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By Keven Rinaman
Welcome to the MAGIC Potion Podcast, where a sprinkle and a dash can enhance your class! Listen to learn about tools, techniques, and stories from educators on ways to improve your lessons, create a positive culture, and much more!
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Episode 048: Hitting Control Alt Achieve with @ericcurts!
In this episode, Keven interviews Eric Curts, a seasoned veteran of education, presenter, author, and an all-around great guy! They talk about all things Google, conferences, and take a spin on the MAGIC wheel.  Eric is the author of the book and blog Control Alt Achieve. The book is full of great project ideas and tips for getting started.  You can pick up a copy of your own here on Amazon. Eric is an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator and has had the privilege of providing thousands of hours of training and consulting for schools and organizations all across Ohio and around the country for more than twenty years. He provides a wide range of services including training, presentations, and consulting with a focus on all things related to Google Apps.  You can contact him at for more information or discuss your needs and how he can assist you.
February 19, 2021
Episode 047: My Passion for Effective Teaching with Larry Mumford
In this episode, Keven interviews Larry Mumford, an educator with a zest for the classroom that is sure to leave you inspired! Listen to learn about building a rapport before students even enter your classroom!  Larry Mumford brings 55 years of classroom experience to the teaching-learning process.   He has served as an elementary teacher, principal’s designee, building manager, intervention specialist, literacy coach, and instructional coach in urban, suburban, and parochial schools.  Larry was nominated for Ohio Teacher of the Year on two different occasions and featured in Ohio Schools Publications.    His coaching has been in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education, the Center for Essential School Reform, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the EDWorks Foundation, Cleveland State University, and Independent Consulting.   He has provided Professional Development sessions and follow-through coaching in Grades PreK-12 in Avon Lake, Lorain, Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton, Detroit, Saginaw, and Albany.   To purchase a copy of "My Passion for Effective Teaching" for $15 or to contact Larry, send him an email at
February 12, 2021
Episode 046: Creating a New Reality with Michael Fricano II
In this episode, Keven discusses the use of augmented and virtual reality in education as well as Makerspaces with Michael Fricano. Michael is a K-6 Technology Integration Specialist and a MakerEd educator at 'Iolani School. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ambassador for many of his favorite EdTech tools! From 2009 to 2014 he helped transition a public elementary school in Hawaii to become a Google Apps for Education school, which included providing Google Apps training for teachers and students and taking on the role of Google Apps Super Administrator. Now, he serves as a K-6 Technology Integration Specialist and a MakerEd educator at 'Iolani School. He became a Google for Education Certified Trainer in 2014. And he's been providing professional development to public and private schools and at conferences for more than 10 years. He has served as a President for HSTE (Hawaii Society for Technology in Education - ISTE affiliate) and now serves on the Board and leads their PD Committee.
February 05, 2021
Episode 045: Getting to Know @kathyschrock
In this episode, Keven has a resource-packed conversation with Kathy Schrock. Hear about how to make your conference experiences awesome (virtual and in-person) as well as ways to make your classroom technology situation better for the students you serve. Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist. She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Innovator, an Amazon Teacher Innovator, an Apple Teacher 2016, an Alpha Squirrel, a ThingLink Certified Educator, a MakerBot Curriculum Creator, and a Discovery Education Guru. In 1995, Kathy created the award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired. Kathy's current online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything! In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes both nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically-sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Kathy's passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, assessment and rubrics, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and on many other social networks!
January 29, 2021
Episode 044: Finding Creativity Everywhere with @AmandaFoxSTEM
In this episode, Keven discusses STEM, creativity, Esports, and much more with Amanda Fox. Amanda Fox, is a  7th grade English teacher at Holy Trinity Parish School in Louisville, Kentucky and the founder of and She has taught English Language Arts, Social Studies, Film, Journalism, and enjoys writing, illustrating, and cooking in her free time. Recipient of the 2016 ISTE Emerging Leader Award, recognized as a PBS Digital innovator for her initiatives in enhancing student learning with technology, Fox has also served as President of the Young Educator Network for ISTE, and received the President's Volunteer Award in 2018. She is the author of Teachingland: A Teacher's Survival Guide to the Classroom Apocalypse, Zom-Be A Design Thinker, and Markertown.  She has an affinity for coffee mugs, nerdy t-shirts, and can always be found in heels.  Learn more or connect with Amanda on Twitter @AmandaFoxSTEM For more information on booking Amanda for keynotes, workshops, design thinking led sessions, or video conferencing/virtual book readings with your class or school go to the contact page. Markertown: MetaInk Publishing: Markertown Kickstarter:
January 22, 2021
Episode 043: Being a Hacker of Leadership with @Joe_Sanfelippo
In this episode, Keven has a conversation with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo (@Joe_Sanfelippo) about leadership and the importance of celebrating success.  Joe is a superintendent at the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI (#GoCrickets).  Joe is an award-winning school leader, author, speaker, and all-around great guy.  To learn more about Joe and all of the great things he is associated with visit his site: and follow him on Twitter:
January 15, 2021
Episode 042: Keeping Your Eyes Open with @DailySTEM
In this episode, Keven has a conversation with Math Teacher, Chris Woods from Michigan.  Chris has been a math teacher for over twenty years, is the host of the STEM Every Day Podcast and runs  Chris is an advocate for finding STEM in all the things we do on a daily basis and recently published the book, Daily STEM (available on Amazon here).
January 08, 2021
Episode 041 - #EDUMagic with Dr. Sam Fecich (@SFecich)
MAGIC Potion EDU is BACK and ready to hit the ground running in 2021! In this episode, we hear the career journey of Dr. Sam Fecich (@SFecich) and the impact educational technology can have with intervention. We also hear about many tools to use in classrooms as well as advice for preservice teachers.
January 01, 2021
Episode 040: Getting Creative with Your Passions featuring @ClaudioZavalaJr
In this episode, Keven talks about finding your passions and creativity with Claudio Zavala, Jr.   Claudio is an Instructional Technology Coach in Texas with over 20 years of experience in education.  Listen to learn about the great things going on in his district and much more!
February 26, 2020
Episode 039: Throwdown with @DHelmEDU
In this episode, Keven discusses the changes in classrooms over the past decade with Dominic Helmstetter (@DhelmEDU).  They also discuss books that have made an impact on their classroom and a variety of pedagogical techniques to use in your classroom. Links to things discussed: Boom Blast Sticks EDrenaline Rush by @MeehanEDU The EduProtocol Field Guide  by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo The EduProtocol Field Guide Book 2 by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo
February 19, 2020
Episode 038: Bring it Together with Educational Duct Tape Featuring @JakeMillerTech
In this episode, Keven discusses Educational Duct Tape with Jake Miller including educational technology and backward design.
February 12, 2020
Episode 037: #Booknoting at FETC with @theipodteacher!
In this episode, Keven discusses the Future of Education Technology Conference with Jon Smith (@theipodteacher).  Jon is a former educator turned Teacher Success Manager with Book Creator.  They talk about the new concept of Book Noting (sketchnoting with Book Creator), FETC, and share stories from the conference.  Listen to learn more!
January 24, 2020
Episode 036: This "Moment" in App Development with @el_chakka
In this episode of MAGIC Potion EDU, Keven interviews Kevin Chaja (@el_chakka) about his app (Moment AR), app development in the classroom, and what to expect at a large conference.
January 17, 2020
Episode 035: Find Yourself
In this episode, Keven gives a quick update on the future of MAGIC Potion EDU and a healthy tip for a balanced teaching lifestyle.
October 27, 2019
Episode 034: It's Time to Get MAGICAL with @tishrich
In this episode, Keven discusses making learning magical for students with educator and author Tisha Richmond.  An episode a long time in the making, Keven and Tisha look into a variety of topics that give teachers the opportunity to become better educators professionally while increasing the impact of their classroom on students. Grab a copy of "Make Learning MAGICAL" on Amazon here. Learn more about EduMatch here. Check out the entire lineup from Dave Burgess Consulting, INC here. Obvious to you, amazing to others video by Derek Sivers. Hop on over to Tisha's website here.
July 01, 2019
Episode 033: Your School Rocks with @McLane_Ryan
In this episode, Keven discusses high school wrestling, social media, video newsletters and much more with principal Ryan McLane.   Ryan has been an educator for 20 years as a teacher, coach, and principal.  He co-authored the book "Your School Rocks, So Tell People" with Eric Lowe.  You can pick up a copy on Amazon here. Learn more about video newsletters and daily positive messages on the "Your School Rocks" blog here.
June 06, 2019
Episode 032: Making Waves with @Rushtonh
In this episode, Keven discusses ideas and concepts on learning and teaching with Rushton Hurley. Rushton's non-profit website: Rushton's books: Making Your Teaching Something Special Making Your School Something Special
April 24, 2019
Episode 001: Where does EdTech Fit In?
The first episode of the Magic Potion Podcast is here! In this episode, you will learn about the host, Keven Rinaman's, background and learn about the three E's for educational technology integration.
April 20, 2019
Episode 031: Getting Excited for @Esports_Ohio with @nerider
In this episode, Keven discusses the life of a director of technology with Nick Rider.   Nick is the Director of Technology at Carey Exempted Village Schools and is leading the charge with Esports Ohio, a grassroots campaign to kick off competitive esports at the high school level. For more information about Esports Ohio, visit Need help getting esports started at your school?  Check out this presentation to get things going (link) Join the Esports Ohio Discord Channel (link)
April 18, 2019
Episode 030: Rounding the Corner
In this episode, Keven discusses the fourth quarter of the school year and things to get your through the grind.  Listen to hear about ideas to refresh yourself as an educator find that spark to get you through the year. Links from the episode: Book Creator: TinkerCAD: MakerBot: Create! Conference: G-Tech Summit: Find an EdCamp in your area at Get a book and read it! I like the Dave Burgess Consulting lineup: What I plan to read this summer, "Make Learning Magical" by Tisha Richmond:
March 22, 2019
Episode 029: Getting Focused with @KellyCroy
In this episode, Keven catches up with Kelly Croy.  Kelly is an educator, author, artist and speaker.  He currently serves as the Director of Innovation and Instruction at Port Clinton City Schools.  Over his 28 years in education, Kelly has had a major impact on many students lives and helped to motivate teachers through podcasting, motivational speaking, and is a proven leader.  Kelly is the host of the Wired Educator Podcast, the Future Focused Podcast, author of "Along Came a Leader" and the soon-to-be-published "Unthink Before Bed".  
March 01, 2019
Episode 028: What I Brought Back From Columbus (#OETC19)
In this episode, Keven talks about the sessions, ideas, and tools he encountered at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  There is a focus on esports, a variety of tools that were highlighted in sessions, and a dive into the Pear Deck Google Slides add-on. View notes from #OETC19 attendees for nearly 100 of the sessions by clicking here.
February 17, 2019
Episode 027: The Mysteries of #EdTech Integration with @cmdanhoff
In this episode, Keven discusses a variety of Education Technology Integration topics and upcoming conferences with Christine Danhoff, Technology Integration Specialist at Genoa Schools. Visit the conference website for G-Tech Summit here:
February 08, 2019
Episode 026: Takeaways from @FETC
In this episode, Keven discusses the sessions and connections he made at FETC in Orlando, Florida in January 2019.
February 01, 2019
Episode 025: PBL for the Win! with @LLacrosse
In this episode, Keven discusses a wide variety of topics and the amazing things that happen in Leah LaCrosse's classroom.  PBL, iPads, Chromebooks, 3D printing, and more!
January 18, 2019
Episode 024: Meet Them Where They Are with @MeehanEDU
In this episode, Keven discusses gamification with John Meehan. John Meehan is a teacher and instructional coach at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA. He teaches two classes as well as supporting over 100 teachers with their classroom goals.  Students in his classes have the opportunity to learn through a gamified classroom as John looks to grab student attention through using themes from current video games. Below you will find a few examples to use in your own classroom. Dream Rush Welcome Game: Dead Web Redemption: John's Website: Pexels (Stock Photos): The Noun Project (Icons):
January 04, 2019
Episode 023: Find Your Creative Bug with @BurgessDave
In this episode, Keven talks about creativity, passion, and enthusiasm with Author, Speaker, Educator and all-around good guy, Dave Burgess. Dave is a New York Times best-selling author with his book "Teach Like a Pirate".  He was a classroom teacher for 17 years before shifting gears to give presentations, workshops, and give other educators a voice through his publishing company. Visit Dave's website online at Twitter: @burgessdave Instagram: @dbc_inc Purchase a copy of "Teach Like a Pirate" on Amazon:
December 28, 2018
Episode 022: Big School or Small School, We Have the Same Mission with @MnMonster11
In this episode, Keven discusses some of the differences between small school and big schools with Cari White, Director of Campus Ministry at Lakewood St. Edward's High School. Cari also talks about many of the great things going on at St. Ed's and what it is like working in a single gender school.
December 14, 2018
Episode 021: Digital Discipleship with @adkopp76
In this episode, Keven discusses Digital Discipleship, the Future of Education Technology Conference and the National Catholic Educator's Association Conference.
December 07, 2018
Episode 020: Revolutionizing PD with @RACzyz and the #4OCF
In this episode, Keven discusses effective professional development techniques with educator and author, Rich Czyz. Rich is the author of "The Four O'Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing PD". Listen to learn more and be sure to check out Rich's blog:
November 09, 2018
Episode 019: Be Open! with @engelworks
In this episode, Keven discusses inclusion and the Twitter Impact on educators with Doreen Engel (@engelworks). They also discuss Doreen's upcoming book, Be Open!
November 02, 2018
Episode 018: Exceptional Learning In Catholic Schools with @denisebrick
In this episode, Keven discusses inclusion with Denise Brickler as well as the NCEA Social Media Influencer Contest.
November 02, 2018
Episode 017: Get Creative with Design Thinking with @MrThomasTran
In this episode, Keven discusses STEM/STEAM/STREAM with Thomas Tran. They also take a look at the future of education while examining design thinking in the classroom.
October 26, 2018
Episode 016: Pause Now and Get On Twitter with @BarbInNebraska
In this episode, Keven discusses the impact of Twitter on teachers with @BarbInNebraska.
October 19, 2018
Episode 015: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
In this episode, Keven discusses the importance of trying new things in the classroom.
October 12, 2018
Episode 014: Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Jaime Donally
In this episode, Keven discusses augmented, virtual reality, and 3d printing in the classroom with Jaime Donally. Be sure to check out Jaime's website: Find out about all of Jaime's great concepts for AR/VR in her book, "Learning Transported":
September 28, 2018
Episode 013: The Future Looks Bright with Tom Murray from Future Ready Schools
In this episode, Keven discusses educational technology, the importance of effective pedagogy, and the impact of positive culture with Tom Murray. Tom is the Director of Innovation at Future Ready Schools, a non-profit based in Washington D.C. Visit Future Ready Schools online: Visit Tom's website: Purchase one of the books Tom has worked on at:
September 21, 2018
Episode 012: Computer Science for All Ages With Kyle Muir
In this episode, Keven speaks with Kyle Muir, Co-founder of Fuze Play, about computer science curriculum and how it can be developed for learners of all ages. Visit Fuze Play on the web! Purchase the Zubi Flyer! (Listen to the whole episode for a special discount!)
September 14, 2018
Episode 011: Creating a Startup Culture in Your School with Becky Shiring
In this episode, Keven discusses the concept of creating a startup culture in your school with Becky Shiring from Squirrels. Becky is the Director of Professional Development & Continued Learning at Squirrels LLC in Ohio. Becky's guest post on Ed Tech Digest - Why Startup Culture is Coming to a Classroom Near You:
September 07, 2018
Episode 010: Tools to Kick Off The New School Year!
In this episode, Keven shares a variety of tools to help start the school year off on the right foot. OneTab Page with links used in this episode:
August 31, 2018
Episode 009: The Value of Entertainment in Lessons
In this episode, Keven discusses the importance of entertainment and the impact it can have on your lessons.
August 25, 2018
Episode 008: Little Things Can Have a Big Impact with @jmattmiller
In this episode, Keven and Matt discuss the importance of setting an example and being a teacher with character, as well as Ideas on ways to start off the school year on a positive note.
August 10, 2018
Episode 007: Take Ownership
In this episode Keven talks about taking ownership for the good and the bad and what it means for culture in your classroom.
August 03, 2018
Episode 006: Get Out There!
In this episode Keven discusses the “G” in the MAGIC Potion formula, Get Out There! Find what you are lookin for on Twitter and attend conferences that interest you.
July 28, 2018
Episode 005: Be Grateful and Say Thank You!
In this episode we discuss the idea of being grateful. Let those around you know that you appreciate them and highlight outstanding work, letting others know you are proud of them!
July 23, 2018
Episode 004: Stay Calm and Keep Your Composure!
In this episode we take a look at what to do when things don’t go as planned!
July 20, 2018
Episode 003: PD - Make It Yours!
In this episode, we talk about making professional development your own. Make the best out of every situation and presentation you sit in, amplify your own presentations, find your passion, and get on Twitter!
July 13, 2018
Episode 002: The MAGIC Starts With Motivation
In this episode we take a look at motivation, for students and teachers!
July 06, 2018