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Shifting Schools: Conversations for K12 Educators
Shifting Schools: Conversations for K12 Educators
Jeff Utecht & Tricia Friedman

Shifting Schools is a thought-provoking podcast that explores the latest trends, strategies, and tools in K-12 education. Hosted by educators Jeff Utecht... more

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302: Honoring the complexities of what it means to be an educator with Dr. Novak and Dr. Rodriguez

On this week... We were so excited to have a conversation with Dr. Novak and Dr. Rodriguez about their latest... more

18 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
301: Fine-tuning the conversation about failure with Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents... more

11 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
300: How might ChatGPT help us reflect on human-centric skills?

Jeff begins by emphasizing how ChatGPT enable educators to offer tailored content and... more

06 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
299: Unlocking the Potential of esports in Education: with Elliot Mack, Co-founder of Daigon Esports

 In this episode of the Shifting Schools Podcast, Jeff Utecht sits down with Elliot Mack, the co-founder of Daigon... more

04 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
298: Unlocking Minds with Minecraft with Janey Laney

Join us as we unravel the stories that emerge when esports and gaming becomes a lifelong compass for learning. This... more

28 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
297: Campfire Conversations: Leadership in AI and What It Means for Schools

In this Off The Cuff episode, Jeff Utecht and Tricia dive into the exciting launch of https://camp.shiftingschools.com and their groundbreaking... more

27 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
296: Cultivate STEM and STEAM skills with esports

How do we help students learn and play simultaneously? This week's guest explains how esports links to so many components... more

21 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
Trailer: What's on deck for September at Shifting Schools

Hello, Shifting Schools community! Jeff Utecht here, as we wrap up our exciting journey into eSports Tricia and I wanted... more

19 Aug 2023 · 2 minutes
295: What's at the intersection of law and gaming?

Unravel the complexities of video game ethics as we embark on a dialogue with Dr. Leon Xiao, a distinguished expert... more

14 Aug 2023 · 41 minutes
294: Where might a student's passion for video games lead?

In this episode, we have the honor of sitting down with Joanie Kraut, the CEO of Women in Games International... more

07 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
293: Level up on literacy with video games

In this episode, we dive into the intersection of education technology and literacy with Dr. Miles Harvey. We explore the... more

31 Jul 2023 · 42 minutes
292: Skeptical about the benefits of gaming? Give this a listen.

On this episode Dr. Rachel Kowert busts myths about gaming. If you are skeptical about what games can offer us,... more

24 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
291: The Magic of Minecraft

How is Minecraft a powerful tool for building community, fostering inclusion, and engaging learners? This week's amazing guest Mashfiq Ahmed... more

17 Jul 2023 · 39 minutes
290: Esports as an engine for community building

Our summer-long series on esports continues with a great conversation about aligning your curriculum with esports and leveraging esports as... more

10 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
289: Grappling with the great idea of gaming for good

🏁This is the first in our summer-long series on esports!🏁 Meet this week's special guest: ➡️ Dr. Krista-Lee M. Malone... more

03 Jul 2023 · 50 minutes
288: What does it mean to be a true library advocate?

On this episode of the podcast Jeff and Tricia speak with Allie Cornejo who is a High School Librarian/Lead Librarian... more

26 Jun 2023 · 46 minutes
287: One way to level up on your next book club

Why do book groups need scaffolding? How can we make the facilitation of book clubs just a tiny teeny bit... more

20 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
286: Inspiring the next generation of fiction podcast creators

On this episode, we talk with Zackary Grady about their award-nominated production Gay Pride and Less Prejudice. Learn all about... more

19 Jun 2023 · 37 minutes
285: How Inclusive is Your School...and how do you know?

On the podcast today is Angeline Aow, one author of the book Becoming A Totally Inclusive School.  This conversation helps... more

12 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
Seven ways to shift your relationship with social media this Summer

In this episode, we discuss our latest free on-pager to help you reimagine your relationship with social media this summer.... more

07 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
283: Long-Term Success for Experienced Multilinguals

On this episode we hear from Tan and Beth as they talk to us about the incredible new book:... more

05 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
282: What's the Connection Between AI Literacy and LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools?

How are your conversations about generative AI tools like ChatGPT centering and focusing on equity and inclusion? On this episode,... more

01 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
281: Reflection that dignifies and honours the year

 We are thrilled to share a free guide that will empower teachers and school leaders to capture meaningful reflections as... more

29 May 2023 · 7 minutes
280: Designing the Future: David Jakes and the Design Thinking Classroom Revolution

Welcome back to Shifting Schools, the podcast where innovative educational approaches meet the ever-evolving landscape of learning. Join host Jeff... more

22 May 2023 · 52 minutes
The ChatGPT assessment conversation we want more of

Ready for an Eggcellent Adventure? Let's explore the Egg Drop Challenge with ChatGPT 🐣🔬 In this egg-ceptionally fun episode for... more

18 May 2023 · 31 minutes
278: The Healing Power of Nature: A Conversation with Rebekah Lowell

Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by Text Blaze. If you're an educator or a student looking for a... more

15 May 2023 · 21 minutes
277: Could your team use some positive gossip?

On this episode, we think about ways to spread appreciation throughout the year.  Might your team benefit from spreading positive... more

10 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Stanzas that celebrate teachers with Taylor Mali

It is teacher appreciation week and we are thrilled to have the award winning Taylor Mali on the show to... more

08 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Is it time to reimagine the career fair?

On this episode, we ask you to consider the ways we might need to rethink traditional career fairs. If your... more

03 May 2023 · 13 minutes
274: How Can Text Blaze Simplify Workflows for Students and Teachers in Education?

In this episode of Shifting Schools, Jeff interviews Dan Barak, from Text Blaze, a text-expansion tool that can save users... more

01 May 2023 · 28 minutes
273: A Conversation with ChatGPT about AI in the Classroom

Welcome to this special episode of Shifting Schools, where we dive into the exciting world of AI in education, with... more

26 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
272: Are we entering into an information literacy renaissance?

In today's episode, we have a very special guest, Jennifer LaGarde, aka The Library Girl @jenniferlagarde, an incredible advocate for information... more

24 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
Five ways to use ChatGPT for Earth Day

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day. While this week is an important week to put a spotlight on climate action... more

18 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
270: Celebrating School Library Month

April is School Library Month, and we are thrilled to bring you a conversation with award-winning librarian Karina Quilantán! Looking... more

17 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Is equity getting the spotlight it deserves in our conversations about AI?

On this episode of the podcast Jeff and Tricia tell listeners all about the latest free guide: "Kickstarting a critical... more

13 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
268: The message about mistakes that our students need us to hear

Do you learn from your mistakes? Do your students? In this episode we go deep into ways we can truly... more

10 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
267: How do you share your stories of hope?

Thank you to our sponsor MackinVia for sponsoring today's episode.  Jeff's book recommendation: The Dip by Seth Godin This week... more

03 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
266: Reflections from the NCCE23 Conference

Welcome to the NCCE conference live episode sponsored by MackinVia. Today we explore the impact of Generative AI on education, digital... more

27 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
265: Feedback as fuel for trust

In this episode, we explore the transformative power of feedback for leaders. Drawing from the insightful article "How Leaders Can... more

22 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Cultivating problem solvers one conversation at a time

On the show we are so excited to host Dr. Gina Picha! She explores the strategies and insight inside her... more

20 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
An Invitation, Opportunity, and a Thank You!

This short and sweet episode asks for YOUR feedback. It has now been a few weeks since we launched our... more

16 Mar 2023 · 6 minutes
What does 'being bold' mean to you?

On this episode we explore what it means to 'be bold' in our personal and professional lives. This conversation features... more

13 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Sparking and sustaining the social media conversation at home

How are we helping parents and caretakers as they seek to learn more about digital literacy and social media?  On... more

09 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
260: Who does the library belong to?

Often the cliche 'the library is the heart of the school' is heard in literacy circles...but what does it mean... more

06 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
259: A world of possibility: are you interested in becoming an International school educator?

Are you curious to learn more about what it might mean to become an... more

02 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
258: Have you started a conversation about social media with your students lately?

Ready to get our new free guide "Exploring our relationship with social media"? Click here and head over to shiftingschools.com... more

27 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
257: What role do podcasts play in our personal and professional learning?

In this episode, we are so excited to team up with fellow podcaster/educator Olivia Wahl. We discuss the emerging role... more

23 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
256: Understanding our Sensory System: a secret for the PE classroom

On this week we speak with Jody Matey who enlightens us on why a better understanding of our sensory system... more

20 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
255: Nine of our Favorite Note-taking Strategies

We asked our community of Shifting Schools newsletter subscribers to vote on this week's topic and they voted for a... more

17 Feb 2023 · 37 minutes
254: Why Art and Science go hand in hand

If you are passionate about STEM, Design, or Art this is a great episode to make time for! On this... more

13 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
253: Media literacy's BIG moment and the big game

Millions of dollars are spent on a single 30-second ad spot during Super Bowl Sunday. Now more than ever because... more

10 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
252: Does your school link STEM and Sports?

On this episode we learn about the connection between sports and STEM. If you've been looking to do more with... more

06 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
Where might your AI journey take your school?

Jeff and Tricia talk about the importance of curiosity as we continue to consider new tools like Chat GPT and... more

02 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
250: How do you find a balance with structure and student agency?

This episode debunks a few misconceptions about Maker education and design projects. We have help with the debunking from Lindsey... more

30 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Will 2023 be the year of AI?

Jeff and Tricia talk about Chat GPT and other generative AI tools. The big question in this episode is: How... more

26 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
248: Does your network shape your mindset?

How do you build a network of learners and how does that network in turn shape you as a learner?... more

23 Jan 2023 · 43 minutes
Are we creating opportunities to explore our relationship with social media?

In this episode, Tricia and Jeff are talking about our relationships with social media, misinformation, disinformation and the role schools... more

19 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
The legacy of your lab

Thanks to our special sponsors for their support of our show. Learn more by heading to StemSports.com and MackinMacker.com today. ... more

16 Jan 2023 · 39 minutes
245: Seven steps to take when applying to lead learning at conferences

Are you looking to take on a new challenge of leading learning at an upcoming conference? Would you like to... more

12 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
How might you cultivate your beginner's mindset this year?

Sponsors Thank you to our sponsors for this mini-series on STEM and MakerSpace. Check out both StemSports.com and MackinMacker.com today.... more

09 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
Is better feedback the fuel for deeper engagement?

Few educators would disagree with the idea that feedback is crucial for meaningful learning. So how can we support one... more

04 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
243: Is there a better way to discuss habit formation with students?

A new year is a time when many of us start thinking about new goals, and new habits we want... more

02 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Cell Phones in the Classroom is a Microcosm of Education's Big Shift

In this replay episode from June, 2022 the number one listened to episode of the the year. Jeff reflects on... more

28 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Student-led podcasting for sustained learning

On this special episode, Jeff and Tricia sit down with a listener of the show: Joe Taranto. Joe reached out... more

26 Dec 2022 · 39 minutes
We need student voice and student storytellers now more than ever.

The Port Townsend School District Website for the 2022 Salish Coast Elementary Children’s Film Festival This year the Library/STEM program... more

21 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
241: Data Visualization and Women in STEM

On this episode we are so excited to bring you words of wisdom from Eva Murray. Eva Murray is an... more

19 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
Supporting students in the search for their voice

About Swapna Krishna Swapna Krishna is a science and technology communicator specializing in the geek space. She regularly creates science videos... more

14 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
240: New 2023 Protocols and Updates for our Podcast Family

On this episode, Jeff and Tricia bring listeners an abundance of news. Up first they let listeners know that the... more

12 Dec 2022 · 39 minutes
Bonus: Fiction Podcasts for Creative Writing: Backwards Chaining Approach

In this free webinar from Jeff and Tricia we talk about using a backwards chaining approach to scaffling learning for... more

09 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
239: How to Balance Structure vs Agency with Design-Based Learning and Scratch

Sponsors:  Quizalize.com Get started with 1 mont free premium subscrption when you visit bit.ly/SHIFTINGSCHOOLS Guest: Francisco Cervantes Francisco Cervantes is... more

05 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
Bonus Episode: 3 Google Chrome Extensions for Better Presentation Design

This is an audio recording of the free webniar Jeff and Tricia did on YouTube.  Watch the webinar on YouTube... more

02 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
238: The Skills of Journalist Today and Interactive Journalism

Sponsors:  Quizalize.com  Save 80% on a yearly premium subscription when you use the code SHIFTINGSCHOOLS at checkout.  Join Jeff at... more

28 Nov 2022 · 35 minutes
237: Who Owns Your Data?

Sponsors:  Quizalize.com Save 80% off a 1-year premium subscription when you use offer code SHIFTINGSCHOOLS at check out! Nanjing International... more

21 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Bonus: Single Slide PD Pathway - Webinar

Sponsors Quizalize.com sign up for your free account today! Find Jeff everywhere @jutecht  Find Tricia everywhere @tricia-fried Make a coyp... more

18 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
236: The Secret of Multiple Languages and Getting Connected in Internships

Sponsors Quizalize.com sign up for your free account today! Our Guest: Fredrik van Huynh Fredrik van Huynh is the... more

14 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Bounce Episode: Macbeth from Play on Podcast

Play On Podcasts -- epic audio adventures that reimagine Shakespeare’s timeless tales, featuring original music composition and the voices of... more

11 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
235: Inviting Student Culture into our Classrooms with Social Media

Check out Play On Podcast to hear Shakespeare like never before! Guest: Ana Maria Torres The Puerto Rican Miss Frizzle.... more

07 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
234: Using Social Media in Schools: A Panel of Experts

Sponsors:  carneysandoe.com/institute Guests:  Follow the social media for Nanjing International School as referenced by Kyle: https://www.nischina.org/join-us/follow-us Follow the social... more

31 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
233: Social Media for Teachers and Students

Sponsors:  The Journalism Salute Podcast #NCCE23 Register for the conference here Guest: Andréa JonesAndréa Jones is  the creator and lead... more

24 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
232: The Collaboration behind the Solar Podcast

Sponsors:  FlexiSpot.com Save $20 on the E7 Standing Desk when using the code Shifting20 at check.  The Journalism Salute Podcast... more

17 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
231: Getting Credit for Service Learning Abroad

Sponsors:  Teacherwit.com Where teachers go to coonect! Kids Stories Podcast Guest: Bernie Weigand I'm a licensed k-12 teacher in California... more

10 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
230: Facilitating Meeting in K12 Education and Building Trust in Groups

Sponsor:  FlexiSpot.com Save $20 on the Pro Plus Standing Desk (E7) when you use offer code shifting20 at checkout. Guest:... more

03 Oct 2022 · 43 minutes
Free Podcasting Webinar: Podcasting with Students and Teams

Jeff and Tricia walk through their free Shifting Schools podcasting resources that can be found in the free resource area... more

30 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
229: Data Visualization - Telling Stories with Data

Sponsors: Flexispot.com Use code shifting20 to save $20 on the E7 Pro Plus Standing Desk at checkout.  Check out the Shifting Schools... more

26 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
Shifting Schools Update and a Surprise

Off script and off the cuff Jeff and Tricia hit record and then talk about some of the updates happening... more

23 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
228: The Intersection of SEL and Information Literacy

Shifting Schools Pathways Our Guest: Jennifer LaGarde Jennifer LaGarde is a lifelong teacher and learner with over 20 years in... more

19 Sep 2022 · 38 minutes
227: Understanding the Pressure of Parenting and Playing Sports Today

Our Guest: Linda Flanagan LINDA FLANAGAN is a freelance journalist, researcher, and former cross-country and track coach. A graduate of... more

12 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
226: Turning Data into Visual Stories

Our Sponsor:  https://www.prideandlessprejudice.org/events   Our Guest: Gabrielle Merite Gabrielle Merite. Proper noun. Scientist-Turned-Designer powered by plants and activism. She is... more

05 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
225: Teaching Data Literacy and Telling Data Stories

Shownotes Guest: Allen Hillary Allen is a data storyteller who’s passionate about building community and curating articles that highlight the... more

29 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Bounce: 4 Media Literacy Routines

Media Literacy Routines: Check out templates and strategies to set up routines that help learners become more media literate. These... more

26 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Shifting Schools: Conversations for K12 Educators
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Shifting Schools: Conversations for K12 Educators

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Our Sponsor:  https://www.prideandlessprejudice.org/events   Our Guest: Gabrielle Merite Gabrielle Merite. Proper noun. Scientist-Turned-Designer powered by plants and activism. She is not: a... more