Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!

In this episode, I give you my top 5 reasons why you need to be creating newsletters. Whether you are a district office director, principal, or teacher, you need to be creating newsletters for your department, teaching staff, or parents. Check out the episode and get inspired to start creating your newsletters today! 

This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it’s trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home. 

To learn more, visit www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer.

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?

In this episode, I pose the question, “Is the document camera officially dead?”  I cover the history and improvements of these tools while I eat some sugar cookies covered in Mango Chamoy. If you’d like to order some of these cookies, check out the links below to connect with Pat And Kim Bakery. Buen provecho!

How To Use Your iPhone As A Document Camera

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!

In this episode, I deliver my Beginning of the Year Keynote for the 2022-2023 school year. This episode is giving you food for thought on this school year with the focus on when to “Adjust The Temperature.” And what better dish to cook while delivering this keynote than pasta Carbonara.  This episode is also available on YouTube so check it out to see the ingredients and entire cooking process. Buen provecho!

YouTube Video Of Keynote

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Quickly Gather Parent Contact Information With Google Forms and Google Sheets!

Chances are that you’re reading this in your pajamas, during the last days of your summer break, and with your chin resting on your left hand! If that last statement was correct, give me a shout out on social media! Regardless of what you’re watching or doing, I know you’re thinking about the next school year. One of the things teachers need to do at the start of every school year is to collect and organize parent contact information. Your district’s Student Information System has all of this for you but not as organized as you would like it. Not only that, it’s probably behind a portal that requires authentication and is not very mobile friendly. No worries, Google Forms, Google Sheets, and I have your back!

In episode 111 of The EdTech Bites Podcast, I chatted with Shelly Sanchez Terrell regarding parent communication. One of the tips I gave in this episode was for teachers to collect all of your student parent contact information through the use of a Google Form. Upon submitting, all of this data will go to a Google Sheet that can be easily retrieved from any internet-enabled device. But why just talk about it when I can create it for YOU so you can have your own editable copy of this form! So here you go!

Step 1: Let’s Make A Copy Of This Form!

Before you make a copy of this form, make sure you are in the Google account you want this form to live in. More than likely, it will be your work account and not a personal one. Once you are in this account, CLICK HERE and you will be forced to make a copy of the form. Go ahead and click “Make a copy”. This form will now be in your Google Drive.

Step 2: Let’s Make Some Edits To This Form!

Check out the form and read through the description, title, and questions. Make any edits you would like to make. Another thing to think about as well is the confirmation message. In other words, what do you want your parents to read once they have submitted the form? Some people like to put something along the lines of “Thank you for your submission. I look forward to working with you for your child’s success this year.” To find this setting, click on the Settings tab of the form and click on Presentation.

Step 3: Let’s Make A Spreadsheet For The Data!

Once you’ve made your edits and you are happy with your form, click on the “Responses” tab. There will be a green Google Sheet icon on the top-right hand corner. Click on that and select “Create a new spreadsheet.” Make sure it has the same name as the form followed by (Responses) at the end.

Step 4: Let’s Send This Form!

Both your form and your spreadsheet are ready to go! Now what? How do we get this information to parents? There are a couple of different ways to do this. Before doing this, you need to make sure that your settings are correct. Click on the Settings tab of the form and toggle what you want on and off.

If you plan on putting this on a site or landing page, you will need to get the URL for this form. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE THE URL FOR THE FORM YOU ARE EDITING. THIS WILL GIVE RECIPIENTS ACCESS TO EDIT THE BACK END OF THE FORM. Instead, you will click on the purple Send button on the top-right hand corner and choose the hyperlink icon. You can now copy this link or shorten it as well. In addition, you can paste the link in another tab and create a QR code for it. This works really well if you’d like to post this in your classroom during Meet The Teacher night.

You’re all set! All you have to do now is wait for responses. The beauty of this is that the data can be filtered and organized however YOU want it to be. And, you can view it easily from your Smartphone without having to log in to a portal with 52 factor authentication. Enjoy, spread the word, and have a great school year.

Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

In this episode, I chat with Shelly Sanchez Terrell to discuss tips and tricks to help you communicate with parents. If you need to call or email a parent regarding something positive or negative, we’ve got a strategy for you!. Our conversation was recorded at Bakery Lorraine in the historic Pearl of San Antonio. Thank you Jen, for allowing us to record at Bakery Lorraine! And what dessert is best to eat while chatting parent communication? You guessed it. Fruit tarts! It’s  great conversation and dessert with an even better guest. Buen provecho!

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About Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an award winning digital innovator, international speaker, and author of various education technology books. She has trained teachers in over 20 countries as a guest expert, consultant, and ambassador for the U.S. Embassy. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women and received a Bammy Award as the founder of #Edchat. She has been recognized by several entities as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and webinars. She is currently a teacher in Texas and is the author of TeacherRebootcamp.com, Hacking Digital Learning with Edtech Missions, and The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. 

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Ep. 110: Take AIM At Digital Learning, Jed, And Tacos

In this episode, I chat with Jed Stefanowicz about his book “Take AIM At Digital Learning”. This book was released through X-Factor Publishing and is available now. We chat about what “AIM” means while we chow down on some tacos. It’s a great conversation filled with nuggets for all educators in this post-pandemic world we’re in. Grab a couple of tacos and get ready to learn ways to engage learners through Digital Learning. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Ep. 109: Working Smarter With Calendars, Tasks, Reminders, And Tea w/ Lizzie Pérez

In this episode, I chat with Lizzy Pérez over some HTeaO iced tea. We chat ways educators could be more effective and efficient with Calendars, Tasks, and Reminders. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Ep. 108: 5 Year Anniversary At ISTE!

This episode is a 5 year celebratory episode of the show. This show launched June 28th, 2017 and this anniversary episode dropped June 28th, 2022. In this episode, I chat with prior guests while at ISTE 2022 in New Orleans and ask them all the same question. The question is “If you could go back in time 5 years and tell your past self one piece of advice, what would it be?” While you listen to these responses, think about how you would answer that same question. Feel free to respond to this question on Twitter. Look for my Tweet with this question and who knows, I might just pick a random responder to win a Starbuck’s gift card. Thank you for your continued support of the show and I look forward to 5, 10, or even 15 more years of The EdTech Bites Podcast. Buen provecho!

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Episodes Referenced

Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

Ep. 107: End Of The Year Reflection, Challenge, And Vietnamese Coffee

In this episode, I reflect upon the 2021-2022 school year. I also challenge all educators to do 3 things over this summer break. This episode was recorded live at the TCEA Elementary Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas while sipping on some Vietnamese coffee. So sit back with your favorite beverage and let’s reflect together. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It? EdTech Bites Podcast

In this episode, I ask the question “Are Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes worth it?” This episode stems from years of conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and the observations I’ve made in the school system. Some might view this as a “coffee fueled rant” but it’s one that needs to be had and heard. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!   This episode is sponsored by Smore. Everyone struggles to keep families informed. That’s why Smore offers a one-stop-shop solution for school communications. Their easy-to-use online newsletter tool lets educators create interactive updates that parents actually read. Kickstart communication with templates made for schools. Use features like automatic translation to reach more families. Smore is built with education in mind, which is why it's trusted by educators in nearly every school district in the United States. Help busy parents stay connected to what’s going on. And don’t rely on a paper flyer to survive the trip home.    To learn more, visit http://www.smore.com/podcast?utm_source=edtechbites for an exclusive offer. Connect With Gabriel Carrillo EdTech Bites Website: https://edtechbites.com EdTech Bites Twitter: https://twitter.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Instagram: https://instagram.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/edtechbites EdTech Bites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCZcyW4BkCFQ5P2BLK61xg
  1. Ep. 115: Are Honors, Advanced Placement, And Dual Credit Classes Worth It?
  2. Ep. 114: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Creating Newsletters!
  3. Ep. 113: Is The Document Camera Officially Dead?
  4. Ep. 112: 2022-2023 Beginning Of The Year Keynote And Carbonara!
  5. Ep. 111: Shelly, Parent Communication Tips For Teachers, And Fruit Tarts

🍩 National Donut Day 2022: Where To Score Free Donuts 🍩

Michael Scott had pretzel day and I… have donut day! Whether you spell it “donut” or “doughnut,” they’re all the same! Fried dough rings that I actually prefer to call “power rings.” Some national chains are giving these diet essentials away on June 3rd, 2022. If you prefer the local shop around the corner from you, check their social media accounts because more than likely they are celebrating this day as well. With that being said, there is no reason you shouldn’t score yourself a free power ring on National Donut Day 2022. And if you don’t like the center of the donut, just eat around it! 🤣

Krispy Kreme

A free glazed donut on June 3rd. What more is there to say? But there’s more! You can also score a dozen for free when you purchase a dozen at regular price. So take it easy tomorrow and sleep in a bit. If you show up a little late to work, be the hero and walk in with a couple of dozen donuts. You can either be “the one who was late” or “the one who brought donuts.” It’s a win-win scenario! Click here for more information.

Dunkin’

If you are a Dunkin’ coffee drinker, then this offer is for you. Pick up your free donut with the purchase of any beverage. This offer is hard to beat because what’s a donut without something to dunk it in?! Dunkin’ will also be releasing National Donut Day content on their Social Media so make sure you are following them on Instagram and TikTok. Click here for more information.

Duck Donuts

If you are fortunate enough to have a Duck Donuts around you, there are giving away one cinnamon sugar donut to every customer, in-store only. And there is no purchase necessary! Duck Donuts will also be choosing 5 “lucky ducks” to win a free dozen donuts. To be entered, you must do the following:

  • Follow @duckdonuts on Instagram
  • Post the most creative, crave-able and beautiful-looking donut photos June 2-5
  • Tag @duckdonuts and use #MyDuckDonuts in the caption

Click here for more information