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May 28, 2019
14: How to Podcast with Your Students (Interview with Chris Nesi)
Podcasting and learning are the perfect partners. Listeners get to connect with the speaker in a much more intimate way. Hosts and podcasters get to express their views and opinions through their voice and telling their unique story. Podcasts are also a perfect way to get students excited about learning in a whole new way. They not only get the experience of gathering information and organizing it for presentation, but they get to put their own unique spin on the topic using their own voice. Teachers also have the advantage of getting kids excited about learning by letting them talk about topics that really interest them. If you are wondering how to get your students started podcasting, wonder no more. My guest today has so much passion for teaching, that he teaches both college and high school level courses concurrently. He is also involved in hosting, editing, or producing at least six podcasts and counting. He is a man who puts his love of technology and teaching into action everyday. Chris is also a good friend of mine and my go-to person for everything podcasting. In this episode, we talk about how to podcast with your students. We go over how to get started, tools to use, types of podcasts to consider, and much more. Chris is the host of The House of #EdTech Podcast and the producer of the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast that I do with Matt Miller. He has been teaching for 11 years. He is super creative and is always on the cutting edge of education technology. I’m super excited to have him on this show. I would also like to give a shout out to my friend Julie Cobb (E2Cobb) for her review on Episode 6 On-Air Coaching] - Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology. Thank you, Julie. This episode is sponsored by Pear Deck which brings powerful learning moments to life through presentations. They are also part of Be Internet Awesome and integrate with Google Apps for Education. Shake Up Learning listeners can try Pear Deck Premium for 60-days for free.   In This Episode: [05:20] - Chris is super excited to be on the Shake Up Learning Podcast. [05:44] - Chris is a high school social studies teacher in central New Jersey. He has been teaching for 11 years. [06:01] - He also teaches at the school of communication at Rutgers University. He teaches three courses at Rutgers in addition to the six courses he teaches at the high school level. [06:16] - Chris has been hosting The #House of EdTech Podcast for almost 6 years. He's been co-hosting PodcastPD for over 2 years. He edits the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast. He edits the Partial Credit Podcast, and he produces the Assist Learning Podcast. [06:43] - He also plans on producing the Infused Classroom Podcast. [07:08] - Chris loves what he does. He wanted to be an educator since he was 16 or 17 years old. None of it is work to him. [08:58] - Chris loves podcasting, because it gives him an opportunity to put his perspective and point of view out into the world. [10:05] - Kasey shares how moving from blogging to podcasting builds a different type of relationship with people. People feel like they know you in a different way. [11:14] - Creating video or audio is an intimate experience. [12:50] - Audio is a powerful learning tool for teachers. This makes podcasts the perfect medium. [15:11] - Students can use audio for any subject in a form that ranges from presentations to reflection tools. [16:47] - Teachers can record entire lessons for reflection or lectures to give to students. [18:53] - Kasey shares how podcasting is such a great tool for students from writing to fluency and the all important reflection piece. [20:25] - Students can get started podcasting with things they already have like Chromebooks, iPods, iPads, and cell phones. The idea is to create content, so just hit record. [21:24] - Free tools like Audacity and TwistedWave and Soundtrap can be used for editing audio. [23:06] - Other tools to simplify podcasting include Anchor, Synth, and Spreaker. [25:10] - Be careful letting Anchor do everything for your podcast, because you give up control and access to stats. Be the one who submits your RSS feed to Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, etc. You want to own your own content or podcast feed. Anchor users need to be at least 13 years old. [29:17] - PodcastPD let's Chris and his co-hosts talk about any educational topics. [30:52] - The #House of EdTech is all about technology integration and using it in the classroom today. [35:18] - Getting students to tell their stories is super relevant. Give kids the opportunity to create podcasts that they are truly interested in. Podcast Question of the Week: Why is podcasting a powerful tool for teachers and students? Share one way you could try podcasting with your students or in your role in education? Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning community or on your favorite social platform. Google Certification Courses Open May 21 If you have ever thought about getting Google Certified, but are unsure where to start, or overwhelmed with the content, I can help! I have three online courses to help you reach your Google Certification goals. (1) The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy (2) The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy (3) Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course These courses are designed to walk you through the process and give you everything you need to know to pass the exam. I have helped THOUSANDS get Google Certified, and I want to help YOU! But don't miss this opportunity! These courses only open twice a year. Enrollment opens on May 21st for a limited time. If you miss this window, you have to wait until November! But wait...there's more! SAVE BIG WITH BUNDLES! Opening all of these courses at once also gives you another advantage–bundling! If you want to purchase multiple courses at once, you can save BIG TIME! Learn more at http://GetGoogleCertified.com Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network Chris Nesi on Twitter Chris Nesi About Chris Nesi #House of EdTech Podcast House of EdTech on Instagram PodcastPD Feedback@ChrisNesi.com The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts Podcast Questions of the Week On-Air Coaching] - Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology – SULS006 How to Choose a Digital Assessment Strategy – SULS010 Pear Deck Get a complimentary 60-Day Trial Be Internet Awesome Google Teacher Tribe Podcast Partial Credit Podcast Assist Learning Podcast Infused Classroom Podcast @ShakeUpLearning with Kasey Bell – HoET021 How to Create a Class Brand (and much more!) with Tony Vincent – SULS011 Audacity TwistedWave Soundtrap Anchor Synth Spreaker
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43 min
May 21, 2019
13: How to Get Google Certified! (Level 1, Level 2, Trainer, and Innovator)
Let’s dive in! First, I’ll explore what Level 1 certification means, and what you can expect from the test. I’ll then talk about some ways to prepare for the exam. I’ll then do the same for Level 2.
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43 min
May 14, 2019
12: How to Get Credit for Listening to Podcasts
These days, we have all sorts of learning at our fingertips, including through podcasts! I’ve learned so much from listening to other educators sharing their ideas, tips, and lessons in podcasts, and I bet you have too. The wide variety of podcasts out there lets you choose exactly what subjects interest you. Teachers should get professional learning credit where credit is due, so let’s dig into some ways that you may be able to get credit for listening to podcasts. It isn’t necessarily easy to determine how much credit a teacher should get. Episodes aren’t always an hour long. Even if they are, there probably isn’t an hour of learning content, because there are other things in there too. One of my solutions to this is to include my question of the week in each podcast episode. This is one way of providing evidence of learning, and potentially getting credit for it. Today, I’ll share recordings from several teachers who explain what they’re doing in this regard. Carlos Garza has made a tracker to record your professional learning. Next, Laura Cahill shares her strategy for making online learning more accessible to teachers. After that, I’ll share some resources from Meredith Akers, who provided her EDU Podcast Tasting 2.0 and EDU Podcast Tasting and Podcasts and Pedometers. You’ll also hear how Jennifer Bell applies Meredith’s ideas. I hope this lesson inspires you and helps show you how to get credit for listening to podcasts! It may take some effort and time, but I truly believe this is a valuable cause that will benefit teachers. In This Episode: [00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners to the show, and explains that today’s topic is how to get credit for listening to podcasts (like this one!). [01:17] - This week’s shoutout goes to Stephanie Ross Evans, Diane Royer, and Vicki Heupel, who all recently became Google Certified Educators! Stay tuned to learn more about Kasey’s courses. [02:26] - Kasey shares the purpose of this episode, and explains what podcast PD is. [06:21] - You can check out Kasey’s recommended podcasts for teachers at this link. Kasey briefly covers what each of these podcasts is about. [13:33] - This list is just scratching the surface, Kasey explains. Podcasting has never been hotter than it is now! [14:28] - Kasey points out that there are many ways that teachers are getting credit for listening to podcasts, and explains some of the complications. [16:27] - We hear about one of the ways that Kasey designed into each episode to help give evidence of teachers’ learning. [18:52] - Kasey shares some ways that some schools are giving credit for podcasts. She then shares Carlos Garza’s insight into tracking online learning. [22:08] - The next tip comes from Laura Cahill, who has a creative strategy for encouraging her community to listen to podcasts. [25:00] - Kasey shares some resources from Meredith Akers: EDU Podcast Tasting 2.0 and EDU Podcast Tasting and Podcasts and Pedometers. [29:51] - We hear about the Podcasts and Pedometers concept in more depth. [31:45] - Kasey invites teachers to think about whether there’s someone they can talk to about the idea of credit for podcasts. [33:00] - Attention, administrators! This section, the podcast question of the week, is for you. Ready? Name three ways that podcasts have helped improve your teaching and impacted your students. Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook, or on your favorite social media platform using the #ShakeUpLearning hashtag. [34:00] - You can find all of the podcast questions of the week at this link. [34:51] - Have you thought about getting Google Certified? Kasey can help! She helps educators get certified through her three online courses: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course If you’re interested in taking more than one of these courses, get a bundle to save big! Enrollment only opens twice a year, so sign up when it opens on May 21st or you’ll need to wait until November. If you’re ready to learn more, head to this link! [37:14] - Thank you for tuning in! Please subscribe to the podcast, and leave a review on iTunes. (Bonus points if you use the word “y’all” in your review!) Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network PodcastPD podcast 16 Fantastic Podcasts for Teachers Carlos Garza’s Online Professional Learning tracker Carlos Garza on Twitter ACEd Tech podcast (from Carlos Garza) Laura Cahill on Twitter Meredith Akers EDU Podcast Tasting 2.0 EDU Podcast Tasting and Podcasts and Pedometers Podcast Questions of the Week
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38 min
May 7, 2019
11: Creating a Class Brand with Tony Vincent
I’m excited for today’s conversation with one of my favorite edtech gurus! Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand is shares many genius tips in this episode. He’s passionate about offering practical tools and strategies that you can implement right away, so he’s a perfect fit for the show. In case you’re not already familiar with him, Tony is a fifth-grade teacher from the Council Bluffs Community School district in Council Bluffs, Iowa who loves empowering students to be creative communicators. Previously, he was a self-employed education and technology presenter. After his 15-year break from being in the classroom, Tony observes that a big difference is that there’s so much more curriculum and every second of the day is full. He’ll chat today about what giving students more voice and choice looks like in this environment. If you need inspiration for a class brand and website, don’t miss this conversation! Tony explains that he started off with a construction theme before he and the class constructed and designed a name and logo. Tony will also share some insight into how he makes groups work well by assigning jobs to specific students. The three roles that he has settled on are questioner, monitor, and recorder. And that’s not it! Tony is a fantastic resource, and I promise you’ll come away from this episode inspired and empowered to make your classroom the best it can be.   In This Episode: [00:28] - Welcome to episode 11 of the Shake Up Learning Show! Kasey’s guest today is Tony Vincent. [01:48] - Today’s shoutout goes to Amber Cordova who sent Kasey an amazing tweet! [03:40] - Kasey shares a little story to explain how excited she is to talk to Tony in today’s conversation. [05:18] - Tony talks a bit about what he does, where he does it, and how he helps teachers. [07:19] - After being out of the classroom for 15 years and then going back in, what has Tony learned? [08:42] - We hear more about what giving students more voice and choice looks like in a fifth-grade classroom. [10:36] - Tony shares some of the problems that he ran into while given students choices. [13:24] - How does Tony decide when to assess when his students are given choice? [14:57] - We learn about how Tony finds a balance between helping kids learn things they’re interested in while still meeting the curriculum needs. [16:50] - Tony talks about the kinds of technology he has access to and the activities he’s been doing with his students. [19:37] - Listeners can see Tony’s class website at Pixel Paws. [22:16] - We hear more about Tony’s process of having kids brand the class. [24:06] - How is Tony using the podcast (or “Pawcast”) in his Pixel Paws class? He shares the good and bad news about it. [27:34] - Tony explains how he’s using Google Slides for the Pixel Paws newsletter. [29:48] - Did Tony get special permission from parents to get student videos up on YouTube? [30:50] - Tony talks about how he has used a 3D printer in the classroom this year. [32:27] - What are the three jobs that Tony gives kids when they’re in groups? [34:42] - We hear about a couple of courses that Tony offers for teachers: Classy Graphics and Classy Videos. [38:52] - How can people join the class that Tony has been talking about, and when does it start? [40:45] - Tony talks about how listeners can find him to learn more or get in touch. [41:42] - Kasey shares the podcast question of the week: “In what ways do you give students a voice in their classroom and their learning?” Name at least three new ideas you learned from Tony Vincent and how you could implement in your classroom. Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook, or on your favorite social media platform with the #ShakeUpLearning hashtag. [42:26] - Have you thought about getting Google Certified? Kasey can help! She helps educators get certified through her three online courses: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course If you’re interested in taking more than one of these courses, get a bundle to save big! Enrollment only opens twice a year, so sign up when it opens on May 21st or you’ll need to wait until November. If you’re ready to learn more, head to this link! [44:50] - Kasey thanks listeners for tuning in today. If you enjoyed the episode, please subscribe and leave a podcast review on iTunes (including the word “y’all” if you can fit it in!).   Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network Tony Vincent on Twitter Tony Vincent on Instagram Tony Vincent on Facebook Tony Vincent on Pinterest Tony Vincent on YouTube Learning in Hand Amber Cordova Amber Cordova’s lemonade stand tweet Tony Vincent’s Show What You Know infographic Pixel Paws Pixel Paws shirt Classy Graphics Classy Videos Quik app for Android Quik app for iOS
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46 min
April 30, 2019
10: [On-Air Coaching] Choosing a Digital Assessment Strategy with Carly Black
It’s time for another amazing guest! Carly Black is an eighth-grade language arts teacher in Ashland, Ohio. She and her teacher husband also have toddlers at home, so she’s well-versed in handling kids of various ages! Carly is here to share some classroom struggles and some projects that she’s tried. We can all be guilty of finding cool, engaging projects and forgetting to make sure they align with our purposes, and that’s what Carly is struggling with. Over the course of the episode, Carly and I work through coaching questions to help her discover something very interesting about her assessments, and possibilities for improvement going forward. After Carly describes her struggle with the choice board part of her lesson, I’ll push her to figure out answers for herself. For example, she muses that it might have worked better to leave some choices blank so that kids (who might know about new technology) could figure out ideas of their own. Don’t miss this conversation! Even if the specifics of Carly’s struggles don’t quite apply to you, the process we’ll go through is one you can apply to your own lessons to figure out how to make them even better. In This Episode: [00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners back to the Shake Up Learning Show, and introduces today’s guest! [02:16] - Before digging into the meat of the episode, Kasey gives a shoutout to Sarah Ackerman-Hale, who shared an amazing project with all of us in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook. [04:26] - Today’s question comes from Sarah Fromhold, who wants to know how to integrate the dynamic learning framework within the parameters of the reading/writing and math workshop model. [08:10] - Kasey explains how her on-air coaching episodes work. [09:02] - We hear a bit about a typical day in Carly’s classroom, as well as why this year was particularly challenging. [11:51] - Carly talks about the kind of technology and devices that she has available to her students in her classroom. [14:46] - What’s going well in Carly’s classroom this year? And what tools does she use for her class blogs? [18:11] - Carly tells listeners about a lesson that she wants help in revamping to reach all the students in her classroom. [22:25] - Kasey responds to the points that Carly has been making. [23:37] - On a scale of 1-10, how would Carly rank the choice-board part of the activity that she has been talking about? What would she have to change to move it closer to a 10? [25:52] - Carly muses that maybe she should have left some choices blank to let the kids come up with ideas. [27:47] - What would Carly’s students be doing differently if her project were a 10? How would she be able to measure the change in her students? [29:32] - We learn about how Carly made her initial assessment at the beginning of the year, and what would have brought the assessment closer to a 10. [32:02] - Did Carly’s original assessment align to the learning goals that she had for her students? [34:44] - Now that Carly has explored the answers to Kasey’s questions, she talks about what her next steps would be in reshaping and redesigning this lesson. [38:19] - Kasey responds to what Carly has been saying, and shares her appreciation for Carly’s willingness to participate in the conversation and exercises. [41:37] - How can other teachers get in touch with Carly?  She suggests visiting her site Teach Mom Repeat or visiting her on Twitter or on Instagram. [44:19] - Carly shares her biggest piece of advice for teachers: talk to each other! [44:51] - Kasey takes a moment to share her thoughts on the conversation with Carly. [46:51] - Here’s the podcast question of the week: “How do you ensure that your assessment strategy is aligned to your end goal?” Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook, or on your favorite social media platform with the #ShakeUpLearning hashtag. [47:44] - Have you thought about getting Google Certified? Kasey can help! She helps educators get certified through her three online courses: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course If you’re interested in taking more than one of these courses, get a bundle to save big! Enrollment only opens twice a year, so sign up when it opens on May 21st or you’ll need to wait until November. If you’re ready to learn more, head to this link! [50:12] - Thank you for tuning in! Kasey shares some final thoughts on her conversation, and invites listeners to subscribe and leave a review for the podcast (bonus points if you use the word “y’all” in your review!). Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network Carly Black on Twitter Carly Black on Instagram Carly’s class blog Teach Mom Repeat (Carly’s site) Teach Mom Repeat on Teachers Pay Teachers docAppender Orca BooksFlipgrid Edublogs Edcamp
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51 min
April 23, 2019
9: 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks
Have you seen Google for Education’s brochure on 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks? It’s an awesome resource that inspired me to make this episode for you! I don’t have time to touch on all 60 tools in one episode, but I’ll chat about the highlights. If you want the entire list, just scroll down! If you need any inspiration for tools to use, this is definitely the episode for you. One of the tools I love is Book Creator. So often, kids are given the same presentation tools over and over, and this tool can help educators break out of that box and offer an alternative to the traditional presentation. If you haven’t used it before, I think CoSpaces Edu will blow your mind! It allows students to build 3D virtual environments, that can then be viewed in virtual or augmented reality. In the literacy and numeracy tools category, I particularly love Flocabulary. You might have already seen some of their videos without even realizing it! Another of my favorite tools in this category is Newsela. This is perfect for finding non-fiction articles that are appropriate for your students. They take news articles from reputable sources, and “translate” them into four different reading levels. Can you tell I’m excited about these tools? I wish I had time to talk about all of them, but I can’t wait to highlight at least a few of my favorites! Tune in to hear about even more apps that I love, in four different categories. In This Episode: [00:28] - Welcome to episode 9 of the Shake Up Learning Show! Kasey explains her inspiration for today’s topic. [01:05] - Kasey sends a shoutout to @AlexTravisITRT on Twitter. [03:18] - Today’s question comes from Julie Cobb, who wants to know if Kasey will be doing any on-air coaching for coaches. [05:02] - It’s time to dive into the tools! Kasey starts off by chatting about one of the Content Creation category tools, Book Creator. [08:15] - Kasey shares another reason that she likes Book Creator so much. [09:16] - Next, Kasey chats about CoSpaces Edu, which allows students to build virtual 3D environments. [12:58] - We learn about another application, Explain Everything. [14:38] - The last content creation tool for today is Adobe Spark. Kasey talks about how powerful it is. [17:48] - Kasey shifts into talking about tools in the Literacy and Numeracy category, starting off with Flocabulary. [20:11] - The next tool that Kasey will chat about today is Newsela, which is great for finding age-appropriate news articles. [23:02] - Kasey talks about EquatIO, which may be perfect for math teachers. [24:50] - We shift gears back from math into reading as we hear about the next tool, Fluency Tutor. [26:03] - The last tool that Kasey wants to talk about in this category is Read&Write for Google. [27:18] - Kasey moves on to talking about the next category, STEAM Tools, and discusses Tynker. [28:24] - We learn about Flat.io, which allows you to collaboratively create sheet music. [29:44] - Code.org is one of Kasey’s favorite coding websites. [31:33] - Kasey talks about Edpuzzle, a tool from the Communication & Understanding category. [33:07] - We hear about Flipgrid, which is now completely free for everyone! [35:08] - Kasey shares her thoughts on Pear Deck, which is a favorite tool of hers (and this episode’s sponsor!). [37:59] - The last communication tool that Kasey will talk about today is Screencastify, which is a Chrome extension that lets you easily record your screen. [40:48] - Ready for the question of the week? Here we go! What are three tools from this week’s episode that you want to try in your classroom, and how will you integrate them into your curriculum? Post your answers on your favorite social media platform using the #ShakeUpLearning hashtag, or share them in the Shake Up Learning Community! [41:44] - Have you thought about getting Google Certified? Kasey can help! She helps educators get certified through her three online courses: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course If you’re interested in taking more than one of these courses, get a bundle to save big! Enrollment only opens twice a year, so sign up when it opens on May 21st or you’ll need to wait until November. If you’re ready to learn more, head to this link! [44:12] - Kasey thanks listeners for tuning in, and offers a way to give back: leave a review (using the word “y’all” if you can squeeze it in!). This helps other teachers find the podcast, and might get you a shoutout on a future episode! List of 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks: Content Creation Tools Adobe Illustrator Draw Adobe Photoshop Mix Adobe Spark Book Creator Buncee CoSpaces Edu Explain Everything Kami Lucidchart Soundtrap Squid Stop Motion Studio Toontastic WeVideo Literacy & Numeracy Tools BrainPOP CK-12 Foundation DOGO News Epic! Frontier Flocabulary (just acquired by Nearpod) Listenwise Motion Math Newsela Plotagon Education Reflex Math Scrible EquatIO Fluency Tutor Read&Write for Google STEAM Tools Autodesk Tinkercad BlocksCAD Code.org Tynker Flat.io GeoGebra Communication & Understanding Tools Classcraft Edpuzzle Flipgrid Pear Deck Screencastify Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network Pear Deck (this episode’s sponsor!)
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46 min
April 16, 2019
8: The Teacher’s Guide to Digital Choice Boards
I have been a fan of choice boards (aka learning menus) since my first few years of teaching. I even shared some choice boards and ideas in my book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic. As a middle school language arts teacher, I began teaching the way I was taught--every student did the same thing at the same time. But as I began to improve my craft and implement things like small group instruction, I learned that we can differentiate, offer choice, and have multiple learning opportunities happening at the same time--even in secondary. What is a Choice Board? IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICE! Learning menus (aka choice boards) are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities. Learning menus and choice boards can be created in a variety of styles and mediums. They’ve been around for a long time and originated in a static, paper format. With digital tools, we can bring the menus to life with interactivity and creation. Why Use Choice Boards? Choice boards provide students with flexible learning paths to the learning goal. Every student has different strengths, learning styles, and interests, and choice boards allow us to reach more learners in new and different ways. Choice boards help teachers differentiate. There are many ways to differentiate for our students. Providing choice allows us to give students a voice in their own learning. It’s student centered! “…at its core, differentiated instruction means addressing ways in which students vary as learners.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson   In This Episode: [00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners to today’s episode, and explains that its topic will be choice boards (specifically digital choice boards). [02:43] - Today’s shout out goes to Rudder Middle School in Northside ISD, in San Antonio, Texas! [05:43] - Kasey talks about this week’s question, which comes from Mike Mohammed. He wants to know how people have been using technology to help students set goals and track their progress. [07:46] - We hear an introduction to the meat of the episode, which is the teacher’s guide to digital choice boards. [09:51] - What exactly is a choice board, or a learning menu? [11:19] - We learn about some of the benefits of using choice boards, and what they can offer students. [13:13] - Kasey digs into what choice boards look like and explains that they can be as simple or creative as you like. She also talks about how versatile they can. [15:13] - Are choice boards and hyperdocs the same thing? [16:11] - We hear about some of the types of learning menus, such as a simple list, a bingo board, or a restaurant-style menu. [17:28] - Kasey talks about the tic-tac-toe choice board, which is one of her favorites. [18:36] - The lesson design for choice boards is something that Kasey has learned the hard way, she points out. She then explains three things that you should notice on her tic-tac-toe templates. [23:36] - Kasey gives an example of how her color-coding could work, and talks about the option of making the middle square a free option (pending teacher approval, of course). [26:22] - Kasey talks listeners through the tic-tac-toe templates that she’s sharing today. [31:16] - There are many other options for designing choice boards, Kasey points out; they don’t have to be tic-tac-toe style! [33:48] - Kasey mentions a few other types of learning menus. [36:09] - We learn about the menu that Kasey shared in episode 2 of this podcast, which was the 4 C’s Digital Learning Menu. [36:53] - Kasey chats about some project ideas that can go onto a choice board. [39:31] - We hear some final tips on choice boards. [42:01] - Ready for the podcast question of the week? Here you go: where can you begin integrating choice boards in your classroom? What choices will you give? How will you assess the learning? [42:38] - Kasey talks about how she can help with the Google Certification process through her three online courses: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course Interested in all three? Bundle them to save! Enrollment opens on May 21st for a limited time, and if you miss your chance, you’ll need to wait until November for another opportunity to sign up. Head to this link to learn more! [45:05] - Thanks so much for tuning in! Don’t forget to subscribe so you can hear a new episode each week, and please leave a review (bonus points for using the word “y’all”!) so other teachers can find the podcast.   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network Mike Mohammed Tom Spall Amber Teamann The 4 C’s: The Superfoods of Learning - SULS002  
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46 min
April 9, 2019
7: [Student Interview] I Wish My Teacher Knew…
Ready for our very first student interview? This is it! Today’s student guest is Camden, an amazing, high-achieving 10-year-old fifth grader at H.E. Bonner Elementary in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Camden is one of those delightful students who loves learning new things. One of her favorite parts of going to school, in fact, is learning! (Another of her favorite things about school is seeing her friends.) Even though she loves school, there’s one thing Camden wishes she could change: she wishes students were disciplined more to reduce problems with bullying and being mean to other students. Camden also shares what she wishes that her teachers understood about her. She tries really hard at school, she explains, and she isn’t sure that her teachers always see or appreciate her efforts. This episode also offers valuable insight into grading from a student’s perspective. Camden feels very strongly about her grades and wants to keep them high. She’ll share a story today about a time she felt that she was graded unfairly. Of course, we’ll also dig into technology! Camden enthusiastically rattles off the impressive list of tools they use in class. I’ll include a list below! I love to ask students what they would learn at school if they could choose, and Camden’s answers are great: she wants to learn languages (especially French so she can visit Paris) as well as dance. Don’t miss this great episode with a fantastic young woman! And don’t forget to answer the question of the week: “What can we learn from honest conversations with students about the learning in our classrooms?” Post your answer in the the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook, or share it on your favorite social media platform with the hashtag #shakeuplearning. Finally, if you know someone who would be a great student guest on a future episode, fill out the application here! And if you want to work with me or bring me to your school, check out this link.   In This Episode: [00:28] - Welcome back to the show! Kasey explains the topic of today’s episode, which is the show’s first student interview. [01:55] - Kasey gives a quick shoutout to Stellaffffff, who left a fantastic review on iTunes! [02:58] - We have a quick question from Laura Cahill: How do we support more reluctant teachers to embrace technology and new ideas in the classroom? [08:04] - Kasey introduces the show’s very first student guest: Camden from South Carolina! [08:36] - We hear about Camden’s age, grade level, and what she likes most about going to school. [09:40] - If Camden could change anything about school, what would it be? [11:01] - Camden shifts into talking about her teachers, sharing one thing that she wishes that her teachers understood about her. [11:54] - Kasey asks Camden about how much a grade means to her, and they chat about whether grades are always reflective of how much work Camden puts in. [14:41] - Does Camden use technology in class every day? [16:39] - Camden talks about what she did in school today specifically. [17:42] - We hear about some opportunities that Camden has had to create things using a Chromebook. [19:39] - Camden shares her thoughts on the benefits of working with her friends on group projects. She also likes working with kids she’s not as close with. [21:02] - If she still had to go to school every day, but could learn anything she wanted, what would Camden want to learn? [23:09] - Camden chats about her many sports and activities outside of school. [25:10] - We learn about why Camden wants to start a podcast of her own. [26:34] - Here’s the podcast question for the week: what can we learn from honest conversations with students about the learning in our classrooms? [27:39] - Kasey explains how to apply to be a student guest on the podcast in a future episode: fill out the application here! [28:02] - If you’re ready to get Google certified, this is your chance! Enrollment for Kasey’s three Google Certification courses opens on May 21st for a limited time! The courses are: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course Buy them individually, or get the whole bundle and save! If you miss this open enrollment period, you’ll have to wait until November, so don’t miss this chance. Learn more at this link! [30:30] - Kasey takes a moment to thank listeners for tuning in.   Tools that Camden uses in class: Google Classroom Google Expeditions Dash Robots Ozobots Green screen Stop motion animation Google Slides Adobe Spark Google Hangouts Code.org Digital breakouts Google Docs Poly   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Education Podcast Network 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
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31 min
April 2, 2019
6: [On-Air Coaching] Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology with Jasmine Saab
We’re doing something different today! This episode features my very first on-air coaching guest, Jasmine Saab. Jasmine is a second-year fourth-grade teacher at Marrington Elementary School near Charleston, South Carolina. She loves integrating movement and technology from her classroom. Originally from California, Jasmine fills her time with a wide array of hobbies ranging from tandem bike riding to volunteering to singing in foreign languages. Jasmine’s awards and accomplishments list is so long that I need to include it separately, so check it out below! As you can probably guess from that impressive list, Jasmine is an excellent teacher who’s doing some truly amazing things in her classroom. As you’ll hear today, she also has some struggles, specifically around technology. She’s inspired by technology without always thinking things through to the end in terms of planning and her learning goals. And that’s why she’s on the show today! I’ll coach her through this struggle and help her think of some new ways to think of her lesson design. One of Jasmine’s coolest projects is her robotic water cycle lesson, which involves all kinds of skills from her students. As she’ll explain, though, the lesson didn’t go perfectly. In our conversation today, we’ll focus specifically on this lesson, and I’ll ask her a series of questions that will help guide her through ways to make it better. We also talk about Jasmine’s new classroom toy, a 3D printer and how she can design meaningful learning experiences for her students using this device. These questions should help her (and you!) figure out how to improve various other lessons too. Listen in for some advice on how to make sure that tech fits your learning goals, and to hear about why it’s so important not to get distracted by the fun, shiny objects in technology. [ctt template="1" link="N6Rh2" via="yes" ]How to Stay Focused on the Learning Goals, NOT the technology! #edtech[/ctt] In This Episode: [00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners to today’s episode and explains what it will be all about. [02:11] - Before we dive into this episode, Kasey gives a shout out to the Shake Up Learning podcast launch team! [03:38] - Jasmine introduces herself and talks about the students and parent involvement at her school. [08:58] - We hear about what Jasmine’s class looks like on a day-to-day basis, specifically in terms of technology. [16:54] - Kasey shares her response to all of the awesome things that Jasmine is doing in her classroom. [17:44] - Does Jasmine have any videos of the projects she’s been talking about? [18:35] - Jasmine explains why she wants Kasey’s help. [20:14] - Kasey starts off her coaching by asking Jasmine some questions specifically about the water cycle lessons. [21:48] - On a scale of 1-10, how would Jasmine rank her water cycle lesson? [24:57] - Kasey responds to Jasmine’s rating of her lesson, as well as the issues that she struggled with in her classroom [26:05] - How much time did Jasmine originally plan for this lesson? [27:44] - We hear about what would have made Jasmine’s lesson a 10 instead of a 9. [30:50] - Kasey points out the importance of having an end goal in mind. [32:31] - Jasmine talks about the 3D printer project that she’s working on right now. [34:50] - Kasey takes a step back and offers Jasmine a piece of advice: always start with the learning goal! [37:03] - Was there a learning goal that Kasey had in mind with all of this? [41:38] - We hear Kasey’s advice on adding in tech only when it will lead directly to learning goals. [43:25] - Jasmine replies to Kasey’s advice and talks about where her thoughts are now and what she is realizing from this conversation. [45:48] - Kasey makes a suggestion for Jasmine. [47:31] - What Kasey has been saying is related to the fail-forward concept, Jasmine points out. [48:29] - We learn more about Genius Hour and how it works. [51:40] - What are Jasmine’s next steps, and what does she think she’ll work on next? [54:51] - Here’s this week’s podcast question: have you ever tried to integrate too much at once, like Jasmine? How do you ensure that your enthusiasm doesn’t distract from the purpose of the lesson? Share your answers on your favorite social media platform using the #shakeuplearning hashtag, or post it in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook! [56:06] - Kasey has three Google Certification courses, for which enrollment is opening on May 21st for a limited time! These are: The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course If you want to take all of the courses, you can save by buying the bundle! And if you’re interested, don’t hesitate, because enrollment won’t open again until November. Head to this link to learn more about the courses! [58:34] - Thanks for listening in! Don’t miss next week’s episode, where I’ll chat with Richard Byrne from Free Tech 4 Teachers. Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you get notified when that episode comes out, and please leave a review of the podcast! (Bonus points if you use the word “y’all” in your review.) [ctt template="1" link="5U3d6" via="yes" ]When it comes to using tech in the classroom, always start with your learning goal in mind. Kasey Bell explores this concept in episode 5 of #ShakeUpLearning.[/ctt] Podcast Question of the Week: Have you ever tried to integrate too much at once like Jasmine? How do you ensure that your enthusiasm doesn’t distract from the purpose of the lesson? Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning community or on your favorite social platform. Google Certification Courses Open May 21 If you have ever thought about getting Google Certified, but are unsure where to start, or overwhelmed with the content, I can help! I have three online courses to help you reach your Google Certification goals. (1) The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy (2) The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy (3) Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course These courses are designed to walk you through the process and give you everything you need to know to pass the exam. I have helped THOUSANDS get Google Certified, and I want to help YOU! But don't miss this opportunity! These courses only open twice a year. Enrollment opens on May 21st for a limited time. If you miss this window, you have to wait until November! But wait...there's more! SAVE BIG WITH BUNDLES! Opening all of these courses at once also gives you another advantage–bundling! If you want to purchase multiple courses at once, you can save BIG TIME! Learn more at http://GetGoogleCertified.com Jasmine’s awards and accomplishments: Marrington Elementary School Rookie Teacher of the Year 2018 College of Charleston Education Health and Human Performance Outstanding Student 2017 Faculty Honors List College of Charleston Teacher Leader Alumnae CofC Merit Based Scholar Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho Scholarship Recipient CERRA Teaching Fellow Student Director of Project Playground Women's Golf Captain First Tee Golf Winner 2018 [ctt template="1" link="H4M3G" via="no" ]Technology can be a fun, shiny object, but it can distract teachers and students from the goal. - @ShakeUpLearning[/ctt] Links and Resources Mentioned in the Episode The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Jasmine Saab on Twitter Jasmine Saab on YouTube Jasmine’s teacher website Education Podcast Network DonorsChoose.org Dash robot Dot robot Cue robot Genius Hour Shake Up Learning: Google Certification courses The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course Get Google Certified Questions & Comments Do you have a question you would like me to answer on the show? I’d love to hear from you! I also love to hear from students! Leave me a voicemail and your message could be played on the podcast! Do You Want to Be on the Podcast?  READ THIS FIRST! NO SOLICITING! The Shake Up Learning Show hosts a variety of guests including inspiring educators, on-air coaching calls with classroom teachers, and student interviews. Inspiring Educators Many inspiring educators are regular guests of the show. Currently, this type of guest is INVITE ONLY. Please do not ask to be on the podcast. On-Air Coaching with Kasey Bell I love to help teachers with one-on-one coaching on the podcast, called, “On-Air Coaching.” Are you struggling with one particular lesson? One piece of content or skill that’s just hard to teach or doesn’t seem to work well with technology? Let me help! Using this On-Air Coaching Application, tell me about yourself, your students, and your struggle. You may get to be on the podcast!!! Do you know a teacher that is a good candidate? Feel free to send them the link to the form. Student Interviews We will also feature some student interviews on the podcast. Students are windows to the reality of school. Do you have a student who would be open to talking about learning and school? (MUST HAVE PARENT PERMISSION) Use this form to tell me about your student! Other Inquiries If you have other questions or inquiries about the podcast, please use this contact form.  
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60 min
March 26, 2019
5: How to Plan for Technology Integration
Let’s talk about lesson planning. I know, I know, this isn’t the most exciting thing to talk about… but it’s so important! Since is the last episode in my five-part series, I want you to be able to take everything you’ve learned so far and implement it in your classroom. And, to do that, you need to plan lessons! (By the way, if you haven’t heard the first four parts of the series yet, go check those out before you listen to this episode.) Before we dive into planning, though, I want to share a story with you. One of the most impactful professional learning experiences that I have ever experienced took place at the Central Texas Writing Project Summer Institute. One of the requirements was to deliver a model lesson to the group. There’s nothing more powerful than being in the seat of the student, and finding the gaps that may be missing in your lesson from their perspective. I learned so much about myself as a teacher, as well as some powerful strategies. Now, onto planning lessons! The outer, purple circle on the dynamic learning ring is the lesson planning cycle. It goes from purposeful planning through focused on learning outcomes, fearless implementation, facilitated with finesses, honest reflection, and share with the world. To illustrate these points, I’ll use model lesson plans from some amazing teachers to show how you can apply everything you’ve been learning in a real classroom setting! Tune into this final part of the five-episode opening series of this podcast to learn more about all these topics! I’ll also dig into best practices for writing lesson plans, the art of knowing how to switch gears, and other aspects of bringing dynamic learning into your fantastic new lesson plans!   In This Episode: [00:28] - Let’s get started and plan lessons that will include everything you’ve learned to make your classroom more dynamic! [02:06] - Today’s shoutout goes to all the teachers from Franklin Park, Illinois, who participated in my Dynamic Learning Workshop a few weeks ago, even though it was on a Saturday. [03:29] - Kasey digs in to how to create meaningful dynamic learning experiences for students. [06:26] - We learn that today’s content is also available in Kasey’s book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic. [06:45] - Kasey revisits the idea of dynamic learning, and talks about some of the struggles of lesson planning. [09:26] - We hear a reminder of exactly what dynamic learning is. [12:35] - The first model lesson plan that Kasey will talk about today is from Christine Pinto, who uses Chromebooks every day with kindergarteners! [15:26] - Christine’s lesson definitely goes beyond the tool, Kasey points out. [15:41] - The next lesson comes from Sylvia Duckworth, who you may recognize from her fabulous sketchnotes for educators! [18:27] - Kasey explores what she calls the “mind-blowing unit” from Sean Fahey, Karly Moura, Michele Waggoner, Heather Marshall, Becky Ogbouma. This one hits all of the beyonds and all four C’s! [20:53] - Next up is #GoalTime from Matt Hawkins, which is a twist on Genius Hour. [22:31] - Today’s last model lesson comes from Carrie Baughcum, a special education teacher from Chicago, Illinois. [24:50] - Are the gears turning yet? Kasey hopes that these lesson plans have provided some inspiration for your own dynamic learning experience! [25:34] - If you’re not ready to write a full lesson plan yet, you’re in the pre-planning and brainstorming phase. Kasey’s Dynamic Learning Experience Planning Document should help! Kasey walks listeners through the six steps on this document. [30:04] - Once you know what your learning targets are, you can start taking steps toward creating a dynamic learning experience using an included template: either the DLE template (make a copy) or the ONE-PAGE template. [31:32] - Kasey explains the DLE template so that listeners can use it to its fullest. [33:41] - We hear some tips on facilitation and technology. [36:41] - The next two pieces of the implementation section are about differentiation and quality feedback, Kasey explains. [38:57] - We learn about how to figure out an assessment strategy. [41:20] - Kasey recaps this circle on the outer ring of the dynamic learning model, which she has covered through this episode. [42:27] - Kasey reminds listeners that this five-part series comes with an Epic Freebie Download! [43:35] - Here’s this episode’s question: what lesson plan would you like to revamp and plan as a dynamic learning experience? Kasey invites you to share the answer in the Shake Up Learning community, or on your favorite social platform using the #shakeuplearning hashtag. [44:15] - We learn about this week’s challenge: download the freebie bundle and share this episode with another teacher. Also come join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! [45:04] - This episode, Kasey’s resource is The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts by Chris Nesi.   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Google Teacher Tribe Podcast The Dynamic Learning Workshop Online Course The Central Texas Writing Project Summer Institute Steven Covey Model it Up with Google Sheets by Christine Pinto Christine Pinto on Twitter Google Apps for Littles by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler Creating Collaborative Comics with Google Slides/Drawings and Bitmoji Chrome Extension by Sylvia Duckworth Wild Learning with Roz by Sean Fahey, Karly Moura, Michele Waggoner, Heather Marshall, Becky Ogbouma #GoalTime by Matt Hawkins Genius Hour Project Wonder by Carrie Baughcum Backward Design Dynamic Learning Experience Planning Document DLE template (or make a copy) ONE-PAGE template The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts by Chris Nesi
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47 min
March 26, 2019
4: Easy Lesson Plan Makeovers for Your Classroom
Give your lessons a dynamic learning upgrade with my dynamic lesson makeovers for your classroom! If you’re not sure what dynamic learning is, I recommend going back and starting with episode 1 of the podcast. This is episode four of a five-part series on meaningful technology integration, and I’d love for you to benefit from listening to the whole series in order! Throughout the series, I’ve been giving you some examples of how to make learning dynamic. Today’s episode is all about concrete examples of taking static assignments and shifting them into more dynamic lessons. Imagine this: instead of writing a traditional research paper on World War II, your students have a Skype or Google Hangouts conversation with a war survivor in another country. Not only would it give them a different perspective, it would also be an interactive, powerful experience that they would remember for their whole lives. (Because let’s be honest, how many of us remember everything we wrote about years ago in those five-paragraph essays?) I’ll cover five more examples like this throughout today’s episode, but I can’t resist sharing one more now! Think of how much more powerful it would be for your students if, instead of writing a biography on one historical figure, they created a public class website on inspiring historical figures. And, instead of handing in a paper and being done, they can add additional content throughout the year and publish it for a global audience. They’re still getting practice in research and writing, but now they’re building something throughout the year. If I sound particularly excited and enthusiastic about this idea, it’s because I am! Taking learning “beyond,” as we covered in a previous episode, makes it so much more powerful for students. I hope that these dynamic lesson makeovers, as well as the others that I talk about in the episode, are already giving you ideas on how to transform your lesson plans and bring more dynamic learning into your classroom.   In This Episode: [00:28] - Welcome to the show! Kasey introduces today’s topic: dynamic lesson makeovers for your classroom. [01:56] - Today’s shoutout goes to Levi Thomas, Rebecca Brewer, and Stacy Larsen, who are recent graduates of Kasey’s Google Certified Educator Academy (Level 1). They all recently passed their exams and became Google Certified! [02:43] - Ready to dive into the featured content? Kasey begins exploring today’s topic. [04:08] - Kasey explains that this particular podcast started off as part of a blog post and presentation that she has shared. [05:42] - Kasey starts by talking about the “not that” side of her “do this, not that” infographic. We learn about an option for what to do instead of a research paper on World War II. [07:24] - We learn about how this option aligns with the dynamic learning framework that Kasey explored in episode 3. [08:25] - The next example that Kasey provides is a dynamic substitute for an Edgar Allan Poe author study worksheet packet. [10:55] - Kasey moves on to the next lesson makeover: labeling and coloring a paper map of the capitals of the United States. [12:20] - We learn about a powerful tool from Google: Google Earth Tour Builder. [13:05] - Kasey shares a lesson makeover that turns a written biography of Winston Churchill into a public class website, which is updated with additional content throughout the year, on inspiring historical figures. [14:57] - The next of Kasey’s lesson plan makeovers is about science fair projects, she explains. [16:47] - Kasey talks about how to use technology in the classroom for math teachers. [20:01] - We jump to another idea: the static worksheet about the scientific method. [23:10] - Kasey hopes you’ve enjoyed these examples on how to take lesson plans from static to dynamic! [23:40] - We hear about some simple ways that you can upgrade your lessons. [25:47] - Kasey talks about the power of having students set their own learning goals. [27:22] - What are some ways that you can give some of your lessons a dynamic learning upgrade? Kasey offers questions for listeners to consider, then mentions an opportunity to be on the podcast. [29:14] - Don’t forget that this episode is part of a series! The series comes with an Epic Download Freebie. [30:30] - Here’s this episode’s podcast question: what is one dynamic learning upgrade that you are willing to try in your classroom? Please share the answer on your favorite social platform using the #shakeuplearning hashtag, or post your answer in the Shake Up Learning community! [31:19] - Kasey challenges listeners to download the freebie and share this episode with at least one other teacher. She also invites listeners to join the Shake Up Learning Book Study. [32:14] - Shake Up Learning offers several professional development courses for teachers! See all Shake Up Learning courses at this link, or check them out individually: The Google Classroom Master Class, The Google Slides Master Class, The Dynamic Learning Workshop, and Google Certification Courses. [35:38] - This show is brand new, and it would be really helpful if you leave a review! Bonus points if you fit the word y’all into your review.   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Google Teacher Tribe Podcast Google Earth Tour Builder FlipGrid Genius Hour All Shake Up Learning courses The Google Classroom Master Class The Google Slides Master Class The Dynamic Learning Workshop Google Certification Courses
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37 min
March 26, 2019
3: A Framework for Meaningful Technology Integration
Ready to learn how to meaningfully and practically integrate technology into your classroom?! If so, you’re in the right place! This episode will explore the dynamic learning framework, and is part three of a five-part series on meaningful technology integration. (If you haven’t already heard parts 1 and 2, I suggest you go check them out first!) I’ve created the Dynamic Learning Framework to help with meaningful technology integration. This framework is actually at the heart of my book Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic. Today, I’m going to give you this framework for free, so you don’t even need to buy the book! Listen to the episode to learn about it, and stay tuned until the end of the episode to get your download bundle. Let’s dig into a question: does your classroom offer one-and-done learning activities, or does the learning grow, inspire, and evolve throughout the year and beyond? In today’s episode, I want to focus on that word “beyond.” In fact, my framework has five “beyonds: beyond the bell, beyond the grade level & subject, beyond the walls, beyond the tools, and beyond the due date. I’ll start off by exploring the idea of going beyond the bell. This means that learning doesn’t need to end when the bell rings, because many of them have digital tools and devices available any time, anywhere. Next, I’ll dig into going beyond the grade level and subject area, and taking students off the conveyor belt to give them a choice-driven education inspired by the things they’re passionate about. The third of the five “beyonds” is going beyond the walls. I’ll talk about both the world into your classroom, as well as bringing your classroom to the world. The fourth “beyond” is going beyond the tools, and this is one of my favorites! Going beyond the tools is so important in meaningful technology integration. Finally, I’ll talk about going beyond the due date. This one may be a struggle, but remember that we’re exploring dynamic learning experiences! Tune into the episode to learn about how going beyond the due date can be such a fantastic strategy for encouraging learning in many cases.   In This Episode: [00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners to this episode, which will be about the dynamic learning framework for integrating technology into your classroom. [02:00] - We hear a shout-out to the TCEA Shake Up Learning Volunteers who helped Kasey survive the conference: Lyndi Christensen Valicek, Ashley Pursley, Meredith Jones, Sarah Fromhold, and Stephanie Martinez! [03:02] - Let’s talk about meaningful technology integration, and what it looks like! [03:57] - Does your classroom offer one-and-done learning activities, or does the learning grow, inspire, and evolve throughout the year and beyond? [05:12] - Kasey explains that there are five “beyonds” in her dynamic learning framework, and shares her philosophy in creating this framework. [10:24] - We hear a recap of the concepts of dynamic and static learning, which Kasey has explored in a previous episode. [12:07] - Kasey breaks down the dynamic learning framework, briefly explaining how to understand the graphic included with these notes. [12:54] - Kasey kicks things off by exploring the first of the “beyonds”: beyond the bell. [15:06] - We hear some strategies for going beyond the bell. [16:50] - Another activity that fits in with this segment is creating a vision board with Google Slides, Kasey explains. [19:24] - The next “beyond” is beyond the grade level and subject area. [20:32] - Kasey talks about some easy ways to take students off the conveyor belt and give them opportunities to go beyond the grade level and subject area. [23:11] - We learn about design thinking, a creative problem-solving protocol to create innovative solutions. [24:24] - Kasey moves on to talking about going beyond the walls. [27:54] - The next “beyond” is going beyond the tools, Kasey explains. [29:52] - Kasey talks about some strategies for going beyond the tools. [31:50] - We come back to the idea of the worksheet, with Kasey explaining the problems with this format. [33:47] - The fifth and final of Kasey’s “beyonds” is one you may struggle with: going beyond the due date. [36:15] - Kasey explores some strategies for helping kids to continue their work and learning beyond the due date. [38:23] - Kasey reviews the “beyonds” that she has covered in today’s episode. [41:20] - If you don’t already have your Epic Freebie Download, make sure you download it now! [42:43] - Here’s today’s Podcast Question of the Week: what is one way that you can beyond in your classroom that you’ve never tried? Please share the answers in the Shake Up Learning Community or on your favorite social media platform! [43:23] - This week’s challenge is to get the Epic Freebie Download, and share this episode with at least one other teacher! Also, check out the Shake Up Learning Book Study! [44:25] - Kasey talks about some free resources that you can get on the Shake Up Learning blog: her four free webinars! How to Get Google Certified!, 5 Things to Know About the New Google Classroom, 3 Things That Will Change the Way You Use Google Slides, and How to Create Dynamic Learning Experiences for Students.   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Google Teacher Tribe Podcast Lyndi Christensen Valicek Meredith Jones Sarah Fromhold Stephanie Martinez Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom Student-Created Vision Boards with Google Slides Unsplash Do Schools Kill Creativity?: Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk Genius Hour Cardboard Challenge How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms by Vicki Davis IDEO’s Teacher Guild Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing from Edutopia Every Student Should Publish for the World Mystery Skype Google Connected Classrooms Flipgrid Gridpals How to Create an eBook with Google Slides Google Slides Can Do What?!?! on the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates The #ShakeUpLearning Challenge: Share Your Voice! Share Your Voice Challenge – Part 2 #ShakeUpLearning How to Get Google Certified! 5 Things to Know About the New Google Classroom 3 Things That Will Change the Way You Use Google Slides How to Create Dynamic Learning Experiences for Students
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47 min
March 26, 2019
2: The 4 C's: The Superfoods of Learning
When you think of the four C’s, you probably think of diamonds… but did you know they have a place in education, too? Creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking are a foundational component of dynamic learning. In fact, I even like to call them the superfoods of learning! If this is the first time you’re tuning in, I just want to let you know that this is part of a five-episode series. I recommend starting with episode 1, then listening through in order to get loads of tips, ideas, and templates that will help you encourage dynamic learning in your classroom! Speaking of dynamic learning, it’s important to understand what this term means before we dive into the four C’s. In short, dynamic learning is characterized by constant change and activity, and tends to extend beyond the school day and the classroom. Static learning, on the other hand, has an overall lack of movement, growth, and action and takes place within the traditional school day. With this in mind, think about the nutritional value of the learning in your classroom. In your nutrition facts, four important components are the four C’s I mentioned before (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking). And just like in an actual diet of food, it’s important to have balance in your lesson nutrition facts. You probably hit communication and collaboration a lot, but do you always include creativity and critical thinking? Tune into this episode to learn about each of the four C’s, how they relate to each other, and how you can start implementing them into your classroom in ways that will be powerful and successful for your students! Don’t forget to download today’s freebie, the Epic Download Bundle! It includes the 4 C’s Digital Learning menu, along with way more value-packed freebies that will help you encourage dynamic learning in your classroom.   In This Episode: [00:28] - Welcome back to the show! Kasey introduces today’s topic, the four C’s (or the superfoods of learning). [02:27] - Kasey gives a shout-out to the Shake Up Learning Community managers: Pam Hubler and Susan Vicentz. [03:14] - We learn that the four C’s are creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. [04:20] - Kasey explains what dynamic learning is (as opposed to static learning). [07:09] - Think about the nutritional value of the learning in your classroom, Kasey recommends, and explains what this means and how it involves the four C’s. [11:13] - Kasey shares a way to give your classroom metabolism a nutritional boost: feed it the most nutritious, dynamic learning experiences that you can. [11:38] - We hear about the essential components for dynamic learning, which are the four C’s. [13:11] - Kasey defines and explores the first of the four C’s: creativity! [16:16] - Kasey offers some examples of how to include creativity in what you currently teach. [18:33] - If you want to be creative, you have to be willing to take creative risks, Kasey points out. [18:59] - The next of the four C’s is critical thinking. This is the ability to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information, Kasey explains. [20:52] - We hear examples of ways to use critical thinking in the classroom. [23:38] - Kasey invites listeners to think about the overlap between critical thinking and creativity. [24:25] - Next on the list of the four C’s is communication. [25:24] - A podcast is the perfect example of trying a new medium, Kasey points out, and talks about her own experience in trying podcasting in a class. [29:46] - Kasey lists some other mediums for communication, including comic strips and storytelling. [30:23] - Kasey moves onto talking about collaboration, offering a definition and talking about what she’s seen happen in the classroom. [31:56] - We learn about the importance of role-setting in creating successful collaboration. [34:31] - In what ways are you already integrating the four C’s into your curriculum? Where are you lacking? [36:20] - Kasey talks about the dynamic learning experience and how the four C’s are foundational. She illustrates this through the 4 C’s Digital Learning Menu. [39:27] - Kasey goes into today’s learning menu in more depth, and mentions the teacher’s guide that will help you tweak the menu for your own classroom. [43:57] - We learn about what’s included in the Epic Download Bundle. [44:40] - New episodes of this podcast will come out every Tuesday, Kasey explains. She also shares this week’s question of the week: in what ways are you already integrating the four C’s in your curriculum? Please share the answers in the Shake Up Learning Community or on your favorite social media platform! [45:26] - Kasey challenges listeners to download the freebie, and share this episode with at least one other teacher. Also please join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! [46:01] - There are some special resources on the Shake Up Learning blog that you might enjoy, specifically Stranger Google: Crazy Tools From the Upside Down! (You can also find part 2 here.) [47:41] - Thank you for listening to today’s information-packed episode!   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Google Teacher Tribe Podcast Sir Ken Robinson Design thinking Cardboard ChallengeCaine’s Arcade Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin Stop Stealing Dreams: Seth Godin’s TEDx video Anchor Do Schools Kill Creativity?: Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk Stranger Google: Crazy Tools From the Upside Down (Part 1)! Stranger Google: Crazy Tools From the Upside Down (Part 2)!
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March 26, 2019
1: Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers
What’s shakin’? Welcome to the very first episode of the Shake Up Learning Show, where we’ll dig into integrating technology into the classroom, growing as a leader, refining your instructional strategies, and transforming your classroom! Each episode of this new podcast will be packed full of practical ideas, insights, and the opportunity to learn alongside students and other teachers. I’m your host, Kasey Bell. In case we haven’t connected before (maybe on my other podcast, Google Teacher Tribe), let me introduce myself! I’m a former middle school teacher turned digital learning coach, as well as an international speaker, consultant, blogger, author, and—of course—podcaster! My mission is to help teachers learn to meaningfully integrate technology in the classroom. In today’s episode, I’m going to explore my top 20 tech tips for teachers! These are tried-and-true tips that I believe can make a big difference for you. (Don’t miss the next few episodes, too, because we’re starting off the podcast with a five-episode series on meaningful technology integration!) Today’s 20 tips are in a specific order, starting with shifting your mindset. You need to make up your mind to be positive, even though the classroom is full of obstacles. Without getting your mind into the right place, it’s so much harder to follow through with the rest of the tips that I’ll cover in today’s episode. From there, we’ll move onto my other top tips, including taking risks, starting with the “why” instead of the technology, getting tech into your students’ hands, and not getting swept away by new tools. And that’s just the beginning! My hope is that these 20 tips will guide you in successfully implementing technology in your classroom in a way that works for you and your students.   In This Episode: [00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners to the show and introduces herself. [01:42] - Today’s show will be about one of Kasey’s favorite topics: tech tips for teachers! [02:23] - Kasey gives a quick shoutout to Lauren Billingsley, who sketched her entire Dynamic Learning Workshop at TCEA. [03:19] - We learn about the podcast, and what to expect from future episodes. [08:17] - Kasey jumps into talking about the top 20 tech tips for teachers, exploring the first two tips: shift your mindset and take risks. [14:43] - The third tip is to start with the “why,” Kasey explains. Tip #4 is to get the tech into your students’ hands. [18:05] - Kasey’s fifth and sixth tips are to shop for tools like you’re on Amazon, and to avoid getting swept away by new tools. [20:53] - Be consistent, Kasey advises as part of tip #7. Her eighth tip is related: don’t integrate too many tools at once! [23:01] - The ninth tip is one of Kasey’s favorites: don’t be afraid to let your students teach you! Also, utilize student tech experts (that’s tip #10). [26:09] - Do your students come to you with every single tiny question? If so, implement the “ask three before me” strategy. [27:18] - Tips #12 and 13 are both specifically about using tools. [30:40] - Kasey’s 14th tip is to give students voice and choice, she explains. [32:18] - We learn about the importance of getting organized in tip #15. The sixteenth is related, and involves packaging your online assignments. [35:41] - Tip #17 involves not assessing the bells and whistles, in favor of assessing content and skills. [37:32] - Kasey explores her 18th tip, which is to publish for a global audience. [39:20] - The 19th tip is to always have a plan B, Kasey explains. [40:59] - We hear the 20th tip, which is to share your voice. We also need to cultivate this in students, Kasey points out. [42:45] - Kasey explains how to get your freebie, which you can find at this link! [43:57] - Kasey’s podcast question of the week is this: which of the 20 tips stood out to you? Pick three that you plan to take action on, and explain how. Post your answer on The Shake Up Learning Community or your favorite social media platform! [45:24] - We hear about what’s new on the Shake Up Learning blog. [46:26] - Kasey leaves listeners with a challenge of the week: download the freebie, share this episode with at least one other listener, and join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!   Links and Resources: The Shake Up Learning Show The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook Google Teacher Tribe Sketch by Laura Billingsley Dynamic Learning Workshop Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell Start With Why by Simon Sinek How great leaders inspire action: Simon Sinek’s TED talkStudent Chrome Squad Genius Hour Interactive Learning Menus Google Teacher Tribe episode 18: Google Slides Can Do What?!?! How to Package Your Digital Assignments Google Certification Resources Google Certified Educator Level 1 Resources Google Certified Educator Level 2 Resources Google Certified Trainer Resources Join the May 2019 Waitlist for the Google Certification Courses
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