In this episode, I chat with Kris Szajner to discuss all of the updates coming to Seesaw this fall. In addition, Kris schools me when it comes to Polish Perogies. We go over each individual update to the platform and different ways to use these updates in your classroom. So strap in and take notes because we’re going to learn ya’! Buen provecho!
Kris Szajner is a Technology Integration Specialist for Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools in Prior Lake Minnesota. In this position, Kris works to improve the instructional practices of teachers with a focus on Google, Seesaw, and iOS devices in grades PreK-5.
Kris is a former Kindergarten STEM teacher which allows him to share innovative, and relevant practices that are impactful for any age student. Kris shares his work and ideas through his website http://www.kszajner.com and is a regular presenter across the nation.
Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in special education, and a specialization in technology integration. His ideas around technology rich instructional practices are regularly seen on social media.
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In this episode, I chat with Eddie Moreno, middle school teacher and athletic coordinator. Eddie gives us the scoop on how he and the other coaches adapted to this quarantine and leveraged edtech to conduct a virtual athletics camp to engage the students. If you’d like to check out some of what they’re doing, check out the Nimitz Middle School Facebook Page and comb through their videos. Buen provecho!
In this episode, I chat with Marshall Escamilla of the Tumble Science Podcast to discuss their upcoming podcourse that will be available July 28th. This course will make you think twice about what’s living around you in your home. Marshall currently lives in Barcelona, Spain so he also shares a refreshing gazpacho recipe with us. So kick your feet up with a glass of gazpacho and enjoy. Buen provecho!
Marshall Escamilla has been a classroom teacher since 2003, and has covered nearly every subject taught in high school–except science! In 2015, with his wife Lindsay Patterson, he began co-hosting the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, a podcast that aims to share the process of science and the joy of discovery with kids aged 6-12.
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In this episode, I chat with Dr. Jesse Fidelio to discuss how we can address social emotional learning through student voice. We bring up some apps and examples of how this can be done as well as ways education will change in the 2020-2021 school year. He also lets us know where to grab some good grub when in South Padre Island, Texas. Buen provecho!
About Dr. Fidelio
Dr. Fidelio is a K-12 Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD in Los Fresnos, Texas. I support 14 campuses throughout the school district. His role is to empower educators to use educational technology to redefine classroom instruction. He works alongside school library media specialists, elementary coding lab teachers, and social media ambassadors to help communicate the positive impact that edtech can have for students in and outside of the classroom. His educational podcast “Go Beyond Greatness with Dr. Fidelio” is available for anybody that needs a virtual hug and is available on Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.
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In this episode, I’m joined by Dena Orfanitopoulos to discuss how to get started with Teachers Pay Teachers all while eating some homemade macarons. It’s a great conversation in which she covers hardware, software, and other things needed to start your own Teachers Pay Teachers store. So grab a macaron and enjoy. Buen provecho!
About Dena Orfanitopoulos
Dena Orfanitopoulos is an enrichment/STEM teacher in New Jersey. She currently teaches kindergarten through fourth grade. Her experience includes teaching technology education for 5th and 6th grade, and special education. In addition, she is a Google and Flipgrid certified teacher, as well as an Osmo Ambassador. Her teaching philosophy includes technology, STEM, project based learning, and hands-on activities. When she is not in the classroom, she runs an online store on Teachers Pay Teachers providing resources for other educators around the world. Dena has shared her passion for using technology in the classroom by presenting professional development workshops in her district, ISTE, Teach with Tech and Launch Into Tech Online Conferences.
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In this episode, I chat professional development for teachers with Matthew Joseph. He’s a native of Massachusetts so it would only be ideal to also discuss New England eats including what to and what not to order when going to Fenway Park. So get ready to get your professional development on! Buen provecho!
Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Leicester Public Schools. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his 25 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, elementary school principal, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist. These experiences have provided Matt incredible insights on how to best support teaching and learning and led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. His master’s degree is in special education and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College. He is the author of Power of Us: Creating Collaborative Schools and co-author of Modern Mentoring, Reimagining Mentorship in Education.
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In this episode, I chat with Nichole Carter to discuss Sketchnotes, Bullet Journals, and some pretty handy TikTok cooking recipes. She defines sketchnotes and goes over the different elements included in sketchnotes and why they are such a great way for us to retain information. We also discuss her book, “Sketchnoting In The Classroom”. Buen provecho!
Nichole is currently a K-12 Literacy and Digital Curriculum TOSA in Beaverton School District. Nichole previously taught for 11 years as an ELA teacher at mid-level. She is the author of Sketchnoting in the Classroom, and co-author of Flipped Classroom 2.0. Her motto is create, inspire, make!
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In this episode, I discuss how Covid 19 and police brutality have affected our children. I do not discuss any edtech or food in this episode. The current events are way too important to overlook and how they have changed what our classrooms, virtual classrooms, and dinner table conversations sound like.
Have you noticed delays in your child’s progress during distance learning? Have you asked yourself “I see this at home alone, I can’t imagine with 30 other students in the class!”. In this episode, I chat with Ori Hofnung, founder of GiantLeap. His product evaluates the child and then creates a plan to improve on the areas the child needs to fill in gaps. He comes from humble beginnings and has sought out to help parents help their children. Buen provecho!
About Ori Hofnung
Ori Hofnung is the Founder & CEO of GiantLeap – a science backed-platform where parents can evaluate their children’s brain, language motor, and social development from home, without having to depend on external support. The platform results are used to deliver a concise quarterly action plan of best-suited content, products, and services for their children. Native of Israel, Ori spent most of his professional career between the United States, Brazil, and Israel where he held several executive positions in digital media ventures, with an emphasis on games and entertainment content products. His previous roles include Director of Global Client Relations at Tomodo and General Manager of Playbuzz Latin America.
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In this episode, I chat with Pamela Buenrostro about how the global pandemic is affecting the education system in Mexico and Chinese food. The Mexican education system does not have all of the same resources that we have in the United States so it’s interesting to get some perspective from a teacher in another country. In addition, I also recorded an episode with her in Spanish so if you would rather hear that one or know someone who will, let them know. And who knows, I might just launch EdTech Bites Español. Buen provecho!
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