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What Teens Actually Need to Be Tech-Savvy with Dr. Cassidy Puckett – Easy EdTech Podcast 168

In this episode, I’m joined by professor of sociology and author of Redefining Geek, Dr. Cassidy Puckett, to talk about what teens actually need to be tech-savvy. You’ll hear about the five hidden habits of tech-savvy teens, how educators can help students develop efficient technology habits, explore design logic, and more!

This week’s episode is titled: “What Teens Actually Need to Be Tech-Savvy with Dr. Cassidy Puckett.” As you’ll hear from our conversation, I am a super fan of Cassidy’s new book Redefining Geek: Bias and the Five Hidden Habits of Tech-Savvy Teens. As you might imagine, I get a lot of publishers that reach out to share great books and when Cassidy’s publisher reached out, I was intrigued, and then when I opened up the book, well I think I finished it in a weekend.

Books that are heavy on research can be hard to get through, but Cassidy’s classroom stories and really actionable information is super digestible. If you follow me on social media you might have seen a picture or two of this book – which is full of sticky notes. Well let’s dive in so you can hear directly from the author and our conversation about What Teens Actually Need to Be Tech-Savvy.


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Tips for Tech-Savvy Teens

  • Acknowledge your bias and unintentional gatekeepers in your school community.
  • Choose a habit to explore more deeply, perhaps the idea of efficiencies.
  • Consider ways to model skills for students explicitly.
  • Explore the Digital Adaptability Scale with your own students.

Sponsored by Rumie

Ready to level up your lessons? This episode is sponsored by Rumie. Rumie is a charity with the mission of making learning  accessible to all learners. As the student profile evolves, students are learning at times of their own convenience. Rumie strives to meet learners where they are, providing the easy scenario of mobile, microlearning. The organization has data science around the impact of microlearning and improving learner retention with learners  ages 15 to 25. Rumie’s microlearning courses are 22% more effective than traditional courses.

Rumie are hosting a free microlearning webinar. Click here to learn more or head to

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Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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