Episode 66: Teaching Geography with Chris Heffernan

In episode 66, Dan and Michael talk with middle school world geography teacher and #WorldGeoChat moderator Chris Heffernan about teaching geography.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out the #WorldGeoChat moderated chats on Twitter on Tuesday nights at 9pm EST/8pm CST or join the conversation 24/7 using the hashtag
  2. You can find the #WorldGeoChat blog at WorldGeoChat.wordpress.com
  3. “The Power of a PLN” from the #WorldGeoChat squad  for National Geographic: https://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/24/the-power-of-a-pln/
  4. Chris has written a number of helpful blog posts, including:
    1. Stop making students memorize maps!
    2. 3 ways to add geography to your classroom
    3. You don’t need to teach geography to be a global educator
    4. 3 things we could do tomorrow to make Americans geoliterate
    5. Why geography matters now more than ever
    6. Geography to save the world
  5. Check out the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) and their conference at ncge.org
  6. Check out Google Earth; Google My Maps; Google Expeditions
  7. Blog posts from #WorldGeoChat moderator Pete Spiegal on Google Maps:
    1. New Google Earth basics
    2. New Online Google Earth tutorial: Part II
    3. New Online Google Earth Tutorial: Part III
  8. Planet Money T-Shirt Project NPR story, series, videos (intro, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, all) and Lesson Plan
  9. 99% Invisible podcast episode on shipping containers: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/reefer-madness/
  10. Chris has his students plot out 10 countries and physical features in a region on satellite view to understand and do a See-Think-Wonder: What do you see? What do think about what you see? What do you wonder about what you see?
  11. Check out the UN Sustainable Development Goals: GlobalGoals.org

Contact

Chris Heffernan teaches 7th-grade world geography at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville, Illinois, and is starting his seventeenth year there. He loves maps, but hates when students are forced to memorize them. Chris has focused his course on having students appreciate the different ways that people around the world are influenced by physical systems. He is passionate about water issues and strives to have his students take action to solve problems ranging from issues at school to the global water crisis. He can be found on Twitter @cheffernan75 and through the #worldgeochat blog (worldgeochat.wordpress.com).

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Episode 65: Building a Flipped Community with Andrew Swan

In episode 65,  Michael & Dan chat with middle school teacher Andrew Swan about his efforts in building an online flipped community on Twitter and the use of blogging!

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out Andrew’s blog – Flipping Awesome Teaching!
    1. Andrew’s post Introducing #FlipBlogs
  2. #FlipBlogs on Twitter
    1. Archive for a #FlipBlog live chat
  3. Check out our episode on Episode 49: Flipped Classrooms with Elizabeth Miller.
  4. Here are some of the resources that he mentioned:
    1. Flipped Learning Network – Flipped Learning Network is the “best one-stop shopping site for all things flipping”
      1. Check out his author page there!
      2. Flipped Learning Slack page – requires an account. Chat’s are every other week
      3. Flipped Learning definition per Flipped Learning Network
  5. Some blogs about Flipped Classroom
    1. Jon Bergmann’s Flipped Learning Global Initiative. Jon is ‘one of the main pioneers and popularizers of FL. In some countries, 10%+ of teachers are already following this practice, and a few schools are 100% flipped.’
    2. Matthew T. Moore’s Points of Interest for a Flipped Educator (math teacher)
    3. Chrystal Kirch’s Flipping with Kirch (math teacher)

Contact

Andrew Swan has taught middle school for the past 17 years! He earned a B.A. in History at Yale University and received a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. During his teaching career, he has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, ancient history, and geography in Maine and Massachusetts. Reach him on twitter – @Flipping_A_Tchr or through his blog! Don’t stop looking for him, Swan.

Episode 62: Mindful Tech with David Levy

In episode 62, Dan and Michael, a professor in the University of Washington Information School and author of “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to our Digital Lives,” about mindful uses of technology in our lives and how to teach it.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Buy David’s book as it is filled with activities that can you, and maybe even your students, learn to be mindful users of technologies: Levy, D. M. (2016). Mindful tech: How to bring balance to our digital lives. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  2. One of David’s first articles on mindful tech: Levy, D. M. (1995) “I’m not here right now to take your call: Technology and the politics of absence.” In Proceedings of the Oksnoen Symposium, pp. 61-66.
  3. Dan mentioned Zeynep Tufekci’s new book to learn more about algorithms and how social media influences social protest: Tufekci, Z. (2017). Twitter and tear gas: The power and fragility of networked protest. Naw Haven, CT: Yale University Press. (Free PDF; Buy it to support Zeynep’s work; Audible)
  4. For all your David Levy needs, check out his personal website (davidmlevy.net) or his University of Washington Information School site (dmlevy.ischool.uw.edu).

Contact

David Levy is a professor in the University of Washington Information School. He holds a PhD from Stanford University in computer science (1979), a Diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute, London (1982), and he was a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Learn more about David on his university site, including his many writings.

Episode 57: Real Tech with Rafranz Davis

In episode 57, Dan and Michael talk with Rafranz Davis about real tech.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out everything Rafranz at http://rafranzdavis.com/ or see her writing at https://medium.com/@rafranzdavis
  2. Rafranz mentioned liking Adobe Spark Notes. Here’s a link: https://spark.adobe.com/
  3. Here’s the Facebook VR demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuIgyKLPt3s; Here’s Jimmy Kimmel making fun of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87EGAvfas78

Contact

Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD in Lufkin, Texas. She is passionate about student-driven learning, unique applications of technology, and the empowerment of traditionally marginalized voices. You can tweet at, or Instagram, her @RafranzDavis and visit her website at http://rafranzdavis.com/.

Episode 49: Flipped Classrooms with Elizabeth Miller

In episode 49, Dan and Michael chat flipped classrooms with Massachusetts teacher Elizabeth Miller.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Elizabeth wrote THE book on flipping classrooms. It’s called, Flipping History: How to Start Flipping Your Classroom Today (2016). Buy it, read it, flip like a pro.
  2. Visit her site for updates, consulting information, and more at PennyUniversityPress.com.
  3. You can find her old blogs on flipping at FlippingHistory.blogspot.com.
  4. Also, Elizabeth recommends tweeting with #flipclass on Twitter.
  5. You can find more recommended resources from Elizabeth on her Google doc.

Contact

Elizabeth Miller is a high school history teacher in Massachusetts. You can find her work on PennyUniversityPress.com and tweet with her @EMHistory.

Episode 33: Teaching In Virtual Environments with Chris Hitchcock

In episode 33, Dan and Michael chat with Chris Hitchcock about teaching in virtual environments!

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Episode 30: Virtual Communities and Co-learning with Howard Rheingold
    1. Chris mentioned that she learned much from our discussion with Howard Rheingold. In fact, it was this episode that inspired us to get a classroom teacher
  2. Episode 13: Creating Authentic Media with hosts Dan and Michael
    1. Dan referenced this episode to discuss how he teaches in his online course.
  3. The SAMR model
    1. Dan referenced the SAMR model which was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. The link about if a video of Dr. Puentedura discussing the model!
  4. What is TPACK? 
    1. I found this journal article entitled ‘What is Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)? As the article title amused me, I thought that this would be the article that I would share.
  5. Dan and his students created something neat about the importance of learning people’s names! Check it out.
  6. Check out the podcast that Chris is a part of – Talking Social Studies!

Contact

Chris Hitchcock teaches world history at an online school. She is also a co-moderator of #sschat, a social studies focused Twitter group. And she was also recently awarded with the Jacobs Educator Award for her contributions to integrating technology with classroom learning. She will probably blush because we put this here. You can contact her via Twitter at @CHitch94.

Episode 30: Virtual Communities and Co-learning with Howard Rheingold

In episode 30, Dan and Michael talk Virtual Communities, co-learning, and more with the great Howard Rheingold.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. You can find a cornucopia of Howard Rheingold resources and work on his website, Rheingold.com, including his books:
    1. The Virtual Community (1993)
    2. Smart Mobs (2002)
    3. Net Smart (2012)
  2. Howard mentiond educational theorists John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Maria Montessori who advocated for student empowerment.
  3. Howard also mentions John Taylor Gatto and Ivan Illich as theorists who have critiqued how students learn to do school.
  4. The Digital Media and Learning Research Hub hosts a website and a conference annually to “advance research in the service of a more equitable, participatory, and effective ecosystem of learning keyed to the digital and networked era.”
  5. This short article previews key ideas from Howard’s book Net Smart: Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies. Educause Review, 45(5), 14-24. The five social media literacies Howard discusses in the article and book are:
    1. Attention
    2. Participation
    3. Collaboration
    4. Network Awareness
    5. Critical Consumption or Crap Detection
  6. Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr in The Atlantic (2008)
  7. Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it)” by Howard Rheingold in SFGate.com (05.11.09)

Contact

According to his Wikipedia page, Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, and teacher; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing).You can tweet @hrheingold, follow him on Facebook, and find all his work and books on Rheingold.com.

Episode 22: Connections-based Learning with Leigh Cassell

In episode 22, Dan and Michael talk with Leigh Cassell about connections-based learning, including global videoconferencing with students.

 

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Here is Leigh’s blog post about videoconferencing with 16 different countries!: http://digitalhumanlibrary.com/video-conferencing-with-kids-in-kenya-africa/
  2. “The Digital Human Library (dHL) is a nonprofit organization that connects Canadian teachers and students with hundreds of organizations and experts around the world who are delivering interactive curriculum-based opportunities for learning using technology – for free!”: DigitalHumanLibrary.com
  3. While dHL is obviously the best one, other services for connecting with other educators we mentioned on the episode include ePals, Skype for Education, Two Way Interactive Connections in Education, (TWICE), and Center for Interactive Learning (CILC).

Contact

Leigh Cassell is a technology coach, primary and intermediate grade teacher, and the founder of DigitalHumanLibrary.com. You can learn more about her and other dHL board members HERE and you can tweet at her @LeighCassell or @dHL_edu.

 

Episode 17: Teacher PLNs with Torrey Trust, Jeff Carpenter, & Dan Krutka

In episode 17, Michael talks with Torrey Trust, Jeff Carpenter, and Dan Krutka about teacher Professional Learning Networks (PLNs).

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Most importantly, here’s Torrey’s blog post, How Surfing Prepared Me for Graduate School. Look for Okie Dan Krutka’s upcoming post about how the wave pool at Big Splash prepared him for teaching.
  2. You can find the research study that is the focus of our discussion:
    Trust, T., Krutka, D. G., & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for whole teachers. Computers & Education, 102(1), 15-34. (Open access until August 29th, 2016!)
  3. The 3-part framework we discuss is currently part of an article titled, “Enriching Professional Learning Networks: A Framework for Identification, Reflection, and Intention.” The framework encourages educators to consider to what degree the people, spaces, and tools (e.g., resources, skills, ideas, teaching strategies) benefit them and their students. This manuscript is currently under review, but we will share it once we are able to.
  4. You can find Torrey’s research on PLNs on her ResearchGate profile.
  5. You can find Jeff’s research on on his ResearchGate profile.
  6. You can find Dan’s research on his page at ResearchGate (requires log-in), Academia.edu, or Google Scholar.
  7. Some of the platforms and events you can use to grow your PLN include:
    1. Twitter (Jeff and Dan’s research) and Twitter chats (primer)
    2. Voxer
    3. Google+ Communities
    4. Edmodo Subject Communities
    5. Pinterest
    6. Edcamp unconferences (see Jeff’s ResearchGate profile for edcamp research)
    7. And more!
  8. We will continually add links to our research and much more at ProfessionalLearningNetworks.com.

Contact

Torrey Trust is an assistant professor of learning technology in the teacher education and curriculum studies department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Be a part of Torrey’s PLN by tweeting her @torreytrust.

Jeff Carpenter is an associate professor of education and the director of teaching fellows program Elon University. You can be a learn more about his teaching fellow program by visiting elon.edu/teachingfellows. You can tweet at him @doccarpenter.

Dan Krutka is on, like, every episode. You know where to find him. 😉

Episode 13: Creating Authentic Media with hosts Dan and Michael

In this extended conversation, Michael and Dan discuss creating authentic media for both educators and students. This episode is our longest, but it is chock full of ideas. Check out the resources below!

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Quick definition: Authentic media – media (we’ll be discussing digital) that is shared with a larger audience.
  2. Visions of Education Episode 11: Rethinking Black History with LaGarrett King
  3. ReadWriteThink’s The Nuts and Bolts of Podcasts (not discussed during the episode, but could be helpful).
  4. The StoryCorps app available on Google Play and iTunes.
  5. Podcasting Resources
    1. Voxer – a way connect asynchronously via text and voice
    2. Skype – we use to chat with our guests
    3. ECamm – we use this to record Skype
    4. Audacity – we use this to edit our discussions
    5. SoundCloud – we upload our podcast to this which the is then picked up by iTunes, Stitcher, and a few other places.
    6. Episode 31: Oral Histories in Education with Gabriel Abowd Damico
  6. Here are a few of the images that we discussed in this podcast

  7. Historical Digitally Altered Image Project. A blog post by Michael K. Milton
  8. Editing Digital Image Resources
    1. Photoshop
    2. Pixelmator
    3. Explain Everything
  9. A High School Teacher’s Experience with Keeping Pace During Snow Days. A blog post that Michael wrote about creating screencasts (with some resources and explanation).
  10. Video Creation Resources
    1. Screencast-o-matic
    2. Snagit
    3. MindOverMedia: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda (www.mindovermedia.tv)
    4. Visions of Education Episode 7: Propaganda with Renee Hobbs
    5. “5 Educational Philosophies” by Prof. Krutka’s class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H0DbcDbIbs]
  11. Social Media Resources
    1. TodaysMeet
    2. The Enlightenment Meets Social Media. A blog post by Michael about his use of social media to teach about the Enlightenment.
    3. Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media LiteraciesEducause Review45(5), 14-24.
    4. Visions of Education Episode 4: Inside/Outside Sharing with Wes Fryer
    5. The (Industrial) Revolution Will be Twitterized. A blog post by Michael about using Twitter to look at the spreading of the Industrial Revolution.
    6. Dan’s social media lesson for his classes
    7. Krutka, D. G. (in press). Remixing current events: Navigating the transmedia terrain with young learners. Social Studies and the Young Learner.
  12. Websites/Blogs
    1. MichaelKMilton.com
    2. DanKrutka.wordpress.com
    3. Dan’s Educational Foundations class website
  13. Videoconferencing
    1. While #MysterySkype can take many forms, here’s a blog post about one way to do it.
    2. Krutka, D. G. & Carano, K. T. (2016). “As long as I see you on Facebook I know you are safe”: Social media experiences as humanizing pedagogy. In A. R. Crowe & A. Cuenca (Eds.), Rethinking social studies teacher education in the twenty-first century (pp. 207-222). Switzerland: Springer International.

Contact

Michael K. Milton and Dan Krutka are the hosts of this podcast! Our information can be found in the about section. Contact them at @VisionsOfEd or individually at @42ThinkDeep (Michael) and @DanKrutka (Dan).