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Episode 56: Gamification of Learning

Kicking off our 1:1 Summer of Fun this week with a great podcast with Tisha Richmond, a culinary teacher in Oregon has had completely gamified her classroom. So many great nuggets and takeaways you’ll want to take notes on this one!

1:1 Summer of Fun links:

Freebie: 30 Days of Free PD email series

Discount: $15 for the course Fake News and the Responsibility to be Digitally Literate

Links for Tisha Richmond

@tishrich –


Episode 55: Cell Phone Use in the Classroom

This week I sit down and chat about dealing with cell phones in the classroom. It might just be the hottest topic in education at the moment. I swear every conversation I have with teachers somehow some way turns to cell phones. In this episode, I talk about how I go about handling these conversations with teachers as well as how I would structure my high school classroom today to meet students where they are.

  1. Talk about it: I find that if you start the year talking about cell phones in the classroom and face the fact that they are there you can continue to talk about them all year long. “I want you to have them, you want to have them so let’s work together to make sure we’re using them when we’re supposed to.” Is always a great start. A) it shows that you respect them B) You bring them into the fold of creating the cell phone policy for the class.
  2. Respect: I’ll respect that you have a life outside this classroom and for better for worse it doesn’t end when you walk through that door. However, at the same time, I need you to respect this learning environment for you and for others. If you need to use your phone because something crazy is going on in your life…just ask. I won’t disrespect your connected life and you do not disrespect the limited time we have together as a group.
  3. Continual learning: Constantly have discussions about “being connected”. Learn why SnapChat is so “addicting” to them. Why are streaks so important? I find 99% of the time teenagers just really want someone to care and “get” their life. Bring articles in the classroom about kids being over connected and discuss those (so many blog posts here). We have to engage them in the conversations about being connected and understanding the pressure they are feeling in order to have the conversation to put it down and pay attention.

An article from Brad Stulberg ( came across my twitter feed yesterday. He writes for the blog and if I were teaching HS today this is the type of article that when I found it I would share and discuss with my students.

It’s a really good article that talks about some research around what happens just having our phone around us. But he ends the article with four things we can all do.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Remove your phone from your visual field (for example, out of the room where you’re trying to work or out of your bedroom at night). Doing so immediately dampens its pull on you.

  • Schedule Device-Free Time: Make hard rules for certain activities during which you’ll absolutely keep your phone out of sight. Examples: at the gym, on a hike, during deep-focus work, watching television with your significant other, and perhaps most important, when you’re sleeping.

  • Monitor Your Usage: Apps like Moment, which tracks how much time you spend on your device, surface trouble spots and bring greater overall awareness to how (and when) you use your devices.

  • Tech-Free Mornings: For the first 30 minutes after waking, don’t interact with technology. Instead, use this time to set an intention for the day; fully immerse yourself in a ritual like coffee, meditation, or yoga; or do a chunk of deep-focus work.

Episode 54: : Being a Middle Schooler in a 1:1 Program

This week I catch up with some students from Nampa, Idaho who are finishing up their first year of 1:1 program and fill us in on what’s working and not working for them. It’s always great to hear from the kids and what a great way to kick off our “1to1 Summer of Fun”.  Thanks to @timrigsbytech for setting this up!


Eduro Learning 1:1 Micro-Credential:

East Valley Middle School

EVMS Ed Tech Blog: – posts written by EVMS teachers and someday students!

Twitter: @TimRigsbyTech


Phone: 208-468-4760 ext 4637

Episode 53: The Teenage Brain and Its Future


Morning in Seattle

This week I sit down outside on my deck, taking in the view and reflection on a couple articles that came my way via Twitter.






Is Technology Bad For the Teenage Brain?

Skills of the Future: How to Survive in a Complex New World

Episode 52: When Parents Push Back On A 1:1 Program

This week my passion gets the best of me as I talk about some of the emails I have received this past year with pushback that schools and districts are receiving from parents when they roll-out a 1:1 program with students.


Zoom H2n Mic (The one I use in this episode and I carry with me. Great for the classroom as well.)

The Future Is Now Conference

Eduro Learning Parent Resouces

Episode 51: A COETAIL Reflection from Ghana

This week I have a chat with Ryan Harwood, an international educator who is living in Ghana at the moment. Ryan is also a COETAIL graduate and just finished facilitating his first COETAIL Cohort. We chat about being a connected educator, being an international educator and his COETAIL journey.

Show Links: 

Ryan Harwood
Twitter: @rharwood17
Twitter hashtags:
#AfricaEd (International educators in Africa)
#Nesachat (International educators in the Middle East)

Episode 50: PBL in the High School English Classroom

This week I have a chat with Erin Dickey a High School English Teacher and co-producer of the Project-Based Awesome podcast. A great conversation on how she runs her entire English and Social Studies classes on a PBL model.



Erin Dickey Twitter:


Student Project:

Right Question Institute:



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Episode 49: Rolling Out in Nampa

In this episode, I have a chat with Tim Rigsby from Nampa, Idaho, and his school districts 1:1 rollout and his role as an instructional coach.

Show Links:

Edulastic: – excellent tool for formative and summative assessments that are aligned to standards and have the look and feel of many state-mandated tests

Mindomo: – similar to popplet, allows users to build mind maps

NNU Doceo Center and the HACK Model & – who we have partnered with for support with our 1:1 rollout and personalized learning journey

East Valley Middle School

EVMS Ed Tech Blog: – posts written by EVMS teachers and someday students!

Twitter: @TimRigsbyTech


Phone: 208-468-4760 ext 4637

Episode 48: The Future is Now

This week I reflect on my manual labor weekend helping my wife flip a house north of Seattle. I woke up sore, tired and excited. Why? Why is doing stuff so much fun? How can we have students make more stuff?


  • Where did I learn how to do all this?
  • Why is manual labor so much fun?
  • Why did I sleep so well?


  • Find a way to have your students make something physical. Give them the challenge to build a tower, a bridge, a wagon for the Oregon Trail out of popsicle sticks. There is so much learning and feeling of accomplishments when we do manual labor and we get to see our progress.
  • Find a way to bring movement into your classroom. Find a way to get students up and moving!


The Shift Key Podcast:

The Future Is Now Conference:

Date: June 27, 2018
Where: Seattle, WA
Time: 8-4
Parking Included
6 STEM Clock Hours available

Jeff’s Wife’s New Passion:

Episode 47: Are We Killing Wonderment?

Jeff has a brain dump of thoughts based on the work he’s been doing at conferences and with school districts over the past couple weeks in Burns, OR, Port Angeles School District and Enumclaw School District.

Shout Outs:

Sheryl Woods: Thanks for including Shifting Our Schools in your podcast list! Check out her blog here:

Thanks to @lutes_johnson for your image and sharing your student’s storyboard.

Mrs. Johnson@lutes_johnson
Loving using storyboards to incorporate the design process in my classroom! Problem:bullying Plan to fix problem: create an anti-bullying campaign by creating a Tynker animation to share with others @gotynker @jutecht

Eric Nichols@IamEricNichols

Tech Generations:

55+ = Phone calls and Facebook

35-55 = Email and Facebook

22-35 = Text messaging and Notifications on their phone

The Future is Now Conference Details:

June 27, 2018 in Seattle, WA

Bringing Business and Education Together

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