The K12 Tech Podcast

The K12 Tech Podcast, hosted by Zack Marvel.

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Episode 33: From Challenges to Change with Hope Davis

Episode 33: From Challenges to Change with Hope Davis

In Episode 33, Hope Davis, MA, CHC takes us on a journey from personal challenges to leading educational innovation at Teach Tech U. Discover how her experiences fueled a passion for transformative technology in education, shaping the future with Project LEAR. An inspiring conversation for anyone intrigued by the power of tech to change lives. Tune in to explore the potential of education reimagined.
Episode 32: AI in Education- Bridging the Digital Divide with Marsha Maxwell

Episode 32: AI in Education- Bridging the Digital Divide with Marsha Maxwell

With guest speaker Marsha Maxwell, PhD, CETL, join us for a reflective journey on the advancements of AI through the years, focusing on how we can further develop these technologies to bridge educational divides.
Episode 31: Professional Learning -Blending Tech and Teaching with Lana Nguyen

Episode 31: Professional Learning -Blending Tech and Teaching with Lana Nguyen

In this engaging episode of The K12 Tech Podcast, host Zachary Marvel is joined by Lana Nguyen, Director of EdTech at Capistrano Unified in Orange County. Lana shares her inspiring journey and deep dive into professional learning, highlighting how it's revolutionizing teacher development and student engagement in today's tech-driven classrooms. From her experiences in integrating technology across diverse educational landscapes to embracing AI's emerging role, Lana offers invaluable insights. This episode is a must-listen for educators and tech enthusiasts eager to understand the transformative power of professional learning in education technology. Tune in to gain a fresh perspective on empowering teachers and students in the digital age!
Episode 30: Desired Outcomes- Planning with Purpose w/ Colleen Flannery

Episode 30: Desired Outcomes- Planning with Purpose w/ Colleen Flannery

In this episode of the K-12 Tech Podcast, host Zachary Marvel welcomes Colleen Flannery, Chief Technology Officer at Chandler Unified School District. Colleen discusses her journey from educator to tech leader, focusing on the importance of desired outcomes in educational technology. She shares insights on developing Student Information Systems and the critical role of strategic planning in technology decision-making, especially during the transformative period of COVID-19. This conversation offers valuable perspectives for tech directors and CTOs on aligning tech initiatives with overarching educational goals.
K12 Tech Origins Series Ep. 6 Pt. 2

K12 Tech Origins Series Ep. 6 Pt. 2 "Personal Development Through Education Technology"

On part two of this episode, Host Zachary Marvel continues his conversation with Chris Larsen about the transformative journey of integrating personal development and technology in education. Chris shares his innovative strategies for fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth among teachers and administrators, driven by a comprehensive framework involving coaching, incentives, and targeted professional development. Discover how Granite School District is redefining educational success through a meticulous blend of technology and personalized learning, ensuring that every student is prepared for the real world. This episode is a deep dive into the power of incremental change and the impact of visionary leadership in education.
K12 Tech Origins Series Ep.6 with Chris Larsen Pt. 1

K12 Tech Origins Series Ep.6 with Chris Larsen Pt. 1

In this episode of the Origin Series, Host Zachary Marvel is joined by Chris Larsen, Technology Director at Granite School District. Learn about Chris's journey from business marketing student to leading tech initiatives in one of Salt Lake City's largest districts. Discover how Chris's unexpected love for education led him to pioneer the integration of technology in classrooms, starting with iPods and evolving to managing over 60,000 devices. Chris shares invaluable insights on the importance of diverse experiences in professional growth and offers personal anecdotes about balancing work with family life. Tune in to hear a story of passion, innovation, and the power of embracing change in the educational landscape.
Episode 29: Digital Citizenship - From Policy to Practice with Julie Daniel Davis, CETL

Episode 29: Digital Citizenship - From Policy to Practice with Julie Daniel Davis, CETL

Episode 28 of the K12 Tech Podcast brings you a conversation with Julie Davis, CETL, on the essentials of Digital Citizenship in education. Julie shares her transition from accounting to becoming an EdTech influencer, imparting practical strategies for integrating digital tools in the classroom. Her focus on preparing students and teachers for the digital world with straightforward, real-world applications is enlightening. Tune in for a discussion full of actionable insights for today's educators. Join us to learn how to navigate the digital landscape effectively in our schools!
K12 Tech Origins Series Ep. 5 with Don Ringelestein Pt. 1

K12 Tech Origins Series Ep. 5 with Don Ringelestein Pt. 1

In this episode of the K12 Origins Series Podcast, host Zachary Marvel is joined by Don Ringelestein, current Director of Technology with a rich background in both the public and private sectors. Don shares his unconventional journey from a tech enthusiast to a philosophy major, shedding light on how critical thinking and ethical inquiries shaped his career. They discuss the evolution of educational technology, the importance of customer service and creating a positive team culture, and the transition from commercial tech leadership to impacting educational institutions. Listen and join us in learning Don's origin story!









K12 Tech Origins Series Ep. 5 Pt. 2

K12 Tech Origins Series Ep. 5 Pt. 2 "The Balancing Act of Cybersecurity in Schools"

In the second part of our discussion, host Zack Marvel and Tech Director Don Ringelestein dive into the nuances of cybersecurity in schools. They explore the importance of staff training and the role of cloud computing in protecting educational data. The talk also covers strategies for resource-stretched districts to bolster their defenses. Join us for a deeper look into keeping our schools' technology safe and secure.

Bio of The K12 Tech Podcast

The K12 Tech Podcast, a show that provides insight into the world of education technology. In this inaugural episode, host Zack Marvel introduces himself and outlines the podcast's vision. With nine years of experience in the tech industry, and working closely with over 100 school districts, Zack understands the importance of empowering K-12 school administrators to make informed decisions about managing technology in their institutions.

The podcast aims to address key topics that are relevant to school administrators, offering valuable insights and guidance. Zack plans to cover issues such as high breakage rates in schools, common pitfalls to avoid, the comparison between Apple and Google in the school environment, and effective disciplinary measures for multiple technology breaches. 

To provide diverse perspectives and experiences, Zack intends to invite school administrators, particularly tech directors, to join him in insightful conversations.

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