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Christopher Nesi is certified in social studies (K-12) in the state of New Jersey. Christopher Nesi has inspired students at the middle and high school levels. Nesi enjoys incorporating established and new technology in his classroom. Nesi also tirelessly works to evolve his growing understanding of what it means to provide for the 21st century learner.

Christopher Nesi also brings creativity, passion, energy, and a love for learning to the classroom. Nesi is a collaborative, forward-thinking, problem solving, and student-centered educator.

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11.26.2014

On Saturday, November 22, 2014 approximately 400 New Jersey educators descended upon Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick, NJ for the third annual EdCamp New Jersey un-conference.

Click here to learn more about how the edcamp model works.

Earlier this year I was able to join the planning group for this event and I received a bit of an education about how an event of this size is orchestrated. Thank you to Dana Sirotiak, Jeff Bradbury, and Billy Krakower for welcoming me to the group and allowing me to play a role.

My experience began Friday night because I volunteered to with set-up and also to arrive bright and early for more prep with the team.

For a good portion of the morning I helped with the attendee check-in and this served one major purpose because I was able to give out the EdCamp t-shirts that people pre-ordered. The shirt sales raised a donation for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

I initially signed up my wife, Dad and cousin to attend the conference but reasons beyond our control only my cousin, Joseph Iacono (@EdTechMaestro), was able to attend. This was his first edcamp and he had a great time to. I attempted to get him to present but he wanted to take in the conference as an attendee. He won't have that luxury next year :-)

I attended the following sessions:
Website Design for Teachers - Carina Gonzalez
Creating a Digital School District - Jay Eitner & Jeff Bradbury

I presented:
Stop Curating & Start Creating

All 2014 EdCampNJ sessions.

As I experienced last year, the day is filled with learning like no other for teachers to experience. If you have the opportunity to attend an EdCamp you must take advantage of the opportunity to take control of your learning and career.

Don't forget to bring a friend!


Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

11.23.2014



Jenna Kleine is the Community Marketing Manager at Class Dojo. Kleine is a former middle and high school science teacher with a passion for technology and making a real difference in education for students we all teach.

Episode #26 is only two episodes away and you are still welcomed and encouraged to participate in the first House of #EdTech SmackDown! Send in an audio clip about your favorite app, website, or edtech tool. You've got 2 minutes so make it count!

Do you enjoy the podcast? Please consider supporting a podcast you love! Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial from Audible.com. There are over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or other mp3 player.

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Jenna Kleine is the Community Marketing Manager at Class Dojo. Kleine is a former middle and high school science teacher with a passion for technology and making a real difference in education for students we all teach.
    Connect & collaborate with Jenna & Class Dojo:

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    #EdTech Recommendation

    Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing references, research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, OS X and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers. Mendeley also has an iPhone and iPad app that is free to install. 

    Mendeley provides each user with 2 GB of free web storage space, which you can upgrade.

    I recently presented on Mendeley at the Montgomery County Community College Technology Conference.

    House of #EdTech VIP

    Dana Sirotiak - Dana Sirotiak is the Chief Innovation Officer for Newark (NJ) Public Schools. Prior to this Dana was a High School History Teacher at Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey and a Middle School Social Studies Teacher in Jersey City for 7 years.

    Ms. Sirotiak has a BA in History as well as a MA in Educational Technology.

    In addition to her instructional duties, Dana has served on Professional Development, School Leadership, School Data Committees.

    Dana is an active presenter and has presented at numerous conferences like NJEA and EdCampNJ. Dana was also an Edublog Awards finalist in the categories of Best Use of Video & Media and Best Podcast or Hangout in 2013.

    Connect with Dana:

    Upcoming Conferences and Events

    Ask your questions or share your feedback

    Comment on the show notes
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    Thanks for listening!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

    11.21.2014

    It's almost turkey time! There will not be a round up next week so I have 'stuffed' this one full of great tasting edtech knowledge!

    If you enjoy this #edtech roundup? Subscribe to my podcast, House of #EdTech. Each episode contains recommendations, tech news, and my take on education that will help you integrate technology into your teaching. Listen & subscribe today!

    The next episode will be released on Sunday, November 23, 2014 and I will be speaking with Jenna Kleine of Class Dojo! My conversation with Jenna was recorded before the recent New York Times article featuring Class Dojo was released. But I will have commentary regarding the topic surrounding Class Dojo.

    You're also invited to contribute to the House of #EdTech podcast for my upcoming 26th episode and celebrate the one year anniversary of the show!

    If you're affiliated with or are a fan of an upcoming education conference check out my recent post about how you can promote education conferences on the podcast!

    Enjoy this week's round up and if you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

    PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

    #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

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

    INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK


    Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

    11.14.2014

    I'm sorry if you missed a round-up last week. I attended the annual NJEA Convention in Atlantic City. For my full recap be sure to check out the House of #EdTech podcast episode 23!

    Speaking of the podcast...if you enjoy this #edtech roundup? Subscribe to my podcast, House of #EdTech. Each episode contains recommendations, tech news, and my take on education that will help you integrate technology into your teaching. Listen & subscribe today!

    The next episode will be released on Sunday, November 23, 2014 and I will be speaking with Jenna Klein of Class Dojo!

    You're also invited to contribute to the House of #EdTech podcast for my upcoming 26th episode and celebrate the one year anniversary of the show!

    If you're affiliated with or are a fan of an upcoming education conference check out my recent post about how you can promote education conferences on the podcast!

    Enjoy this week's round up and if you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

    PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

    #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

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

    INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    I thought I would try something different and share a recently enjoyed TED Talk...


    Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

    11.09.2014

    Rich Kiker is a nationally recognized and award winning Certified Google Apps for Edu Trainer and Director of Online Learning. In this episode he shares some great Google insight and tips for teachers of all levels.

    Episode #26 is now three episodes away and I am still looking for you to participate in the first House of #EdTech SmackDown! Send in an audio clip about your favorite app, website, or edtech tool. You've got 2 minutes so make it count!

    Do you enjoy the podcast? Please consider supporting a podcast you love! Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial from Audible.com. There are over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or other mp3 player.

    Listen to Episode 23:

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    Featured Content

    Rich Kiker is the Director of Online Learning for the Palisades (PA) School District and the owner of Kiker Learning, LLC. Rich is also a top-rated and award winning Certified Google Apps for Edu Trainer.

    Resources shared and recommended by Rich:
    Connect & collaborate with Rich:

    #EdTech Thought

    • Is Paper.li Valuable?
      • I say it is not. Share your thoughts with a comment below.

    #EdTech Recommendation

    GoSoapBox: a web-based clicker tool used by educators around the world to keep students engaged and gain real-time insight into student comprehension.

    GoSoapBox Features:
    • Confusion Barometer lets students indicate whether or not they are getting it.
    • With GoSoapBox's Social Q&A, students can easily submit and vote for questions, allowing the best question to rise to the top. At any given moment, you know what's on your students' minds.
    • Dead-simple, customized polling. It's better than clickers.
    • Quizzes and assessments.
    • Anonymous student option
    • Easy to download graded spreadsheets and reports on class activity

    House of #EdTech VIP

    Shannon Miller - a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist from Colorado. She encourages young people and educators to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others globally.

    She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium.  Shannon is also Skype's Education Ambassador.

    She is also a mom to three amazing kids!


    Connect with Shannon:

    Upcoming Conferences and Events

    Ask your questions or share your feedback

    Comment on the show notes
    Call (732) 903-4869 to leave a voicemail
    Contact me via Voxer cnesi4602
    Email feedback@chrisnesi.com (audio files welcome)

    Please connect with me

    Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes and on Stitcher


    Thanks for listening!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

    10.31.2014

    BOO! Happy Halloween...no tricks here! Just great technology that you can integrate and professional development you can consume anytime that you want to.

    Do you enjoy this #edtech roundup? Subscribe to my podcast, House of #EdTech. Each episode contains recommendations, tech news, and my take on education that will help you integrate technology into your teaching. Listen & subscribe today!

    The next episode will be released on Sunday, November 9, 2014 and I will be speaking with Rich Kiker of Kiker Learning, LLC.

    You're also invited to contribute to the House of #EdTech podcast for my upcoming 26th episode and celebrate the one year anniversary of the show!

    If you're affiliated with or are a fan of an upcoming education conference check out my recent post about how you can promote education conferences on the podcast!

    Enjoy this week's round up and if you have suggestions for great technology or professional development articles please email me: feedback@chrisnesi.com

    PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

    #EDTECH TOOLS, APPS, RESOURCES

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

    INSPIRING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
    ~ Albert Einstein

    Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

    10.30.2014

    TodaysMeet  is a backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, TodaysMeet takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.

    Users can join fast and it is easy to start rooms with no sign up, and you can immediately start powerful conversations that augment the traditional classroom.

    Beginning on November 1, 2014 TodaysMeet will off something called Teacher Tools.

    With Teacher Tools teacher will be able to:
    • Access Permanent Transcripts
      • You don’t have to worry about when a room closes – or closing a room early. Your transcripts and data will be available to you forever.
    • Pause the Conversation
      • Put the conversation on hold, without closing the room, and start it up again whenever you are ready!
    • Limit room use
      • If your school has student email addresses, you can limit who can join, see, and participate in your conversations to your own school.
    • Mute
      • When a student tries to derail your conversation, you can now mute them—eliminating their posts from view.
    • Room Topics & Prompts
      • Keep students focused by keeping the prompt, question, or topic at the top of your room. Your topic sentence or title will always be visible no matter how many responses roll in.
    TodaysMeet is initially offering Teacher Tools for $5/mo. The price may change in the future so consider acting now. You can order your access to Teacher Tools here: todaysmeet.com/about/teachertools

    What is a Backchannel?


    The backchannel is the conversation that goes on alongside the primary activity, presentation, or discussion.

    TodaysMeet helps harness the backchannel and turn it into a platform that can enable new activities and discussions, extend conversations beyond the classroom, and give all students a voice.

    Embracing the backchannel can turn it from distraction to engagement. Participants can learn from each other and share their insights, improving participation and deepening learning. TodaysMeet enables instant formative assessment, feedback, and much more.

    Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

    Mr. Christopher J. Nesi

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    This website contains links and references to products and services that may include affiliates, sponsorships, or other business relationships in which The House of #EdTech podcast and Christopher J. Nesi may receive compensation from referrals or sales actions.