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Podcast: Shirley Temples With Ben

Campfire Podcast: Ben Rimes
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Show notes from this week’s campfire:

  • We got off to a good start by revisiting the hot dog/sandwich conundrum.
  • We shared how we are majorly digging on Quizizz — a gamified review/assessment where students are answering questions in a race against each other and the clock. You can create your own quiz questions or borrow another teacher’s set that’s already created. It could be a great review game/exit ticket strategy to see where students are at with particular content. It’s similar to Kahoot but with a few striking differences.

In our conversation with Ben Rimes, one of our favorite ed techs, we chatted about:

  • Next Generation Science Standards — and how they include what students should be doing and thinking about!
  • Personalized Learning — and the power of asking good questions!
  • Michigan Merit Curriculum and blending courses like chemistry and physics and applying them in a course like forensic science.
  • Project Lead the Way — STEM/Career-focused and learning is hands on!
  • We played Mad Libs with Ben … and it did not disappoint! Jeff found this article (How Do Educators Handle Work-Related Stress? by Cindy Long) and took out a few words to play (see below — bold words are the ones Ben came up with).

The minute Jeff gets home from school, she/he laces up her/his smelly shoes and building for a few telephones to clear her/his head. After 42 years in the classroom, she/he’s learned she/he needs an outlet for the pressure that builds up during the day.

Other educators may lick their elephant, head to a horseless-carriage class, or maybe find a less gargantuan way to unwind–Shirley Temple, anyone? “To be honest, I often lift,” admits Erin, a teacher from San Diego. But whatever the coping mechanism, every educator shares a need to drink after spending another day in a shriveled, pressure-cooker profession.

We were stoked to get a question from Dean:

We brought in resident expert, Julia McBrideMichigan Virtual’s Professional Learning Coach, who has a wealth of background knowledge and experience in the world of Project-Based Learning.

And just in case you missed it, we’re still offering to send you swag if your #CampfireQ was chosen for the show! You can Tweet it, post it on Facebook or Instagram, or even find us on Snapchat — Erin (TwitterSnapchat) and Jeff (TwitterSnapchat) and ask questions there!

As always, if you want to subscribe, check us out on iTunesGoogle Play Music and SoundCloud! Just a quick note — Campfire is made possible by Zencastr; podcasters, check out Zencastr to record your remote guests in high quality!

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The Digital Backpack, powered by Michigan Virtual, is a podcast dedicated to sharing tips and tricks for teachers as they navigate their journey through online and blended learning. Join the host Jeff Gerlach as he discovers new tools and resources for classroom use, talks to practitioners who are doing great things with their students, and has some fun!

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