Category Archives: Episode

CCC0014: Deborah Kerby -Hour of Code and Girls who Code

In this episode we talk with Dr. Deborah Kerby Business and Computer Teacher at Pocono Mountain School District Stroudsburg Pennsylvania and she discusses the Hour of Code and Girls Who Code programs.

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01:25 Deborah Kerby joins us

04:00 Hour of Code Program

05:20 Girls Who Code Program

09:12 Trends in Educational Technology That You Are Not So Fond Of

10:20 Evaluating Technology in the Classroom

12:31 How Can Technology in Education Be More Than One and Done

14:40 Words of Wisdom in Our Journey of Purposeful Technology in our Classrooms

Deborah Kerby can be found on twitter at @dockerby

CCC0012: Dr. Michael Reichert -Podcasts as a Learning Tool

In this episode we start by talking about the ISTE Edtech Conference in Philadelphia June 23-26‎.  We will all be there and are very excited. We are joined by Dr. Michael Reichert (@ReichertMC), Director of Technology and Instruction at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware.  He talks about using podcasts as a professional learning tool.  Learn more about Dr. Reichert on his website ( and blog (

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01:00 ISTE Conference discussion

03:22 ISTE Technology and Literacy

9:05 Dr. Michael Reichert joins us

14:00 Coffee EDU

15:00 Sustainable Professional Learning Models

21:40 Biggest Challenge of Building an Infrastructure

24:30 Blogging About Technology

28:00 Where People Can Find Dr. Reichert’s blog.

CCC0011: Professional Development Roundtable

In this episode we have a round table panel on Professional Development and we are joined by Karen Finter, Director of Instruction 7-12 and Tracey Savine, Teacher – World Languages.  Great discussion covering on-line resources, hybrid courses and the future of professional development.

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02:30 Current West Irondequoit state of professional development (PD)

08:00 Resources On-line for PD

11:20 Hybrid Courses

14:20 Learning Walks

19:32 The Future of PD

27:00 Zoom Room Reflections

29:45 Twitter PLN – Personal Learning Network

31:20 Ed Camps

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?

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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