Category: Technology

Episode 149

What do parents need to know about career tech?

November 5, 2019 | Technology
Guest: Greg Edinger

In this episode, host Joel Gagne is joined by Greg Edinger, Superintendent of the Vanguard Sentinel Career and Technology Center in Fremont, Ohio.

They discuss what parents need to know about career tech education, which is not what it used to be.


Episode 122

How to fix the skilled labor shortage

July 17, 2018 | Technology
Guest: Harry Snyder

In this episode, Carole speaks with Harry Snyder, President and CEO of Cincinnati’s Great Oaks, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the U.S. They discuss the skilled labor shortage and how we can prepare our children for the future.


Episode 119

Using technology to communicate

July 5, 2018 | Technology
Guest: Dr. Denver J. Fowler

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. Denver J. Fowler, professor at California State University-Sacramento and author of the book, The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World. They discuss the philosophy behind using technology to communicate to your community, as well as some of the technology available to do so.


Episode 90

Navigating technology in schools

January 25, 2018 | Technology
Guest: Dr. John Marschhausen

In this episode of the podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with Dr. John Marschhausen, superintendent of Hilliard City Schools, about technology in schools and how to “challenge everything.”


Episode 88

The impact of technology on education

January 12, 2018 | Technology
Guest: Shawn Morris

Host Joel Gagne speaks with Shawn Morris, science teacher at Hilliard Darby High School. Shawn and Joel discuss the impact of technology on education and how technology in schools has changed over the last several decades.


Episode 53

How SHOULD Your School or District Communicate with You?

Guest: Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne

This week, Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne discuss the best practices for schools wanting to communicate effectively with parents and the community.

They discuss the role of newsletters, text messages, Twitter and even Snapchat.

Dorn-Bell says her first impressions, as a parent, begin with beautification and security around a school building.

Gagne adds, there’s a way to be secure but to soften it to be more welcoming.


Episode 32

Technology in the Classroom

August 8, 2016 | Strategies, Technology
Guest: Vicki Davis

“I believe our biggest problem with technology actually starts in our minds. Our minds our the greatest software ever invented and we need to program it for excellence.” — Vicky Davis

This week, Vicki Davis is our guest, talking about the strengths and impediments of technology in the classroom and for the school district at large. Vicki is a teacher of technology in Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and the author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.


Episode 18

Tech Trends with Keith Pomeroy

April 21, 2016 | Interviews, Technology
Guest: Keith Pomeroy

This week’s show is a continuation about trends in technology. Carole welcomes back Keith Pomeroy, the Chief Technology Officer at Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio to fill us in on the latest and the greatest technology trends.

“You have to be open to flexibility… and you have to talk to kids. Pay attention to what’s happening in their world.”


Episode 17

How To Successfully Launch a 1:1 Technology Initiative in Your School

Guest: Keith Pomeroy

Today’s show is about technology and 1:1 initiatives in public schools. Technology can be a great equalizer for students, but understanding all sides of implementation and day­to­day use is crucial to the success of any 1:1 technology program. Our guest is Keith Pomeroy, the Chief Technology Officer at Upper Arlington Schools in Ohio where they have recently successfully launched a 1:1 initiative.

“…changing what is possible in the classroom.”


Episode 7

A Technology Makeover in Your School

Guest: Superintendent Matt Miller

Today, Carol speaks with Mentor, OH Superintendent Matt Miller today about their tech makeover in Mentor and technology in our schools.

Our best ideas come from our staff members. … I’d like to try this.

They sell us on it and we say “okay, go!”

A lot of times it’s good just to say YES to teachers who want to try innovative things because they’re so excited about it.

Does technology help student achievement?

Ultimately, it’s not necessarily investing in the technology but the professional development you provide for your staff, that’s the investment that will create a true payoff when it comes to technology. You can’t just drop off the hardware or software in the classroom and expect teachers to be able to effectively use it. With instructional coaches who are trained in not only the technology but also in education and allowing teachers to innovate with how they implement the use of technology in their classrooms.