Ep. 74: Tim And The People’s Top 5 EdTech Apps

In this episode, I’m joined by Tim Cavey of the Teachers On Fire Podcast. A week prior to recording, I asked my PLN to give me their top 5 edtech apps for any given teaching environment. I didn’t ask for reasons or justification, I simply asked for a top 5 list. After multiple responses, I compiled a list of your top 5 choices. I then gave Tim this list and asked him to rank the list in his order from 1-5. I did the same. In this episode, we give you our list in our ranking order and why we chose the order we did. Tune in to hear if you agree or disagree with our rankings. It’s a fun and upbeat conversation with a couple of likeminded podcasters. Enjoy! Buen provecho!

About Tim

Tim Cavey is a husband, stepfather of two, 8th grade teacher, and assistant principal in Vancouver, Canada. In 2019, he completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership degree that re-ignited his fire for teaching and put him on a new path of growth, professional reflection, and content creation. Tim’s a firm believer in the growth mindset and advocates often for the kinds of informal professional learning that can be found on social media and in blogs, vlogs, or podcasts. When he’s not creating content or spending time with his family, you’ll find Tim hiking, flying his drone, or paddleboarding in the chilly waters of the Pacific northwest.

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Ep. 73: Nearpod Updates for Student Engagement

In this episode, I chat with Amber Calderon from Nearpod. She goes over all of the updates that are now available in Nearpod to increase student engagement for face to face, virtual, and blended learning environments. After hearing this episode, you will no longer think of Nearpod as a tool rather, a hub for learning to take place. At the end of this episode let us know on social media if you are a Pop-Tart, a slow cooker, or a pressure cooker. If you don’t quite understand what I’m talking about, give it a listen and it will all make sense. Buen provecho!

About Amber

Amber Calderon is a former elementary teacher. While teaching, she created a teaching website (PeppyZestyTeacherista.com) and social media community that focused on ed-tech tips and classroom management strategies. She now leads social media and influencer marketing for Nearpod and Flocabulary! She LOVES talking to teachers and learning about ways she can support them in their ed-tech journey! Don’t be shy – reach out to her!

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Ep. 72: 2020 Beginning Of The Year Keynote

In this episode, I give my 2020 Beginning Of The Year Keynote to motivate educators like you to hit the ground running this school year. I discuss what our students need, focus, and pedagogy. Did I mention I do this while snacking on hatch chili chicken salad and crackers? Well, I just did. So tune in and prepare to get some motivation for this next school year. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 71: The New Flipgrid

In this episode, I fly solo and go over all of the updates to the new and improved Flipgrid. I go over each one in detail as well as give some ideas on how these can be utilized in the classroom. So if you didn’t get a chance to watch Flipgrid Live 2020, no worries. I got you, Fam! Listen and start getting ideas on how you can use Flipgrid with your students this fall. Don’t forget to share this episode with your colleagues and your PLN. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 70: Kris, Seesaw Updates, and Perogies

In this episode, I chat with Kris Szajner to discuss all of the updates coming to Seesaw this fall. In addition, Kris schools me when it comes to Polish Perogies. We go over each individual update to the platform and different ways to use these updates in your classroom. So strap in and take notes because we’re going to learn ya’! Buen provecho!

About Kris

​Kris Szajner is a Technology Integration Specialist for Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools in Prior Lake Minnesota. In this position, Kris works to improve the instructional practices of teachers with a focus on Google, Seesaw, and iOS devices in grades PreK-5.

​Kris is a former Kindergarten STEM teacher which allows him to share innovative, and relevant practices that are impactful for any age student. Kris shares his work and ideas through his website http://www.kszajner.com and is a regular presenter across the nation.

​Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in special education, and a specialization in technology integration. His ideas around technology rich instructional practices are regularly seen on social media.

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Ep. 69: Eddie And EdTech In Athletics

In this episode, I chat with Eddie Moreno, middle school teacher and athletic coordinator. Eddie gives us the scoop on how he and the other coaches adapted to this quarantine and leveraged edtech to conduct a virtual athletics camp to engage the students. If you’d like to check out some of what they’re doing, check out the Nimitz Middle School Facebook Page and comb through their videos. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 68: Marshall, The Tumble Science Podcourse, and Gazpacho

In this episode, I chat with Marshall Escamilla of the Tumble Science Podcast to discuss their upcoming podcourse that will be available July 28th. This course will make you think twice about what’s living around you in your home. Marshall currently lives in Barcelona, Spain so he also shares a refreshing gazpacho recipe with us. So kick your feet up with a glass of gazpacho and enjoy. Buen provecho!

About Marshall

Marshall Escamilla has been a classroom teacher since 2003, and has covered nearly every subject taught in high school–except science! In 2015, with his wife Lindsay Patterson, he began co-hosting the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, a podcast that aims to share the process of science and the joy of discovery with kids aged 6-12.

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Ep. 67: Dr. Fidelio and SEL Through Student Voice

In this episode, I chat with Dr. Jesse Fidelio to discuss how we can address social emotional learning through student voice. We bring up some apps and examples of how this can be done as well as ways education will change in the 2020-2021 school year. He also lets us know where to grab some good grub when in South Padre Island, Texas. Buen provecho!

About Dr. Fidelio

Dr. Fidelio is a K-12 Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD in Los Fresnos, Texas. I support 14 campuses throughout the school district. His role is to empower educators to use educational technology to redefine classroom instruction. He works alongside school library media specialists, elementary coding lab teachers, and social media ambassadors to help communicate the positive impact that edtech can have for students in and outside of the classroom. His educational podcast “Go Beyond Greatness with Dr. Fidelio” is available for anybody that needs a virtual hug and is available on Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

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Rocket League Tournament!

“I want to be a YouTube when I grow up!” If you have children at home, more than likely, you’ve heard this. And more than likely, your children are gaming this summer. And whether you want to accept it or not, there are many benefits to gaming online. There’s a huge gaming community and some of these gamers aren’t old enough to vote but are bringing in more money in eSports than we are as educators. If you’re like me, you’ve played some games with them and probably realized that your child can now outplay you! No worries. Remember that the purpose of games and gaming in general is having fun. And that’s what I’m inviting you to. A fun tournament.

Saturday, July 11th at 1pm CT, I will be holding a 2 vs. 2 parent/child Rocket League tournament. I invite any mother, father, aunt, uncle, or guardian to team up with your son, daughter, niece, or nephew and join. Here are the requirements:

  • Have the Rocket League game on either PC, Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch
  • A stable internet connection
  • Have the online service for your particular platform and an account for that service. Your child will need an account as well. (Xbox Live, Playstation Plus, or Nintendo Switch Online)
  • If you only have one online subscription in the family, make sure that you have enabled the online subscription to anyone who plays on that console. Check out the video instructions for Xbox One, Playstation 4, or Nintendo Switch.
  • Make sure your settings are set to play online

How Do I Join?

To join this tournament, make sure you have a Voxer account, send me a DM on any Social Media platform or email me at edtechbites@gmail.com with your Voxer handle. I will be sending out the tournament name and password Saturday morning. If you’re interested but can’t make it this Saturday, don’t worry. This will not be your only opportunity. I will be hosting more of these.

I hope to hear from you and get some practice in!

Ep. 66: Dena, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Macarons

In this episode, I’m joined by Dena Orfanitopoulos to discuss how to get started with Teachers Pay Teachers all while eating some homemade macarons. It’s a great conversation in which she covers hardware, software, and other things needed to start your own Teachers Pay Teachers store. So grab a macaron and enjoy. Buen provecho!

About Dena Orfanitopoulos

Dena Orfanitopoulos is an enrichment/STEM teacher in New Jersey. She currently teaches kindergarten through fourth grade. Her experience includes teaching technology education for 5th and 6th grade, and special education. In addition, she is a Google and Flipgrid certified teacher, as well as an Osmo Ambassador. Her teaching philosophy includes technology, STEM, project based learning, and hands-on activities. When she is not in the classroom, she runs an online store on Teachers Pay Teachers providing resources for other educators around the world. Dena has shared her passion for using technology in the classroom by presenting professional development workshops in her district, ISTE, Teach with Tech and Launch Into Tech Online Conferences.

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