In this episode, I chat with Sara Candela from Synth to discuss what Synth is, how to start podcasting with your students using Synth, and what Synth 2.0 will be in the near future. In addition, she discusses her love for east coast Italian food and how she’s adapted to west coast eats. So if you’re wanting to start podcasting with your students, tune in, get yourself a bowl of pasta, and enjoy! Buen provecho!
Sara taught high school English in New York for 15 years before moving to Los Angeles in January 2018 to figure out how to work in the podcast industry full time. As part of that journey, she also wanted to see if she could incorporate working with students on podcasting, as that was a goal of hers right before she left the classroom. Last year, Sara launched From Bell to Bell, a podcast where she talks to teachers around the world about how media influences the way we think about school and education. After learning the ins and outs of podcast production working for a small production company for over a year, Sara now works in teacher and podcaster relations, as well as product development for Synth, a micro-podcasting platform popular with teachers, and poised to take over the podcast marketplace.
In this episode, I sit down with my good friends Chad Belford and Maria Garcia. We answer the question, “How does being a Google Certified Educator make me a better educator?” We all give our personal answers to this as well as read a couple of answers from other educators who answered this same question on Twitter and Instagram. Oh and did I mention that we do this while each enjoying a Popeye’s chicken sandwich?! So grab your favorite chicken sandwich, tune in, and as always, Buen Provecho!
Chad Belford is an Instructional Technology Specialist for North East ISD by day, lucky husband & proud father by night. He enjoys learning new things and teaching others. Adding new tools and strategies to your toolkit is his game, engaging kiddos in the classroom is his aim. 🙂
Maria Garcia-Rios is an Instructional Technology Specialist in San Antonio, Texas. She is always ready to talk about differentiated instruction, empowering students to have a voice in their learning, and supporting educators in their learning journey. Her greatest joy is being a kid with kids and making each learning environment one that all students can enjoy.
In this episode, I catch up with Joey Taralson from Flipgrid to talk about the Flipgrid updates. I first linked up with Joey for Episode 3 of the podcast so make sure you check out that episode as well to really understand where they were two years ago and where they are now. Make sure you subscribe, leave a review, and tell a friend about the show. Buen Provecho!
Season 3 is under way folks! In this episode, I give my beginning of the year keynote that is directed to admin, coaches, tech coaches, teachers, and students. I do this while eating my favorite pasta ever, bucatini carbonara. Tune in to hear what I have to say to YOU to motivate you this school year. Buen provecho!
In this pre-ISTE episode, I chat with Michelle Harris and Luke Bilger from the School District of Philadelphia and Min Xin from SMART to discuss all things SMART Learning Suite Online. Michelle and Luke have began implementing SLSO in the district at various sites and have some great things to say about the implementation in their environment. The second half is with Min and he gives us some insight on the new integrations between SMART and GSuite. So check it out and if you’re going to be attending ISTE, stop by booth #2400 and let them know that you heard it here on the EdTech Bites Podcast. Buen provecho!
In this episode, I chat with Dr. David Lenihan to discuss how He and Tiber Health are disrupting the medical field with the use of edtech. He was so gracious that day and did not take a bite of his pizza until we were connected and recording. He also discusses some Puerto Rican food so make sure you tune in. Buen Provecho!
About Dr. David Lenihan
Dr. David Lenihan, Ph.D., J.D., FRSM is the CEO at Ponce Health Sciences University, with campuses in Ponce, Puerto Rico and St. Louis, MO. He’s also the CEO and co-founder of Tiber Health, a education technology company that’s focused on innovating medical school education. Tiber Health’s goals include increasing the diversity of American doctors, making medical school education more affordable to students from low income backgrounds, and helping to solve the global physician shortage. Dr. Lenihan’s work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, Tech Crunch, University Business, Institutional Investor, and many more.
In this episode, I’m joined by Charlotte Dolat to answer the questions we all go through this time of year, “State testing is over….now what?!”. We both give some great ideas on what you can do after testing that are meaningful and integrate technology. We also hear what her BBQ and tortilla preferences are. Enjoy! Buen Provecho!
Charlotte Dolat, is an Instructional Coach in San Antonio, Texas. A lifelong educator, Charlotte has worked with students, teachers and admin for 26 years. She has experience in offering professional development, technology integration, and differentiated instruction. She is passionate about helping educators transform their teaching to reach more students in a high-leverage way as well as building teacher leadership capacity. Charlotte is excited and honored to be the 2020 TCEA Convention Chair.
In this episode, I’m joined by Jeff Bradbury to discuss Teachercast, Jeff’s site and podcast all for tech coaches. We’re both going to be in Philly for ISTE 2019 so he also lets us know where to get the best Cheesesteaks. Buen provecho!
Jeffrey Bradbury, author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging With Your Students, is the creator of TeacherCast.net, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. He is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Surface Expert, speaker, writer, podcaster, broadcaster, consultant, and educational media specialist. He is currently the Coordinator for Technology Integration and Instructional Technology Coach for a K-12 Regional School District in New Jersey. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards and has been nominated three times in the category of Innovator of the Year. Jeff has provided Keynote speeches for the Pearson Authentic Learning Conference, EdTechNJ, and most recently at Columbia University’s Teacher College and Podcast Mid-Atlantic conference. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. In his free time, Jeff enjoys teaching, web design, broadcasting, playing viola and violin, conducting, and spending time with his wife Jennifer and their five-year-old triplets.
In this third installment of a four part series named, “Getting Ready For Testing”, I chat with Wes Ryan all about digital learning menus. We park it at Taza Coffee House in San Antonio, set up shop outside, and record while taking advantage of the perfect weather. He’s got a lot to say about learning menus including how to get started. So tune in to see how to give your students more choice and autonomy in your class with learning menus.
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?