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What are you listening to this fall? In today’s blog post, I’ve pulled together a few podcasts — an autumn playlist — that are perfect for a fall reset. I love this time of year, and where I live on the east coast, the leaves are starting to change, and the temperature is certainly starting to drop.

Whether you’re going on a brisk walk, putting up fall-themed decorations, or simply looking for a few episodes for your established podcast listening routine, I’ve got you covered. On this list, I pulled together a handful of episodes that are perfect for fall. These selections can help you:

  • Find inspiration to try something new
  • Help you simplify a routine
  • Bring clarity to your professional goals
  • Give you a window into another educator’s world

Podcast Picks for an Autumn Playlist 

8 Time-Saving Tips for Teaching with Podcasts – Easy EdTech Podcast 182

Save time this fall! In this episode, I share eight of my favorite tips for anyone listening to podcasts. These tips are perfect for teaching with podcasts, too. You’ll also hear how to apply these tips to your personal podcast listening practice, your classroom routine, or to share out with students and families.

Minimalist Classroom Strategies to Set a Purpose This School Year with Christine Arnold – Easy EdTech Podcast 170

Try to simplify this autumn season! In this episode, ASCD author and educator Christine Arnold joins to discuss her book, The Minimalist Teacher. You’ll hear about a unique framework introduced in the book, some favorite strategies for kicking off the school year, and ways to keep things simple all year long. If you’re curious about how to put minimalist classroom strategies into action, then this episode is for you!

Keep Student Curiosity Flowing with an Animated Video – Easy EdTech Podcast 180

Boost engagement this fall! In this episode, we’ll explore how using an animated video with students can spark curiosity, provide background knowledge, and act as an exemplar for their own creations. You’ll also hear ten reasons to use animated explainer videos with your class, plus how to access my free ebook with more than double the reasons!

It’s Time to Make the Most of Your Calendar – Easy EdTech Podcast 176

Revamp your schedule this fall! In this episode, I share a selection of strategies I use daily to make the most of a digital calendar and save precious time throughout the day. You’ll hear my favorite calendar tips for educators, including how to keep track of weekly brainstorming sessions, monthly meetings, and one-time events you don’t want to miss with Google Calendar or any other digital calendar platform you may use.

How to Help Students Be Respectful in Online Spaces with Hedreich Nichols – Easy EdTech Podcast 159

Take stock of digital citizenship skills this fall! In this episode, author and EdTech Curriculum Instructional Specialist, Hedreich Nichols, joins to discuss how educators can help students be respectful in online spaces. You’ll hear about free media literacy and digital citizenship resources to use with students, plus tips for modeling citizenship and empathy online.

What Teens Actually Need to Be Tech-Savvy with Dr. Cassidy Puckett – Easy EdTech Podcast 168

Incorporate tech-savvy strategies this fall! In this episode, I’m joined by professor of sociology and author of Redefining Geek, Dr. Cassidy Puckett, to talk about what teens actually need to be tech-savvy. You’ll hear about the five hidden habits of tech-savvy teens, how educators can help students develop efficient technology habits, explore design logic, and more!

Setting the Stage for Using Tech in the First Weeks of School – Easy EdTech Podcast 178

Perfect for a fall reset! In this episode, I share some favorite tech-infused classroom activities to kick off the first weeks of school. You can help kids get to know each other and get familiar with EdTech tools simultaneously. You’ll hear about my favorite tools for students to create lots of different projects. These are a good fit for different content areas to help students cultivate their creativity this school year!

Autumn Playlist with Music Selections

If you came to this post just seeing the “autumn playlist” in the title and thinking of your favorite fall songs, not to worry. Here are a few musical selections in rotation for me this fall. You can listen to these three Spotify playlists with a free account. I didn’t make them, but I like them a lot:

What are you listening to this fall? Share with me on your favorite social media platform. Either send me a DM on Twitter or Instagram or tag me in your fall-themed post.





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In this episode, education consultant and fellow FETC featured speaker, Andre Daughty, joins to discuss the impact of teaching and learning with movies in the classroom. You’ll also hear about our upcoming speaking sessions at the National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) and some thoughts about the evolution and future of EdTech.

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Tips for using movies in the classroom

  • Look through a teaching lens.
  • Identify teachable moments.
  • Find the hook for students.
  • Share a clip intentionally.
  • Spark a discussion.

Sponsored by Talking Points

Looking for an easy and effective way to stay in touch with all of your families? TalkingPoints, our sponsor today, is the answer and it’s totally free! From translation in 125 languages to sending links, files, photos, and videos with translated captions, it’s much more than just messaging. You can even add quick polls to answer questions that would otherwise end up as lost or crumpled forms in backpacks. Families can use text messaging or download the free TalkingPoints for Families app to benefit from additional features like speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and Ed 101 that helps families understand common educational terms to further break down barriers. TalkingPoints for Teachers is available for free on iOS and Android and you can signup on the web at  www.talkingpts.org/monica

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In this episode, Sebastian Laxell, founder, creator and CEO of Whiteboard.fi, shares how digital student whiteboards can transform your formative assessment routine. You’ll also hear how to use digital whiteboards with students independently to gather actionable data to support individual learners in your class!

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Tips to

  • Digital whiteboards build upon the foundation of a dry erase board.
  • Independent whiteboards have benefits different from collaborative experiences.
  • You can check for understanding using formative assessment strategies.

Sponsored by Whiteboard.fi

This episode is sponsored by Whiteboard.fi. The free online whiteboard tool for teachers and students. The Whiteboard.fi team has recently released a new and improved version with a hugely improved classroom experience!  Go to Whiteboard.fi and unlock your teaching superpowers! Get started in seconds for free by visiting Whiteboard.fi! Use code MONICA25 to get 25% off all plans, or reach out for more info on organizational access

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In education spaces, we often have conversations about student agency. We want to honor student voice and give them opportunities to have a say in their learning. But what does this look like in action? How can we promote student agency in digital spaces?

Today on the blog, we’ll explore the topic of student agency and look at ways to honor student voice. You’ll also hear how Hāpara can support students in digital spaces and the special features of Hāpara that make it an excellent choice for teaching and learning.

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What is Student Agency?

Student agency is all about giving students a voice and ownership of their learning. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with digital tools, but we can certainly promote student agency as students interact in digital spaces. 

When we think about student agency in action, it’s more than just hearing student contributions and concerns, but it includes a next step that sometimes goes missing. This next step takes what students share into consideration as decisions are made. Student voice turns into student agency when students have the chance to voice their concerns, share their interests, and contribute to the direction of learning in their classroom.

Student Agency in Digital Spaces

If you’re new to Hāpara, it is a digital teaching and learning platform that provides a streamlined experience for teachers and students using Google Classroom. So many schools are using Google Classroom as a digital hub, and Hāpara helps you take it a step further for an optimized teaching and learning experience.

I’ve featured Hāpara on the blog before, including a post on “Empowering Educators with Time-Saving Tools” and another on “Using Hāpara to Make Project Based Learning Easier.”

And if you explored their professional learning resources this summer, you might have caught my presentation on “5 Must-Try EdTech Tips for the New School Year” as part of their Hipi-Palooza online learning experience for educators. The replay is still live, and you can catch it here, too.

Hāpara promotes student agency and gives teachers lots of ways to honor student voice.

3 Ways Hāpara Promotes Student Agency

There are many ways that Hāpara can promote student agency. If you’ve made a commitment to honor student voice this year, there are a few strategies that you’ll want to try out.

Contribute Ideas

Hāpara Workspace lets students add cards with text, links, and images. Students can contribute their own ideas and resources on a card to share in Workspace. You might use this feature with a large group of students to crowdsource ideas during a brainstorming session. Or you might encourage students to share valuable resources that their classmates can use to review course content.

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Collaborate in Groups

Another way to use a Hāpara Workspace is to give students a spot to collaborate within groups. They can post ideas and drive the direction of a project while providing feedback to their classmates. Students can also use this feature to collaborate across classes, which is a great option for cross-curricular learning experiences or partnering with student groups in different parts of your school.

Communicate Decisions

The Student Dashboard in Hāpara empowers students to communicate directly with their teachers. This feature is certainly great for many reasons. Using this communication feature, students can more directly provide updates to their teacher and make decisions about their learning. With this feature, students might share ideas related to an independent study or research project they are working on.

Ready to get started with Hāpara? Head over to this page to sign up for a free demo. And if you have a favorite way to promote student agency, let me and the Hāpara team know all about it! You can snap a picture and tag me on Instagram and the Hāpara team, too.





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How can you support student writers this school year? There are tech-friendly strategies you can use to boost student writing skills. In today’s blog post, we’ll explore a guide titled “Closing the Gap in Writing Achievement,” and we’ll look at a tool you can use to help students achieve their writing goals.

Earlier this fall, I shared Crick Software and the ways they support student writers. If you are new to their tool Clicker, you’ll certainly want to check it out. Clicker provides students with a word-processing experience designed with students in mind. It has realistic speech feedback, a talking spell checker, a word predictor, and lots more. Clicker provides teachers and students access to tools that can help boost student writing skills.

Student Writing with Clicker

Boosting Student Writing Skills

The team behind Clicker created a guide with educator Jules Daulby to unpack strategies teachers can use to support student writing skill building. In this guide (use this link to access the PDF), Jules identifies common barriers to writing that children experience. Then, she suggests strategies educators can use to help students boost their writing skills and how it connects to Clicker. In the list below, I’ve highlighted three strategies from the guide.

3 Tech-Friendly Strategies to Boost Student Writing Skills 

There are many ways to use technology to address the needs of student writers. A classroom technology tool like Clicker can help students access features that bridge the gap in their writing and storytelling. Here are three tech-friendly strategies to boost student writing skills featuring Clicker.

Capture ideas with voice notes

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One strategy Jules Daulby includes in the guide addresses students struggling with short-term memory. As writers, they might have a great idea they want to capture but feel defeated if they can’t write it down quickly enough. Inside Clicker, students can use voice recorders or even dictation to capture their writing ideas. Students can talk into their devices and then replay the recording to listen to it again until they’ve written it out. Using voice recordings in this way can help students maintain momentum as they transfer their spoken ideas into written format.

Sequence with storyboards

Regular readers of the blog know that I’m a big fan of storyboards. Sequencing strategies, like using a storyboard, can help strengthen student writing skills. In the guide, Jules Daulby shares, “Many learners struggle with sequencing their thoughts and getting these down on paper in a coherent way.” You can use the storyboards within Clicker to help students sequence stories. 

Writing Skills for Students

This is particularly helpful if you are working with students at different parts of the writing process, including developing their initial plan. Students can even use their voices to place ideas into a sequence before they start writing.

Maintain flow with predictive text

Predictive text can be a game changer for student writers who may get stuck as they are building sentences. In the guide, Jules Daulby shares this idea as an example of a processing speed strategy. She shares, “If you use predictive text and Word Banks in Clicker, this can speed up the process tremendously and allows the student to write quickly and fluently.” If you haven’t used predictive text with students, you might find that it provides support for students who typically need extended time and can help them understand the different options available to them as they write a story.

Interested in learning more about ways to support student writers and boost student writing skills? Check out this article written by educator Jules Daulby for Crick Software. You can also head to this page to book a free consultation if you’d like to explore how Clicker can help boost student writing skills and achieve reading and writing success. 



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Can educational technology support your school safety goals? Schools and districts can use tech tools and online platforms to make sure everyone has what they need for a safe school year — especially during the dismissal process and when emergencies happen. It might be easier than you think to revamp your school safety routines.

Earlier this year, I featured Pikmykid on the blog in a post, “How a School Dismissal System Can Transform Your Afternoons.” And you might remember my conversation with Saravana Pat Bhava, Founder & CEO of Pikmykid, on my Easy EdTech Podcast. In this bonus episode, we discussed this dynamic communication and school safety platform. Click here to listen to the conversation. 

Today on the blog, we’ll look at seven tips that leverage technology to support your school safety goals. These feature Pikmykid, a platform I’ll tell you all about below.

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Technology Tips for Your School Safety Goals

Pikmykid is a school safety and dismissal software that helps schools keep students safe from the moment they arrive until they are safely reunited with their families at the end of the day. Pikmykid empowers families to easily schedule and make updates to their transportation plans from their smartphones instead of making office calls or sending notes to a classroom teacher. This removes extra steps and barriers so families can send and receive real-time updates. 

For schools that have trouble streamlining the dismissal process each afternoon, Pikmykid can not only help to transform the experience, but also enables staff to quickly respond when emergency situations occur. By equipping staff with a mobile, silent panic button in their pocket, schools can ensure staff have the instructions to follow and everyone stays on the same page to handle the emergency well. It is especially helpful during emergency reunification. Pikmykid can help you address a variety of goals within your school safety plan. Note: If you are working on your school safety plan, this page has tips on how to improve it.

In the list below, I’ve compiled seven technology tips featuring Pikmykid that can help you address your school safety goals this year.

Manage Daily Pickup

With Pikmykid, you can make sure the right person picks up the right kid. The mobile app accounts for each student’s dismissal with a timestamp and helps keep this information organized. Staff can verify, with an approved name and image on the platform, when someone other than the parent or guardian is given permission to pick up a student. That way administrators have a record for each student’s dismissal to ensure their safety.

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Get Accurate Attendance

To make sure there aren’t any mix-ups, you can keep track of student attendance with Pikmykid. The app can help you account for student attendance from the start to the finish of the school year for an accurate record.

Update Everyone 

Whether it’s a weather event or a situation in your community, sometimes dismissal times and procedures change. Pikmykid can help you easily maintain and communicate early dismissal changes, regardless of the reason.

Communicate Information

If something has happened in your school and district and you need to keep families up-to-date, Pikmykid can certainly help. It allows schools and districts to send instructions and announcements to staff and families, so it appears right away in the mobile app. Since families use the app daily for dismissal, they’re more likely to pay attention to the messages than with other common forms of communication, such as phone calls, voicemails, or emails. And when parents make dismissal changes through the app, they’re not playing a game of telephone with the front office. The information is immediately updated for everyone involved. 

Share Protocol

It’s important to have a plan for unexpected events that can pop up over the school year. And it is essential that everyone knows the plan, too. With Pikmykid, you can share staff protocol for over a dozen frequent emergencies. They’ll have continuous access to these resources and also receive instructions straight to their phone the instant it’s needed during an emergency. Parents and staff will know exactly what to do and how to safely reunite kids with parents during emergency reunification.

Call for Help

In the Pikmykid staff mobile app, school staff members can access a silent panic button. This can silently call for help if there is an emergency without alerting those who are right around you. Whether it be for a medical emergency, appearance of wildlife on campus, or any sudden emergency, staff will be equipped to alert first responders and receive instructions with one click of a button when time matters most.

Connect to After School

There may be programs held in your building after official school hours. Schools and districts can use Pikmykid to communicate with after-school staff who may need updates if there is an emergency or unexpected event.

As you can see in the list above, there are lots of ways educational technology can support your school safety goals. From day-to-day safety to emergency moments, there are lots of ways a tool like Pikmykid can help keep your school community safe.

Ready to get started with Pikmykid? Want to learn more about this powerful tool for schools? Use this link to request a demo. When you get to this page, you’ll see a space to fill out your information and learn more about this powerful tool.



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In this episode, I share five creative activities for kids you can use to incorporate technology in any classroom. You’ll hear how you can adapt these activity ideas to fit your students’ needs plus how to access the free, customizable templates I made to help get you started!

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Tips for creative activities for kids

  • Use audio creations to talk about learning
  • Try memes for creative responses
  • Practice sequencing skills with a comic book activity
  • Try out a social media-style exit ticket
  • Reflect on an experience with Word Clouds

Sponsored by Hāpara

Hāpara is a suite of instructional management tools for K12 that is exactly like nothing else. It is the only tool on the market that provides ethical monitoring features, helping educators give timely formative feedback to students – and a reason to close distracting tabs on their web browser. What is ethical monitoring? It’s a way to provide visibility into what your students are doing when they’re learning online. Instead of closing browser tabs or punishing students, ethical monitoring helps learners build digital citizenship. Visit https://hapara.com/monicaburns/  to learn more about supporting digital citizenship skill building for students through ethical monitoring.

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Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? I don’t want you to miss an episode and hope you’ll keep following along with me on this podcast journey. When you follow along on Apple Podcasts the new episodes will appear in the app so you don’t have to remember to go looking for them… Click here to follow on Apple Podcasts! And if you have a minute for a BIG favor, add a rating and review to the podcast, too — I would certainly appreciate it!

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Every educator loves to see their students excited and engaged in learning. We want them to be able to apply what they learn to real-world situations, too. These kinds of powerful learning experiences happen by design. No matter what or where you teach, you can get students excited about learning, and facilitate student-led learning through the Ciena Solutions Challenge. 

The Ciena Solutions Challenge, a global program by Digital Promise and Ciena, can support you along the way. This design challenge helps you use the material you already plan to teach and the tools you already have in your classroom. In today’s blog post we’ll take a look at this special opportunity for students and teachers, and how to get started!

Get Students Excited About Learning

The Ciena Solutions Challenge is a design challenge open to middle and high school youth and educators around the world. It’s completely free to participate and an excellent way to get your students excited about learning.

How does this design challenge work? The program is anchored by Challenge Based Learning. You might already have experience with this framework for learning while solving real-world challenges. 

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Notre Dame High School students in Ottawa, Canada collaborate on their Ciena Solutions Challenge project. Photo credit: Greg Zapasek, Notre Dame High School, Ottawa, Canada

The Ciena Solutions Challenge

As part of the Ciena Solutions Challenge, students design solutions addressing Sustainable Development Goals. They can choose to focus on the goals that matter to them and their community. All program participants receive professional learning, mentoring, and funding opportunities to sustain and scale students’ work. This funding is up to $2,500 USD and awarded directly to your school or institution.

You can register now and share student projects through March 1, 2023. 

Free and Adaptable Challenge Based Learning Resources

To get started with the design challenge, you’ll certainly want to check out the Ciena Solutions Challenge Facilitator’s Guide. It is available in English, French and Spanish, and provides step-by-step guidance on how to use Challenge Based Learning in the Ciena Solutions Challenge.

The Challenge takes students and educators through three phases: 

  • Engage to explore the big idea and come up with an essential question
  • Investigate to learn more about the topic
  • Act to create a solution

The Resource Library provides activities and resources for each of the three phases of Challenge Based Learning. The Engage activities and resources help you and students explore your chosen topic. The Investigation Methods help students learn more about the topic. And you can use the Action Pathways to help students design an output that will address their chosen topic. When you jump into the Resource Library, you’ll also find the Challenge Builder and Student Challenge Organizer. These are great options to help you and students scaffold your learning activities. 

Challenge Based Learning in Action
Students in São Paulo, Brazil design 3D models for a sustainable house prototype. Photo credit: Ivanete Paes Landim, EE Simpliciano Campolim de Almeida and EMEF Dr Humberto de Morais Vasconcelos, São Paulo, Brazil

How Classrooms Around the World Have Embraced the Ciena Solutions Challenge

The Ciena Solutions Challenge can support your goals to get students excited about learning this school year. Want to try out this design challenge? Here are a few ways teachers around the world have embraced the Ciena Solutions Challenge

Jobert Ngwenya is a teacher at Eveline High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His students chose nutrition security as their big idea. They created their own healthy snack bars as their solution for the challenge. You can read their story, explore their project and view their Challenge Builder to learn more about his students’ activities. 

Student representatives share their snack bar at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair under the Ministry of Youth Affairs exhibition stand. Photo credit: Jobert Ngwenya, Eveline High School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Gaelyn Jenkins is a librarian at Rudolph Gordon School in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Her students tackled the Sustainable Development Goals and came up with a number of projects. One project’s goal was to reduce trash overflow in rivers and streams. You can check out their project and Challenge Builder to learn more about the students’ activities. 

Students bending down and planting trees
Gayaza High School students in Uganda lead a community tree planting trip with peers in a nearby community primary school. Photo credit: Theode Niyirinda, Gayaza High School, Kampala, Uganda

Theode Niyirinda is a teacher at Gayaza High School in Kampala, Uganda. His students took action on plastic waste in their community with a focus on environmental conservation. You can read his story, explore their projects and Challenge Builder to learn more about his students’ activities. 

Get Students Excited About Challenge Based Learning

Ready to get started? Use this link to register for the Ciena Solutions Challenge. You’ll receive updates, resources, submission tips, and opportunities to connect with subject matter experts at Ciena. 

As soon as you sign up, you’ll also receive a reminder to join the next #CienaChallenge Twitter Chat. I’ll join @DigitalPromise on October 20th at 7 PM ET. Hope to see you there!





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What is the role of education in the metaverse? Is this something educators need to pay attention to? You’ve probably heard the term metaverse pop up in conversations this year. And if you’re finding it hard to make sense of the term metaverse, you’re certainly not alone. Eric Ravenscraft of WIRED magazine describes it as a “vague and complex” term.

One of the best ways to understand something new is to make a comparison to something we already have experience with. 

So when I listened to an episode of How I Built This with Guy Raz earlier this summer, it definitely helped me wrap my head around the idea of the role of education in the metaverse. In an August episode, he spoke with David Baszucki, the co-founder of Roblox, about the journey to create this super popular platform. Even the episode description of Roblox helps paint the picture of what the metaverse looks like – as an online space, “with build-your-own avatars and myriad opportunities for users to compete and connect online.” This description helps set the stage for our dive into the role of education in the metaverse.

What is the metaverse? 

A quick trip to Merriam-Webster’s site can help us unpack the term. “In its current meaning, metaverse generally refers to the concept of a highly immersive virtual world where people gather to socialize, play, and work.” Now you don’t have to be an expert in gaming or a Roblox user to care about the metaverse. The concept can include many types of social spaces hosted in online environments. Although used in some settings, you don’t necessarily need a virtual reality headset to participate.

This video created by EVERFI helps tackle the term metaverse. It sets us up for a conversation on the role of education in the metaverse. Note: This video is available on YouTube and a great one to bookmark. If someone asks you about the metaverse this school year, you can share this link. Or you might decide to send it to your colleagues even if they haven’t asked you about the metaverse yet.

5 Reasons to Pay Attention to the Role of Education in the Metaverse

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As the term metaverse evolves and we have more examples to examine, it will become increasingly important to pay attention to this space. In particular, we can think about the role of education in the metaverse and the impact of teaching in these online spaces. Let’s take a look at five reasons to pay attention to the role of education in the metaverse. I’ll also share a few free resources from EVERFI you’ll certainly want to explore.

Opportunities

Just like any growing industry, there are opportunities in the future for careers we know about and ones we haven’t dreamed of just yet. Paying attention to the skills students need to be successful in online spaces is one reason to follow the growth of emerging technologies and online spaces like the metaverse.

Community

Spaces in the metaverse include social connections for users. Even if you’re not teaching specifically about the metaverse, students will need practice and experience building digital citizenship skills to navigate these spaces effectively. You may want to introduce content like the free resources in EVERFI’s Digital Wellness and Safety course.

Risks

Helping students understand the risks of participating in digital spaces, including online communities, is another reason to pay attention to the metaverse. EVERFI has two lessons in their resource library specifically related to the metaverse. Get Digital – Safety in the Metaverse can help students understand how to navigate risks.

Relevancy

In the same way, we might hesitate to show a video clip that feels dated or out of touch, we want to make sure we’re connecting students’ classroom experiences to relevant content. Of course, paying attention to the metaverse doesn’t mean you have to join in. Still, understanding the core concepts and identifying classroom connections can help your content feel more authentic. 

Unknowns

Lastly, there are lots of unknowns when it comes to the role of education in the metaverse. Will you teach a class using an avatar in a virtual classroom someday in the future? Will your students launch their own community in the metaverse ten or fifteen years from now? Paying attention to an emerging technology doesn’t mean we have to become an expert. But it does mean it’s on your radar and you’re thinking about ways it might influence education in the future.

If you’re reading this and want to take the next step to help your students understand the metaverse and build their digital citizenship skills, head over to EVERFI’s website. You can register for a teacher account and access all of their free resources, including their course on Digital Wellness and Safety and Safety in the Metaverse. And be sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok for more content and student opportunities like their upcoming metaverse student challenge.





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In this episode, Assistive Technology Director, Dr. Kirsten Kohlmeyer, joins to discuss the power of accessibility and text-to-speech tools in classroom environments. You’ll also hear plenty of digital resources to check out for text-to-speech options, audiobooks, and more!

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Tips for using text-to-speech tools

  • Focus on the task.
  • Examine “return on time” investment.
  • Look at what your favorite tools already do.
  • Figure out if a tool works for your goals

Sponsored by Hāpara

Hāpara is a suite of instructional management tools for K12 that is exactly like nothing else. It is the only tool on the market that provides ethical monitoring features, helping educators give timely formative feedback to students – and a reason to close distracting tabs on their web browser. What is ethical monitoring? It’s a way to provide visibility into what your students are doing when they’re learning online. Instead of closing browser tabs or punishing students, ethical monitoring helps learners build digital citizenship. Visit https://hapara.com/monicaburns/  to learn more about supporting digital citizenship skill building for students through ethical monitoring.

Follow & Review on Apple Podcasts

Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? I don’t want you to miss an episode and hope you’ll keep following along with me on this podcast journey. When you follow along on Apple Podcasts the new episodes will appear in the app so you don’t have to remember to go looking for them… Click here to follow on Apple Podcasts! And if you have a minute for a BIG favor, add a rating and review to the podcast, too — I would certainly appreciate it!

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