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EdListen 13: Interview With Principal Peter Iles

Host & Producer: Bjorn Behrendt ~ g+ | twitter 
Show Website: http://www.edlisten.com/ & Google+ Community

Interview Principal Peter Iles, Teacher, Tech Director, Coach, Principal, Parent, ...  First school in the country to subscribe to Chromebooks.   This was a great conversation where we talked about twitter, chromebooks, and more.

Twitter: @peteriles
G+: +Peter Iles

Links we talked about:
15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers
Diplomacy Game

Ed Communities:
EdListen (Of Course)
Education Revolution
Educational Leadership
Google Apps in Education

Announcement Slots not going away
Currently developing gClassFolders version2: http://www.gclassfolders.com

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EdListen 12: Rob Greenlee, Microsoft Content Manager, Podcasts on Windows Phone / Zune

Host & Producer: Bjorn Behrendt ~ g+ | twitter 
Show Website: http://www.edlisten.com/ & Google+ Community

This week I was joined by Rob Greenlee who is the Microsoft Content Manager for Podcasts on Windows Phone / Zune.  We talk about podcasting as a medium and how it can benefit schools.

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EdListen 11: Using Calendars To Improve Productivity

Host & Producer: Bjorn Behrendt ~ g+ | twitter 

This week I am joined by Eric Curts, who is the technology director for North Canton City Schools in Ohio, creator of the www.appsusergroup.org, and host of The State Of Tech podcast.   Being both podcasters we chatted for about 20 minutes on educational podcasting before we dove into the topic of using Calendars in schools.


~ Eric's article about Appointment Slot Alternatives: http://www.appsusergroup.org/news/appointment-slot-alternatives
~ Eric's use of Google Calendars for Middle School Homework: http://ms.northcantonschools.org/cal/hwcal
~ Eric's use of Google Calendars for lab sign up: http://tech.northcantonschools.org/calendars
~ Eric's use of Google Calendars for district-level and building-level calendars: http://nccs.northcantonschools.org/cal

Alternatives to Appintment Slots
WASS (open source)
Scheduling Assistant (open source)

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EdListen 10: Educational predictions for 2013

Host & Producer: Bjorn Behrendt ~ g+ | twitter 


  1. Everything touch: All new computers, laptops, even a touch screen Chromebook.
  2. Google will lead educational communication
    1. Google+ will be the next big communication tool for schools.
    2. Many people who use twitter as their PLN will jump ship to google+
    3. Google Forms will be completely revamped and improved
    4. A database tool will become part of Docs
    5. Google groups functionality will change
  3. Tablets will be part of the standard teaching tools for a teacher
  4. Projectorless smartboards
  5. 1:1 tools
    1. Chromebooks will be the new 1:1 device of choice.
    2. Windows surface tablets will be piloted.
    3. iPads will lose in popularity (except in Main where it will be the new device)
    4. The Ubuntu tablet will do it right but won’t be adopted. mostly because of price.
  6. Tablets and smartphones will become much more powerful and some radical new designs, (no more square boxes).  
  7. Physical conference attendance will go down, but digital conferences like the EduOnAir or PDinYourPJ’s conference will increase. 
    1. Common Core, paperless classrooms, flipped learning and PLN’s will be the primary topics.  These were big in 2012 but I don’t think we hit a tipping point where people are ready to move on to the next best thing.

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