I was first introduced to Nearpod in 2012 through my good friend, Nick Trakas. We were a two-person Ed-Tech department in Florence, Arizona and always looking for new ways to integrate technology in our schools. He showed me Nearpod and had me download the student app on my 16gb iPad 2 (remember when Nearpod had a separate Teacher and Student app???). It blew my mind. I couldn’t believe that he was able to get immediate feedback from me and control the presentation on my device. This led to an immediate bias to Nearpod which led me to eventually become a PioNear.
I was on Twitter one day minding my own business when wham! #flipgridfever is all over my timeline. I didn’t know what it was and started to raise an eyebrow. I then saw something shiny under the table and forgot what I was doing on Twitter completely! A couple of months later at an edcamp in our district, Flipgrid came up and I suddenly remembered seeing that along with #flipgridfever a few months before. We played around with it some at that edcamp and that summer, I had caught the fever. I even contemplated getting the logo tattooed on my neck… just kidding. I did however become a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador as well as a Flipgrid Certified Educator.
As the school years move along I’ve found myself app smashing different tools with one another to have students and teachers create projects that incorporate technology in meaningful ways. I found myself consistently using the same two apps. You guessed it, Nearpod and Flipgrid. This led to bigger and better projects with teachers, EL students, GT students, and administrators as well! I even created a YouTube video last year showing how to do this. Check it out!
It’s pretty evident that I love me some Nearpod and Flipgrid. I’m an ambassador for both and have taken my expertise in both to various conferences in and outside of my district. I know folks at both companies on a personal level and have had some great conversations with both parties…separately. I would however, like for my two friends to meet up and shake hands. And when they do, I have a request. I (along with thousands of other edtechers) want top see a Flipgrid integration built into Nearpod and a Nearpod integration built into Flipgrid. Perhaps this could come our way in the form of a Google Chrome extension, a complicated code written in the background of each tool, something! Please! We need and want this soooo bad. I’d love to be a beta tester and give input whenever needed. How about you? Would you enjoy this? Do you think these two tools should shake hands and share in this worldwide edtech playground?
This is part 2 of a 4 part series, “Getting Ready For Testing”. In this episode, I chat with Lauren Snyder to discuss Digital Breakouts and or course, corn tortillas! We discuss what a digital breakout is, how to get started on one, and the pedagogy behind them. Tune in and check it out for yourself! Buen Provecho!
Lauren works as an Instructional Technology Specialist in NEISD and is passionate about breaking down barriers and crushing norms in education. She is married and has two small children (HELP) and in her free time (haha) she enjoys pretending she’s an international musical sensation. You’re welcome.
In this part 1 of a 4 part series titled “Getting Ready For Testing Season”, I’m joined by Brad Cloud to discuss, flipping the classroom. We do this while we chow down on some Mexican Food at Alamo Cafe here in San Antonio. Check this out to hear how you can flip your classroom to get your students ready for high-stakes testing. Buen Provecho!
Brad has been involved with Texas public education since 1993. He has taught in varying capacities on the elementary, middle and high school levels. He currently coordinates instructional technology as well as library services for South San Antonio ISD in San Antonio, Texas.
I’ve entered The EdTech Bites Podcast in the My Rode Cast Competition. This is a worldwide competition for any and all podcasters. The prizes? New Rode gear! Rode will be choosing various shows based on content, quality, editing, and the ability to leave the listener wanting more. So please vote for my show using the link below. Voting ends March 20th, 2019 so please vote now and help spread the word!
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Sam Fecich to discuss must have apps for pre-service teachers. In addition, Sam tells us about one of her favorite family restaurants. This is a must-listen for pre-service teachers to have ready to go for day 1 in the classroom. Check it out and don’t forget to subscribe!
In this episode, I’m joined by two good friends, Chad and Jordan. We discuss our big takeaways from TCEA as well as our favorite show, The Office. It’s both insightful and silly. Check it out and make sure to follow both of them on Twitter. Buen Provecho!
So I’ve been using WeVideo for years now, both personally and professionally. I’ve done countless trainings, webinars, and PD for it, and with it. I’ve been podcasting for about 2 years now and have literally been the producer, creator, host, promoter, social media manager, etc. I’ve been doing this since the birth of the podcast. Then, while prepping for FETC a couple of weeks ago, I had an idea. Why don’t I marry WeVideo with the podcast and use promote with commercials?! Why didn’t I think of this before?! Well, with that being said, I created this video prior to FETC and TCEA and made sure I showed it at both. Check it out and please share. I’d love to hear what you think. Enjoy!