Ep. 66: Dena, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Macarons

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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Ep. 65: Matthew, Professional Development Nuggets, And Fenway Food

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!

About Matthew

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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Ep. 64: Nichole, Sketchnotes, And TikTok Recipes

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!

About Nichole

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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Ep. 63: Now What? Where Do We Go From Here?

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.

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Ep. 62: Ori, GiantLeap, and Israeli Food

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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Ep. 61: Pamela, Distance Learning In Mexico, And Chinese Food

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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Ep. 61: Pamela, Educación A Distancia En México, Y Comida China.

Bienvenidos al episodio 61 del EdTech Bites Podcast. En este episodio, hablo con Pamela Buenrostro sobre cómo la pandemia global está afectando el sistema educativo en México y la comida china. Buen provecho!

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Ep. 60: Cari, Digital Art For Distance Learning, And Desserts

In this episode, I chat with Cari Orts to discuss a key element missing in distance learning…FUN. She goes through various ways to use common GSuite tools in creative and artistic ways. She covers her and her students’ favorite projects and how these can be done at home to alleviate stress and pressure during these uncertain times. And what’s distance learning without binging on our favorite desserts, right?! Tune in to hear what she’s indulging on and let us know what your favorite quarantine snacks are! Buen Provecho!

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Ep. 59: Jacob, Esports, And Pulled Pork

In this episode, I chat Esports with Jacob Luevano. Being that we’re quarantined to our homes, many of our students (including us parents) are playing video games more. Jacob and I discuss what esports is and how his district is implementing this evergrowing industry and how it is effecting our students physical and social-emotional learning. But there’s more! He even shares his secret recipe for pulled pork. I’m not going to lie, it made my mouth water. Be safe and Buen provecho!

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Ep. 58: Distance Learning Resources With Tisha and Jacob

This episode is the audio from a livestream I held with Tisha Poncio and Jacob Luevano a couple of weeks ago. We streamed this webinar through Periscope when school closures were announced. Our goal was to curate a list of tools for educators to use with their students for distance learning. Going through an overwhelming list of tweets and posts through social media platforms can be extremely overwhelming, which is why we hosted this. As you are going through your distance learning with your students, you might realize that you’re already using some of these tools. We are going through best practices with these tools as well as different ways to use them. So strap in (as I know you’re not going anywhere), and hear what we have to say about some of our favorite tools for distance learning. Buen provecho!