Sunday, March 24, 2019

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Tech Rabbi Michael Cohen

WHAT:  Coffee with a Geek Interview with Tech Rabbi: Michael Cohen
TIME:  3-3:30Pm Eastern Time

Last year at ISTE 2018 I saw a really great TED Talk by Rabbi Michael Cohen.  Like so many TED Talks his presentation was polished and inspirational.  His message of engaging students creativity and thought process for deeper learning was powerful as well as timely.  I am really looking forward to talking to him about his ISTE talk, his recent book, Educated Design, and his blog and podcast.  Should be a great conversation.

A little about Michael from his Website:  Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. He is the author of the book Educated By Design, which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity. He is a national keynote speaker, advisor, and trainer. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA) and creator of the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center

Connect with Tech Rabbi:
Twitter: @TheTechRabbi

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jennifer Gonzalez

WHEN:  February 21st, 2019
TIME:  3:30-4pm Eastern
WHERE:  YouTube Live Link HERE

Are you an educator?  Then Jennifer Gonzalez's powerhouse website, Cult of Pedagogy, is a must follow and read.   This website is filled with great posts, Video, a Podcast, and so much more.  I will ask her about the Cult of Pedagogy, her teaching career, and the future of education.

A little about Jennifer in her own words:  "Jennifer Gonzalez is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 10 years of classroom experience. Most of this time was spent teaching middle school language arts, and the rest was at the college level, where she trained pre-service teachers for the classroom. In 2013, she created the website Cult of Pedagogy, where she now works full-time to help teachers of all subjects and grade levels practice and perfect the art of teaching."

How to Connect with Jennifer:

Q & A

Questions and Answers:

1. What is your favorite blend of coffee Ans. 1:27
2. Tell me your educational journey ans. 2:02
3. What’s next for the website? : Ans. 5:53
4. With all the moving parts of education do you think we need to break it down into more finite goals, improvements? Ans. 9:06
5. What are your thoughts on American Education? Break it down. Ans. 10:05
6. From Edweek Article “A world without annual testing may be closer than you think.” Thoughts? Ans. 14:09
7. From Edweek Article Education has an Innovation problem? Ans. 15:25
8. Can you tell me about your post about “Frikin Packets” Ans. 17:57
9. Quotable Question: After reading Einstein’s Quote: Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.-Albert Einstein What are your thoughts about it? Ans. 22:51

Speed Geek Questions: 26:19

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Shantel Scott

WHAT:  Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Shantel Scott
WHEN:  January 31st, 2019
TIME:  3:30-4pm Eastern

For my first interview of 2019 I am really excited to chat with Dr. Shantel Scott.  I met Shantel last summer at the ISTE Conference and was really intrigued with her work, especially along the lines of gamification.  I'm going to ask her about her work, her past teaching experience, and her future endeavors.

A little about Shantel in her own words:  "Dr. Shantel Marie Scott is a passionate educator changing lives, with technology, one classroom at a time. Dr. Scott has 15 years of experience teaching English in grades 7-12. With deep roots in innovating classroom instruction, Dr. Scott also works as an instructional design, technology, and training consultant. She specializes in the use of avatars and gamification concepts in educational environments to encourage real learning, publishes articles and runs workshops on these topics, amongst others. In addition, she holds a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education, is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, a PLN Leader for the ISTE Learning Spaces Network, and a classroom game master!

Ways to connect with Shantel:
Twitter:  @TheLearningDr

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Coffee with a Geek Year in Review

2018 was a great year with some fantastic guests and special events

Here is a quick review of 2018January- Guest: Richard Czyz Rich is an energetic Principal in New Jersey and the author of The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide To Revolutionizing Professional Learning.
Connect: @RACzyz

February- Guest: Susan Kwiecien "Sue is an educator and social entrepreneur who is part of the team that developed the curation site: Cube4Teachers. Check it out!
Connect @suekwiecien

March- Guest: Marlena Gross-Taylor Marlena is the founder of the Edugladiators Team that helps educational leaders ground their practice in sound research based principles.
Connect: @mgrosstaylor

April- Guest: Amy Storer Amy is an instructional coach for Montgomery ISD and has a resource for almost any and every #edtech task.
Connect: @techamys
Coffee with a Geek at the Canada Connect Conference.

May- Culture and the Geek Black Mirror Support Group Episode 1: Reviewing the Episode: Nosedive

June-Off for ISTE 2018

July- Guest: Jaime Donally Jaime is an Educational Technology Guru and author of "Learning Transported!" about the latest AR/VR trends in education.
Connect: @jaimedonally
Guest Post on this episode by Matt Mariglia HERE

August: Culture and the Geek: Black Mirror Support Group Session 2 Reviewing Black Mirror Episode- "Shut Up and Dance"

September- Guest: Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang Dr. Zhang is an innovative Biology teacher who puts her creativity into producing some amazing hands on activities for her college level students. These lessons can be easily adapted for any grade level science project.

December- Guest: Jake Miller Educational Technology Coach with an amazing blog that can tell you everything you need to know about G-Suite and more! Coming soon, Jake will have his Educational DuctTape Podcast.
Connect: @jakemillertech

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jake Miller!

WHAT:  Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jake Miller
WHEN:  December 11th, 2018
TIME:  3:30-4pm
WHERE:  Youtube Live

I can't wait to interview Jake Miller.  If you're not following Jake on Twitter, or checking out his Blog on a regular basis, it is a must!  While Jake's work focuses on G-Suite ideas for educators, many of his ideas can be adapted along a variety of pedagogical landscapes.  From following him on Twitter and his blog, his enthusiasm and passion for creative ideas for educators is contagious.  I'm really looking forward to chatting with him about his blog, his source of creativity and passion, and his thoughts on education's future!

A little about Jake in his own words:  "Jake is an instructional technology coach and father of 3 from Ohio. He’s probably best known for his #EduGIFs that he shares in Twitter and is also the host of the new “Educational Duct Tape” Podcast."

Connect with Jake:

Twitter: @jakemillertech

Thursday, November 22, 2018

My Presentations at #NYSCATE18

Some links and resources from my projects at NYSCATE18

1.  1st Annual Hackathon:
Award winners:  Video Interviews

Phil Jorosz- Technology Integrator Kenton Union Free School District
Jaclyn Ellefsen- Staff Developer:  Orange Ulster Boces
Leandra Tejador- Vidcode Leader and Sponsor of Event
Jeff White: Instructional Coach- Salamanca City Schools

Monday, November 19, 2018

Coffee Edu at #NYSCATE18

NYSCATE Is an Amazing Conference that brings together Educational Technology colleagues from across the state.  There are so many great sessions so it is impossible to see every one.  So let's share!

Please open the Google Doc Below and share a link, resource, or idea you came across.

Please share a resource from the #NYSCATE18 conference.

Resources Here