WEP 111: Challenge Based Learning, An Interview with Jodie Deinhammer

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I talk with Jodie Deinhammer, a celebrated Science teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator about teaching Science in a progressive school district, student choice as a menu, good reflection, 1:1 programs, drones, creativity, her mention in John Couch’s book, Rewiring Education, Challenge Based Learning, student voice, assessments, and so much more! Whew! This episode has tremendous value for all educators and administrators. I know you are going to love hearing Jodie’s story.
Jodie Deinhammer has been teaching science in Coppell ISD for over 20 years.  She was the Texas Region 10’s Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2015, and was the Texas Medical Association Texas Science Teacher of the Year in 2013.  She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.
As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Mrs. Deinhammer works with teachers around the globe to help creatively integrate technology into the classroom. She encourages educators and administrators to create classrooms that allow students to investigate and address real world issues and create innovative solutions.
Mrs. Deinhammer believes that students should have a voice in their education and that schools need to drastically change to meet the needs of our changing world. We should challenge our students with authentic real world issues and give them a platform to make a difference in society.  We shouldn’t focus on preparing our kids for what is next, but instead helping them make a contribution each and every day.
Mentioned in the podcast: 
Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer for the MacBook and iPad.
The drone you need for your classroom! Jodie is interested in a drone for her class, like many educators, and after much research, this is the drone I would recommend to any teacher interested in purchasing a drone. You will love it.
Jodie’s favorite books, All the Light You Cannot See and Teach Like a Pirate.
Her favorite apps are Apple’s Keynote and Apple’s Numbers.
Find out about Jodie’s goal of initiating global collaborations with her classroom in this podcast.


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