Join us on Sunday, March 9, 2014
8:00-9:00pm Central Time
A little about Kevin Corbett:
A self proclaimed “technology geek” describes himself as a squirrel drawn to anything shiny and certainly drawn to new technology.
Since he had his first computer–the Atari 400 in 1979, he has been hooked, enjoying learning, using, playing, and exploring new technologies. He taught science nearly 25 years ago but found himself an early adopter of technology and has had the opportunity to explore how technology could expand teaching and learning in the Mobile and Gamification arenas.
Mobile Learning (mlearning) & Gamification
Having fun and learning—whether you’re a 16 year old high school student or a 36 year old corporate trainee, is possible and the challenge I enjoy pursuing! New advances in technology–especially cell phones and smartphones have me excited about using portable devices for mobile learning (#mlearning) anywhere, anytime, any place, any space!
And, with my love of gaming, I continue to investigate game-based-design and gamification so that people of all ages can engage with their learning, cooperate & share with others through social media, learn and have fun!
TXEDUCHAT is pleased to announce that Sunday 2/23/14 at 8pm Central Kyle Pace will host our chat.
Kyle Pace champions the support of teaching and learning with meaningful technology integration using a multitude of educational technologies. Kyle has worked with K-12 teachers in his current school district to provide instructional technology professional development for the last 10 years with 4 years prior to that teaching elementary school.
Kyle has spoken at education conferences such as Learning Forward, ISTE, FETC, and Educon. Kyle also has presented virtually for the Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community, The Reform Symposium online conference, and Education Week.
In January 2009, Kyle co-authored a book titled Integrating Technology With Music Instruction. In April 2010, Kyle participated on a panel about Education And The Real-Time Web at the 140 Conference in New York City. Kyle has also organized all 4 annual EdcampKC unconferences since 2010.
In July 2011, Kyle was chosen to participate in the Google Teacher Academy in Seattle, Washington to become a Google Certified Teacher. In January 2013, Kyle was named as one of Education Week’s 2013 “Leaders to Learn From” and joined the other honorees in April 2013 in Washington, D.C. to receive special recognition from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. In May 2013, Kyle was chosen to join ASCD’s 2013 Class of Emerging Leaders.
Kyle has a strong passion for sharing with teachers and administrators about the impact that educational technology can have on adult and student learning.
Find out more about Kyle by visiting his website and blog at http://www.kylepace.com. Connect with Kyle on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kylepace or Google+ at http://www.google.com/+kylepace
On Sunday 2/16 from 8-9pm Central #txeduchat
will discuss Blogging with @bkuhl2you
Blogging has become a popular way to write for an audience – for teachers, students, and the rest of the world.
- To Blog or not to Blog?
There are many different tools for blogging out there, and many different blogs about effective blogging. This chat will focus on the best ways to get your students blogging (and hopefully learning as they blog), and how you might join the conversation to model effective blogging yourself. Or how you might blog more effectively. Join us!
Ben Kuhlman has been teaching 7th grade literacy (reading and writing) and social studies at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling, IL for 7 years.
Before that, he taught college-level writing for several years as an adjunct and teaching assistant. He is an active member of the Illinois Writing Project and currently serves as tech liaison. Ben helped his school transition to Google Apps and 1-1 Chromebooks this year through staff training, and he has tried hard to model effective use of tech in his classroom. He has attempted blogs with his students many times and in many different ways, and sometimes those blogs were hugely successful. Sometimes they were not. Ben continues to experiment with blogs, and he would love to chat with all of you about what works for your students and for you.
Wesley Fryer is our host for #txeduchat
-Sunday, February 9th 8-9pm Central-
This is a great opportunity for teachers in Lewisville ISD who met Dr. Fryer in January (like @Tom_Kilgore who is pictured here) to follow up with more information and questions. We have learned that teachers in Round Rock ISD are earning CPE credit for attending and we would like to thank RRISD for their support of #txeduchat.
Check out Dr. Fryer’s presentations on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/wfryer
Watch Wesley’s tutorial videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/wfryer
Follow @wfryer on twitter: https://twitter.com/wfryer
January 26th at 8pm Central
Join Eric Sheninger
Twitter Chat about Digital Leadership
Who is Eric Sheninger?
Eric is the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader and sought after speaker. His main focus is the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.
Eric is a Bammy Award winner (2013), NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award (20 12), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, author of “Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times“, co-author of “Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals” and “What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science“, writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, 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, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs.
Join Rafranz Davis for #txeduchat on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 8-9pm Central.
The topic will be focused on best practices in Professional Development related to Technology. If you have ever attended a PD session and have an opinion to share, if you have led PD sessions in your district, or if you are new to technology integration and want to learn more – then this chat is for you.
Who is Rafranz Davis?
Rafranz is an instructional technology specialist for a Dallas/Fort Worth area school district. As an advocate for passion-based learning, Rafranz uses her experience as a secondary math educator to help teachers integrate technology using innovat
ive teaching strategies aimed at empowering students to be autonomous learners.
Join the #txeduchat on Sunday Night from 8-9pm Central.
Product Oriented Learning: Fostering Creativity and Entrepreneurial Thinking
Jennifer Miller is a PhD Learning Technologies student and graduate research assistant at the University of North Texas. Jennifer oversees the first NASA MMS fabrication program, which was implemented in rural Texas. Jennifer’s research interests includes STEM/STEAM after school programs geared towards middle school students. Jennifer is a district instructional technologist/technology coordinator who was instrumental in building a STEM/STEAM after school program with Dublin Independent School District.
Jennifer was selected to work with NASA and ISTE to help develop curriculum that incorporated ISTE standards as middle school students learned about NASA’s Multiscale Magnetosphere Mission. Jennifer coordinated a 1:1 K12 initiative in 2010, assisted in building an offsite curriculum center, and is working with the University of North Texas’s Middle Schoolers Save The World’s National Science Foundation program. Jennifer is interested in continuing research with rural, low socio-economic students and implementing creative approaches to STEM career pathways.
On December 15th #txeduchat will be moderated by the Bedley Brothers. If you aren’t following them yet on Twitter or a subscriber on their YouTube channel we strongly encourage you to add them to your PLN.
The topic for Sunday, December 15th’s chat is Using Digital Recording and live broadcasts in the Classroom.
A litte about our hosts - Tim and Scott Bedley (a.k.a. The Bedley Brothers)
Tim comes from a family of educators. His father was selected National Educator of the Year. He has been a classroom teacher for over 25 years and currently teaches a 4/5 class in Lake Elsinore, California. He was recognized as the Lake Elsinore Unified School District 2012 Teacher of the Year and 2013 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. His YouTube channel has over 1900 subscribers and 2 million views. Tim is the co-founder of Edcamp Murrieta. He is co-creating the inaugural 2014 west coast constructavist confernce SCEWL. Tim is a top selling music artist with his Rockin-The-Standards music that engages kids to learn complex issues in a simple way. Besides teaching, Tim has been a videographer and youth pastor. He and his brother Scott host a weekly education talk show called “The Bedley Brothers.” Tim is a speaker and published author. You may learn more by visiting Tim’s website TimBedley.com
Scott comes from a family of educators including his father an internationally recognized author and speaker. He is in his 20th year teaching having taught 3,4,5,6 and 9-12 grades. He is the creator of Technology Applied Science Fair a student driven relevant competition focused on having k-12th grade students integrate their passion in the arts with computer science all while solving a real world problem. He was honored to recieve the 2013 OC Tech Aliance/Project Tomorrow’s Innovation Award: High Impact Teacher in STEM. He was named Irvine Unified School District 2013 Teacher of the Year, was recently recognized as 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year and is one of 11 California State TOY finalists. He is a curriculum author of a character building action based book used in over 7500 schools nation wide by Rachel’s Challenge. He co-created and co-host the Bedley Bros #EdChat Show which has grown to nearly 2000 You Tube channel subscribers in less than a year. He and Tim bring in innovative educators and authors to share best practices such as Susan Cain, Adam Bellow, Dan Pink, Jon Bergmann and many others. He loves just hanging with his wife and son and enjoys visiting his brother-in-law in Murphy, Texas. His brother and dad are his heroes! @TASFair and tasfair.com.
On December 8th (8-9pm CST) #txeduchat will devote the hour to better understanding the phenomenon called GENIUS HOUR. Moderated by Chris Kesler:
Chris Kesler is an 8th grade science teacher in Waller, TX (Houston). In his former career as a systems analyst
he realized the importance of technology skills in the work force. He enjoys integrating tech into his lessons and teaching new tools to his students. In 2012-2013 he won the teacher of the year award for secondary teachers in his district.
Chris has incorporated genius hour into his classes and believes in giving the students a choice to learn about whatever drives their passions. He runs the website GeniusHour.com
and has many resources to help teachers start their own genius hours in their classrooms.