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TeacherCast Podcast #9 “Boosting Student Productivity with Technology” (@web20classroom @NMHS_principal)

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Jeff sits down with Steven Anderson and Eric Sheninger to discuss how they are educating a generation of digital learners.



Topics Covered:

  • What are we looking forward to as the new school year approaches?
  • How are we getting ready for school differently this year as opposed to in years past?
  • Suggestions for starting our students on the right track this year?
  • Empowering Integration
  • How should technology be introduced into our classrooms?
  • How can we help our teachers learn about these technologies?
  • What types of PD should we be giving our teachers.
  • What types of technology should be introduced into our classrooms? (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogs, Wiki’s, Podcasts, iPads, iPhones, internet devices)
  • What types of accounts should we be asking our students to have? (twitter, dropbox, google…etc..)
  • Internet Safety and Security…. Keeping students, teachers and school districts safe
  • Should teachers use more Google in the classroom?
  • How should we be inviting our students to share files between home and school?
  • Having phones in school vs having iPads in schools (both students and teachers)
  • Encouraging our students to help teachers prepare for lessons…. (finding topics online and submitting them for research materials…. livebinder activities)
  • Are we as teachers preparing our students for the current future or the future yet to come?
  • How are schools using and managing table devices and app purchases

Websites and Apps Discussed:

  • Poll Everywhere
    Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response System
  • Edmodo
    Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students
  • Wordle
    Beautiful Word Clouds
  • Blogger
  • Moodle
    open-source community-based tools for learning
  • Ning
    Create a Social Networking Site with Ning, the Best Social Site Platform
  • Twitter
  • PD 360
    The world’s first and largest online, on-demand professional development platform for educators.
  • SimpleK12
    Educational Technology Made Simple
  • Atomic Learning 
    Education: Professional Development, Technology Integration and Software Training and Support Solutions – Atomic Learning
  • Teachscape: K12
    Effective Teaching | Teaching Strategies | School Performance | School Improvement | Student Achievement
  • Groupboard
  • Evernote
    Remember Everything
  • Dropbox 
    Cloudbased File Storage
  • Diigo
    Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network.
  • Delicious
    Online Bookmarks
  • http://twitterrific.com/
    Twitter Client
  • Feeddler
    RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone
  • Documents To Go®
    Office Suite

About our Guests:

Steven Anderson holds aBachelors of Science in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science Education from Western Carolina Universityand aMaster ofArts In Education In Instructional TechnologyfromEast Carolina University. He is currently persuing an Add-On Licsenure in Administration fromAppalachian State University. Steven began teaching in 2003 theGateway Prep. Academyat theKennedy Learning Centerin theWinston-Salem/Forsyth County Schoolsin Winston-Salem, NC. There he worked with 7th and 8th grade students who were more than 2 years off of grade level in the hopes they could return to their regular school to be successful. He then moved to Clemmons Middle Schoolin the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools where he taught 7th and 8th grade Science for 5 years. He was part of a pilot program that “looped” his 7th and 8th grade students. While at Clemmons he served as Team Leader, Grade-Level Chairman, Department Chairman, School Improvement Team Member and School Improvement Team Chairman. He left Clemmons Middle to serve as the District Instructional Technologist forStokes County Schools. There, he was responsible for all technology professional development programs in the district. In January, 2010, he returned to Clemmons Middle School as the Instructional Technologist, working with teachers and students on technology integration. Currently he is a District Instructional Technologist, working with district and school administrators on how to harness the power of technology to enhance learning.

He has been a presenter at several area technology conferences and meetings including NCTIES, North Carolina’s largest educational technology conference. Most recently he was selected to be a panelist at the#140 Conferencein Los Angeles, organized by Vonage founder,Jeff Pulver, where he discussed the impact of Twitter and other social media on education. As part of the conference he was one of the first recipient of the NOW Award, recognizing the “Movers and Shakers” in the world of Social Media. He returned to the #140 Conference in 2010 as a featured speaker, this time in New York City. Also in 2009 Steven was voted the Most Influential Tweeter as part of the Annual Edublog awards and was a co-recipent of the Most Influential Series of Tweets for his part in helping to create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boosts over 500 weekly participants.

Twitter: Web20Classroom
Blog: http://web20classroom.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html


Eric Sheninger is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.

As an educational administrator he firmly believes that effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology are essential elements necessary for the transformation of school cultures. Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally.  Eric is a Google Certified Teacher, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, co-author of “Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals“, writer for the Huffington Post, and was named to the NSBA “20 to Watch” list in 2010 for technology leadership.  He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology.   His blog, A Principal’s Reflections, earned first runner up in the Best Administrator Blog category in 2010 from Edublogs.

Eric began his career in education as a Science Teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School where he taught a variety of subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Ecology) and coached several sports (ice hockey, football, lacrosse). He then transitioned into the field of educational administration as an Athletic Director/Supervisor of Physical Education & Health and Vice Principal in the New Milford School District. During his administrative career he has served as District Affirmative Action Officer and is the current president of the New Milford Administrator’s Association.  For more information on Eric visit http://ericsheninger.com


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