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Make Learning Magical
Conversations about making learning MAGICAL through: Memorable Beginnings, Authenticity & Agency, Gamified strategies, Innovation, Creativity, Collaboration, & Curiosity, Authentic Audience, and Legacy.
May 28, 2020
In this episode I chat with my dear friend, Rodney Turner. I loved our conversation about the significant part he's made in my own education journey, the power of connection, strategies for recharging, the future of education, and more!! You will LOVE what Rodney has to share!! Rodney Turner is a Father |Explorer |Connector |Blogger |Podcaster |Project Manager at #ClassLink. He has worn many hats in his time within education. Technology Integration Specialist, Technology Coach, Boys Basketball coach, and Classroom Teacher for multiple public schools in Arizona. Now living in New Jersey, he has shifted to project management. Rodney is blogging, podcasting, and looking forward to sharing more instructional strategies, tips, and tools through those channels. He has presented at local Arizona conferences like GAFE Summit and MOBILE 2013 as well as national conferences like ISTE and FETC. His current goals are to make a difference in classrooms, districts, and individual lives by promoting his vision for cultivating proper and deep relationships with yourself and with others. Connect with Rodney: Twitter and Voxer @techyturner
May 20, 2020
In this episode I chat with amazing elementary teacher, Teresa Haley. Teresa's joy and enthusiasm is infectious! I loved chatting with her about her experience as a contestant on the TV game show "Let's Make a Deal", her Over the TOP teaching philosophy, and how she's navigated teaching during COVID19. This conversation will inspire and fill you with joy! Connect with Teresa: Twitter: @TeacherOver The clip of Teresa on Let's Make a Deal
May 14, 2020
In this episode I chat with the incredible, Sarah Thomas! Sarah is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Maryland. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest. She also founded Edumatch publishing, a fast-growing educational publishing company that has 39 titles in it’s incredible library. She has presented internationally, participated in the Technical Working Group to refresh the 2017 ISTE Standards for Educators, and is a recipient of the 2017 ISTE Making IT Happen award. She is also an Affiliate Professor at Loyola University in Maryland. Sarah is a co-author of the ISTE Digital equity series, Closing the Gap. I loved our conversation about Sarah's journey into education, her story of starting the Edumatch movement and Edumatch publishing, gamification, her thoughts on education beyond COVID19, and more! Sarah is such an inspiration! You will love what she has to share! Connect with Sarah: Twitter & Instagram: @sarahdateechur
May 12, 2020
In this episode I chat with the incredible, Matt Miller! Matt is a teacher, blogger, and author of four incredible books: Ditch That Textbook, Ditch That Homework, Don’t Ditch That Tech, and the brand new release, Tech Like a Pirate. We had a wonderful conversation about his new book, navigating remote learning, reimagining learning beyond COVID19, and so much more! You are going to learn so much and be greatly inspired by all that Matt has to share! Connect with Matt: Twitter & Instagram: @jmattmiller Website: Ditchthattextbook.com Resources for e-learning Click HERE for these free E-books: 101 Practical ways to Ditch That Textbook 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook with G-Suite 50 Free Templates For Teachers
May 12, 2020
13. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Snehal Bhakta
In this episode I chat with Snehal Bhakta, an incredible CTE administrator in Clark County, Nevada; the 5th largest district in the United States. I loved our conversation about the importance of connection, providing meaningful experiences for students, equity, coding, STEM, and hope for the future of education! You will be so inspired by Snehal's enthusiasm, perspective, and positive, innovative mindset! Connect with Snehal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Linked In: @snehalstocks
May 11, 2020
12. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Ben Garcia
In this episode I chat with Ben Garcia, an Educational Coordinator for Southern Oregon Public Television and a middle school PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs teacher. I loved hearing his journey into education, how he helping to develop a PBS Newshour/Student Reporting Labs program, his work creating television episodes for our district's Anywhere Learning Plan, and more! So much inspiration in this episode! Connect with Ben: Southern Oregon PBS Television episodes Twitter: @BenPBS_TCP_SO Facebook: SO PBS Education
May 9, 2020
11. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Elissa Widomski
In this episode I chat with an innovative Family and Consumer Science educator from New York. I loved her ideas, perspective, and honesty as she shares the reality of teaching project based learning from home while balancing her role as mom to a 4 year old. You will so appreciate all she has to share. Connect with Elissa: FACS PLC Website Twitter: @ElissaRose7
May 8, 2020
10. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Scott Raedeke
In this episode I chat with a good friend and incredible CTE Department Lead and STEM teacher, Scott Raedeke. Scott is shares his journey into education, his experience designing a popular board game Cranium, Design Thinking, Code.org, Code Academy, Unity, online certifications, education after COVID19, and more! Loved our convo so much! Connect with Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org As referenced in the episode: Colorado Department of Education - Career Development Incentive Program Career Development Incentive Program Approved Certifications List (2020-2021)
May 6, 2020
9. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Jesse Holcomb
In this episode I chat with high school Career & Technical educator, Jesse Holcomb, about his incredible manufacturing program, his experience manufacturing parts for Disney, how he's navigating remote learning, and more! He even made me tear up as he shared what he misses most about classroom teaching. You'll love this episode! Connect with Jesse: email@example.com
May 5, 2020
8. PBL in A Pandemic Series-Barbara Scully
In this episode I chat with innovative Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Barbara Scully about her educational journey and how she's navigating project-based learning in a remote learning environment. Learn how she's using Flipgrid, Canva, and other digital tools to connect and create meaningful learning for her students. Connect with Barbara: Listen to her new podcast series: ConnectFCSed.com Facebook group: ConnectFCSed & FCS Tech Tips Facebook and LinkedIn: Barbara Scully Instagram: @connectFCSed
May 4, 2020
7. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Sheri Smith
In this episode I chat with Sheri Smith, an amazing high school Pathways to Pre-Education teacher from Southern Oregon. We had a fabulous conversation about the incredible program she designed, how she's empowering her students during our time of remote learning, and the hopeful future of education. You will be so inspired by all she has to share! Connect with Sheri: firstname.lastname@example.org Learn about the digital tools mentioned: Mursion Adobe Spark Canva Buck Institute-Free Webinars
May 2, 2020
6. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Chris Peters
In this episode I chat with Family and Consumer Science teacher, Chris Peters. I loved chatting with her about how she is navigating remote learning in her project based classes. I was touched by her honesty, perspective and courage to step out of her comfort zone to connect with her students and provide meaningful, relevant learning from a distance.
May 1, 2020
5. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Sasha Roble
In this episode, I chat with joyful educator, Sasha Roble. Sasha is incredibly innovative and her enthusiasm is contagious. You will love her ideas for connecting and creating incredible learning experiences for students while teaching remotely. Connect with Sasha: Twitter: @sroble62 Instagram & Facebook: @cdramsfcs
Apr 30, 2020
4. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Justin Eagar
In this episode I chat with, Justin Eager, an incredible high school construction technology teacher from Southern Oregon. Hear his story of building his CTE program from the ground up and transitioning to teaching from a career in the plumbing industry. You will be so inspired by his perspective on teaching, remote learning, and the ways he is connecting with his students during this pandemic. Connect with Justin: Instagram: @justinsplumbingservice Email: email@example.com
Apr 29, 2020
3. PBL in a Pandemic Series-Julie Rice-Johnson
In this episode I chat with innovative educator, Julie Rice, about how she is navigating remote learning in her family and consumer science classes. She shares her favorite ways to connect with her students from a distance, her most magical COVID19 moments and more. You will love hearing Julie's story and you will be definitely come away with ideas to bring into your virtual classroom. Connect with Julie: Twitter: @facs_khs Instagram: @facs_khs & @mrs.jjohnson
Apr 28, 2020
2. PBL in a Pandemic Series: Phil Cropper
In this episode I chat with Phil Cropper, an extraordinary career and technical educator, chef, and business owner from Maryland. Phil's passion for teaching is inspiring and he has great ideas for navigating teaching and learning remotely and creating magical learning experiences for students! You will be so inspired by his positive perspective and enthusiasm for teaching. Connect with Phil: Youtube: WTHS Culinary Twitter: @pastrychefphil Facebook: Phillip Cropper
Apr 27, 2020
1. PBL in a Pandemic Series: Lauren Compton
In this first episode of our special series, PBL in a Pandemic, I chat with Lauren Compton; a fabulous Family and Consumer Science Teacher from Missouri. She shares so many innovative ideas for connecting with students and creating incredible learning experiences remotely. Get ready to be inspired! Connect with Lauren on instagram @facswithdrc
Apr 23, 2020
In this episode I chat with the incredible, Mike Washburn. Mike is the Director of Engagement for Participate and host of the popular education podcast: OnEducation. He is a speaker and engaging professional learning specialist. As a former Computer Science teacher, he created a custom-made curriculum using elements of game design and game-based learning culminating in the Grade Eight Game Design Challenge: a year-long project where students made every aspect of their own video game. Mike is not only an extraordinary educator, he truly is an extraordinary human being. You will be amazed and inspired by all he has to share! Connect with Mike: Twitter & Instagram: @misterwashburn mikewashburn.net Onpodcastmedia.com Oneducationpodcast.com Participate.com
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Apr 16, 2020
In this episode I chat with, Jon Corippo, an incredibly innovative, passionate, and enthusiastic educator who just makes you happy being around him. He has served a decade teaching at the K-8 grade level, opened a 1-1, PBL, Google-based high school, served in two county offices, both as an Assistant Superintendent and an IT Director. Jon has been recognized as a County Teacher of the Year, a 20 to Watch Educator by the NSBA, and was also a finalist in the EdTech Digest Awards. Jon also holds the Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator badges. Jon currently serves as the Chief Learning Officer at CUE in California. His work with CUE includes creating the CUE Rock Star concept of Professional Development. He has lead the development of the very successful CUE Launch program, and the well received CUE BOLD Symposium. Under Jon’s leadership, CUE professional learning has trained over 30,000 educators in only two years. He also has co-au…
Apr 10, 2020
In this episode, I chat with John Meehan. John is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. John is a national presenter and author of the book EDrenaline Rush. He is also a lover of games and adventure like me! You're going to love listening to John's story! Connect with John: Twitter: @meehanedu Website: edrenalinerush.com
Apr 4, 2020
In this episode, I interview an incredible high school ceramics teacher who also happens to be my amazing hubby! Listen as we chat about COVID19, how to create virtual learning experiences in project-based classes, self care and more! Connect with Russ on Twitter @richmondruss and on Instagram @richmond_ceramics!
Mar 27, 2020
In this episode I chat with Jennifer Mckenzie. Jen is an extraordinary high school Teacher Librarian in Medford, Oregon. In fact she is so extraordinary that she was awarded Oregon state Secondary Teacher Librarian of the year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. She was selected for being "a creative, artistic, tech savvy, promoter of innovation, compassionate and student-centered, a true book lover, and an enthusiastic advocate for librarians and libraries." During her 17 years in education, Jen has taught at the middle, high school, and college level but has most recently found her passion in the South Medford High School library. Jen has been at South for 10 years and held positions as an ELA teacher, Freshman Academy Lead teacher, and head of the English department. I have had the incredible honor to work in the same district as Jen, so I am able to see firsthand the amazing, immersive, and inclusive learning environment she creates for staff and students. You will be so…
Mar 20, 2020
In this episode I chat with the incredible Robert Kaplinsky. Robert has been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for the Downey Unified School District, an instructor for University of California, LA, and a presenter at conferences around the world. He co-founded the website Open Middle, has been published in Edutopia and Education Week, is the author of Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, and created the #ObserveMe movement. He is also the president of Grassroots workshops: a company that provides flexible online workshops for educators. Find him on: Twitter: @RobertKaplinsky Instagram: @Robert_Kaplinsky Website: OpenMiddle.com, RobertKaplinsky.com Workshop: Grassrootsworkshops.com
Mar 13, 2020
In this episode I chat with one of the funniest educators I know, Jon Spike. Jon is an extraordinary Coordinator of Instructional Technology Integration Services at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He is also a national speaker and host of the LaughED podcast. He created Gamestorm EDU that allows teachers and students to make their own games. Listen, laugh, and come away with tons of ideas and inspiration! Also, listen for new ✨magical✨ sound effects, credited to Jon’s inspiration. 😄 Find him on: Twitter: @jonathanspike Website: GameStormEDU Podcast: LaughED podcast Board Game subscription mentioned in episode: Awesome Pack
Mar 5, 2020
In this episode, I talk with the amazing Jennifer Casa-Todd. Jennifer is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board, and the author of Social LEADia as well as two books releasing this summer: Raising Digital Leaders, and a children’s book she co-authored called Aubrey Bright: Stories that Connect Us. She is an Ontario GEG leader, a Google Certified Innovator, co-founder of the Global Education Student’s chat, and the lead organizer for a Digital Citizenship conference in Toronto. She is also an international keynote speaker speaking on issues of technology, digital leadership, and parenting in a digital world. Connect with Jennifer: Twitter: @jcasatodd Instagram: @jcasatodd Facebook: SocialLEADia group Website: jcasatodd.com
Feb 29, 2020
In this episode, Tyler Cienfuegos, an extraordinary high school ELA teacher and BACH school lead in Medford, OR shares how he is bringing incredible innovative learning and gamification into his classroom. Shout out to John Meehan & Michael Matera! Listen and take away some awesome activities and gamified strategies to integrate into your classroom learning tomorrow! Follow his journey on Twitter @TylerCienfuego1
Feb 21, 2020
In this podcast episode, I chat with the incredible Lisa Johnson. Lisa is an educator I’ve admired since the beginning of my EDUjourney but have never had a chance to meet until today. She is the CEO and founder of TechChef4u, an Educational technologist, an international speaker, an Apple Distinguished Educator, author of 2 amazing books: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom and Creatively Productive, and mom of 2 mobile natives. Lisa is such a delight to chat with! Learn and be inspired! Click on the links below to connect with Lisa and find her incredible resources! Resources: TechChef4U Website Books Creatively Productive website Creatively Productive Newsletter Social Handles: Twitter: TechChef4u Instagram: NoteChef4u Facebook: TechChef4u CP Pinterest: TechChef4U
Feb 14, 2020
In this episode, I chat with the joyful and inspirational, Tamara Letter. Tamara has vast experience in education including elementary teacher, differentiation specialist, tech integrator, and instructional coach. She spreads joy and her passion for kindness across the globe as a national speaker and author of the incredible book, A Passion for Kindness. No doubt you'll catch her contagious joy and be ready to start your own kindness journey! Follow Tamara: Twitter, Instagram & Facebook: @tamaraletter Website: tamaraletter.com
Feb 7, 2020
In this episode, I chat with Ashley Anderson, an incredible Sparker Starter and third grade teacher from Medford, Oregon. Learn about Ashley has integrated Empatico, Classroom Champions, and Flipgrid in her classroom to inspire and empower your students in countless ways! We chat about global collaboration, sparking empathy, socio-emotional learning, self care, and more! Connect with Ashley Anderson on Twitter @andersonschamps and through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 31, 2020
In this episode, I chat with Adam Welcome. Adam has served in many roles in education including elementary teacher, elementary principal, and Director of Innovation in a district of 35,000 students. Adam was Principal of the Year for his region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, consultant, international speaker, and guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and many other publications. Additionally, he is the author of Run Like a Pirate and co-author of Kids Deserve It and Empower Our Girls! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn: @MrAdamWelcome website: mradamwelcome.com
Jan 24, 2020
In this episode, I have an incredible conversation with Andrew Arevalo aka @gameboydrew. We chat about FETC, CUE, esports, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and so much more!!! Listen now and be inspired! Follow Andrew on Twitter @gameboydrew and check out his website www.gameboydrew.com
Jan 19, 2020
In this episode I chat with Andrew Easton. Andrew is an amazing English teacher and personalized learning collaborator from Westside Community Schools in Nebraska. He is also an upcoming Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc author and a speaker and consultant on personalized learning nationwide. Come away with incredible ways to personalize learning in your classroom and professional development as well as gamified strategies! You will be inspired! Follow Andrew on Twitter @eastonA1 and check out his website: westsidepersonalizes.com
Jan 10, 2020
In this episode I chat with the incredible Rachael Mann. Rachael is passionate about all things related to education, technology, and science. She is an “edufuturist” who believes in the importance of shaping the educational philosophies and spaces of today by looking toward the innovations of tomorrow. Rachael is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events across the country, and she speaks and writes about disruptive technology, education, and careers. She is the author of The Spaces You Will Go and coauthor of Martians in Your Classroom, an educational title about integrating STEM into the classroom utilizing space-related initiatives. You will be so inspired and come away with wonderful ideas, books, digital tools and resources to explore! Connect with Rachael: Twitter & Instagram: @rachaelEDU Facebook: Rachael Mann LinkedIn: RachaelMann M.Ed Website: rachaelmann.co Books: The Martians in Your Classroom The Spaces You'll Go
Jan 2, 2020
In this episode I chat with an incredible teacher who also happens to be my former culinary student! Ed Steiger is a 4th grade teacher in Medford, Oregon as well as a Spark Starter on our district innovation team. We chat about a funny (& scary) classroom experience, favorite digital tools & podcasts, and more! Shout out to the Medford School District 549c, Pear Deck, Flipgrid, Gimkit, Ditch Summit, and the EduDuctTape and Ditch That Textbook Podcasts!
Dec 29, 2019
What a Difference a Decade Makes
In this episode I reflect on this past decade and how much growth I’ve experienced from stepping out and trying new things.
Dec 13, 2019
This week I chatted with the incredible, Mandy Froehlich. Mandy is a former Director of Innovation and Technology, the author of The Fire Within and DivergentEDU, a national speaker and consultant, and co-host for Teacher's Aid podcast on BAM network. In this conversation, we explore the topic of teacher engagement/disengagement, the effect on school climate and culture, and strategies for reigniting your passion for teaching. This is an episode you don't want to miss! Follow Mandy on: Twitter @froehlichm Instagram @froehlichmandy Facebook @Mandy Froehlich Website: mandyfroehlich.com
Nov 28, 2019
This week I chatted with author, speaker, #booksnaps founder, Public Relations & Communication Director, and my bestie...Tara Martin! I love this convo where we share the origin of our friendship, the power of social media and being connected educators, Cannonballin', #GratitudeSnaps, and more! Follow Tara on Twitter @TaraMartinEDU, Instagram @TaraMartin.real, Facebook @Tara M Martin, and her website: Tarammartin.com
Nov 22, 2019
In this episode I talk to the amazing educator and wearer of many hats, Laura Steinbrink! So many shoutouts, digital tools, and ideas they are too numerous to mention!
Nov 2, 2019
In this episode I chat with elementary educator and instructional coach, Heather Marrs! Shout outs to: Seesaw, gamification, ios Keynote, Sketchnoting, #OrEdChat, Sylvia Duckworth, Michael Cohen, and Laura Steinbrink!
Oct 24, 2019
In this episode, I chat with Alicia Ray. Alicia is anLead Digital Learning & Media Innovation Facilitator and author of the book #EduEyeExam! Follow her on Twitter at @Iluveducating and #EduEyeExam and at aliciaray.com
Oct 18, 2019
Becky is an incredible elementary teacher in Southern Oregon who creates MAGICAL learning experiences in her classroom through play, room transformations, and gamified learning! Follow her on Twitter @sixthisgoal Follow her on Twitter @sixthisgoal
Oct 10, 2019
Scott Nunes is an inspiring and innovative ELA teacher from Modesto, CA! Follow him on: Twitter @MrNunesTeach Instagram @IamMrEdtech Linked In http://bit.ly/2M4ZhNd Facebook http://bit.ly/2VvJVVa
Sep 27, 2019
Letting Go of Perfect
In this episode I share my thoughts on letting go of perfectionism.
Sep 27, 2019
Starting Strong: Relationships, procedures, and fun!!
In this episode my husband and high school ceramics teacher, Russ Richmond, and I chat about ways to start off the year strong with relationship building, procedures, and fun!
Sep 26, 2019
Creating classroom magic using GlideApps with special guest, Alyssa Marie Brown
Family and consumer science teacher, Alyssa Marie Brown, shares how she’s creating classroom magic with Glideapps and shares her current favorite podcasts, digital tools, & sources of inspiration.
Aug 31, 2019
Refuel & Recharge to go the Distance for our Students
In this episode my husband and ceramics teacher, Russell Richmond, discuss ways to refuel and recharge so we can maintain our energy for our students throughout the school year.
Aug 30, 2019
Take a Leap!
In this episode my husband and ceramics teacher, Russell Richmond, and I discuss the magic that happens when we take a leap out of our comfort zone and try something new!
Aug 30, 2019
Creating Magical Beginnings
In this first episode my husband and ceramics teacher, Russell Richmond, shares how he created magical moments on his first day of classes. Find my blog and resources to the Favorite Things activity here —>https://www.tisharichmond.com/blog/favorite-things Shout out to Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate, for inspiring this Favorite Things activity.