24November2008

Season 3, Episode 4: Happy Trails

Posted by Steve under: Main Podcast.

Blue Angels FlybyWell, this is it – the final GenTech podcast.  After 2 1/2 great years, the GenTech boys are wrapping things up with an episode in which they discuss their experience as podcasters, what they learned, and try to tease apart how ‘the end’ came to be.

It’s been a fun run for all of us, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the shows and maybe gleaned some useful tidbits from them.  Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you around the web.

– Mark, Michael, and Steve

Blue Angels image by Kevin Collins.

 
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13October2008

Season 3, Episode 3: New ITRT Guidelines

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Over the Summer, the Commonwealth of Virginia released new guidelines for Instructional Technology Resource Teachers.  The new document updates the 2005 version, “revisits the original intent of the ITRT program; examines results, as documented through three studies; and offers recommendations.”

In this show, Steve talks with two ITRTs who are old friends of the show: Tina Coffey from Salem City Schools, and Sean Sharp, from Floyd County Schools.  They share their reactions to the new guidelines and provide insight into the changing and difficult-to-capture nature of their positions.

 
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1October2008

Season 3, Episode 2: Jeff Nugent of the Center for Teaching Excellence at VCU

Posted by Steve under: Main Podcast.

Jeff NugentOur guest for this show is Jeff Nugent, Associate Director at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) .  The VCE, founded in 2001, is charged with supporting 3,000 faculty members at VCU and now plays a key role in VCU’s VCU 2020: Vision for Excellence strategic plan.

In this show, Jeff and the boys talk about the CTE and its programs, consider ways to build and sustain community around technology projects and programs, and weigh in on heady matters such as the adoption curve and cognitive issues surrounding the learning of new tools.

A few links from the conversation:

 
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8September2008

Season 3, Episode 1: Welcome back

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It’s a new season for GenTech, and the GenTech boys are back from Summer with a few fun software and website picks for fun. We also discuss the season to come, and how we’d like you to chime in with show ideas and suggestions.

A few things mentioned in today’s show.

Website

Books/Websites

Applications

And The World’s Worst PowerPoint Presentation.

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23May2008

Show #37: Reflections & Season 3 Set-up

Posted by Michael under: Main Podcast.

“When the GenTech Boys get together they really enjoy Little Debbie Zebra Cakes… mmmmm, just taste that delicious TCPK filling!”

Today’s show was recorded on location at the Short Pump Town Center. The GenTech Boys sat around the same table to discuss where GenTech has been and where it’s headed. Big things — innovative/experimental things — are planned for next Fall, so stay tuned!!!

 
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11April2008

Show #36: Michael’s Dissertation

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In this field report, the newly-minted Dr. Kelley discusses his research and findings on the impact of blogs in a higher education classroom. Specifically, Michael wanted to assess how blogs affect students’ classroom work and their senses of community and self-efficacy.

Download the document here.

 
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1April2008

Show #35: Just What We’ve Been Waiting For

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This week, Steve and the newly-minted Dr. Kelley discuss a tool they came across somewhat serendipitously – via Twitter (come on, Mark… join Twitter).

Although still in Beta, it’s fully-featured – and free.  It’s fairly hard to believe in terms of functionality and its K-12 oriented focus. Something like this requires a follow-up show to be sure, and we’re planning to get in touch with some of the teachers who are featured in the partnerships mentioned on the main site – so stay tuned. In the meanwhile, check it out and let us know what you think.

 
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