Alex Corbitt on EdTech NOW Season 2

On today’s episode, Lee Schneider interviews Alex Corbitt about finding good books to assign for reading, how to recognize and reject fake news, and innovative ways that educations can use programs like Garage Band to spark enthusiasm about reading.

Alex is a seventh-grade English teacher at MS331 in the Bronx, NYC who last year was named to the International Literacy Associations “30 Under 30” List.

EdTech NOW is sponsored by Stackup, a Chrome browser extension that tracks reading online for teachers and students and delivers metrics to administrators. The podcast is hosted by Noah Geisel. Lee Schneider hosts this episode.

Listen right here on our site, or go to SoundCloud or iTunes. Visit Stackup for more info on tracking student reading online.

Key Takeaways:

“I’ve really switched my focus to not just getting books in the classroom but getting books that “A” my kids want to read  and “B” the books that are culturally relevant to my students experience” Alex at 1:19 “What you learn needs to reflect your experience” Alex …

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The Future of Reading

There is nothing better on a summer day than a book in your hands. That statement will always be true. Or maybe not.

You’re reading these words on device of some kind, unless you printed them out. Amazon is selling a lot of ebooks today. Students are working through assignments online. Educators offer them online sources to read and video to view. It’s more than just convenience. When you are chasing information, the most current sources are online. The world changes too fast. Where does that leave the textbook?

Ever since high school, I’ve held onto my copy of Janson’s History of Art. In the edition I own, the timeline ends around Jackson Pollock. It’s useful if I need to know about the Venus of Willendorf and Alexander Calder. Beyond that, it’s frozen in time. It’s a wonderful, outdated book that, together with my high school volume of Shakespeare, makes for the perfect elevating experience — for my laptop. I use both to prop up my Mac when I work at a standing desk.

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Edtech NOW Stackup Edition Podcast Transcript

Edtech NOW Stackup Edition

Listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/edtechnow/edtech-now-stackup-edition

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Lee Schneider: This is a special edition of “Edtech NOW,” a podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. We’ve met so many great educators over the course of the series, and now we are going to be talking about Stackup, a free Chrome extension that accurately tracks when students are reading online. I’m Lee Schneider and I’m joined by my co-host Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup. Hey, Noah.

Noah Geisel: Hey, Lee, great to be with ya.

Lee: Yes, it’s great to see you, or well, great to hear you. In a moment we’re going to be bringing in a power user, Adam Howard, into the conversation. But first, Noah, tell us how Stackup is often used by teachers.

Noah: So Stackup is a powerful free Chrome extension that can track, monitor, and report on student’s online reading. A lot of teachers are telling us that they think about it as a FitBit for student’s online reading. And so, teachers can assign and [00:01:00] monitor reading …

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