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Awesome Sauce

Create Videos to Inspire Students, Engage Parents and Save You Time
Product code: AWSOME
ISBN: 9781564848499
Published: 2020
Topics: Parent engagement, Tools, Flipped learning, Gamification
Length: 136 pages

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By Josh Stock

This playful book by award-winning educator Josh Stock shows teachers how to make simple videos to improve student learning and classroom culture, and connect with parents.

The ability to use video to communicate has become a basic element of literacy – inside and outside the classroom. This fun-to-read book shows educators how to make simple videos that explain assignments, welcome students to new schools and grades, differentiate lessons for a range of learning levels and more. The book also helps teachers use video to address common issues like enhancing classroom culture and managing parent communication.

Structured like a cookbook, Awesome Sauce discusses both the “why” and the “how” behind the strategies. Each section begins with the story of why Stock uses the strategy, demonstrating what teachers will get out of trying it with their students. These explanations are followed by “how-to” recipes that guide readers in creating the “awesome sauce” their videos will become.

The book:

• Provides practical ways to create videos for the classroom to boost learning outcomes.
• Offers a creative and fresh approach to PD with manageable layout and friendly, accessible voice.
• Offers an accessible solution for all classroom teachers, regardless of tech skills, including basic setups that yield great results.

For the author, it comes down to this: “I want to be the best teacher possible and using these recipes gives me the chance to make the biggest impact possible on the rock star students in my classroom.”

About the Author

Josh Stock is a sixth grade language arts teacher at Santa Fe Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas. He’s been teaching language arts-related subjects for 10 years, including ninth grade English, sixth to ninth grade reading, reading seminar and newspaper. He has a bachelor’s degree in education, English, and a master’s in instructional design and technology from Emporia State University. As an “awesomeness expert,” Stock’s passion for teaching and enthusiasm for all things learning are contagious, which comes through in his presentations. He’s an active speaker and has recently appeared at industry events such as the Mid-America Association for Computers in Education Conference, the ISTE Conference & Expo, the National Council of Teachers of English Conference and the Kansas Department of Education Conference.