By Travis True
Untitled PodCastApr 22, 2022
April 2022 Updates
Carol and Travis talk about Google updates that were announced/released in April 2022.
Show Notes / Resources:Chrome OS v. 100 - New app launcher, make edits during voice dictation, create GIF with built in camera Create externally friendly booking pages with appointment scheduling in Google Calendar Google Meet video chats will be available directly in Docs Start a new Google Meet by typing "meet.new" New Emoji reactions in Google Docs on web More assistive writing suggestions in Google Docs
Tabitha Hogan is the Library Media and Technology Specialist at Winfield High School (USD 465). She shares about their VIIP program and how their teachers are focusing on aligning their lessons and projects around the ISTE standards.
Connect with Tabitha Twitter - @tabhogan
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2022 Updates
Carol Nelson (@mrscarolnelson) & Travis True (@travistrue) share updates that were announced by Google during March 2022.
Show Notes / Resources:
Google Classroom: New: Schedule assignments across multiple classes
Embed linked Google Forms charts into Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Drawings
Google Sheets doubles cell limit from 5 million to 10 million cells
New email draft template in Google Docs
Classic Hangouts will be upgraded to Google Chat beginning March 22, 2022
Jamboard w/ Holly Clark
Holly Clark joins us to chat about Jamboard and why it is a great tool for teachers to use in their classroom.
Show Notes / Resources:
Holly Clark – HollyClarkEdu - https://www.hollyclark.org/
Digital Pedagogy - Rethinking Digital Assessment
Jamboard - How to Use Jamboard: 10 Ideas to Get You Jammin’
The Drive Community (moderated by Holly Clark and Matt Miller) - https://www.thedrive.online/
Jamboard ResourcesJamboard Help/Support How to Use Google Jamboard Getting Started with Jamboard Jamboard Group Guide Get Jamming with Jamboard Sample Jamboard Activities Ditch That Textbook Jamboard Resources The Ultimate Collection of Jamboard Templates LiveBinder of Templates
January / February 2022 Updates
Show Notes / Resources:Doodle for Google 2022 contest now open for K-12 students with theme "I care for myself by…" and deadline March 4th - Resource link, Resource link Virtual training series, Teach With Chrome– 6-week series kicks off on Tuesday, 2/22 Link Google Flex - https://chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex/ - Install Chrome OS on old PCs or Macs. Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4dpmvAp9eI Google Docs - Search to Cite: https://support.google.com/docs/thread/133624456/google-docs-new-feature-search-to-cite?hl=en Emporia State Teachers College Podcast - “How We Teach This” http://www.emporia.edu/hwtt
Winter Google Updates
This episode is full of Google updates from November 2021 - January 2022. You can see more information about the updates mentioned in this episode below in the Show Notes.
Updates mentioned in the show:Google Slides - The filmstrip in Google Slides is now collapsable Google Drive - Shortcuts (new shortcut behavior in 2022) Google Drive - Google files will count towards storage starting in February 2022 Docs/Sheets/Slides - Smart chips (docs/sheets/slides) Google Docs - Customize tables in Docs (new features) Google Sites - Classic Sites migration Chrome - Linking to a specific point on a page (Copy link to highlight) Chromebook - Scanning document with camera
WE ARE BACK!! After some unexpected professional opportunities ended, Carol and Travis are back with the first podcast of 2022. To kick off a great 2022 we sit down with Matt Miller. Matt is the author of Tech Like a Pirate and the Ditch That Textbook blog. He is also going to be the keynote speaker at the MACE-KS Conference at Kansas State University, March 3-4, 2022. If you are interested in seeing Matt in person, you can find more information about the conference and register at www.mace-ks.org.
Show Notes:Tech Like a Pirate Ditch that Textbook MACE-KS Website MACE-KS Conference Registration
Back to School with Google Classroom
We are back for season 2 of Untitled Podcast. In this episode Carol and Travis share some of the recent Google Classroom updates you may find this year. Also, Travis shares how some Google Classroom settings in the Google Admin Portal work.Updates to know? https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2021/06/google-updates-summer2021.html Tips and Tricks - https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/google-classroom-tip-bookmark-the-classwork-page/ Verifying Teachers in Google Admin Console - https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6071551?hl=en&ref_topic=10301938#zippy=%2Cchange-a-users-role-from-student-to-teacher%2Cchange-a-users-role-from-teacher-to-student%2Cdecide-who-can-create-classes%2Cdecide-who-can-view-and-manage-guardians
Tech It Out #3 - End of Year Clean Up
This is the final episode of the 2020/2021 school year! Carol and Travis discuss cleaning up your Google Classrooms, Drive, Gmail, and transferring or taking your Google files with you if you are moving to a new district or for students who want to keep their files.
Google Takeout: https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout
Google Takeout Transfer: https://takeout.google.com/transfer
Classroom Cleanup: https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/google-classroom-cleanup-tips-for-the-end-of-the-year/
Untitled Podcast was created to spotlight and celebrate the awesome educators in the great state of Kansas. Thank you for taking time to listen to these wonderful stories from outstanding educators. You can find this podcast at www.gegkansas.org, and on the GEG Kansas Facebook and Twitter pages.
Dena Dellere is a creative and self-motivated Innovative Technology Integrationist with a passion for helping our teachers, students, parents and community gain the skills they will use throughout school, college, and careers. Her background is in teaching and technology support plus technology sales.
Dena’s certifications include Google Administrator, Google Educator Level I and II, and Google for Education Certified Trainer, Screencastify Certified, Wakelet Ambassador.
Dena and her husband reside in rural Selden, KS where we farm and ranch. They have two adult daughters that have pursued careers in nursing and accounting and our adult son helps on the farm. Dena’s absolute joys in the world is our granddaughter and two grandsons.
Tech it Out - Our Favorite Chrome Extensions
In this episode, Carol and Travis share their favorite Chrome browser extensions. We have linked them in the Show Notes section below. We would love to hear about your favorite extension. Leave a comment sharing which extension is your go-to tool.
Show Notes / Resources:
ColorZilla - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/colorzilla/bhlhnicpbhignbdhedgjhgdocnmhomnp
Eye Dropper - https://eyedropper.org/ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/eye-dropper/hmdcmlfkchdmnmnmheododdhjedfccka
Screencastify - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/screencastify-screen-vide/mmeijimgabbpbgpdklnllpncmdofkcpnScreencastify for Education -- https://www.screencastify.com/education
Screencastify Courses -- https://www.screencastify.com/courses
Awesome Screenshot & Screen Recorder - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/awesome-screenshot-screen/nlipoenfbbikpbjkfpfillcgkoblgpmj
Emoji Keyboard -
Online - https://emojikeyboard.org/?utm_source=ekext_board
Insert Learning - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/insertlearning/dehajjkfchegiinhcmoclkfbnmpgcahj
Giphy for Gmail - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/giphy-for-gmail/andgibkjiikabclfdkecpmdkfanpdapf
Giphy for Chrome - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/giphy-for-chrome/jlleokkdhkflpmghiioglgmnminbekdi
Tab Resize - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tab-resize-split-screen-l/bkpenclhmiealbebdopglffmfdiilejc
Use Immersive Reader on Websites [unofficial] - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/use-immersive-reader-on-w/fmidkjgknpkbmninbmklhcgaalfalbdh
Tech It Out
In this episode Carol Nelson and Travis True share some Google updates and hack that have recently been released.
Show Notes / Resources:Yout-ube.com hack Youtube picture-in-picture Google Youtube Hack Webinar Chrome browser live captioning Chrome OS screenshot & screen recording Chrome Tab Groups Workspace Status Dashboard Google update blogs Classroom rich text formatting
Travisray Salyers is a cardigan wearing, coffee drinking, energetic high school educator who loves graphic design and spreadsheets. T-Ray, as he is commonly referred to as, teaches Business & Digital Media at Santa Fe Trail High School in Carbondale, Kansas. Travisray also advises the Charger Yearbook and Future Business Leaders of America, plus teaches 6 different classes a day. He is in his fourth year of teaching and his fourth year at SFT. Travisray graduated from Emporia State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Business Education.
Travisray Salyers is a strong believer in Maslow before Bloom. Travisray loves to create a culture within his classroom that he likes to call “Mister T-Ray’s Neighborhood” as a play off from Mr. Rogers. He adds lots of social emotional aspects within his class as a way to strengthen the community of his classroom, students, and the school. T-Ray loves to incorporate technology into his classroom to help aid in lessons, build connections, and allow for social-emotional opportunities.
Show Notes / Resources:
Tech Tools:Pear Deck
Daily Check In
Pear Deck Templates - https://www.peardeck.com/templates
Social Emotional Template - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iBH_UtFw1xZqYyO_tPBTGYJ902uocq0uY5wRqzP1IvM/copy
Ideas for using Slides -- https://ditchthattextbook.com/google-slides/
Billie Esser has 25 years in education. The last 20 she has been in the school library. She has predominantly been a high school librarian, but has worked K-12. Her areas of teaching interest are information literacy, research & writing.Show Notes / Resources:
Test reliabilityCRAAP test SIFT strategy
Dr. Amanda Harrison
Dr. Amanda Harrison is a school librarian with fifteen years of experience in a variety of settings including Chicago, Il, St. Louis, Mo, and McPherson, Ks. She is currently a PreK-12th grade librarian for six schools in McPherson, Kansas, and adjunct instructor for the University of Central Missouri. Her dissertation was titled, The Impact of the Network Society on the Professional Identity of Serbian Librarians.Show Notes / Resources:
Loom -- https://www.loom.com/
Email -- email@example.com
Stacey Green began her tenure at Stockton Grade School (SGS) as a new principal with an ambitious goal: transform the school’s culture from an isolated, individual classroom focus to an integrated, responsive, and collaborative environment where teachers lead with the whole child and the whole school in mind. In just six years, Green has had remarkable success, not only because of her individual talents, but because of her belief that change happens when leaders “empower others to remove barriers and transform problems into opportunities.” Green has used this approach to lead SGS through the Kansas School Redesign process, earning the distinction of being named a Kansas Mercury School in 2017. On the path toward personalizing student learning, Green has supported teachers in aligning with school vision and purpose through personalized professional development. SGS teachers have since embraced trauma-informed practices, increasing connection with students across experiences, and improving staff’s capacity for mutual support, self-care, and vicarious trauma prevention. Today, SGS is known for high community and family engagement, regularly hosting visits and presenting at conferences on the power of redesigning instruction through research and evidenced-based practices. Green holds an M.S. from Fort Hays State University and a B.A. from Bethany College.
Stacey was recently awarded the Kansas District V Distinguished Principal, the Kansas National Distinguished Principal Class of 2020, and a Bethany College 2020 Alumni Award of Merit.
Stacey is the wife of Kirk and they recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Audrey, husband, Cory, and granddaughter, Lola, and a son, Joel.
Show Notes / Resources:
Greenbush PDPDP Toolbox EdTech Academy
Favorite tools:Google Tools: Gmail, shared docs, Keep, Slides, Meet Flipgrid
Jessica Mossman is a national presenter on technology and group development. Her work has appeared at the National ESEA, ISTE, and Advancing Improvement in Education conferences. Mossman was part of the Kansas Technology Rich Classrooms grant where her team won the Teacher of the Year and Video of the Year awards. She ushered in a 1:1 initiative as a technology coach at the middle school level. Mossman currently supports schools and districts in school improvement efforts through her work as an Implementation Coach with the Kansas Learning Network.
Show Notes / Resources:
TASN - https://www.ksdetasn.org/
See the work of the Kansas Learning Network team including presentations at our website: https://www.ksdetasn.org/kln/kansas-learning-network
WeVideo - https://www.wevideo.com/
Lori has been the Technology Integration Coach at Ottawa High School for the last 7 years. Last year Lori was selected as the USD290 Kansas Secondary Teacher of the Year Nominee. Prior to Ottawa High School, Lori was a business teacher for 8 years and an accountant in several industries for 16 years. Lori is passionate about educational technology to support student learning, communication, collaboration & critical thinking. Lori and her husband have 4 grown children and enjoy spending time outside with livestock, hay season, motorcycle rides and traveling.
Show Notes / Resources:
Mallory Jacobs & Hanna Kemble
Mallory Jacobs -
Hello all! I am a school counselor that loves cheetah print, Dad jokes, Baby Yoda, hats, and fun! Speaking of hats, I wear many............I am the president of the Kansas School Counseling Association, the lead elementary school counselor in TPS, I have a radio show and I also manage a grocery store! What did the janitor say when he jumped out of his closet........SUPPLIES! I love to help kids with anything, including school SUPPLIES! Be awesome and stay safe everyone!
Hannah Kemble -
Hanna Kemble is a School Counselor at Indian Hills Elementary in Topeka, KS. This is her 5th year as a school counselor. She is passionate about social emotional learning, building connections, and dogs.
Show Notes / Resources:
Mallory Jacobs Twitter: @maljacobs
Hannah Kemble Twitter: @hannahkemble
My Talking Pet app: iOS Android
Sock Puppets: iOS
Kasey Bell Shake Up Learning Podcast
103.9 - online
Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, national speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently, a district administrator.
As the founder of #BookSnaps, the latest reading comprehension strategy currently implemented in seventeen countries, she is always seeking unique ways to make learning fun, relevant, and meaningful.
Tara is the author of the inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart and Cannonball In, a motivating children's book illustrated by Genesis Kohler. Tara firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s REAL identity–the unique strengths, talents, and life experiences of every human. Tara's passion for education and love of writing led her to a new role where she coaches and serves educational authors as the Director of Public Relations and Communication for DBC, Inc.
Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change, keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work, and encourage others to Cannonball In and fulfill their true potential!
Show Notes / Resources:
Twitter - @TaraMartinEDU
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tarammartin.real/
Website - http://www.tarammartin.com/
Be REAL: Educate from the Heart : https://www.amazon.com/Be-REAL-Educate-Tara-Martin/dp/1946444901
Cannonball In : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949595641/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
The Real Journey Show Podcast - https://www.tarammartin.com/podcast/
YouTube - Keep it Real with Tara https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu8Fvq6vhxHplySiiRztTQQ
Belinda O’Dell has spent her 25 year professional career working with diverse student populations. She began her career at Anderson County Jr/Sr High School in Garnett, Kansas where spent three years. Belinda then worked at Ottawa High School where she served on various school and district level teams and was the Department Chair for the Special Education Department. Belinda left Ottawa after 8 years to become the Transition Specialist in De Soto. Belinda spent nine years in the De Soto District helping students and families plan and prepare for life after high school. While in De Soto, Belinda developed the 18-21 special day school known as The Bridge. This program was developed to help students who needed additional time to learn daily living and employability skills and was a showcase program for De Soto schools. Belinda’s family relocated to McPherson, Kansas where she found herself back in the classroom teaching Functional Academics at McPherson High School. During her time at McPherson, Belinda focused on inclusive educational opportunities for her students. In partnership with the Business teacher, she created a student-run business known as Pup Prints that paired students in General Education with students in Special Education to design, create and manage every aspect of an apparel company. Belinda also created opportunities for students to spend more time with their general education peers by using a mentoring system and placing her students in general education classes with these mentors to help expose them to grade level content. Belinda also co-taught classes with general education teachers.. Belinda’s family once again relocated, this time to Topeka, Kansas where she is currently a Special Education teacher at a Special Day School for students with significant behavioral and emotional challenges.
Show Notes / Resources:
Collaborative Problem Solving: https://thinkkids.org/
Inclusive Classrooms: https://www.paulakluth.com/
Presuming Competence Article: https://home.edweb.net/presuming-competence-essential-for-true-inclusion/
Emotional Poverty by Ruby Payne: https://www.ahaprocess.com/product/emotional-poverty-book/
Eric De La Rosa
Eric De La Rosa is a Technology Integration Specialist in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Google Educator, Flipgrid-Wakelet-Genially Ambassador, and a consultant with Educational Collaborators. Helped develop Wyandotte County's first ever #WyCoEdCamp. Presentations on state, regional and national levels, KSU (EdCat EdFest 2017), KASBO 2016, 2017, 2018 (Kansas Association of School Business Officials), KSDE Annual Conference 2017-18 (Kansas Department of Education), MACE 2018-20 (Mid-America Association for Computers in Education) and TCEA 2018 (Texas Computer Education Association). OCIC (Osage County Interlocal Community) Conference 2019.
Jennifer Mahin is a technology integration specialist, and a kindergarten through fifth grade STEM teacher in Belleville, KS. She has recently started a STEM program and maker space classroom.
Lori Rice is a fourth-grade teacher at West Elementary in Wamego, Kansas, who has taught K-2 reading as well as kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade since 1996. She has a passion for creativity, learning, questioning and the whole child. This year she is teaching remote fourth grade and organized the elementary remote program for her district. Lori is a published author, KCSS Teacher of the Year, Region 2 KTOY semi-finalist, and has received many grants for education. Her classroom is a place of acceptance and celebrating differences.
Dr. Virginia Duncan & Marie Henderson
Dr. Virginia Duncan has been an Instructional and Technology Coach since August 2011. Before coaching teachers full time, Ginny taught English, History, and Drama at the middle school level in CA. She received her Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2012, her Masters in Literacy in the Content Areas in 2007, and her Masters in Educational Leadership/Administration in August of 2016. She graduated with a Bachelors in English and Secondary Education from Lubbock Christian University in 1998.
Ginny is most passionate about helping teachers through their professional journey. She loves assisting teachers in their individual professional growth and helping them become teacher leaders. Ginny has worked to transform professional learning by implementing flexible and personal professional learning models and strategies that change the way teachers learn and grow. She continues to refine professional learning plans with innovative professional learning ideas and environments.
Marie Henderson is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Hays Unified School District in Hays, KS where she serves local teachers as a technology trainer and instructional coach. She designed and continues to facilitate a flexible professional learning model for district staff. She’s passionate about adult learning theory and empowering adults to implement student-centered, research-based instructional practices. In her free time, she’s a wine enthusiast, sings in two local ensembles, and enjoys activities at her church. Marie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2003 and her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology in 2018.
Carmen Zeisler is the Director of the ESSDACK Learning Centers, an Educational Consultant/Coach, and a co-founding member of the ESSDACK Resilience Team. In Learning Centers, she has been instrumental in leading a Redesign process through Project-Based Learning. In schools, Carmen loves collaborating with teachers on Trauma-Informed practices and she leads The Restorative Justice in Schools effort on the ESSDACK Resilience Team. Her other passion as a Consultant and Coach is supporting teachers to build a strong reading culture in their classroom. One of her favorite ways to do this is to use picture books with science and social studies to make these content areas come alive for students! Carmen is also well versed in integrating technology tools and platforms into the elementary classroom and she has supported and coached countless teachers as they implement new tech. Some of her favorites are Seesaw, Flipgrid, and Classkick.
Carmen has traveled the world as a teacher. She spent ten years in Mexico at the American Institute of Monterrey teaching 9th and 10th grade English literature and helped build the gifted and talented program that was used as a model for all of the state of Nuevo Leon. Carmen fell in love with the Mexican culture through language, food, dance, music, and people.
She started getting antsy and wanted a new adventure so she headed off to Brasilia, Brazil where she spent three years at the American School of Brazil teaching kindergarten. During this time, she had students from 16 different countries in one classroom! Her time in Brazil left her with a passion for writing and languages.
She landed back home in McPherson, KS where she taught for 10 years prior to coming on board at ESSDACK. Carmen has been to 33 countries and loves infusing her travels into her teaching.
Carmen’s is a natural at building relationships with students and teachers so that she can then ask powerful questions that help ignite passions!
Ryan Stephans & Jordan Billings
Ryan Stephans is a middle school educator with more than a decade of experience in the public schools as a Social Studies teacher. He is a graduate of Kansas State University, with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, and Emporia State University with a Master's in History. He began his teaching in 2005 at the high school level, before leaving for Turner Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas in 2007. He spent eleven years at TMS, the majority of the time teaching 8th grade United States History. During those eleven years he served as the Building Improvement Chair, Professional Development Council Representative, and Social Studies Department Chair. In 2013, he was selected as an Abraham Lincoln Fellow by the Horace Mann Corporation. Beginning in 2018, he joined the staff at Summit Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas, continuing to teach 8th grade United States History.
Jordan Billings has been a Social Studies teacher for 14 years. He went to Emporia State University, where he earned Bachelor's degrees in Social Sciences and Speech and Theater Education as well as a Master's in American History. He began his teaching career in 2006 at the high school level, before leaving for a position in higher education. He spent six years as a professor for the University of Phoenix, the majority of the time teaching United States History. During that time he also served as the History and Humanities Area chair for the Midwest region. In 2012 he joined the faculty at Indian Trail Middle School where he currently serves as the Co-Department Chair for the Social Studies Department. In 2019, he received an Outstanding Educator award from Ottawa University.
Ariel Jankord is a K-5 STEM teacher in Spring Hill, KS. She spent the previous 11 years teaching 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade. She runs after school programs for computer science, and makerspace. Ariel is the founder of the Johnson County Edcamp. She is an ISTE Certified Educator and received the Making It Happen award from ISTE and MACE-KS in 2019. Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, and Flipgrid Certified. And serves as an ISTE PLN leader for STEM.
Jerri Kemble has been a public school educator for three decades serving as a teacher, school counselor, K-12 principal, assistant superintendent, and district superintendent. She has a successful track record of disrupting the status quo and working with stakeholders to create positive change. Jerri has received numerous awards for her seasoned leadership, including Kansas School Counselor of the Year, eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent, Kansas State University's Educational Administration Student of the Year, and most recently Tech and Learning Magazine's Technology Leader of the Year. Whatever task is given to Jerri, she does it with a warm Midwestern smile, grace, and a tireless work ethic.
Jerri Kemble's most potent asset is her ability to work with a diverse group of people, connecting them to other passionate and imaginative people. She is an exuberant presenter and has trained teachers and administrators throughout the United States. In 2017 she was invited to Shanghai to teach STEM and Social-Emotional Learning to teachers, students, and parents. In January 2020 she spent time in Kenya, Africa working with schools on global collaboration and supporting the telemedicine program initiated to bring health care to rural African villages.
Jerri Kemble has been invited to the White House on three occasions. Twice to share her knowledge with Vice President Joe Biden's top aides on virtual education and to attend President Obama's rollout of the Future Ready Initiative for Schools. Jerri pioneered the Kansas Online Learning Program to provide virtual education opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and to adults wishing to receive a high school diploma. Mrs. Kemble has also served as an adjunct professor providing graduate-level courses in educational technology and leadership.
Most recently, Jerri has been involved with the Kansas School Redesign Project. As part of the original Redesign Think Tank, she helped generate ideas for the Kansas Commissioner of Education. She has worked with the Think Wrong Institute to redesign schools by utilizing the design thinking process. This work focuses on today's students and building the skills they will need for their future.
Jerri Kemble is now serving as the National Advisor and Evangelist for ClassLink.
Josh Stock is currently a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Santa Fe Trail Middle School in Olathe, KS and an Awesomeness Expert. He is also a co-chair of the Building Leadership Team during the Mercury phase of the school’s Kansans Can School Redesign project. In his free time he hosts the Kansas Moonshot Podcast highlighting the amazing things educators are doing in their classrooms across the state of Kansas.
Josh writes for websites such as Edutopia, is a contributing author in The Best Lesson Series: Literature, and also writes on his blog, https://mrstockrocks.com. Josh loves getting great books into the hands of kids who want to read them. Over the past five years he has given away over 4000 used books and 2500 new books to kids across the district.
Josh is also the author of the book Awesome Sauce: Create Videos to Inspire Students, Engage Parents and Save You Time, giving tips and tricks for creating videos for the classroom.
Josh was selected as one of the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” educational tech leaders in 2016, and received the Make IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education in 2017. In 2018 he received the Emerging Young Educator award from ISTE. He has presented at conferences across the country including MACE, ISTE, and NCTE.
Listen to Tim Vesco share about the origins of KSEdChat and EdCampKS. He also share his, and his district’s, journey through the KSDE Redesign process.