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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #139: The Nightmare Before Technology

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Episode Overview –

Episode #139 features three song parodies from The Nightmare Before Christmas. My apologies to Tim Burton and Danny Elfman. As you listen, please keep in mind that I’ve never had one singing lesson, ever. In case you’d like to sing along, I’ve added the lyrics below.

This is Technology 

Boys and girls of every age

wouldn’t you like to see something strange

Come with us and you will see,

our use of technology

This is technology, this is technology,

students scream when they see its sight

This is technology, everybody make something,

click or press to squeal with deeeelight,

It’s our time, everybody scream,

in this time of technology

I am the one you hold in your hand

screen gone dark and battery glowing red

I am the one sitting in your lap,

keyboard up and ready for your tap

This is technology, this is technology, nology, nology, nology, nology

Press the button to go home,

everyone post things all day long

Its our time, don’t we love it now,

everybody’s waiting for the next surprise

Pinch that corner, then,

zoom in if you can,

that gadget only weighs an ounce and don’t break the..


this is technology,

front and back and going green,

Aren’t you wired?

Well, that’s just fine,

say it once, say it twice,

take a chance and hold the mice,

write while you type, yeah it’s alright

Everybody scream, everybody scream,

its our time for technology

I am the boy with the tears on his face

gone in a flash with a tablet in place,

I am the girl who you need to teach

I am the one who you need to reach,

I am the teacher trying to get it right,

Making their futures nice and bright

This is technology, this is technology, nology, nology, nology, nology

slender tablets everywhere,

make it fun so we all care,

that’s your job, know what I mean?

in our time of technology

In this time don’t we love it now,

everyone’s waiting for the next surprise


helps you with the facts

will help you learn just how to be

Give you tools so students win!

This is technology, everybody scream!

Please make way for a very special guy

Our man Chris is king of the Tipscast,

everyone hail to the tipscast Song

Now, this is Technology, this is Technology, nology, nology, nology, nology

In this time we press home everyone hail to the techno song

On on on on turn it on on on on on on on


Chris’s Lament

There are few who deny,

That technology is the best,

For it’s benefits are renowned far and wide

When it comes to surprises

With a backlit light

We make things without even trying

With the slightest little effort

using hashtags and alarms,

Twitter helps teachers find what they seek

With a mic in your hand

And a dulcet tone,

Podcasts swept many listeners off their feet!

Yet year after year,

It’s the same routine

And students grow so weary

when we lecture things.

And I BET!

They like making things,

But they’ve grown tired of the same old thing…

Oh, somewhere deep inside their bones

An emptiness began to grow,

There’s something out there in the wide unknown,

A longing that they’ve never known

They can master it alright,

with strategies out of sight

teachers guide them rightwhen others can’t

They might think it’s yucky or they’re super unlucky

that they’re learning more in Finland, what’s the chance?

And since they have read, they can fill others’ heads

To spread technology integrations.

Any woman or man can learn like they can

But hurry ‘cause we need those educations

Oh you there please do understand

That the song I sing should make you grin

you’d lose that frown,

if you only understood

We can’t give it up,

that wouldn’t be good

We can’t fill that empty place all alone

Students need to explore the great unknown

Give praise and praise year after year

Makes students smile from ear to ear


What’s This?

What’s this? What’s this?

There’s tools everywhere

What’s this?

There’s strategies in the air

What’s this?

I can’t believe my eyes

I must be dreaming

Wake up, Chris, this isn’t fair

What’s this?

What’s this? What’s this?

There’s something that I dig

What’s this?

There’s students making things

What’s this?

The schools are lined with

Little children laughing

Everybody seems so happy

Have I possibly gone appy?

What is this?

What’s This?

There’s children using tech

Instead of using pens

They’re busy building joys

And absolutely no one’s ever sad

There’s apps on every screen

Oh, I can’t believe my eyes

And in their bones I feel the choice

That’s coming from inside

Oh, look

What’s this?

They’re putting things online,

they post!

Why they looks so engaged,


They’re gathering around to share a story

Roasting worksheets on a fire

What’s this?

What’s this?

In here there’s so much that is free,

how queer!

And who would ever think

And why?

They’re creating unique things

Let’s see what this electric gadget brings

And there’s a smile on everyone

So, now, correct me if I’m wrong

This looks like fun

This looks like fun

Oh, could it be I got my wish?

What’s this?

Oh my, what now?

The children are amazed

But look, there’s something underneath

All tools, no glitches here to block them or ensnare them,

very little mobile things

Secure them in their dreamland.  

What’s this?

The worksheets are all missing,

the nightmares can’t be found

And in their place there seems to be

Good feeling all around

Instead of screams, I swear

I can hear learning in the air

The spark of thoughts and reason

Are absolutely everywhere

The sights, the sounds

They’re everywhere and all,


I’ve never felt so good,


This empty place inside of me is

filling up

I simply cannot get enough

I want it, oh, I want it

Oh, I want it for my own

I’ve got to know

I’ve got to know

What is this place that I have found?

What is this?

UDL? Hmmmm???

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #453: Song Parodies to Represent Content for Learners

Upcoming ATIA Webinars

Social Media for Beginners: Twitter 101  with Beth Poss – 3:30pm – 5:00pm ET on April 22, 2015. Webinar for the Assistive Technology Industry Association

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Schedule of Presentations at the 2015

Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference

Date Time Title Co-Presenters Additional Information
1/28/2015 8am – 4pm Technology Driven Data Collection: One-Day Pre-Conference Beth Poss http://bit.ly/dataatia15
1/29/2015 8am – 9am Generation Tech! Empower students with an authentic writing/publishing opportunity Eliza Anderson, Melissa Bugaj
1/29/2015 12pm – 1pm Professional Development Smackdown Diana Carl, Mike Marotta, Kirk Behnke, Beth Poss
1/29/2015 2:20pm – 3:20pm PD2015 – Using a Strategy-A-Day Calendar to Elicit Change Sally Norton-Darr, Mark Nichols, Judith Schoonover
1/30/2015 8am – 9am Indiana Jones meets the Internet: Becoming an Assistive Technology Archaeologist Beth Poss
1/30/2015 9:20am – 10:20am Twitter 101–Building Your AT Professional Learning Network Beth Poss
1/30/2015 2:20pm – 3:20pm Innovative Practices in PD 2015: It’s Not Business as Usual Diana Carl, Mike Marotta, Kirk Behnke, Linda Wilson,

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1/31/15 in Orlando, Florida!

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Utah Center for Assistive Technology

Strengthening and Streamlining Your Assistive Technology Practice –  February 3th, 2015

KEYNOTE: More Than One Way To Skin A Cat (Practical & Fun AT) – February 4th, 2015

Common Recommendations Using (Mostly) Free Resources – February 4th, 2015

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