#1 Meeting Your Hosts

We did it! Recorded and launched our first episode on the podcast Potentially Education. Although there may have been nerves and unsure of the direction we had fun recording!

Some background into the process. We had six guiding questions for the episode. Although we only managed to get through three of them when we recorded. It sounds like a natural conversation when you listen to the episode because it was unscripted for 90% of the episode. We were able to dive into some of our encounters and memories with technology.

As the episode progressed, we got on the topic of our first social media memories and what they meant to us. We talked about MSN messenger which was a big deal for us early 80s and 90s kids. You were able to have instant communication with your friends over the internet. This brought us to our conversation for our first email. Asking millennials their first email is always a fun trip down memory lane. This adds to the journey of our current digital identity. Although most of our first emails are a thing of the past, it is still a reminder for us as educators to guide students as they embark on creating their digital footprint.

Throughout ECI832, we have talked about how some of our early mistakes on the internet were quickly forgotten and are now a thing of the past. When Facebook first launched, everyone, tried to figure out the space and how to interact. When Instagram started, it was a fun place to post pictures with your friends and have a funny caption. Nowadays, it feels as if kids have this expectation of getting it right the first time. As educators, it is our job to educate them so they can create the digital footprint they will be proud of in ten to twenty years. At the very least, they will not have mistakes that will create a lasting negative impression on those who see their posts.

Made by Kelly Ziegler

As for Potentially Educational, I am looking forward to reflecting, taking feedback, and growing. There are already some things that I am looking to change upon listening and reflecting. I noticed we did not give an introduction for ourselves and just began the podcast as people should know us. I’ll be working to make sure all guests get a proper introduction in the future. We also ran to the 32-minute mark. I want to keep it to 30 minutes or lower. This goal will be more challenging as life is busy, and to get a guest, you want to make it worth their while. I know that I have a short attention span and would like to be more cautious. I’m still brainstorming if the conversation is good. I don’t want to cut it off, but maybe a two-part would be better than one long one?

6 thoughts on “#1 Meeting Your Hosts

  1. Finally found some time to listen to this!! Thanks for sharing. I liked hearing your personal experiences with technology and the walk down memory road. I liked the part where you discussed students taking more power and having the teachers release the reigns … I did that with Minecraft in my room. I know nothing about it, but the students know so much and can teach themselves. And the work is always so well done. I don’t have the patience for the app but they sure do. Giving up that control was hard, and was a huge risk, but for me, that risk paid off. Thanks for sharing!!


    • Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to listen!
      In this modern era, the thought that teachers know it all is a thing of the past. Once we can accept that technology moves at a rate our mind can’t comprehend, then we can help students utilize it as a tool.
      I 100% agree with you that giving students control can be a challenging task, but one with huge rewards. An example I have from my classroom is the “Tech Exploration” periods we would have. I would post 6-10 tools I saw online that were potentially educational (see what I did there?), and the students had a set time to explore 3-4 of the tools. They would spend 5-10 minutes on them after we would vote and then rank the top 3. I kept them in a Google Doc, and our list grew throughout the year. Whenever I would give a choice assessment, the students would utilize a tool from the list and be able to create some unreal presentations for the class. They had ownership and most of the tools I wouldn’t even have a login for. It was a fun way to give the students autonomy in their learning and create a community within the classroom.
      Students gave great feedback on the tools and were able to tell me which ones were user-friendly. On the Google Doc, some students could become “experts” on the tools if voted on by the class and they would get their names because the app in case someone else ever needed help they knew who to go to!


  2. It’s so cool that you and Kelly have created this podcast together; what a huge undertaking it must be! I really like the resource that Kelly created about making an email address that can grow with you. The era of creating a silly or possibly offensive email address truly shows the lack of digital skills and etiquette that were known at that time. Good luck with episode 2 and beyond!

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    • I am no wordsmith like you, so I appreciate the compliment!

      It has been a fun journey! Learning some of the ins and outs and recording something and having it on Spotify. I appreciate the graphic you created as it pairs so nicely with the episode!


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