Stony Brook University Libraries’ “Open Access Symposium 2016” Recap

This past Tuesday I spoke at the Open Access Symposium 2016 at Stony Brook University. It was an honor to represent Flocabulary at my alma mater and chat about education technologies.

I participated on a panel, moderated by my wonderful librarian friend Laura Costello (whom I met during her time at Columbia, but is now at Stony Brook), with two brilliant folks in the education space: Brian Sweeting of Columbia University’s Teachers College EdLab (where I have spoken a handful of times over the years), and Claudia McGiveny of Stony Brook University Libraries.

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Talking Audio in Education on the #HouseOfEdTech Podcast

Chris Nesi and I have crossed Twitter paths for quite some time. Given my love for Twitter and proximity to New Jersey, I’ve come to get to know many wonderful NJ educators over the years, both in person and online. Chris was someone I had connected with digitally, but not much more than a few tweets. I was so grateful, then, when he asked me to join him on his awesome podcast, #HouseOfEdTech. What’s more, we got to talk about two of my favorite things: podcasts and education technology!

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Three Months of Work for Three Days of Exhibiting: An ISTE 2016 Twitter Recap

Since Day 1 of my new gig, I’ve had ISTE on the brain. It’s a behemoth conference of 16,000+ educators, and I was leading up my company’s efforts on its booth presence, programming, and parties this year. I’ve been MIA on the blog for the past month or so mostly because working on ISTE has been (happily) consuming my life. It’s a huge investment of time and money. While I wasn’t able to attend in person, my heart burst at the photos, videos, and happy tweets that from educators stopping by our booth.

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New Publication: Even More PD Tools from USC Rossier

After a couple months of settling into my new role, I’m happy to share a recent article I wrote for USC Rossier Online.

I have experienced the power of a PLN through my own community work in ed tech. Twitter is the head honcho, but there are other tools available to expand your network, and each has its own unique elements that make collaborating and connecting within them different. The article shares tips and tricks for Slack, Voxer, and Google+ Communities as new outlets to nurture your PLN.

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Creating #InclusiveSpaces in Education

I saw an interesting image on Twitter earlier this week that got me thinking about classroom design, shared by Tom Murray, the Digital Learning Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education:

I was recently exhibiting at FETC, and one glaringly obvious takeaway was that pedagogy and technology are evolving at an exciting pace, and teachers are eager to embrace this progress. Awesome! But how can this same evolution be applied to the physical space where students learn—in the classroom?

As I explored the expo hall, there was no shortage of classroom furniture vendors, but it was hard to discern how many of them could truly impact student learning. After all, changes in classroom design can influence learning and development by 25%.

The way students learn today is vastly different from a mere 10 years ago, let alone 10 decades. Yet classroom design has been stagnating since, well, forever. What gives?

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That Time I Authored an Economics Paper I Never Actually Wrote

I felt like I was in an episode of ReplyAll or Note To Self recently. So much, in fact, I had to tell them about it:

How did this all unfurl? It begins on a cold winter day, many moons weeks ago. ‘Tis a story of technological quirks that serve as a reminder that even the most powerful of technologies make mistakes.

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Bucket List Item: Checked

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Being interviewed on a podcast about education? Aww, yeah.

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while, but between traveling and catching up on work (my inbox is a permanent disaster area), somehow it’s mid-October (!) and it still isn’t up on the blog.

As I wrote about in one of my first posts, when podcasts and education collide, it’s my favorite thing. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to be interviewed on a podcast, about education.

The podcast, On the Vendor Floor, is spearheaded by Melissa Emler, an educator who coaches teachers in tech across 31 districts. Melissa managed to find our booth at ISTE this year, which in itself is quite the achievement, considering we were all the way at the back, along the perimeter, and hiding behind an enormous, curved standing banner from a neighborly vendor. When we spoke about this off the air, she made a sweet comparison, saying, “All the good stuff in most big stores is in the back, around the perimeter.” Shucks. :3

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The Problem We All Live With

There is this one recent episode of This American Life that I just can’t shake. I shared it on Twitter time and time (and time) again. And now I’m sharing it here. Seeing as this blog is bit a of a confluence of education and podcasts (among other things), it seems fitting to write about it.

This American Life has been a gateway for a lot of now-podcast junkies. Perhaps because of its longevity, but also because of moving and poignant episodes like this one. When I first heard it during a flight to Las Vegas, I failed miserably at hiding my tears and suppressing weird mouth noises from the strangers between whom I was wedged. (They gave me some concerned glances, but generally ignored me otherwise.)

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