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In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we discuss how to bring Educational Technology into our classrooms to better engage our students.

Topics Covered:

  • What are parent expectations for our teachers today?
  • Using iWeb in the classroom
  • Facebook
  • Teaching Professional Development classes to other teachers
  • How to use technology in the classroom
  • I have my first iPad… now what?
  • How to Podcast and using Podcasts in the Classroom
  • Using technology to communicate with parents
  • Using iTunes to communicate with your students
  • Using Blogs and Wiki’s for communication
  • Educational apps for the iPad and Desktop
  • Teachers using websites
  • Teaching Problem Solving Skills with the iPad
  • QR Codes
  • Using cell phones in the classroom
  • Teaching the same lessons… using updated technologies
  • Staying ahead of the tech curve
  • Finding time for technology

Apps Discussed:

  • Talking Tom
    Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. You can pet him, poke him or grab his tail.
  • Toy Story Read-along
    A fully interactive reading experience packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page. Hear the story read aloud, record your own narration, or explore at your own pace.
  • Cookie Doodle
    If you enjoy making cookies but hate the mess, this is the app for you. We provide the dough, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, your choice of frostings, sprinkles, and candies all in one easy to use package.
  • K12 Timed Reading
    K12 Timed Reading Practice lets readers in levels K-4 practice fluency by reading short, timed stories. Improving fluency allows readers to read smoothly and quickly so they can focus on comprehension rather than on decoding words.

Websites Discussed:

About Our Guests:

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn is a faculty member and the Education Technology Integration Coordinator for the Kansas State University College of Education. She describes herself as an educational futurist who works to leverage technology for the benefit of learners. She is am an educator, digital storyteller, blogger and digital change agent, artist, and friend. Cyndi addresses a range of topics related to technology integration, distance learning, education, business and twenty-first-century literacy and is a catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning. Additionally, Cyndi is an experienced graphic designer, website designer, author, and technology consultant. and has written and facilitated over $850,000 in technology grants in Kansas.

Cyndi describes herself as: “Bear in mind, I am not a geek/techie. I know many geek/techies, and I am absolutely NOT one of them. Geek/Techies are excited by creating the technology. I am excited by what that technology can do and about discovering the possibilities. Technology is changing the way we do business, teach, and learn, in the 21st century, I am a part of that change.

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also one of the lead hosts on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over the world.

Mark is also a qualified photographer and worked for over five years as a scientific and industrial photographer for CSIRO Australia before leaving and working for himself.

When Mark isn't producing content for the Mac community he is an at home father to his two children under the age of 5. Hence, educating his children is one of his top priorities and that makes him well suited to be a guest on the TeacherCast Podcast. Mark is able to bring a different type of discussion to the table as a result.

Recorded July 2011

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About the author, Jeffrey

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Westwood Regional School District. Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!

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