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
Website:  https://drshan3point5.myportfolio.com/

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 2018

January- 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 
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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  
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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 
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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
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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
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Guest Post on this episode by Matt Mariglia HERE
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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. 
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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 
Video

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
Website: JakeMiller.net

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Xiao-Ning Zhang
























WHEN:  September 26th, 2019
TIME:  9am-9:30am
Youtube Live Link

I saw a presentation by Dr. Zhang at Daemen College's STEAM Conference over the summer.  I was really impressed at how she took subjects that seem very complex, such as the science of DNA, and made creative hands-on activities to help students understand them.

I'm really excited to talk to her about her teaching methods, as well as her projects and work.  This session would be great for any teacher looking for inspiration and ideas on how to help students learn with creative activities and projects.

A little bit about Dr. Zhang in her own words:

Born in Tianjin, China.

Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biotechnology at Nanjing University.

PhD in Genetics at Fudan University in 2002. (both universities are similar in status in China as ivy league in the US)
Postdoctoral position at University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland for a total of 7 years.
In Maryland, I also enrolled in Tai Sophia Institute (Now changed to Maryland University of Integrative Health) as a part-time student in the Applied Healing Arts program.
The years in Maryland got me thinking and reflecting on what I really want in my life and what I want as a career. For the first time, teaching came to the front page.
In 2009, I started a new position at St Bonaventure University, teaching courses
in biology while continuing the research I love with undergraduate students. I never dreamed of such a career before. But after teaching for a few months, I knew that this is what I have been looking for.
I started to get involved in STEM outreach from 2015. Working with colleagues st SBU, I have been organizing a summer teacher workshop for math and science teachers and a summer research program for high school students annually. Through these experience, I get to learn about the education system in the United States and listen to teacher’s needs. It motivates me to think of new
ways to teach and design new activities for teachers to take back to their home schools. Now I mainly work through WNY STEM HUB and WNY STEM Southern Tier Satellite Center at SBU to inspire and prepare the next generations.

How to Connect with Dr. Zhang

LinkedIn


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Movies Educators Should Watch Episode 1: Red Folder

Many of you may know that I often like to pretend I am a movie critic.  For my children, I created a movie blog titled, "Movies I Want My Kids to See, and Why?"  It's a slow work in progress, but I wanted to have my children know a little about me through the movies I have enjoyed and which had meaning to me.

Well, I thought it might be nice to create a list of movies I think teachers should watch.  Am I an expert on movies?  Nope.  I'm just a teacher who likes to watch movies.  The movies I plan to highlight are movies, many of them short films, that made me really think about education.

So with that introduction, I'd like to showcase the Ben Kallam short film, "Red Folder"

Red Folder from Ben Kallam on Vimeo.


This film moved me on many levels.  First, cinematically, I was captivated by the scenery and character development as the main character, Joseph, is sent on a mission to find a red folder.  As he wanders through the school we learn more about him from the teachers and school staff that he meets.  Joseph is lost in many ways in this film.  But who is there to help him?  Is the system designed to help him?  Are the teachers capable of helping him?  Or are they and the system setting him up for failure?  What is his role in his success as a student? This film pushes those questions.  It will make your heart ache, but will it make a difference?