Flipgrid + Nearpod

Have you ever considered app smashing with Flipgrid. There are many different ways to do this but my go-to tool to do this with is Nearpod. To do this, make sure you have both a Nearpod and Flipgrid account. Once that is done, you’re one step closer. To see step-by-step instructions, check out my how-to video that walks you through the rest of the process. Enjoy!

 

Ep. 16: Leslie, Great Leadership, and Filipino Food

In this week’s episode, I chat with Leslie Hazle Bussey from GLISI, the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement. We discuss great leadership and what a great leader does in order to lead and inspire. She uses great analogies between leading a staff and hosting a meal and includes what I consider, the quote of the decade. Listen to the interview and listen for it. We also touch upon the importance of connections and community and how they tie into the overall topic of leadership. If that isn’t enough, we also discuss some great Filipino food – specifically chicken adobo, pancit, and lumpia. Make sure you subscribe to the EdTech Bites Podcast and please leave a review. Also, tell a friend and/or colleague about the podcast and spread the word. As always, enjoy and Kain Tayo!

Ep. 15: Josh, Motivating Teachers, and Waffles

In episode 15, I interview Josh Howard who is an Educational Technology Coordinator in Missouri. He has done many interesting things in his district to motivate teachers to step out of their comfort zone, take risks, and begin integrating technology into their classrooms. He created Gettin’ Steamy and Tech Wars videos to let his teachers know that he’s not afraid to take risks. Not only that, he’s a self-proclaimed waffle connoisseur. I’m not a big fan of these textured pancakes but he definitely schools me in the ways of the waffle. The conversation is completely natural and you’ll find it hard to not be inspired by him. Please check out this episode and don’t forget to subscribe, leave a review, and tell a friend about the podcast. As always, buen provecho!

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Soup

Well, it’s that time of year again when we dust off the coats and jackets and iron our long-sleeve shirts. With the cold weather comes a variety of foods (including the ever popular turkey we’ll all be eating for about 3 weeks straight). One of our family favorites is soups and stews. Who doesn’t like a warm bowl of soup and a crusty loaf of french bread for dipping? One of my all time favorites is creamy chicken and broccoli soup. I must warn you though, if you are a fan or the high sodium and preservative cans, this might not be for you. This is homemade and better than anything that you’ve probably had in the past. So buckle up and let’s get to it!

Ingredients:
3 celery stalks (diced)
3 carrots (diced)
1/2 and onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (diced)
4 strips of peppered bacon (I always use the low sodium)
1/4 cup of flour
1 jar of chicken bone broth (or any other broth you prefer)
2 cups of water
broccoli florets
shredded chicken
1 cup of milk (or cream, depending on your intolerances)
shredded cheese
green onions (diced)
salt and pepper to taste

Place a large pot on medium heat and render down the bacon until it is crispy. You can leave them in strips to do this or dice them up before you cook. I choose to dice them up. Remove the bacon when it is done cooking and set aside.
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Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic to the pot and cook thoroughly. Once cooked, add in the flour and mix everything until it becomes a thick paste. If it looks pretty gnarly, you’re on the right track! You can now add in your chicken bone broth and water. Mix this around and bring it to a boil. It will thicken as it heats up.
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Next, use a stick blender and pulverize your ingredients so that it resembles a soup/stew. If you don’t have a stick blender, carefully ladle it into a blender and blend up in batches. Bring this back up to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste.IMG_20171112_151620.jpg

Once it is boiling, add the shredded chicken, broccoli, and the milk/cream. Reduce the heat and simmer until the broccoli has cooked through. Continue tasting and adding salt and pepper to your liking.IMG_20171112_151749IMG_20171112_152434

Once the soup has reduced and the flavor is just right, you can turn off the heat. Serve this up in a deep bowl and top with the rendered bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions. I like to serve this up with a loaf of French bread so we can dip and eat.
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Give this recipe a try. You will not be disappointed (unless you don’t eat dairy, pork, or chicken broccoli soup). Leave a comment and share this recipe with your friends, family, and PLN. Buen provecho!

 

Kahoot Name Generator

Let’s face it, it’s human nature to push the boundaries, students in particular. We’ve all had to kick someone out of a Kahoot because of a name that is questionable to use in class. Sometimes we are so worried about starting a Kahoot in time that we overlook the game settings. Well in these settings is a Name Generator. Click that bad boy on and now, students no longer have the ability to create their own display name because Kahoot will do it for them. That’s extra time on task and less time for those students to take forever getting into the game because they’re more worried about their display name more than anything else. Try it out for yourself. Buen Provecho!

Ep. 14: Amy, Coaching, and Biscuits

In this episode, I chat via Google Hangouts with Amy Storer. She is an Instructional Coach in Montgomery, Texas. She’s had various roles throughout her educational journey and is also one of the few who can say that her and her mother taught at the same school, at the same time. We discuss some of the Do’s and Do Not’s of instructional coaching and she shares some gems with me about her experiences. In addition, we also talk about some southern cooking and one of my favorites, biscuits! Check out what she has to say and don’t forget to subscribe and tell a friend. Check out the EdTech Bites Facebook page and please leave a review of the podcast on whatever platform you use. As always, Buen Provecho!

Ep. 13: Claudio, #Singasong, and West Coast Eats

In this special episode, I sit down with Claudio Zavala Jr. to discuss his contributions to the Educational and EdTech world including, #singasong. If you’re unfamiliar with #singasong, it’s a very innovative way he has incorporated Flipgrid to spread some #positivenoise around the globe. If you’d like to know more about it, listen to this episode. He’s come a long way on his educational journey and has taught various grade levels and now serves as an Instructional Technology Coordinator. We share many similarities being that we’re both born and raised in San Diego, California and both graduated from San Diego State University. We probably crossed paths in the past but never realized it. Now, we’re recording a podcast together discussing two passions of ours, educational technology and west coast eats. This was definitely a fun episode and conversation that continued even after I hit the “Stop” button.  Don’t take my word for it though, check it out for yourself. Don’t forget to follow Claudio on Twitter and share your voice using #singasong. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, share it with others, and leave a review. As always, enjoy and buen provecho!