A podcast? Huh?

Well edchats can be dangerous things.  I had the chance to check out an edchat this weekend, following the hashtag #10principles. This was a great chat, which included the authors of the book The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools by Jeffrey Zoul and Anthony McConnell. One of the questions in the chat was about how to share your school’s story. Ian Rockey answered that his school utilized a podcast.

Boom!  Successful edchat.  I hadn’t considered a podcast as a way to share a message and reflect on the thinking and work we’re doing in the TLI department.  Of course, I hadn’t considered twitter or blogging either as we were kicking this department into gear 3 years ago.  Now I can’t imagine my professional life without them.  Twitter and blogging have opened up and enriched my professional life more than I can describe.

So….wanting to model risk, innovation, likelihood of failure, and the possibility of learning, I did some quick research.  I googled ‘create a podcast’.  And found this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/how-to-make-a-podcast.  I followed its instructions pretty much to a T.  And thus this now exists: https://www.buzzsprout.com/174555/.

Pretty clunky and rambling first effort, but it sure felt like my toes were hanging over the edge of a precipice.  Let’s see what happens next!

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Author: Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 36 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 5 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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