called “Tech Study: Extra Credit” where we will give you a personal tour from our perspective first hand where you can see the app in session.  Be well everyone! Included Media:Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseSleighbell Soundeffects are provided courtesy of Zapsplat.com Bensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe.As Heard On the Show:Camtasia Studio by Tech SmithWeVideoScreencastify
As we get ready to head into the holiday season, we take this time to refresh and rejuvenate our spirits and spend time with family.  Inevitably, we also use this time to check out some new sources of tech inspiration to prepare for the last half of the year.  These shorter episodes I’m calling our “Tech the Halls” Series will highlight a few of my favorite tech apps and tools that I like to use to accent my lessons.  Be on the lookout, we will also be launching a companion series on YouTube called “Tech Study: Extra Credit” where we will give you a personal tour from our perspective first hand where you can see the app in session.  Be well everyone! Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseSleighbell Soundeffects are provided courtesy of Zapsplat.com Bensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgYouTube: Tech Study Hall Channel - Be sure to like and subscribe. As Heard On the Show:Google JamboardWhiteboard.fiWhiteboard.chatInfused Classroom Jamboard Templates by Holly Clark
Join us this episode as we talk with the CEO and Co-Founder of EdPuzzle, a video accent to any lesson to integrate videos with assessment, engagement, and feedback opportunities. Quim takes us through EdPuzzle’s humble beginnings through the innovative opportunities it has become for all teachers as a way to approach digital learning in a 21st century classroom. Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgContact Information for Our Guest:Quim SabriaOn Twitter: @edpuzzleAs Heard On the Show:Edpuzzle - one of our favorite tools!EdPuzzle Help CenterEdPuzzle Channel on YouTube
In this episode we talk with Charity Dodd who has worked with teachers across the globe in finding their balance in blended learning. She has devoted a lot of time working with teachers to make plans and transformation into a digital landscape given the state of the pandemic. Join us in our conversation as we discuss how to make simultaneous learning work for you.  Charity shares a lot of blended brilliance in this episode, be sure to check it out!Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/How to Follow Rich: Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgContact Information for Our Guest Charity Dodd:On Twitter: @CharityDoddEmail: charitydodd@linclearning.comMore About LINC LearningAs Heard On the Show:Edpuzzle - one of our favorite tools!ScreencastifyPeardeckLoomEpic!Common LitStorylinePBS Learning MediaOne of our favorite FollowsDr. Eric Guise on TwitterGotTechEd the Podcast
In this episode we feature the amazing Dr. Catlin Tucker who shares with us some approaches to take when gearing up for Simultaneous Learning and Learning that is 100% digital. This is the 2nd of 3 episodes where we are highlighting this modality of instruction as we face this pandemic though many of the strategies that we are sharing today will take us beyond this moment in time. Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgContact Information for Our GuestDr. Catlin Tucker:On Twitter: @Catlin_TuckerWebsite: www.catlintucker.comPodcast: “The Balance” (Available on Apple Podcast)Book: “Balance with Blended Learning: Partner with Your Students to Reimagine Learning and Reclaim Your Life” (also available from Corwin Publishing)
Welcome to the first of 3 podcasts based on the principle of what we are calling Simultaneous Learning 101.  In this episode we welcome Charley Fuller, Principal of Lake Catholic High School and Kelley Turner, Dean of Academics of Lake Catholic High School to help us define how we are meeting the student's need for continuity in learning either face-2-face or digitally.  Be sure to check out all three of the episodes, but enjoy this one as we layout the definition of Simultaneous Learning.Show Notes:Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Rich's Contacts:Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgMentioned in the Lesson:Lake Catholic's Book Study: “Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom: A Blueprint for K-12 Online Learning” by Reason, Reason, & Guiler (2017), Solution Tree Publishing.SabineTek SmartMike+ BlueTooth Lapel MicrophoneContact Information for Our GuestsCharley Fuller - cfuller@lakecatholic.orgKelley Turner - kturner@lakecatholic.org
Everyone!  We are all in the process of finding new ways to reach our learners during the strange time in history. I am so excited to announce that we are doing a 3-part series on Simultaneous Learning (a strategy to teach face-2-face and remotely) with some amazing guests on each episode!  Stay tuned to releases!  Hoping this helps you!  Be well!  ~Rich
This episode examines the recent trend in teacher burnout when it comes to leading instructions digitally and some practice tips to avoid that from happening.  We talk about respecting the student/teacher time, organizing the digital work space, establishing community, and others in route to understanding the difference between control vs content and purpose over process.  Enjoy!  Show NotesMusic provided courtesy of <a href="https://www.hooksounds.com">HookSounds.com</a> under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/How to Contact MeFollow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgMentioned in the Lesson:“Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom: A Blueprint for K-12 Online Learning” by Reason, Reason, & Guiler (2017), Solution Tree Publishing.Newsweek Article: “Teachers Resigning Across U.S. Cite Remote Learning Frustrations, COVID-19 Concerns”Today Show: “Cheerleader, Fellow Teens Take a Stand Against Parents’ ‘No Mask Monday’ Protest”“4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning” by George CourosVirtual Station Rotation Template by Stephanie DeMicheleSlidesMania
In this episode, we wanted to highlight a couple of tips to kick-off your online course shell in a way that spurs engagement. We talk about knowing your Learning Management System features, where your students should start when they log-in, and what should be included when you start your course.  Finally, I provide you with a couple of tech tools you might want to become familiar with as you start out your classroom with digital learning. Engagement is key and should be the focus to keep your course moving forward. Best of luck as you plan for this upcoming school year! Music provided courtesy of HookSounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/How to Reach Rich:Follow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgMentioned in the Lesson:“Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom: A Blueprint for K-12 Online Learning” by Reason, Reason, & Guiler (2017), Solution Tree Publishing.Need some help for organizations to ease into digital learning? You can also contact Dr. Casey Reason.Rich’s Top Apps to Begin Digital Engagement (in no particular order)1) EdPuzzle2) Screencastify3) FlipGrid4) Parlay
Today we are going to talk about something that holds us back from integrating technology and 21st Century learning in our lessons...fear.  Particularly being vulnerable to learn and share new ideas with colleagues and students to move beyond fear of the unknown. Joining me on this journey is the "Slayer of EdTech Fears", Stephanie DeMichele, a friend and colleague in the EdTech arena.  Join us as we share and learn together! Show Notes:Music provided courtesy of HookSounds (Royalty Free): https://www.hooksounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/Follow Rich Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/On Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgMentioned in the Lesson:How to get a hold of Stephanie DeMicheleTwitter: @sdemicheleWebsite: http://www.stephaniedemichele.org/Email: steph@stephaniedemichele.orgDitch That Textbook Speaker’s BureauBrene Brown’s Ted Talk on “The Power of Vulnerability”Stephanie’s Top 5 Apps to Start Tech Integration (in no particular order)EdPuzzleScreencastifyFlipGridBook CreatorPeardeckAnd just because she mentioned “Baywatch” https://images.app.goo.gl/8M6yC2Ue6gMZuXG1ACourtesy of Giphy.  
This episode provides reasons to use of Google Apps for Education (Gmail, Keep, Calendar, Keen (in Beta)) to keep you and your students organized this upcoming school year. The teaching profession, now more than ever, needs to adapt to using digital tools to meet the needs of our learners first and to effectively communicate learning even if from a distance. Show NotesMusic provided courtesy of Hooksounds.com under the use and mention licenseBensounds (Royalty Free Music): https://www.bensound.com/Incomptech (Royalty Free Music): https://incompetech.com/music/SocialsFollow me on Facebook to get notifications about live events: https://www.facebook.com/TechStudyHall/Follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @Smith_EdtechWebsite: www.techstudyhall.orgReferenced Video on the Show:Filtering you Gmail AccountSome of my favorite Tech Integration & 21st Century Learning Gurus:Eric Curts: Control Alt AchieveAlice Keeler: AliceKeeler.comEric Guise & Nick Johnson: GotTechedJake Miller: EduDuctTape“Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom…” by Reason, Reason, & Guiler (2017)Casey Reason: CaseyReason.com
Join us for our first ever Tech Study Hall guest, Dr. Eric Guise, as we explore some fun ways to use gamification in your classroom! He will be featured in our first ever Roll Call Segment where you will learn more about him.  Then we will explore fun ways to create engaging lessons using Google Apps for Education making Digital Escape Rooms.Show NotesMusic provided courtesy of www.hooksounds.com under the use and mention license.Contact Information for Dr. Eric Guise: www.gotteched.com Youtube Channel:  GotTechED the Podcast Twitter and Instagram @guisegotteched @WegottechedMentioned during the Roll Call Segment:SlidesMania: Slidesmania.com Twitter: @slidesmaniaMote: @justmoteHQ WeVideo: @WeVideoCanva: @Canva EdjiNotes: @EdjiNotesMentioned during the Lesson Segment: FlipHunts: Kathy KersznowskiDigital Escape-the-Rooms:English Sample: “To Kill A Mockingbird”Foreign Language Sample: “Running of the Bulls”Directions for Making Your Own DERsFor more information about how you can be part of tech study hall, contact Rich on Twitter @Smith_Edtech or visit www.techstudyhall.org for follow-up information, research, or contact options. Join our Facebook Community for the LIVE Extra Credit session and other Tech Study information.
Join Rich in the first episode of Tech Study Hall where he introduces the purpose (a safe space to gain confidence in edtech), talks about his journey starting the podcast, tips and benefits for starting a podcast for your class, and briefly talks about some equipment you may consider in beginning your journey. Show Notes:Music for the Show is available through the Use & Mention Licensing:Show Intro/Outro: Made available from https://www.hooksounds.comOther Royalty Free Music Sites: https://www.bensound.com/                                                                                              https://incompetech.com/music/Equipment Links:Blue Snowball MicrophoneRode PodMicRodecaster ProIdeas for Podcasting in Your Classroom:Why Podcasting Projects Belong in the ELA ClassroomWhy You Should Start Podcasting in Your Classroom
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