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Podcast Update 2019: What's in your playlist?

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In one of the graduate courses I teach I recommend various technology tools that may be of interest to my audience. For one of the weeks, I decided to share with them several podcasts that can be found in my playlist. Below are some of my most visited podcasts. While the majority of what I listen to is related to education and technology, some I listen to just for ear candy. The podcasts are listed in no particular order. 

Teaching in Higher Ed-this podcast deals with many aspects of teaching at the university level.
The Mind Online- this podcast focuses on digital literacy and how it shapes our interaction with content online.
The Privacy, Security, and Open Source Intelligence Show- this is a really higher-level security podcast that almost always goes so far beyond my comprehension I don’t know why I listen! But sometimes I can find out some cool privacy tips and tricks.
Ear Hustle- by far, one of my current favorites, and one that actually changed my point of view on judging people. …

Using Multimodal, Asynchronous Discussion Forums in Public (aka: Why My Students Blog)

An article written for a special edition of elearn magazine on Technology in eLearning.

Article URL: https://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=3236687

Special Edition: https://elearnmag.acm.org/specialissue_2018.cfm

Hour of Code Participation Guide 2018

Google Workflow Tips & Tricks 2018

Originally presented at IETC conference.

Resources to Teach Media Literacy

Originally written for LTC blog during #Media Literacy Week 2018


How many advertisements do you come across in one day- ten, fifty, hundreds, thousands? Somesources say we encounter 4,000–5,000 ads a day all trying to persuade us to do something, believe something or buy something (while making money for their shareholders). We may not be consciously aware of seeing these ads, nor are our students who are exposed to the same content we are on a daily basis. Are students equipped to recognize when they are being manipulated? Probably not. Media literacy is a skill, not a topic. It is the responsibility of every educator; in every subject, in every school.

The goal of teaching media literacy is to educate our students on how to question what they see. Media literacy has dozens of “subtopics” that can be explored year-round in your classroom. This post shares some fun media facts, concepts, and resources to get you started.
Media Literacy “Fun Facts”Media is not good or bad; it is just a …

What Does Your Tattoo Say About You?

Originally written for http://ltcillinois.org/

Do you have a tattoo?  What’s the story behind it?  What does it say about who you are?  Tattoos have been around for over 5,000 years.  For centuries people have been marking their bodies for a variety of purposes; love, status, tribute, and medical just to name a few.  Today the tattoo industry is busier than ever, although an internet search for “tattoo removal” proves there are clearly some that regret the decision.  Is our online existence that much different? Do we not post statuses that declare our love, tribute, medical dilemmas and more, much like people tattoo their skin?  If that is the case, do we not regret some of our social media posts as well? The term “digital footprint” is well known and represents what trace of us we leave behind when we are visible and active online.  It is a catchy phrase, but in my opinion not completely accurate. Footprints can be washed away. They can be covered over so they are no longer visible. …

Water the Flowers, Not the Rocks: Tips from 10 Years of Instructional Coaching

This June I wrapped up ten years of instructional technology coaching. Soon (tomorrow, in fact) I will begin a new journey in my career where I will still utilize my coaching skills but in a different capacity. This new opportunity has caused me to reflect on lessons learned throughout my time as a school-based coach. If you are a coach or aspire to be one following are ten tips I've learned during my ten years in the role.

Be a model. Practice what you preach! If you want your teachers to join Twitter make sure you are already there. If they would like to try a new tool or lesson familiarize yourself with it first in order to lend additional support.Be honest. If you don't know something, say so. As a coach your faculty will look to you as an expert. There have been several times throughout my career that I've said, "I don't know that tool/concept/strategy but let me see what I can find out about it."If you are a former classroom teacher, remind people. Many …