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TOSAs Talking Tech #FallCUE Review!

It is fall, and the pumpkin spice is in the air, and that means that it is time for Fall CUE! Tom and Mike just returned from two fabulous days of teaching, learning and connecting, and they talk about their sessions and activities in their latest podcast! Don’t forget to check them out on iTunes, or whatever podcatcher you like best!

Like every #FallCUE, it is awesome to see the members of our PLN that we can’t always see IRL, due to distance or availability. The power of the CUE conferences comes from the people you meet, and the relationships and professional connections you make. We can remember going to #FallCUE for the first time four years ago, meeting new people, getting signed up on twitter, and really immersing ourselves in the CUE community. From that one conference we jumped into twitter chats, had dialogs with new PLN members online and in voxer, and were amped up and excited to go back to our classrooms and implement our new learning and new techniques. Nothing inspires and invigorates like the #WeAreCUE family, and it was another great weekend of learning, connecting and catching up.

Podcasts, Conference and Net Neutrality, Oh My!

In this episode, Tom and Mike discuss International Podcast Day and share some of their favorite podcasts from the educational world and beyond.

Also, Mike gives a Net Neutrality update by way of an article from Reuters.

Tom and Mike talk DLI and expand on their classroom experiences, this time from a 3rd grade room.

Thanks for listening, and if you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it!

Microsoft Flagship Schools, Insta Parent Guide and more!

In this episode of TOSAs Talking Tech, Tom and Michael discuss Microsoft’s new Flagship Schools program created through lesson learned from many pilots across the country. The program highlights 17 schools from around the world that are being built from the ground up with digital learning, flexible seating, and technology integration placed as priorities.

They also talk about the new Parent Guide published my Instagram. The focus of the guide is to make parents aware of the tools available to their kids in the app, tools like blocking bullies, setting privacy, and proactive ways to talk about with their children about interacting within the app. It is an essential read for parents and teachers both.

Lastly, there is an update on construction at the BIC, and the implementation phase of the Digital Learning Initiative at BUSD.

If you like what you hear, have suggestions, or just want to say hello, you can reach us through twitter @TOSAsTalkinTech.

Spotlighting Innovation Celebration

In this week’s episode, TOSAs Talking Tech highlight some great sessions at the upcoming SGVCUE Innovation Celebration. First is @judyblakeney and @drtriciahyun presenting “Leaps of Strengths” a focus on a Strengths-Based learning approach. They highlight the use of Thrively and how they get the most from their students strengths in class.

Next is @WonderTechEdu and her presentation “Hit a Home Run on Google Slides.” She will present on project ideas, designing mindmaps, practicing online conversations, and more!

Also, we will have @simonometry and @edtechamatics presenting on “Podcasting: Everyone can do it!” They will speak on how podcasting can be easy and fun, and they will go over tools and tips to get your own podcast started.

Lastly, we featured @bensonk49 and his presentation titled “Get your OneNote on!” This session will gov oer the many use and tips and tricks for using OneNote in the classroom.

Also, Tom and Mike talk to David Platt, president of @SGVCUE and talk more about innovation celebration, upcoming SGVCUE events, and how to sign up for Innovation Celebration. Remember, SGVCUE Innovation Celebration is October 27, 2018 at Bassett High School in La Puente California. Click the link for more info!

OneNote Tips and Tricks, and Leading Edge Certification

In this episode, Michael and Tom discuss their experience with Leading Edge Certification, sharing about the Professional Learning Leader Course.  They also share the other of trainings available through Leading Edge. Next, they share some tips and tricks from OneNote that come fresh from their trainings on their district’s Digital Learning Initiative. Lastly, they speak a bit on the construction happening in their office, and the process of deconstruction and building that is birthing a whole new learning space!

As they say in the closing, they have fun making these podcasts, and they hope you have fun listening. Show some support by leaving a rating on iTunes, or drop them a line and give them feedback directly!


Fun with Friends and Flipgrid!

In this episode of TOSAs Talking Tech, Mike and Tom interview the wonderful and amazing Ann Kozma. We catch up with her on all kinds of summer travelling, and her new transition from FullertonUSD to Flipgrid Educator Innovation Team. It is always fun catching up with Ann. Her enthusiasm and excitement are infectious, and her passion for student voice makes her a perfect fit over at Flipgrid! So sit back and listen up, we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed visiting with Ann and making it happen!

The Boys are Back!

The Rumor is True! TOSAs Talking Tech is back from Summer Hiatus!

Boy, have we missed you! We are really excited for what this new year brings, and right off the bat we are talking new things!  BUSD DLI, updates to so many tech tools over the summer like Quizizz, Code.org, Google Classroom, Tynker, and Common Sense Media. We are so excited to be getting into the school-year groove and getting energized for some upcoming events!

We also talk about the missing dogbone, and our summer adventures!

And as always, we have an update on what’s New with CUE, and Learning Opportunities that are coming up in so many affiliates!

Inundated by Privacy Policies?

Has your inbox been inundated with privacy policies and statements of disclosure for the software or websites you use?  If so, you are not alone.  Recent changes to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has triggered a flood of companies to make sure they are in compliance with these new European Union regulations.  Nitasha Tiku from Wired Magazine wrote an article entitled Why Your Inbox is Crammed Full of Privacy Policies.  In the article, she goes in-depth into why we are all receiving these email notifications and what they all mean.

In the past, all software would usually be approved by your Information Technology (IT) department, who would make sure the installed software complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Michele Molnar, an associate editor for EdWeek Market Brief, recently wrote an article called Most Ed-Tech Products Don’t Meet Minimum Criteria in Their Privacy Policies, Report Finds . The article highlights the efforts by CommonSense.org, best known for the digital citizenship curriculum, to help address this issue.

Flipping a Classroom Without Videos

The first thing that comes to many educators minds when they think about flipping their classroom is assigning videos for students to consume online of a lesson that could have been delivered in class.  The idea being that the lesson delivery is done outside of the classroom freeing up time for other activities in class.  Upon returning to the classroom, students practice concepts from said video lessons with the guidance of their teacher.

Lorena Barba, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at George Washington University would argue that we are simply having students memorizing information instead of diving deep and creating active learners with these videos.  Sydney Johnson assistant editor for @HigherEdSurge recently interviewed Associate Professor Barba to find out how she flips even her STEM type courses without the use of videos.  To find how this is accomplished, head over to A Case For Flipping Learning—Without Videos


EduProtocols, CUE News and More, Oh My!

In the latest edition of TOSAs Talking Tech podcast, we talk to CUE Executive Director Jon Corippo about his new book EduProtocol Field Guide. He discusses some of the thought processes behind the book, some great ways to use the protocols, how to protocol smash with some other edtech tools, and some great ideas for getting started today with some new and easy to implement EduProtocols.

We also get some awesome CUE news, and some great chat about how to polish-up your edtech and teaching game! Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy!

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