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Baby Nesi #2 is here and Summer is quickly fading into the sunset. The latest addition to the House of #EdTech, Colton John, is an example of wonder and amazement for me! This episode also contains GREAT tips and recommendations from a number of listeners!


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Back-to-School Tips and Recommendations (courtesy of listeners like you!)

Congratulations to Derek Larson who won a copy of Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming A Connected School Leader. Breaking Out of Isolation was authored by the hosts of the #PrincipalPLN Podcast, Dr. Spike Cook, Theresa Stager, and Jessica Johnson.


#EdTech Thought

Blab.imIf radio stations were still cool, all aired on television, and allowed viewers to participate on the same level as the host, it would be Blab.

Blab is Interviews. Casual hangouts. Debates. Discussions. Live workshops.

Blab lets you watch live video conversations between interesting people or join conversations and be that interesting person!

Blab was created by the Bebo team

I welcome you to follow me on Blab - blab.im/mrnesi



House of #EdTech VIP

Dan Alston - is the Supervisor of Instruction Technology for Middletown (NJ) Public Schools.

Dan is a former Media Specialist and Assistant Principal. He earned his BA in Journalism from Rutgers University and his MA Teaching and Learning: K-12 Technology Integration, Educational/Instructional Technology from Nova Southeastern.

Dan Alston is also attended Abilene Christian University where he earned his M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Administration, Digital Learning and he is pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

I worked with Dan personally as a co-planner of Edcamp Jersey Shore this past summer.

Connect with Dan Alston:

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Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


Baby Nesi #2 has not arrived at the time of recording/release of this episode but I can assure you that he will be here before episode 43 is released on August 30, 2015. The sub $5000 kitchen project is officially complete and the end of Summer is fast approaching!


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Our Completed Sub-$5000 Kitchen Renovation

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I'm looking forward to sharing some great conversations when I return to my regular format in September!

There is still time to share your Back-to-School tips and recommendations. Use any of the contact methods at the end of these show notes.

#EdTech Thought

Get Your Class Tweeting: Alice Keeler recently shared an awesome Google Sheet that allows you to have your students compose tweets that could be shared on a class twitter account.

On the Sheet that you share students compose the tweet, enter their name and the back end of the sheet let's you as the teacher click a link that assembles the tweet, student name, and a class hashtag right to your compose tweet window.

Be sure to check out the complete blog post for Alice's great thoughts on the value of students Tweeting!

House of #EdTech VIP

Tina Monteleone - A former Pre-K teacher turned Instructional Technology Coach & Adjunct Professor.

Certified Google Educator who is a very active PD Presenter who has presented on:

Striving for Success in Special Education - tinyurl.com/SSinSE
iPADs in the Classroom - tinyurl.com/EdisoniPads

Tina is also the Co-Director of NJASCD-North


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Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
I am more than half-way through my summer vacation and this summer more than ever has afforded me some great opportunities.


First, I continue to learn everyday by being a connected educator harnessing the power of Twitter for my anytime and anywhere professional development. Honestly, I am a little addicted to checking Twitter and getting involved in the vast amount of conversations taking place at any given moment.

One of the ways I am harnessing Twitter is as a co-moderator of the weekly #PodcastPD chat that takes place on Sunday nights (8:30PM eastern). The chat is 30-minutes and two questions all about podcasting in education. I am fortunate to be able to work and collaborate on the chat with Stacey Lindes and AJ Bianco who are at the top of my Personal Learning Network list!

There is tremendous value in getting together on a regular basis to talk about something I am passionate about with people who are like-minded and share my passions.

The House of #EdTech podcast continues to be the golden child of my learning. Creating a podcast has really pushed me forward in my thinking as well as how I approach education and education technology integration.

Creating the podcast alone has opened new doors of learning in areas audio production, graphic design, social media marketing, and website design.

I started the Education Podcast Network and have pulled together some of the best educational podcasts out there so educators have a place to discover valuable content that will impact their teaching and the education world.

These are just the beginning and don't even consider the actual content of each episode where I'm talking with people who are so knowledgeable and have a great story to share about their own learning and experiences.

I've been on a tear for the last year giving presentations about podcasting and the power that one can wield with a microphone. The power of podcasting is no joke and whether your want to do it for yourself or with your students, school, or district there is no better time than now to jump in and just hit record!

My conference attendance during the summer has also proved to be so worthwhile as move forward in my career. Too many educators make it clear that Summer is a time to not do anything related to school or learning and that is a shame and a tragedy. We wouldn't want our doctors to pass up learning about a new technique or our lawyers to not stay current on the latest statutes -- why do teachers lower the bar for continued learning?

I attended ISTE, EdCamp Leader (North Jersey), and got involved in the planning of EdCamp Jersey Shore. I am thankful and excited that Katelyn will give birth to Baby Nesi #2 before the new school year begins but if that weren't the case for us I would have also spent a day at Google (NY), attended TeachMeetNJ, and went to at least one CoffeeEdu event. Why? Because, I crave new information and learning opportunities that will make me a better educator. If I can improve then I can help others as well.

I share a common view with Jeff Bradbury that if you're in the classroom you can impact 150-175 students, if you're an administrator you can impact a 500-1,000 students, and if you're teaching teachers and leading you're reach and impact can be even more far reaching.

Vacation will be coming to a close or has closed and the school year is upon us. What will you do to continue to grow? What will you do to continue to lead?

Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


Baby Nesi #2 is arriving in a few short weeks (or sooner). I wanted to make sure you were still provided with some awesome content. So this episode features an #edtech thought, #edtech recommendation, and of course a VIP!


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I will be returning to my regular format and content in September. I'm looking forward to sharing some great conversations with you!

#EdTech Thought

  • Back to School!
    • Share your best tips and recommendations for the start of the school year. I would like to include them in episode 43 of the podcast!

#EdTech Recommendation

Doodle.lyA fun, free, and easy way to create and share drawings with your friends and family.

Doodle.ly is a social sketchpad for self-expression, creativity and inspiration. It’s a fast, fun and easy way to share hand-drawn pictures, sketches, doodles, notes, and scribbles with friends across social networks.

Doodle.ly aims to make communicating through hand-drawn pictures and doodles as instant and magical as when you first passed notes to your friends in homeroom. In a world gone digital, with text, links, videos and photos, hand-drawn pictures are in danger of being lost forever. Doodle.ly is working to change this through building a place for you to easily create and share doodles across media.

Great education applications could include:

  • illustration ice-breakers at the start of the school year
  • individual or group white boards during a lesson
  • Exit tickets for older students that share their drawings with you and their peers
Download the app on your iPhone or iPad. www.appstore.com/doodlely

House of #EdTech VIP

John Mason - A certified social studies teacher in New Jersey and currently works in a middle school.

Mr. Mason is constantly on the look out for new technology and emerging trends in the field of education. A life long technology enthusiast, and lover of coffee, Mr. Mason continues to integrate technology into the classroom in addition to sharing his passion for continued growth and learning.

John also hosts the #beardED podcast which incorporates all facets of his experience into his feelings and reflections on the challenges of being a modern educator. Mr. Mason explores what it takes to create and maintain one’s educational vision in light of mandates, change, and the need to constantly move forward in order to prepare our students for our society. Join Mr. Mason to help answer, “Why should I include this in my school? To what end will it serve?”

Connect with John Mason:

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

  • Comment on the show notes below
  • Call (732) 903-4869 to leave a voicemail
  • Voxer mrnesi
  • Email feedback@chrisnesi.com (audio files welcome)
  • Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes

Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


Stephanie Ryon is an Instructional Technology Coach from Texas. Stephanie's experience as a classroom teacher and instructional coach has given her a solid understanding of how to meet the needs of modern day century learner and educator.


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Stephanie Ryon loves being in a position where she can directly impact learners, as well as collaborate with fellow educators on designing authentic and relevant learning experiences to prepare our learners for the future.

Resources shared by Stephanie Ryon:

#EdTech Thought

  • Getting Real On Social Media

#EdTech Recommendation

TubeChop: Allows you to easily chop a section from any YouTube video and share it.

3 easy steps:
1. Find the video you want to chop.
2. Select & cut interesting part of the video.
3. Share it.

Post to your website, inside Google Classroom, etc.

My example...

House of #EdTech VIP

Jill Dobrowansky - is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Wall Township (NJ) Public Schools.

Jill is a former Middle School Principal who earned both her MA and Ed. Doctorate in Ed Leadership and Administration from Rutgers University.

Jill is genuinely passionate about education and education technology!

By her own admission she is convinced she can change the world, one teacher and student at a time.

I believe her!

Connect with Jill Dobrowansky:

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

  • Comment on the show notes below
  • Call (732) 903-4869 to leave a voicemail
  • Voxer mrnesi
  • Email feedback@chrisnesi.com (audio files welcome)
  • Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes

Thanks for listening, reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


Casey Cohen has been teaching secondary English for eight years and high school English at String Theory - Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (a 1:1 Apple Distinguished school) for the past two years.



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Casey Cohen received her B.A. at the University of Michigan, where she studied English, history, and theater in Michigan's Residential College; her Ed.M. at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where she studied English and secondary education in HGSE's Teacher Education Program; and she is currently earning her Principal Certification at the University of Pennsylvania where she is participating in the School Leadership Program.

Casey is also proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015.

Resources shared by Casey Cohen:

The String Theory course collection on iTunes U:

Humanities Seminar

English 10

English 9

iChallenge U

Connect with Casey Cohen:

#EdTech Thought

#EdTech Recomendation


Extensis Fonts: Extensis, a developer specializing in font management software, has released Extensis Fonts, a new font panel for Google Docs that will let you access thousands of fonts from the Google Fonts collection.

Extensis Fonts is available as a free add-on via Google Docs, and it provides a panel where you can browse, preview and apply fonts directly from within Google documents.

Chrome Store page the Extensis Fonts Add-on

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Natalie Krayenvenger - Her in life is all things education! She is currently a 4th grade teacher and has been a "sherpa of learning" since, well, as far back as she can remember, but according to her diploma, a "real" teacher since 2011.

Reading, writing, social studies, math, and social/emotional development are what makes her jump out of bed in the morning and what she is still thinking about at night as her head hits the pillow like a 50 lb weight.

She hopes that through her blog she can share her experiences with others (both the positive and the not-so-positive), help herself to reflect and improve as an educator, discuss topics of interest (or concern), and celebrate the miraculous events in life known as teaching and learning!

When not in the classroom, Natalie can be found reading, cooking, coaching, running, knitting, tweeting, or having fun with her bearded and handy husband and their wiggly and uber friendly bulldog, Copper.

Connect with Natalie Krayenvenger: 

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

Comment on the show notes below
Call (732) 903-4869 to leave a voicemail
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Thanks for listening!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


Josh Gauthier is a Technology Training Specialist for the Unified School District of De Pere (WI). Josh shares his insight on Chromebooks, coding, coding and more!


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Josh is currently a Technology Training Specialist at Unified School District of De Pere (WI)Josh is focused on improving the use of technology in the K-12 environment. He is a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer and has presented at a numerous conferences on topics including Personalized Learning and Coding Integration for Schools.

Josh and I appear as co-hosts of the TechEducator Podcast on Teachercast.net.

Resources shared by Josh Gauthier:

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#EdTech Recomendation

SlidesCarnival: Creates and provides free presentation templates for you use with Google Slides.

You can find templates that are formal, inspirational, creative, simple, startup, elegant, and playful.

Jimena is the creator and designer from sunny Madrid (Spain).

She created SlidesCarnival to help people create meaningful content without worrying about the appearance of their slides.

BONUS RECOMMENDATION: Green Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on your iPad. Classroom-tested by kids and teachers, this app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling you to get fantastic results.

Thank you to Dan Gallagher for submitting this great app!

House of #EdTech VIP

Robert Pennington - Currently a Middle School Social Studies Teacher from Roton Middle School, Norwalk, CT.

Robert is a graduate of Niagara University Secondary Education: Social Studies, Fairfield University Master's degree in Special Education, and Sacred Heart University Admin Cert

In 2014, he was honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for excellence in teaching American History


 He is a lifelong learner who attends conferences, loves all things technology and is always trying to implement new tools to personalize learning for all students.  He believes in collaborating with others to foster conditions that create a highly relational and 21st century learning environment where creativity is nurtured and student  learning is revered.

He's doing some cool things with blogging, photo editing, the flipped classroom, digital citizenship, and animation.

Connect with Robert Pennington: 
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Comment on the show notes below
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Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes and on Stitcher

Thanks for listening!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
So many of you are out of school for the Summer and have started enjoying time away from your profession. I hope you will continue learning throughout your vacation.

For those still in school (like me) the freedom of Summer will be here soon!


Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? I think you would also enjoy my podcast, House of #EdTech. My most recent episode, #37, features Stacey Lindes and AJ Bianco and we talked #PodcastPD and the episode was full of podcasting goodies! My next episode, #38, will be released on Sunday, June 21, 2015 and I will be sharing a recent conversation with Josh Gauthier.

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

  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
Podcasting is HUGE right now and there is no escaping that fact.

Since January 2014 I have started the House of #EdTech podcast and the Education Podcast Network. I've told my complete story about my reasons for getting into the podcast world and ultimately Why and How I Started a Podcast Network.

I sincerely could not be happier with the decision I made to move from content curator to content creator. I've been presenting on this very theme of creating vs. curating during the 2014-2015 school year and now my passion presentation is all about creating podcasts.

I've had a number of people in the last 18 months ask me about how they could get into podcasting for themselves. Some of these inquiries have been related to education and others have been related to personal passions and interests.

Ultimately, I subscribe to the JUST HIT RECORD theory of getting into podcast creation.

I have taken countless hours of time to learn all I can from some of the biggest names in podcasting. Cliff Ravenscraft, Daniel J. Lewis, Dave Jackson, Ray Ortega, and Dan Benjamin. Each of these gentlemen produce podcasts about podcasting (yes they exist!). Their podcasts are:


These are great FREE resources that cover podcasting from soup to nuts! The knowledge and experience of these podcasters is remarkable and they have decades of combined experience creating valuable content.

Since you're reading you must be interested in starting a podcast of your own. I would like to recommend the following resource to help you get started on your adventures into podcasting:
Dave Jackson believes that, when podcasting, you will either pay with in time or in money when podcasting. Learn as much as you can from the resources shared above and make sure you know how much you're worth and how you're going to pay.

One more thing before you go... #JustHitRecord

Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
Many of you are out of school or soon will be done with your school year and I'm jealous because while snow days are nice they don't compare to being able to head to the beach...

Enjoy the tech tools and awesome articles below and leave a comment about what you like and found useful!


Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? Check out my podcast, House of #EdTech. My most recent episode, #37, features Stacey Lindes and AJ Bianco and we talked #PodcastPD and the episode was full of podcasting goodies!

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

  • “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” —Helen Keller

Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi