Jeff sits down with Grog the Zombie, Toby, Darin and Mark to discuss their most used FREE tech tools that are great for teachers of all subjects.
- QR Codes
- Great Apps for the iPad and iPhone
- Digital Storytelling
- Using Technology to teach in the music classroom
- Camtasia and other screen capturing programs
- Photoshop and other great photo editors
- Teaching students about video
- Teaching Power Point to our students
- teaching podcasting
- What is on the front page of your mobile device
Websites and Apps Discussed:
About our Guests:
Grog the Zombie is new to the educational video scene. He used to be a busboy at an Applebee’s in Cozumel. That was where he met Toby Price aka Toby-Wan Kenobi who taught Grog two important things. The first, different doesn’t mean less. The second is that anyone has to the power to create something that could change the world. So even though Grog is a scary, yet friendly Zombie, he is on a mission with the help of his best friend Sheep, to teach and encourage kids everywhere that no matter how different you are you can create something that can change the world.
Darin Johnston comes from a long line of teachers. His father and aunt were thirty two year veterans of the educational field, and Darin knew that education would be his calling. What he didn’t know, what that his place would be in an elementary school setting. His first experiences came in a combination classroom of second and third graders. After, elementary school is where he would be found.
He currently holds a Master’s of Education and his educational goals include furthering his understand in the Daily 5 and CAFE techniques along with working towards a reading endorsement. In sixteen years, Darin has taught at all levels, K – 12, been a technology coordinator and a technology assistant. His teach career has carried him from Minnesota to Alaska to his current position as a fifth grade literacy and science teacher in Northeast Iowa.
Darin lives on an acreage with his wife, Melissa, a Professional Development Specialist for the area Head Start classrooms, two daughters aged 11 and 13, and an assortment of barnyard types of animals. When school is not in session, Darin can be found outside tending to his garden, running his girls to swim practice, or enjoying an evening out with his wife.
Mark Quinn is a teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
During my 19 years in the district, I have taught music and technology to students in ages from K through 8. I have also served as an assistant directior to the Eastlake North Marching Band and director for the Case Western Reserve University Marching Band.
In addition to teaching students, I have done staff development for adult teachers in Northeast Ohio for over 8 years on a wide range of subjects that range from general technology integration to specialized classes dealing with audio, video, photographic and podcasting production.
I have presented at eTech Ohio Educational Technology Conference and am currently teaching staff development workshops for WVIZ Ideastream in downtown Cleveland. If you are interested in having me present a workshop for your staff please drop me a note. I would look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
I run a photographic company called Photos by Q which is located in the Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
I am a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Society of Northern Ohio ProfessionalPhotographers. Photos by Q’s work has been published in the Artist Review Today, WEVA (Wedding and Event Videographer) and IAN magazines and has won numerous awards in photographic competitions along with recently being named the 2006 Photographer of the Year by the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers.