Video Conferencing options for your Classroom

December 26th, 2008

Episode 22: Video conferencing options for your classroom. A chat with Julia from CILC and Kathleen from e-Missions about their varied videoconferencing offerings. We also listen in and interview teachers getting a first-hand experience with Operation Montserrat. You’ve heard of ‘controled chaos’ in the classroom?! Listen in to these teachers living the mission! (and you don’t always need a $10,000 video conferencing system to participate.)

Shownote Links: - Center for Interactive Learning (and the Content Dollar Bank)

e-Missions - Live Simulations for the classroom

Operation Montserrat - students simulation to evacuate an island besieged by a volcano and approaching hurricane.

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TMFT Nominated for Edublog Awards? Wow!

December 3rd, 2008

A big thank you to the guys at Wicked Decent Learning for nominating the Twenty Minutes for Tech podcast for ‘Best Educational Use of Audio‘ on the Edublog awards. They’ve been nominated as well — and they do many more shows than I could ever handle - kudos to them!

Thanks guys!

Good luck to all — I’m honored just to be on the list with these folks!

Tech Gifts for the Holidays

November 30th, 2008

Episode 21: Need a gift for a techie? Mara, Lee, and I chat about techie gifts for the holiday season. Also, a special audio treat for the holidays from Jonathan Coulton.

Shownote Links:

Flip Video Camera - (buy it here and support TMFT)

Jonathan Coulton -A podsafe Christmas song

Rovio WiFi-enabled Robotic Web Cam - (buy it here and support TMFT!)

Lee Speers blog

Mara Linaberger’s Present Differently Wikispace

Support the site and purchase from our Amazon ’store’

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Thinkfinity’s got the Goods!

November 22nd, 2008

Episode 20: Thinkfinity is a weath of free, educational resources! I chat with my Thinkfinity trainer, Marcia Torgrude, about the wonderful, free, educational resources to be found at Partnered with some of educations’ finest institutions (ARTSEDGE, National Geographic Xpeditions, Smithsonian’s History Explorer, and more!) they have something for everyone - teachers, students, para-educators, and parents. You can find lesson plans, interactive manipulatives, photos, videos - all with an easy-to-use, search interface. Check it out - and did I mention, it’s FREE! :)

Shownote Links:

Marcia’s TIE Teach blog

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Skype is a Valuable Educational Tool

November 5th, 2008

Episode 19: A chat with professionals from Skype. We debunk some of the common misconceptions and fears about using Skype in the K12 environment. Hopefully this chat will help allay some of the Tech Director and Administrators’ fears from allowing Skype usage on K12 district networks.

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CVHS chats with Dan Pink

October 11th, 2008

Episode 18: Conestoga Valley HS students Skype-chat with Dan Pink about concepts in both his books, A Whole New Mind, and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. Modern technologies such as Skype, now allow teachers to quickly and easily connect with anyone across the globe for a quick video chat. Conestoga Valley High School is taking advantage of this and Skyped with Dan Pink to ask questions and discuss his work. This is a nice follow-up to Episode 17, my interview with Dan.


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Daniel Pink - The Johnny Bunko Interview

August 18th, 2008

Episode 17: I chat with best-selling author, Dan Pink about his latest work: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. Dan talks about how Johnny came to be, his interest in manga, and a few of the lessons to be learned and discussed from this ground-breaking book. Thanks Dan!

Shownote Links:

Johnny Bunko website

Dan Pink’s website

Buy the book and support the podcast:

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