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Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Anchors Away!

In this episode a podcast about … podcasts! Jeff and Erin discuss a cool tool for recording podcasts and how teachers might think about using podcasts in the classroom.

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Andrea McKay

Innovation in Education

Students have access to more information in their pockets than ever before, yet they are often told to leave their phones in their lockers.

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Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Flipgrid & The Great Chicken/Egg Debate

Jeff and Erin share about Flipgrid and how they dig using it with students and teachers alike, then ask: what comes first, the technology tool or the learning?

Podcast: Sharon Murchie
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat

After a summer hiatus (or a summer full of professional learning opportunities with teachers), we’re back! In this episode, we chat with Sharon Murchie, a

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Jamey Fitzpatrick

The New Michigan Virtual

2018 marks our 20th anniversary as a nonprofit organization. We have witnessed the unparalleled growth of new technology tools that leverage the power and reach

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Professional Development
Andrew Vanden Heuvel

Unlocking the Next Level of Science Teaching

I’m not ashamed to admit it — I’m 34, married with three children and I still like to play video games. While the Sega Genesis

Spacious Classroom
Blended Learning
Jeff Gerlach

Physical Spaces

Designing the physical classroom to accommodate modern learning

Campfire Podcast: Rachelle Wynkoop
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Talking Marginalia with Rachelle

Thanks so much for tuning into the show and checking out the show notes! We appreciate YOU! In our 5th episode, we got into some

Campfire Podcast: Erin Mastin
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Failure-free Failing

As we get deeper into our podcast adventure, we are feeling fortunate to have the opportunity to converse with fantastic educators and get a glimpse

Campfire Podcast: Ben Rimes
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Shirley Temples With Ben

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

Campfire Podcast: Sandy Freeland
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Talking About, and To, A Wonder Woman

The weather outside is feeling especially blustery, so come on over to our campfire for some great conversation. This week we launched our second episode

Campfire Podcast: Ben Pineda
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Getting Wizer Just P-Cuz

The weather may be snowy and cold, but our campfire’s keeping us warm! This week we launched our first “official” episode of Campfire with special

Campfire Podcast Announcement
Blended Learning
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Chubby Bunny Teacher Challenge

Bust out the s’mores, it’s time for a CAMPFIRE! It might be a little chilly to gather around a campfire this time of year, but

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Blended Learning
Jeff Gerlach

Teaching in Beta

My colleagues, Kelli Hixon and Stacey Schuh, regularly facilitate blended learning regional events across the state. In most cases, they’ve partnered up with intermediate school

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Blended Learning
David Young

The Force Awakens Your Classroom

The blended learning team challenged their colleague, David Young (Instructional Design Manager at Michigan Virtual), to channel his excitement for the release of the new

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Blended Learning
Kelli Hixon

The All Too Often Neglected Teacher Superpower

Throughout my childhood, I had teachers I connected with in a way I will never forget, while others have faded in my memories. What is the extra “something” those teachers possess? I think I’ve finally figured it out.

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