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Tim Terranova

CCC010: Tim Terranova Talks About Teaching

In this episode we interview Dr. Tim Terranova, deputy superintendent at West Irondequoit Central School District.  Tim talks about hiring and retaining top teaching talent, matching teaching demographics to student demographics, and highlights key characteristics of amazing instructors.

Our question of the episode is: What characteristics lead to fantastic teachers?

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04:00 EdTech Balderdash

08:15 Dr. Tim Terranova Interview

11:10 The Culture of Our District

16:20 The Hiring Process

20:50 Building More Diversity

25:00 What Aren’t Teachers Being Prepped For In Colleges

30:30 What Does He Hope To See With Technology

37:10 Students With Special Needs

42:10 Hosts Recap And Discuss The Interview

Jim Thomas

CCC009: French Teacher Jim Thomas

Jim, Maria, Dan and Tracey talk about encouraging authentic learning experiences in the classroom, and solicit feedback to the feedback line at 346-FAQ-HELP.  Of course, you can always shoot us an e-mail at Next, Jim conducts a fantastic interview with Irondequoit High School French Teacher Jim Thomas!

Allison Thompson

CCC008: Tech Director Allison Thompson

In this episode we interview Allison Thompson, director of technology at St. Gerard Catholic School in Lansing, Michigan.  She talks about balancing instruction with technical support, the Triple E Framework from Liz Kolb, building foundational tech skills, and embracing creative freedom in the classroom.

Our question of the episode is: What strategies do you use to insure technology is used to collaborate and not isolate?

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00:52 Question of the Episode
05:24 Collaborative Whiteboarding Software
07:20 Allison Thompson Interview
07:56 Transition to Tech Director
10:05 Balancing Instruction with IT Support
11:57 Technology Planning Committee
13:34 Purposeful Integration of Technology
13:53 The Triple E Framework (Liz Kolb)
14:50 Engagement vs. Educational Growth
16:35 New Michigan Standards based on ISTE Standards
17:10 ‘Thompson Island’ Persuasive Research Project
19:50 Modeling and Building Foundational Skills
21:00 Learning to Troubleshoot
21:40 Embracing Creative Freedom in the Classroom
22:20 Community Engagement and Social Media Sharing
23:15 Evaluating Tech Integration
23:50 Crossfit & Burpees
24:25 Words of Wisdom
25:35 Contact Information @AllisonTEDU
26:10 A Critique of Engagement as a Primary Goal
31:54 Next Episode – Jim Thomas, IHS French Teacher

Maureen Elliott

CCC007: 4th Grade Teacher Maureen Elliott

Maria interviews Rogers Middle School 4th grade teacher Maureen Elliott, a new teacher to the district who is embracing the purposeful integration of technology, risk-taking, and modeling strategies for successful technology adoption in the classroom.

Last episode’s question of the day: In what ways can we encourage higher-level learning outside the classroom?

This week’s question of the day: In what ways can we utilize technology to instill a love of learning our students?

Please send your feedback to, or call our voicemail line at 346-FAQ-HELP.

CCC006: Maker Space and STEAM with Sarah Davis and Anna Bayerl

Jim Czadzeck talks to Anna Bayerl and Sarah Davis about STEAM and Maker Space programs as well as student podcasting, and we welcome Richard Jones to the district, the podcast, and the IT team!

Tristan Miller

CCC005: Computer Science Across K-12 with Tristan Miller

Computer science teacher Tristan Miller has incorporated STEM courses across the K-12 spectrum, started an e-Sports team, and is working on cybersecurity in high school. Learn more about these programs and future work!

[00:02:45] Question of the Week: What key skills best prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace?

[00:03:55] Tristan Miller Interview

[00:04:15] Building a CS program

[00:05:00] & Scratch

[00:06:30] Project Based Learning

[00:06:55] Flipping the Classroom

[00:07:45] Building Lifelong Learners

[00:08:00] Computer Language Specifics

[00:08:55] Design Thinking

[00:10:30] Gender Disparity in CS

[00:12:10] Cybersecurity Course in High School

[00:15:35] Maintaining a Current CS Curriculum

[00:17:10] Game Design Sequence

[00:22:48] eSports

[00:26:50] NASEF (, #eSportsEDU)

[00:27:22] Question of the Day (interview)

004: Kim Cristal and the Social Studies Revolution

Dan interviews Kim Cristal, social studies curriculum coordinator, about the shift in social studies teaching from names and dates to focused historical research, analysis of sources from differing perspectives, and application of learnings to new and unique situations. Also, we hear from listeners as to their educational technology wish lists for 2019! Check it out at, and feel free to leave us feedback on our feedback line at 346-FAQ-HELP.

Question of the day for this episode: How do you develop critical thinking skills in your classroom?  Let us know at 346-FAQ-HELP!

00:00 Note to Audience

00:55 Introduction

01:45 Review previous question of the week: What ed tech are you looking forward to in 2019?

01:52 Colleen discusses frustrations with cell phones in the classroom and her wish for an adaptive questioning algorithm.

04:30 Tim requests a segment on implementing Desmos in a high school mathematics classroom.

05:15 This week’s question: How do you incorporate critical thinking skills in your classroom?  Give us a call at 346-FAQ-HELP!

05:45 Dan interviews Kim Cristal, social studies curriculum coordinator at West Irondequoit Central School District

06:24 What changes are occurring in social studies

09:23 First high school citizenship conference

15:10 Newsela Pro in the classroom

19:50 Push for more time to better use the tools available

22:51 Closing

Pete Nowak

003: A Radio Station Legacy

Dan, Jim and Maria talk to Pete Nowak, A/V technician and high school radio station advisor. Also, we hear from listeners as to their favorite educational technology of 2018! Check it out at, and feel free to leave us feedback on our feedback line at 346-FAQ-HELP.

00:00:50 John talks about the iPhone as an ed tech tool

00:03:05 Kim discusses Remind and TouchNote

00:06:00 Jamie highlights Schoology in the classroom

00:08:02 Kyle talks about Nearpod

00:09:23 Maria asks this week’s question of the day

00:09:56 Jim interviews Pete Nowak

002: Best Ed Tech of 2018

Maria, Jim and Dan discuss their three favorite educational technology items of 2018, and what they’re looking forward to in 2019.

00:40 Introducing the Computers, Coffee, and Curriculum Podcast
3:30 Why a Podcast?
4:50 Website and Podcast Subscription Information
5:33 Voicemail Line
6:05 Question of the Day: “What is your favorite technology of 2018?”
6:46 Maria’s #1: Middle School Technology Roll-out
9:43 Jim’s #1: Schoology
13:17 Dan’s #1: Flipgrid Free for the Masses
15:43 Maria’s #2: Bridging the Gap with the Tech Team
16:44 Mike Hance’s voice is stuck in Maria’s head
19:47 Jim’s #2: Office 365
21:51 Dan’s #2: Microsoft Sway
24:52 Maria’s #3: Microsoft OneNote
29:44 Jim’s #3: Professional Learning Communities
34:41 Dan’s #3: Adobe Spark
37:23 Maria’s 2019 Excitement: Providing Students Choice in Showing their Thinking
38:36 Jim’s 2019 Excitement: Quick and Easy Formative Assessments
39:53 Dan’s 2019 Excitement: BookCreator
40:30 Question of the Day Recap
41:10 Upcoming Episodes

001: A Super Farewell to Jeff Crane

A farewell interview with Superintendent Jeff Crane of West Irondequoit Central School District.

Jeff has been superintendent for 15+ years, is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, New York State Council of School Superintendents, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa International, chairperson of the Urban-Suburban Transfer Program Governance Committee, education chair for the United Way Campaign, and a member of the board of directors of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.

We talk about favorite aspects of being superintendent, highlights of his tenure as superintendent, how technology is changing the educational landscape, and what makes the West Irondequoit Central School District so special.

Dan Fullerton and Jeff Crane
Dan Fullerton and Jeff Crane

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