Great Ideas for Remote Learning

Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and a keynote speaker who is at the forefront of the blended learning movement. In this episode, Catlin shares her perspective and ideas for how educators can enhance their effectiveness when teaching remotely, so join us for a conversation full of useful insights and great ideas for how to take the next step forward in your remote teaching practices.

Let’s Talk Math and Remote Learning

What a fun conversation this was with ESU 2’s Kelly Georgius. Kelly also serves as the current math cadre leader for our ESUs statewide, and so in this episode she shares her philosophy on math along with some resources and strategies that educators should look into for both at-school and remote learning.

Let’s Bring This in for a Landing

Do you remember the Yellow Pages? Ah yes, those were the days. If you wanted to order a pizza, rent a U-Haul trailer or find a dentist, you looked up information in the Yellow Pages, and sometimes there might have been a business located nearby. That practice seems so quaint and historic now!

In the not so distant past, organizations shared the same, general “Yellow Pages” information on their websites. In effect, the “landing pages” of businesses used to be like the aforementioned Yellow Pages.

Enter Web 2.0:

Now, when you get on the internet, not only can you select the pizza joint near your house, you can put virtual toppings on it, and you know the exact minute your order comes out of the oven! A similar experience allows you to choose a specific size U-Haul truck or trailer, and you can now request dental appointments online. Of course, these innovations are magnified by social media giants: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, services that help to connect us all.

In that spirit, the ESUCC staff has updated our landing page, linking it to social media sites. Even though the new site is in its incipient stages, we are excited about its potential. These tools will help us tell the Nebraska ESU story and the important work that is accomplished on behalf of the schools we serve. Our goal is to have site visitors experience a smooth landing.

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Respectfully,

Kraig J. Lofquist, Ed.D.
ESUCC Executive Director

75,000 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer for Nebraska Schools

In mid-March, while schools were closing and the country was shutting down, Dr. Hunter Flodman, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Jan tenBensel, chair of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, were just getting started with their plan to help create what became 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for essential institutions across the state. In this episode, Dr. Flodman and the ESUCC’s own Craig Peterson tell this incredible story of statewide collaboration in an effort that truly showcases the type of hard work, determination, and selflessness that typifies what it means to be a Nebraskan. This pod is a must listen, and on behalf of the ESUCC and educators everywhere, we certainly want to express our appreciation to everyone involved with bringing this effort to fruition.

75,000 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer for Nebraska Schools

In mid-March, while schools were closing and the country was shutting down, Dr. Hunter Flodman, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Jan tenBensel, chair of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, were just getting started with their plan to help create what became 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for essential institutions across the state. In this episode, Dr. Flodman and the ESUCC’s own Craig Peterson tell this incredible story of statewide collaboration in an effort that truly showcases the type of hard work, determination, and selflessness that typifies what it means to be a Nebraskan. This pod is a must listen, and on behalf of the ESUCC and educators everywhere, we certainly want to express our appreciation to everyone involved with bringing this effort to fruition.

The SIMPL Approach to ESU Support

This week’s pod features two of ESU 7’s finest, administrator Larianne Polk and profession development director Marci Ostmeyer, for an episode that details how our ESUs collaborate with the districts in their region towards developing strategic, data-driven plans for the services they provide/utilize and implement. Their collaboration follows the SIMPL program (Service Implementation Matrix Process & Log), which ESU 7 developed.

Learning Space Design in a Hybrid Educational Environment

This week, we welcome Dr. Robert Dillon to the pod for a practical conversation on how educators might think through designing our classroom spaces given the social distancing measures that have come with the pandemic. We also take time to discuss ideas for supporting learners in a remote setting. Listeners will leave this conversation with several new ideas to consider implementing within their learning environment that will help make the space more conducive to optimizing student learning.

Being a R.E.A.L. Mirror Holder

In this week’s episode, Tara M Martin reminds us to be “R.E.A.L.” as educators, even in a remote setting, by putting our relationships first. We discuss the need for and applicability of this message across all levels of our educational system, particularly in the present moment, so join us as we discuss strategies such as humble inquiry, #Booksnaps, being the mirror holder, and more.

 

You can access many of the coaching resources Tara mentions in the pod, including her #Booksnaps idea, by accessing her blog at http://www.tarammartin.com/