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Notes for each show are listed below. Happy listening!

Episode 41: Aaron's Grand Experiments
17 December, 2009

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In News This Week: Intel announces the imminent released of the I5 chip; and SFGate showcases the accomplishments of YouTube tutorial maestro Salman Kahn. Aaron goes on to discuss some of the specifics of his experiment in delivering content online, reserving classtime for problem-solving and exploring some of the more difficult aspects of that material. He also discusses a new project for his classes this year: a Poster Session component.

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Episode 40: Twitter Spammers Invade Your Privacy
8 December, 2009

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In News This Week: Eric Schmidt says that good guys have no need of privacy. The beta version of Google's Chrome browser is released for Mac and Linux platforms. Discussion: Do people have a right to expect online privacy? Aaron the copycat announces the soft release of LearnAPchemistry.com, as well as a new paradigm for classroom teaching that leverages online content delivery at home, and a shift to using class time for deeper analysis of problems. We debate the ethics of using tweets that mention "ap physics" or "ap chemistry" as a means of contacting their authors, offering help in those subjects via the LearnAPphysics.com and LearnAPchemistry.com websites.

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Episode 39: Alternative Revenue Stream
30 November, 2009

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In News This Week: The New York Times covers teachers selling lesson plans. Richard has ordered his first ever PC. Usability vs. Linux is mentioned, and the question of teachers sharing content--for pay? for free?--is discussed in more detail.

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Episode 38: Laptop Dreamin'
22 November, 2009

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In News This Week: iPhone vs. Droid. Aaron & Richard briefly debate the merits of Windows vs. Apple vs. Linux vs Google Chrome, before going on to discuss their future laptops, including SSDs versus hard disks, and life without an optical drive. Aaron also talks about burning class lectures onto DVDs for distribution to students.

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Episode 37: Assessing Students
17 November, 2009

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Slashdot nerds come to the defense of overworked, underpaid teachers everywhere. Aaron is impressed to see the level of diagnostic detail in his child's reading assessment. And Richard describes how he gives away homework answers, and tries to justify it.

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Episode 36: Are You Ready to Rumble?
02 November, 2009

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Aaron and Richard face off to answer one simple question: how does one best shift classroom content online? Post homework solutions? Post recordings of lectures? What about students who don't have network access?

Aaron says the research suggests he is right, and is conducting his own experiment in search of supporting evidence. Richard insists that "Learning scales, teaching doesn't," and wants to use class time with students in a constructivist approach.

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  • Should Podcasts Replace Lectures? In Leading and Learning
  • The Vod Couple - High school chemistry teachers Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann have overturned conventional classroom instruction by using video podcasts to form the root of a new learning model.

Episode 35: Exporting from the Cloud
27 October, 2009

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In News this week: Obama tries to pump up the volume in Math, Science, and Technology education, and Google Docs allow you to backup to a local drive by exporting a zip file.

We also briefly discuss the hybrid classroom, and announce the launch of Richard's new HybridClassrom.com website.

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Episode 34: What Happened to The Cloud?
22 October, 2009

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Sidekick phone users lose their cloud data, Personal Learning Networks / Professional Learning Communities, and... Do we have too many ways to communicate?

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www.google.com/wave - Google's new über-communication tool

Episode 33: You Can't Make Me
11 October, 2009

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(This episode was originally recorded September 29th, but we postponed putting it up in favor of posting the Google Wave podcast last week.)

This week, we address the question of the teacher's web presence, whether a Do-It-Yourself webpage or site, or a page on the school's website. How much can (should) school's expect from a teacher in regards to maintaining such a presence?

Also, should school's filter YouTube? And what are the specifics (if any) regarding Fair Use of copyrighted materials in the classroom?

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www.keepvid.com - Create local copies of online Flash-based videos

Episode 32: Catch the Wave
01 October, 2009

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Google's Wave is released in "Preview Mode" today, and we got invites! Email? Chat? Discussion Board? All of this and more? Aaron and Richard discuss the performance, the amazing potential, and a few of the not-quite-ready-for-primetime features of Google's latest, and most interesting, web application.

Episode 31: Back-to-School Night!
20 September, 2009

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It's Back-to-School Night! Richard relates the second (and final?) chapter in the ongoing saga of his adventure with Adobe's Digital Rights Management, and discusses how to wow parents at Back-to-School night. Also, what software should teachers use to ensure that important files will be remain useful in the future?

Episode 30: Providing Classroom Content for Absent Students
13 September, 2009

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Aaron and Richard discuss was a teacher in a hybrid-learning course can go about providing content for students who have missed class? And Richard rails on about Adobe's fine Digital Rights Management and top-notch customer service.

Episode 29: DIY
6 September, 2009

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A near-scare when Aaron's computer crashes with last week's podcast not yet completed; Richard waxes rhapsodic about the DIY initiative of the sophomore class at his school, and Aaron discusses his online content revelation: just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Episode 28: Welcome Back!
23 August, 2009

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After a bit of a hiatus, Aaron & Richard are back with a new, weekly series of podcasts on technology in education and in the classroom. This week: Aaron's recent research, Richard's long-distance learning student, and what we're looking forward to in the year ahead.

Episode 27: Apple Mail & iCal Integration
12 February, 2008

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This video podcast demonstrates one of the many cool ways that Apple's Mail and iCal programs are designed to work with each other.

Episode 26: Ed Tech Reqs
16 December, 2007

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This video podcast runs through a few Educational Technology Requirements, all the hardware, software, and websites that are mandatory for well-rounded educational technologist.

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Episode 25: Four Rules of Tech
29 November, 2007

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Do you ever get the impression that hardcore geeks know something that you don't? It's not what they know, it's how they learn, and how they go about playing with technology. Use these four techniques to boost your own Tech IQ.

Episode 24: Troubleshooting, Keynote, and Staff Development
18 November, 2007

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Aaron has hardware issues, Richard has software issues... thank goodness geeks have m4d skillz when it comes to troubleshooting. Aaron talks about his animation development using Apple's Keynote, and Richard relates some recent experiences with a new type of educational technology workshop.

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Episode 23: OS X Leopard, Backups, Educause, and Arthus

Apple's new operating system is out, with 300+ new features and the amazing Time Machine. Also, 7 Things You Should Know PDFs from Educause, and Arthus, the 14-year-old, talks about Educational Technology on Infinite Thinking Machine
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Episode 22: Presenting Math Formulae, and Creating Graphics

Listener feedback, our upcoming presentation at CUE Monterey, and a brief discussion of tools used to present math formulae and create simple graphics, all accompanied by the dulcet sound of Richard hacking up a lung.
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  • Monterey CUE Conference: Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives, Monterey, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2007
  • Google's Terms of Service: Section 2.3 mentions the age requirements for signing up for a Google account.
  • Microsoft's Office suite includes Equation Editor and bundled drawing resources.
  • Design Science's MathType, the upscale version of Equation Editor, for PC and Mac
  • Jmol, an open-source Java viewer for chemical structures in 3D
  • iBabel is a GUI front end for Open Babel, which allows users to search, convert, analyze, or store molecular, chemistry, and biochemistry modeling data.

Episode 21: Back-to-School Special

After something of a hiatus, school and the Classroom Geeks podcasts are both back in session. Encouraging students to use online discussion boards is examined.
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Episode 20: TechTips Video Podcast -- Improve Your Google Searches

Three simple ways you can improve the efficiency of your Google search results.
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Episode 19: TechTips Video Podcast -- Using Bookmarks in your Browser

How to use bookmarks to greatly improve your web-browsing efficiency while you sip your coffee in the morning!
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  • Firefox Mozilla's award-winning, cross-platform, browser, available for free!

Episode 18: TechTips Video Podcast -- Sign up for a Google account

A 6-minute introduction to signing up for a Google account. Future podcasts will cover some of the many powerful web-based applications offered by Google.
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  • Google Here's where we'll be setting up the account

Episode 17: TechTips Video Podcast - RSS Feeds

A 4-minute introduction to using RSS feeds to subscribe to a website.
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Episode 16: Virtual Office Hours

Aaron provides more specifics on his virtual office hours, and we discuss some of our personal favorites from MacWorld.
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  • Vyew.com Free web conferencing, including browser-based whiteboard and built-in text-chat.

Episode 15: Virtual Office Hours

The crew take on Edward Tufte, and proceed to discuss software you can use to conduct virtual office hours.
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Episode 14: Election Day

Aaron admits he has a spelling problem, Richard tries out Linux, the joys (and trials) of PDF files, and Dreamweaver versus iWeb.
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  • iWeb - Apple's website building program
  • Transmit - OS X only, but it's the best FTP client you'll find for the Mac.
  • Red Hat's Fedora - Desktop Linux distribution

Episode 13: Hybridizing Your Class

Education research floods Aaron's brain, our heroes discuss the pros and cons of online quizzes, and Richard gets advice on first steps one can take in adding an online component to a classroom-based course.
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Episode 12: Data Analysis and Discussion Boards

Aaron waxes philosophic about data-driven teaching, and Richard describes one way of incorporating Discussion Boards into one's course.
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Episode 11: Back to School!

Summer had to come to an end sooner or later... We're back in the classroom, and back on the Internet. PowerPoint is broken (Aaron rants), Richard's battery gets replaced (sort of), and PowerPoint presentation strategies get discussed.
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Episode 10: Live, from France!

The school year is over, and Richard's in France. We discuss securing your laptop during the school day, SMARTReporter, making grades available online, personal response systems, and data-driven teaching.
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Episode 9: The Travel Episode

Summer's here! What do you pack when it's time to hit the road? Aaron and Richard share their strategies for traveling with technology.
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Episode 8: Teasers: Making Backups, and Course Management Software

A little listener feedback, an introduction to strategies for backing up your data, and some information on Course Management Software, and what it can do for your teaching.
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Episode 7: PowerPoint in the Classroom: How?

Some thoughts on how to go about putting together a presentation, from hardware choices to slide layout. And what do students think of PowerPoint?
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Episode 6: PowerPoint in the Classroom: Why?

Listener question answered, and the introductory episode of a two-part series on the use of presentation technology for classroom lectures and discussion.
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Episode 5: Issues Surrounding Posting Material on the Web; and "I'm not Lazy... I'm Efficient."

Posting material on the web, copyright issues, sharing self-developed course materials with other teachers, asking teachers to do too much, email vs. phone.
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Episode 4: Staff Development, and Richard's Secret Password

Strategies for generating interest in teaching technology, and a discussion of techniques for creating strong passwords.
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Episode 3: When Do You Buy a New Computer?

Laptop or desktop? Cheap or Expensive? Every 6 months, or every 2 years? Aaron & Richard battle it out.
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Episode 2: How to Create a Website, & Email

A survey of website creation tools, and some discussion of email strategies for teachers
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Episode 1: An Introduction, and Websites for Teachers

A little about us, and a very brief discussion on how to get started putting up a website for your classroom
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