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!

O365 Immersive Reader

005A: Drive-Through Immersive Reader

Jim and Maria discuss the Windows Immersive Reader for built-in text-to-speech in this quick tip episode.

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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)

Snipping Tool

004A: Drive-Through Screenshots

Jim and Maria discuss a number of methods of obtaining screenshots on a Windows computer, including keyboard shortcuts, the Snipping Tool, and Techsmith’s SnagIt software.

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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

003A: Drive-Through OneDrive Shortcut

Our second drive-through quick tip as part of the Computers, Coffee and Curriculum podcast.

Jim and Maria discuss creation of a desktop shortcut to your online OneDrive.  Until next time, you can find us and subscribe at, or call our feedback voicemail line at (346) FAQ-HELP.