The 8-Bit Instructor: The Power of Conferencing (EP009)

EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year The Educator's Quest

It's the final episode of the first season! I do some reflecting on this past year and the things I've learned as well as things that will hopefully continue on after things go back to "normal".
  1. EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year
  2. EP041 Gamification with Michael Matera
  3. EP040 Summer PL
  4. EP039 What Marvel Strike Force Taught Me About Collaboration
  5. EP038 Digital Escape Rooms with Karly Moura

Episode 9

This week, we look at how conferencing can be a powerful tool in your classroom. New stuff from Google and IXL. A great ed tech site in the treasure chest. Plus, this week’s question of the week.

News & updates

Treasure Chest: Edji

  • Edji is an online collaborative website that allows students to annotate texts together
  • Check it out here.

Boss Battle: The Power of Conferencing

  • The book that got me started: 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
  • 1st a warning: it’s exhausting
  • Lessened my frustration: I didn’t feel ignored when teaching
  • Students were more engaged: they were creating something rather than passively listening
  • It improved my relationships with my students because I go to interact with them so much more
  • Shortening the feedback loop helped them learn better
  • They also learned more because we learn by doing
  • My instruction was significantly more individualized
  • It bettered my instruction and lessons because I would notice trends in skills to do mini-lessons on

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: What’s your experience with conferencing? What’s worked? What needs work?

Use the #8BitCrew on Twitter or post longer stories in the comments section here.

Get connected

Check out my Google Classroom Udemy course.


Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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