Randall Black

Educator, EdTech Specialist, & Podcaster

Tag: Fun Stuff

As Heard on The Planning Period Podcast…

I had a great opportunity to record with Brad Shreffler (Twitter, Website) of The Planning Period Podcast. Brad and I took part in a MADPD session hosted by Shane Lawrence (Twitter, Podcast) and connected to speak for his podcast. On this episode we discuss “the value of reaching across the silos of our roles and

#Phishing Attempts are Lame

I received these voicemail messages over several months and I thought I would share it. These are some of the lamest attempts I have ever heard at a phishing scam. I sincerely hope that no one has fallen for this garbage and actually been a victim. This one was too obvious to NOT be a

#EdCampLdrOh – June 30, 2017

Upcoming on June 30, 2017 is EdCamp Leadership Ohio. The event is taking place at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, OH (just outside of Columbus). If you would like to attend, you can register here.   EdCampLdrOH on Twitter   Follow #EdCampLdrOH on Twitter

WOW! (Podcast Thanks and Announcement)

I started the podcast here on my site as a way to share with others some of the great things going on in education in West Virginia. I didn’t expect the immediate results that I received. The number of downloads/listens has beaten my own expectations and for that I need to say thank you to

Advice for New Technology Integration Specialists (TISs)

After a quick exchange with a colleague on Twitter, I thought I would share my advice for anyone taking on a role as a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS). The Three Types of Teachers Prepare for, what I call, the three types of teachers in regards to technology. I wrote about this previously in a reflection

Ways to “Filter” YouTube in the Classroom

YouTube is a tremendous site that offers up so much great, and sometimes not-so-great, content that can be used in the classroom. The problem is that there can be ads and links to other videos that may not be the best for the classroom. There are a few ways that you can combat this and

The Home Button on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is NOT Customer Repairable?

This article from iFixIt outlines the repairability of the home button on Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  Not a good move, in my opinion, by Apple on this, but I understand it from a security perspective.

#WordCrimes

Previously I had incorporated a music video from “Weird Al” Yankovic into my classroom teaching.  The video for his parody of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” “Party at the CIA” allowed me, in a very humorous way, to introduce the concept of the CIA and what they did in their early years when teaching

Pecha Kucha, What a Novel Idea!

As I was doing research and preparing for an upcoming professional development session I will be presenting at the end of July, I came across something that I was completely unfamiliar with.  The Pecha Kucha Presentation. The name stuck out to me so much that I had to investigate it further.  In that investigation I

Rant Against Lazy High School Teacher

A great video to illustrate how that students need something different today.  I will readily admit that I taught this way for so long, but now refuse to do it.  Thank you for waking me up!

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