From Watcher to Maker

Jaime Donally hosts #txeduchat on “Making”

Sunday, May 1st at 8pm Central 



Jaime Donally is an Instructional Technology Coordinator and passionate technology enthusiast.  She began her career as a math teacher, and eventually taught grades from Pre-K through 8th grade.  During that time, she used multiple technology resources to engage students and improve learning.  

As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, she provides staff development and training on all areas of technology integration.  She enjoys encouraging teachers to step out of the bounds of the classroom walls, and embrace new ways of engaging the students.

AI & Robots: How can we “future proof” students?

Sunday, April 24th at 8pm Central

Kevin Corbett hosts #txeduchat on Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and our Students

A former science teacher who believed in the power and possibility of online learning over two decades ago, he taught himself how to build courses in HTML on class intranets.



Kevin taught one of the first hybrid, educational technology courses for teachers, for the University of Washington. And, after building countless web pages and classes on the early world wide web, he now helps develop e-learning programs, consults on virtual training ‘best practices’ and has many interests in other internet and educational technology-related areas.

Kevin finds he’s now enjoying learning more from his children who are all deep into their own technology-related careers and entrepreneurial endeavors.

With two new grandchildren, he’s investigating more seriously the advancing new technologies in an effort to understand the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve happiness and success in a technological future. He’s certain that the ubiquitous nature of technology will have a considerable impact on a new generation. He believes that adults–educators, parents, and more, will be critical in mentoring young people as they navigate and work through all the changes, along with new moral and ethical decisions mankind has never had to deal with.

Sunday’s TXeduchat is intended to be a fun-filled hour to consider the possibilities and get us all thinking about how to future proof our students in a world where deep learning, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics are accelerating.

Follow Kevin on Twitter: @Kevin_Corbett
His blog: http://www.KevinCorbett.com

Empathy in Education

EMPATHY in Education
with host @BarbaraGruener

Sunday, April 17th at 8pm Central



Barbara Gruener is a school counselor and character coach at Bales Intermediate School in Friendswood, Texas. She has had the pleasure of working with kids from every grade level in her 32 years as a public school educator. Author of the  book What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind, Barbara enjoys positively influencing change through her inspirational keynotes and interactive workshops. When she’s not working, you can bet Barbara is knitting, baking, writing, reading, walking, gardening, napping, or spending time with her husband and their three children.

Barbara blogs regularly here and can be found on Twitter as @BarbaraGruener


Getting your students Excited about Learning!

Get your students EXCITED about LEARNING!

with host @MrsJones_Merton
Sunday, April 10th at 8pm Central

Heidi Jones has been teaching in the Merton Community School District since 1989 and



she cannot imagine doing anything else. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since the third grade. Merton is located about 30 miles west of Milwaukee. Heidi taught 4th grade for over 20 years and a couple of years ago switched to teaching 5th.

Heidi often says she “woke up” and reinvented herself when she joined twitter a few years ago. With the encouragement of her current principal Jay Posick (@posickj), Heidi got involved in twitter chats, started presenting at conferences, and best of all started meeting “tweeps” face to face at various conferences and “edcamps”.

Connectivity is very exciting and invigorating to Heidi. She brings this excitement and enthusiasm to her students every day by showing them the world is so much more than that which is between the four walls in their classroom. There are people to get to know, authors to meet via Google Hang Out, and tips on how to present our passion projects from other educators! It is the 21st century and the world is their oyster. They just
have to be encouraged to go out and grab the opportunity!

When Heidi is not teaching, on a twitter chat, or preparing for a conference, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff, of 22 years, and their two boys Logan 16 and Cameron 14.

Play like a Pirate

Join @jedikermit on The Art of Play in Education

 Hosting #txeduchat Sunday, April 3 at 8pm CT



Quinn Rollins has been a social studies teacher in Granite School District in Salt Lake City since 2004. Whether teaching children or adults, he believes in engaging students with humor, pop culture, and new perspectives. He’s worked with the education programs for the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, and Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Quinn has served as master teacher and mentor for a Teaching American History Grant, and for a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop in Chicago, Illinois. He received the Utah Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year award in 2011, and the “Utah’s Best of the West” award at the National Council for the Social Studies conference in 2015. He currently serves as the social studies curriculum specialist for Granite School District. He was also awarded the Best Historical Scene and Best Custom Minifigures Awards at BrickSlopes 2015, Utah’s LEGO Convention. And they’re pretty fancy.

He earned his master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology and his bachelor’s degrees in History Teaching and German Teaching from the University of Utah.

Quinn loves presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Popular presentations include student engagement, teaching with pop culture, the literacy of comic books and graphic novels, and using toys to teach. Quinn’s hobbies include designing and playing with toys, doodling in staff meetings, reading comic books, and…let’s say “running” to sound like a well-rounded person. He believes cheese is “an enemy to mankind,” but won’t say no to pizza.