Monday, February 19, 2018

Season 2, Episode 3: Coding and Computer Science Education, Part 3 w/Tamara Westfall


Today's episode is the final in a three part series on Coding and Computer Science Education. Today's guest is Tamara Westfall. She is a Physics and Forensics teacher at Huntington High School in Huntington, WV. She has been working to directly implement aspects of coding and computer science into her classroom while also sponsoring the school's Girls Who Code club. Her students have even begun to code music through Ear Sketch and some examples of their work are the segment transitions in this episode. You can contact Tamara through email at [email protected].

The question of the show from the previous episode continues. What have you done to implement coding into the curriculum of your classroom? Share your responses by going to https://randallblack.com/flipgrid and looking for the 1/22/2018 Question of the Show grid. Responses may be used on a future episode of the podcast.

On a recent episode of the House of #EdTech podcast, Lindsy Stumpenhorst shared a great idea to help students think before they post online to social media. Check out the "Grandma Filter" and what I think about it in this episode.

A new friend of mine, Mr. Phil Strunk(@MrPStrunk), has a great podcast going called Wins and Losses. You can check it out at https://winsandlosses.podbean.com or in the pod-catcher of your choice. Phil will also be joining me on the next episode of the show to discuss his podcast, blogging, and his daily life as an educator.

Don't forget that I'm giving away a copy of Learning Transformedby Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray. To be eligible, simply give the show a rating and review in the pod-catcher of your choose. Then screenshot or take a picture of your review and send it to me through social media. You can find links to all my social platform accounts on the contact page at RandallBlackShow.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Theme Song!

The Randall Black Show - by Ryan Heenan

Monday, February 5, 2018

Season 2, Episode 2: Coding and Computer Science Education, Part 2 w/Teena Hine


Today's episode is part two in the series focused on coding and computer science education. The guest today is Teena Hine (@STEAMPoweredWV). Teena is a third grade teacher and technology integration specialist at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Berkeley County, WV. She joins the show today to talk about some of the great things she is doing in her classroom and school, as well as the programs that are being implemented in Berkeley County as a whole.

Links that Teena Asked to be included in the show notes:

On October 25, 2017 Tech & Learning published an article by Lisa Gonzales called "Top 10 for PLNs." In the article, Lisa outlines 10 great ways for educators to build their PLNs (professional learning networks) through social media tools, professional organizations and more. Be sure to give the article and read and pick up some great strategies to build your PLN.

The question of the show from the previous episode continues. What have you done to implement coding into the curriculum of your classroom? Share your responses by going to https://flipgrid.randallblack.com and looking for the 1/22/2018 Question of the Show grid. Response may be used on a future episode of the podcast.

Don't forget that I'm giving away a copy of Learning Transformedby Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray. To be eligible, simply give the show a rating and review in the pod-catcher of your choose. Then screenshot or take a picture of your review and send it to me through social media. You can find links to all my social platform accounts on the contact page at RandallBlackShow.com

Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Giveaway


The Randall Black Show is sponsoring a book giveaway of Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray.


Publisher ASCD says the following about the book:

"With all that we know about how students learn, the nature of the world they will face after graduation, and the education inequities that have existed for centuries, maintaining a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is tantamount to instructional malpractice.

International security, the success of global economies, and sustainability as a global society all depend on the success of our education system in the years to come. It's our obligation to prepare our students for their future—not our past.

Authors Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray outline eight keys—each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K–12 education system of teaching and learning—to intentionally design tomorrow's schools so that today's learners are prepared for success . . . and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.

The traditional model of schooling ultimately prepares students for the industrial model of the past. If we want our students to become successful citizens in a global society, we must dramatically shift to a more personal approach. Failure is not an option. We can no longer wait. Let Learning Transformed show you how you can be a part of the solution.

The authors encourage you to use the hashtag #LT8Keys to continue the discussion online."

To be eligible to win a copy of this fantastic book, simply rate the show and write a review in the pod-catcher of your choice. All reviews submitted will be placed into the pool for a drawing to win this book. The winner will be contacted and announced on Season 2, Episode 4 of the show in March. 

1/22/2018 - Question of the Show

Season 2, Episode 1: Coding and Computer Science Education, Part 1 w/Cindy Modecki


This episode is the first of three in a series looking at coding and computer science education by speaking with three educators from West Virginia who are implementing coding into their classrooms and schools. Today's episode features Cindy Modecki (@ReadingCindy), a Technology Integration Specialist at North Elementary School in Morgantown, WV. She shares her experiences with various coding platforms and how she started an all girls coding club at her school.

Links to items shared by Cindy in the show:

The question of the show is back! We look back and share responses from the previous two questions of the show featured at the end of Season 1 and this episode's question of the show is "What have you done to implement coding into the curriculum of your classroom?" You can respond by going to https://flipgrid.randallblack.com/ and looking for the 1/22/2018 Question of the Show posting.

The Randall Black Show is also doing a giveaway! To enter to win a copy of Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray, simply post a rating and review over in the pod-catcher of your choice. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Season 2, Episode 4 in March.

DISCLAIMER: The URL for the Flipgrid page has changed to https://flipgrid.randallblack.com