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Friday, April 10, 2015

Podcast PD Week Two - Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers

Last Friday, April 3rd, I introduced the weekly series, Podcast PD and charged you with exploring educational podcasts as a way to leverage your learning in a nontraditional learning environment. I hope many of you accepted the challenge and downloaded a podcast and listened to a whole episode. I heard from a number of you that you had never explored podcasts in general, let alone educational podcasts. The feedback I received via Twitter was positive. Teachers throughout my PLN (Professional Learning Network) shared their adventures in subscribing and listening to something new. Some asked questions. Others shared their love for podcasts and made recommendations for radio shows to which they subscribe. Still others shared their experiences being interviewed for a podcast! Overall the Twitter conversation that transpired was inspiring. The conversation was so motivating and connected so many people, I decided to capture the conversation using the amazing site Storify.  I hope that you are inspired to try a new podcast this week!

This week I recommend Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers with Angela Watson (@Angela_Watson)

Angela packs a lot of power and punch into her quick (think 9-14 minutes) weekly episodes! Topics range from beating the Sunday night blues to how to approach teaching with a spirit of adventure to how to cope when a parent just doesn’t like you. Her advice is spot on and applicable to the novice and not so novice teacher. I like to listen to her podcasts Monday morning on my way to school as a way to charge the batteries for the week ahead. Her encouragement and take away truth really set a positive tone. Angela signs off on each episode by saying “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”, a quote from Art Williams. I can assure you that her podcast is worth it! For more information about Angela and Truth for Teachers visit Angela’s website at The Cornerstone For Teachers.

Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most PD From Your Podcast Listening Experience

PPD3.jpgAs I mentioned at the start of this post, ideas were flying around Twitter on Friday evening after a friend posted that she had downloaded and listened to her first podcast and was hooked. As we started discussing future shows to explore and others joined our conversation, the idea for a new Twitter chat was born. Please join me Sunday evening at 8:30 pm EDT for #PodcastPD. There we will discuss the learning that is taking place as we step into the virtual classrooms of some amazing podcast hosts. I hope to see you Sunday night at 8:3o!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Podcast PD-A Series Exploring the Infinite Resources Available Over the Air Waves

As teachers we often find ourselves stuck in the rut of attending traditional Professional Development (faculty meetings, in district PD, out of district workshops, morning shares and lunch & learns). In the ever evolving educational world in which we live there are myriad ways to expand your learning: from Edcamps and unconferences, to weekend workshops and week long seminars, to books, blogs and webinars. One of my favorite ways to develop professionally is to listen to an educational podcast.

Apple's Podcast App 

A quick search in iTunes, Stitcher or Google will show you that educators are taking to the mic and broadcasting their expertise beyond the classroom. Educational podcasts are the NEW PD. New content is generally created on a weekly or biweekly basis and topics range from information as specific as educational technology to broader topics like educational truths.
It is my intention to explore one new podcast and offer tips and tricks for how you can make podcast listening a worthwhile source of professional PD.

The House of #EdTech with Chris Nesi
This week I bring you The House of #EdTech with Christopher Nesi (@mrnesi)

The House of #EdTech was my first experience with educational podcasts and is still one of my favorites! Chris releases new content every other week and the information he shares “explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education.” His episodes include an interview with a leader, teacher or creator in educational technology (I am always left wanting more), an ed tech thought, an ed tech recommendation (an app or other edtech tool), and the House of #EdTech VIP (I have expanded my Twitter PLN with Chris’ list of VIPs!). Episodes range from 18 - 64 minutes. For more information about The House of #EdTech, visit http://www.chrisnesi.com

Tips and Tricks for Getting Started (using Apple's Podcast App)
  1. Download and/or open your podcast app (as an Apple Girl, I use Podcast).
  2. Search for the specific podcast you you want to download (this week I recommend the House or #EdTech), or search using key words (educational technology, reading, math, grammar, etc.)
  3. Click on the cloud next to the episode you want to download or click on the podcast "Cover Art" for a list of podcast episodes and click on the cloud of episodes you wish to explore.
  4. Go back to My Podcasts, select the podcast you just downloaded and then select the specific episode.

Happy Listening!

I'm an Apple Girl-
all podcast links direct to iTunes
I hope you join me each week as as I explore one podcast from my list and offer advice for how you can leverage podcasts to enhance your own professional and personal learning. This is an abbreviated list of what’s currently on my podcast app and what's to come in future posts. 
What podcasts are you listening to? Do you have any favorites? Tell me in the comments below.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

iruntech and So It Begins...

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Welcome to the first blog post of iruntech.me! My name is Stacey Lindes and I'm @iruntech on Twitter. First, a disclaimer: I do NOT run tech...I run and love tech. When I created my twitter handle, running was (and still is) a big part of my life and I was new to the position of Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology. At the time, I was fond of a running shirt that stated "I Run Things" and after several attempts at creating a unique Twitter handle, I blurted out, "How about I RUN TECH?!?" It stuck. The handle is a little tongue in cheek, but I like it!

Like many people who start a blog, this is something I have been contemplating for a long time. I've always considered myself a would-be writer. From an early age I have kept journal after journal. As an elementary teacher I shifted from keeping numerous journals to keeping writer's notebook after writer's notebook. It has always been something I do for myself and share with very few. For me, writing has always been a private endeavor. Not anymore!

What changed? So many things! This year, my 13th in education, I joined the world of connected educators on Twitter (but more on that in another post). Long story short, it was there I met amazing teachers who encouraged, poked, prodded, and at times dragged me out of my shell! With their encouragement and a little pushing, I decided to create this blog.

My mind is constantly running (even when I'm not). Some of my best thoughts and ideas are the result of a good run (other fits of inspiration come as I'm waking up or showering-I joke that I am washing away all the bad ideas). I have many goals for this blog: here I plan to reflect on my adventures in education with "Running Reflections", share new ideas and thinking with "Running Thoughts", and critique and analyze books with "Running Reviews".  I would also like to share this space with others, so I will be hosting a guest each week during "Words With...Wednesday" (look for that next week!).

If you made it this far in the blog post, I thank you; and I hope that you will join me on this marathon of a journey! And before you ask, no, I have not completed a marathon...yet! 

Are you a blogger? What got you started? If you're not a blogger, what's holding you back? I'd love to know.