Tech Talk Roundtable 06-01 | Tech Tips for Starting the Year Right


You’ve unpacked your boxes, got those bulletin boards looking perfect, and you may have already started the year with students, but we want to ask you something.  How’s your tech? On today’s podcast our tech coaches (that’s us!) will offer their sage advice for starting the year off right.

Lessons Learned

Chris – Make eye contact with all students – we focus on a few. 3x the charm

Daniel –  3D Touch – You have to enable it in your Settings>General>Accessibility

Hard press on an app.

Dennis – Beware the dangers of “Teacher Nostalgia”

Fun Facts

  1. Students in China receive the most homework in the world. At an average, teenagers do a whopping 14 hours of homework in a week. Consider yourself lucky, you didn’t have to!
  2. Children in Germany receive a special cone called Schultüte, which is filled with pens, pencils, books and snacks.
  3. The world’s oldest continuously running school is in Canterbury, England. The King’s School, as it is named, was founded in 597 AD. (King Aethelbert)



Notes & Links

Personal Tech

Take your new tech for a test drive – BEFORE you use it in front of students.

Classroom Tech

  • Check that your web links to your lessons work.
  • Ensure that you look for corresponding software updates for all your new and old hardware in the classroom.
  • Train your students how to get the tech and how to put it away.  (Seems simple, but just like you need to remind them how to line up, how you want assignments turned in, you should also develop routines for tech use.)
  • NEVER ASSUME – tech that has been sitting all summer will work the first time you want to use it with students.  TEST it first.

Parent Communication

Make a plan and be consistent with the tool and the timing of your parent communication.

Process Flow

What are the patterns? What are the processes?



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