June 8, 2018
On the 31st Episode of the METC Podcast, I interview Greg Lawrence from the Wentzville School District. Greg is the Director of Technology within his district. We sit down and discuss change. Change can be scary. This is definitely true with technology. Technology seems to change at the blink of an eye. As educators we know that for many of us, our students tend to know more about the tech than we do. As we change/adapt with the times, Greg lays out some key character traits that can help guide us through change.
Thanks to Greg Lawrence for being on the podcast. He is a fountain of knowledge, and I highly recommend following him on social media. Check him out on Twitter and Google+.
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Greg Lawrence - Director of Technology - Wentzville School District
@greglawrence Greg Lawrence on Google+
GEG of Eastern MO gafemo.org
Professional Development mentioned within episode:
METC Google Extravaganza - July 16-17
April 24, 2018
In Episode 29 of the METC Podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with two very talented fifth grade students. Danny and Ethan shared their current project with me. They have spent their free time working on coding within Scratch a math review game for kindergarten and first graders. Now this would be cool in and of itself, but these two took this activity a step further. They have been able to repurpose a previously unused SMART table and turn it into a holographic, interactive tool meant to engage students in learning important content.
After speaking with these two gentlemen, it was very clear that they used perseverance throughout the process to get this activity up and running. They tested their idea at various scales prior to building their current version. While talking with them, they were already talking about how they could make the whole experience better for their users. Simply amazing!
Here is a link to their code within Scratch. You can see that it is pretty sophisticated!
Thank you to their innovation class teacher, Andy Wall for providing the time to sit with these two students. I also would like to give their classroom teacher, Amy Maledy for allowing these students to explore their passion!
I encourage each of you to visit the Flipgrid space for this episode. We recorded with their project in view to help give you the viewer a better understanding of what they have accomplished. Share your thoughts and ideas.
April 6, 2018
In Episode 28 of the METC Podcast, we sit down with Sadie Lewis of the Mehlville School District. Sadie talks to us about the coaching model she uses for the staff within her district. She shares how she came up with the process and how she manages it. It is amazing that all if it is done within Google! She has shared different resources. These resources can be found within the show notes on our website at metcedplus.org.
Are you an edtech coach? Do you work with an edtech coach? Share your experience and thoughts on our Flipgrid!
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March 23, 2018
This is the first episode of Season 2 of the METC Podcast. When we began this podcast, we interviewed students at the METC Student SHOWcase at the METC conference. To begin this season, we thought it would be great to interview students again!
In this episode we sit down with students and staff that were able to experience the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. This was an amazing opportunity for these students. Their faces said it all! You can checkout it out on Twitter #GoogleARExpeditions.
If you get the opportunity to bring this to your building, I highly recommend it!
February 24, 2018
Here is an update on the METC Podcast as we prepare for Season 2. Subscribe to receive updates on new content coming soon!
December 20, 2017
In Episode 24 of the METC Podcast, we sit down with Shannon Steimel from the Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. Shannon talks to us about the importance of leveraging community partnership within the school setting. Shannon shares how she has been able to partner with some local start-ups and organizations to really create a win-win for all involved. Shannon also shares the different ways she has been able to get funding for various projects within her school!
She provides some great ideas and tips to get your project or idea funded and off the ground! Check out the resources below and reach out to Shannon for additional questions!
Episode’s Special Guest: Shannon Steimel - @ShannonSteimel
1904 Labs: http://1904labs.com/
Parkway Spark Program: http://parkwayspark.com/
ITEF grant: https://innovteched.com/itefgrant/ Due Jan 31
Monsanto Fund grants: https://www.monsantofund.org/grant-programs/#grant-programs-1
Donor's Choose Match Offers: https://www.donorschoose.org/match-offers
Check out Shannon’s page on Donor's Choose to see some of the projects I've gotten funded: https://www.donorschoose.org/ShannonSteimel
2018 METC Conference - Pre-Conference Session:
Rae Hughart @RaeHughart is leading the Community Connections METC18 precon