BAM Radio Network “Guest Educator”

 

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Way back in November of 2013 and then in April of 2014,  I was asked to be a ‘guest’ on the BAM Radio Network discussing topics in Education and featured on both the #Edchat Radio Channel and the #Edtech Radio Channel of BAM!

You see, BAM Radio is a weekly podcaster that features different topics.  One of those topics is Education.  One of the BAM Radio channels is #edchat.  You can easily subscribe to the different channels and download the podcasts to iTunes.

It never occurred to me to write on my blog about being a guest on BAM.  (1. I didn’t want to boast and 2. I didn’t know if I was good enough).  But after months of thinking about this great opportunity, I decided to share them with you.

 

 

November 2013 #edchat Radio Topic:   Is Fear of Technology Still a Barrier to Collaboration?

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I still feel that teachers are afraid to collaborate using technology, but hopefully, more and more teachers will see the benefit of using technology to collaborate.  How it can save time and allow for multiple edits, and multiple input.

 

 

April 2014 #edchat Radio Spot Professional Development: What’s Working, What Needs to Be Improved

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Ironically, I am working on creating a series of Professional Development for the teachers at my school. I am hoping to document everything with surveys, photos, and possibly video.   I will keep you informed as to how it goes and what kind of reaction I get from the teachers.  Hopefully, we will all learn something from this.

 

The Educational Implications of the Tipping Point

 

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As a teacher, I think anyone in the education field should read “The Tipping Point”. In fact, I think even those who have their hands in education, like parents and politicians should read it too.

Why? Because if you read it with education in mind, then those who created No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and Common Core, would understand that that these ideas/mandates do not really help the issue. That a one-size fits all kind of attitude does not work, but that these mandates should be treated as roll-outs or instituted into increments.

Because according to Gladwell, if it is done in stages or with a few strategically placed Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen using the most “simplistic, obvious solution” that our education retention, (ending dropouts), growth (competing in the global world), and reach (3rd grade reading requirement), would have a much larger impact.

I think that if we could get our parents on board (Connectors) with the teachers (Mavens), that the administration (Salesmen) would have a larger impact on how we educate our children today.
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Connector, Maven, or Salesman?

TheTippingPoint_Cover        When I first picked up “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell, I thought of several comedic sketches: 1. The last straw on a camel’s back, 2. Cow tipping (favorite past time in Texas) and 3. When someone reaches the boiling point.

Now, I may be a cynic when it comes to reading informational texts, but after reading the first 3 chapters of  “The Tipping Point” and                 reading the word epidemic over and over, I couldn’t help but think of how videos go “viral” on YouTube, Twitter explodes with different hashtags like:  #Congress #edchat #sharknado, and Facebook is used by businesses more than consumers…just to name a few.

Most recently, I was involved in a twitter chat called #1to1techat.  On November 6th, we had an extensive discussion about using                       technology in the classroom and if administrators should make it a mandatory requirement for all educators.

Many Twitter chats are archived for reference, You can see the archives here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1onmwHblRlbPGVoSYgp0fqtQm0Kk6L9N3ixjihH9rt-c/edit

In chapter 2, the author discusses “a Connector”.  So does that make me a connector?  Or connected?

I most recently was hired based on my LinkedIn profile.  So again?  Am I connected or a connector?  I got a job through a personal connection, a reference, a previous professor, an acquaintance. But I’m not sure what the author would call that one.
I like to think of myself as a Maven; someone with a wealth of knowledge about computers, technology, and teaching.  I feel I need to be continually learning in order to stay current and on topic.  I’m not trying to sell anything,(well maybe I am —to use technology in the classroom)  So maybe I am a Salesman too…even though I’m just letting you know it’s out there and how to use it.