Arkansas Technology & Teaching Podcast

Sponsored and produced by ARKSTE.

We discuss all things teaching and technology in Arkansas.


Dr. Jason Trumble is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas where he teaches preservice and in-service teachers to effectively integrate technology, content, and pedagogy. He is also the program coordinator for the UCA Ed.S. degree in digital age teaching and learning and he serves as the President-Elect of ARKSTE as well as Associate Chair of the Teacher Education Council for the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education. Dr. Trumble’s research focuses on the intersection of teaching and technology as well as STEM learning, assessment practices, and emerging technologies.

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Teacher Cyber Security: Guest Joel Dean, Technology Supervisor, Conway Public Schools.

This first episode highlights important steps that teachers need to take to protect themselves and their students. Our expert guest discusses how passwords and email awareness are a part of digital literacy and can be a barrier against what he calls "social engineering" threats. These threats are usually extortion attempts that can stop the daily functions of a school and can be harmful to individuals livelihoods. Listen as Joel Dean tells us things we can do to protect ourselves and our students.

Recorded and produced by Jason Trumble

Music by Matt Hudgens (Technology Director, Lincoln Schools)

Episode 2

Accessibility with Katie Fielding

Katie is a UCA Graduate and currently serves as an Instructional Technology Coach at Woodbridge Senior High School in Virginia. Katie has 17 years of experience in public schools and was selected as the Virginia Technology Coach of the Year in 2019. Katie shares her passion for creative and innovative teaching as well as some excellent tools and tips for teaching with accessibility, even during a pandemic.

This episode was recorded and produced by Jason Trumble

Music by Matt Hudgens (Technology Director, Lincoln Schools)

EPISODE 2 Show Notes


Digital Ethics with Dr. Kristen Mattson

Dr. Kristen Mattson is a veteran educator and library media specialist who is known nationally for her work on media literacy and digital citizenship for K-12 learners. She wrote "Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities" and recently published "Ethics in a Digital World: Guiding Students through Societies Biggest Questions". In this episode, we ask Dr. Mattson some big questions and we have a little fun talking about vacations. Plus, we dig into what teachers can do right now to encourage students and families to be engaged and ethical digital citizens.

This episode was recorded and produced by Jason Trumble

Music by Matt Hudgens (Technology Director, Lincoln Schools)

EPISODE 3 Show Notes


Teaching Technology and CS4AR with Anthony Owen

We visit with Anthony Owen who is the Director of Computer Science for the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Anthony is an accomplished high school teacher who became a lawyer and advocate for computer science education in Arkansas. Listen to Anthony's story and our conversation about the scope and possibilities of computer science education in Arkansas. We start the episode by asking Anthony what his favorite Arkansas restaurant is, and he gives possibly the most Arkansan answer.

This episode was recorded and produced by Jason Trumble

Music by Matt Hudgens (Technology Director, Lincoln Schools)

Episode 4 SHOW NOTES

Episode 5 SHOW NOTES


Being Vulnerable and Teaching in a Pandemic with Samantha Dill

This episode is a great example of how we are all still learning. We make mistakes and learning from them every day. We don't have it all figured out, but Samantha Dill and Dr. Trumble dig into how we can shift, adjust, and question when teaching in both virtual and in-person settings. This discussion reminds me that it is the little connections we make with our students that make all the difference. Listen in as we explore how this veteran teacher has made the most of her training while teaching in 2021.



Teaching Mathematics Through Inquiry with Shannon Torell

Shannon Torell joins the podcast and shares his story of finding a passion for teaching as a second or third career. He discusses how he integrates inquiry into his middle school mathematics classroom to support both in-person and remote learners. We know that every teacher has a process for planning and choosing tech tools. Shannon tells how he chooses tools that scaffold and support deep learning in his class and gives some practical insight for lesson planning. You can even learn about "Springfield style Cashew Chicken" from Shannon.



Balance and Relationships: A Conversation with Elise Hampton

This final full episode of season 1 of the Arkansas Technology and Teaching Podcast is all about learning from our experiences, finding balance, and building relationships. Ms. Elise Hampton and I talk about her educational journey, her family, her favorite place in Arkansas, and the essential tools she used as a science educator. As an assistant principal, Elise is still using technology to help impact her school community keeping a keen eye on balance and relationships. We dig into her passion for student success and discuss how, as a school leader, she navigated the pandemic and how her teachers inspired her along the way.