Welcome to the fourth episode of the Jersey Educator Podcast hosted by Jeff Bradbury. Please find us online at www.JerseyEducator.com. In this episode, we look at the premiere professional development conference known as Educon and discuss how it is THE place to be when the weather gets cold. We also take a look at the Apple Podcasts app and share why every educator now has access to first class learning 24/7. Our interview this week is with NJ Educator Beth Ritter-Guth.
This week, I attended Educon 2.5 held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. Simply put, Educon is THE premier educational conference on the east coast. I am always amazed at the amount of educators who fly from all corners of the country to be at Educon. More than 650 educators from across the planet ascended on Philadelphia this year for a weekend of discussion. Discussion topics at Educon are both informative, educational and extremely engaging. Without question, Educon should be on the calendar for every educator year after year.
Educon is a 3 day conference that focuses around a given topic. Their motto: “It’s both a Conversation and a Conference” holds true with each and every session. I had the pleasure of participating in two sessions this year. On Saturday morning, moderated a panel discussion led by Knapp Elementary School Principal Joe Mazza on the interactions of parents and educators in the school building. Joe moderates the weekly #PTCHAT on Twitter and has been very influential in a global movement to bring transparency between what happens inside the classroom, and what happens inside the home.
I then transitioned from behind the desk to in front of the camera as I joined #SatChat moderator and New Jersey Educator Brad Currie for a live broadcast of the globally recognized chat. During the chat, we were followed by several hundred educators who were participating from their homes, watching us on our streaming video service and were in the room with us for the broadcast. We were then joined by connected educator Tom Whitby on camera who energetically contributed to the discussion.
I strongly recommend attending Educon 2.6 January 24-26, 2014. Science Leadership Founding Principal and Educon creator Chris Lehmann does an amazing job at organizing a special weekend of learning. For more information on Educon, please visit their website or follow them on twitter.
Video from #PTChat
Video from #SATCHAT
App of the Week
Apple Podcasts App
Last summer, Apple released a dedicated app for listening to, and subscribing to podcasts. This was BIG NEWS… Let me say this again…. THIS WAS BIG NEWS. Previous to this app, Podcasts could be found and listened to on iOS devices, but they were a part of the iTunes app. Not just in iTunes, but BURRIED deep inside of iTunes where nobody could find them. The creation of the Apple Podcasts app showed us that Apple was finally putting some stock into Podcasts. As a Podcaster, this was a great feature to now talk about with people. No longer did you have to tell listeners to go to their computer, log into iTunes, and connect their device and THEN subscribe and then DOWNLOAD and then SYNC…. It was a bit of a pain. Due to the magic of the Apple Podcasts app, listeners can simply find all of the amazing FREE content they are looking for with just a few clicks. Here are some great podcasts to listen to on YOUR podcasts app:
1. The Teachercast Podcasting Network
2. Instructional Tech Talk with Jeff Herb
3. Edcamp Radio
Beth Ritter-Guth is the Director of Instructional Design at Union County College in Cranford, NJ. Her work teaching literature in the Second Life platform has been documented by The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and America Online. Simulations include a full scale virtual Dante’s Inferno, the novels of Gloria Naylor, and Edgar Allan Poe’s House of Usher. She has been awarded the “Teacher of the Future” award by the National Association of Independent Schools for her innovative use of technology in the classroom, and has presented at over 75 conferences on using technology in teaching. Beth lives in Piscataway, NJ with her husband, Dave, and their children, David and Julian.
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