google educator group socal monthy meet pd – November 2nd, 2020
On November 4th, 2020, Dr. Rhoads led a guest professional development session for GEG SOCAL for their monthly Meet Up professional development. In this session, Dr. Rhoads provided a number of engagement strategies integrated with a wide variety of Google Workspace Apps as well as Wakelet and Pear Deck. Then, he outlined how research-based instructional strategies can be used in any educational setting with the strategic use of edtech tools. Last, Dr. Rhoads discusses the Toggled Term Instructional Model, which outlines how teachers can transition their classrooms between online, blended, and HyFlex/Concurrent instructional models. Thank you for the opportunity GEG SOCAL. It was such a fun experience learning and leading that evening!
Guest appearance on teachers on fire roundtable – Google classroom and seesaw integration
On October 31st 2020, Dr. Rhoads and Alicia Rhoads appeared on the Teachers on Fire Roundtable discussing Google Classroom and Seesaw integration. The panel outlined strategies and instructional applications of how to use both learning management systems in tandem with one another. Mrs. Rhoads provided several key screencasts as she discussed how to incorporate student choice, teacher model, and hyperlinking Seesaw activities within the platform. Dr. Rhoads spoke about how utilizing both learning management systems together provides multi-modal learning all students. In addition, he outlined how Seesaw provides opportunities for teachers, families, and students to see evidence of student learning over time through the journal feature, which can be used a digital portfolio for a particular class for over the duration of the school year. Thank you Tim Casey and the Teachers on Fire Roundtable and podcast for the opportunity to speak about how we utilize both edtech tools together on a daily basis to amplify student learning.
Guest appearance: My Edtech Life podcast – Episode 25: Navigating the Toggled term with matt rhoads, ed.d.
Dr. Rhoads appeared on Aflonso Mendoza’s My Edtech Life Podcast on October 3rd, 2020 to discuss distance learning, blended learning, edtech, and his book “Navigating the Toggled Term.” In this conversation, best practices regarding distance learning and blended learning were discussed as well as the online instructional infrastructure, which allows teachers and schools to toggle between various educational settings. Lastly, we outlined how teachers and parents can create accountability for students by training teachers and parents on how to utilize the various edtech tools being used at their school site and district.
Guest Appearance: 10 minute TEacher podcast with vicki davis – research based strategies for distance learning with matt rhoads, ed.d.
Dr. Rhoads was featured on Episode 702 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast with Vicki Davis that was aired September 27th, 2020. In this podcast. Vicki Davis interviewed Dr. Rhoads regarding research-based strategies for distance learning. Within the interview, we discuss how to integrate instructional strategies, having a teacher toolbox of edtech tools and strategies, and how to model and observe online teaching for teachers. Last, we briefly discussed Dr. Rhoads book “Navigating the Toggled Term,” which related to our conversation regarding attendance issues and navigating the challenges of teaching amid a pandemic.
Note: Episodes of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast with Vicki Davis can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.
Supercharger ventures & “The edtech book” online international webinar – Navigating the instructional challenges of the covid-19 pandemic
On September 2nd, 2020, Dr. Rhoads presented at an international webinar on educational technology for SuperCharger Ventures & “The Edech Book.” Dr. Rhoads spoke about the online instructional infrastructure as well as the toggled term instructional model, which allows for educators at any level of education to move interchangeably between online, blended, and traditional educational settings for continuous teaching and learning in lieu of the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic (more information from the presentation in more detail featured in Rhoads new book Navigating the Toggled Term). Thank you Janos Barberis, Karen Waserstein Engelman, and SuperCharger Ventures for the opportunity!
Guest appearance on Teacher SAves World Podcast: Episode 34 – “Are We Stuck with distance learning?”
On the August 31st, 2020, episode 34 of the Teacher Saves World Podcast was released where I was a featured guest. This episode was called, “Are We Stuck with Distance Learning?” because we discussed navigating distance learning, edtech, and the realities of the toggled term when we had the opportunity to talk about my new book “Navigating the Toggled Term.”
The conversation is insightful, dynamic, and therapeutic in many ways as three teachers outlined our currently reality as we head into the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers, school and district leaders, and parents can learn something from this conversation as we breakdown how to navigate this unprecedented time in K-12 education. Ultimately, through the conservation, we believe the theme “think less is more” is prevailing throughout the conversation, which hopefully can take off some pressure and stress for educators and parents as we head into this school year.
It was a pleasure to speak with Matt and Laurie Jones, two dedicated and experienced educators who truly care about the success of students. Thank you for the opportunity!
Be sure to check out more Teacher Saves World podcasts at www.teachersavesworld.com/podcasts.
Concordia University, Irvine “Perfecting the practice Blog” Article Publication
On August 13th, Concordia University, Irvine published an article I recently authored entitled “Building an Online Infrastructure so K-12 Teachers can Toggle their Instruction between Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Educational Settings” in it’s Perfecting the Practice School of Education Blog. Within this article, I preview what I feature in “Navigating the Toggled Term” called the Online Instructional Infrastructure, which discusses how K-12 schools and districts can move interchangeably between online, blended, and traditional educational settings. It is such a blessing to be able to give back. My hope is that teachers, principals, and district leaders take a look at this article and utilize it to help them navigate the instructional challenges of the 2020-2021 school year.
“Navigating the Toggled Term” Interview on MindShare Learning Report
On August 6th, 2020, Dr. Rhoads was interviewed on the MindShare Learning Report Podcast on reopening schools and my new book “Navigating the Toggled Term.” Robert, the host of the show, provided some engaging questions related to engaging students in online and blended learning settings and safely reopening schools for blended learning. In addition, we discussed the online instructional infrastructure as well as the notion of toggling between online, blended, and traditional educational settings so learning can be continuous for students. Thank you, Robert and MindShare Learning for the opportunity!
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For more MindShare Learning Podcasts, check them out at www.mindsharelearning.ca
The Future of K-12 is Data Literacy
In this interview published in Paper Learning’s Blog, Dr. Rhoads was interviewed in July 2020 by a panel discussing reopening schools, data-driven decision-making, the importance of data literacy, and his new book “Navigating the Toggled Term.” Thank you Paper Learning for this opportunity to discuss these topics and to share our conversation with the world. Click the link below to access the interview published on Paper Learning’s blog.
Educational Leaders Must Build Data Literacy Skills
In this publication, Dr. Rhoads’ doctoral research was highlighted in the January 27th edition of ACSA’s EdCal, which is an online and print editorial for the Association of California Administrators. The article summarizes his research on data literacy and calls upon educational leaders throughout California to build their data literacy skills in order to improve schools and districts in the 21st century. Click the link below to read the article published on EdCal.
Igniting Your Teaching with Educational Technology: A Resource for New Teachers (2017)
The authors of Igniting Your Teaching with Educational Technology are here to reduce the stress of learning how to use technology in the first few years of teaching. As fellow educators, we understand the challenges you may experience and have written this textbook to support you in your learning. Ultimately, we want you to be to navigate the waters of educational technology without it becoming an additional burden on top of everything else on your plate as a preservice or first-year teacher. We have over one hundred years of combined, total teaching experience, in various capacities, grade levels, and content areas. Igniting Your Teaching with Educational Technology addresses six core themes that are of great significance when using technology in one’s teaching.
Chapter 1: Classroom Management explores classroom management tools for classrooms of all ages of students.
Chapter 2: Learning Management Systems discusses learning management systems that are likely to be central to your student teaching experience and as a first-year teacher.
Chapter 3: Assessing Learning addresses measuring student learning using technology, using both formative and summative approaches.
Chapter 4: Collaboration Tools outlines tools you can utilize with your students as well as your colleagues and professors to contribute to the creation of a resource together.
Chapter 5: Selection of Educational Technology describes how preservice teachers can select technological tools and applications for various experiences and situations they may encounter as teachers.
Chapter 6: Professional Development via Social Media provides information regarding how to use social media to network with other teachers as well as to grow professionally as an educator.