This is the eighth and final episode of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series and we are focusing on the STEAM world of Makerspace!
A makerspace is a collaborative space where students can explore the STEAM world around them. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and offers students open-ended opportunities to explore the 21st century skills that will prepare them for their future. STEAM is hands-on and involves the use of critical thinking skills.
For this episode, I interviewed Chris Smith. Chris is the Director of Early Childhood for Enid Public Schools. In her work she supports early childhood educators in the classroom to improve instruction and provide the best, developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Chris and her teachers have created a superb makerspace for their students. In the makerspace the students use this area to create and explore the world around them.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Chris (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
Introduce yourself (background/experience)
Tell us about what you do?
What is a makerspace?
How can teachers use makespace to teach core STEM and STEAM principles to their students?
What does a teacher need to get started in their Makerspace? What items and materials need to go into a Makerspace?
Where should teachers start?
What should teachers add over time?
Do materials depend on age group?
How should a teacher introduce Makespace time to their students?
What routines and procedures need to be put in place beforehand?
What setbacks keep teachers from having a makerspace time?
How can teachers pull in other content areas into a makerspace area?
What advice/cautions do you have for teachers just getting started in makerspace?
What are you excited about in the world of ed tech?
This is episode 7 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. The Tech Series is focused on the different aspects of technology use in the school.
For episode 7 of the Tech Series we focused on discussing teacher’s access to technology. Technology can be unpredictable and sometimes attending professional development on use of technology is either way over our heads or doesn’t go deep enough. Teachers need practical tools and a variety of types of PD offerings in order to successfully access and utilize technology in their classrooms. Episode 7 of the Tech Series is focused on helping teachers access technology as a part of their daily teaching practice.
For this episode I interviewed Adam Rogers. Adam is a CTE (Career Technology Educator) Technology Coordinator for Oklahoma City Public Schools. In his work he supports teachers throughout the district with a focus on career technology. The work that Adam and his teacher do prepare students for their future. You can find Adam Rogers on Twitter @MrRogersTech
This is episode 5 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. The Tech Series is focused on the different aspects of technology use in the school.
For episode 5 of the Tech Series we focused on flipped classrooms. Flipped classrooms is an innovative way to redesign your classroom. Similar to gamification, flipping your classroom is not dependent on technology but can be enhanced through the use of different forms of technology. Flipped classrooms enhance a teacher’s capacity to reach students and the students capacity to learn and demonstrate mastery of content.
For this episode I interviewed Anne Beck. Anne is the digital governance specialist for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA). She is also a co-founder of #oklaed twitter chats, an EdCampOKC organizer, and a current doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma! The work that Anne does helps schools and districts work to be digitally savvy and to also use technology safely and appropriately in classrooms across the state. You can find Anne on Twitter @MrsBeck25
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Anne (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
Introduce yourself (background/experience)
Tell us about what you do for OSSBA.
What are flipped classrooms?
What are the benefits of using flipped classrooms?
How can teachers plan for a flipped classroom?
How do teachers assess student learning in a flipped classroom model?
Do flipped classrooms have an impact on student engagement?
How do you explain to parents a flipped classroom model?
How do teachers support their students through flipping their classrooms?
What resources do teachers need to provide their students when flipping their classrooms? What do students need to have access to? Where should teachers direct students in need of resources?
What are some of the recent innovations in education tech that you are excited about?
This is episode 4 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. The Tech Series is focused on the different aspects of technology use in the school.
For episode 4 we focused on gamification. While gamification might not necessarily be technology dependent, gamifying your classroom is a form of innovation that goes well with other forms of technology integration, i.e., flipped classrooms. Gamification takes the aspects of gaming that your students already know and love and implements those aspects into the classroom.
To talk about gamification I visited with Dr. Scott Haselwood. Scott is currently the Instructional Technology Director at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Oklahoma State University. Scott has a strong passion for gamification that he shares with other educators. You can find Scott on Twitter @TeachFromHere or check out his blog Teaching From Here.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Dr. Haselwood (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
Share about your role and education experience.
What is gamification?
How did you get started in using gamification?
How do teachers implement gamification strategies in their classroom?
How does using the process of gamification meet expected and mandated skills/standards for a grade level?
What benefits does gamification have on student learning?
What benefits does gamification have on student engagement?
How should teachers lesson plan for gamification?
What specific teaching strategies come into play when teaching using gamification?
What role does classroom management have in teaching using gamification?
What roles does student choice have in teaching using gamification?
How is gamification changing professional development for teachers?
What advice do you have for teachers who are interested in implementing gamification in their classroom?
This is episode 3 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. The Tech Series is focused on the different aspects of technology use in the school.
For episode 3 of the Tech Series we focused on integrating technology through a school-wide initiative. Technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lived experiences, and the classroom is no exception. Principals have used their instructional leadership capacity to drive how technology is used throughout the school. Creating a vision and plan for a school, including how technology practices will be implemented in the classroom, is an important aspect of school-wide practice.
For this episode I interviewed Rhonda Schroeder. Rhonda is the principal at Arthur Elementary in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Rhonda and her staff have worked to increase the technology integration throughout the school. I visited with Rhonda about the process that Arthur Elementary has gone through and what advice she has for other schools wanting to move forward with technology in their schools. You can find Rhonda on Twitter @rhondaschroeder
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Rhonda (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
Tell me about your background and experience as an educator.
How is your school different? How do you describe your school to someone who is visiting for the first time?
What was the tech grant your school received? How has that grant changed/empowered your school? Your teachers?
When you applied for the grant what did you envision for your school?
What is your tech vision for your school? What are your steps/plan moving forward?
Buy in and professional development had to have been important aspects of implementation of this tech grant; what did that look like in your school? What steps did you take?
How did you/the grant provide scaffolds for your teachers varying levels of knowledge/comfort with technology? What on-going supports do you have in place?
What teaching strategies are most beneficial in implementing technology in the classroom?
How does technology look different for your kindergarten classrooms? Your 4th grade students? (doesn’t have to be those exact grades… thinking more early childhood/upper elementary comparison)
What is the STEM component to the grant? How does that look in your school?
What advice do you have for principals wanting to invest more in the technology infrastructure of their school?
What has been the biggest struggle through this process?
What resources do you direct administrators to who are interested in investing in more technology in their schools?
This episode was recorded at and mastered by Design Tunnel in downtown OKC!
This is episode 2 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. The Tech Series is focused on the different aspects of technology use in the school.
For episode 2 we focused on Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom. Often times when technology is first integrated into a classroom at any grade level we see technology being used for replacement behaviors, meaning that a device is being used instead of a worksheet. Many teachers struggle to move past that point and lack the training or confidence to move towards using a device to achieve higher order thinking skills. Episode 2 of the Tech Series is focused on an Early Childhood teacher who uses technology to allow his students to create and demonstrate their knowledge.
Alberto Jiménez Hidalgo is a kindergarten teacher at Arthur Elementary in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Alberto is a phenomenal teacher. In the 2015-2016 school year, Arthur Elementary received a tech grant from Apple which allowed the school to provide more technology for their students and training for their teachers. Alberto’s classroom is fully integrated with technology, a buzz of student engagement, overlapped with student choice and ownership of learning. After visiting Arthur Elementary for their iArthur Technology Showcase, I knew I had to pick his brain about his experiences implementing technology in the early childhood classroom. You can find Alberto on Twitter @MrAlberto_JH
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Alberto (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
Share about your educational experience and background.
What types of technology do you use in your classroom? How did you determine this?
Does technology play a role in how you set up your classroom?
How do you set up routines and procedures for using technology in your classroom?
What role does student-choice play in your classroom?
Explain how you manage technology in your classroom?
Do you notice a difference in engagement in your classroom?
How has technology changed your classroom?
How does technology enhance the learning experience of your students?
How do you plan a lesson with technology use in mind?
What roles does technology play in assessments?
Let’s talk about how you use Seesaw in your classroom.
What advice do you have for teachers who want to integrate technology but feel overwhelmed about where to start?
What are your favorite educational apps?
What resources do you use to help guide you?
This episode was recorded at and mastered by Design Tunnel in downtown OKC!
This is episode 1 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. I am so excited about this series. The next six episodes are going to focus on the different aspects of technology use in the school.
For episode 1 we focused on Technology Integration. Technology integration can be an intimidating process for even a seasoned teacher, especially considering how fast technology is moving. Episode 1 will focus on integrating technology in your classroom in meaningful ways. This and the following episodes will give teachers practical strategies for how to ease into technology in their classroom. The educators that I interviewed will give you their insights and practical advice for how to use technology in your classroom and throughout your school.
Jeni James is one of my favorite educators. She is an Instructional Technologist in Putnam City Schools. Jeni helps teachers all over the district with integrating technology in their classroom. She is a big believer in letting students explore and experience their learning. She encourages teachers to not only use technology to learn from but to also create and use as a tool to share their knowledge.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Jeni (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
Tell us about your education background/experience.
Why is technology integration important in today’s classroom?
Why is it important for students to have opportunities to use technology in the classroom?
Are there stages of technology integration? Examples?
What are some practical steps to help teachers get started using technology in the classroom?
How do teachers move past the replacement stage of technology into more advanced stages of technology integration?
What role should digital citizenship play in technology integration?
How do teachers ensure that digital citizenship is a part of their instruction?
I am very excited to share with listeners that starting August 10 the Passing Notes podcast is going to get techy! Every other week we will be releasing an episode focused on an aspect of implementing technology in the classroom or school. I talked with excellent educators across the state on topics from gamification to coding! I cannot wait to share with you what I learned from these excellent educators.