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!

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!

Ep. 12: David, Peergrade, and Rødgrød Med Fløde

Ladies and gentlemen, The EdTech Bites Podcast has officially gone international! Yeah I said it, international baby! In episode 12, I chat with David Kofoed Wind to discuss Peergrade. David lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and is the CEO and creator of Peergrade. For those of you who do not know what Peergrade is all about, let me explain it to you. What do you do when students turn in a rough draft of an essay? You usually randomly hand them back so they may do a bit of peer editing. Students usually mark them up with corrections, ideas, and feedback. Imagine being able to do this with digital submissions via Google Classroom! That’s exactly what Peergrade gives you the power to do. Boom! Bang! Pow! David discusses the ins and outs of Peergrade, the importance of student feedback, as well as Danish cuisine which includes a dessert named Rødgrød Med Fløde. It’s a strawberry pudding that is topped with fresh cream. It sounds delicious but do not ask me to pronounce it, I’ll leave that to him. Check out this episode and check out Peergrade as well. It integrates with Google Classroom and other LMS platforms for ease of use for teachers as well as students. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review. Thank you and as always, Buen Provecho! In this case, Velbekomme!

Ep. 11: Leadership, Dan, and Desserts

In this episode, I sit down and chat with Dan Kreiness to discuss leadership and his podcast, Leader of Learning. He’s carving his own niche in the educational podcast world with a fresh perspective on leadership. This is a must-subscribe podcast for anyone who wants to hear from innovative leaders in the educational field. In addition, we discuss donuts from his favorite spot in Connecticut, Donut Crazy. Ironically, there’s a great BBQ restaurant that he recommends to anyone that wants great BBQ in the Connecticut area, Hoodoo Brown BBQ. If you’d like to subscribe to his podcast, look for it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and other podcast platforms. Don’t forget to leave a review and as always, enjoy and Buen Provecho!

Ep. 10: Microcredentialing, Chad, and Chicago Eats

In this episode, I sit down with a good friend and colleague of mine, Chad Belford. We met up at an authentic Chicago eatery called Wise Guys in San Antonio and discussed microcredentialing, digital badging, and of course…Chicago eats. This is definitely a “squirrel!” episode with lots of side conversation but hey, that’s dinner table talk right? We manage to discuss what we’ve come across in our own research of “how to” digital badge and the pros of it. We’re ready to start rolling this out in our district and would love to hear your journey in Microcredentialing and Digital Badging. Also, if you’d like to tell us about your favorite Italian eatery, please chime in on Twitter with #EdTechBites. As always, enjoy and Buen Provecho! Or in this case, Buon appetito!

Ep. 9 Microcredentialing and Badging Part 1

In this first part of a 2 part series, I sit down by my lonesome to discuss Microcredentialing and Digital Badging. What are they and what do they mean to teachers, admin, and parents? Are they here to stay? Is there a such thing as overbadging? Voice your opinions and thoughts on Twitter using #EdTechBites. Part 2 will be out later this week and will feature my good friend Chad Belford and a great friend of ours, Italian food.

Hoonuit Live will be back August 26th and is all about Student Voice. Register Here for this event. For every 50 people who register, Hoonuit will be donating a $50.00 Amazon gift card to a classroom effected by Hurricane Harvey. Please register to help these classrooms and hear from great presenters and panelists discuss Student Voice. The presenters and panelists are Dan Kreiness, STEAM Nerds, Curran Central, Austin TongCindy Hopkins, John Bimmerle, Joy Schwartz, Michelle Smith, Alan Natachu, Amy Storer, Maria Del Valle, Michael Drezek, Rachelle Dene Poth, and Myself

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Ep. 8: Mason and DFW Eats

I had the privilege of sitting down with Mason (@edtechmason) on this episode of The EdTech Bites Podcast. If you know anything about the EdTech movers and shakers in Texas, then you probably know or know of Mason. This is the first episode with no food is involved but it is still good conversation, which included food talk. Specifically, Dallas, Forth Worth eats. He gives us some insight into his journey to where he is now. He’s served as a people person with Apple, a teacher, and more than anything, an advocate for Educational Technology. He’s now an Education Technology National Instructor for EdTech Teacher and travels while sharing his dominoes (listen to this episode to know what I’m talking about). I promise you, you’ll be engaged and more than anything, inspired. As always, Enjoy and Buen Provecho!

Ep. 7: Wes, Todd, Tacos, and Tips

In this episode, I’m joined by Wes Ryan (@weswryan) and Todd Bloomer (@yankee_todd) at Viva Tacoland to discuss back to school tips for teachers, admin, parents, and students. Wes got down with the chipotle chicken tacos while Todd went in on a trio of pulled pork. I tend to judge a taco establishment on its fish tacos so that’s what I went with. In addition to these, we all ordered a steaming bowl of corn with cheese, spices, and a touch of love. We were all very impressed with the tacos but I for one was blown away by their corn. Following the food came great conversation. We touched upon tips and strategies for teachers as well as what parents need to observe in order to have piece of mind when dropping our kids off for school. We didn’t stop there, we also discussed what students can do to fit in and be a part of the school culture. Enjoy this episode and please do not forget to leave a review. Talk to you soon!