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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Ep. 65: Matthew, Professional Development Nuggets, And Fenway Food

In this episode, I chat professional development for teachers with Matthew Joseph. He’s a native of Massachusetts so it would only be ideal to also discuss New England eats including what to and what not to order when going to Fenway Park. So get ready to get your professional development on! Buen provecho!

About Matthew

Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Leicester Public Schools. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his 25 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, elementary school principal, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist. These experiences have provided Matt incredible insights on how to best support teaching and learning and led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. His master’s degree is in special education and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College. He is the author of Power of Us: Creating Collaborative Schools and co-author of Modern Mentoring, Reimagining Mentorship in Education.

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Ep. 64: Nichole, Sketchnotes, And TikTok Recipes

In this episode, I chat with Nichole Carter to discuss Sketchnotes, Bullet Journals, and some pretty handy TikTok cooking recipes. She defines sketchnotes and goes over the different elements included in sketchnotes and why they are such a great way for us to retain information. We also discuss her book, “Sketchnoting In The Classroom”. Buen provecho!

About Nichole

Nichole is currently a K-12 Literacy and Digital Curriculum TOSA in Beaverton School District. Nichole previously taught for 11 years as an ELA teacher at mid-level. She is the author of Sketchnoting in the Classroom, and co-author of Flipped Classroom 2.0. Her motto is create, inspire, make!

Click here to purchase Nichole’s book on Amazon

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Ep. 63: Now What? Where Do We Go From Here?

In this episode, I discuss how Covid 19 and police brutality have affected our children. I do not discuss any edtech or food in this episode. The current events are way too important to overlook and how they have changed what our classrooms, virtual classrooms, and dinner table conversations sound like.

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The Best Garlic Noodles And Shrimp

There really aren’t many better food combos like that of noodles and shrimp. What’s better than that? You guessed it! Garlic noodles with shrimp. Let’s get right down to it. No fluff or filler!

  • 1 lb. lo mein noodles or spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb. fresh peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 10-15 minced garlic cloves
  • 4-5 chopped spring onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • LOTS OF LOVE, BABY!

Step By Step Instructions

Bring the noodles to a boil in a pot of water. Refer to the instructions on the package for cook time. Do not add oil. This is a waste of good oil and does prevent the noodles from sticking together. Mixing while it cooks does.

Chop the cilantro, garlic, and spring onions. Take this time to season your shrimp with salt and pepper. I typically don’t use salt as the soy sauce and oyster sauce have enough sodium as it is and I don’t like waking up with sausage fingers the next morning. Bring a pan up to medium heat to sauté everything as the noodles cook.

Sauté the onions and garlic for about 2 minutes in the olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Be careful! These little boogers cook quickly and go from done to overdone pretty fast. Add the cilantro and remove from the heat. Here’s where you add the red pepper flakes as well.

Remove the noodles and drain them really well. If you have a colander, use it! Grab a wok or wok-style pot, bring it up to medium heat, and add the butter. If you don’t have one, use your largest pan so you can toss everything easily.

Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, noodles and shrimp to the pot. Give it a good toss and WHAM! You did it. Serve ’em up and enjoy. When you are finished, make sure you give your significant other a huge, wet, garlicky kiss! They’ll appreciate it. And don’t worry when you run out. Every burp for the next 3 days will remind you of how good this was. Buen provecho!

Ep. 62: Ori, GiantLeap, and Israeli Food

Have you noticed delays in your child’s progress during distance learning? Have you asked yourself “I see this at home alone, I can’t imagine with 30 other students in the class!”. In this episode, I chat with Ori Hofnung, founder of GiantLeap. His product evaluates the child and then creates a plan to improve on the areas the child needs to fill in gaps. He comes from humble beginnings and has sought out to help parents help their children. Buen provecho!

About Ori Hofnung

Ori Hofnung is the Founder & CEO of GiantLeap – a science backed-platform where parents can evaluate their children’s brain, language motor, and social development from home, without having to depend on external support. The platform results are used to deliver a concise quarterly action plan of best-suited content, products, and services for their children. Native of Israel, Ori spent most of his professional career between the United States, Brazil, and Israel where he held several executive positions in digital media ventures, with an emphasis on games and entertainment content products. His previous roles include Director of Global Client Relations at Tomodo and General Manager of Playbuzz Latin America.

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Ep. 61: Pamela, Educación A Distancia En México, Y Comida China.

Bienvenidos al episodio 61 del EdTech Bites Podcast. En este episodio, hablo con Pamela Buenrostro sobre cómo la pandemia global está afectando el sistema educativo en México y la comida china. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 61: Pamela, Distance Learning In Mexico, And Chinese Food

In this episode, I chat with Pamela Buenrostro about how the global pandemic is affecting the education system in Mexico and Chinese food. The Mexican education system does not have all of the same resources that we have in the United States so it’s interesting to get some perspective from a teacher in another country. In addition, I also recorded an episode with her in Spanish so if you would rather hear that one or know someone who will, let them know. And who knows, I might just launch EdTech Bites Español. Buen provecho!

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