School Leadership: Being Effective using Educational Technology

TeacherCast Podcast

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with the Jed-iPad Master, Toby Price, and Dave Meister to talk about how administrators use technology in their school districts.

Topics Covered:

  • How has educational technology changed in the last few years
  • The role of school districts within the digital community
  • Reaching out to families without computers in their homes
  • How are we preparing our graduates for the digital job market
  • Introducing and integrating technology in the middle and upper grades
  • Teaching students to blog
  • Using blogging to foster great writing skills and gain a voice in the world
  • What new technology experiences are schools creating for our students
  • Great Educational Apps
  • How to teach the parents about this great technology
  • How should we suggest students transfer their digital files?
  • What types of online accounts can we ask our students to have connections to
  • How to work around district filters
  • Presenting resumes in a digital job market.
  • Coping with a diminishing technology budget
  • Are we preparing our students correctly for the world?
  • How to find “Pockets of Excellence”
  • Teacher Training Programs
  • Google+ in the Classroom
  • Should we fear Facebook and other social networking sites
  • How should teachers keep an online public/private life
  • The Digital Resume
  • First thoughts on these topics
  • Social Media and Social Networking
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Skype
  • Text Messaging
  • QR Codes in the classroom
  • Cell Phones/Internet Devices in schools
  • Students bringing in laptops to learn with
  • Students bringing in iPads or tablets to learn with
  • Google+
  • Online Learning for credit in k-12 education

Apps Discussed:

  • Splashtop Remote Desktop
  • This is the ONLY remote desktop app that streams video and audio from your PC or Mac, allowing you to interact with your PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Firefox, Safari, World of Warcraft, and other PC / MAC applications.
  • Splashtop Whiteboard
  • Turn your iPad into a mobile interactive whiteboard!
  • ReplyNote
  • ReplayNote is an app that records your writing and voice, then converts it to YouTube video.
  • ScreenChomp
  • A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun! Just – Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.
  • GolfShot: Golf GPS
  • #1 Golf GPS App Worldwide
  • Twitter
  • Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app for iPhone and iPad.
  • Stumble Upon
  • StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds the best of everything that is out there on the web, recommended just for you. With a touch of the Stumble button, or swipe of the iPad screen, you’ll discover photos, videos and web pages recommended by friends and people sharing your interests.
  • Flipboard
  • Named Apple's iPad App of the Year and one of TIME's top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos, videos, and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr, and Instagram.
  • Casey's Contraptions
  • Help Casey get his toys back by building crazy contraptions. Create Rube Goldberg-like machines with toys and everyday items to solve puzzles and playtime scenarios.

Websites Mentioned on the Show:

About our guests:

Dave Meister is currently the interim Superintendent for Paris Union School District No.95 and the Director of Paris Cooperative High School (PCHS) in Paris, Illinois. PCHS is a one of a kind high school and is the only cooperative high school in the state. It is governed by two school districts who each have three members on their Board of Education. As director, he serves as the Board’s chief executive officer and is also responsible for the duties of the building principal.

Mr. Meister began his career in education as a teacher at Paris High School. He taught Contemporary Problems, United States History, European History, World History, and Psychology. Active in sports, he also coached boys basketball, boys baseball, track, and girls softball. In 1998 he accepted his first administrative position as the principal of two elementary in schools in Paris. In 2001 he was selected to serve as principal at Paris High School. On July 1, 2010, Mr. Meister was named the first Director for Paris Cooperative High School. He has a passion for the use of technology to enhance learning and have authored several grants that have infused more than $300,000 into our local schools to enhance our infrastructure.

Dave Meister is married to Marianne McIntosh Meister (20 years this past December) and has two children. He and his wife also provide a home to three rescue dogs(from L to R Libby, Gigi, and Chloe). Outside of education and computers, his interests include running, golfing, and following his children to their many events.


Toby Price: “There is a fine line between genius and absurdity. I color all over it every day with my purple crayon.”

Recorded August 2011

About the author, Jeffrey Bradbury

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!