The 8-Bit Instructor: Reflections on a Crazy Year (EP042)

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Episode 42

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”.

News & Updates

  • New Google Maps Updates
    • Routing updates to reduce hard braking
      • Calculates the fastest routes and identifies which one is likely to reduce your chances of hard-braking moments
      • It will automatically recommend the route if it has roughly the same ETA as the fastest route
    • Live View
      • If you’re walking around a neighborhood, Life View gives you and AR view that gives you more information about the places around you
    • Detailed Street Maps
      • Available for 50 more cities by the end of the year
      • see where sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian islands are, along with the shape and width of a road to scale
    • Busy areas
      • Similar to the traffic stuff, you’ll be able to see areas that are busy throughout the day
    • Tailored maps
      • Maps will highlight the most relevant places based on the time of day and whether or not you’re traveling
  • Chrome fixes your password issues
    • Warns you of potentially compromised passwords
    • Will also do the password change process for you on supported sites
  • Smart chips and checklists in Google Docs
  • Updates for better collaboration

Treasure Chest: Find Your Passion

  • What are you passionate about?
  • Find ways to work those things into your class

Boss Battle: Reflections on a Crazy Year

It’s no secret that this year was tough, but it wasn’t all bad

Some reflections about teaching through the pandemic

  • We were pushed to be innovative in what we did in class
  • We focused on student relationships more
  • It was a trial and error year
    • If there was ever a year to try new things and learn from failing, this was the year
    • It helped us take some risks in our classes and learn from them
  • We learned to be more understanding and flexible
  • We started thinking about why we do what we do
    • Not everything we’ve “always done” is bad; not everything new is great
    • We have to be critical of what we’re doing and evaluate everything regularly

Get connected

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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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