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The House of #EdTech explores the latest developments and trends in the world of education technology. Hosted by education technology leader and podcaster Christopher J. Nesi, episodes can feature in-depth interviews with some of the most innovative and influential figures in the field and Christopher's own thoughts on education and technology. Through engaging discussions and expert insights, the House of #EdTech podcast provides valuable information and inspiration for educators looking to integrate technology into their teaching practices. From the latest edtech tools and apps to the biggest challenges and opportunities in the field, the House of #EdTech has something for everyone interested in the intersection of education and technology. Tune in to the House of #EdTech to stay up-to-date on the latest edtech news and trends, and to learn from some of the top minds in the field.




The House of #EdTech explores the latest developments and trends in the world of education technology. Hosted by education technology leader and podcaster Christopher J. Nesi, episodes can feature in-depth interviews with some of the most innovative and influential figures in the field and Christopher's own thoughts on education and technology. Through engaging discussions and expert insights, the House of #EdTech podcast provides valuable information and inspiration for educators looking to integrate technology into their teaching practices. From the latest edtech tools and apps to the biggest challenges and opportunities in the field, the House of #EdTech has something for everyone interested in the intersection of education and technology. Tune in to the House of #EdTech to stay up-to-date on the latest edtech news and trends, and to learn from some of the top minds in the field.






Office Hours: More Podcasting Q&A - HoET224

EdTech Thought (3:02) The Power of Community for Educators: A community is much more than a mere group of individuals; it serves as a robust support system and a platform for shared experiences and ideas. Within a community, we can find solace and encouragement during challenging times while celebrating our triumphs together. The realization that we are not alone in our struggles, achievements, and aspirations becomes a profound source of motivation. Building a Sanctuary for Educators: By actively building a community of educators, we create a sanctuary where knowledge is exchanged, best practices are shared, and innovative ideas are collaboratively developed. This nurturing environment becomes a wellspring of encouragement, inspiration, and the fuel that drives us to strive for excellence within our classrooms. Benefits of Joining an Educator Community: EdTech Recommendation (8:24) I want to introduce you to a powerful tool that is revolutionizing the way educators deliver presentations. ClassPoint is an innovative solution that seamlessly integrates with Microsoft PowerPoint, elevating your teaching experience to new heights. Let's explore how ClassPoint enhances your existing PowerPoint presentations and transforms them into dynamic and interactive learning experiences. Transforming PowerPoint into a Dynamic Teaching Platform: ClassPoint elevates PowerPoint from a basic presentation tool to a dynamic teaching platform. By incorporating ClassPoint into your digital lessons, you can enhance student engagement, foster interactivity, and create memorable learning experiences. Take your teaching to the next level by giving ClassPoint a try and experience the transformative power it brings to your classroom. Share your feedback and let me know how it enhances your teaching. If you're already using ClassPoint, I would love to hear from you too! Featured Content (10:29) In today's world, podcasting is becoming an increasingly influential tool in many educational settings. We delve deep into this topic, particularly the benefits of podcasting in schools. This episode explores how podcasting contributes to students' development and growth in various subjects, boosting their communication and social skills. Whether you're based in Brazil like my listener Leo Calbusch, in Pennsylvania like Mike Brilla, or anywhere else in the world, this episode provides insightful answers to critical questions on the role of podcasting in enhancing student engagement and commitment. Resources: Topics and questions addressed: What are the benefits of podcasting in school?How does it contribute to students' development and improvement in different subjects?How does it enhance their communication and social skills?Does it help them become more organized?Curious about student engagement and commitmentWhat do they learn and what skills do they develop or improve by podcasting?Could you provide some guidance on how to distribute a podcast on major platforms such as Apple, Google, and Spotify?


The Power of Digital Portfolios: Tips and Tools for Student Success - HoET223

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:20) I will be at ISTELive23 on June 26 and 27! Let's connect. EdTech Thought (3:32) As the school year comes to an end, teachers can reflect on their growth and explore new technology tools to enhance their teaching skills. Integrating new tech in the classroom can help educators stay current, become more effective, and contribute to their professional development. Embracing innovation in education is essential for personal growth and student success. Key Points: EdTech Recommendation (7:32) Gamma is an alternative to slide decks - a fast, simple way to share and present your work. Create engaging presentations, memos, briefs, and docs that are easy to discuss live or share async. Use my link and get 200 credits when you sign up for free! Check out the slide deck I created about the featured content for this episode. Featured Content (11:36) In today's episode, I focused on the process of creating digital portfolios with students, which can enhance their learning experiences and showcase their growth. Key takeaways include:


How is Shaping the Future of Education - HoET222

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:18) Will you be at ISTE Live 2023? I will be in Philly on Monday, June 26 & Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Let's be sure to connect! EdTech Thought (3:37) Being Open-minded As teachers, we are responsible for shaping our students' minds and hearts and creating an environment that fosters empathy, understanding, and acceptance. By being open-minded, we can better understand and appreciate the unique perspectives our students bring to the classroom, create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment, and continually refine our teaching methods. The article highlights that being open-minded does not mean abandoning our values and beliefs but rather considering alternative viewpoints to make informed decisions for our students' best interests. Cultivating open-mindedness as a teacher is essential for both personal and professional growth and the success of our students. Featured Content (8:14) I'm delighted to be joined by Logan Greenhaw, the founder of, an AI platform dedicated to helping educators like you do more of what you enjoy... teaching. believes that education is the most powerful tool to solve global issues and strives to provide innovative and ethical resources to transform the future of education – and ultimately, the world. EdTech Recommendation (54:09) Tab Wrangler Do you find yourself with too many tabs open and your computer running slow? Tab Wrangler is the perfect solution. This extension automatically closes unused tabs after a specified period of time to reduce background resources. This helps keep your computer running smoothly and improves productivity by minimizing distractions. Keyword Surfer If you're looking to improve your website's search engine optimization (SEO), Keyword Surfer is the perfect extension. This tool generates keyword ideas and displays search volumes in Google search results. Keyword Surfer is useful for content creation and optimizing your website's content to improve your ranking in search engine results. Microsoft Autofill For users who use both Edge and Chrome browsers, Microsoft Autofill is a great way to save time and improve productivity. This extension saves passwords, addresses, and payment information to auto-fill them on websites you visit. This is a great way to save time and improve productivity by not having to type in the same information repeatedly. CRX Mouse Boosting productivity while browsing the web is always a plus, and CRX Mouse is here to help. This extension enables mouse gestures for simple tasks, such as opening a new tab or closing a tab. This helps save time and makes browsing the web more efficient.


Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective #EdTech - HoET221

Featured Content (2:47) Frank Bouchard is the co-founder of Wipebook. During our conversation Frank and I talk about the following: The history and technology behind Wipebook's reusable notebooksExamples of how Wipebook's notebooks are being used in education settingsWipebook's technology in the futureWhy should people use and or purchase products from Wipebook EdTech Thought (26:13) Our AI Responsibility In a recent blog post, Fonz from My EdTech Life discusses the growing presence of artificial intelligence (AI) in education and the potential risks of overreliance on AI tools. His post highlights the importance of using AI as a tool for critical thinking and meaningful application, rather than a crutch that hinders learning. The post emphasizes the need to teach students responsible AI usage, including awareness of data laws, ethical concerns, and digital citizenship. By promoting a balanced approach to AI in education, students can be better prepared for success in the modern workforce. We also need to help our colleagues by sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices related to AI in education. EdTech Recommendation (0:00) 3 Must-have Chrome Extensions Save to Google DriveHave you ever found an article or image online that you want to save for later, but don't want to clutter up your bookmarks? Save to Google Drive is the perfect solution. This extension allows you to save web content like images, videos, links, and various types of files to your Google Drive for later viewing. This is a great way to keep everything organized in one place and easily accessible from any device.Compose AIImproving your writing skills is crucial in today's digital age, and Compose AI is here to help. This extension enhances grammar checking and generates text using AI to auto-complete sentences in your browser, such as in Gmail, Outlook, and Google Docs. Compose AI can also suggest ways to improve your writing and make it more engaging.Privacy BadgerPrivacy is a growing concern for many people, and Privacy Badger is here to help. This extension blocks trackers based on their behavior to improve privacy while browsing the web. Created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Badger helps protect your personal information and keep your browsing habits private. Just Give It A Try (34:47) New Canva Tools! DrawMagic DesignMagic PresentationMagic Edit & EraserBeat SyncAnimationTranslate House of #EdTech VIP (40:08) Alli McCrary Waltham, MATeacher, EdTech Coach, Digital Literacy Focused, Chat GPT & AI


The Impact of Social Media on Education - HoET220

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:26) Happy Birthday, Miles! Miles previously appeared in episodes 117 and 137 Sam Fecich and Matthew Woods, both members of the EPN have collaborated on a new professional development book titled, "Digital PD for Educators." Purchase the book from Amazon. EdTech Recommendation (4:05) Auto Classmate - "Auto Classmate helps educators stay informed on emerging advancements in technology and leadership. We firmly believe that education is the single most powerful tool to solve global issues. We strive to provide innovative and ethical resources to transform the future of education and–ultimately–the world." Featured Content (8:20) Leena Marie Saleh, the EdTech Guru, returns for a conversation about social media in education. Leena Marie previously appeared on episode 190 of the podcast. Role of Social Media in Education: Social media has become a powerful tool for communication and collaboration in education. From facilitating discussions and exchanging ideas to sharing resources and connecting with students, social media has changed the way we approach teaching and learning. By leveraging the latest technology, educators can create an engaging and dynamic learning experience for their students. Questions Discussed: EdTech Thought (38:00) Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate, share information, and connect with others. In today's world, where technology plays a critical role in almost every aspect of our lives, it's essential for educators to embrace social media as a tool for teaching and learning. Just Give It A Try (41:30) Canva Websites - Canva Websites is an all-in-one solution that makes building beautiful, responsive websites easy and hassle-free. With a simple drag-and-drop interface and a wide selection of professionally designed templates, you can create a website that truly represents your teaching style and vision. House of #EdTech VIP (43:40) Christie Cloud - Christie is a dedicated educator who has spent the last 22 years teaching 7th and 8th-grade social studies. She's taught virtually for the previous 2 years at Empower Virtual School in Coweta County, Georgia. She's become an expert in online learning, creating engaging and effective virtual environments for her students.


The Pros and Cons of Mobile Devices in the Classroom - HoET219

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:34) I am thrilled to welcome Tech Tools for Teachers and Speaking with Students to the Education Podcast Network! These two new shows bring valuable perspectives and insights to the education community. Tech Tools for Teachers, hosted by Shanna Martin, offers practical advice and recommendations for integrating technology into the classroom. Meanwhile, Speaking with Students, hosted by Will Andresen, provides a platform for students to share their experiences and perspectives on education. Congratulations to Mike Dodge, Sam Fecich, Chris Stuchko, Dan Gallagher, and Steve Chisnell for winning a t-shirt! I hope they enjoy wearing their shirts and spreading the word about the House of #EdTech. Thank you for your support and for being part of this community. EdTech Thought (6:00) My thought is a satirical critique of replacing human teachers with ChatGPT. I point out the absurdity of relying on a cold algorithm that spits out answers like a vending machine and can make witty jokes and puns. I used quotes from supposedly satisfied users of ChatGPT to highlight the negative consequences of using such a program, such as the lack of original thought and critical thinking. I end by mocking the idea of upgrading the personality of ChatGPT, implying that it is ridiculous to think that a machine can replace human teachers who can provide a personal connection and expertise. Featured Content (8:32) Mobile devices have become increasingly popular in education due to their ability to provide students with access to educational resources and tools anytime and anywhere. With the rise of mobile technology, students can now use their smartphones and tablets to access educational apps, e-books, online courses, and educational videos, among other resources. Mobile devices also offer teachers and professors the opportunity to provide personalized learning experiences and interactive activities that enhance student engagement. One of the biggest advantages of mobile devices in education is their ability to promote digital literacy and 21st-century skills. Through the use of mobile technology, students can develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, which are essential for success in today's workforce. Additionally, mobile devices can help bridge the digital divide by providing equal access to educational resources for students in remote or underprivileged areas. However, it is important to note that the integration of mobile devices in education should be done strategically and with proper planning to ensure that it aligns with the learning objectives and goals of the curriculum. CLICK HERE TO GET A FREE CELL PHONE EXPECTATIONS POSTER EdTech Recommendation (28:01) For Elementary School: For Middle School: For High School:


How to Level Up Your Teaching with ChatGPT and AI - HoET218

Support for today's episode comes from Wipebook. The perfect tool to engage students who need to work things out. Featured Content (3:45) The world is rapidly advancing in technology and artificial intelligence is at the forefront of that progress. But what does that mean for the field of education? How is AI being used to enhance teaching and learning? ChatGPT is an advanced language model developed by OpenAI that can generate human-like text based on the input it receives. AI, or artificial intelligence, refers to the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that would typically require human intelligence. Writing promptsReading comprehension questionsVocabulary buildingPersonalized practiceCurrent events discussionScience experimentsCreative problem-solvingStudy skills and test preparationCareer exploration3-part objectivesGenerate rubricsDesigned a podcasting projectGenerated PD about AICreate resources at different reading levelsCreate supplemental resourcesGrading EdTech Recommendation (34:46) Tome - Would you be interested in AI that does for presentations what ChatGPT does for text? Tome is the collaborative AI-powered presentation tool you've got to try. Say goodbye to tedious design work and hello to frictionless creation with Tome. Embed anything from the web and showcase content in one place with live integrations and easy sharing. Just Give It A Try (37:47) Try ChatpGPT and Tome!


It's 2023. Do Not Fear #EdTech - HoET217

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:19) Awesome Supporter Dan Gallagher - "just listened to #HoET216 I believe there is a fifth item to asking for help, ‘Be willing to answer the call for help’ this will help you better ask for help and will show others you look to be collaborative in learning & growing in education together" PodcastPD Episode 124 - Tips for New Teachers! EdTech Thought (5:19) Collaboration is essential for success in education technology as it allows for the sharing of ideas and the creation of something greater than what one person can achieve alone. On the other hand, competition can lead to division and animosity. Collaboration is particularly important in the constantly evolving field of education technology as it allows for the pooling of knowledge and expertise to create better tools and resources. Additionally, it promotes inclusivity and diversity in the learning environment. The choice between collaboration and competition is a choice between building something together or tearing each other down. EdTech Recommendation (7:48) ChromeOS Flex is a cloud-based operating system for PCs and Macs that aims to provide a fast, easy-to-manage, and secure computing experience. It is designed to be a sustainable way to modernize devices that you already own, and it can be deployed across your fleet with minimal downtime. You can try ChromeOS Flex by using a USB drive and following the setup instructions. It's a good option to consider if you're looking to accelerate your cloud-first OS deployment, or if you want to try modern computing with cloud-based management on existing devices. Featured Content (11:18) It's 2023. Do Not Fear #EdTech Let's be honest. As a teacher, regardless of your years of experience, using technology in your classroom can be intimidating at times. It's natural to feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to start, but it's important to remember that incorporating technology benefits you and your students. Here are a few tips for overcoming that fear we all experience and confidently use technology while teaching: EdTech doesn't have to be scary, incorporating technology into your teaching can be done by starting small and building up gradually, taking advantage of free resources and training, asking for help and support, creating a safe and supportive learning environment, and embracing the benefits of technology. Just Give It A Try (19:54) Join the House of #EdTech Discord. Listen to the episode to get access.


How Will #EdTech Change In 2023? - HoET216

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:18) PodcastPD returns on Sunday, January 29, 2023! EdTech Thought (4:22) Ask For Help Asking for help can be difficult, but it is an important part of being a successful teacher. Here are a few tips to help teachers feel comfortable asking for help:Remember that it is okay to ask for help. Teaching can be challenging, and no one is expected to have all the answers. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and it shows that you are committed to improving and doing the best job possible.Identify the type of help you need. Before you ask for help, think about what you need and why. Are you struggling with a particular lesson plan or instructional strategy? Do you need advice on how to handle a difficult situation with a student? Knowing what you need will make it easier for others to provide the right kind of support.Choose the right person to ask. Not everyone will be able to provide the help you need, so it is important to choose the right person to ask. This might be a colleague who has experience with the issue you are dealing with, a mentor who can provide guidance and advice, or a school administrator who can provide support and resources.Be specific and direct. When asking for help, be specific and direct about what you need. This will make it easier for the person you are asking to understand your situation and provide the right kind of support.Be open to feedback and suggestions. When you ask for help, be prepared to listen to feedback and suggestions. Remember that the person you are asking is trying to help you, and their advice and guidance can be valuable.By following these tips, teachers can feel more comfortable asking for help when they need it. This can help them improve their teaching and support the success of their students. EdTech Recommendation (7:36) Apple Freeform - Back in December 2022 Apple released a new app called Freeform, which is similar to a digital whiteboard. It allows you to write, draw, add images, and documents to a blank board, alone or with others. The app is available on iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS 13.1. You can pinch-to-zoom in or out on a board, with no limit on how far you can zoom out, and you can add as much as you want or need to a board. Along the top of the screen, you can find all the available tools, such as the Apple Pencil to draw on a board, add a sticky note, or select from over 700 different shapes. You can also add text boxes, links, images, and documents from the Photos or Files app, or even scan a document directly into the app. Freeform also allows for collaboration with friends or colleagues, and you can work on a board together over a FaceTime call. To share a board, users will need to turn on iCloud sync for Freeform. If you have the ability to mirror your iPad in your classroom or conference room this could be a great tool for you and your students. Featured Content (9:52) The podcast discusses how education technology may change in 2023, with a focus on three main trends. The first trend is an increase in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in education. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we learn and teach by personalizing learning experiences, providing personalized feedback and support, and helping educators manage and analyze data. The second trend is the continued growth of online and blended learning, which has been accelerated by the pandemic and is expected to continue in 2023 with the development of more technology tools and platforms that support these models. The third trend is a greater focus on equity and accessibility, which includes providing students with the necessary hardware and software and making sure that the technology is designed to be inclusive and accessible for all learners. The podcast also highlights the need for better connectivity and access to technology for students and educators to achieve equity in education. Just Give It A Try...


2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown - HoET215

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:22) I'm excited to announce that I will be creating an episode on ChatGPT & AI in Education in early 2023, and I would love to have your input and insights as part of the conversation. If you have any thoughts, experiences, or questions about ChatGPT that you would like to share, I invite you to contribute your thoughts. EdTech Thought (5:30) Whether you or your students are getting into podcasting there are some basic things to consider when you set out to create a successful podcast. Creating a successful podcast takes time, effort, and dedication. But with the right approach and a bit of know-how, you can create a podcast that is engaging, informative, and entertaining for your listeners. Here are 5 tips for creating a successful podcast: Choose a topic that you are passionate about and that you know well. This will help you create engaging and informative content for your podcast.Develop a clear concept and format for your podcast. This will help you organize your ideas and keep your episodes focused and on-topic.Choose a catchy and memorable name for your podcast. This will help you stand out in the crowded world of podcasts and attract listeners.Invest in good audio equipment. High-quality audio is essential for a successful podcast, so make sure to invest in a good microphone and other recording equipment.Plan out your episodes in advance. This will help you stay on track and avoid rambling or losing your train of thought during the recording. Read this post for 5 more tips for creating a successful podcast. Featured Content (8:16) The Annual Smackdown is my favorite episode to create because I open the show more than normal to you to contribute what you've loved and learned about education technology in the past year. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in their thoughts and contributions. Stephanie HowellNate NageleScribeEric GuiseCleanfeed.netBryon CarpenterVoice In Voice TypingChris StuchkoTikTok for EducatorsCarlos GarzaSuper Smash Bros.Derek LarsonChatGPTAdobe Podcasts You can always view the All-Time Smackdown List here. Just Give It A Try (35:03) Coming Soon! - I'm writing a real book and it's going to be about podcasting. This will be a book that could be used with students in education and it will also be relevant to anyone who wants to begin their podcasting journey. The working title is, "I Like To Podcast And You Will Too!" and the truth is I've been working this behind the scenes here in 2022 but I have enough complete where I feel comfortable talking about it here on the show. I am publishing this book on my own and I anticipate a late Summer or early Fall release. If you would be interested in an early preview and contributing a testimonial please reach out to me. House of #EdTech VIP (37:34) I wanted to take a moment to thank YOU for tuning in to the House of #EdTech podcast. Whether this is your first episode or you've been listening for many years, your support and engagement mean so much to me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with you. I know that you have many options when it comes to podcasts and educational technology content, and I am honored that you have chosen to join me on this journey. Your feedback and contributions to the conversations I have on the show are invaluable, and I appreciate your willingness to share your insights and perspectives. So from me to you, thank you for being a part of this community. I hope you continue to enjoy the podcast and that you find the content I create useful and informative. Thank you again for your support. You are a HOET VIP!


Lessons Learned from School Podcasting - HoET214

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:18) 2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown! Coming in episode 215 - Submit your entry by December 9, 2022. EdTech Thought (4:26) End-of-Year EdTech Clean-up EdTech Recommendation (8:43) Canva AI Go into a Canva project, hit more, and select Text-to-Image. Describe the image you want and then hit search. Canva will create the image via AI and you can insert the image into your project. Featured Content (10:18) Zebra Podcast Network launched on Jan. 3, 2022 - Purpose: The purpose of the Zebra Podcast Network is to report on and tell the stories of New Brunswick High School. We report on school news, clubs, athletics, community news, and more! Club motto: Your School. Your Voice. Lessons Learned and Things to Consider: MusthavesNew emailSpaceGearMixerMicsArmsWebcamPromotionSocial MediaEmailSchool WebsiteSupportAdminFacultyProductionLive Stream?How much editing?Software?ParticipationStudentsAdults School Podcasting Resources House of #EdTech VIP (36:15) Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the Director of Evaluation, Supervision, Mentoring, and Hiring in Brockton Public Schools. He is also the CEO of X-Factor EDU consulting and publishing. Visit Matt's website


Why Aren't You Thirsty? - HoET213

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:20) 2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown! Coming in episode 215 - Submit your entry by December 9, 2022. EdTech Thought (5:35) EdCamps Are Great! You should be attending or organizing the best professional development you can get! EdTech Recommendation (11:12) Twine - Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don’t need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes. Twine would be great for individual students in grades 5-12. Featured Content (14:38) In episode 212, I asked if schools were listening to teachers about a number of issues related to education technology. One of my listeners, Brooke Anne Petrucelli, emailed me to share her thoughts on her experiences as a Technology Coordinator and Technology Literacy teacher. Brooke Anne is definitely doing the work and putting in the effort but she's not getting the results she believes she should be. I share my thoughts and continue the conversation. Connect with Brooke Anne! House of #EdTech VIP (24:35) Holly Buck - A Mom, wife, animal lover, and K-8 Instructional Technology Coach from Connecticut!


Are Schools Listening to Teachers about #EdTech? - HoET212

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:19) 2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown! Coming in episode 215 - Submit your entry by December 9, 2022. EdTech Thought (3:30) Paying for Twitter Verification. Don't be a Sneetch! EdTech Recommendation (7:16) Scribe Chrome ExtensionUse the Scribe Chrome Extension to automatically generate step-by-step guides for any process in seconds.Spend less time explaining and more time doing.Scribe generates an interactive screenshot and text description for each step.Easily share with colleagues and students. Featured Content (8:38) When It Comes to Picking Edtech, Are Schools Listening to Teachers? (EdSurge)When your school or district decides to invest in and make a new edtech product available, the goal is to transform student learning and add value to their experiences in the classroom.But where in the process do you fit in? If you're a teacher what, if any, is your role? And how much say do you—or should you—have in edtech decisions?In a survey released earlier this year, the edtech company Clever found that 85 percent of administrators say teachers are involved in choosing tools. When the company asked teachers, more than 60 percent said they were hardly ever—or never—involved in those choices.So which is it?Do You Have a Seat at the TableIs there enough teacher voice in the edtech selection process? NO.Why? Well first, teachers aren't the people in a position to spend district resources and sign contracts with vendors. At a fundamental level, this puts distance between the companies and the teachers. #2...when it comes to purchasing #edtech focus is usually on the tech and not the education. So your tech personnel is usually more involved because the tech needs to work before it can be used to teach.Striking a BalanceSo how do we find that balance? A major obstacle is that teachers, and I've been guilty of this, don't always see the big picture and have that birds-eye view. Think data security, FERPA, & COPPA.Schools and districts can easily involve teachers by running pilot programs before widespread adoption and implementation. Let some teachers kick the tires with their students and get feedback. This makes perfect sense because at a basic level people want to be heard and valued and if technology is just being mandated then, teachers don't feel heard or valued.Speaking of mandates...that's not always the best idea. Making everyone use one specific tool isn't always what's good for everyone. Choice and options are powerful.Who Gets a Say?Typically it's people out of the classroom who have the most say. Sometimes that's completely valid. There are plenty of organizations, certifications, and degrees that can give a person the knowledge to make those decisions and have a lot of pull in the conversations.But if a person is all books smart and not street smart - and by street smart I mean 5 or more years of classroom experience - then their opinion and POV don't hold as much water - in my opinion.Technology can make a teacher's life easier but it will never replace us and there is no magic pill that will solve all edtech issues. So beware of those that sell this brand of #edtech snake oil.Feeling Left BehindAnother key challenge is that schools and districts often make purchases meant to support all teachers, even though the needs of teachers vary widely by subject matter and grade level.Hello Phys. Ed. Teachers!Can you think of another subject area that benefits less from edtech in your district?It might even be true that there is more technology available to assist a PE teacher than in any other subject area.Could you imagine a Peloton lab in your middle or hs where students could differentiate their fitness based on their individual health goals and needs?We have the ability easily collect health and fitness data but when was the last time the phys ed dept was involved in the edtech decision process?We're leaving some teachers behind.Collaboration From the StartHow do we get collaboration from the...


#EdTech Success Is Inside You - HoET211

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:19) 2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown! Coming in episode 215 - Submit your entry by December 9, 2022. Welcome Mike Brilla and his podcast, The Inspired Educator, to the Education Podcast Network EdTech Recommendation (3:59) Chrome Recommendations Tab GroupsTo Save - chrome://flags search GROUPS tab group save ENABLE then RELAUNCH then right click on the tab group and toggle SAVE GROUPLive CaptionsCreate Captions for any A/V playing in browserMenu > Settings > Accessibility > Toggle on Live Caption (ENG only)Search Open TabsHave a lot of tabs open? Hello AJ and most teachers I know...Down Arrow Upper Right (left of Minimize) > Type a keyword to help get to the tab you're looking for Have other Chrome recommendations? Send them to me! Featured Content (8:31) I was listening to a recent episode of Simon Sinek's podcast, A Bit of Optimism, and his guest was Francesca Hogi, a love and life coach. As a love coach, she teaches single people how to transcend their romantic challenges and find true love. As a life coach, she teaches rebels and seekers to love their lives truly. You might be thinking, "What do a love and life coach have to do with education technology?" or "Is everything OK in your marriage Chris?" Stick with me. AND...everything is fine with Katelyn and me. Dating is an Experiment / EdTech is an ExperimentDating has been revolutionized by technology / Education is being revolutionized by technologyBetter dates will lead to better relationships / Trying more technology and finding what works for you will lead to better integrationNo bad dates / No bad tech - what's your approach? Approach all your tech with the best intentions and you will grow when you use technology. Your students will grow each time they work with technology. You will learn what tools don't meet your needs and you will develop a healthy technology integration mindset. During Simon and Francesca's conversation, she talked about how to be a better dater and go on better dates. This directly mimics your approach to your relationship with education technology and what it should look like. House of #EdTech VIP (16:25) Nikki Pressley - Ayer -


The Need for Digital Equity - HoET210

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:13) PodcastPD is BACK! AJ and I released episode 123! EdCampNJ 2022 is taking place on November 19, 2022! 2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown! Coming December 18, 2022! Get your submission to me by December 9, 2022. EdTech Recommendation (6:21) Toucan is a Chrome extension that helps you learn new languages as you browse the internet, without the need for flashcards or transition tools. It’s quite a genius tool; as you browse, Toucan will automatically translate certain words in the language that you’re trying to learn. So, let’s say most of an article is in English, but some words are in Spanish or French. When you hover over these words, you’ll see the transition and meaning. This way, you can learn new words in the language and the context of how they should be used in sentences. Toucan is free but limited to Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian. Featured Content (8:10) What is meant by digital equity? What are the three pillars of digital equity? Why is digital equity important? Why do we need digital equity? What are the benefits of digital equity in education? How can I promote digital equity in my classroom?


Has #EdTech Changed Your Teaching? - HoET209

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:17) GoSynth is GoING away. I recommend you check out Podcastle.aiReturn of PodcastPD - 10/2/22 EdTech Thought (4:55) Deleting & Adding Technology. I've deleted Clubhouse. While I previously published an episode about the benefits of Clubhouse for Educators I just don't feel the same way. EdTech Recommendation (8:24) Convert images with EzgifEzgif is a fast and simple way of converting images between formats. It can handle GIF, JPG, PNG, and WebP, and you can either upload the files from your computer or point Ezgif towards them on the web. There are also options for cropping and rotating images.FREE - PDFs with SmallpdfViewing PDFs is pretty straightforward no matter what platform you’re on, but editing them is something else. Smallpdf takes the hassle out of the process, with a variety of features that include letting you drop in images and text and add your digital signature.Smallpdf is free to use, but you can get more features and unlimited edits for $12 a month.Set an alarm with Kuku KlokWhatever you need to set an alarm for, Kuku Klok can help. Just pick the time for the alarm to go off, then choose a sound (cockerels and trumpets are two of the options), and you’re all set.Kuku Klok is free to use.Get artistic with MS PaintMicrosoft Paint is one of the most well-known computer utilities of all time. MS Paint is the faithful remake of the program and runs entirely in your browser. You can get at it from any Windows or macOS computer, and access all the familiar tools—including the spray can and the paint bucket.MS Paint is free to use.Take notes with Online NotepadOnline Notepad lets you quickly jot down anything you don’t want to forget inside your browser: It could be a to-do list, an idea for your next novel, or an address. You can keep your pad open on a new tab, but you can also save it to your disk if you need to.Online Notepad is free to use. Featured Content (13:18) Over the last century and in recent years, technology has promised to revolutionize how we teach, dramatically alter the relationship between teachers and students, and fundamentally change how students learn and work together. In many ways, technology has profoundly changed education. Technology is a powerful tool that can support and transform education in many ways, from making it easier for teachers to create instructional materials to enabling new ways for people to learn and work together. House of #EdTech VIP (24:16) Israa Lulu - - She's a passionate educator, dedicated Leader, and certified Tech coach and trainer. Israa believes learning never stops and has always been an avid learner who craves knowledge of the world at large and works tirelessly to develop as an educator and leader. Israa's passion is to support teachers in building their capacity with impactful technology use and innovative teaching practices and ideas to transform education.


Are You Riding The Wakelet Wave? - HoET208

EdTech Recommendation (3:34) - Craiyon is an AI model that can draw images from any text prompt!Knowt - https://getknowt.ioKnowt is 100% free to useKnowt lets you write, share, and browse notes.Knowt creates flashcards instantly from your notes - on Quizlet you need to make them manually each time.Knowt lets you create flashcard sets, and study them with Spaced RepetitionYou can import any Quizlet set in seconds! Featured Content (7:10) Tisha Poncio - Former classroom teacher, Digital Learning Specialist at Wakelet (ep. 182)Rick Butterworth - Rick manages engineering and operations & is a founding member at Wakelet. Just Give It A Try (41:25) Mike Brilla - Does anyone know of a script you can run to take single Google Slides from one folder & quickly combine them into one slide deck? I want kids to create their own slide, turn it in on Classroom & then create a class deck from there.


Microsoft for EDU, Digital Equity, & More! with Kirsten Thompson - HoET207

EdTech Thought (3:50) You Got This! A Chris Nesi Peptalk :-) EdTech Recommendation (8:33) 9 More Google Drive Tips! Bypass the Gmail Attachment Limit Using DriveConvert All Drive Uploads to Work With DocsUpload Pics to Search TextReveal All Keyboard ShortcutsCheck All the Search OptionsColor Code Your Organizational FilesGet Google Drive AppsQuick Search Drive From the OmniboxBlock the Drive Spam Featured Content (16:06) Kirsten Thompson joined me for a conversation about Microsoft for Education, Digital Equity, & Social Media for Teachers! Click here to check out the TikTok we were talking about at the end of our conversation. Just Give It A Try (46:12) Katrina Haynes submitted a voicemail about Wakelet. I previously talked about Wakelet with Tisha Poncio on episode 182. House of #EdTech VIP (48:12) Sarah Yunker - She's on Twitter to find new ideas and inspiration that will help her become a great teacher!


Elementary #EdTech with Dani Romero - HoET206

Feedback & Shout Outs (1:18) I recently appeared on Overthrowing Education, hosted by Batsheva Frankel! Episode 79: Chris Nesi: Ed Tech-Past, Present and Future EdTech Thought (2:56) It's all about how you treat people. EdTech Recommendation (6:52) 9 Google Drive Tips Shortcuts for Simple AccessMove Files Via Cut and PasteGet a Quick LinkInstall Drive on the DesktopAdded File Types to the Bookmark BarDrag and Drop Into DriveAccess Drive Files OfflineUse Offline Files While MobileSave Anything You Find to Google Drive Featured Content (13:27) Daniela Romero is always looking for ways to channel her creativity and ways to make a difference in her community. She has taught all over the world and she's currently a grade 5 teacher and future after-school Spanish Club Lead! Topics: Just Give It A Try (34:05) Jesus Morales (Email) - I believe I have heard in your podcasts that you are not a big fan of Anchor.FM. Can you give me some insight on why? I like Twitter Spaces, but the downloading part is a bit time-consuming and not easy to do. I feel with Anchor.FM our team can do a live show, bring people in as guest hosts, and still easily download the file. What other program do you recommend similar to these two? My response: Check out to archive and easily download your Twitter Spaces. House of #EdTech VIP (40:12) Miriam Richard - Digital Learning Specialist | Leveraging Technology to ensure learner success! Ulrich Intermediate and Krahn Elementary | Klein ISD Jen Kosior - Google Certified Coach | #GoogleEC | Dynamic Learning Project Coach | Everfi Teacher Ambassador | Disney Addict | Mom | Runner | Owner ADC Publishing & Design


The Canva Classroom with Amanda Fox - HoET205

EdTech Thought (6:36) Take It To The Ramp I spent the last week as the PA Announcer at the Monmouth County Fair (NJ) and I was inspired by something in the BMX bike stunt show that I listened to and watched about 20 times over the course of five days. Featured Content (11:17) Amanda Fox is an award-winning teacher from Kentucky by way of Georgia! Amanda was a recipient of the 2016 ISTE Emerging Leader Award, recognized as a PBS Digital innovator for her initiatives in enhancing student learning with technology, has also served as President of the Young Educator Network for ISTE, and received the President's Volunteer Award. We primarily discussed her new book, The Canva Classroom: 42 Ultimate Answers to Templates That Rocket Student Engagement (2022). Resources Mentioned: creatorpeardeckflip Connect with Amanda via her bio below. House of #EdTech VIP (42:50) Summer Wineteer - 5th-grade Teacher at Connect Academy a K-8 virtual school blending together on-campus & online edu. - M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction fro the University of San Diego, Cert. Google Level 2 | ISTE & CUE member | Minecraft Global Mentor