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A rare guestless episode where I talk about the awesome shows on the Education Podcast Network, share listener feedback, and TWO recommendations!



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Feedback and Shoutouts

    EdTech Thought

    EdTech Recommendations

    House of #EdTech VIP

    Amanda Dykes - Instructional technology coach and a former 6th-grade technology and science teacher.

    Amanda is an expert in using technology as an integral part of pedagogy to increase learning as well as training and exciting educators into using technology in a way to increase student learning.

    She works with teachers in the 56 schools within her district on ways to use technology with their students.

    Amanda demonstrates knowledge and proficiency of web 2.0 tools and their uses in today’s classroom.

    She also has an extensive understanding of social networking for building a professional learning network which allows her to stay on the leading edge of shifts in education ideas and the leading edge of technology.

    She has presented on various technologies, social networking and STEM topics around the country.

    She loves 'Bama, the Red Sox, and the beach!

    Connect with Amanda C. Dykes:

    Ask your questions, share your feedback, and connect with me

    Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
    I hope your new year is off to a flying start! My professional projects have been keeping me busy the last couple of weeks so that's why there hasn't been a roundup. Please explore the edtech goodness...


    Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? If you do be sure to check out my House of #EdTech podcast! Episode 52 featured my wife, Katelyn Nesi, and I talking about technology and personal finance. Subscribe today!

    If you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

    PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

    AWESOME #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

    MR. NESI'S #EDTECH PICK(s) OF THE WEEK

    INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    • "Remember that you are talented and that your talent has value." ~ Jessica Hische

    What did you find most useful from this week's roundup?
    Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


    Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


    My wife, Katelyn Nesi, co-hosts this first episode of 2016 and we give insight into how we live life to the fullest on two educator's salaries!



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    Featured Content

    Katelyn and I are not cheap. We are living a frugal life and our two educator salaries are stretched to their max. We're excited to share what we're doing and what you can consider trying in your own financial world.

    Resources mentioned:

    CLICK HERE TO GET A COPY OF OUR BUDGET SPREADSHEET.
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      EdTech Recommendation

      Flux.it - F.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

      Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.

      F.lux is donation ware so check it out and consider supporting their efforts as well.

      House of #EdTech VIP

      Wesley Fryer - Dr. Wesley Fryer is an author, teacher, technology director, speaker, digital storyteller, and change agent. He is the director of technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City.

      From 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma.

      Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011.

      He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, teach and assess learning. His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. Wes maintains a library of multimedia-focused training and instructional videos on PlayingWithMedia.com.

      He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps (www.ipadmediacamp.com) teaching educators how to effectively use iPads in the classroom to create narrated slideshows, quick edit videos, and interactive writing.

      He also co-facilitates multi-day STEM workshops for teachers.

      Wes became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014.

      Podcast: Moving at the Speed of Creativity - speedofcreativity.org and iTunes

      Connect with Wesley Fryer:

      Ask your questions, share your feedback, and connect with me

      Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

      Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
      2016 is going to be a very important year for me professionally so in order to make myself more accountable for my goals and desires, I thought it would be a good idea to make them public and allow you to hold me to my goals.



      At first glance, the items below may appear to be self-centered but I assure you that while they are important to me they are all for you.

      Write My Book

      My wife and the Ed Justice League helped me work through my inner struggle of whether or not to write a book. With their clever and careful prodding, I have decided that I will be writing and releasing my first book in 2016.

      Some people will say that you should just start to write and worry about the title later but I've never been conventional. The tentative title of my yet-to-be-written work is, "I Like To Say Stuff and You Can Too!"

      You can look forward updates in the coming weeks and months as well as special previews of the content right here on the website.

      Connect with My Listeners

      As a podcaster, I make a point of putting great effort into creating each episode of the House of #EdTech podcast. I have mentioned many times during the show's run that I am thankful for every listener I have. The iTunes ratings and reviews always encourage me to continue creating for you and I want to give you, even more, value and conduct a number of virtual meet-ups with listeners so I can continue to develop the community and learn even more from those of you who have welcomed me into your lives and your routines.

      Pursue My Passion 

      This might sound silly but...

      I am a teacher who enjoys teaching teachers. My professional goal is to secure a position that allows me to work with teachers and coach educators in the integration of technology into their classrooms. I want to work at the district level and have a voice in the decision-making process as it pertains to technology and curriculum.

      I am taking the initial steps to this goal through Rowan's NJTOP as I pursue my Supervisor certification and look to take my career in the administration area of education.

      Please share your education or technology resolutions in the comments below.

      I'd love to help you achieve your goals in any way I can.


      Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

      Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
      Happy New Year! I am embarking on a busy season of life and I am looking forward to all the possibilities that will be presented in 2016 and I am glad to be able to share them here on the site and through the podcast.



      Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? If you do be sure to check out my House of #EdTech podcast! Episode 51 was the 2nd Annual House of #EdTech App Smackdown. This special listener generated episode was released on December 20, 2015. Subscribe today!

      If you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

      PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

      AWESOME #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

      MR. NESI'S #EDTECH PICK(s) OF THE WEEK

      INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

      • "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." --John C. Maxwell

      What did you find most useful from this week's roundup?
      Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


      Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!



      Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


      House of #EdTech year two wraps up with the 2nd annual App Smackdown! This episode is loaded with awesome edtech tools, tips, and resources that you can use tomorrow!


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      Featured Content

      Here are all the exciting edtech recommendations contained in the 2nd annual House of #EdTech App Smackdown!

        House of #EdTech VIP

        YOU! The Listeners. - Thank you for listening to the House of #EdTech Podcast!

        I've been podcasting for two years and in that time I've always tried to bring my A-game for you and provide with information that you will find value in.

        Over the last two years of podcasting I have learned so much about myself and I have been able to make personal connections with so many of you and it is truly the personal connections we make that bring the most value to our lived.

        Here's to you for taking time to make me and my voice a part of your routine.

        Ask your questions, share your feedback, and connect with me

        Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

        Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
        Here comes Santa Claus...I don't know about you but I am ready for some fun times with my family and my boys this Christmas. I'll be busy this weekend putting the finishing touches on some holiday gifts I am making - pictures coming! In the mean time...

        Enjoy the gift of this week's roundup!


        Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? If you do be sure to check out my House of #EdTech podcast! Episode 51 will be the 2nd Annual House of #EdTech App Smackdown. This special listener generated episode will be released on December 20, 2015 and will feature a special guest! I can't wait to share all the awesome submissions with you. Subscribe today!

        If you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

        PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

        AWESOME #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

        MR. NESI'S #EDTECH PICK(s) OF THE WEEK

        INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

        • "Gratitude turns what we have into enough." ~ Unknown

        What did you find most useful from this week's roundup?
        Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


        Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!



        Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
        Christmas is right around the corner so if you're anxious you have to wait a bit longer. The good news is that the roundup is here each week to satisfy your desire to learn and add something new to your life or our classroom.

        Enjoy the gift of this week's roundup!



        Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? If you do be sure to check out my House of #EdTech podcast! Episode 51 will be the 2nd Annual House of #EdTech App Smackdown. This special listener generated episode will be released on December 20, 2015 and will feature a special guest! I can't wait to share all the awesome submissions with you. Subscribe today!

        If you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

        PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

        AWESOME #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

        MR. NESI'S #EDTECH PICK(s) OF THE WEEK

        INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

        • 'You can't start the next chapter if you keep re-reading the last one.' ~ Unknown

        What did you find most useful from this week's roundup?
        Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


        Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

        Mr. Christopher J. Nesi



        Natalie Krayenvenger
         is 4th grade teacher from Maryland and the co-moderator of #EDbeat, a weekly inspirational Twitter chat that welcomes all educators and celebrates the positive in education.


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        Natalie Krayenvenger, is passionate about getting other teachers excited about using technology in the classroom and is constantly popping in and out of rooms to tell her colleagues about a great app, program, or platform they can use to enhance their students' learning.

        Natalie is a connected educator and continues to build her PLN through Twitter, EdCamps, and other forums such as Voxer.

        Resources shared by Natalie:

        Connect with Natalie Krayenvenger:

        #EdTech Thought

        #EdTech Recommendation

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        Voxer Website - With Voxer you can:

        Talk, send text and photos — send live or recorded voice, text messages and photos instantly—to one person or an entire group.


        Listen live or listen later — Listen ‘live’ while someone is speaking and respond immediately or listen later and reply when it’s convenient.

        Use any network, globally — Voxer works on any cellular or Wifi network around the world.

          House of #EdTech VIP

          Lauren Thomas-Paquin - Currently a 3/4 elementary school teacher in Massachusetts.

          Lauren reached out to me via Twitter to learn more about how to use Twitter for growing her PLN.

          She wants to get involved in the conversations that already happening and is looking to connect with like-minded professionals.

          I've connected with Lauren and you should definitely connect and show her how powerful being a connected educator can be.

          Connect with Lauren Thomas-Paquin:

          Ask your questions, share your feedback, and connect with me

          Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

          Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
          It's the holiday season so whoop-a-dee-doo and a dickory dock! I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and are as excited for the holiday season as I am.

          Enjoy the gift of this week's roundup!



          Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? If you do be sure to check out my House of #EdTech podcast! I will be releasing episode 50 on Sunday, December 6, 2015. In this episode I will be sharing a conversation with Natalie Krayenvenger from #EDBeat!

          If you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

          PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

          AWESOME #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

          MR. NESI'S #EDTECH PICK(s) OF THE WEEK

          INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

          • "Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting kids working together and motivating them , the teacher is the most important." ~ Bill Gates

          What did you find most useful from this week's roundup?
          Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


          Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

          Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

          It's the holiday season and it's time to take advantage of some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that will enhance your classroom (or you can enjoy the deals for yourself).


          Amazon Fire Tablet For $35

          "If you have any need for a portable “TV” screen, or a cheap gaming device for your kids, this is the best deal of Black Friday." ~ Kinja.com

          Features:
          • Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras.
          • Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games
          • 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
          • Updated user interface - Fire OS 5 designed for quick access to your apps and content plus personalized recommendations that make it easy to discover new favorites
          • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music
          • Stay connected with fast web browsing, email, and calendar support

          Take 30% (Up to $10) Off Any Physical Book

          Recommendations:

          Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer ($49)

          • Prints Up To 27 ppm
          • Automatic Duplex Printing
          • 250 Sheet Capacity Paper Tray
          • High Speed USB 2.0 Interface
          • 1 Year Limited Warranty With Free Phone Support For The Life Of Your Machine

          Google Cardboard-Compatible VR Headset ($20)

          • Enter the world of virtual reality with the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
          • This kid-friendly device will surround you with stunning 360-degree environments so you feel as if you are really there!
          • Download one of the View-Master VR apps, slide your smartphone into the viewer, look at the Preview Reel and simply click the lever to launch yourself into 360-degree immersive experiences!
          • The Preview Reel included with the View-Master VR Starter Pack allows you to demo available apps so you can try all Experience Packs (sold separately)
          • The Starter Pack includes 1 View-Master VR viewer, 1 Preview Reel, 1 adapter for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s and a user guide

          Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 ($75)

          • Create easy customized backup plans with included Seagate Dashboard software
          • Backup your mobile device photos and videos automatically with the Lyve App
          • Quick file transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
          • USB powered -no power supply necessary

          GoPro HERO ($117)

          Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 42W 3 Ports USB Desktop Charging Station Wall Charge ($24)

          Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX for PC and Mac ($28)

          Any purchases you make from this page will help to support the House of #EdTech podcast. Thank you for being awesome!

          Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

          Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
          At this time of year it is only natural to come across another post about being thankful for something. I would like to express my thanks for what I value and cherish in my profession.

          EdJusticeLeague

          It always goes without saying that the value one's PLN is immeasurable. In the past year, I have been fortunate enough to become a part of something that I wish on every educator. My relationship with Stacey, AJ, Dani, Adam, and Chrissy, goes beyond professional respect and association based on our professional interests.


          Since meeting each person separately we have come together as friends and we talk everyday. This is not an exaggeration. We utilize Voxer to think, laugh, and learn from each other. Voxer almost makes it too easy to be connected. But it's this power of connection that has allowed me foster these positive relationships that I cherish. We each bring certain skills and unique world views that can get us through anything life throws our way.

          Last Summer I was able to lean on my friends as I worked to achieve some of my professional goals. Their support was motivational and helped my move forward and continue to pursue that which I hope to achieve.

          Thank you Stacey, AJ, Dani, Adam, and Chrissy!

          House of #EdTech

          I do not know where I would be, professionally speaking, without my podcast, House of #EdTech. Since launching the podcast in January of 2014 I have been fortunate enough to connect awesome people who are simply amazing educators. I have been able to share my own learning with you and every subscriber of the podcast. I have learned so much through my production of 49 episodes. I thoroughly enjoy audio editing, graphic and website design. I have also learned about how to market and promote my content so you can also find value and learn from what I am creating and sharing.

          I've said this before but if nobody listened to the House of #EdTech I would still work just as hard to create something I am proud of. Having you as a listener is the added bonus and now that you're here I am inspired to continue to learn and I am happy to have you as a member of the community.

          Opportunity and New Beginnings

          2016 will certainly present me with new adventure and challenges; some I am aware of, some I am not.

          I am looking forward to beginning in a new role as a part-time Adjunct Professor. Yes, you read thatRutgers University's School of Communication. The course I have been given for the semester is Leadership in Digital Contexts. The course is a part of their Digital Communication, Information and Media Minor. This is going to be very exciting and I look forward to keeping you posted about my journey in the higher learning arena.
          right. In January 2016 I will join the faculty as

          In addition to teaching at the college level, I will also be returning to school as student. I will be starting my trek to a Supervisor's Certificate through Rowan University's completely on-line program. I successfully transferred 3 credits, from my MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Caldwell University, and will be taking 3 courses en route to my certification.

          I am sure that both experiences will give great things to share with you as take on these new tasks.

          What are you thankful for, personally and professionally?
          Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


          Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

          Mr. Christopher J. Nesi