Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll

In this episode, we chat about one of the more negative aspects of technology integration. I connect with Stacey Lindes, Chris Nesi, and AJ Bianco, AKA the Podcast PD crew. We talk about the edtech pet peeves that we have. We are all guilty of doing something that others hate and that’s OK, it doesn’t make us any less of a person or educator. This list contains some things that you or your colleagues might be guilty of doing. And being that the Podcast PD crew is all based in New Jersey, what better meal to have than pork roll (or as AJ calls it, Taylor Ham). So try not to get too hungry while consuming this episode and check to see if you are guilty of some of these edtech pet peeves. Buen provecho!

About Stacey

Stacey is a 5th grade teacher with nearly 20 years experience in education from pre-school to high school. She is passionate about tech integration and a balance between the digital and analog world. Stacey is also the cohost of PodcastPD, a show about learning and growing with podcasts.

About Chris

Christopher J. Nesi is certified in social studies and supervision and has inspired students and teachers at the K-12, and collegiate levels. Technology and its role in education are his professional passion. Mr. Nesi hosts the House of #EdTech Podcast. House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education. He is also the co-host of the PodcastPD Podcast. In 2015, he founded the Education Podcast Network as a way to connect with other education podcasters and to provide a place where people could easily access the best in education podcasts. In 2019, he was named one of EdTech’s 30 Must-Follow K–12 Education IT Influencers by EdTech Magazine.

About AJ

AJ Bianco is a husband, father of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl), and currently is the Vice Principal of East Brook Middle School in New Jersey. When it comes to the ideal classroom, AJ is an advocate for technology tools and methodologies. He is also a major proponent for Blended Learning practices, Personalized Learning and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning. AJ is an avid podcast listener, co-host of PodcastPD, and a podcast coming in early 2020! He is also a co-host of #CoffeeEDU in Bergen County, New Jersey. You can find AJ at a variety of EdCamps and Conferences throughout New Jersey and New York. AJ shares his passions for education, educational technology, and leadership through his website at http://www.ajbianco.me

Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, we chat about one of the more negative aspects of technology integration. I connect with Stacey Lindes, Chris Nesi, and AJ Bianco, AKA the Podcast PD crew. We talk about the edtech pet peeves that we have. We are all guilty of doing something that others hate and that's OK, it doesn't make us any less of a person or educator. This list contains some things that you or your colleagues might be guilty of doing. And being that the Podcast PD crew is all based in New Jersey, what better meal to have than pork roll (or as AJ calls it, Taylor Ham). So try not to get too hungry while consuming this episode and check to see if you are guilty of some of these edtech pet peeves. Buen provecho! Podcast PD Website About Stacey Stacey is a 5th grade teacher with nearly 20 years experience in education from pre-school to high school. She is passionate about tech integration and a balance between the digital and analog world. Stacey is also the cohost of PodcastPD, a show about learning and growing with podcasts. Stacey on Twitter Stacey on Instagram About Chris Christopher J. Nesi is certified in social studies and supervision and has inspired students and teachers at the K-12, and collegiate levels. Technology and its role in education are his professional passion. Mr. Nesi hosts the House of #EdTech Podcast. House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education. He is also the co-host of the PodcastPD Podcast. In 2015, he founded the Education Podcast Network as a way to connect with other education podcasters and to provide a place where people could easily access the best in education podcasts. In 2019, he was named one of EdTech’s 30 Must-Follow K–12 Education IT Influencers by EdTech Magazine. Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Chris on Facebook Chris' Website About AJ AJ Bianco is a husband, father of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl), and currently is the Vice Principal of East Brook Middle School in New Jersey. When it comes to the ideal classroom, AJ is an advocate for technology tools and methodologies. He is also a major proponent for Blended Learning practices, Personalized Learning and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning. AJ is an avid podcast listener, co-host of PodcastPD, and a podcast coming in early 2020! He is also a co-host of #CoffeeEDU in Bergen County, New Jersey. You can find AJ at a variety of EdCamps and Conferences throughout New Jersey and New York. AJ shares his passions for education, educational technology, and leadership through his website at http://www.ajbianco.me AJ on Twitter AJ on Instagram AJ on Facebook ReflectED Website
  1. Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll
  2. Ep. 84: Carl, Remote Learning Sustainability, And Pizza
  3. Ep. 83: Pawan, Whiteboard.Chat, and Chicken Tikka Masala
  4. Ep. 82: Making Grading Easy With David From Grade Transferer
  5. Ep. 81: What's In Your Tech Bag w/ Al Thomas

Ep. 84: Carl, Remote Learning Sustainability, And Pizza

In this episode, I connect with Carl Hooker to chat about the sustainability of remote learning. While discussing, Carls also takes us through how to make his famous pizza dough. He talks us through this as well as shows us on his “pizza cam”. I made mine prior to us connecting so I had to play the waiting game with Carl. It was all worth it and we have a great conversation. If you’d like to see video of Carl making his pizza dough, make sure you check out the YouTube video as well. Don’t forget to leave a review and thank you for listening. Buen provecho!

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About Carl

Carl Hooker has been in education for 22+ years. He’s been a teacher, coach, and administrator and is currently a national faculty member for Future Ready Schools. Carl also hosts 2 podcasts, has written 6 books on mobile learning, and has a course on Remote Learning. He’s been a keynote speaker at state and national events and in his most important role, is a father to three girls. 

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Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, we chat about one of the more negative aspects of technology integration. I connect with Stacey Lindes, Chris Nesi, and AJ Bianco, AKA the Podcast PD crew. We talk about the edtech pet peeves that we have. We are all guilty of doing something that others hate and that's OK, it doesn't make us any less of a person or educator. This list contains some things that you or your colleagues might be guilty of doing. And being that the Podcast PD crew is all based in New Jersey, what better meal to have than pork roll (or as AJ calls it, Taylor Ham). So try not to get too hungry while consuming this episode and check to see if you are guilty of some of these edtech pet peeves. Buen provecho! Podcast PD Website About Stacey Stacey is a 5th grade teacher with nearly 20 years experience in education from pre-school to high school. She is passionate about tech integration and a balance between the digital and analog world. Stacey is also the cohost of PodcastPD, a show about learning and growing with podcasts. Stacey on Twitter Stacey on Instagram About Chris Christopher J. Nesi is certified in social studies and supervision and has inspired students and teachers at the K-12, and collegiate levels. Technology and its role in education are his professional passion. Mr. Nesi hosts the House of #EdTech Podcast. House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education. He is also the co-host of the PodcastPD Podcast. In 2015, he founded the Education Podcast Network as a way to connect with other education podcasters and to provide a place where people could easily access the best in education podcasts. In 2019, he was named one of EdTech’s 30 Must-Follow K–12 Education IT Influencers by EdTech Magazine. Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Chris on Facebook Chris' Website About AJ AJ Bianco is a husband, father of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl), and currently is the Vice Principal of East Brook Middle School in New Jersey. When it comes to the ideal classroom, AJ is an advocate for technology tools and methodologies. He is also a major proponent for Blended Learning practices, Personalized Learning and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning. AJ is an avid podcast listener, co-host of PodcastPD, and a podcast coming in early 2020! He is also a co-host of #CoffeeEDU in Bergen County, New Jersey. You can find AJ at a variety of EdCamps and Conferences throughout New Jersey and New York. AJ shares his passions for education, educational technology, and leadership through his website at http://www.ajbianco.me AJ on Twitter AJ on Instagram AJ on Facebook ReflectED Website
  1. Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll
  2. Ep. 84: Carl, Remote Learning Sustainability, And Pizza
  3. Ep. 83: Pawan, Whiteboard.Chat, and Chicken Tikka Masala
  4. Ep. 82: Making Grading Easy With David From Grade Transferer
  5. Ep. 81: What's In Your Tech Bag w/ Al Thomas

Ep. 83: Pawan, Whiteboard.Chat, And Chicken Tikka Masala

In this episode, I chat with Pawan Uberoy regarding his product, Whiteboard.Chat. He covers the many features this edtech product brings to the table and how it can really increase student engagement. Being that Paway is from India, he challenged me to make one of his favorite dished, Chicken Tikka Masala. And that’s exactly what we did. We made this delicious meal and broke bread virtually while chatting the ins and out of student engagement with Whiteboard.Chat. If you’d like to see what Pawan and I discuss, make sure you check out the YouTube video as well. And if you’re interested in my recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala, make sure you are subscribed to the EdTech Bites YouTube Channel as I will be dropping a recipe video for this dish soon. Don’t forget to leave a review and thank you for listening. Buen provecho!

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About Pawan

Pawan and whiteboard.chat are new in the education world. Pawan and his company built whiteboard.chat when COVID hit using pieces of the product their startup was making to help their own kids and teachers. Since then teachers from around the world have been helping design the free platform to help educators and scholars.

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Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, we chat about one of the more negative aspects of technology integration. I connect with Stacey Lindes, Chris Nesi, and AJ Bianco, AKA the Podcast PD crew. We talk about the edtech pet peeves that we have. We are all guilty of doing something that others hate and that's OK, it doesn't make us any less of a person or educator. This list contains some things that you or your colleagues might be guilty of doing. And being that the Podcast PD crew is all based in New Jersey, what better meal to have than pork roll (or as AJ calls it, Taylor Ham). So try not to get too hungry while consuming this episode and check to see if you are guilty of some of these edtech pet peeves. Buen provecho! Podcast PD Website About Stacey Stacey is a 5th grade teacher with nearly 20 years experience in education from pre-school to high school. She is passionate about tech integration and a balance between the digital and analog world. Stacey is also the cohost of PodcastPD, a show about learning and growing with podcasts. Stacey on Twitter Stacey on Instagram About Chris Christopher J. Nesi is certified in social studies and supervision and has inspired students and teachers at the K-12, and collegiate levels. Technology and its role in education are his professional passion. Mr. Nesi hosts the House of #EdTech Podcast. House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education. He is also the co-host of the PodcastPD Podcast. In 2015, he founded the Education Podcast Network as a way to connect with other education podcasters and to provide a place where people could easily access the best in education podcasts. In 2019, he was named one of EdTech’s 30 Must-Follow K–12 Education IT Influencers by EdTech Magazine. Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Chris on Facebook Chris' Website About AJ AJ Bianco is a husband, father of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl), and currently is the Vice Principal of East Brook Middle School in New Jersey. When it comes to the ideal classroom, AJ is an advocate for technology tools and methodologies. He is also a major proponent for Blended Learning practices, Personalized Learning and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning. AJ is an avid podcast listener, co-host of PodcastPD, and a podcast coming in early 2020! He is also a co-host of #CoffeeEDU in Bergen County, New Jersey. You can find AJ at a variety of EdCamps and Conferences throughout New Jersey and New York. AJ shares his passions for education, educational technology, and leadership through his website at http://www.ajbianco.me AJ on Twitter AJ on Instagram AJ on Facebook ReflectED Website
  1. Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll
  2. Ep. 84: Carl, Remote Learning Sustainability, And Pizza
  3. Ep. 83: Pawan, Whiteboard.Chat, and Chicken Tikka Masala
  4. Ep. 82: Making Grading Easy With David From Grade Transferer
  5. Ep. 81: What's In Your Tech Bag w/ Al Thomas

Ep. 82: Making Grading Easy With David From Grade Transferer

In this episode, I chat with David Polgar from Grade Transferer. Let’s make this easy for everyone. If you input grades into one system and then have to transfer them to another program, such as your Student Information System, then this episode is a MUST for you to listen to. David tells us how the idea for Grade Transferer came to be, how it works, and how teachers can get started using it right away. So download this episode and give it a listen during your commute, workout, or as you’re grading to hear how to make your life a bit easier with Grade Transferer. Buen provecho!

About Grade Transferer

Teachers have to spend way too much time on things that aren’t actually teaching. The quality of lessons suffer as a result, because time is wasted on clerical work like data re-entry rather than crafting engaging lessons and activities. David & Kinga (both teachers, from families of teachers) came up with GradeTransferer to combat the major time-sucking challenge of getting grades from Google Classroom into your gradebook without you having to retype and sort them all. GradeTransferer can save you hours per week and is now used by hundreds of districts and tens of thousands of teachers. It’s a small app that can make a big difference in a teacher’s life!

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Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, we chat about one of the more negative aspects of technology integration. I connect with Stacey Lindes, Chris Nesi, and AJ Bianco, AKA the Podcast PD crew. We talk about the edtech pet peeves that we have. We are all guilty of doing something that others hate and that's OK, it doesn't make us any less of a person or educator. This list contains some things that you or your colleagues might be guilty of doing. And being that the Podcast PD crew is all based in New Jersey, what better meal to have than pork roll (or as AJ calls it, Taylor Ham). So try not to get too hungry while consuming this episode and check to see if you are guilty of some of these edtech pet peeves. Buen provecho! Podcast PD Website About Stacey Stacey is a 5th grade teacher with nearly 20 years experience in education from pre-school to high school. She is passionate about tech integration and a balance between the digital and analog world. Stacey is also the cohost of PodcastPD, a show about learning and growing with podcasts. Stacey on Twitter Stacey on Instagram About Chris Christopher J. Nesi is certified in social studies and supervision and has inspired students and teachers at the K-12, and collegiate levels. Technology and its role in education are his professional passion. Mr. Nesi hosts the House of #EdTech Podcast. House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education. He is also the co-host of the PodcastPD Podcast. In 2015, he founded the Education Podcast Network as a way to connect with other education podcasters and to provide a place where people could easily access the best in education podcasts. In 2019, he was named one of EdTech’s 30 Must-Follow K–12 Education IT Influencers by EdTech Magazine. Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Chris on Facebook Chris' Website About AJ AJ Bianco is a husband, father of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl), and currently is the Vice Principal of East Brook Middle School in New Jersey. When it comes to the ideal classroom, AJ is an advocate for technology tools and methodologies. He is also a major proponent for Blended Learning practices, Personalized Learning and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning. AJ is an avid podcast listener, co-host of PodcastPD, and a podcast coming in early 2020! He is also a co-host of #CoffeeEDU in Bergen County, New Jersey. You can find AJ at a variety of EdCamps and Conferences throughout New Jersey and New York. AJ shares his passions for education, educational technology, and leadership through his website at http://www.ajbianco.me AJ on Twitter AJ on Instagram AJ on Facebook ReflectED Website
  1. Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll
  2. Ep. 84: Carl, Remote Learning Sustainability, And Pizza
  3. Ep. 83: Pawan, Whiteboard.Chat, and Chicken Tikka Masala
  4. Ep. 82: Making Grading Easy With David From Grade Transferer
  5. Ep. 81: What's In Your Tech Bag w/ Al Thomas

Ep. 81: What’s In Your Tech Bag w/ Al Thomas

In this episode, I am joined by Al Thomas to discuss the burning question, “What’s in your tech bag?”. A couple of weeks ago, I created a Flipgrid topic and asked for people to show us what’s in their tech bag. Al and I go through those responses and give our thoughts before we go through ours. If you’d like to see the videos as well as Al and I going through our tech bags, this podcast was recorded with video as well and is available on YouTube. So tune in and check out if our tech bags have anything in common with yours. Buen provecho!

About Al

Al Thomas is an educational leader with a passion for creativity and the opportunities it can provide for students. He has more than eighteen years in the field of education as a teacher, principal, district-level director, and consultant.
His passion is to develop and curate unique and innovative solutions that improve learning for all and to inspire educators by sharing inspirational stories through various forms of visual storytelling.
He believes that if we are to prepare students for future success, we must equip them with creative problem-solving skills that harness their talents and abilities. Currently, he consults with schools on building systems and staff capacity to transform teaching and leadership by using creativity, technology integration, and design thinking.

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Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, we chat about one of the more negative aspects of technology integration. I connect with Stacey Lindes, Chris Nesi, and AJ Bianco, AKA the Podcast PD crew. We talk about the edtech pet peeves that we have. We are all guilty of doing something that others hate and that's OK, it doesn't make us any less of a person or educator. This list contains some things that you or your colleagues might be guilty of doing. And being that the Podcast PD crew is all based in New Jersey, what better meal to have than pork roll (or as AJ calls it, Taylor Ham). So try not to get too hungry while consuming this episode and check to see if you are guilty of some of these edtech pet peeves. Buen provecho! Podcast PD Website About Stacey Stacey is a 5th grade teacher with nearly 20 years experience in education from pre-school to high school. She is passionate about tech integration and a balance between the digital and analog world. Stacey is also the cohost of PodcastPD, a show about learning and growing with podcasts. Stacey on Twitter Stacey on Instagram About Chris Christopher J. Nesi is certified in social studies and supervision and has inspired students and teachers at the K-12, and collegiate levels. Technology and its role in education are his professional passion. Mr. Nesi hosts the House of #EdTech Podcast. House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education. He is also the co-host of the PodcastPD Podcast. In 2015, he founded the Education Podcast Network as a way to connect with other education podcasters and to provide a place where people could easily access the best in education podcasts. In 2019, he was named one of EdTech’s 30 Must-Follow K–12 Education IT Influencers by EdTech Magazine. Chris on Twitter Chris on Instagram Chris on Facebook Chris' Website About AJ AJ Bianco is a husband, father of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl), and currently is the Vice Principal of East Brook Middle School in New Jersey. When it comes to the ideal classroom, AJ is an advocate for technology tools and methodologies. He is also a major proponent for Blended Learning practices, Personalized Learning and the Flipped Classroom model to enhance student learning. AJ is an avid podcast listener, co-host of PodcastPD, and a podcast coming in early 2020! He is also a co-host of #CoffeeEDU in Bergen County, New Jersey. You can find AJ at a variety of EdCamps and Conferences throughout New Jersey and New York. AJ shares his passions for education, educational technology, and leadership through his website at http://www.ajbianco.me AJ on Twitter AJ on Instagram AJ on Facebook ReflectED Website
  1. Ep. 85: EdTech Pet Peeves, Stacey, Chris, AJ, And Pork Roll
  2. Ep. 84: Carl, Remote Learning Sustainability, And Pizza
  3. Ep. 83: Pawan, Whiteboard.Chat, and Chicken Tikka Masala
  4. Ep. 82: Making Grading Easy With David From Grade Transferer
  5. Ep. 81: What's In Your Tech Bag w/ Al Thomas

Educator Rocket League Tournament 2.0

This past summer, I toyed around with the idea of hosting a 2 vs. 2 Rocket League Tournament. It was intended for educators to get together with a family member to game together in the spirit of ol’ fashioned fun. Well, it didn’t really go down like I planned. At the time, Rocket League was a paid game and most people who reached out never played it. Well guess what?! Rocket League is now free on all platforms and what a better time to play with a family member than during the Winter Break of this global pandemic! So here it is… Rocket League 2 vs. 2 Tournament… January 2nd, 2021 at 2pm CT. Get together with your child, nephew, niece, cousin, step-son, mother-in-law, distant second cousin’s nephew, or anyone who you could game with. The game is free on all platforms and requires an Epic Games account (Epic…the ones who host Fortnite). This is all in the name of fun in the educational community. If you are interested, fill out the Google Form below with your information. We’ll see you online and do not forget to subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already done so. Stay safe!

Ep. 80: Jacob, Mike, And Gaming + The 4 C’s

In this episode, I chat with Jacob Luevano and Mike Washburn. We discuss how video games have evolved and how they have affected our students. Teacher mindset as well as how students use these skills in and out of the game are discussed and we also chat how Among Us is used in education by various educators. In addition we also talk some of our favorite video games to play during our downtime. It’s a great conversation (no food in this one though…sorry) that will make you want to pick up a controller while listening. Buen provecho!

Also, on December 28th, I will be hosting a 2 vs. 2 Rocket League competition. So feel free to team up with a family member, friend, colleague, or someone from your PLN and reach out to me on any social media platform or email me at edtechbites@gmail.com if you are interested. More details to come in a blog post.

About Jacob

Jacob Luevano is a Graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Elementary Education. Jacob taught Social Studies, Video Production, and Emerging Technology at the Middle School level for 11 years. He then became a technology coach at an K-5 elementary campus where his experience integrating mobile devices into classrooms began. He brought that experience to Manor ISD in 2012 where he co-founded the iTeach Manor Team. The iTeach Manor team is a group of instructional technologists and Teachers whose main goal is to provide training and resources focusing on the integration of technology and innovative practices into the classroom. 

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About Mike

Mike Washburn is the host of four podcasts including OnEducation and the official Minecraft: Education Edition podcast. He is a content creator and and author and the Director of Engagement for Participate, a social learning platform that believes we learn best when we learn together.

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Ep. 79: Clement And Creating Meaningful Media

In this episode, I chat media creation with Clement Townsend. We discuss the importance of students creating digital media and how his course aims at teaching students what “meaningful media” is all about. We’ve all heard about the importance of “telling your story” and Clement is all about making sure that our students know the tools and know how when it comes to accomplishing this is a positive, meaningful way. He’s a Chicago native so he also lets us know where the locals eat in Chitown. I’ve never been there myself but when I do go, I know where to eat and more importantly, who to eat with. Buen provecho!

About Clement

Clement Townsend spent close to two decades in front of the camera as a Sports Journalist including time spent on the local news, cable and the internet. His career took him to several markets including San Angelo, Texas, Mobile, Alabama, Lynchburg, Virginia and Chicago Illinois. Clement has covered numerous big events throughout his career such as the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, and multiple college football National Championships. Clement is the author of “How to Become a Broadcasting Star” and the founder of Broadcasting Career Mentor (BCM). BCM provides media training for youth across the country. BCM offers in person training and virtual training through the Video Journalism Pro Online Course.

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Ep. 78: Mandy, Reigniting The Fire, and EdTech Tools

In this episode, I chat with Mandy Froehlich to discuss how educators can reignite the fire within them in order to ______. Being that she juggles quite a bit with her personal and professional career, she also shares some tools to help her tackle everything she needs to in order to maintain balance. And if that isn’t enough, she also shares a delicious recipe that you won’t want to miss out on. So give this episode a listen and as always, Buen provecho!

About Mandy

Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. A former Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, she has experience at many levels of the organizational structure. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. Her books are The Fire Within: Lessons from defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, Divergent EDU: Challenging assumptions and limitations to create a culture of innovation, Reignite the Flames: Finding our passion and purpose for learning among the embers, and The Educator’s Matchbook: A weekly guidebook for educators to build resilience and fight burnout.

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The Original New York Chopped Cheese Sandwich

No, it’s not a Philly cheesesteak and no, it’s not a hamburger. It’s the chopped cheese sandwich. From what I’ve found, it originated in Harlem, NY. Specifically, Hajji’s Deli. I’ve never been there but… I love trying new food. And more than likely, you’ve got all of the ingredients for this sandwich. So… Let’s get started.

  • 2.5 lbs. of ground beef (90/10 works well)
  • 4 hoagie rolls/baguettes/sub rolls. Whichever works
  • American cheese (get a quality one from your deli, not the stuff that’s individually wrapped)
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Mayonaise
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Brown The Beef

Take your ground beef and brown it. I prefer using a cast iron skillet because I like my beef with an extra crisp and crunch to it. Keep it moving and do not let it burn. Season with your favorite spices. I used a low sodium seasoning blend and lots of pepper.

Step 2: Toast And Prepare The Buns

Grab your roll, veggies, and condiments. I buttered the rolls and then toasted them in another pan. This softens up the roll and gives the inside a nice crunch. Next, I added mayo, ketchup, and some sciracha mayo as well. What can I say…I like spice! I also shredded the lettuce and sliced the tomatoes.

Step 3: Assemble The Sandwich

At this point, your ground beef should be cooked all the way through and have a crumbly texture. It’s at this point that you can portion it on your skillet, pan, or flattop griddle. Place a couple of slices of the American cheese and let it melt through. Once it’s melted, use your longest spatula to transfer it onto your prepared buns. It’s at this time that you can feast with your eyes at this New York classic.

Step 4: Serve With Your Favorite Side And Enjoy!

I served our with some tater tots. It’s not a Philly cheesesteak and it’s not a hamburger. The meat has a nice crust to it because it’s chopped. Every morsel of ground beef is properly seasoned and cooked to perfection. I can guarantee you this will not be the last time you make this sandwich. Buen provecho!