Podcasts

Welcome to Tech Talk for Teachers! With our classrooms changing at a faster pace than we’ve ever seen, teachers need easy-to-implement strategies to support their students online.

Tech Talk for Teachers is a podcast that will transform today’s students into tomorrow’s empowered digital learners. Our leading education innovators provide immediately applicable digital strategies and tech tips during engaging, down-to-earth conversations that address the challenging topics we are facing in our classrooms today.

This podcast is filled with warmth, humor, and practical suggestions you can immediately apply in your classroom. Whether teaching in a remote, hybrid, or blended-learning classroom, we will provide you with teaching strategies to empower your students and ensure equity as you engage with them online.

Upcoming Episodes

  • June 23 — Insights from an Urban District with Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Ellen Dorr
  • June 30 — Demystifying Computational Thinking
  • July 7 — Computational Thinking: A Conversation with Tammie Schrader
  • July 14 — Game-based Learning as a Medium to Connect with Every Child
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Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast June 16, 2021 24 min

#44 – Insights From a Small, Rural District With Natasha Monsaas-Daly

This week, our guest is Natasha Monsaas-Daly, Director of Information and Learning Technology for Watertown-Mayer Schools. She shares how her small, rural district integrates rigorous and authentic instruction, with quality technology tools.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast June 9, 2021 27 min

#43 – Leveraging Virtual Field Trips to Engage Students in Authentic Learning

Explore how to engage students in virtual field trips to provide rich learning opportunities, develop a broader perspective of the world around them, and a deeper understanding through shared experiences that may be otherwise unattainable.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast June 2, 2021 24 min

#42 – Conversations About Leadership During a Pandemic: Successes, Unsung Heroes, and Lessons Learned With Dr. Dan Bittman

Our guest has experienced what it means to lead a school district through a year of unprecedented obstacles. Tune into our conversation with Dr. Dan Bittman, Superintendent of ISD 728 in Minnesota, for a discussion of how challenges became opportunities to provide care and support to the community.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast May 26, 2021 26 min

#41 – Teacher Insights with Kaia Tomokiyo: Creativity and Choice Starting in Kindergarten

Welcome to Teacher Insights! This week, our guest is Kaia Tomokiyo, a kindergarten teacher from Renton Unified School District in Renton, Washington. Kaia shares her strategies for introducing creativity and choice with our youngest learners.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast May 19, 2021 27 min

#40 – Tapping Into Creativity and Choice: Student Agency for Powerful Learning

Join us this week to explore the power of creativity and choice in the classroom to empower students to take ownership of their learning.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast May 12, 2021 30 min

#39 – Accelerating Learning With Culturally Responsive Teaching

Join us in our conversation with Dr. Winston Benjamin, a Social Studies and English Language Arts facilitator in the Renton School District in Washington. He shares his expertise in culturally responsive teaching to begin a conversation about how we as teachers must challenge our beliefs and examine our own biases to create a classroom that supports all students—celebrating their experience and applying it to their learning process.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast May 5, 2021 23 min

#38 – Accelerating Learning with AVID to Empower Students and Educators Through Agency

While the past year resulted in disruption in schooling, as we look forward, can we shift the focus of the national dialogue from learning loss to accelerating learning? Join us as we talk with Dr. Lynn Kepp, Vice President of Executive Communication and Project Management Office at AVID Center, about how AVID is shifting the conversation to focus on student agency.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Tech Talk for Teachers Podcast April 28, 2021 26 min

#37 – Reassembling After Loss: Putting the Pieces Together for a New Picture

Join us for the last installment of our SEL series where we reframe the narrative. Rather than focusing on learning loss, we explore what we have learned this year that has led to growth and resiliency.

Featured Guests
Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist