Alex Corbitt on the EdTech NOW Podcast

This is EdTech Now, a ten-minute podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. It is hosted by Lee Schneider of Red Cup Agency and Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup.

Our guest in this episode is Alex Corbitt, a seventh-grade ELA teacher in the Bronx. His work focuses on socioemotional learning, gamification, education technology, and literacy. You will often hear him on the “Voices from the Middle Podcast,” which comes from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Key Takeaways:

”How much has reading been changed by the use of digital texts?”  – listen at 0:55 Alex discusses the importance of infographics –  listen at 2:58 ”Digital texts are uniquely adept at citing sources” – Alex at 5:28 ”How can ELA teachers specifically make use of tech to teach writing?” – listen at 5:48 ”I have my students write Amazon.com and Yelp reviews” – Alex at 7:40 ”The most important thing to communicate to students to be life long readers and writers is that reading and writing can be very meaningful to a very …

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cult tech podcast – Education Tech with Stackup

In this wide-ranging conversation about EdTech and digital learning, Lee Schneider speaks with Nick Garvin, founder of Stackup, and Noah Geisel, Stackup’s director of education, about the digital classroom, getting credit for online learning, and the similarities between learning and play. Stackup is a smart Chrome browser extension that teachers are using to track student reading online. It is also used by lifelong learners and job seekers to document their online reading.

The conversation touches on the complexities of marketing to educators, what teachers really want in an “app” and how students are using Stackup and other apps as part of the digital classroom. The podcast is produced by Red Cup. Lee Schneider is the communications director.

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Pokémon STOP

You can’t. Stop Pokémon GO, that is. People can’t stop walking around trying to capture Pokémon, even if it means stepping off the curb and walking into traffic. UPS drivers received a special alert this week to look out for kids not paying attention in the street because they were trying to capture imaginary creatures. A woman hunting Pokémon in Wyoming found a dead body instead. At Auschwitz, authorities asked Nintendo to keep Pokémon out of their death camp.  There was a story of a fool caught cheating on his girlfriend because the geo-locating nature of the game revealed that he was hanging out with a special friend, and hunting Pokémon. A man was fired in Singapore for ranting when he wasn’t allowed to play at work.

Look, I’m not a fan of games. I didn’t care about Pokémon when it came out in 1996, as part of the Nintendo Game Boy system, which I also fervently did not care about. But this crazy event presages the power of AR, or Augmented Reality. It is also a lesson in timing, with …

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How to Get Ed-Tech Startup Traction

Here’s a challenge: How do you create a startup to teach critical thinking skills to kids? Now, an even deeper challenge: How do you convince investors to back you ?

ThinkCERCA is an online platform focused on literacy. It’s for 4th through 12 grade students. It’s received about $1.5 million in seed capital from angel investors, and funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

ThinkCERCA’s founder, Eileen Murphy, was a teacher for 20 years in Chicago public schools and then became the director of Curriculum and Instruction in the public school system. She came up with a method for helping students make claims, support their claims with evidence from text, explain their reasoning, and address a counter argument. Not to shock you, but this was done with paper, pencils, graphic organizers and rubrics.

Murphy knew she needed technology to scale the idea. That’s when she met co-founder Abby Ross, who at the time was running a web design and development startup. ‘I was like, “Sure, we can do this.” I’m passionate about education, both my parents are …

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