#dcsdtransforms episode 54: Beneath the willow tree

Hello and welcome back to another fun episode of #dcsdtransforms.  This week, we have a really neat tool called Quill (check out quill.org for more info).  It’s a great tool for helping students in K-12 to become better writers.  Our shout-out this week goes to Hanna Hanlin from PES.  Thanks for joining us, and hope you enjoy the show!

#dcsdtransforms episode 53: Remember to attach documents to Schoology assignments

Hello Everyone and thank you for joining us this week for another sub 15 minute episode!  That’s right, Carla and I are really getting this time thing down when we put our minds to it.  This week we are going to share a bit about Google Slides new feature that allows you to insert video from Google Drive (instead of only from youtube.  Our shoutout this week goes to Julie Hanlin and Michelle Grantham at Carolina Elementary School for their work with BreakoutEDU!  Hope you enjoy the show!

#dcsdtransforms episode 52: The First 10 Minute Episode!

OK, OK, OK, so it is a 1/2 truth for all those that are looking at the time. Sure, it shows up at 11 minutes and 15 seconds, but the actual time for the discussion of the podcast (removing outtakes, intro, etc) is actually 9 minutes and 54 seconds! We did it loyal listeners! And we couldn’t have done that without your support and relentless sarcasm about how long our episodes are, so for that, we thank you! In all seriousness, we are trying to be more respectful of your time, so hopefully you will stay with us for years to come! This week, we are highlighting the Grammarly extension in Chrome – a super useful spelling and grammar checker for those things you do online that don’t have a good spelling / grammar checker built in (like Schoology, for example). Our shout out this week goes to Paula Alvarez from HHS for the neat things she is doing with makerspaces. Hope you can join us this week!

#dcsdtransforms episode 51: Carla gets bifocals and Rhett wins Dad of the Year

Hello, Wonderful Listeners! Thanks for tuning in for another episode of #dcsdtransforms – the best 10-minute edtech conversation you’ll hear all week! This week we are highlighting Know Recorder (click here to learn more). It’s a great white board app for your iPad to record, annotate, and share lessons with your students and colleagues. Our shout-out this week goes to Janet Davis at Thornwell School for the Arts because she is blogging with her SECOND GRADERS!!! Wow! And in the out-takes, you’ll learn all about Carla getting bifocals and Rhett’s “Dad of the Year” award. Hope you enjoy this week’s episode, and thanks for listening!

#dcsdtransforms episode 50: The Fantastic Fifty!

OH NO!  So sorry, loyal listeners! We were doing really well with getting our episode lengths so close to 10 minutes, and then poof! We went and shattered the longest episode mark by 15 minutes! But we have good news for you – while it may be long, we think you are really going to enjoy this episode. This week, Carla and I have the privilege of sitting down with some amazing people in DCSD so that they could share their thoughts with us. We have Mr. Josh Bastean, one of the instructional technology specialists, Mrs. Diane Sigmon, the director of technology, and Dr. Eddie Ingram, our superintendent. Together, they will be sharing their thoughts with where we have been over the last year and a half (the time it took us to reach 50 episodes) and where we are going with regard to technology in the district. We also have a shoutout to Heather Dyar at DHS.  Please join us this week for a great conversation!

#dcsdtransforms episode 42: The Second Annual Thank-tacular Edition!

Welcome back to another fun and exciting episode of #dcsdtransforms! For the second year in a row, we are doing an episode discussing all the many ways we have to be thankful to be DCSD employees! And of course, we have a few thanksgiving apps to make your Thanksgiving a little more manageable. Thanks for joining us this week and hope you enjoy the show!

#dcsdtransforms episode 41: Back on track…sorda

Hello and welcome to another episode of #dcsdtransforms! We are back on track…well, sorda. We at least cut the episode to 17 minutes, so it won’t destroy your planning period! This week we are upping your GAME by highlighting ClassCraft, which steals some components from the RPG genre of video games to help you manage your student’s behaviors. We are also giving a shoutout to Danielle Scanlan from SMS. Please join us for the best *10 minute* edtech conversation you’ll hear all week!

#dcsdtransforms episode 40: Podcasting about Podcasting!

Welcome back for another edition of #dcsdtransforms!  This week, we are podcasting about podcasting!  Say what?  What does that even mean?  Does that have anything to do with Inception?  Carla and Rhett traveled to South Carolina EdTech and presented our podcast at a workshop.  We actually recorded the whole thing.  So here we are, podcasting about podcasting.  So it’s long, real long.  Longest one ever!  But it is our workshop.  Would love for you to listen!  The cover art is courtesy of our workshop attendees!  Next week, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled program and get it down to 15 minutes or less (that’s not a promise or a guarantee, by the way!).  To all of you who attended the workshop, we are grateful!  Thank you for exploring the world of podcasting with us – please give us feedback and let us know what we can do to help you get your own podcast off the ground!  Cheers!

#dcsdtransforms episode 39: ‘Tis but a bit!

Hello and welcome back for another episode of #dcsdtransforms! This week, we have a really cool tool called Toonytool (visit it at Tooytool.com). The cover art this week’s episode was done by Rhett in about 3 minutes using Toonytool. Check it out – it’s easy and the students will love it! The teacher shout out goes to Brittany Adams at HHS for some really great things she is doing with flipped learning! And of course you don’t want to miss our upcoming events and reminders for you, our loyal listeners!

#dcsdtransforms episode 38: Carla is a Google Certified Innovator!

Greetings and salutations, loyal listeners!  First, we apologize for skipping a week – the hurricane here really threw us off with lack of power and internet and being out of school for 7 days.  But never fear!  We have come back with a SUPER special episode for you this week.  One of our very own has become a Google Certified Innovator!  So we have that celebrity in the studio (aka, conference room 6) to share her thoughts on this outstanding accomplishment and program.  Who is this Titan of Teaching?  This Enormity of Education?  This Caped Crusader of the Classroom?  Well, it is none other than our very own, CARLA JEFFERSON!!!!  Please don’t be put off by the length of this podcast – it is 30 minutes well spent hearing about Carla’s experience in Toronto as a Google Certified Innovator.  There are currently less than 1500 in the world!  Carla will also share her thoughts with regard to what this means for DCSD.  Please join us this week, and as always, thanks for listening!