Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 9 - Finding Your Ed Tech Niche with Krista Moroder)

By Dr. Will

Photo Credit: Krista Moroder

On today's episode, I talk with Krista Moroder, a former classroom teacher and current educational technologist. We chat it up about finding your niche as an instructional technologist.

Krista Moroder is the Professional Development Manager at the Congressionally authorized nonprofit Digital Promise. Krista previously did work on the micro-credentials project at Digital Promise, and also has experience as a K-12 technology integrator, high school English & video production teacher, and theater technical director. She was the 2013 ISTE Young Educator of the Year, and has served as an advisor for multiple organizations, including ISTE, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Google Apps for Education. You can find Krista on Twitter at @edtechcoaching. You can also find her writing at Ed Tech Coaching.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 10 - How to Prep with a Conference Victoria Olson)

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On this episode, I hangout with Victoria Olson, a teacher from Canada.

Victoria is a Grade 3/4 and Tech Teacher on a Mission at West Langley Elementary School in Langley, British Columbia. She is a graduate student in the Master of Educational Technology program offered through the University of British Columbia.  Victoria co-founded #bcedchat in the summer of 2013 in a hope to connect BC educators and to enrich the focus on professional development and educational discussions within the province.  She is an active member of her Personal Learning Network and an advocate for online sharing of best pedagogical practices.  Victoria believes in meaningful tech integration and innovation in schools,  helping teachers reach their professional goals with technology. 

Reach out to Victora at her blog: Tech Teacher on a MissionYou can also find her on Twitter @MsVictoriaOlson

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Review: The Career Within You

By Dr. Will

Written by Wagele and Stabb, The Career Within You is my first introduction to Enneagram typing. Comfy and unpretentious, the book offers straightforward and uncomplicated descriptions of the 9 personality types, the values and interests of each type, as well as how each one fits a myriad of career opportunities. Complete with job hunting tips and sample resume examples, the authors do a skillful job at guiding the reader through his or her type.

Having taken the StrengthsFinder Profile and the MBTI, I found my Enneagram type, the Adventurer, to be spot on. From my strengths to my weaknesses, reading my type felt like talking to an old friend. And as an instructional technologist who is still discovering his niche, what I will take away most from this book is to choose a career that has an array of possibilities seamlessly built into it.

If you’re looking for a career book that’s refreshing and different, one thing is for sure,  The Career Within You, isn’t your standard Wall Street career guide.

For a dose of what the book is about, check out Liz and Ingrid on ABC Channel 7 The View from The Bay:

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 8 - Getting Your Blog On with Jessica Johnston)

By Dr. Will

Photo Credit: Jessica Johnston

On today's episode, I talk with Jessica Johnston about blogging and how all educators should be blogging to share resources, professional experiences, to expand their reach, and to build their personal brand.

Jessica is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Brenham ISD, a Google Certified Trainer and also Google Certified Teacher. Before joining the world of educational technology, she spent 7 years in the classroom as a 5th grade science teacher. Jessica enjoys building her PLN through social media, collaborating with other passionate educators and sharing how the use of technology can transform the classroom experience for both teachers and students.

After watching the podcast, you have to check out Jessica's blog: EdTech Chic. Also, be sure to reach out to Jessica on Twitter @edtechchic

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 7 - Going Paperless with Kerry Gallagher)

By Dr. Will

Photo Credit: Kerry Gallagher

On today's episode, I talk with teacher and attorney Kerry Gallagher about going paperless in her classroom. 

Kerry has taught 8-12 grade social studies in public schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for 12 years.  She has presented at conferences including MassCUE and the Blueprint for Excellence National Conference. Kerry’s classroom is paperless. Her students use mobile devices to research, create, and submit what they have learned.  She won the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize (See her submission here) and was a speaker at the 2014 Yale Education Leadership Conference.  She teachers and is also the Mock Trial Team Coach at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts.  Kerry is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, has a BA in Politics and Secondary Education from Saint Anselm College, and is a Level II Professional Ski Instructor of America.

Check out Kerry's blog: Teaching HistoryTech and connect with her on Twitter @KerryHawk02. And don't forget to give a peek to The Paperless Classroom (Recent institute Kerry's students and her presented to share their practice.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 6 - The Future of Ed with Tom Whitby)

By Dr Will

Photo Credit: Tom Whitby

Today's guest was Tom Whitby. He is a former 34 year classroom teacher, blogger, online content creator, editor, and conference presenter.

In this episode we talked about Tom's experiences with guiding educators to becoming connected educators. 

ThomasD. Whitby has served a contributing Editor for SmartBlog on Education by SmartBrief. He retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is the founder of seven educational groups on LinkedIn, the largest being 12,000+ members, the Technology-Using Professors Group. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter. He hosts the weekly Edchat Radio Show on the BAM Radio Network. He created the Educator’sPLN, a global Ning site, where approximately 16,000+ educators share and collaborate daily. He participated on The U.S. Department of Education's planning committee for Connected Educator Month in 2013 and 2014. He is an education Blogger, My Island ViewEducational,Disconnected Utterances. The Qatar foundation has invited him for the past two years to attend the WISE Conference, an International Education Conference in Doha Qatar. He has written about Social Media in Education for several national educational journals including Learning and Leading the Journal for the International Society for Technology in Education. He has presented at statewide and National Education Conferences, including several 140 Character Conferences on Social Media in Los Angeles, and New York City.

Connect with Tom on Twitter @tomwhitby

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 5 - All Things Google with Alice Keeler)

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Today's guest was Alice Keeler. She is a teacher, edtech leader, conference presenter and doctoral student from California. Alice is also a Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, CUE Leader, and much, much more. 

In this episode we talked about Alice's experiences in using Google Apps in her classroom, her doctoral program, and her advice to teachers interesting in using Google Apps for Education.

You can find her on Twitter @alicekeeler and on Google+. Her blog Teacher Tech  is a gem for finding resources on how to use a multitude educational technology tools.

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 4 - Schoology with Alice Chen)

By Dr. Will

Photo Credit: Alice Chen 

Today's guest was Alice Chen. Alice Chen is an English teacher and Technology Coach, which means her time is divided between teaching in the classroom and helping other educators as a Tech TOSA.  Alice is also a Google Certified Teacher, 2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Schoology Ambassador, CUE Lead Learner, CUE Rock Star Presenter & Organizer, Orange County Department of Education Trainer, and SGVCUE Board Member.  You can follow Alice on Twitter @wondertechedu, circle her on Google+, or visit her blog at Alice in WonderTech.

In this episode we talked about Alice's experiences in using Schoology in her classroom and her advice to teachers who are transitioning to using Schoology.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Dr. Will Show (Episode 3 - The Ph.D. Game with Dr. Raq)

By Dr. Will

Today's guest was Dr. Raquel Nunez. She is an educational consultant and educator who specializes in public policy as it relates to ELL students. In this episode we talked about Dr. Raq's experiences in pursuing a doctorate.  

You can find her on Twitter at @raq_steady. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet Dr. Eva Lantsoght

By Dr. Will

I have been communicating with Dr. Lantsought over the past two years. In the beginning, she and I both were writing our dissertations and blogging about our experiences. Fast forward two years later and we are both doctors, working full-time in our respective fields.  
I wanted to interview Dr. Eva because her blog is one of the best one's I've read and continue to read. It's informative, engaging, and dishes out some solid advice for those in the process of writing their dissertation. 
Please meet, Dr. Eva Lantsought.

Will: Your blog is What made you decide to blog about your doctoral experiences?

Eva: I had been on and off with blogging in the past, and after a year into my PhD, I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned about getting on track with my work, and doing experiments in the lab. I started writing just for my mom and a few friends, who read my earlier blogs, but a few months in and the audience turned out to be a little bigger.

Will: What did you blog about first? How long did it take you to get comfortable with a direction for your blog?

Eva: I started writing about my Day Zero project (which never really took off), and I also wrote about my way of planning my days/weeks/months and working in the laboratory (my PhD was based on experiments).

Will: What do you like blogging about the most? Is there one post that surprised you by the amount of feedback it received?

Eva: I enjoy writing about a variety of topic (one of the reasons I ended up applying to become a writer at ). I would say that I enjoy most of all writing posts that answer questions from my readers - kind of makes me feel that I’m “helping” somebody, rather than just writing about what has worked for me in the past.

One of my most popular posts is “How to write an abstract in 30 minutes” - and I never expected it to become so popular. I wrote it really quick after writing an abstract myself, using my tried-and-trusted method, and I think it has helped a lot of people. I never put much thought into that post, but it grew big.

Will: Do you have a schedule for blogging, or do you write when the mood strikes?

Eva: I used to write a couple of posts ahead on Saturdays, and sometimes as well throughout the week as I had inspiration. During my PhD, I had a pretty good schedule to get my work and hobbies balanced. Unfortunately, starting my new job as a professor and moving countries shook things up a bit (I’m still not fully settled into my new place, so it will take a little more time). Nowadays, I’ve been struggling to keep up with my posting schedule (I air posts 3 times a week). I don’t have the big buffer of posts that I used to have, but at least I try to write for the week ahead over the weekend.

Will: What made you start writing for other blogs other than your own?

Eva: It started by people asking me on Twitter if I wanted to share some of my experience on their blog (Peoplegogy was -I think- the first place where I wrote as a guest blogger), and after a while I started sending pitches to other blogs as well whenever I had an idea I thought would fit better on their page than on mine.

Will: After graduating you took to Twitter to ask about the direction of your blog. What has the transition been like from blogging about your PhD journey to now as an academic?

Eva: It evolved very naturally - I've had more posts about teaching, and making the transition from PhD student to assistant professor on the tenure track, which are the things that are going on in my academic life at the moment. I've also been crowd-sourcing ideas on Twitter with regard to teaching, academic workloads, and balancing teaching and research, which lead to Storify stories that I used for blog posts.

Will: What haven’t you blogged about that you want to? Where do you see your blog going in the future?

Eva: I have a whole lot more ideas than time to write, so there are quite a number of things that are left to be written. More than just writing, I want to experiment with different styles of posts. I've done an interview time ago, and would like to do more interviews, vlogs, webinars and the like. I’d like my blog to become a go-to resource for doctoral students and early career researchers, so -if ever I find the time- I’d love to write an e-book and share some worksheets with my readers.

About the author: Dr. Eva Lantsoght is a structural engineer specialized in structural concrete bridges and working as an assistant professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and researcher at Delft University of Technology. Originally from Lier, Belgium, she received an Engineering Degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, MS from Georgia Tech and PhD from Delft University of Technology. At her blog PhD Talk, she blogs about her research, the non-scientific skills you need in academia and living abroad (currently in Ecuador).