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Join us for a conversation about instruction, edtech tools, and classroom practices through the lens of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines. As we delve deeper, we’ll be sharing ideas to help you reach each student and give them the tools they need to become expert learners in your school. Hosted by Lynn Kleinmeyer and Jonathan Wylie from Grant Wood AEA.
 
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The end of the school year is approaching. Are you ready? If not, we can help! We have some tips on how to best wrap up your school year by giving you some best practice advice for the apps and services you have been using all year. Here are the links for some of the things we talked about: News and follow-up: Use new table templates and dropdown c…
 
We're back, and so is ITEC - Iowa's premier edtech conference! Mindy and I were in attendance, as were the rest of the team, so in this episode, we are going to reveal some of our takeaways from this always popular conference. Here are the links for some of the things we talked about: News and followup: iOS version of ExpeditionsPro Apple introduce…
 
We have been wanting to have an episode like this for a long time, but we have never been able to find a good guest to talk to. All that changed when Katie Wardrobe (@MusicTechTchr) agreed to come on the show and talk about the intersection of music and edtech. Whether you teach music or not, this was a really fun conversation with great ideas for …
 
In this episode, we decided to try something a little different. We invited Micheal Cohen (aka @TheTechRabbi) to join us to talk about the implication of NFTs for students and educators. If you haven't heard of NFTs or web3 before, you're not alone but that's one of the main reasons why we decided to have this conversation. It will make you think d…
 
This week we have a great interview with Page DeLozier from TalkingPoints, an excellent edtech service that offers free communication and translation services for teachers and parents. We also have some Wordle news and the usual helping of Tech Nuggets! Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: Originality reports are now av…
 
In this, the first episode of 2022, we thought we would look back at some of the most interesting education research from 2021, courtesy of the fine folks at Edutopia. Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: Animated Drawings by Meta AI Research (Beware!) Twitter is rolling out automatic captions for videos - The Verge Don…
 
In this episode, we take some time to reflect on our exploration of the UDL guidelines and consider what our big takeaways are. We also have actionable ideas for how you can get started on a UDL journey of your own. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (@jonathanwylie or @THLibrariZen) or …
 
In the digital age that we live in, information inundation is a real and growing problem. This makes executive functioning more important than it ever has been. Can you deal with the distractions, stay organized, and get things done in time? We think you can, and this episode is some of our thoughts on how to do just that. Shownotes for all of our …
 
In this landmark episode, we are dispensing with the usual format and just piling on as many tech nuggets as we can fit into one episode. No news, no main course, just lots of tech nuggets! Let's dig in! 😋 Here are the links for all the tech nuggets: Radio Garden Hark Emoji Maker Adobe Creative Cloud Express Google’s Santa Tracker Template Preview …
 
Comprehension is the main topic of today's episode, but it's not just reading comprehension that we are talking about. This is something that applies to all curricular areas and we have some ideas to help you better reach each one of your students. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (@jo…
 
For our 99th episode, we return to one of our favorite topics - student engagement! We have the ideas, resources, and tools you need to keep your students invested in your content. We also have some Googley updates and the usual smattering of tech nuggets! Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: the universal @ menu Chrome…
 
Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage your energy states, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that are acceptable and produce positive results such as well-being, loving relationships, and learning. It's how we deal with stressors and it lays the foundation for all other activities. In this episode, we look at some resources an…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Corey Rogers (@corey_rogers) and Bridget Castelluccio (@B_Castelluccio) to talk about the new K-12 Computer Science requirements for Iowa schools! There is a lot to talk about but these are the people in the know so we made sure to get them on the podcast to share their knowledge and expertise. Here are some links …
 
Having students show what they know is a fundamental part of any classroom, but what does that look like in a UDL classroom? We have some ideas for you, as well as some tech tools and options for assessment. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (@jonathanwylie or @THLibrariZen) or email us…
 
In this episode, Lynn and Jonathan are joined by Lisa Klein, an ELL Consultant at Grant Wood AEA. Lisa helps us unpack the importance of language for all students and gives us tips on how to be better communicators in the classroom. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (@jonathanwylie or @…
 
This week, our catch of the day is Jamboard - Google's collaborative online whiteboard. We have tips, tricks, and templates to help you get the most out of this popular tool. We also have some news and your usual helping of delicious tech nuggets. Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: Live translated captions in Google M…
 
Motivation is hard for adults, so imagine how hard it can be for students. In this episode, we look at a variety of ways that educators can help their students maintain motivation through goal setting, challenges, collaboration, and feedback. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (@jonathan…
 
In this episode, we take a look at how to reduce barriers to learning that would be introduced by the motor demands of a task. To help us out, we are joined by the amazing Kelli Robertson, the Accessibility Lead at Grant Wood AEA. Kelli talks to us about what assistive technology is and the role that it plays in the classroom for breaking down barr…
 
Learners differ in the ways that they perceive and comprehend information that is presented to them. We know that, but how can teachers plan for that? In this episode, we explore that in more depth and give you some tools and ideas to get you started. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (…
 
Hold on tight because we are sailing into the uncharted waters of Esports in schools this week. Thankfully, we have an expert at the helm, Jesse Lubinsky from Ready Learner One, who is going to navigate us safely through these stormy seas! Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: Screencastify’s new FREE features! CommonLit…
 
Our guests for this episode are Lynn Kleinmeyer and...uh...Jonathan Wylie? Don't worry! All will be revealed as we dive headfirst into the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines and show you why you need them in your classroom. Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: Flipgrid Live Events Spreading Screencastify (SW…
 
In this episode, we look at the perennial topic of student engagement. What are the best ways to engage all of our learners so that the content is more relevant and responsive to their needs, backgrounds, and cultures? We might not have all the answers, but the UDL guidelines give us lots of great, research-based ideas that are proven to have an im…
 
In this episode, we spend some time talking about what UDL means to us, how our journeys have evolved over time, and what we want to do with future episodes of this podcast. Shownotes for all of our episodes can be found at bit.ly/DBDshownotes. You can tag us on Twitter (@jonathanwylie or @THLibrariZen) or email us (jwylie@gwaea.org or lkleinmeyer@…
 
For this special episode, we are joined by Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr from MakeMathMoments.com. We also have Janet Greene, one of our GWAEA Math Consultants, as a guest co-host. It's a great conversation and includes all kinds of great nuggets that truly transcend math and just make for really good instructional practices. We hope you enjoy it! Here a…
 
It's time to talk about Teachers Pay Teachers. We have made comments about it in the past, but we decided to get it all out in the open and just have an honest conversation about it. Be sure to stick around for the tech nuggets! Here are some links for what we talked about... News & follow-up: Mote for Docs How to create digital stickers using Icon…
 
In this episode, we are fortunate to be joined by Joe Dale, a foreign language and technology consultant, who talks to us about the intersection between technology and modern foreign languages. Here's what we talked about... News & followup: Pixlr EDU free for students and educators Public permissions for Flipgrid have changed. New layout and featu…
 
This week we are joined by Carissa Cabrera to help us celebrate Earth Day and explore some of the ways that we can use technology to help bring awareness to these issues in the classroom. Here's what we talked about... News & Followup: Miro Education accounts Try TickTick Whiteboard.chat has handwriting recognition in 50 languages IconsMania #WCCS2…
 
In this episode we talk to one of our favorite #edtech people, the Google Guru himself, Mr. Eric Curts (@ericcurts)! Get a sneak peek at his sessions for the ITEC Spring Conference, and stick around as Eric joins us for Tech Nuggets! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/90 You can follow Jon…
 
In this episode we talk to someone we have wanted to have as a guest for a long time, the fabulous Jen Giffen (@VirtualGiff)! Get a sneak peek at her sessions for the ITEC Spring Conference, and stick around as Jen joins us for Tech Nuggets! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/89 You can fo…
 
On this episode we are joined by Annie Nash from the Google Education Team in Chicago. She walks us through everything you need to know about the latest updates for Google Workspace for Education and tells us what's it's like to work on the education team at Google. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did! Show notes and links for ever…
 
This week we are joined by Mike Taylor, (@tmiket), to talk about learning design, content curation, and what workplace training looks like when it is done well. There are a LOT of new Google updates to talk about, and our usual helping of tech nuggets are ready to serve. Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlg…
 
It's 2021, the pandemic is still here, so in this episode we are taking a look at the pros and cons of virtual conferences. Have you attended one? Have you presented at one? We have some thoughts. We also have some tech nuggets and some useful news and followup. Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/…
 
For our last episode of 2020 we brought the whole team together to share some of our favorite tech nuggets of the year. There is something for everyone in this episode, so let's get started! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/85 You can follow Jonathan (@jonathanwylie) and Mindy (@TeamCair…
 
Our friend, colleague, and all-round great human being, Corey Rogers, joins us again as a guest co-host to talk about this year's Hour of Code. What does that look like in a pandemic, and what are the best resources for you to take advantage of? Corey has the answers! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwae…
 
We're back with MORE tips from your favorite Google Workspace apps. This time we are talking Docs, Sheets, Forms, Keep and YouTube. Feel free to reach out and let us know your favorite tips for these apps! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/83 You can follow Jonathan (@jonathanwylie) and M…
 
Join us for a Google-themed episode where we share some of our favorite tips from our favorite Google Workspace apps. Gmail, Calendar, Slides, Drive and Classroom are on the docket today, but so are tech nuggets and a look at the new integrated Gmail. Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/82 …
 
In this exciting episode of the Edtech Take Out we discuss Google's rebranding of G Suite, and dive head first into the Pear Deck orchard to help get you up and running with this great interactive presentation tool. We also have a great tip about how to attend FETC for free this year! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be…
 
Corey Rogers (@corey_rogers) joins us this week for a feature packed episode that dives into the sometimes mysterious world of asynchronous learning. Everyone does that a little bit differently, so what could, (or should), that look like? We also have Google Drive updates, Zoom updates, and iPad updates to talk about, as well as the usual big box o…
 
In this episode we talk to our friend and colleague Beth Swantz about playlists and how they can be used to enhance learning in face to face or virtual learning environments. Are playlists the missing piece in your instructional strategy toolbox? Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/79 You c…
 
On this episode we are lucky to be joined by Marshall Escamilla from the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. We talk about science, teaching, podcasts and podcourses. It's a great conversation and one you won't want to miss! We also have a ton of Google and Seesaw updates to share and a tasty selection of tech nuggets! Show notes and links for everyth…
 
In this episode, we put Zoom and Meet head to head in a battle for the best online video conferencing tool! Spoiler alert: there is no loser, but only if you set up your meetings properly so that they are secure and your participants stay engaged in the learning. We have ideas to help with that regardless of which tool you prefer. Show notes and li…
 
I love it when a plan comes together, don't you? This week we talk about some of the ideas the Grant Wood Digital Learning Team put together to help schools transition to online learning environments. Our continuous learning plan was specifically designed to help educators take the steps they need to establish a fully functional online classroom. I…
 
This episode is going to be a little different from our normal routine, simply because these are not normal times. To try and prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools in Iowa are closed for a four-week period, and so is Grant Wood AEA. In this episode we got the whole team together to talk about the challenges of working from home while parenting an…
 
In this episode we tackle student engagement. Are digital devices a distraction? Are there ways that we can get students to be more absorbed their learning? Well, we might not have all the answers, but we do have some suggestions that you can try in your classroom. We also have some nuggets, more nuggets than we normally do, so get that dipping sau…
 
This week's episode is brought to you courtesy of Stella Pollard, an Edtech Take Out listener who wanted to hear an episode about using Makey Makey in the classroom, so we asked our resident expert, Amber Bridge, to join us again and share some of the things she has seen as a Makey Makey Ambassador! Show notes and links for everything discussed in …
 
In this episode we finally get to talk in depth about our favorite design tool, Canva! Learn more about the free Canva for Education program and all the great features that are available to educators. We also have some great tech nuggets, and a chance for you to win an Amazon gift voucher! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show c…
 
Amber Bridge is back for the first episode of 2020 to help Mindy and Jonathan get their heads around the latest changes that YouTube is making and how that might affect teachers and school districts. Screencastify got a big update, and so did Book Creator. There is also a healthy serving of tech nuggets, including something special for emoji fans! …
 
This is the last episode of 2019, and it's been a great year for using technology in the classroom, so Mindy and Jonathan round up some of their favorite edtech picks of the year. They also talk about some of your favorites too! Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/70 You can follow Jonathan…
 
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