Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The #CWAG Black Mirror Discussions Part 2- Shut Up and Dance


WHAT  The Coffee with a Geek Black Mirror Discussions
WHEN:  August 21st, 2018
WHEREYouTube Live Hangout
TIME:  3:30-4pm Eastern

Please join the Black Mirror Support Group panel for our 2nd installment.  For this, session we will be exploring the episode entitled, "Shut Up and Dance".  If you're not familiar with Black Mirror, it is a Netflix Series that is explores technology trends and how they impact society.  Each episode is standalone, so you don't need to watch them in any particular order.   Join my colleagues, (Jennifer Murphy, Heather Krieger, and Matthew Mariglia as we take a deep dive into this episode and how it relates to education.

For the Show Notes Click HERE


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jaime Donally





Really looking forward to my interview with Jaime Donally!

A little about Jaime:  Jaime is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships have brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.

Her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community. She works as an author and speaker to provide practical use of augmented and virtual reality with more resources at ARVRinEDU.com.

This interview I will be asking her about her ISTE Experience, her Speaking/ Keynote presentations,  her amazing work in AR/VR in education, and her book, "Learning Transported!

Ways to Connect with Jaime:
Twitter - @jaimedonally
Facebook - ARVRinEDU Group

Instagram - jaimedonally

Jaime's amazing Website:  ARVR in EDU



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Coffee with a Geek: The Black Mirror Support Group



Video Link for Live Interview

LINK to COMMENT

In this month's episode I will be chatting with Williamsville Technology Integrator's Jennifer Murphy Heather Krieger, and Starpoint's Matthew Mariglia as we start our very own Black Mirror Support Group.

In case you're not familiar with Black Mirror, it is a Netflix Series that is similar to The Twighlight Zone, in format so that each episode is self contained.  Every episode takes a technology trend or topic and extends its affects on society to an extreme level.  It is very thought provoking and yes, many of the episodes will leave you quite shaken or disturbed.  (This is an adult level show)  For Common Sense Media Review Click HERE.  That said, I have genuinely thought that its plot lines can relate well to educational technology and I think educators shouldn't be afraid to take on this show.

With that in mind, I have asked my colleagues Jennifer and Heather to offer their insights as we dig into one of the most trending episodes that has to do with Social Media:  NoseDive.  With the help of Catlin Tucker's well written blog post and other resources we will hope to explore social media from a parent and educator point of view.  Join us in the discussion.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

When everything falls into place..

A few weeks ago I had one of those marvelous inspiring days ... It almost seemed accidental or perhaps providential.  For "in the trenches" teachers, it is one of those days when the learning and engagement come together and you as the teacher can watch it all happen with maximum flexibility to interact with all learners.   For Professional Developers this day appears when your participants are actively creating and interacting with others to make curriculum or educational technology magic happen.   I had just such a day:

I had a history teacher, who is a Civil War Re-Enactor, in one of my PD sessions looking to change up the dynamic of his classroom instruction.  I told him about my Virtual World projects, The Islands of Enlightenment, fully expecting his eyes to glass over and politely nod, but then look for another option.  Instead, he embraced the idea, asked all types of insightful questions and looked to dig right in.  So, I connected some of my OpenSim buddies who have been using virtual environments for years with their history classes and set up a day to get together and flesh out the idea of creating a Virtual Civil War experience for students.

What happened next was truly magical.    The teacher with the Civil War Re-Enactor experience brought his extensive knowledge of what a Civil War Encampment would look like, and the virtual world teachers started creating the encampment.  We spent the entire day working, collaborating, researching, and having fun!  Here are a few of the pictures from that day.













Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Coffee with a Geek At Canada's Connect Conference!


I am really honored to be a part of the Connect 2018 Conference in Niagara Falls Canada!  I have been here 2 years in a row and have really loved the energy and awesome edtech ideas of my colleagues from the North!

I was invited to attend this year and bring my Coffee with a Geek nerdy glasses and interview some of the amazing speakers and participants at the conference.  Check out my list of speakers and their videos through the Connect page or my youtube channel links!

Speakers on April 25th

Speakers on April 26th




Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Amy Storer

DATE:  4/17/2018
TIME:  4pm-4:30pm Eastern
Livestream URL:  https://youtu.be/nZoegZM5T2w


Amy Storer is an Instructional Coach with a lot of great ideas and energy.

A little about her in her own words:  

"I am a graduate of Lamar University with a

Master's in Educational Technology Leadership. I truly love being an instructional coach for Montgomery ISD. This year is my 2nd year as a campus coach, and I am so happy to be at our newest elementary school, Keenan Elementary. I have taught grades 1-4, and I am also a technology integration mentor for my district. I hold 2 Teacher of the Year distinctions and, in 2015, I was a top 4 finalist in HEB's Excellence in Education in the "Leadership Elementary" category. I am an educator that encourages and motivates others to reach far beyond the classroom walls to make the learning more meaningful and inspiring. I have a true passion for working with other educators and students to encourage them to make and foster global connections"

Places To Connect:
@techamys (Twitter and Instagram)



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Marlena Gross-Taylor

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
TIME:  4-4:30PM Eastern Time
WHERE:  YouTube Live  (Join the conversation live or watch later)



What a great experience interviewing an Edugladiator!  (What a great name)  A little about Marlena in her own words:  Marlena Gross-Taylor is a dedicated & successful K-12 leader with proven track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision, strategic planning, leadership and team building. She had a sound knowledge of elementary and secondary education and broad-based experience creating and implementing dynamic interactive programs that continue to transform the learning experience for students.

Ways to connect with Marlena: