Episode 019: Everyday Advocacy

The Passing Notes Podcast is going to take a quick break from the #TechSeries to talk Advocacy while the whole country is gearing up for important midterm elections. This and the next episode is going to focus on what teachers in the state of Oklahoma need to know to prepare themselves to continue to use their voice in our state to affect change.

All of us will have the opportunity to vote in the midterm election and all of us will have a lengthy ballot. I printed my sample ballot off last weekend and there were races on that thing I didn’t even realize were happening. So here are some resources to help you navigate it all:

  1. Check out the podcast Let’s Pod This – This podcast is hosted by Scott Melson and Andy Moore and is affiliated with the Let’s Fix This organization, a bipartisan group of people who are working to help people engage in Oklahoma state and local politics. They’ve put out several episodes lately focused on the races and state questions that will be on your ballot!
  2. Print your sample ballot here. You will need to put in your name and birthday then the system will generate two options for you, pick one and print off. I used my sample ballot to do the research on each race and filled it out so I don’t have to think about who I want to vote for on election day. I’m just going to take my sample ballot with me to fill out the real thing.
  3. Confirm your voter registration here. While the period to register to vote is over, you can still verify that you know where to go on November 6, in the event that you have moved since the last time you voted or have never voted at your current polling place.

If you have any questions let me know! Our vote is so vital and our voices need to be heard in our state by representation that has taken the time to listen.

For this episode of Passing Notes I interviewed Shari Gateley. Shari is a high school English teacher, Putnam City’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, and was a state finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. She uses her platform to speak to teachers about everyday advocacy for the profession and for our students. You can find Shari on Twitter @ShariGateley

This episode was recorded at Design Tunnel in downtown OKC!

Episode 018: Flipped Classrooms

This is episode 5 of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series. The Tech Series is focused on the different aspects of technology use in the school.

For episode 5 of the Tech Series we focused on flipped classrooms. Flipped classrooms is an innovative way to redesign your classroom. Similar to gamification, flipping your classroom is not dependent on technology but can be enhanced through the use of different forms of technology. Flipped classrooms enhance a teacher’s capacity to reach students and the students capacity to learn and demonstrate mastery of content.

For this episode I interviewed Anne Beck. Anne is the digital governance specialist for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA). She is also a co-founder of #oklaed twitter chats, an EdCampOKC organizer, and a current doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma! The work that Anne does helps schools and districts work to be digitally savvy and to also use technology safely and appropriately in classrooms across the state. You can find Anne on Twitter @MrsBeck25

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Anne (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):

  1. Introduce yourself (background/experience)
  2. Tell us about what you do for OSSBA.
  3. What are flipped classrooms?
  4. What are the benefits of using flipped classrooms?
  5. How can teachers plan for a flipped classroom?
  6. How do teachers assess student learning in a flipped classroom model?
  7. Do flipped classrooms have an impact on student engagement?
  8. How do you explain to parents a flipped classroom model?
  9. How do teachers support their students through flipping their classrooms?
  10. What resources do teachers need to provide their students when flipping their classrooms? What do students need to have access to? Where should teachers direct students in need of resources?
  11. What are some of the recent innovations in education tech that you are excited about?
  12. What are your go-to resources?