Blog & Podcasts

Minecraft: Education Edition 1.7 Update w/Code Builder Included

Microsoft's recent update to version 1.7 of the Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) software has made it even easier for educators to incorporate the coding aspects into their Minecraft curriculum. Now that Code Builder is built-in to the M:EE software, students no longer need to run a separate program to learn ...
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Why Should I Be a Connected Educator?

As the Internet has become more and more pervasive in our everyday lives educators from around the world have been looking for ways to harness this to continue their professional growth outside of the traditional professional development that their districts and schools have provided. This has led to the growth ...
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Getting Started with Office 365

Microsoft's Office 365 Education is an amazing platform that provides a lot of useful features and tools to educators and students. Great tools like Teams, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Learning Tools, Forms, Skype for Business, Sway, Outlook, and OneDrive provide a robust suite that can have an immediate impact in ...
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Minecraft: Education Edition Boot Camp

I have been contracted with the West Virginia Department of Education to help assist in the usage of Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) with educators in West Virginia. On January 19, 2019 I will be holding the first schedule M:EE Boot Camp event at the Spring Valley High School Career Technology ...
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Spring Valley High School has Launched a Podcast

I recently began a new job at Spring Valley High School in Huntington, WV as the Technology Systems Operator. One of the duties associated with this job is maintaining the school's website. As part of that, I have worked with one of the assistant principals to launch the first official ...
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Fall 2018 Announcements

It’s the time of the year for a short break, but I also have a few announcements in regard to both the Randall Black Show and EdTech Shorts ...
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Fall 2018 Announcements

It’s the time of the year for a short break, but I also have a few announcements in regards to both the Randall Black Show and EdTech Shorts ...
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Ideas for Flipgrid Guest Mode

With Flipgrid’s recent addition of Guest Mode, Kristin and Joe Merrill, Flipgrid Ambassadors from Florida, shared some fantastic ideas for using Guest Mode in their classrooms that I wanted to highlight on EdTech Shorts.
  1. Speak To An Expert
  2. Family Homework
  3. Schoolwide Challenges
  4. #GridPals
  5. Thank a Veteran
You can ...
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Flipgrid Topic Guest Mode

This past summer Flipgrid introduced the Grid Launchpad and it allowed users to tailor their grid security settings to be unique to their own learning community. Parents have wanted to see what their students were doing on Flipgrid, but could not do so in a way where the educator still ...
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Microsoft’s Immersive Reader on Flipgrid

Microsoft has now integrated their Immersive Reader into Flipgrid. The Immersive Reader is a part of Microsoft’s Learning Tools accessibility tools for the classroom. It allows you to break down a text for students with learning difficulties. Students can begin using the Immersive Reader immediately on any topics. They simply ...
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