The Practical Ed Tech Podcast
By Richard Byrne
In every episode I answer questions from readers of FreeTech4Teachers.com, PracticalEdTech.com, and from viewers of my YouTube channel.
The Practical Ed Tech PodcastJan 18, 2020
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 40 - For Real This Time
In this episode share some new and neat things from the world of ed tech, share a new way to support my work (if you want to), and answered some questions from readers, viewers, and listeners like you. The complete show notes can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tPPu4NrOncA1oe4E7qWazsqLJMyk8rfFe21PORhGcHs/edit?usp=sharing
Shout-out to Tony Vincent and Mr. Charlwood for a couple of the cool tools.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 39B - I Can't Count
In this week's short episode I answer questions from readers, share my thoughts about Google Hangouts with students, and shared a couple of neat do-at-home educational resources you might want to share with parents. Show notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KrlJ56jN_ApOBq5SRJvoE2PQucPkGn954jzvzYAROBQ/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 39 - We're All Online
In this week's episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I share some new resources for teaching online, some upcoming free PD opportunities, and some cool activities to pass along to parents who are looking for educational activities to do at home with their kids. I also shared my thoughts about teaching online and what I'm doing to try to make the transition to online learning as easy as possible for my students now that my school is closed until April 27th.
As always, I also answered a handful of questions from readers, listeners, and viewers like you.
The show notes are available here.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 37 - More Online Learning
In this episode I share my thoughts about why ed tech companies are making their products free in response to school closures. And as always I shared some new and updated tools before answering bunch of questions from readers, listeners, and viewers.
Show notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kko8tl_0KZutFOXlA1gMGV6ZNtzqHxzXH-pM_GizhmE/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 36 - Teaching Online
This episode is a bit longer than the usual weekly episodes. The first ten minutes of this episode is spent explaining some strategies and tools for teaching online. I did this in response to all of the emails and Tweets I've received in the last week regarding teaching online if your school is closed because of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
After the first ten minutes the podcast follows my usual outline of sharing some news and notes from the world of ed tech, followed by my reflections on my week of teaching, and the episode wraps up with a Q&A. Get the full show notes here.
Next week I'm hosting a webinar titled Classroom Podcasting 101. Get the details and register here.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 35 - Snow Day!
In this episode I shared two new sources of free media you can download and reuse, two great resources for teaching students about misinformation, and shared an important update about TikTok. As always, I also answered a handful of questions from readers, viewers, and listeners like you.
Find the complete show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TEKhAApuRR4weesgN8tBX8jyzd5mA2a9TftDDXcNmi4/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 34 Featuring Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles
In this episode of the podcast I'm joined by Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles. LT Rease Miles is the Director of First Year Experience at UCLA. About a month ago I saw her give a fantastic presentation on the topic of the Hidden Curriculum and invited her to come on the podcast to talk about that some more. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and I hope that you enjoy listening to it too.
You can follow Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles on Twitter at twitter.com/DrLTMiles
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 33 - Larry Bird
In this week's episode of the Practical Ed Tech Podcast I'm back from the flu and from a short vacation. Highlights of this episode include new Google Docs tools, a new way to make videos from text, and a cute app for little kids like mine. As always, I answered a handful of questions from readers, viewers, and listeners like you!
Get the complete show notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/166qZNHFahGfKBjJ9xiM7802K8jntsHksIPzPrTI_GT4/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 32 - I'm Back from the Flu!
In this episode I’m back from having the flu and losing my voice. As always I shared some neat new tools including a new tool for making stop motion videos. I talked a bit about YouTube TV. And the episode wraps up with some answers to questions from readers, listeners, and viewers like you. Find the complete show notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/12IzgQcQ0jakXjEhebeyZ9PjVV1nceyKONAfh3VGY-to/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 31
In this episode I share some exciting personal and professional news, share some updates to two of the most popular apps and sites in education, and answer a handful of questions from readers and listeners like you.
Get the complete show notes at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gONNR9jcS1CJpJCAsWj8CoN7wM8aUR6dFf5QJ-fOo_8/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 30 - New Game Templates and More
In this episode I shared some updates from Microsoft and Google EDU, shared a couple new tools for making educational games, and answered a handful of questions from readers and listeners. Get the complete show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ApggxpWTiPyO1LMguiauzrG8y1VEUnBqfAoIvRQ8lcI/edit?usp=sharing
Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #29 - Videos and Standardized Chargers
In this episode I share an exciting update about Screencastify, give a preview of some products to be released at BETT, shared my professional learning highlight of the week, and answered some questions from readers. Complete show notes are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iSHo_1MR7GRJsB-HV-QyDQEQ5BEPL6kOSqDAAf3mamU/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 28 - News & Notes
Find the complete show notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x8THge3qrNO_gbvrB1t1Day7hxHbNSjd9vYifI7Yd9E/edit?usp=sharing
Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode 27 Featuring Tom Richey
In this episode I am joined by Tom Richey. Tom is a high school teacher and YouTuber who makes exceptional videos for AP Euro, World, US, and Government students. Follow Tom online at the following links:
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #26 - Old Decade, New Decade
In this episode I shared some important news about how I'm publishing new content in 2020, highlighted some "decade in review" articles, and answered questions from readers and viewers like you.
Show notes are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTqcV8yJMU34fp7BIvPkw9ksfnsweezDtxYJxlAlLwYrfLhEKmycHE_FSHzDwmS1TcpIQ5SvMiE30ze/pub
Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #25 - The Last One of the Decade
In this short, rambling episode I shared a few new and updated things from the world of ed tech. I answered questions from readers. And I vented about someone getting upset with me for not answering his help request on Christmas Eve. Oh, and next year Tom Richey will be on the podcast with me.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 24 - Vacation!
People are still listening to it so I keep recording it. In this week's episode I shared a new augmented reality app that I've been testing, shared some updates from Canva, and shared a new word game that you can play whenever you open a new Chrome tab. As usual I also answered a handful of questions from readers and listeners. I hope that you enjoy this episode as you head into winter break (or summer break).
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 23 - Not Pink Eye and a Bunch of Webinars
In this episode of the Practical Ed Tech Podcast I shared some highlights from the Creativity Conference, shared some neat new ed tech tools, and answered a handful of questions from viewers, readers, and listeners. Oh, and I don't have pink eye, I just have an irritation from scratching my eyelid.
Get the complete show notes here.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #22 - Fitness, Code, Q&A
In this episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I share some thoughts about New Year's Resolutions and fitness, share a bunch of Hour of Code resources, and answer questions from readers. News & Notes Next week is CS Ed Week. Lots of companies and organizations are hosting online and in-person events related to CS Ed Week and Hour of Code. Complete show notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OJAacWMQAJ3U8NknOkTcojPrtfofTN1I45jFMchYcWY/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #21 - Reflections on 12 Years of Ed Tech Blogging
In this episode I share some reflections on 12 years of blogging about educational technology, share some news from the world of ed tech, and answer a few questions from readers and viewers like you. Get the full show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dL0cB0PWmFtvnESq1eTsBcEJLjXlt-bi_OjdO66TMZM/edit?usp=sharing
The Thanksgiving/ Black Friday deal on PD webinars can be found at https://practicaledtech.com/thanksgiving/
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #20 - Cool Updates and Q&A
In this episode I share five Google tools updates you might have missed, a new Microsoft Forms option, and a new mapping tool. As always, I answered a handful of questions from readers, listeners, and viewers like you.
Bookmark this page for my Thanksgiving sale on professional development webinars https://practicaledtech.com/on-demand-pd/
Complete show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19MaY4HPD2f5n2PCt-ZQtjljedSNi3sMPnwnCPBzIsbo/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #19 - Awesome Google Slides Update and More
Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #19 - November 15th 2019
Get the complete show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13T_i9Up0oCUtgPJL8uIhfn1XAgzhCprvp6VmzLsR40M/edit?usp=sharing
News & Notes Google Slides audio feature to be available to all users by the end of November. https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2019/11/its-official-google-slides-will-have.html
I Tweeted that I’m considering an iPhone after a decade of being a loyal Android user. A big part of the motivation for that is my growing concern about the data Google collects through Android OS and how that data is being used. 60 responses to the Tweet seem to be split down the middle. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/business/google-ascension-health-data.html
Other Apple news, they launched a 16” MacBook Pro. You now have a choice of 13” or 16” models. 15” models have gone the way of the CD Rom.
Other Google news, they’re getting into the banking business with the introduction of a checking account product called “Cache” that will launch next year. https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/13/google-to-offer-checking-accounts-in-partnership-with-banks-starting-next-year/
Basecamp launched a free version of their popular project management suite. Basecamp Personal is intended for students, freelancers, and small non-profits to manage small projects. https://basecamp.com/personal
Alan Levine wrote an interesting article about reverse image search through Pixsy (a service I had not heard of). Pixsy looks for copies of your original photographs and where they’ve been used online. They’ll send takedown notices on your behalf, if you choose that option. Read Alan’s take on it at cogdogblog.com https://cogdogblog.com/2019/11/reversing-reverse/
Thoughts and Reflections
We had our first snow day of the year. As expected, it threw my freshmen off. Everyone else took it in stride. Because of our alternating block schedule and the Veteran’s Day holiday, I didn’t see some students for over a week. Let students pick interesting to them projects and they’ll take the initiative to do some really interesting things that you might not think to do.
Questions from Readers & Viewers
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #18
In this episode I shared a neat resource for teaching elementary school students about primary sources, shared two new presentation tools, and brought back a classic geography website. I also answered some questions about making videos with students, Google Drive layout, and random name pickers. Get the full episode show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmzYND4ZdingmVD3MVGSVubWONZrWvfHB2zDFytx7Rw/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #17 - Ninjas, Gladiators, and Copyright
In this episode I address some comments about Twitter chats, discuss copyright, and share my thoughts about having conversations with students on topics that can be a bit touchy. As always, I also shared some news and notes from the world of ed tech and answered a handful of questions from viewers, readers, and listeners.
Find the show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HrAOpbUTh6J4cJGtYuVkVA7LaPT_pB3DrRID0gBpw9w/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #16 - News & Notes, Thoughts from a Tired Teacher, and Q&A
This episode features some news and notes from the world of educational technology, my thoughts after a trying week in my classroom, and answers to questions from readers like you.
Show notes are available in this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J9YhzybAvCyNbmKRPplqUV6J3HIQMQhBucg58vny_7M/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #15 - Featuring Mike Tholfsen from Microsoft EDU
In this episode of the podcast I talked with Mike Tholfsen. Mike is a Product Manager on the Microsoft EDU team. He works on Immersive Reader, OneNote, and Teams. In the podcast we talked about the many free accessibility tools that Microsoft offers and how those tools can help students and parents.
Follow Mike on Twitter: twitter.com/mtholfsen
Learn more about Immersive Reader through this interactive guide: http://aka.ms/inclusivereader
Find all of the 3rd party services that utilize Immersive Reader: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/immersive-reader-partners-8ce56191-83cd-490f-9dfc-4e69d4bf5308
Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #14 - News & Notes, Q&A, and Reflections
In this episode I share a new Google Slides add-on, updates about Google Slides captioning, and answer a bunch of questions from readers and viewers like you. And I shared a reminder about my age that my students gave me today. Bonus! An easy way for teachers to save 10% when shopping at Zappos (no, that's not a paid placement).
Get the complete show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N5DtEv5Q35HtdN7KERg6jYxrZtwZhJBaP1iJcfwZnJI/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #13 - News & Notes, Reflections, and Q&A
In the first part of this episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I shared some cool new things from Microsoft, a new way to build educational games for your students, and some good digital citizenship handouts. The second section of the podcast features my reflections on my third week of teaching computers. And to wrap-up the episode I answered a handful of questions from readers and listeners.
Find the complete show notes in this Google Doc.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #12 - News & Notes, Q&A, and Reflections
In this episode I shared some neat news and notes from the last week in ed tech, answered a handful of reader/ listener questions, and shared some reflections on teaching at 40 versus 25.
Get the complete show notes with links in this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DjDJrbRRBNuUeLROUIe5n-nEF0Z2JQ4EuCgM1LS4UEI/edit?usp=sharing
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #11 - News & Notes, Q&A, and Reflections on Teaching Computer Science
Get the full show notes here.
News & NotesDark theme for Gmail Android and iOS apps.
Google for Education Transformation Reports now available
Google’s attempt to show that using G Suite “transforms” education.
Dan Russell’s new book, The Joy of Search hit bookshelves this week.
Speaking of books, I published the 2019-20 edition of the Practical Ed Tech Handbook.
Get a free copy at Practicaledtech.com/free-handbook/
Microsoft has a new “all about Immersive Reader” center.
Notion.co has a new tool called Nimble Notes that they call the “anti-Evernote.” Might be worth a try for those who are looking for an Evernote alternative.
With the news of a possible impeachment proceeding in the news, all the YouTubers were out in force with commentary and explanations. My buddy Tom Richey was one of them.
Open Culture had a great article this week about how bicycles can change lives. Interesting bit about people (including those with children) who have the means to buy cars but choose to use bicycles only.
Justin Cahill at Keeping Kids in Motion offers a Halloween-themed fitness program for kids (and adults). You can get the calendar and certificates for free from his site.
Clif Mims offered a good overview of coding programs “that work.” Designed for introductory lessons on coding.
Practical Ed Tech Podcast #10 Featuring Adam Bellow
Adam Bellow is the co-founder of BreakOut EDU. He was also the founder of EduClipper. Before joining the start-up world he was a high school English teacher.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #9 - Q&A, News and Notes
In this episode I answered a handful of questions from readers and listeners. I also shared a couple of neat new tools to use in your classroom. And I gave a shout-out to Dr. Scott McLeod for his thought-provoking blog post about how school policies on mobile device use. Find all of the show notes in this Google Doc.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast #8 - Featuring Dr. Beth Holland
In this episode I talked with Dr. Beth Holland about her work at COSN around issues related to digital equity. The last part of the conversation we talked about stand-up paddleboarding and lessons learned from racing stand-up paddleboards. Yes, it's an unusual mix of topics. But it is a fun mix and we had a great time recording the conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #7
Google Docs now displays word count while you type. Turn the feature on from the Tools drop-down menu.
Google Docs now has a “compare documents” feature also found in the Tools drop-down menu.
Apple had a big event on Tuesday. There wasn’t anything noteworthy for educators. Highlights of the event were a new streaming subscription model, and updated iPad that works with Apple pencil, and new colors for iPhones, yipee! (#sarcasm) None-the-less stock price jumped 3% on Wednesday. Oh, and you can get the current generation, soon to be old generation iPad on sale for $249 on Amazon.
Google Expeditions now lets you share links to specific scenes.
Looking for ways to use Google Cardboard viewers besides Google Expeditions? Check out National Geographic’s list of 360 videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLivjPDlt6ApRq22sn082ZCC9893XtV8xc
Glide (Glideapps.com) now lets you create templates for apps that you can share with students and colleagues.
All of the questions that I answered in the podcast are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EkV2UuEh8d9SCsLar_Taq2Z_A9oNiKbrCfrUibHRYMU/edit?usp=sharing
Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #6 with Dr. Scott McLeod
Dr. Scott McLeod is an associate professor of school leadership at the University of Colorado, Denver. In this episode we talk about what's changed and what's the in the last 12 years since he and Karl Fisch published their viral video Shift Happens was published. His new book, co-authored with Julie Graber, is Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning.
Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #5
In this episode I talk about some new features of favorite ed tech products, the big fine that was levied against YouTube this week, and answer questions from readers and listeners like you.
Get the complete show notes in this Google Document.
Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #4
In this episode I share some cool updates about Google Slides, Gmail, OneNote, and Immersive Reader. I also answer a bunch of questions from readers. And I give an update on Facebook fast. Get the show notes as a Google Doc right here.
Questions answered in the show:
Can you limit the number of responses on Microsoft forms? For instance, we are doing a sign-up at school and only want 15 students/choice. Can this be done?
I teach technology classes and I am looking for a few good videos to show my class for sub days. Any recommendations?
What apps for a Chromebook or in general do you recommend for ELL Students? By this, I am referring to helping students take content that is spoken or written in English and translate it into Spanish. Something besides Google Translate.
With my students I have created bilingual dictionary in Google sheets (two columns, one for English and one for translation). Do you happen to know of any way to turn it into an online dictionary with a search box?
I'm looking for a way to record comments/feedback and send to my students when reading their essays. Is there something you can think of I could utilize? The only thing that I can think of is voice memo recording and emailing.
Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #3
This week I highlight some news from the world of educational technology and answer a bunch of questions from readers and listeners like you.
New and Neat Things You Might Have MissedHarnessing Technology for Deeper Learning - Scott McLeod and Julie Graber
New fonts in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets
Lexend fonts: designed to improve reading speed.
Import existing OneNote content into Class Notebooks in Microsoft Teams
YoPuppet - AR app that lets kids control digital puppets with their hands.
Quizizz adds new options for making math questions, open response questions, and audio questions.
EduTwitter is a site developed by Tristan Kirkpatrick. The site provides a searchable index of educators on Twitter.
Questions from Readers Like You
Do you have plans to make your podcast available through Pocket Casts?
Enjoy your site. Thanks for everything you do. Quick question for you, what do you use make the circle appear in your screencast videos?
I’ve made a playlist of YouTube videos that I plan to use as part of my unit on metaphors. Is there a way that I can show the videos in class without having to fast forward to the parts that are important?
I watched your videos about making Google Earth files but I must be missing something. When I make the tour in Google Earth on my laptop it looks fine. I followed the directions for viewing it on Chromebooks but it doesn’t render correctly. Not all the placemarks are displaying full screen. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help you can offer.
You know a lot about Google so I want to get your opinion on an issue that’s come up in our district. We’ve been a Google school for four years. I’ve heard from our IT director that our new superintendent wants to switch to Microsoft environment because “that’s what the business world uses.” Do you have any information that we could share with that could help persuade him not to make a switch next year?
Thanks for all of the great resources you share. I have seniors this year and I’ve been tasked with helping them create portfolios that they can take with them after they graduate. I was wondering if you knew of any apps or online tools that would work for this purpose?
Keep up the great work!
When the Shine is Gone
In this short episode I address the question, "our kids are bored with Kahoot and Quizziz, what can we do that is more exciting?"
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #1
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is the audio from my weekly Practical Ed Tech Live broadcasts on YouTube. In each episode I share some news from the world of educational technology and answer questions from readers of FreeTech4Teachers.com and PracticalEdTech.com
The outline of everything covered in the episode is available in this Google Doc.
Subscribe to my YouTube channel to participate in the next YouTube Live session.
Some highlights from the episode:
Google made a bunch of G Suite product announcements this week:Originality Reports/ Checker for Google Classroom & Assignments Google Assignments - a companion for your LMS Create shortcuts in Google Drive New fonts in Docs and Slides Jamboard gets updated menus Socratic by Google helps students get help with difficult questions. Rushton’s monthly newsletter via Next Vista for Learning This month’s newsletter includes a set of activities for showing students the qualities that educational videos should have.
SeeSaw has an updated Chrome extension for annotating webpages.Students can write, draw, and highlight on webpages. They can also add audio notes to the pages they save.