It's that month of the year! That wonderful time when Jon gets super grouchy about everything. In this episode we do a little Global School Play Day reflection and a little talk about "She who shall not be named" Betsy DeVos. Please take a listen to the old Techlandia - but the new Grumpy Old Teachers.
There are many times when life gets in the way of things I would like to do. This episode, recorded in Mid-January, was sitting on my desktop begging to be uploaded. I binge watched The Wire and completely ignored it. Laziness, not life, was what got in the way. We hope you enjoy this episode...and I apologize for my love of The Wire.
Yesterday was our fifth snow day of the school year. At my house, we were actually stuck inside all weekend. Having an extra day to stay in, was not exactly what the doctor ordered. While waiting for Scott to come up with his excellent blog post about the time he met Woody Harrelson, I decided to make something of my own.
We are creating a growing tech library with different STEM items that can be checked out by teachers in our district. That is the good part. The bad part is when some of the items need apps or iPads that the teacher may be unaware of, they have a difficult time using the items. This gave me the idea to start creating lists of resources for our Future Ready STEM library. I was going to create one big list, but then I thought this would be too many items and daunting for teachers to sift through. We just ordered some classroom sets of 18 Ozobots for schools, so I decided to start with them.
The thing that appeals to teachers about Ozobots is that they are very popular with students, easy to maintain and charge, and do not take up too much space in the room. This list was created to email teachers the apps, lesson ideas, and video links to watch the Ozobots in action. I also provided links to purchase them at the bottom of the list. They are very reasonably priced, even on a teacher's salary. I got a class of fifth graders started with Ozobots before Winter Break, and when I came back to pick them up, five students told me they got one for the holidays. That is pretty good proof that students enjoy them. If you haven't checked them out, take a look at the list. I think it has all the resources you would need, but I am always open to suggestions if you have any.
There will be more lists like this for Spheros, Makey Makeys, and Little Bits in the coming months.
Until then, we will wait on Scott's Woody Harrelson post, and you can take a look at the Ozobot resources. Please don't hesitate to contact us on the website with any questions or comments.
Scott is a key member of the Global School Play Day Team. He talks about GSPD on the latest Grumpy Old Teacher New Year's Podcast. If you would like to hear a little more background, listen to the podcast below starting at the 51 minute mark. Scott goes in to detail about what GSPD is, and why you should sign up.
Click to sign up for Global School Play Day 2017
If you would still like more information about Global School Play Day, click here for the link to the GSPD Website.
We hope you will join in and share the power of play with your students.
The video below is from Scott's "real" podcast, The Bedley Brothers. In this episode Scott and Tim talk with Dr. Peter Gray about Global School Play Day.
Dr. Peter Gray on The Bedley Brothers Podcast
Scott and Jon ring in 2017 on the air! Keeping a strange podcasting tradition alive for a fourth year in a row. The original Techlandia podcast, with Alison Anderson, premiered December 31, 2013. Scott Bedley has upped the ante the last two years by actually bringing in the New Year live on the air.
Topics for this podcast include, if engagement leads to learning, and Jon continues to rant about how Facebook is killing Instagram, and how you need to use your Winter Break to step away and just enjoy your time...not think about work.
Remember to check back for new episodes every other week, AND for a promised blog post from THE one and only...Scott Bedley.
Scott and Jon talk about the Hour Of Code and how to keep the momentum going with your students throughout the year. This podcast is under an hour for the first time in a LONG time. This podcast was recorded December 8, 2016.
Just a couple of guys that have been teaching since the early 90's discussing education. Sometimes snarky, sometimes funny, and always trying to entertain while they give their opinions on how to better education.