Watch Episode 63 with Randy Watson

We are back from winter break with Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson http://twitter.com/kscommissioner. We had a great discussion about how he toured the state to help craft the vision for education in Kansas and what his plan is for the future. We also introduce our new website and share a blog post and YouTube channel of the week!

Article of the week: “A better future is possible.” https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-11-15-a-better-future-is-possible-ideo-s-sandy-speicher-on-design-thinking-in-schools

YouTube Channel of the Week: Seeker Stories – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJsSEDFFnMFvW9JWU6XUn0Q

Struggles with new learning

Sometimes I don’t enjoy learning new things. I like to be right. Sometimes knowing I’m about to fail drives me back to my comfort zone. I don’t like wasting time and money, neither of which I have in large quantities. So I’ll just sit back and rest in what I know. That’s not a good habit to model for my kids.
In the last couple years, I’ve started making breakfast for my kids on most Saturdays. I don’t do a lot of cooking and rarely is it healthy, as evidenced by the Flipboard magazine I curate related to the topic. Making pancakes has been a been a great opportunity for me to try something new that helps make memories for our family.evernote-camera-roll-20161226-160724 I’ve learned a lot about my kids – make some good, basic pancakes and just add whip cream. Maybe add some chocolate chips. Make them too fancy and run the risk of them not being eaten. Earlier this fall we mixed in some doughnuts, but for Christmas we tackled a breakfast food my wife and I had long been scheming to conquer – the big, fluffy, frosted cinnamon roll.
We’ve got some opportunity to improve, but the toughest critics (the kids) gave some great reviews. It felt great to be able to share these with my family on Christmas morning.
We also made a few more Christmas items than evernote-camera-roll-20161226-161639normal this year. Actually, I’ve never made anything like we did this year. We created stacked present decorations for our front porch, painted a “joy” sign out of some old wood we had in our garage that also went out front, and two Christmas decorations we gave to grandparents as presents.
Both the breakfast foods and Christmas presents have given me plenty of opportunities to model learning new things with my kids. I try to talk through both struggles and successes with whoever is helping. Our second Christmas present didn’t turn out so well because of some old semi-gloss. So we’ll be re-making it this week. We talked about what we learned from our experience and what we can do to improve. I’ve tried to be a good model in hopes that they can learn from these experiences and are able to struggle through their own new learning in the future.

Cross posted on Josh’s “Noted” blog

Dads in Ed 3 years later

Three years ago Josh Allen, Devin Schoening, and I set out to start a podcast.  Dads in Ed was born.  We had converged on each other with the idea of using Google Hangouts on Air to record conversations about things we were passionate about and using that audio to make a podcast.  The things we were collectively passionate about included:  being dads, loving sports, educational technology, education as a whole, being dads in education, and talking about current events.  The true crux of the show was going to be about how being a dad in education, perhaps with your child in the same school system that you worked, and how we handle this sometimes delicate landscape.  This became a staple question we have asked all of our guests.  How has being a parent and also an educator impacted you as an educator?

Another major part of the show was going to be about bringing smart people on the show to talk.  We would invite guests, most the time dads in education like us, but sometimes even moms or famous writers for newspapers.  Typically the connection to the guests has come through one of us, or all of us, and our PLN.  Three years later we have had 60 guests come on the show!  Guests have been from all over the United States and some from Canada as well.  We truly have interviewed some amazing people who do fantastic things in education!  We are very proud of the content we have published and excited to see how the show continues to evolve.

@dadsined recently had the opportunity of being featured speakers at the ITEC conference

One thing we have always said was that we never cared if anyone listened or watched the LIVE show, that is was never about the numbers of that for us.  We simply enjoyed getting together to “talk shop” about the things we were passionate about and utilize our PLN to interview great minds in education who typically happen to be dads in education like us.  What is cool is how some people have listened to the podcast or watched the LIVE show, and quite honestly, there has never been an episode that I did not learn something new or get inspired by one of the guys or guests, and for that, I am grateful.  Shouldn’t we all want to be lifelong learners?  Isn’t that what we want to teach our kids?

#dadsined is also proud of being a member of the Education Podcast Network.  This network is an amazing group of educators that are publishing content on their podcasts as well, and I highly encourage you to give them a listen.  I know for me, this journey has yielded a new type of learning by listening to other podcasts.  I subscribe to many great podcasts like the House of Edtech by Chris Nesi, The Wired Educator by Kelly Croy, The Creative Classroom by John Spencer, Principally Speaking by Jason Bodnar, and much more!  Personally, I often listen in my car as I travel about the city and school district from one building to another, or sometimes when I take road trips.  I love that I can pass my time in the car with something meaningful that I am passionate about EDUCATION!

So congrats DadsinEd on three years and 60 episodes!  Thanks, Josh and Devin for letting me be a part of this journey with you.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride and look forward to what we come up with for the future.

Check us out on:

Podbean:  http://dadsined.podbean.com/

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dads-in-ed/id753008884?mt=2

Youtube Channel to watch the show:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5rcYNw40xo34aIf1G7jQA

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iw3trxgqydr5slzypwtn4norkpm

Our Workflow explained on how we make the podcast:  CLICK HERE

The Other Side of My Flipboard

Many of my Flipboard magazines relate to my job. I started Flipboard as a way to keep up on topics that I needed to know more about. In essence it was a replacement for the social bookmarking that I had been doing. In the last couple years, I’ve allowed my personal side to come out and began to curate a few magazines based off of things that interest me outside of work. I got a note from Clay yesterday mentioning how our Home Field magazine had eclipsed 50 viewers. We laughed that something we came up with watching a Single A baseball game has taken an interest from people! Below are some of the backstories behind my “other” magazines.
tvOS News & Info – we got a 4th generation Apple TV last winter, so I put together a mag with app and device information. It’s been fun to watch how that platform has grown and am excited to see what comes next.
Beautiful Nebraska – I’m a very proud lifelong resident of Nebraska. I find the people fantastic and the views can be breathtaking. I’m no doubt biased, but this is a way for me to share the beauty of the state. The title comes from Nebraska’s state song.
Interestingness – a made up word for all of the miscellaneous things I find on the Internet that I think are kind of cool.
One Night Only – started during a #FlipboardChat, you’ll only find live performance videos in this one. There is some pretty wide variety of artists in there.
Muzik – with a spelling nod to the Muzik Mafia, Muzik is a collection of music-related articles. I’m a huge fan of lots of different types of music, so, like One Night Only, it’s pretty eclectic.
SportsVoxRadio – the title of this sports-related magazine comes from a Voxer group that I’m in.
The Road to Omaha – a magazine all about the College World Series, one of the crown jewels of the Omaha sports scene. It holds a special place in my heart because I worked at the CWS when it was at it’s previous home. This magazine is typically only updated in May and June, leading up to the CWS.
Comfort Over Calories – I’m not a very health-conscious eater and don’t cook a lot, but I do save some recipes in case I get a wild hair and decide to try something new.
Home FieldClay Reisler and I were attending a Cedar Rapids Kernels game together this summer and were talking about our love of old ballparks. So why not make a Flipboard Magazine about them? josh-allen-on-flipboard

Cross posted from my “Noted” blog