Discover the key skills for thriving in an AI-centric educational landscape. This episode offers insightful thoughts on integrating technical, cognitive, and socio-emotional skills into teaching, preparing students for a AI-driven future. #EdTech Thought - January Pick-Me-Up As teachers, you are more than just instructors; you are mentors, guides, and sometimes even friends to your students. Your resilience and dedication, often unnoticed, are crucial in shaping not just individual lives but entire societies. This segment serves as a reminder of the immense impact educators have beyond just academic teaching. #EdTech Recommendation - QR Codes on Your Classroom Door Monica Burns' recent post, 12 TIPS FOR CLASSROOM DOOR DECORATIONS WITH QR CODES has inspired me, and I've added four more innovative uses for QR codes on your classroom door. These include a Feedback or Suggestion Box, Class Blog or Website, Daily Inspirational Quotes, and Audio Messages. These tools are designed to enhance communication and inspiration in the classroom. Featured Content I explore the essential skills students need to thrive in the AI era. These skills range from technical proficiencies like understanding AI and machine learning to socio-emotional skills such as collaboration and emotional intelligence. The content aims to prepare educators to equip students for a rapidly changing future that is integrated with AI. These skills include understanding AI and machine learning, programming, data literacy, critical thinking, adaptability, innovation, collaboration, emotional intelligence, digital literacy, and cybersecurity awareness. Additionally, I emphasize the importance of self-motivated learning and resilience, skills that are essential for lifelong learning in a technology-centric world. With educational systems incorporating these skills into curricula, this episode is a must-listen for educators, parents, and students preparing for a future workforce dominated by AI. Just Give It A Try Join our new texting community on GroupMe! This is a free platform that I'm using with my Rutgers classes this semester. To join, visit https://chrisnesi.com/textme. Remember, I will be shutting down the Remind group at the end of February 2024, so make sure to switch over to stay connected.
Intro Welcome to a special bonus episode of House of #EdTech, where I'm celebrating a remarkable 10-year journey! My Memories of the Last 10 Years Reflecting on a decade of growth, challenges, and triumphs. The evolution of educational technology over these years. Inspiration for the Show Sharing the spark that ignited the idea for House of #EdTech. Recording and Publishing That First Episode The excitement and nervousness of bringing the first episode to life. Overcoming initial hurdles and learning along the way. House of #EdTech - episode 1 A nostalgic snippet from the very first episode. Favorite Episodes 3 - Joe Iacono 14, 52, 54, 66, 76, 92, 138 - Katelyn 117, 137 - Miles 100, 108 - Dad 59 - Stacey & AJ Interviewed Me By the Numbers 10 Years = 120 months, 521 weeks, 3,652 days, 87,648 hours, 5,258,880 minutes, 315,532,800 seconds. 239 official episodes. 1,457,893 total downloads. Awesome Supporters Expressing heartfelt gratitude to all supporters. Jeff Herb - 1st supporter, sticking with us for 211 episodes. Leo Calbusch - Our latest awesome supporter. Acknowledging former and current Awesome Supporters. Special mention to Stacey Lindes - my 1st fan. Derek Larson - Fill-in host and the creator of the Smackdown sheet. Because of HoET... How HoET gave me the confidence to put my voice out there. Believing in the value of what I have to say. Awards 2015 Educator's Voice 2016 EdTech Digest Leadership Award 2018 EdTech Digest Top-100 EdTech Influencer 2019 K-12 Education 30 Must-Follow IT Influencer 2021 Learning Ladders Best Educational Podcaster Travel and Conferences Memorable trips to Utah, Alabama. Experiences at EdCamps, NJECC, ISTE, and Podcast Movement Rutgers Professor since 2016 The journey of becoming and being a professor at Rutgers. The Pod Journal A dive into the creation and impact of The Pod Journal. I Like to Podcast and You Will Too! Discussing my guide to podcasting and its influence. Purchase your copy! Education Podcast Network The growth and success of the Education Podcast Network. Podcast Editor Role and experiences as a podcast editor for: Google Teacher Podcast Partial Credit Assist Learning Podcast The Infused Classroom Podcast Zebra Podcast Network PodcastPD Chase for 28 Knock Knock, Who's There? Behind the Mic: Voices of the EPN Inspiring Thoughts Daily
Celebrate the 10th House of #EdTech Smackdown with Episode 239, a dynamic Smackdown showcasing the most innovative educational technology tools of 2023. Passionate educators and technology enthusiasts, dive into an exciting array of EdTech tools and predictions for the new year. This episode features engaging discussions on tools and emerging platforms. Special contributions from the EdTech community, including voicemails and emails, enrich the conversation with real-world insights and applications. Whether you're a seasoned educator or exploring the world of EdTech, this episode offers a treasure trove of ideas, inspirations, and tools to revolutionize your approach to teaching and learning in 2024. 2023 Smackdown Contributions from my community, including: Stephanie Howell on Kami Carlos Garza on Cell Phones in Education, Curipod, and Mastodon Katrina Haynes on Nearpod Bryon Carpenter on Adobe Express Stacy Fleming's insights on EdPuzzle Cam Ross recommends Diffit and Canva Magic for engaging lessons Leo's thoughts on ChatGPT Chris Stuchko's take on Magic School AI David Sandlin's submission of Tinkercad for 3D model designing Mel A's roundup of tools like Quizizz, Blooket, EdPuzzle, Adobe Express, and Loom
Dec 31, 2023
Feedback & Shout Outs Stephanie Skrocki - Thank you for the email re: Episode 237 Featured Content Welcome to Episode 238 of the House of #EdTech Podcast! In this episode, I share my recent appearance on an episode of Teachers on Fire, hosted by Tim Cavey. I participated in a live debate addressing a highly relevant topic in education: "Should student phones be banned from our K-12 schools?" I debated Dr. Matt Rhoads, who brought his extensive experience in education and technology to this thought-provoking discussion. Debate Overview: The debate revolves around using cell phones in K-12 educational settings, weighing the benefits and drawbacks. Our guests offer diverse viewpoints: My Perspective: Advocating against banning cell phones, I emphasizes the importance of leveraging these powerful tools for learning and teaching responsible digital citizenship. I highlighted the potential of cell phones for research, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Dr. Matt Rhoads's Viewpoint: Supporting the ban, Dr. Rhoads underscores concerns about declining academic performance, mental health crises, cyberbullying, and distractions caused by cell phones. He argues for using school-issued devices to teach digital citizenship while maintaining a focused learning environment. Discussion Highlights: Learning Tools vs. Distractions: The debate delves into whether cell phones are indispensable educational tools or sources of distraction and decline in academic performance. Digital Citizenship and Responsibility: I argue that school cell phones offer opportunities to teach digital responsibility, while Matt suggests that the risks outweigh the benefits. Mental Health and Bullying: Matt raises concerns about the impact of cell phones on student mental health and bullying, advocating for a safer school environment free from these influences. Communication and Safety: The conversation touches on the role of cell phones in ensuring student safety and communication, especially in emergencies. Conclusion: The episode concludes without a definitive resolution but provides listeners with a comprehensive understanding of both sides. The guests agree on the need for community involvement in decision-making regarding technology in schools. Connect with Tim and Matt Tim Cavey - https://www.youtube.com/@TeachersOnFire Dr. Matt Rhoads - https://matthewrhoads.com/
Dec 17, 2023
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Feedback & Shout Outs Xhausted Educators RechargED with Kyle Hill - November 2 Teachers on Fire - December 16, 2023 House of #EdTech Smackdown Featured Content Managing student technology use is crucial for productive, engaged classrooms. Learn vetted tips for setting screen guidelines, dealing with digital distraction, limiting off-task time, and bolstering curriculum through IT best practices across elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. Whether you're striving for targeted 1:1 implementation or just troubleshooting bring your own device policies, this engaging episode breaks down research and hard-won experience on everything from monitoring software to incentivization tactics. Tune into this insightful discussion evaluating real-world policies, responsible use contracts, tablet time allocation, charging stations, music listening policies, and more. With balanced takeaways across all K-12 environments, educators leave equipped to reinforce digital citizenship, nurture creativity, and build life-ready skills. Think about... How can teachers set clear expectations around learning-focused tech use across grade levels? What troubleshooting tips help minimize digital distractions and reign in device misuse? What creative incentives motivate students to self-monitor and stay engaged during tech-based activities? How can device policies balance educational value, productivity, and age-appropriate online access? What best practices allow students to leverage technology for collaboration, creation, and enhanced learning?
Nov 26, 2023
Feedback & Shout Outs EdCamp New Jersey 2023 will take place on Sat., November 18, 2023. Learn more and register here. EdTech Thought Banning Cell Phones in K-12 Schools is Dumb Cell Phones are Essential Learning Tools Cell phones keep students connected, informed, and able to respond to emergencies. They enable access to educational apps, websites, and digital knowledge. When used responsibly, cell phones can be powerful learning aids for interactive polling, collaborative research, multimedia projects, and more. Banning Phones Assumes the Worst in Students Prohibiting cell phones shows a lack of trust in students and breeds resentment. It punishes all for the mistakes of a few. Students need to learn self-control and responsible technology use. Banning drives phone use underground. Schools Should Evolve with the Times The world is digital now. Students must learn to navigate this landscape. Banning phones does not help. Cell phones allow students to participate more actively in class, pursue passions, and connect learning to real-world issues. Work With Students, Not Against Them Set ground rules together for healthy phone use instead of an outright ban. Leverage technology to create an engaging, relevant learning experience. Partner with students to unlock the academic potential of cell phones. Featured Content I attended the AI in Education Conference recently and I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Robert Zywicky, Dr. Richard Tomko, and Stanley Buchesky about the future of AI in K12 schools and the need for moving AI forward now and in 2024. In this conversation we discussed: Their visions for AI in education The role of Computer Science in AI in education Their predictions for the next year or so as it relates to AI in education.
Nov 12, 2023
Feedback & Shout Outs Email from Christine McCormick - I just finished listening to your Podcast on using AI as your new teaching assistant and I wanted to say thank you!! I am a district office admin and find that my administrators are struggling with the balance of using AI as a resource because of their fear about cheating or some other devilish consequences. I am facilitating a workshop in early November focusing on using AI for the power of good. Thanks for adding to my thinking with your Podcast and I will share it as a great resource in my training. I don't know how I would do my job if I didn't take advantage of how CHAT GPT does the initial thinking for many routine tasks. I now think....could I use CHAT GPT for this before I over think! Thanks again! EdTech Recommendation I cover the top 5 free screen recording programs for capturing footage from your computer screen. It counts down the top options, including ShareX, Flashback Express, NVIDIA ShadowPlay/AMD ReLive, ScreenRec, and OBS Studio. I talk about the key features, benefits, and limitations of each program. Featured Content Overcoming AI Overwhelm as an Educator Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly, bringing new opportunities and challenges for educators. It's normal to feel overwhelmed! In this episode, I discuss strategies to help you embrace AI's potential without being buried by it. Why Educators Feel Overwhelmed by AI AI evolves quickly, so it's hard to stay current. AI is often presented as a magic solution, creating unrealistic expectations. Many educators don't know how to implement AI tools. AI's capabilities seem intimidating. Biggest AI Opportunities for Educators Personalized learning - AI can customize materials for each student's needs. Automating tasks - AI can handle grading and feedback, freeing up teachers. Real-time feedback - Students get instant input on work through AI. Increased engagement - AI adds interactivity and simulations to lessons. How to Avoid Being Left Behind Follow AI thought leaders and publications. Take online courses on implementing AI. Join educator communities sharing AI best practices. Start small by using AI to automate routine tasks. Collaborate with peers already using AI. AI Implementation Tips AI tutors for homework help and test prep. AI learning platforms for personalized content. AI grading tools to save time and improve feedback. AI analytics to identify student needs. AI collaboration to facilitate teamwork. Educator Self-Care Strategies Set realistic expectations about integrating AI. Take breaks to recharge. Delegate tasks when possible. Don't be afraid to ask for help with AI! Implementing AI can be daunting, but staying informed and starting small can help you harness its power. Focus on using AI to augment your strengths, not replace you! What AI overwhelm reduction strategies do you recommend? Let me know!
Oct 29, 2023
EdTech Thought Twitter once brought educators together, providing community and hope when we needed it most. For teachers overwhelmed by the demands of this profession, Twitter was a refuge - a little blue bird that lifted our spirits and helped us find kindred spirits across the globe. Lesson plans were shared, tears shed over budget cuts, and encouragement was offered in a space that felt like home. This social media giant was supposed to bring people together, not tear them apart. It has abandoned its purpose and soul. The once beautiful Tweet of connection is now a cruel, endless screech. Educators nursed Twitter’s growth from the start, but when profit triumphed over people, it left us behind. Our refuge is gone. Rest in peace, little blue bird. EdTech Recommendation Introduces Diffit.me as a tool to easily differentiate texts and generate personalized readings for every student. Highlights key benefits like aligning adapted texts to standards/curriculum, saving time on planning, and helping students access grade-level content. Just Give It A Try Feedback from Karen Ferrer - https://www.websiteplanet.com/webtools/free-qr-code-generator/
Oct 15, 2023
EdTech Thought Too Much AI? EdTech Recommendation Flixier - Make amazing videos with just a few clicks, collaborate in real-time, and publish in under 3 minutes with the fastest online video editor. Featured Content In today’s technologically advanced era, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming various facets of our lives, with education being a prime example. The incorporation of AI in education is a testament to the boundless opportunities available for enriching teaching and learning experiences. Here are compelling reasons why integrating more AI in education is essential: Personalized Learning: AI offers a tailored educational journey, addressing the diverse learning needs and paces of students, which traditional systems often overlook. It provides customized programs, AI-embedded games, and adaptive learning methods, ensuring every student comprehends concepts at their own pace, thereby promoting inclusivity and equity in learning. Task Automation: AI efficiently handles numerous administrative and value-added tasks, allowing teachers to concentrate on their core responsibility – teaching. It automates grading, homework checking, and report maintenance, thereby reducing educators' workload and enabling them to spend more time interacting with students and catering to their individual needs. Smart Content Creation: AI facilitates the development of innovative and captivating content and enhances learning through information visualization and digital lesson generation. It ensures that study materials are accessible and up-to-date, and available on any device, allowing learning to extend beyond the classroom. Adaptable Access: AI breaks down language and accessibility barriers, making education universally accessible. With features like multilingual support and AI-powered tools such as Presentation Translator, it provides real-time subtitles for virtual lectures, ensuring learning is convenient for everyone, regardless of language or impairment. Identifying Classroom Vulnerabilities: AI is instrumental in analyzing data to identify vulnerabilities and areas needing improvement in the classroom. This analysis allows for the implementation of targeted solutions to enhance the overall learning experience. Resources 31 Incredible AI Tools for Education You Need to Try Right Now! 30 AI tools for the classroom https://ditchthattextbook.com/ai-tools/ 31 AI Tools Teachers Should Know About - https://www.weareteachers.com/chatgpt-alternatives/ 10 Best AI Tools for Education - https://www.unite.ai/10-best-ai-tools-for-education/ Just Give It A Try You can now connect Canva to ChatGPT if you're a premium ChatGPT user! This collaboration empowers you to seamlessly craft visually stunning and educational content, from presentations and posters to social media posts and documents. Whether you’re illustrating complex concepts, designing engaging lesson materials, or sharing classroom updates, the amalgamation of Canva’s extensive template library and ChatGPT’s versatile text generation makes it easier than ever. Just give it a try and watch your classroom experiences transform!
Sep 25, 2023
Feedback & Shout Outs After this episode I will be returning to my regular every two-week release schedule. I hope you've enjoyed all the conversations I had at and related to ISTE 2023! Attend the Supes Choice Award Gala! EdTech Recommendation Hey listeners! Today, I want to introduce you to an incredible tool that's revolutionizing the way educators create content - QuestionWell. Whether you're a teacher, tutor, or just someone passionate about learning, QuestionWell offers a suite of features that make content creation a breeze. From automatically generating learning outcomes and essential questions to offering a wide range of export options, this platform has got you covered. And for those looking to take their content to the next level, QuestionWell's paid plan offers even more advanced features. So, if you're looking to save time and enhance your educational content, check out QuestionWell today! Featured Content Debbie Tannenbaum is an accomplished educator, tech enthusiast, and advocate for innovative learning. With over a decade of experience in the educational sector, Debbie has dedicated her career to integrating technology into classrooms, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills they need for the digital age. As a passionate believer in the power of technology to transform learning, she has led numerous workshops and training sessions for educators, helping them harness the potential of modern tools and platforms. Debbie's commitment to education extends beyond the classroom; she is an active blogger, sharing insights, tips, and resources with a broader audience. Her dedication to fostering a love for learning and her ability to bridge the gap between traditional teaching methods and new technological advancements make her a valuable asset to any educational institution.
Aug 27, 2023