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Resource Round-up: Stay a step ahead with EdTechTV
“My podcast focuses on the crossroads of education and technology and explores practical ways to merge the two.”
-Brent Warner, host of EdTechTV and co-author of Compelling Conversations – Japan
Are you looking for more fun and informative resource to help you find the best ed tech resources for your English language classes? Are you seeking honest, concise reviews on the latest and greatest in ed tech? How about savvy, focused discussions of current educational policies and interest topics? If you answered yes to any of the above, I strongly recommend listening to Brent Warner’s EdTech.TV!
EdTech TV Illuminates Options and Tradeoffs
I’ve talked about Brent Warner, educator and co-author of Compelling Conversations – Japan, before. His innovative educational podcast has a simple mission – encouraging teachers to use more 21st century technologies in the classroom. In the internet age, teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language have a wonderful selection of supplementary classroom materials available. Yet sometimes so many choices can be confusing and overwhelming too.
That’s one reason I deeply appreciate Brent’s work on EdtechTV. I trust his judgments, and he can filter exceptional tools from simply clever options. EdTech.TV significantly reduces educators’ anxieties when it comes to finding new material. With thoughtful analysis and practical advice, the highly personalized podcast series directs us to the best choices given the real world conditions in our classrooms and time restrictions.
Explores Social Media and Educational Policy Consequences Too
EdtechTV also highlights social media as an academic tool where we are all teachers and all learners in professional learning networks (PLN). EdtechTV also explores a variety of education-related topics framed by current events. The short, digestible format (typically 20-25 minutes) includes recommendations for supplementary apps, further reading, and one “Non-Tech Rec” from the host, ranging from life hacks to new must-see TV. It’s a simple, yet effective, format for hectic teachers.
A recent favorite, “Episode 046 – Alternative Facts, Fake News and CRAAP Tests” features Warner, a speaker at this year’s CUE conference in Palm Springs, asking pointed questions about the place of academic integrity in the Trump administration and discussion on the CRAAP test as a citation evaluation method. You can hear the full episode here!
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