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Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset

Oct 27, 2021

Three Google Earth Education Experts, Google Innovators, and Trainers—Jeffery Heil, Jesse Lubinsky, and Donnie Piercey—join me to discuss different tools and features for exposing students to different geographical areas. The guys from the Partial Credit podcast tell us about Google Earth, Google Earth Voyages, Google Earth Engine, and more!

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  • A Book for a Friend Contest!
  • Soapbox Moment: The Zappos EdTech Tool Mindset
    • Barry Schwartz: “All of this choice . . . produces paralysis, rather than liberation. With so many options to choose from, people find it very difficult to choose at all.”
    • Barry Schwartz: “Increased choice decreases satisfaction with matters as trivial as ice cream flavors and as significant as jobs. It [increased choice] requires increased time and effort and can lead  to anxiety, regret, excessively high expectations, and self-blame if the choices don’t work out.”
    • Jam study by psychologists Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper
    • Barry Schwartz -  “More Isn’t Always Better” -
    • Barry Schwartz -  “The Paradox of Choice” -
  • Today’s Guests:
    • Jesse Lubinsky  (@jlubinsky) - Jesse Lubinsky is currently the Chief Learning Officer of Ready Learner One LLC and has nearly 20 years of public school experience as a teacher and administrator. He is co-author of “Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality” (January 2020) and "The Esports Education Playbook: Empowering Every Learner Through Inclusive Gaming" (November 2020). He is also co-host of the Partial Credit Podcast and the Ready Learner One Lounge, a virtual reality show focused on innovations in teaching and learning. He is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer,  a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader, an Adjunct Professor of Education Technology at Pace University, a member of the Google Earth Education Experts team, and a frequent keynote speaker and presenter who has recently done educational technology presentations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.
    • Jeffery Heil  (@jheil65) - Jeffery has been an educator for 25 years. He has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional technology coach, an adjunct professor of education, and a Google in Education Trainer and Innovator. In this time he has continued to be an advocate for all students, especially those traditionally underserved by the U.S. educational institution.  He sees relationships as the core of education and strives to show all educators meaningful ways to incorporate technology into their curriculum to amplify student learning while not losing sight of the importance of seeing each student as a unique and important member of a classroom or school.
    • Donnie Piercy (@mrpiercEy) - The 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Donnie teaches fifth grade Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from Asbury College and earning his master’s from Auburn, he has been teaching since 2007. Donnie specializes in using technology to promote student inquiry, learning, and engagement. Over the past fourteen years of teaching, these interests have given him the unique chance to represent Kentucky around the world. Donnie was the recipient of a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship to Antarctica, and he also represents Kentucky on the inaugural National Geographic Education Teacher Advisory Council.  He is the North American lead for the Google Earth Education Experts Network. Donnie has been invited to keynote and present at schools in thirty-three states and on four continents. In 2017, he co-authored The Google Cardboard Book: Explore, Engage, and Educate with Virtual Reality based on virtual experiences he created for his students.  The Bluegrass always calls him home, however, as he regularly leads professional development at school districts around the state. Donnie lives in Lexington with his wife and three children.
    • Check out the Partial Credit Podcast at
  • The EdTech Newlywed Game - Favorite 80s song (playlist at the bottom of the show notes!)
  • Educational Duct Tape Question: What is the best tool for a teacher to use for exposing students to different geographical areas?
  • Celebration of the Adjacent Possible
  • Ways to Support the Show or Connect with Jake and other Duct Tapers!


Our Favorite 80’s Song Playlist

Spotify Podcast link -

  • Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
  • Van Halen - Jump
  • Michael Jackson - Thriller
  • Huey Lewis and The News - The Power of Love
  • The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
  • Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
  • Cindy Lauper - Time After Time
  • Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
  • Tears For Fears - Everyone Wants To Rule The World
  • Huey Lewis and The News - Hip To Be A Square
  • Joe Jackson - Steppin’ Out
  • Huey Lewis and The News - The Heart Of Rock And Roll