THRIVEinEDU by Rachelle Dené Poth @Rdene915
By Rachelle Dené Poth
THRIVEinEDU by Rachelle Dené Poth @Rdene915May 16, 2023
Chat with Paul Stisser, the Director of Educational Institutions and LMS Partnerships for ReadSpeaker
I had a great conversation with Paul Stisser, the Director of Educational Institutions and LMS Partnerships for ReadSpeaker. Paul has been a leader in ReadSpeaker's TTS Education initiatives. Prior to ReadSpeaker, Paul worked at D2L and start-up Moblmedia. He also has 14 years of education and teaching experience in Rochester, NY, specializing in Special Education and At-Risk Students. Paul attended St. Bonaventure University with degrees in History and Literacy.
We talked about ReadSpeaker which is a text-to-speech (TTS) company. With ReadSpeaker embedded into an LMS, a website, or learning content, the user can choose from 68 languages and over 245 voices. They can choose from a suite of reading and writing tools; personalize their reading speed, highlighting preferences, font, size, colors, and more; and select distraction-free “text-only” mode. We've been trying to raise awareness about TTS tools being not only for students who need them. Follow on Twitter: ReadSpeaker
Learn more about ReadSpeaker and get started today! Stay tuned for an upcoming guest blog post from Paul on my ThriveinEDU Learning as I Go blog.
Chat with Mike Teng, Co-Founder and CEO of Swing Education @SwingEdu
Enjoyed my conversation with Mike Teng, Co-Founder and CEO of Swing Education. Swing Education enables schools to post their substitute job openings and substitute teachers can then pick and choose what suits their needs. Swing leverages social communities and technology to not only improve communication but put power back into the hands of substitutes and the schools that need them. @SwingEdu
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Chat with Hall Speed, Head of North America, @RoboticalLTD about #STEM #AI #coding and Marty the Robot!
Learn more about the amazing Marty the Robot via my blog! Follow@RoboticalLtd! and find out how to try Marty in your classroom! Sign up for a free trial: https://robotical.io/free-trial/
https://learn.robotical.io/ (Learning Portal)
Thrive o'clock with @Rdene915 & @MelodyMcAllist7 and our guests Weston & Molly Kieschnick!
We had a great chat with Molly and Weston about their podcast, books, and swagger! Hope you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out the video of our chat on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3yfa3Iwjs8&t=246sor via Twitter posts.
Follow @Rdene915 @MelodyMcAllist7 and @Wes_Kieschnick!
ChatGPT: Let's catch up with the ChatGPT news!
In prior episodes, I shared ChatGPT and some of the articles that I have written and we also had a conversation with Brad Waid recently as well about ChatGPT. Explore it, ask some questions, review the responses, and see what the benefits/concerns are.
Would love to hear about your experiences!
Thrive o'clock with Rachelle & Mel and our guest Josh King from EVERFI!
We enjoyed chatting with Josh King about Financial Literacy, Ideas for Teaching about Financial Literacy, and how educators can prepare! Check out @EVERFIK12 and its resources. We had a great chat, lots of laughs, fantastic information, and a fun game!
Financial Literacy month landing page or my blog post.
Be sure to follow Rachelle and Mel! And join our ThriveinEDU Facebook Community, subscribe to the podcast and check out my blog www.Rdene915.com.
Spring is the perfect time to reflect!
Ideas for reflection for students and teachers. I share some methods to promote reflective practice with students and how to make it part of our daily practice. Check out @LessonLoop, @Padlet, @Spaces_Edu, @Nearpod @PearDeck, Flip and more!
Thrive o'clock with Rachelle & Mel and our guest Brad Waid!
Listen to our recent Thrive o'clock show with our guest Brad Waid, Keynote Speaker, Educator and Consultant. We chatted about AR, VR and AI and ChatGPT. Brad joined me to present on AR/VR and AI at the MACUL conference recently.
Be sure to check out my blog www.Rdene915.com and join our ThriveinEDU FB Community@.
Ideas for Spring! Boost student engagement, focus on SEL and more!
Hope you will get some new ideas from this episode. Check out Brain Racers, StoryJumper, WeVideo and more!
Thrive o'clock with guest Michele Pitman, CEO and Founder of @X2VOL!
We always enjoy talking with Michele about the importance of learning experiences that promote the development of SEL and help students to learn about challenges in the world. Learn more about @x2VOL for tracking hours for work-based learning, CTE, volunteering, and more. www.x2vol.com
Blog post: State of Student Service
Michele's recent article for EdTech Digest
Let's Learn About Toekenz! A Conversation with Iris Ichishita, CEO & Co-Founder of Toekenz
A great conversation with Iris Ichishita, the CEO & Co-Founder of Toekenz.
The first family-focused and kid-safe NFT platform, built for end-to-end parental control, features user-friendly games and a marketplace.
YouTube: / @toekenz Facebook: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toekenznft/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8188... Twitter: https://twitter.com/toekenz TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@toekenznft
ChatGPT - What is it? How do we learn about it? What will its impact be?
I've been researching AI for several years and dove right into to testing out ChatGPT. This is the second podcast about ChatGPT, with some new ideas.
Here is a link to the Getting Smart ChatGPT blog post from December.
My interview for San Antonio Fox News after TCEA about AI in Education.
Finding Time for Reflection
Here are some ideas to make time for reflection in each day! Check out @getfocusable and other ideas for making time for you! #education #edchat #SEL
Thrive o'clock live with Rachelle and Mel & special guest Josh King from @EverFiK12!
Learn more about all that EverFi offers for educators and check out their amazing SEL resources that are available for free to educators!
Webinar listings everfi.com/events
Strategies for Reviewing and Reteaching
Need some ideas for reteaching? Here are some methods and a few tools to check out. Also, check out my recent blog via Getting Smart for more ideas of Tools To Explore in 2023!
Join the THRIVEinEDU Community on Facebook and subscribe to my blog. Learning as I Go
Kick off 2023 with some Unconventional Ideas!
Dive into some new methods and tools in the new year! Follow ThriveinEDU on FB, subscribe to my blog www.Rdene915.com and submit your guest blog.
My books are all available at bit.ly/pothbooks
Starting the Year with PBL via iBlocks
Want to start PBL and not sure where to begin? Check out iBlocks and all of the great options for students and everything that you need to get started today. So many choices for different grade levels and content areas. Also focused on the SDGs, STEM and many more important areas. Download a sample lesson today!
The Importance of Reflection in Our Work
Sharing some ideas about how to find time to reflect and some options. Blogging, Podcasting, Videos, and Building Relationships. Check out Edthena's AI Coach for a great way to video a lesson and have an interactive coach to guide you in your reflections.
Also Swivl for video!
Ed3DAO Conference and The Metaverse Experience
Wonder what it is like to learn and work in the metaverse? Curious about blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFTs, and web3? Learn more from my experience with the Ed3DAO conference held in November. Amazing experience created by @Vritisaraf and @edtechpeck
Let's Chat: OpenAI and ChatGPT
Have you tried OpenAI yet? What has your experience been? Sharing some background info, insights, questions and more in this latest episode. Stay tuned for a blog soon! Also, check out my blog at www.Rdene915.com and submit a guest blog and sign up for my blog posts too. Thanks for listening!
ThriveinEDU Live with Rachelle & Mel and our guest Sheryl Place! Talking about BookWidgets! @iBookWidgets
Hope you will enjoy our chat with Sheryl and check out BookWidgets and all of the awesome learning possibilities! Follow Rachelle @Rdene915 and Mel @mjmcalliwrites and Sheryl @place_s
You can also check out the recording at: bit.ly/thriveBW
ThriveinEDU Live w/ panel discussion about Twitter!
This was a great chat about Twitter w/ friends @jcorippo @acooktweet @SimplySuzy @John_MWalter. Catch the recording: Be sure to follow @Rdene915 & @mjmcalliwrites for upcoming episodes!
ThriveinEDU with special guest Dee Bohne, VP of Sales for @Pikmykid
Also check out the great blogs via Pikmykid. To learn more:
Request a demo: hubs.li/Q01m3zBg0
Teacher Referral Page: hubs.li/Q01m3zWw0
ThriveinEDU Live with special guest Carl Hooker @mrhooker!
Join Rachelle and Mel and our special guest Carl Hooker @mrhooker to talk about school, challenges, keeping motivation, and more!
Building Digital Literacy Skills
Some ideas for building digcit skills. Check out Brain Pop, Buncee, Checkology, Digital Compass.
ThriveinEDU Live with Rachelle & Mel and guest Shelley Spalding from @Pikmykid!
We had a great chat with Shelley about strategies for getting time back and how @Pikmykid helps teachers to save time and promotes school safety! Hope you enjoy our chat and fun game! Connect with @Rdene915 @Mjmcalliwrites and @Pikmykid!
Learn more here: Pikmykid
Promoting Collaboration: 3 Big Ideas
It is important to provide opportunities for students to build their collaborative skills. There are lots of methods and tools that can be used to promote collaboration in and out of the classroom. Check out these ideas and some of the tools I mention for them including Tract, SpacesEDU, Google Jamboard, Wakelet, Padlet and more! @Tractlearning @Spaces_Edu @wakelet
Back to School with BookWidgets! So many great ideas!
So many great options available with @iBookWidgets! More than 40 templates, use it with Google Classroom, check out their blogs for ideas for STEM, and more! Head to www.BookWidgets.com for more info and sign up for their webinars!
Ideas for Todays's Learners: "Gen Z"
How are you preparing for today's learners? The "Gen Z" that we hear about? I share some ideas for you and my own observations and reflections. Check out iBlocks for PBL and let me know what you think!
Bringing PBL to your classroom!
Want to get started with PBL and not sure where to begin? Listen to this episode and check out the resources I shared including PBL Works and dive into iBlocks for all you need. I love the Rube Goldberg example that I started with! Follow @iBlocksPBL on Twitter.
Let me know if you have questions and also how it goes for you!
More PBL: PBL Works
Back to School Ideas: Methods, tools and more!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Michele Pitman, CEO and Founder of @x2VOL!
Listen to our conversation with Michele about the importance of learning experiences that promote the development of SEL and help students to learn about challenges in the world. Look at @x2VOL for tracking hours for work-based learning, CTE, volunteering and more. www.x2vol.com
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Jon Spike!
Catch up with the great chat Rachelle and Mel had with Jon Spike on our Thrive o'clock show. Here is a link to the recording. Follow @Rdene915 @mjmcalliwrites and @jonathanspike on Twitter.
Tune in for more episodes and join our ThriveinEDU FB Community!
The ISTE 2022 Experience
If you have not been to an ISTE Conference, I recommend that you add it to your list for next June when it is in Philly, June 25-28. Special thanks to all of my friends for an amazing time in NOLA. Thankful to have been a Featured Voice this year and be involved in a variety of sessions and booth presentations with @Kaltura @CapstonePub @Spaces_Edu and @BookCreatorApp.
Grab copies of my books at bit.ly/pothbooks
Kaltura for learning! @Kaltura
Love finding new tools that help educators to form a collaborative and supportive learning community for students and PLCs! Stop by at #ISTELIVE 22 and visit their team and also check out their site and sign up for a demo! Check out @Kaltura https://bit.ly/kalturaiste Booth 1624
Stay tuned for my blog post about Kaltura coming up!
Bringing STEM and coding to our classrooms!
Helping students to build skills in STEM is essential, especially with such a demand for these skills in the future. Through the right opportunities and resources, students can build STEM and SEL skills , both of which will best prepare them for the future. I have been exploring the Matatalab Tale-Bot Pro for a few weeks and couldn't wait to share it! At ISTE, I will be speaking about STEM and sharing some tools and resources for getting started. #coding #STEM #codingforkids
Impact of embracing innovation: Interview with Pat Bhava, CEO and Founder of Pikmykid
Providing for our school community is so important. In this episode, I talk with Pat Bhava, CEO, and Founder of Pikmykid. Pikmykid is a school safety and dismissal platform that provides many benefits for the whole school community. If you haven't heard about @pikmykid, check out the benefits for schools, camps, daycare programs, and more. The perfect solution for school safety. Learn more here.
Focusing on our mental health and wellness
It is so important to take time to focus on our mental health and wellness and have strategies in place to help us work through challenges. What are your strategies for self-care and dealing with stress? Build SEL skills is important for students and for us as adults. Share your strategies with others and please let me know what your ideas are too! Thanks for listening.
Innovation! Learn more about Invzbl and the wow behind it!
Enjoyed being at TCEA and checking out the amazing innovation of Invzbl! Join us Friday, June 10th to learn more about it from CEO, Chuck Morrison and have some fun by playing a game too!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Vernon Wright!
Learn all about the amazing educator Vernon Wright from our ThriveinEDU Live on Facebook! You can catch the recording here. Be sure to tune in and join our community!
ThriveinEDU Live with Guest Rich Czyz! Rachelle @Rdene915 and Bonnie @biologygoddess talked to Rich about his newest book!
Learn more about Rich’s new book Rogue Leader from our chat with @RACzyz and hosts Rachelle @Rdene915 and Bonnie @biologygoddess https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1MnGnkybqVjJO #education #tlap #leadlap #4OCF #ROGUELEADER
Teacher Appreciation Week: Who are you thankful for and what makes you appreciate teaching?
I think it is important to consider not only the impact we make in our work, but the impact our students make on us that make us appreciate what we do. ANd think about the teachers that made an impact on you. Hope you enjoy listening!
Emerging Tech: Let's Talk about Artificial Intelligence: Chatbots, NLP, and more!
How will AI and NLP impact us and what do we need to know?
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Carly Spina!
Join Rachelle and Mel for our chat with educator and author Carly Spina! Check out the live recording here! Connect with us on Twitter @Rdene915 @mjmcalliwrites @MrsSpinasclass and join our ThriveinEDU Facebook Community!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Dawn Harris!
Join Rachelle @Rdene915 and Bonnie @Biologygoddess with guest Dawn Harris! Check out the recording of our live show here!
Hope you will join our ThriveinEDU FB Community and listen to prior episodes of the ThriveinEDU podcast!
ThriveinEDU Live with Carrie Baughcum!
Join in our chat with Carrie Baughcum and be sure to check out her newest book Stanley and the Very Messy Desk! Join our ThriveinEDU community on FB and follow us on Twitter @Rdene915 @mjmcalliwrites and @Thriveinedu
Check out the recording here!
ThriveinEDU Live with Chris Nesi @mrnesi!
Join in our chat with Chris Nesi and be sure to check out his podcast and other resources! Join our ThriveinEDU ommunity on FB and follow us on Twitter @Rdene915 @mjmcalliwrites and @Thriveinedu
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Livia Chan and some contributors to Rachelle's newest book!
We had a great chat with Livia about her work, her writing and all things education. Then we were joined by some of the contributor's to my newest book, "Things I Wish [...] Knew" available at bit.ly/pothbooks. 50 educators share stories in this book. Grab a copy today! And don't forget to join our ThriveinEDU Community on Facebook or follow @ThriveinEDU on Twitter!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Dr. Desiree Alexander
Catch up with Dr. Desiree Alexander and all that she does for educators! Head to her website, follow her on Twitter @Educatoralex and join in the great webinars she hosts with presenters on a variety of topics!
Join @Rdene915 and @mjmcalliwrites in our ThriveinEDU Community on Facebook!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Paul Solarz
If you missed our live chat with Paul @PaulSolarz, now is your chance to catch up! Check out Paul's book, Learn Like a Pirate and join the chat on Monday nights at 8pm ET #learnlap
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Athea Davis!
Check out our conversation with Athea Davis on Thrive o'clock. Learn more about Athea's work and have some fun with Rachelle and Mel! Here is the episode recording!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Allyson Apsey and hosts Rachelle and Lainie!
Listen to our chat with educator and author Allyson Apsey. Rachelle and Lainie had a great time chatting with Allyson and of course, playing a game! Hope you will join our ThriveinEDU community and check out the video recording of our chat with Allyson here!
ThriveinEDU Live with Dr. Katie Novak!
Listen to Rachelle and Lainie's conversation with Dr. Katie Novak! Follow Katie at @KatieNovakUDL See the episode here!
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Andrew Easton!
Catch Rachelle and Mel's chat with our good friend Andrew Easton, @EastonA1. Educator and author and sometimes even ThriveinEDU co-host! Always a great chat and ideas from Andrew and his kids! So much fun hearing about what kids think about school and why relationships matter!
Enjoy the episode and join our ThriveinEDU community!
ThriveinEDU Live with Jesse Lubinsky
Catch our chat with educator, author, and changemaker, Jesse Lubinsky. Find out more about Jesse here: www.jesselubinsky.com, www.readylearner.one, and www.changemakeredu.org. Catch the recording here of our chat!
THRIVEinEDU Live with Dr. Katie Martin
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Stephanie Rothstein
We had a great chat with educator, author and blogger Stephanie Rothstein for Thrive o'clock. Listen here and check out the live recording!
THRIVEinEDU Live with guest Jorge Valenzuela
Join in to listen to our chat with educator, speaker and author Jorge Valenzuela. Check out the live show recording here! Join our FB ThriveinEDU community and also check out my books bit.ly/pothbooks
ThriveinEDU Live with Weston and Molly Kieschnick
We had a great chat with Weston and Molly about their book, their podcast and all things education! Check out the recording of the live show here.
ThriveinEDU Live with guest Desmond Hasty
Join Rachelle and Mel and their guest Desmond Hasty! You can even check out the recording of the live show here!
Catch us on Mondays and Fridays and join our ThriveinEDU Community on FB!
ThriveinEDU with guest Joshua Stamper @Joshua_Stamper
Check out our great chat with educator, author, podcaster Joshua Stamper. We enjoyed our conversation and playing a game. You can check out the recording on our YouTube Channel or through the ThriveinEDU Community! Check out @EduMatchBooks for Josh's new book, Aspire to Lead, as well as copies of Rachelle and Mel's books!
ThriveinEDU Live with Rachelle and Mel and guests Lainie Rowell and Sean Gaillard
Join us to catch up with Sean and Lainie and how the connected educators for a powerful learning experience. And we had some fun too!
ThriveinEDU Live with Guest Tim Cavey @MrTimCavey @TeachersOnFire
ThriveinEDU live chat with Al Kingsley!
Join Rachelle and Andrew who had the chance to chat with author and educator Al Kingsley!
THRIVEinEDU with guest Dr. Katie Martin
We had a great chat with Dr. Katie Martin, author of Learner Centered Innovation and her newest book, Evolving Education. Listen in and check ou the recording from our live show!
THRIVEinEDU with JabuMind: Let's focus on selfcare and SEL!
Join us with the team from JabuMind to learn about how to promote self-care and mindfulness, get the JabuMind app for teachers. Check out the recording on our YouTube channel!
ThriveinEDU with special guest Elissa Frazier
Listen to our great conversation with Elissa and check out the recording on our YouTube channels or Facebook Communities!
ThriveinEDU With Special Guest George Couros
Listen in to our great chat and fun with George Couros. You can catch the recording on YouTube or Twitter. Enjoy! Catch us live on Mondays and Fridays! @gcouros @Rdene915 @EastonA1
Digital Citizenship All Year Long!
Ideas for Digcit week and for all year learning! @BookCreatorApp @Nearpod @commonsenseEducation and more!
Tools for digital storytelling and more!
Ideas for Students to Demonstrate Learning
Importance of opportunities to develop SEL all through the year and prrovide students with differerent ways to demonstrate learning. See Buncee, Tract, Book Creator, Spaces and more!
Fostering communication skills
Ideas to Promote Interactive Learning
Check out some tools like Gimkit, Whiteboard Chat, Padlet and more for interactive, anywhere learning!
Back to School: Building Community and SEL
Check out @Buncee Tract Learning, @WeVideo and @Flipgrid for some great ways to build community and SEL!
Soaking up summer and prepping for back to school
Summer learning continues with virtual events. Thinking about the new school year, here are five (or so) ideas to explore for back to school. Focus on SEL and building relationships and preparing for the future.
Learning together! Great PD and PLN time in July
Don't miss out on the Campfire Convos Voxer group led by Sean Gaillard @SMgaillard and & @LainieRowell. Join in the Changemaker 2021 conference from July 14-28. Sunday nights with #BookCampPD via Meredith Johnson and a book study focus each month! All free, great opportunities to connect and grab new ideas and have fun learning together!
Conference Recap! Model Schools and ISTE LIVE
Did you attend ISTE Live? Have you been to the Model Schools Conference? Hear about some of the focus areas of these events.
Learning and Relaxing: Books, Chats and More
Check out some summer reads, what is on your to be read list? I just finished Culturally Responsive Teaching, Discomfort By Design and I am re-reading True Story Lessons That One Kid Taught Us. I shared a list of books to explore, some learning events and more!
Summer Challenge: Time to Thrive!
Are you taking a break? Focusing on self-care? Or looking for PD? You can find that in our ThriveinEDU community and our weekly shows! What are you working on this summer?
Summer Challenge: Learn to Code!
There is a need for students to learn more about computer science. Check out some resources to learn to code and have some fun trying them out this summer. Blackbird Code, Code.org, Hopscotch, Girls Who Code, Rex Academy,
Ideas for the summer "break"
Learning or taking a break this summer? We can do both. Decide what is best for you and find something that works with your time and finding balance. Rely on your PLN, join the communities in ISTE, Microsoft, ambassador programs, read a book, check out a podcast, but do so when it is best for you.
Learning or relaxing for the summer? Finding balance
Mentoring and support
Promoting SEL and engagement
Ideas for boosting student engagement, benefits, tools to promote SEL
Fresh Ideas for May
Need some new ideas? Explore these using Edpuzzle, Screencastify, Game based learning tools, Buncee and Wakelet. Learn more in the episode!
Also check out my books! All for special prices, great educator and student stories and quotes!
Taking a break- How do you focus on self-care?
Everyone needs to focus on self-care, even a 5 minute break! Here are a few ideas to explore. Maybe an activity, a group, some music or an app like JabuMind. Whatever works for you to help with being intentional about taking the breaks we need.
Family engagement and communications
Spaces EDU for Digital Portfolios and Learning Journeys!
Check out Spaces EDU for digital portfolios and more!
Making a Shift: Hybrid to 5 days
How to prepare for another shift? Here are some ideas and thinks to consider.
How do you pronounce your name?
Learning Journeys with Digital Portfolios
Benefits of digital portfolios and some tools for having students create them. @Buncee @Kidblog @Padlet @Spaces_EDU
Join in my ThriveinEDU Clubhouse conversations to share ideas.
Learning about AI with AI World School
Looking for an AI course to try with your students? Or for yourself? Explore the options through AI World School. Learn more here and reach out if you have any questions.
Learning on Clubhouse this week! Tools for Hybrid and Virtual
Tools for anywhere learning, some students to use to create with, some for more active learning and more. A few: Canva, PearDeck, Screencastify. Tune in!
Learning on Clubhouse this week!
Are you on Clubhouse? Need an invite? Here are some of the things that I learned this past week on Clubhouse. Join in my rooms on Saturdays and Sundays, also Monday and Wednesday nights.
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Where do we begin?
Want to bring some AI into your classroom? Here are some ways to get started. Join me on Clubhouse for more discussions about AI and other emerging technologies!
Check out Google AI Experiments, AI World School
Artificial Intelligence in Education: How can we teach our students?
Increase in use of AI in the world and in our classrooms. What are resources to explore and how can we get started? Check out Quick Draw, Auto Draw, Teachable Machine, and Will Robots Take My Job
What I learned on Clubhouse this week
Here are some hacks and 5 tools to explore! Hope to see you on Clubhouse, join in my rooms on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Learning from Clubhouse!
A few weeks in, Clubhouse has become a favorite space to connect and learn. Join in my rooms on Saturdays and Sundays and twice during the week, for ThriveinEDU chat.
In this episode, I share some ideas from educators who joined in. Tools to check out this week!
Professional Learning: Check out Clubhouse
Have you heard about Clubhouse? It is an iOs app and it has been a hot topic over the past few weeks. Learn what it is and how to get started!
New year and new connections: PLN
Wondering how to become more connected? Looking for a space to become part of a PLN? Here are some ideas. Also recommend joining my FB Thrive in EDU group https://www.facebook.com/groups/THRIVEinEDU
Check out some chats: FormativeChat, PLN365, CelebratED, CultureED, EdAdventures, CrazyPLN and Bookcamppd to start!
Making Learning Interactive - A few ideas
Hybrid teaching is not easy and some days I feel like I could have done so much better. I've decided to try some new ideas, break from the traditional methods and explore different tools that can help to connect us more in learning.
Thinking about hybrid
Kicking off the new year
Recap of 2020: So much to say!
What are your takeaways? The wins? The positives you found this year?
Recap of 2020: So much to say
Reflecting on 2020: Lessons Learned from A Challenging Year
Looking back over 2020 and what we have learned about our work as educators. What challenges have we faced as we transition through in-person, to virtual to hybrid? What worries you about your work? Sharing my experiences and what I have learned this year.
Tools for Anywhere Learning
Tools that are beneficial regardless of where learning is taking place. Check out Buncee, Formative, Nearpod, Blooket, Bingo Baker, Gimkit, Quizizz, Quizlet Live!
Working through Hybrid Teaching
There are definitely challenges when it comes to hybrid teaching and I've been working through a few. However, there are a lot of positives too. Being able to see some of the students and work together has been a definite plus!
Thinking about Hybrid and Remote Learning
What are the challenges, benefits, frustrations of what we are experiencing as educators and students? Some of my experiences and ideas/hacks for making it work!
Teacher Wellness Ideas
Check out the Teacher Wellness posts from Edutopia
Definitely recommend the app JabuMind! Check it out today, more to come about JabuMind!
Zigazoo: Student Created Videos!
I learned about Zigazoo a few weeks ago and have had fun exploring the videos created by kids! Zigazoo looks and feels like popular social media tools such as Instagram and TikTok, which means that students feel more comfortable with the user experience and are more likely to enjoy the learning process on Zigazoo.
SEL in the virtual space
Ideas for meeting SEL needs virtually.
Collaborating: Building Skills
Ideas for promoting collaboration whether in the classroom or virtually. Check out some of the tools mentioned. Also join my ThriveinEDU Facebook Community!
Telling our stories: Ideas for students
Ideas for storytelling in the digital age.
Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
Navigating the fake news, building digcit skills
Check out Flipgrid/Wonderopolis
Adobe Photoshop: https://landing.adobe.com/en/na/products/creative-cloud/69308-real-or-photoshop/index.html
Fake or photo: https://area.autodesk.com/fakeorfoto
Ideas for collaboration and creation
Looking for new ideas or versatile tools to have students create and explore? Check out this episode and also, join my ThriveinEDU Facebook community!
Ideas and tools for the new year
PBL, collaboration, giving feedback and more! Wonderopolis, Thrively, Padlet, Wakelet, Trello, Anchor, Synth and Flipgrid
Back to school: first few weeks
Back to School: Challenges and Solutions
How is your experience?
Supporting One Another: Mentoring and Facing the New Year
Importance of being a mentor and finding a mentor for ourselves.
Learning, Growing and Avoiding Burnout
Preparing for the start of the year,
Starting the year with a focus on self-care
10 ideas to find balance, or do something each day for self-care
Connections and Presence
Navigating in the Digital World: Creating our Space for this School Year
Reflecting and Growing: Planning
Ideas to help us reflect, for our students to become more reflective and build SEL skills. PBL and more!
Mentally Preparing and Getting Ready for the year
Ideas for starting the year, things I have learned about the value of sharing our story, and the power of connecting as we embrace the unknown this school year.
Season 2: ThriveinEDU Show and group
Please join in my weekly show on Learning Revolution.com under SHOWS, ThriveinEDU on Wednesdays at 4pm Eastern. I have a different guest or guests each week. The show is live and is also recorded. Upcoming Tisha Richmond, LaVonna Roth, Justin Aglio, ISTE Teacher Education Network Team, and more!
Will be starting a book study of my book Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU in AUgust, please join us!
July 18, 2020
Digital Citizenship: Recap of my show with Jennifer Casa-Todd
Join in my weekly show on LearningRevolution.com. A recent guest was my good friend, Jennifer Casa-Todd. We discussed the importance of digcit and empowering students as digital leaders. Check out her book Social LEADia and her upcoming book!.
Here is our episode: https://youtu.be/y41j48gbmBc
Preparing Now - In between, what can we do?
Ideas for focusing on preparing for the unknown.
Also to join in my weekly show on www.learningrevolution.com on Wednesdays, 4:00 pm EST A different guest and topic each week!
What now? Planning and Being Proactive
What are some things that we can work on now, that will benefit us in the new school year, regardless of where learning takes place
Learning, Thinking Ahead and Planning for the Unknown
What have we learned and what can we do better? Planning for the Unknown
Relationships, SEL and Focus
Take time to breathe, focus on what is most important: Relationships
Listening to Students and Planning Ahead
Make time to ask students for feedback and use their input to guide your next steps for summer learning and planning ahead.
Lessons Learned and Reflections to Inform the Future
Reflecting on lessons learned and plans moving forward, focused on discussion after my recent blog post. Getting Through
My thoughts and how I'm processing and planning forward.
5 Quick Ways to Start with AR/VR and Have Fun Creating
5 fun tools to create with AR/VR
Thinking about the end of the year, planning forward
Reflections on progress, plans for the future, new ideas and fun activities
Educating all learners during COVID 19
Check out the EALA: Educating All Learners Alliance, a project focused on providing resources and support for special education.
Checking In and Our New Routines
Check in on family and friends, make sure your students are doing okay. Every moment matters.
SEL and wellness: Taking care of our school community
Unconventional Ideas: The time is now to try some
Explore unconventional ideas and how to bring about positive changes in our classrooms, remotely and in person. Check out my book Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU.
Reopening Our Schools: Thoughts and Reflections
What do you think needs to happen? What will our schools look like? Inspired by NPR article and my own thoughts.
Pondering the look of school
Some thoughts about school, classes, precautions, and things to consider now as we prepare for our return to the classroom.
Great article that I read earlier: NPR 9 things
Innovation and Remote Learning
Innovation does not mean technology. Take some risks, try something new, ideas for students and families.
Thoughts about Remote Learning, Communicating and Transitions
Think about best ways to communicate, focus on transitions that may happen fast, as our closures did. Prepare for the return to school by taking some opportunities to try new ways to foster communication.
Finding Balance and Connecting in the midst of chaos
How can we find balance now? What should we do? Stay connected, make time for you, take breaks. Just some ideas for how to plan days and find some balance during this uncertain and chaotic time.
Creating a supportive virtual learning space
Why we need to focus on connecting and how.
I use Zoom and this is how I set it up and why I am glad that I did.
Ideas for Educators & Families
Looking for tools for learning, here are ideas that families can enjoy too. Try Gimkit, Kahoot!, Quizizz, for games or Buncee and Flipgrid for storytelling, or explore with Nearpod for VR.
Also look at explore.org for live cams around the world, animals, places, and climates.
Pernille Ripp and Global Read Aloud: Authors doing read-alouds each day.
Tips for Remote Learning after two weeks
Just some thoughts to share about things to consider, what has worked, tips, and hopefully some ideas to try.
Ways to Connect Remotely
Chats, Audio, Video and Meetings
Bachchannel chat, Anchor, GoSynth, Padlet, Buncee, Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangouts
The Importance of Connecting During Remote Learning
Some ways to foster connections during remote learning. Access is important, make sure families and students have access to information and resources. Next, how will you communicate? We still need to have social interactions, leverage the technology to make that happen. Google Classroom, Teams, Slack, Padlet, Flipgrid, Screencastify, Zoom.
Here We Go: Remote Learning, Learning as we go
Pace yourself, we are all learning and adjusting.
Find a tool like Buncee, where you can create a video, link resources, teach a lesson, have students create. Use Nearpod for interactive lessons and Virtual Reality, have meetings using Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, and record a lesson with Screencastify or Loom. for a few examples.
Read more: https://www.gettingsmart.com/2020/03/choosing-the-right-tools-for-remote-learning/
Exploring the World from Our Classroom
Advice from students and Focusing on our Why
Continuation from prior episode, with advice from students. Be creative. Be supportive. Make connections. Take risks with learning. Encourage and Inspire.
Focus on the Why/ Seeing the Student
Reflect on your experience. Share your story, lean in and listen more and see the student, not the behavior. I recommend reading the book Lost at School.
Sharing Our Story: Pushing Ourselves Professionally
Share your story: Podcast, Blog, Periscope. Start with one and use it as a way to reflect and share your ideas. Your story needs to be told.
Professional Learning Spaces: Making Connections
Some ideas for learning and growing with your PLN
TCEA Highlights from a week of Learning
Carl Hooker and Adam Phyall Session
Jaime Donally AR/VR
Claudio Zavala, Amy Storer, Brian Romero Smith and Marialice Curran - Creativity is my Jam
Laura Steinbrink - Train like a NAVY SEAL
Lori Gracey - The Future is Now (great title, like my book!)
Expo hall sightings
BETT Experience: Part 2
The BETT experience, part II: The Space, Technology and the People
Buncee and BETT
An amazing opportunity to be with Buncee at BETT in London. Being able to share the possibilities for creating with Buncee and how Microsoft's Immersive reader benefits learners was an absolute honor.
Tools to Check out this year!
Here are some favorites: Buncee, Gimkit, Nearpod, Wakelet, Synth, Anchor, Voxer
Conferences: FETC and Professional Learning!
Some of my takeaways from FETC and conferences in general.
Sharing Who We Are as Educators and Connecting
How to share our experiences, learn and grow together
Pushing Through Challenges: Connecting and Growing
Follow up to a conversation. Importance of being a risk-taker, connecting, not being afraid to ask for help
Professional Learning: 5 Ideas for Any Schedule
Five ways that I find time for personal and professional development.
New Year, New Goals and One Word
Do you make resolutions? I think more about goals, being intentional about changes I would like to make and reflecting. Relentless pursuit of growth.
Ideas for the New Year
Ideas for the new year after time to relax and recharge. Focus on relationships, family engagement, learning spaces and more.
Future of Education and Work: Follow-up to Panel!
We had a Tweet and Talk (EduMatch) last night, and the discussion was the 2nd part of a talk on the future of education and work. A great panel and so I wanted to share what we discussed and some of my own thoughts for this episode.
Coding and Computational Thinking! Resources to Get Started!
Check out code.org and look to twitter for the #hourofcode hashtag!
Coding: How does it benefit students and educators?
Check out the Hour of Code and Code.org site
Also try Code Academy, Hopscotch, Brain Pop, MIT Scratch, Girls Who Code, Khan Academy
Global PBL: How to Connect Our Classrooms
How we made more powerful connections during PBL: Edmodo, Flipgrid, Padlet, Synth, Buncee and Nearpod
PBL: Authentic and High-Quality
I learned that I was not truly doing authentic PBL in my classes. Here are some resources and ways to provide a better and more authentic experience for students.
Ideas to Promote Personalized Learning
Some ideas for creating more personalized learning experiences for students. Examples PBL, Blended Learning and Station Rotations.
Collaboration and Promoting SEL
Five ways to build collaborative skills in the Classroom,
Social Emotional Learning: Ways to Build SEL in the Classroom
Classroom Collaboration: 5 Ideas for Promoting Collaborative Learning
Here are five ways that I have tried to create more active learning in my classroom.
Learning Experiences to Prepare Our Students
What happens if we offer more choices for students to learn and design their education? What are the skills that students need for now and the future?
Preparing for the Future: What do our students need?
Some ideas of how to prepare students for the future of work and learning.
Artificial Intelligence in Education: What Do We Need to Know?
Ideas about AI and how it can be used in education, resources to explore
Movement in the Classroom: Student Engagement!
A space in which students take a more active role, transforms students from consumers to creators and the former teacher-centered classroom into a student-centered and student-driven space. n an effort to encourage students to become more active learners as well as to be more involved in the types of activities and instruction in the classroom, I started to implement some teaching strategies involving music and games.
The importance of mentoring in Education
Mentoring and why it is important. 5 ideas for connecting and forming a mentorship.
Making time for Self-care: Ten ideas for Educators and Anyone!
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