Sept. 28, 2019

Engage Your Audience with Catchbox - HoET141

Engage Your Audience with Catchbox - HoET141

Catchbox is the World's First Soft Throwable Microphone. In this episode, I provide my honest review after having access to their Pro unit for a month.

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    I have an outline that I want the students to fill in, but I can not figure out how to allow them to only fill in and not edit the template that I have created. I am worried about a few of my students who may just delete or change the words in the template. Is there a way to create a fill-in-able template they could fill in but not change?
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#EdTech Thought


I’m in a good place right now! I haven’t spoken about it on this podcast at length but back in August, I took major steps towards my personal health and well-being. Katelyn got me to join CrossFit! During August I was doing something called CrossFit Sweat and I really enjoyed it.

As I record this episode I’ve lost 10 lbs since August 1 and once school started and my schedule changed I started doing actual CrossFit. It kicks my butt 3 nights per week and I love it!

I’m sharing this with you because I want you to also make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Your physical and mental health is was makes you do all the awesome things you’re doing.

For me taking control of my physical health has been beneficial physically and also mentally. I feel good about myself and while I always present a happy version of myself, we both know that all the time happy is tough to maintain. But it’s not hard to sound happy talking about edtech with you.

I just want to encourage you to take time for your health and well-being in a way that brings you joy. If you want to share a story with me about what you do I would love to hear it.

#EdTech Recommendation

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While I think Catchbox is unique and cool I am not 100% sold on it being the right technology for the K12 classroom.

  • Catchbox Module – From $399
  • Catchbox Lite – From $549
  • Catchbox Plus – From $649

In my classroom, my 9th-grade students initially thought it was cool but that ended after about 5 minutes with each group of students. They enjoyed having something to throw around more than actually talking into it. The value of this would certainly be felt in a large group setting. I could see a school having one that is used during faculty meetings or perhaps at a BOE meeting for public comment.

If you teach at the college level and teach in a lecture hall of 100 or more students, this would be a great option to amplify student voice in the room. I could also see Catchbox being used at a conference during a smackdown or having any type of large group that needs a mic getting value from Catchbox.

Did the technology work as advertised, absolutely! Would I love to keep it in my school, yes!

But as I record this it’s all packed up and will be sent back to the nice folks at Castbox.

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House of #EdTech VIP

1619 Podcast – In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice. She has written on federal failures to enforce the Fair Housing Act, the resegregation of American schools and policing in America. Her extensive reporting in both print and radio on the ways segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy has earned the National Magazine Award, a Peabody and a Polk Award.

Ms. Hannah-Jones earned her bachelor’s in history and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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