The 8-Bit Instructor: Teaching Beyond the Desk with Katie Powell (EP024)

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Episode 24

In this week’s episode, Katie Powell joins me and discusses her book Boredom Busters and the idea behind Teach Beyond the Desk. Plus, news and updates from Parlay and Google; this week’s treasure chest; and, of course, your question of the week.

News & Updates

Treasure Chest: The Paint Format Button (Google apps)

  • Use the Paint Format button to copy formatting from one shape/textbox to another
  • Check out this Iorad tutorial on how to do it

Boss Battle: Teaching Beyond the Desk with Katie Powell

  • The story behind Teach Beyond the Desk
    • a lot of students didn’t feel like school was for them
    • hide learning behind something that didn’t look or feel like school
    • learning for kids that weren’t finding success in “traditional school”
    • Key Question: What are things teachers lean on that are low engagement for students? (worksheets, lectures, homework)
  • Filling the tool box
    • teachers are diverse, so there is no prescriptive way of doing it
    • Boredom Busters – activities that can be immediately deployed in a classroom that can be adapted and tweaked to fit any class setting
    • Easy to use and require little to no prep
  • Connect with Katie online

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: What is one low-engagement activity in your class that you’d like to ramp up?

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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