Season 1

Dec. 7, 2021

35 | How to Create a Virtual Classroom, Pt. 2 & Gather.Town (End of S…

We did it! Not only did we complete our second episode on how we can create virtual classrooms, but we've concluded the first season of the HiTech Podcast. Thanks for all the listens. We hope this has been helpful to …

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Nov. 30, 2021

34 | How to Create a Virtual Classroom, Pt. 1 & Twitch

Two-parter incoming! In this first episode, we paint the picture of what a virtual classroom could look like. Specifically, we detail how streaming tools like Twitch can be used for implicit or explicit education. Tune in to ...

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Nov. 23, 2021

33 | How Can a Course Site Enhance Learning? & Wizer

We set out to answer the question, "How can a course site enhance learning?" Josh and I have been using Learning Management Systems as students and as professionals for quite some time. We think they work; we see how they …

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Nov. 16, 2021

32 | How to Use Gamification, Pt. 2 & Video Games

In round two of our discussion on gamification, we open up several real examples of instructors using games or gamification strategies in their classrooms. Hopefully these examples provide insights into how gamification can b...

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Nov. 9, 2021

31 | How to Use Gamification, Pt. 1 & PollEverywhere

Will and Josh get to one of their favorite subjects: games. They detail their thoughts on gamification, game-based learning, and some of the methods you can use today in your classroom. Pair that up with PollEverywhere , and ...

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Nov. 2, 2021

30 | How to "Make the Technology Disappear", Pt. 2 & Top Hat

In our interview with VoiceThread's Steve Muth , we shared many great ideas and thoughts about the impact of tech on teaching and learning. However, Steve said something that resonated with us: we need to "make the technology...

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Oct. 26, 2021

29 | How to "Make the Technology Disappear", Pt. 1 & Excalidraw

In our interview with VoiceThread's Steve Muth , we shared many great ideas and thoughts about the impact of tech on teaching and learning. However, Steve said something that resonated with us: we need to "make the technology...

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Oct. 21, 2021

Interview 5 | Steve at VoiceThread

Join our conversation with Steve Muth, the president and co-founder of VoiceThread . In this interview, we dive into the deep end of all things virtual media and teaching. Steve not only loves his product and "gets it", but h...

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Oct. 19, 2021

28 | How to Design for Learning, Pt. 2 & Rise 360

We're back for more! Part two of our conversation on How to Design for Learning. After the chat, we talk about Rise 360 and how you can use it for designing engaging and effective online learning. For more information on …

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Oct. 12, 2021

27 | How to Design for Learning, Pt. 1 & H5P

Join us for a two-parter! In this short series, we take on what it means to effectively design learning experiences. We hope that this conversation gives you some ideas for how to tackle your next activity or curriculum desig...

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Oct. 5, 2021

26 | How to Incorporate Collaborative Learning & Flat

While many of Will's jokes might fall flat, this episode does not! We talk about collaborative learning, what it is how, how to incorporate it, and then detail the collaborative music notation platform Flat . You might not be...

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Sept. 28, 2021

25 | How to Create Short Form Instruction & AutoDraw and WordClouds.c…

An ironically long conversation on the topic of short form instruction. Listen to Josh and Will as they process a technique that we can add into our teaching toolbox. Then, we get a two-for-one episode: in the Honorable Menti...

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Sept. 23, 2021

Interview 4 | Bobby at Parlay

Get ready to listen to us talk about talking in a talkative and albeit roundaboutly talkable manner: sorry, I'll stop. This interview finds us chatting with the CEO and Founder of Parlay , Bobby McDonald. During our chat, we ...

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Sept. 21, 2021

24 | How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom & Equity Maps

Josh and Will discuss the impact of inclusive practices in digital spaces. The goal of physical and virtual learning spaces is to ensure that learners feel safe and respected. To help us accomplish this goal, we suggest a too...

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Sept. 14, 2021

23 | How to Use Audio/Video for Skills-Based Instruction & VoiceThread

This episode brings us into the world of Skills-Based Instruction: we suggest that audio/video is the primary tool to make this happen in online education. Tune in to the conversation to hear why we are so adamant about this ...

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Sept. 7, 2021

22 | What Is Digital Storytelling & Adobe Express

Josh and Will discuss the background and value in Digital Storytelling as an activity and as a genre, which sets them up to discuss Adobe Express for all of the ways it can support the creation of digital stories. For …

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Aug. 31, 2021

21 | What Is a Wiki & Notion

It's happening. We're finally finding out what's inside Josh's brain: or rather, what contains it. We survey the landscape of wikis and discuss one of our favorite apps, Notion . For more information on these tools and our co...

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Aug. 26, 2021

Interview 3 | Brian at Perusall

This interview takes us in depth with Brian Lukoff, CEO and Founder, at Perusall . Pedagogy, statistics, Optical Character Recognition, and much, much more are the focus of this episode. Bring a cup of coffee and settle in fo...

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Aug. 24, 2021

20 | How to Use Short Form Assessments & Twitter for Education

Soapbox alert! Josh and Will wrestle with assessments and how to make them more effective. Drawing on personal experiences in college and theories learned later on, they advocate for one more tool in your tool box. Add some T...

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Aug. 17, 2021

19 | How to Teach Language Online & Duolingo

Josh stokes Will on for a good ol' soapbox on how to teach language online! The conversation leads the two through many examples and ideas about what it would take to teach a language online. For an app, they talk …

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Aug. 10, 2021

18 | How to Cultivate Interactivity for Engagement & ThingLink

Part 2 of a two-part conversation on student engagement. We wrap the conversation by broadening the topic from assessment to the wide-world of engagement: the buzz word, the research concept, the marketing ploy. The conversat...

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Aug. 3, 2021

17 | How to Cultivate Interactivity for Assessment & EdPuzzle

Part 1 of a two-part conversation on student engagement. Josh and Will start the conversation on the idea of interactivity for assessment: if we want students to engage then we should find good ways to observe the engagement....

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July 27, 2021

16 | How to Find Good Apps & Mendeley

In this round, Josh and Will focus on the actual practice of finding apps: resources like Twitter,, professional communities, and Will. After that, they chat about one of their favorite research and resource...

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July 22, 2021

Interview 2 | Don at MathWhiteBoard

Josh and Will share some jokes and thoughts with Don Carney, CEO and Founder, from MathWhiteBoard . They discuss the product, how it came to be, the complex ideas of AI and annotation software, and how it all brought us …

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July 20, 2021

15 | Student Engagement & Nearpod

One of our favorites! Engaging our students with effective technology. Much like advertisements, the tools and methods out there are ubiquitous: gain your students attention; keep them engaged; five ways to improve your stude...

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July 13, 2021

14 | Online-Hybrid-Face-to-Face & MathWhiteBoard

The conversation focuses on the variety of educational models today: online education, hybrid teaching, and the traditional face to face experience. Then, Josh and Will introduce MathWhiteBoard and its many, magical features....

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July 6, 2021

13 | Discussions & Parlay

Will and Josh talk about... talking! This episode finds the duo discussing the value of and challenges around online discussion forums. Then, they look at Parlay as an idea for changing your online discussion forums. For more...

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June 29, 2021

12 | Digital Annotation & Perusall

We digest the ideas of digital annotation and the impact it can have on learning. Then, we talk about a big player in the digital annotation movement, Perusall . This idea and tool is not only good for your students …

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June 24, 2021

Interview 1 | James at Coggle

Josh and Will sit down with James Crosby, CEO and Co-Founder, from Coggle to discuss the product, its background, and their thoughts for the future. The conversation takes fun twists and turns with submarines, small-but-big c...

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June 22, 2021

11 | Multimedia Lectures & Loom

Josh and Will open up the conversation on multimedia video lectures and sort through some of the difficulties and benefits of the idea. After that, Josh brings us some great info on Loom , a tool that might help in …

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June 15, 2021

10 | Interactive Syllabus & Google CMS

New style, new edits! Welcome to a fresh new episode format. In this episode, we dig into the idea of Interactive Syllabi: what they are, and why you might use them. Then we think about how Google Slides, and the …

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June 1, 2021

8 | Formative and Summative Assessments & AnswerGarden

This week, Josh and Will dig into assessments and how to use them to monitor your students and eventually provide the grade. Thereafter, they look at how AnswerGarden works as a tool to get formative feedback from your studen...

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May 25, 2021

7 | Third Spaces & Discord

Enter into a conversation with Josh and Will as they dig into the idea of Third Spaces and how to cultivate them in online education, potentially even using the Discord app to do so. For more information on these tools …

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May 18, 2021

6 | How to Pick an App &

Today, Josh and Will discuss their methodology for picking apps to use. Then they dig into their literary theme by discussing , the social annotation tool. For more information on these tools and our conversation,...

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May 11, 2021

5 | EdTech Frameworks & WordPress

Josh and Will dig into edtech integration frameworks (TPACK, SAMR, RAT) and talk about how WordPress works for the classroom. For more information on these tools and our conversation, check out the episode page here . For all...

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May 4, 2021

4 | Mind Mapping & Coggle

Tune in for insights into Will and Josh's professional development communities and how they develop their practice. Our conversation focuses on mind mapping activities and suggests the tool Coggle for use with your students. ...

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April 27, 2021

3 | Collaborative Document Tools

Josh and Will take a trip down memory lane as they detail why Google Docs is their winner for current collaborative document tools. With big names like Microsoft Word thrown in the ring, this episode of HiTech digs into the …

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April 20, 2021

2 | Digital Whiteboarding & Background

In this episode, Josh and Will dig into the edtech space of digital whiteboarding. With a number of tools on the market, they turn to their top two to meet your general needs: Google Jamboard and Miro . For more …

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March 30, 2021

1 | Canva & Conversations

Welcome to the world of HiTech. In this episode, hosts Josh and Will set up shop and break down the vision for the podcast. Join in for a little back story and insights into our first app review of …

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