Scott and I will be moderating the Texas EdChat this coming Sunday night from 6-7 PM Pacific time. The topic will be using video in the classroom. If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, you should give it a try. We will be throwing out some discussion questions and then teachers from around the state of Texas, as well as other parts of the world, will kick around ideas 140 characters at a time. To join in, you’ll need a Twitter account. Then go on Twitter on Sunday, December 15, from 8 to 9 PM Texas time and search #TxEduChat in the search box. Select the “All” button at the top of the screen and you will see everyone’s Tweets. It promises to be an extremely valuable and engaging professional development opportunity…for FREE!
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Vicki Davis has so many ideas for the classroom, it will make your head spin! In this episode of the Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I are caught in a whirlwind of amazing teaching tips provided by the Cool Cat Teacher. Vicki is a tech teacher in Georgia who is on the cutting edge of effective classroom pedagogy. She is the co-founder of the Flat Classroom and an award-winning blogger. So what did we talk to Vicki about? Whew! Where to start? Just be ready to take some notes.
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In the latest episode of the Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I learn more about blended learning from one of education’s foremost experts on the subject, Catlin Tucker. Catlin was one of the keynote speakers at last year’s CUE conference in Palm Springs. Catlin will challenge your view of what education should look like. Do your students back channel? Tune in and learn more.
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Shannon Miller is probably the most famous librarian on the planet. Shannon is an author, teacher, tech guru, and more. Join my brother Scott and me as we learn from the amazing Shannon Miller!
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Richie was born with no arms. His whole life has been a course in design engineering. As you kick off your new school year, this is a perfect time to show this awe-inspiring video to instill determination, hard-work, and positive attitude in your students. Personally, I couldn’t watch this video without tearing up. Richie is one of my new heroes.
Here are some suggestions for classroom use. Give your students some time to pair share their feelings after watching the video. Don’t rush into a whole class discussion or assignment right away. After ample time to process, ask your students some questions: What challenges do you face in life? How does Richie inspire you to become a greater person? What questions would you ask Richie if you could meet him? Perhaps you will assign a response essay or ask your students to blog about Richie. Maybe you could write to Richie and thank him for the example he sets for young people.
The Bedley Bros. have finally reached the pinnacle of education rock stars. This week, we interview our dad, Gene Bedley. Dad was honored as the PTA National Educator of the Year in 1985. He is the Executive Director of the National Character Education Center. Our dad’s innovative work in values-based education has brought him national and international acclaim and recognition by receiving the Rotary, Paul Harris National Outstanding Educator Award and the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Award for his work in value-based education. The Bureau of Education’s presented Dad with the National Distinguished Teacher Award for his work in character development and school discipline.
He has been described as a Catalyst, Climate Creator, “Value Driven” educator with a compelling message for Americas teachers, parents, and children. Dad Bedley believes that responsibility is the foundational value of all the core values. As a learning behavior strategist, he has trained over 3,000,000 educators from around the world and his Values in Action! Program is in over 25,000 schools worldwide.
But most importantly, he’s a great dad.
So the planning for this episode went something like this…
Hey Tim, we’re having Alice Keeler on the show!
Cool. What are we going to discuss?
We’re going to try something new. We are going to have a debate. Chromebook vs. iPad.
Oh, that sounds fun. Who’s she debating?
You. You’re taking the iPad side.
And then came the show…where I made a complete fool of myself. But Alice is super fun and knows her tech like a champ. Get ready for the most entertaining Bedley Bros EdChat yet. And the winner is…
Alice Keeler on Twitter
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Scott and I had a great discussion with Kyle Pace about effective professional development and Google Apps. Kyle is on the cutting edge of EdTech and trains teachers throughout the United States. This is one episode you won’t want to miss!
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Give Blood, Play Hockey
Common Core Read Aloud Teacher’s Cheat Sheet
Teacher Rebecca Wildman and her principal Fred Sitkins are changing the face of education through their use of iTunes U for elementary students in Michigan and around the world. Watch as they explain the endless possibilities of this eduawesome platform.
iPad PD Rebecca and Fred’s website where they house their iTunes U courses and a whole lot more!
Flipping PD in iTunes U
Greg Tang Math
Scott and I interview Dr. Brian O’Connor, expert in Lesson Study, a professional development program that actually changes classroom practice. Scott shares his tip on using Buzz Mob to communicate with parents. I talk about Google Apps (Google Drive) as an easy and free way to do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. Enjoy!
Lesson Study Search
Buzz Mob Website
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Video: Using Google Apps to Monitor Student Writing