The 8-Bit Instructor: Crafting Your Authentic Classroom (EP023)

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Episode 23

In this week’s episode, I walk you through some ideas to help you craft your own authentic classroom atmosphere. Plus, news and updates from Microsoft, Google, and Canva; this week’s treasure chest; and, of course, your question of the week.

News & Updates

  • Microsoft
    • H5P and OneNote now integrate together. Read about it here.
    • Teams breakout rooms and more
  • Google
  • Canva
    • Canva will now remove backgrounds for your images

Treasure Chest: Google Activity Dashboard

  • Use the activity dashboard in Google apps to see who has accessed the document

Boss Battle: Crafting Your Authentic Classroom

  • Why do it?
    • tl;dr – It helps break down those barriers students have
  • Who are you?
  • Who are your students?
  • Class Decor
    • How can you add your personality to the room?
    • What do you want students to know about you?
    • How can you make your classroom feel welcoming?
    • Design your class material around these ideas
      • My video game themed Slides
  • Cultivating Relationships with students
    • How do you interact with your students?
      • Greet them at the door
      • Find out about them and their interests (let them teach you something)
      • Find time to have non-content discussions with them
      • Give them encouragement going out the door
  • Integrating Technology
    • Use what you’re comfortable with
    • Part of what allows technology to be effective in class is your confidence in using it
      • Students see through the copy & paste lessons
    • Remember: Technology doesn’t replace good teachers

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: What unique things do you bring into your classroom?

Use #8BitCrew on Twitter, tag me @comicsocks, 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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