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We're talking Ed Tech. The My Tech Toolbelt Podcast, hosted by Shannon Tabaldo and Brenda Argano, is an EdTech podcast where we highlight teachers using education technology in Innovating, Engaging and Inspiring ways.
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My Tech Toolbelt Shannon Tabaldo and Brenda Argano: Ed Tech Podcast

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We're talking Ed Tech. The My Tech Toolbelt Podcast, hosted by Shannon Tabaldo and Brenda Argano, is an EdTech podcast where we highlight teachers using education technology in Innovating, Engaging and Inspiring ways.
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    Flipgrid and Keeping Students Engaged Remotely and latest updates - Ann Kozma

    Flipgrid and Keeping Students Engaged Remotely and latest updates - Ann Kozma

    MTT047| Flipgrid and Keeping Engaged Remotely - Ann Kozma 
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    Imagine a tech tool that works for everyone from Pre K to PhD and beyond!  Not only that, but you have complete flexibility and complete control at the same time!  Flipgrid can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it to be, and there is no right or wrong way of doing it.  Join us today as we speak with Ann Kozma from Flipgrid as she tells us the new and exciting enhancements coming up.  If you would like to see the video portion of this podcast, you can see the video here.
    Ann Kozma loves to explore, share, and contribute and has spent 19 years dedicated to transforming education as a classroom teacher, Innovation & Instructional Support TOSA, and as an Educator Innovation Lead on Team Flipgrid at Microsoft. Believing that “Play is our brain’s favorite way to learn,” Ann loves to bring the fun and is passionate about helping others learn how to meaningfully integrate technology into teaching and learning.  She is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015 and Leading Edge Certified as a Professional Learning Leader. 
    Contact: Ann Kozma
    Twitter: @annkozma723
    Flipgrid Twitter: @Flipgrid
     
    Items mentioned in Episode 47:
    Flipgrid website
    Flipgrid - Apple app
    Flipgrid Blog
    Flipgrid YouTube Channel
    Yaritza Villalba Flipgrid Creator page
    Yaritza Villalba Flipgrid Blog
    Matt Jenkins Flipgrid Blogpost about Technology Enhances Deaf Education
    The InterActive Class - Joe Merrill
    Andrew Easton
    Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain by Zaretta Hammond
    Pass The Baton by Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover
     
    BONUS Flipgrid video on the My Tech Toolbelt YouTube Channel
     
    #remotelearning #distancelearning #flipgrid #podcastedu #podcasting #studentconnections #flipgridforall 
     
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    Email us!
    Shannon@MyTechToolbelt.com
    Brenda@MyTechToolbelt.com
     
    We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you find our podcast helpful!  Is there a technology out there that you would like us to cover in one of our episodes?  Contact us!
     
    What’s in your Tech Toolbelt?
    www.mytechtoolbelt.com
    Twitter: @mytechtoolbelt  
    Instagram: My Tech Toolbelt
     
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    Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
     

    • 1 hr 19 min
    iCivics, Building Civic Knowledge in a fun way - Neil Wrona

    iCivics, Building Civic Knowledge in a fun way - Neil Wrona

    MTT046| iCivics, Building Civic Knowledge in a fun way - Neil Wrona
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    It’s an election year!  Do your students understand the complexities of our government workings?  What a great time to learn about how our system works, while the subject is in the news every day!  Join us as we speak with Neil Wrona, a 7th grade teacher at an alternative school tasked with teaching these young people how their government works and how they can make a difference.  All in a very easy to understand and fun way!
    Neil Wrona is a 7th year teacher who has taught at every level in the school system and every subject other than English. Neil’s undergrad was in Communications and Rhetorical Studies, and it wasn’t until his junior year, and a class that doubled as community service, that he realized he wanted to teach. Of course, by then he thought it was far too late, so he floated around for a few years after graduation, looking for jobs where I could teach, until he finally decided to get the credits he needed and enrolled in a Masters in the Arts of Teaching program. Over the years, Neil has fallen in love with civics education and everything it can provide for students: a way to understand how decisions are made, an avenue to understand how power is wielded, and, most importantly, something that can make his students feel powerful. Once students understand that the government works FOR them, they realize that if they want change, they can make it happen. With the population Neil teaches, it’s not always easy to convince them of that, but iCivics has helped with ⅔ of that goal. 
     
    Contact: Neil Wrona
    Twitter: @neilwrona
    Email: lnwrona@gmail.com
     
    Items mentioned in Episode 46:
    iCivics Website
    I’m just a Bill - School House Rock
    My Tech Toolbelt - Nearpod Episode
    Example Lesson Plan from Neil Wrona
    The Firm, Fair, Facinating Facilitator by Robert Ward
     
    #remotelearning #distancelearning #icivics #podcastedu #podcasting #government
    If you enjoyed this episode, tell a friend, and SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO THE SHOW!  Please share this podcast with someone you think might benefit.
     
    Email us!
    Shannon@MyTechToolbelt.com
    Brenda@MyTechToolbelt.com
     
    We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you find our podcast helpful!  Is there technology out there that you would like us to cover in one of our episodes?  Contact us!
     
    What’s in your Tech Toolbelt?
    www.mytechtoolbelt.com
    Twitter: @mytechtoolbelt  
    Instagram: My Tech Toolbelt
     
    You can listen to our podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Play
    Spotify
    or listen here
    Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ozobot, Mighty little Robots to code and create - Nikki Jones

    Ozobot, Mighty little Robots to code and create - Nikki Jones

    MTT045| Ozobot, Mighty Little Robots to code and create - Nikki Jones
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    Have you seen Ozobots, perhaps in a STEAM lab or at a conference, moving around the floor or table, but didn’t understand what it was doing or how you could use it with your students?  Join us today as we speak with Nikki Jones, a 3rd Grade teacher from Virginia that loves technology, especially Ozobots.  Find out how Nikki uses the Ozobots, not only for coding, but how she also uses them for math, social studies and science!
    Nikki Jones, a thirteen-year veteran educator values creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia and obtained her master's degree in Special Education from George Mason University in Virginia. She currently teaches third grade at Chris Yung Elementary in Bristow, Virginia. Nikki has taught 1st grade and worked as an Instructional Technology Coach. She has presented at Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) and numerous conferences, served as a lead mentor for new teachers and as team leader for the past four years. Technology plays a major role in her classroom as it is used daily to help facilitate learning and engage students. As an Ozobot Certified Educator she shares innovative lessons and her experiences taking risks to integrate the Ozobots and computer science into core content areas. She is a life-long learner who continues to reinvent herself. She is passionate about sharing her love for technology-integrated education and committed to helping other educators to feel comfortable using technology in their classrooms.
     
    Contact: Nikki Jones
    Twitter: @mrsjones72812
    Email: mrsjones72812@gmail.com
     
    Items mentioned in Episode 45:
    Ozobot
    Donors Choose
    Seesaw
    Project Based Learning
    Nikki’s Ozobot Learning Library



    #remotelearning #distancelearning #ozobot #podcastedu #podcasting #ozosquad #letthekidslead #ozosquad
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, tell a friend, and SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO THE SHOW!  Please share this podcast with someone you think might benefit.
     
    Email us!
    Shannon@MyTechToolbelt.com
    Brenda@MyTechToolbelt.com
     
    We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you find our podcast helpful!  Is there technology out there that you would like us to cover in one of our episodes?  Contact us!
     
    What’s in your Tech Toolbelt?
    www.mytechtoolbelt.com
    Twitter: @mytechtoolbelt  
    Instagram: My Tech Toolbelt
     
    You can listen to our podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Play Music
    Spotify
    or listen here
    Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
     

    • 43 min
    Podcasting with your Students - Brian Briggs

    Podcasting with your Students - Brian Briggs

    MTT044| Podcasting with your Students - Brian Briggs
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    Have you thought about podcasting with your students, but don’t know where to start?  Join us today as we speak with Brian Briggs, the Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Plumas Lake Elementary School District in California.  Brian shares with us why podcasting with your students is so beneficial and just how easy it is to get started.  
    Brian Briggs is the Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Plumas Lake Elementary School District.  Brian enjoys working with teachers and students teaching, training and learning alongside them with new and exciting topics in Educational Technology.  He loves the use of coding and robots, and has always been a nut for hands-on science. Brian is most excited about STEAM, the creation of projects, and getting students engaged. He also loves seeing the excitement of students and teachers working together as teams to create or complete a desired goal. On top of the teachable moments, Brian lives for the ooo and aahh moments that happen during instruction.
    Contact: Brian Briggs
    Twitter: @BriBriggs
    Email: bbriggs@plusd.org
    Check This Out Podcast
     
    Items mentioned in Episode 44:
    Joe Sanfelippo
    Online Voice Recorder
    Anchor FM
    Soundtrap
    John Samuelson Techlandia Podcast
    Brent Warner Podcast
    The Way I Heard It Podcast
    Listenwise
    TOSAS Talking Tech Podcast
    The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
    This Week In Tech Podcast with Leo Laporte
    The Rewatchables Podcast
     
    #remotelearning #distancelearning #nowlistening #podcastedu #podcasting #studentpodcast
    We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you find our podcast helpful!  Is there technology out there that you would like us to cover in one of our episodes?  Contact us!
    Email us 
    Shannon@MyTechToolbelt.com
    Brenda@MyTechToolbelt.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, tell a friend, and SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO THE SHOW!  Please share this podcast with someone you think might benefit.
     
    What’s in your Tech Toolbelt?
    www.mytechtoolbelt.com
    Twitter: @mytechtoolbelt  
    Instagram: My Tech Toolbelt
     
    You can listen to our podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Play Music
    Spotify
    or listen here
    Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
     

    • 50 min
    MTT043 Bonus| Seesaw with Distance Learning - Megan Madden

    MTT043 Bonus| Seesaw with Distance Learning - Megan Madden

    MTT043 Bonus| Seesaw with Distance Learning - Megan Madden
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    In Episode 43 - Seesaw in the Classroom, Megan Madden shared with us how she has been using Seesaw in her classroom with great success.  Just a short time later, the whole world was shutting down due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Everything escalated very quickly, and teachers, districts and students found themselves having to transition to Distance Learning almost overnight.  In this Bonus episode, Megan shares with us the obstacles she faced in the transition, and how she returned to one of her favorite tech tools in her toolbelt, Seesaw, to help her with her students.  Find out why this was the perfect fit once again.  If you haven’t listened to Episode 43 yet, make sure you listen to that one as well to hear how she used Seesaw in her classroom.  
    Megan Madden is a Bay Area native and enjoys learning, community, and creating new ways to engage and excite my students. She attended Saint Mary’s College of California and earned my B.A in English Literature and minored in Theatre Arts. She continued at Saint Mary’s and went on to earn my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Megan began her teaching career at a Montessori Elementary School in Pleasanton, CA where she learned the art of hands-on exploration and differentiation. She then transitioned into the traditional classroom and continued to teach at a Catholic School in the Oakland Diocese. Megan’s desire to continue offering my students a tailored learning experience and an environment prepared for learning and exploring and began incorporating technology in order to balance the needs of her students within the constraints of the traditional classroom. She enjoyed watching her students thrive in this blended learning environment and was inspired to go back to school to earn her Masters in 21st Century Learning and Technology from Brandman University. Megan has a passion for integrating technology into her pedagogy and hopes to inspire others to explore new ways to teach and make an impact on students everywhere.
     
    Contact: Megan Madden
    Twitter: @MyAppyClassroom
    Email: megan.n.madden@gmail.com
    Megan Madden’s Seesaw Slidedeck (with QR code for a free Premium month): MM Seesaw Slidedeck
    Instagram:  MyAppyClassroom
     
    Items mentioned in Episode 43 Bonus:
    Seesaw website
    Seesaw Twitter
    The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong
     
    #remotelearning #distancelearning #nowlistening #podcastedu #seesaw #digitalportfolio #seesawchat
     
    We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you find our podcast helpful!  Is there technology out there that you would like us to cover in one of our episodes?  Contact us!
     
    Email us 
    Shannon@MyTechToolbelt.com
    Brenda@MyTechToolbelt.com
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, tell a friend, and SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO THE SHOW!  Please share this podcast with someone you think might benefit.
    What’s in your Tech Toolbelt?
    www.mytechtoolbelt.com
    Twitter: @mytechtoolbelt  
    Instagram: My Tech Toolbelt
     
    You can listen to our podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts - My Tech Toolbelt
    Google Podcasts - My Tech Toolbelt
    Spotify - My Tech Toolbelt
    or listen here
    Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
     

    • 56 min
    MTT043| Seesaw in the Classroom - Megan Madden

    MTT043| Seesaw in the Classroom - Megan Madden

    MTT043| Seesaw in the Classroom - Megan Madden
    Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
    It’s so great when each of your students have their own devices.  But what happens when you have 31 student projects on 31 devices?  It means a lot of time on the Teacher collecting, grading, distributing, and managing both the projects and the devices.  Join us today as we speak with Megan Madden, a 3rd Grade Teacher from California.  Megan shares with us why Seesaw works so well for her and her classroom.  Also, listen in to how much the parents love it as well.  One more thing, this episode will be a short series on Seesaw.  This is the “Seesaw in the Classroom” episode, our next one coming up will be “Seesaw with Distance Learning”, so be sure to subscribe to our podcast because you don’t want to miss that one!
    Megan Madden is a Bay Area native and enjoys learning, community, and creating new ways to engage and excite my students. She attended Saint Mary’s College of California and earned my B.A in English Literature and minored in Theatre Arts. She continued at Saint Mary’s and went on to earn my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Megan began her teaching career at a Montessori Elementary School in Pleasanton, CA where she learned the art of hands on exploration and differentiation. She then transitioned into the traditional classroom and continued to teach at a Catholic School in the Oakland Diocese. Megan’s desire to continue offering my students a tailored learning experience and an environment prepared for learning and exploring and began incorporating technology in order to balance the needs of her students within the constraints of the traditional classroom. She enjoyed watching her students thrive in this blended learning environment and was inspired to go back to school to earn her Masters in 21st Century Learning and Technology from Brandman University. Megan has a passion for integrating technology into her pedagogy and hopes to inspire others to explore new ways to teach and make an impact on students everywhere.
    Contact: Megan Madden
    Twitter: @MyAppyClassroom
    Email: megan.n.madden@gmail.com
    Megan Madden’s Seesaw Slidedeck (with QR code for a free Premium month): MM Seesaw Slidedeck
    Instagram:  MyAppyClassroom
     
    Items mentioned in Episode 43:
    Seesaw website
    Seesaw Twitter
    The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong
     
    #nowlistening #podcastedu #seesaw #ipad #ChromeBooks #Chrome #digitalportfolio #seesawchat
    We would love to hear from you!  Let us know if you find our podcast helpful!  Is there technology out there that you would like us to cover in one of our episodes?  Contact us!
    Email us 
    Shannon@MyTechToolbelt.com
    Brenda@MyTechToolbelt.com
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, tell a friend, and SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO THE SHOW!  Please share this podcast with someone you think might benefit.
     
    What’s in your Tech Toolbelt?
    www.mytechtoolbelt.com
    Twitter: @mytechtoolbelt  
    Instagram: My Tech Toolbelt
     
    You can listen to our podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts
    Google Play Music
    Spotify
    or listen here
    Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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Inspiration in Every Episode

As someone who was dropped into the role of “Technology Facilitator” this podcast has been a source of new tools to tell my teachers about. More importantly, though, it’s been a source of inspiration to me to continue improving as a teacher. The hosts don’t focus on how each tool will make the STUDENTS better. All too often teachers look for technology that will make their lives easier, and this podcast reminds me to ALWAYS think about my students first.

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Education has changed so much over time and technology is now a central and critical component. My Tech Toolbelt equips teachers with tools to utilize technology effectively in their classrooms. Thank you, Brenda and Shannon!

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