Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tech Sherpa Show - Episode #43: All the apps in one place at

This host this week are Matt and William.

We will be back next Tuesday at 3:00 EST

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Tech Sherpa Show Episode #41 -

This host this week are William and Jake.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tech Sherpa Episode #40 - Meet the iWizards

This host this week are Josh, Hayden and Jackson.



We will be back next Tuesday, March 4th at 3:00 EST

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tech Sherpas - Using Google Presentation to create a school newsletter.

This host this week is Kern.

We will be back next Tuesday, February 25th at 3:00 EST

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Tech Sherpas go to Texas

I love my job. 

And one of the best parts of being a teacher is being able to provide experiences for students they otherwise wouldn't get. This week I had the opportunity to bring two of my Tech Sherpas to the Texas Computer Educator Association Conference in Austin. 

Events like this are such huge experiences for my students, (who had never flown before) and it's not just presenting. I've always felt that public speaking is like juggling. You can't read a book or watch a video on how to do it well, you have to actually DO it! Again and again and again, making mistakes perhaps, but getting a little better each time. And the way for our students to get better at it is for as authentic a setting you can get for them. 

One of the analogies I like to share about the benefit of bringing kids at conferences comes from Douglas Edwards' book, I'm Feeling Lucky. Edwards was Google's 59th employee and in the book he talks about his interview with one of Google's founders, Sergey Brin. Near the end of the interview, Sergey informed Edwards, "I'm going to give you five minutes, when I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don't already know." Brin explained later that he asks because if an interview otherwise goes poorly the time wasn't a total loss since he'd learned something new. I feel the same about having students present. In addition to whatever the attendees get from a presentation, the time is doubly valuable as a learning experience for the students. 

None of this trip would have be possible without the amazing support of Tech Smith and a HUGE thank you to Monica Martinez from TCEA for inviting us!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Google's Tour Builder and YouTube Fail! - Tech Sherpas

This hosts this week are Jake and Kern.


Everyone knows that YouTube has become the de facto video player for the Internet and like the Internet there's great educational stuff there (and ridiculous stuff as well.)

I've been using Google Hangouts On Air with my Tech Sherpa students to provide tech support for over a year now and one of the best features is how a Hangout On Air is automatically recorded and added to your YouTube Channel. My students help educators with tech support questions and have a recording to share later with others. Perfect.

Until now.

I attempted to start a new Hangout on Air and was greet with this message:

One of our previous videos from months ago had been flagged with a copyright notice that we had used music from the Dutch Hip Hop band Fakkelbrigade.  

I'm sure is was the automated system that tagged our video and I disputed the claim (we've never had music in our videos) but the response was going to be up to a month later! d

Luckily it only took a few days to be resolved, but it made me ask myself what would I do if using Hangouts On Air was 'mission critical' for a project I was doing with students or teachers.  

We will be back next Tuesday, February 4th at 3:00 EST

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tech Sherpa Show - Interview with Lucy Gray

This hosts this week are Matt and William.

We will be back Tuesday, January 28th at 3:00 EST