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The Chromebook Classroom Podcast

If you want to use Chromebooks to improve teaching and learning, this is the show for you! I interview teachers and district leaders who are using Chromebooks in creative and inspiring ways, answer your Chromebook questions, and share the best tools and resources for teaching with Chromebooks. Chromebooks are an amazing tool for the classroom, but using them well does require some thought and planning. I’m glad you are here and can’t wait to help you teach with Chrome!
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Jul 24, 2019

This short episode is a preview of what you can expect during season 4 of The Chromebook Classroom podcast!

Season 4 begins on August 1st! This year my goal is to post weekly episodes in four different formats: 

  • Long-form interviews with teachers and educational leaders who are doing awesome things with Chromebooks. 
  • 10 Links you should click on - a monthly episode where I share resources that caught my attention and are worth your time. 
  • Chromebook Q&A - During season 4 I will be accepting and answering YOUR Chromebook questions! 
  • Tips & Resources for your Chromebook Classroom - once a month I'll share a new idea, strategy, or resource to help you teach with Chrome

There are four ways you can support this podcast:

  • Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Podcasting is very much a word of mouth medium; share the show with the teachers at your school.
  • Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter to continue the conversation
  • Consider taking advantage of my paid products - books, online courses, and on-site workshops.

Thank you for being my Chromie homie! Look for episode 1 of season 4 on August 1!

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Sep 30, 2018

How do you help teachers develop new skills and grow as professionals?

Andrea Derrick has developed an impressive digital learning program to encourage the staff in her district to develop new skills. This comprehensive, detailed program helps teachers regardless of whether they are just starting to use technology in the classroom or are an advanced user.

Aug 28, 2018

Chromebook web filtering is should mean more than just blocking bad websites. Bharath Madhusudan, co-founder of the web filtering company Securly, shares how his company is working to keep kids safe on the web by using machine learning and natural language processing to prevent cyber bullying and self-harm.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast for information on Securely's free Chromebook filtering tools. 

Jan 10, 2018

How do you teach world language in the age of Google Translate? Bethany Thompson (@bthompsonEDU) began teaching French 19 years ago. She has personally observed the impact that technology has had on the classroom. These challenges and opportunities aren’t unique to world language, however. They also impact math and many other subject area. This conversation is filled with practical ideas for embracing change and challenge students to be critical thinkers.

When you listen to my conversation with Bethany, I think you will be impressed by some of the creative, non-traditional ways she is using common tools like Google Docs, Presentation, and Google Forms. She isn't using lots of language-specific apps and extensions. Instead, she is applying readily accessble products in some creative ways.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast to download a copy of Bethany's accent shortcut cheat-sheet  for Chromebooks!

Dec 11, 2017

We’re heading across Atlantic ocean today to learn how Chromebooks are being used in the United Kingdom! My guest is Mark Allen, a long time IT director and technology specialists who has worked with hundreds of schools in England.

Mark and I discuss many things including the pros and cons of requiring all students to learn how to code, concern over Google’s data collection practices, and strategies for encouraging schools and teachers to adapt to new technologies and teaching tools.

It’s always interesting to hear perspectives from different countries and cultures. That certainly emerges during my conversation with Mark.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast for to download "7 steps to make change stick."

Nov 19, 2017

In an effort to better understand the specific challenges and needs of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches, I created a survey and asked for specific feedback on challenges related to implementing technology into the classroom.

In this episode of the podcast I am sharing the final results of the survey.

My challenge to you is to take this information and begin thinking about what you can do to remove these barriers in your school. 

Send me a tweet (@jrsowash) and let me know what you plan to do!

Nov 12, 2017

Chromebooks are great for classroom learning, but why stop there? Fairview Independent Schools in eastern Kentucky created the student technology leadership program to give students an opportunity to learn how to service and support technology use within the district. In this episode I am joined by Corey Moore (@mrmoorefhs), director of the student help desk program. Corey shares insights on the Fairview 1:1 program and tips on how to start your student Chromebook repair program. We are also joined by Tori and Ali, two high school students on the help desk team who share what it’s like to support classroom teachers and make Chromebook repairs.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast for a resources that will help you start a student help-desk and Chromebook repair program!

Oct 24, 2017

Make learning active by asking students to demonstrate their learning by designing a multimedia project. Not only are they fun to create, they can be easily shared within your class or school community. In this episode I share my top recommendations for working with images, audio recordings, and video using a Chromebook

To get the list, visit chrm.tech/multimediatools

Oct 19, 2017

The makerspace movement is focused on learning through creation. But how do Chromebooks fit into your makerspace? The Nerdy Teacher, Nick Provenzano, shares his thoughts on using Chromebooks for coding, 3D printing and more! Plus, Nick shares the new badge program he is developing for middle school students.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast for a copy of the 10 most popular Chrome Unboxed articles and other links mentioned in this episode.

Oct 9, 2017

In between my conversations with Chromebook using educators I would like to share resources and lesson ideas to help get the most out of your Chromebooks.

Today I am sharing my free email course, "developing your Chromebook Classroom." This five lesson course is perfect for anyone who is just getting started with Chromebooks. Here's what you can expect:

  • Lesson 1 - Getting started (logging in)
  • Lesson 2 - Navigating the web
  • Lesson 3 - Finding the best content
  • Lesson 4 - Avoiding distractions
  • Lesson 5 - Put your Chromebook away!

Each email is filled with links, resources, and lesson ideas. You can unsubscribe from the course at any time.

To sign up visit chrmbook.com/course!

See you  next week with a full length episode!

 

Oct 2, 2017

My guest is Gabriel Brangers, co-founder of Chrome Unboxed - arguably the top resource for ChromeOS related news on the internet. 

Gabriel has been called the “Sherlock Holmes” of Chromebooks because he explores the deep reaches of the open source Chromium code repository looking for clues about what Google developers are working on for the next generation of Chromebooks. Gabriel explains the testing process and shares how you can help test new features by switching to the Chromebook beta channel.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast for a copy of the 10 most popular Chrome Unboxed articles and other links mentioned in this episode.

Sep 19, 2017

Season 2 of The Chromebook Classroom podcast will introduce you to another set of awesome people who have fresh ideas about using technology in education. My goal is to bring you modern ideas from a variety of perspectives: from both in and outside of the classroom, from across the US and the world, from teachers, students, administrators, and companies that support the use of Chromebooks in the classroom. 

The first episode of season 2 will be available on October 1, 2017. Subscribe to the show via iTunes or Stitcher to be notified of new episodes as they come out.

Visit chrmbook.com/podcast for show notes and resources. 

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