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Stephany Hesslein, uses blogging in her 1st-grade classroom and her students are knocking it out of the park.


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    • Lindsey James (@lindzmj) - Audio feedback about EdPuzzle (ep 60)
      • iTunes: I listen to this podcast for specific takeaways I can use in my classroom that day or the next day. Podcasts in general are sometimes stressful for me because there is allot of "busy talk" and "chit chat". I love how this podcast stays on topic, gets to the point, gets you information quick, and gives specific ideas. Love it!
    • Jacob Dunn (@JacobDunn) - Twitter - I have learned many interesting ways to use tech in my class. You make it fun.Keep up the hard work.
    • Sean Farnum (@MagicPantsJones) - Twitter - enjoyed the conversation I had with Jennifer Gonzalez!
    • Special shout out to new listener Angela Cleveland (@AngelaClevelan1), School Councilor and Anti-Bullying Specialist from NJ. Met @ TCT16!
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  • Stephany Hesslein
    • Stephany Hesslein is a first-grade teacher for Middletown Public Schools here in New Jersey.
    • She works in a 1:1 Chromebook classroom.
    • As a Google for Edu Certified Trainer & Educator she is passionate about using Educational Technology to accelerate student learning.
    • She is also one of the co-moderators for the #njed Twitter chat.
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Monica Burns - Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads 1:1 with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia and Channel One News. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin, 2016).

Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need.

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Google recently launched Spaces. They wanted to build a better group sharing experience that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic. Group sharing isn’t always easy but with Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in.


Features for Education


  • Easy sharing. With Spaces, the conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without missing a thing.
  • Never miss a thing. If you want to find something that was shared earlier—articles, videos, comments or images—quick search lets you pull it up fast.
  • Quick to setup and share. You can create a space for any topic and invite members via messaging, email, a social network, or whatever way you like.

Applications for Education


  • Spaces for Departments. Create a virtual space for your department colleagues to share links and conduct conversations. This would also work well for elementary grade level teams.
  • Spaces for Clubs & Activities. Document club meetings and events with notes and pictures.
  • Spaces for Group Learning. Have your students create spaces when collaborating on group projects.
  • Spaces for Digital Citizenship. Use the Spaces platform as another tool to promote digital citizenship as a space where your students can get more experience in a digital environment.

Downside to Spaces

Currently, the negative to spaces for education is that the platform is not a part of the Google Apps for Education Suite. So if you want to use it you're going to need to use a personal Google account to access the platform.

Spaces is available on Android, iOS, desktop, and mobile web for all Gmail accounts. Give it a try and create your first space today.

If you have other ideas for using Google Spaces in education please share them in the comments below.


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Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


Jennifer Gonzalez, a fellow podcaster who hosts the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast shares a variety of #edtech tools and resources that every teacher needs to be aware of.


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  • Jennifer Gonzalez
    • Former Middle School Language Arts  teacher (7 yrs).
    • One of her passions is creating content for other teachers. Her creative efforts lead to the creation of the Cult of Pedagogy website and podcast. Jennifer is working to create a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence.
    • She believes we can reach across the limits of geography, find each other, and that there’s no limit to the amazing things we can accomplish.
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Alyssa Miller - Alyssa is an Educational Technology Specialist who works in Middletown, NJ!

BA in psychology, MA in Teaching from Rutgers, and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology (with certification in Students Personnel Services) also from Rutgers and she also recently completed the Supervision Certification program from Rowan University.

She presents workshops and collaborates with teachers on digital citizenship, Nearpod, BrainPOP, digital storytelling and Minecraft!

At her school, she works with a group of dedicated fifth graders who stay after school for a coding club.

Alyssa is a Google Certified Trainer and regularly provides training to staff on Google Apps and other tools and strategies for integrating technology effectively into the classroom.

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AJ Bianco and Stacey Lindes have broken into the House of #EdTech and taken over the show. What have they done with this opportunity? The best guest they could get? Me.


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EdTech Recommendation

  • Kanbanchi - is a free kanban software for task management, project management, and collaboration. Online kanban board helps manage projects the agile way.
    • Visual kanban board with the simple drag-and-drop interface will help you focus on what matters most – your tasks.

Featured Content

  • Christopher J. Nesi
    • Here I am. After 58 episodes this episode let's you into my head like you haven't experienced before.

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Jamie Bianco - is a veteran New Jersey math teacher who has taught middle school Pre-Alegra and Algebra and now teaches math-related electives.

Jamie also coaches the middle school girls soccer team.  Additionally, she has two little boys and is married to AJ Bianco.

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AJ Bianco and Adam Schoenbart guest co-host this episode and we discuss great approaches to what you can do after attending an EdCamp. We share tips and recommendations to get the most out of your unconference experience.


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  • Life After EdCamp
    • Bring the ideas to your classroom.
    • Share ideas with your department/team and administration.
    • Continue to connect with people you met at the conference.
    • Review Google Doc notes for sessions you were not able to attend
    • Review notes/doc on the App Smackdown, if applicable.
    • Verbalize your experience with colleagues.
    • Work to bring the EdCamp culture to your building and help shape building and district professional development.

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Bruce Reicher - Bruce is a Father, Apps/TV Production Teacher for Upper Saddle River Schools (NJ). Brude is a Google Certified Teacher, Leads Professional Development for his staff as well as conferences around the state.

Bruce has presented and NJPAECET2, NJAMLE and a variety of EdCamps. Reicher is also a member of his local BOE as well as NJASCD North NJ and the NJ Educational Computing Cooperative.

Bruce enjoys teaching students about computer apps and television production. I also teach professional development classes in my district and at state conferences. He is also a big fan of the NY Giants and NY Mets.

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March Madness is in the air and the actual Final Four is upon us! This is the third annual #EdTech Final Four and I am pleased to recommend four valuable technology tools for your consideration.


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  • I share my thoughts for a question submitted by Junaid Ahmed, from China!

    EdTech Thought

    • More live streaming from conferences!

    Featured Content

    • 2016 #EdTech Final Four
      • Blab.im
        • What is Blab? Blab let’s everyone have their own show. A Blab show allows 1-4 people to broadcast live and discuss any topic they choose. These content and topic driven conversations provide an opportunity for participants to be highly engaged. You can use the built-in chat or take callers and let other people into your Blab. These conversations can also be recorded and when you’re finished you can download the .MP3 audio and/or the .MP4 video file, you can also export the video right to your Youtube channel. If you’re looking for a platform that will allow you to create and share awesome content this a great place for beginning and expert content creators.
      • Anchor.fm
        • Anchor is a free iPhone app that makes it easy to broadcast short audio clips to a global audience in seconds. Think of Anchor like Twitter, but with audio. Your listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible. When not recording, listen to authentic humor, knowledge, inspiration, and debate from Anchor’s global collective of personality.
      • Walla.me
        • Hide messages in the real world. Leave a message on the wall, or somewhere in a real place, that can be seen only by those you want. It's a funny way to hide private messages in public places. Take a picture of a wall near you, add pictures or freehand sketches and share your creation with your friends. 
      • Versal
        • Versal is a new way for anyone to teach virtually anything, interactively. Everyone is an expert at something. But right now if you want to share knowledge online, you're mostly limited to blogs, videos and slide decks. But learning experiences are so much more powerful when they are interactive. Versal is a new way for anyone to create interactive online learning experiences and share them with the world. From full courses to short lessons and homework assignments, people can create unique experiences for students and embed them virtually anywhere on the web.

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    Jami Joshua - A high school math teacher, who I have the pleasure of working with is interested in flipping his classroom and connecting with other like-minded professionals.

    He is a dedicated educator to his students and his colleagues. A must for your PLN!

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    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


    Teachers should be offered choices around topics, presenters, and how their PD is structured. Teachers are told time and time again to differentiate, personalize, and meet their students where they are. Why doesn’t the same ring true for professional development?


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      EdTech Recommendations

      • TelePromptor
        • TelePromptor teaches you how to speak like a professional, using patent-pending technology powered by over ten thousand speeches. Using the average phonetic duration technique, you can sound just like the pros!
        • Hosted in the cloud, TelePromptor is a professional teleprompting application with a clean, engineered user interface aimed toward anyone who needs to read a script into a camera.
        • With patent-pending PromptTimer technology, your speeches will flow like a pro using years of research that counts the average duration you should spend on each part of your speech. Down to the letter.
        • You can even add multiple speakers with ease and each participants words are easily identified with different colors.
        • The cost, FREE! Basic TelePrompter functionality on desktop or mobile can be yours no cost, forever.
        • TelePrompter would be a welcome addition to your school's news, whether it's video or not. You can even have student use this technology when presenting in class or even during assemblies.

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      Brent Warner - Is the founder of EdTech.tv and the host of the EdTech.tv Podcast

      Brent has his Master’s in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Brent defines his approach to teaching about Ed Tech as an enthusiast who wants to find interesting ideas in teaching and technology and share them with you. He has been teaching for over a dozen years and focuses his areas of interest in three zones:

      * Education
      * Communication
      * Technology

      These three zones are intrinsically intertwined, and Brent loves to explore how each of them can help make better teachers.

      He is currently a professor at both USC and Irvine Valley College.

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      Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


      My very first guest, Alex Rosenwald, has returned to the classroom and the podcast to talk about how his students are taking education technology to the next level.


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        EdTech Recommendations

        • Stories Teachers Share
          • Stories Teachers share is a podcast about what it's like to be a teacher and what we can learn from them. It comes from the team at the wildly popular education blog MindShift, produced out of NPR member station KQED. Stories Teachers Share will not only paint a picture of the men and women spending more than six hours a day with our children, but will also help reveal how each of us is a teacher and a student at different times in our lives.

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        Rachel Murat - A high school social studies teacher for Maine-Endwell.

        A graduate of Binghamton University, she is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about student voice.

        She can be found at most EdCamps in the NY, NJ, CT, and PA area.

        Rachel is also an organizer of EdCampSTNY and a Schoology Ambassador.

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        Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
        In addition to showing that special someone in your life just how much you care this Valentine's Day here are 4 #edtech tools, you should show some love to.

        1. Overcast Podcast Catcher

        Available for iOS, this podcast catcher is THE BEST! A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.

        Overcast is a modern, fully featured audio podcast player with many useful features in a simple, intuitive interface:

        • Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline.
        • Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter.
        • Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want.
        • Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive.
        • Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.
        • Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume.
        • Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
        • Navigate with CarPlay. (On supported car radios.)
        • Apple Watch app, Glance, and notifications

        2. Evernote

        Evernote gets you effortlessly organized with notes that sync between all your devices. Be productive anywhere:
        • Write notes, checklists, and research
        • Clip from anywhere on the web
        • Discuss your work with others, right within the app
        • Present ideas without creating a slide deck
        WRITE AND ORGANIZE
        • Stay focused: write in an uncluttered workspace
        • Get things done: make to-do's and checklists
        • Attach files: keep Office docs, PDFs, and photos
        • Get organized: notebooks and tags keep work tidy
        • Find anything: searchable text in notes and photos 
        DISCUSS AND COLLABORATE
        • Work chat: discuss notes without leaving the app
        • Work together: share notebooks for team projects
        • Meeting prep: create agendas and action items
        YOUR DIGITAL ASSISTANT
        • Make connections: turn biz cards into contacts 
        • Track expenses: organize receipts, bills & invoices
        • Plan travel: save research and reservations
        ACCOMPLISH EVEN MORE WITH EVERNOTE PREMIUM

        Evernote is free to download and use. Evernote Premium unlocks, even more, productivity:
        • More space - get more done with 10 GB of new uploads each month
        • Better search - search inside Office docs and attachments
        • PDF annotation - use shapes and comments to give visual feedback
        • Presentation mode - turn notes into beautiful presentations, no slides required
        Two subscription levels:
        1) Evernote Premium: $5.99 monthly, $49.99 annually
        2) Evernote Plus: $2.99 monthly, $24.99 annually

        3. Voxer

        Voxer is a free app that combines the best of voice, text, photo and video messages for a powerful and personal messaging tool. Easily and instantly communicate with friends, family or teams at work – live or later. Voxer works over any 3G, 4G, or WIFI network in the world.

        Voxer is the only service that delivers voice live - so it can be listened to immediately - and simultaneously records the message - so it can be listened to later. We have 120 global patents for this unique technology that is used in over 200 countries.

        Voxer powers the #EdJusticeLeague and it can power your PLN too!

        4. Periscope

        Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

        Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

        Mr. Christopher J. Nesi


        Katelyn returns to talk about the importance of functionality when designing an education space and respond to feedback from episode 52.


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          • Why do you favorite a Tweet?

          EdTech Recommendations

          • MIC NOTE
          • From Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers
            • Mic Note is a free Chrome app that allows you to create voice recordings, text notes, and image-based notes on one concise notebook page. The notes that you record with your voice can be time-stamped by clicking on your Mic Note note page while you're recording. You can also take notes without recording any audio. All notes support inclusion of images and links. The best part of Mic Note is that you can sync all of your notes to your Google Drive or Dropbox account. Watch the video below to see how you can create notes in Mic Note.
            • Applications for Education
              • Mic Note could be a good tool for students who want or need to record a teacher giving a short presentation. Students could let the recorder run while they type their own notes about what the teacher is saying to the class. And because Mic Note supports pictures, students could insert images of slides and or diagrams that their teachers display.
              • Mic Note also has potential to be a good tool for students who are conducting interviews as they can write time-stamped notes while recording.

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          Steve and Cathy Isaacs - Steve Teaches Video Game Design and Development at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, NJ.

          Cathy is a K-5 technology integration and innovation specialist in central New Jersey. Passionate about nurturing problem solvers through computer science, project based learning, and authentic use of technology. Google Certified Educator, Class Dojo Mentor

          They have two daughters who sometimes appear at education conferences and Coffee Edu events.

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          Mr. Christopher J. Nesi
          Happy Valentine's Day! As you know I love technology and the romance it has with education. Fall in love with the resources and recommendations below!


          Do you enjoy these #edtech roundups? If you do be sure to check out my House of #EdTech podcast! On the next episode, #54, I will be welcoming Katelyn back to the podcast for some more edtech chatter and some library media center talk as well. 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


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


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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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            EdTech Recommendations

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            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!

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