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!

Ep. 77: Bethany, TikTok, And Gamification

In this episode, I chat with Bethany Petty, AKA: Petty Wap. She’s doing some great thing with TikTok and gamification in her classroom. She shares how she got started, student and parent feedback, and the stumbles she’s had when creating. And if that isn’t enough, she shares a recipe for a snack that I’ve never tried….yet. I will be giving this a shot soon. If you want to know what I’m talking about, give this episode a listen and be prepared to be inspired. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 76: Get Organized With Google Keep And Apple Notes

We are officially in Darktober and things are looking a bit unorganized. Google Keep and Apple Notes are a way to bring some organization to your life, both professional and personal. In this episode, I go over the key features of Google Keep and Apple Notes. I compare the two and talk about their similarities as well as the key differences between the two of them in order to make You a more organized educator and human. So grab yourself a chopped cheese sandwich and get ready to learn how to get organized! Buen Provecho!

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Ep. 75: Chromebook Tips, Google Chrome Tips, And Donuts

In this episode, I go over some of my favorite tips and tricks to work smarter with Chromebooks and Google Chrome. I go over some quick time-saving keyboard shortcuts to give you a little extra time during your day and make you look like a boss doing so. And did I mention that I snack on some homemade donuts while doing so? Stay tuned because I’ll be publishing the recipe for these power rings on the EdTech Bites website soon.

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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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