The EdTech Take Out

The EdTech Take Out is a podcast for teachers who are looking for innovative ways to integrate technology in their classrooms. It is hosted by Mindy Cairney and Gina Rogers from the Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team.

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Friday Nov 17, 2023

In this episode, Mindy and Gina interview their new teammate Shalyn Huber. 
Kahnmingo is coming to Canvas: Kahnmingo is an AI tutor that was developed by Kahn Academy. 
Seesaw - Computer Science Activities and English Language Explorers: Newcomers
Teach AI Toolkit
Catch up with the team from ITEC:
Reader Mode in Chrome
Text FX with Google: Suite of tools to support figurative language generation. 
Twee - AI aid for teachers who use text and much more. Generate reading questions. Generate dialogue around topics. 
Searching Tabs in Chrome with @Tabs in Omnibar, search tabs with carrot
Ghostwrite: ChatGPT Email Assistant 
Office Hours for Seesaw
We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us on X @DLGWAEA or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram! You can always use our #EdtechTO and share your thoughts with us too!

Thursday Oct 19, 2023

Mindy and Gina explore some Jamboard replacement tools.
Get verified as a Figjam educator
Eric Curts Figjam for Schools Webinar.
Miro education templates
Miro for Teachers (Video)
Canva Whiteboard
Getting started with Canva Whiteboard video series

Friday May 19, 2023

In this episode, we are jumping back into Universal Design for Learning or UDL and brought our resident experts Lynn Kleinmeyer and Bridget Castelluccio in to share more about this topic. We’ve talked about UDL in the past, but it is such an important topic, we wanted to bring it back to the forefront again.
6 Myths about Universal Design for Learning - UDL
UDL in the ESSA
MTSS: What Is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports? | Understood
Lesson Planning with UDL
CAST UDL Guidelines
Katie Novak’s website
Zooming in on MTSS (Katie Novak) - learning session at GWAEA
GWAEA “Foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)” microcredential
We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us on Twitter @DLGWAEA or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram! You can always use our #EdtechTO and share your thoughts with us too!

Friday Apr 21, 2023

Welcome back to the Edtech Takeout–this is episode 114. This episode is a fan favorite – News and Nuggets! 
A little fun fact: This week we reached our 100,000th download!
News and Updates:
Canva: Magic Draw, Magic Eraser, Magic Write
What’s New Wednesday Webinar - April (Canva) 
Newsela: Moving to Newsela Lite, access to four articles at a time with five different reading levels, teacher can access student quiz scorers and writing prompts
Seesaw: Add frames (in drawing template) and student responses snap into the frame so no sizing is necessary, Present to Class
5 Chromebook Updates for Students and Teachers
Voting Chip in Google Docs - watch for this in the coming months!
Tech Nuggets:
How to Differentiate Texts Using ChatGPT
Convert Your Doc in Canva into a Slide Deck in One Click  (convert button)  Example  made from this
The Juice: delivers five articles a day to grades 5-12 students. Followed by vocabulary and comprehension checks, each student is assigned a specific reading level by the teacher. Teacher dashboard that shares data. 30-day free trial
#FilterTheNoise - News Literacy Course/Resources - Jonathan Ketchell
Deep Fakes - Can You Spot Them? MIT Test yourself. Research project.
Sutori for Playlist
Like Wakelet with built-in polls and checks for understanding
Pricing - 30 days all features free, free level, and $120 for a single teacher for a year. Department/Grade level pricing. 
Sutori Video
Genially - Nice alternative to Thinglink
Teachflix - Teacher currated video repository
Canva - Vertical videos with background removal example
Remove background in Canva video - tutorial
The GWAEA Corner Booth:
Student Engagement Through Classroom Discussion
One-day Workshop for Instructional Coaches
May 5, 2023 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at GWAEA in CR 6th Street
Course number 205152
Tenets of Transformative Classrooms (Online)
Online course for teachers, instructional coaches, administrators
Section 315455: Starts June 19th - Ends October 6th
Section 315456: Starts August 1st - Ends November 30th
GWAEA Professional Learning Institute
June 26 - June 30, 2023
Find more information here.
Iowa AEA’s CS PD Week
June 12 - June 16, 2023
Find more information here.
We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us on Twitter @DLGWAEA or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram! You can always use our #EdtechTO and share your thoughts with us too!

Friday Mar 24, 2023

Join Mindy, Gina, and Corey for a conversation with AI education expert Charlotte Dungan from AI Edu. 
Show Notes:
MarI/O - watch AI learn to play Mario. This is a great example of machine learning.
ChatGPT - Generative AI that creates written content.
Content Detector AI - Detector that used AI to recognize AI-generated content.
Kahnmingo AI Tutor - Kahn Academy AI tutor
AI Edu - Resource for educators interested in teaching more about AI. Includes AI snapshots mentioned by Corey. These are great bell ringers or discussion starters around the topic of AI.

Friday Feb 24, 2023

News and Updates:
Include Captions with a Google Meet Recording
Padlet has added a slideshow (Tony Vincent)
Bing AKA Sydney
The Online Search Wars - The Daily 2.15.23
The Online Search Wars Got Scary. Fast. - The Daily 2.17.23
AI - Chat GPT for positive use in the classroom
Create & Edit a Timeline View - Google Docs Editors Help
Table Templates in Google Docs
Tech Nuggets:
Take the background out of your iPhone pictures (iOS16)
Force captions on in YouTube: Thanks, Amber!  ?cc_load_policy=1 (embed code comes after video ‘name’)
The Achievery: Has Learning Units, essential questions, standards, grade level, video clips, and lesson plans. Thanks, Lynn!
Eduprotocols in Google Slides from @MrsGearhart
ScreenPal for video feedback in any textbox
Curipod - AI-powered lessons
Iorad - great for creating tutorials 
Slides Timer - Chrome extension for a timer in Google Slides
Cloze Reading Assignment with Drop Downs in Google Docs - via Eric Curts
Conker - topic and grade level and will give multiple choice quiz that can go into a Google form or PDF
QR code - Canva Apps
Checkboxes in docs- can add to tasks 
About spaces and group conversations - Google Chat Help
The GWAEA Corner Booth:
Computer Science Pedagogy & Best Practices: Principles 7-12
PreK-12 teachers join us for a six-week virtual course exploring six of twelve pedagogical principles from Hello World's "The Big Book of Computing Pedagogy."
When: March 22 - April 19, 2023, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
GWAEA & CSTA Iowa CS Pedagogy & Best Practices Course 2
Course #204370
Section # 313928

Friday Jan 27, 2023

Mindy Cairney and Gina Rogers chat with Bridget Castelluccio and Corey Rogers about all things Computer Science at GWAEA. 
State of Iowa CS Report
CS PD Week (June 12th - 16th)  Interest Survey
Secondary Computer Science Endorsement (Grant Funded) Interest Form
Iowa Statewide AEA Supports for CS
GWAEA CS PD and Events
GWAEA CS Website

EP 110: Start, Stop, Keep

Wednesday Dec 21, 2022

Wednesday Dec 21, 2022

Our theme for today’s episode is Start, Stop, Keep. Gina and I have been using this prompt with teachers for quite a few years now–the frame is What will you start doing? What will you stop doing? What will you keep doing? We asked our team to think about this as a New Year's resolution with a technology focus and they’ve sent us some nuggets that might be helpful for you in the year ahead!
Gina - Time Insights on Google Calendar 
Amber - managing notifications
Corey - using Pear Deck to keep learners engaged, use as a formative assessment
Lynn -  snoozing emails, emails as tasks 
Stephanie -  one-click, Britannica ImageQuest
Mindy - unsubscribing and deleting accounts. Go to Google Preferences, Autofill, Password Manager on Chrome
So…what will you start doing, stop doing, or keep doing in 2023? We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us on Twitter @DLGWAEA or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram! You can always use our #EdtechTO and share your thoughts with us too! 
Have a great winter break and we will see you in the new year!

Monday Oct 17, 2022

In this episode of The Ed Tech Takeout, Mindy Cairney is joined by Amber Bridge, Beth Swantz, and Gina Rogers to discuss the Transformative Classrooms Tool that they developed. The conversation focuses on the throughline of collaboration and discourse and what that looks like in all three tenets of the Transformative Classrooms Tool. 
The Tenets of Transformative Classrooms
Project Zero Thinking Routines
1, 2, 4, All
Accountable Talk
Register for The Tenets of Transformative Classrooms Online Class (Iowa Educators Only) Start date: January 9, 2023

Monday Sep 19, 2022

In case you missed it, the Edtech Takeout will look a bit different moving forward….at the end of last season, we said goodbye to Jonathan Wylie as he moved to a different position in the agency. However, the team felt strongly that the podcast needed to continue on. Our plan is to record shorter episodes in more bite-sized chunks. This episode is just a news and nuggets episode. The next episode will be more like the main course part of our original format and will have more content and conversation. This way you can look through the playlist menu and choose what looks most appetizing! 
News and Updates
Screencastify extends free time limit
Seesaw What’s New?: One app for all, inbox gets a facelift, try lessons for a year
Pear Deck: News-o-Matic and Boston Museum of Science
Read Along Online
DLGWAEA Corner Booth
Ride the Wakelet Wave (Online Course - starting October 3rd - December 16th)
Firm Goals, Flexible Means: Honoring Your Learners (UDL) (November 1 - December 16)
Designing Instruction with Pear Deck (November 28 - January 20)
Transformative Classrooms Online (January 16th - April 14th)
Tech Nuggets 
Emojis in Google Docs 
Video Recorder in Canva
Please email us, or hit us up on Twitter @dlgwaea @TeamCairney @grogers1010


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We hope you enjoy the episodes of The Edtech Take Out that we put together for you every month. We try our best to deliver timely topics that matter to educators but we know there are lots of things we haven't talked about yet.

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