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My EdTech Life

My EdTech Life

By Alfonso Mendoza
The goal of My EdTech Life! is to connect people around the world with one another and so that they can one day collaborate together on a project or the next big idea. When you see me on my show, you are truly seeing the real me. You are seeing someone that genuinely cares about learning from my guest and wants to share their story with the world.
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Episode 91: Saturday Is for VR!

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Bonus Episode: Feedback Builds Community
Josh is a Title I Specialist in Mesa, Arizona. He is also the  CRO (Chief Riffin' Officer) and co-host of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast. Josh believes that the punk rock mindset is perfect for education and the ideas of PASSION, UNITY, & DIY found in punk rock can create classrooms and schools where students and staff are engaged, are ALL part of the culture and learning, and have ownership of what happens at school.
November 26, 2021
Episode 98: Building Community
Ryan Scott hails from beautiful Western Ky! Most importantly, Ryan is a husband and dad. Professionally, he has been in education for 15 years within the elementary/high school levels. He’s been a classroom teacher, RTI specialist, elementary principal and currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Webster County High School in Dixon,Kentucky. Ryan is a staunch proponent of connectionsB4content, maslowsB4blooms, and that skills, NOT memorization, will propel our kids to success! Each day Ryan goes out of his way to make students/adults feel valued, seen, and heard! EVERY day Ryan looks for the #godwinks that let him know he’s in a particular place, at a particular time, for a particular reason!
November 20, 2021
Episode 97: Lessons Learned
Hunter is a 3rd-year 7th-grade science teacher, mentor teacher, and creator of the education platform Ed Essentials. He hosts "The Ed Essentials Podcast" where he interviews education experts and reflects on his teaching experiences with the hopes of equipping educators to be their best.
November 19, 2021
Episode 96: Inside the Principal's Office
Charles Williams has served in urban education for 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal while working with students in grades PK - 12. He has developed innovative programs and structures that have resulted in successful schools in both Indiana and Illinois. He has also presented and spoken at numerous events. Charles is the founder of CW Consulting, an Educational Consulting Group, the host of the Counter Narrative Podcast, and the host of Real Educators Talk, a monthly discussion designed to engage educators in authentic conversations around education.
November 12, 2021
Episode 95: Engaging Students Through the Power of Coding
Daphne McMenemy is an educator, author, and speaker.  Her first book, Gracie, is based on her personal experiences in the classroom. Gracie is a young girl whose learning is brought to life when her teacher introduces her to coding and a new way of thinking. Daphne is committed to building relationships, meeting students where they are, appreciating each individual, and finding opportunities to engage and motivate students in creative, innovative ways.
November 11, 2021
Episode 94: ARVR: Are You Ready for a New Reality?
Bobby Carlton has dedicated his professional career to exploring how XR technology can be used to reshape how any industry could approach education, training, and engagement. Bobby is an AR/VR influencer and has been a speaking guest in VR environments such as AltspaceVR, Engage, Rec Room, and Mozilla Hubs.
November 6, 2021
Episode 93: Innovation & Leadership
We will be joined by Derek Tranchina Ed.D who is passionate about influencing schools and organizations by leveraging engaging, innovative, and empowering technology. He is also deeply committed to raising future leaders through targeted training, inventive professional development, tailored coaching, and 1:1 mentorship.
October 23, 2021
Episode 92: Why Do I Have to Learn This?
In this episode we are joined by Beau Neal who grew up in a small town with no aspirations of being an educator. However, he later founded an online school to help answer the age-old question, "Why do I have to learn this?"
October 14, 2021
Episode 91: Saturday Is for VR!
Turning a classroom that was once in person into an online classroom was hard enough but turning that online classroom into a virtual reality classroom was another milestone imagined and realized by 4 professors at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In order to elevate the minds and hearts of scholars thwarted from the school they had called home, the “Ultimate Team” which they have been monikered from Morehouse College created a virtual dream imagined in real life for students in their courses.
October 9, 2021
Episode 90: Workplace Relationships
In this show, Natalie Conway and Ashely White talk about the importance of workplace relationships. Workplace relationships can help improve collaboration, individual productivity and improve employee morale. Join us for a great conversation.
October 7, 2021
Episode 89: Coding to Kindness
Valerie Sousa is a Kindergarten teacher at Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She began coding with her students three years ago and loved what she saw throughout the process. One thing Valerie noticed during coding time, in particular, was how much kindness her students showed toward one another.
October 2, 2021
Episode 88: Leadership: Transform Classroom Culture and School Culture
I will be joined by Mike Earnshaw who is a principal and the author of The EduCulture Cookbook. We will talk about how important school culture is for Mike, his team of teachers, and students.
September 25, 2021
Episode 87: Leadership-Inspire Your Community
Josh Tovar will join me and share how the use of social media (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Periscope/Snapchat), allowed for the school’s report card to increase from a D- to B- in three years and earning state distinctions. The graduation rate increased by 8% and it could be seen that the campus Familia culture had increased as reflected by the last climate survey where 80 out of 88 items increased to include 100% of items by students and parents.
September 18, 2021
Episode 86: Augmenting The Reality of Learning in Higher Education
Dr. Morris is the Morehouse College’s 2021 Winner of the Vulcan Teaching Award of Excellence who launched her Advanced Inorganic Chemistry course in Virtual Reality in Spring of 2021 in the digital twin campus created by VictoryXR on the Engage Platform. She is a pioneer in this space as the chemistry content in VR is limited to non-existent. She most recently became the Project Manager of the VR Project at Morehouse College. Her purpose in life is to create inclusivity in STEAAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture, and math). She believes that VR provides a pathway for creating that inclusion through immersive education, vocational rehabilitation services, and therapeutic experiences.
September 11, 2021
Episode 85: Maximizing Imagination
Dennis Mathew is a husband, father, elementary school speech pathologist, singer-songwriter, and author. For over 20 years Dennis has had the joy and honor of working with children in public schools. His published works so far are “Bello the Cello”, “My Wild First Day of School”, and “How Grizzly Found Gratitude”. He is also a singer-songwriter with a published music album for schools called, “The Let’s Roar Experience”. Through his books and music Dennis has reached tens of thousands of students worldwide since 2018.
September 4, 2021
Episode 84: Passion, Unity & The DIY Classroom
Mike and Josh are cohosts of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast. Mike is an elementary teacher in Lansing, IL and Josh is a title I specialist in Mesa, AZ. Together they are working to share the punk rock mindset of passion, unity, and DIY with educators!
August 28, 2021
Episode 83: Navigating EdTech & Personal Growth
We are joined by my great friend Matt Rhoads Ed.D. who has released his second book Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. He will also share what has happened professionally since his last appearance on our show. Please join us for this great show with great insight from a wonderful and passionate educator.
August 21, 2021
Episode 82: EdTech, Podcasting & Family
Jake Miller is an Edtech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast and shares #EduGIFs at @JakeMillerTech and on He works as a science teacher for the Orange City School District in Ohio and previously spent 5 years as a technology integration specialist and an additional 12 years in the classroom teaching math, science & STEM at various grade levels. Jake’s favorite job, however, is his full-time position as a husband and father.
August 14, 2021
Episode 81: How to Foster A Culture of Innovation
In this episode, we are joined by Sue Tranchina an amazing educator that trains other education leaders on how to integrate technology to engage students through project-based learning and creating a culture of innovation in a classroom.
August 7, 2021
Episode 80: Cultivating Creation
Nicte Cuevas is an award-winning Latina Brand Strategist and Graphic Designer who uses empathy-driven methods to evolve, invigorate, and amplify businesses’ unique brand positions.  With roots in Venezuela, Mexico, and Colombia, she has a deep love for cultural diversity, influencing her work. Nicte translates the complexities of color into purpose-driven branding using color psychology while delivering captivating messaging that can resonate with people on an emotional level. As a LinkedIn Learning instructor, Nicte has taught thousands worldwide with courses on branding, color psychology, and design.
July 29, 2021
Episode 79: I Wanna Be...
Matt has served in various roles within K-12 education. His professional experience includes being a high school social studies teacher, middle and high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and director of student support services. In addition to his K-12 work, Matthew has also served as an adjunct professor and field instructor at the collegiate level for student-teachers. Aside from this work, Matthew hosts a K-12 podcast, Leading Out the Woods, and is the author of the children’s book series, I Wanna Be..., starring his son imagining different occupations he would like to grow up to be. Matthew is currently working on his first processing guide, The Sandbox Mentality: Empowering Leadership. Matt is currently a doctoral student at Radford University.  He received his B.S from Ferrum College in Social Studies and History, M. Ed from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Administration, Ed.S. in Middle Grades Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Education Law & Policy from the University of Georgia.
July 24, 2021
Episode 78: Transition: Classroom to Platform
As an educator for over 15 years, Jamie has constantly worked to improve her methods of teaching and believes the learning process should continue throughout one’s life. A lifelong passion for learning is at the heart of a life well lived and is the foundation for world-ready and able leaders and contributors. Now, as The Juice’s sales manager, she is fortunate to reach beyond the walls of a classroom and help other teachers achieve these goals with their students.
July 17, 2021
Episode 77: Unlock The Middle
Join host Alfonso Mendoza in a conversation with Massachusetts principals and podcast hosts of Unlock the Middle, Dean Packard, and Chris Starczewski.   We will be talking about their current role as principals and how they work to build a culture of excellence in their schools. Questions: 1.  What are some ways that you connect with your school community? (Fostering Effective Relationships)  2. What are some areas of teaching and learning that you can lead in the school? (Instructional Leadership) 3.  What are you hoping teaching and learning look like in your school, and how do you communicate that vision? (Embodying Visionary Leadership) 4. How do you build leadership in your school? (Developing Leadership Capacity) 5. What will be your “fingerprints” on this building after you leave? (Creating Sustainable Change)
July 10, 2021
Episode 76: Maker Magic
Mario is a NY-based touring family performer with an all-ages theater show and New York Times-recommended virtual experiences full of homespun magic, DIY robotics, and punk rock slapstick. It's magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! He has appeared on Sesame Street, NBC's Universal Kids, and live on tour with David Blaine, who calls him "the best kids magician in the world!!" Mario is also the author of The Maker Magician's Handbook and a content creator for Make: Magazine's Maker Camp programming.
July 9, 2021
Episode 75: Podcaster On Fire
Tim Cavey is a husband, stepfather of two, 8th-grade teacher, assistant principal, and the host of the Teachers on Fire podcast. In 2019, he completed a Master's in Educational Leadership degree that re-ignited his fire for teaching and put him on a new path of growth, professional reflection, and content creation. Tim's a firm believer in the growth mindset and advocates often for the kinds of informal professional learning that can be found on social media and in blogs, vlogs, or podcasts. When he's not creating content or spending time with his family, you'll find Tim hiking, flying his drone, or paddleboarding in the chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest.
June 26, 2021
Episode 74: Failing Forward Into Innovation
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is the founder of (a nonprofit to help schools with PD), co-founder of #EdcampNSV, and is also a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, and Educator I & II
June 25, 2021
Episode 73: My Secret EdTech Diary
Al Kingsley’s 30-year career in technology is global and local. Globally, his company’s products run 18 million devices. Locally, Al serves on two Multi-Academy Trusts and a local School Governors’ Leadership Group in the UK. He is an expert on myriad educational topics but is most often asked to lend perspective about digital strategy in K-12 education and IT asset management.
June 19, 2021
Episode 72: Amplify Creativity
In this episode, we were joined by my great friend and educator Omar Lopez. Omar shared his story of how he used creativity to help him become a better student after moving to the United States from Reynosa, Mexico. Omar has since been an advocate for English Language Learners and through the use of technology he helps amplify student voice and choice.
June 12, 2021
Episode 71: Transform
Debbie Tannenbaum is an amazing and passionate education leader, blogger, author, and EdTech Coach that is genuine and authentic in every way. Debbie shared her journey in education from the beginning to her current role and described several of the fears and obstacles that she has overcome. She shares her personal transformation and how she wants to share her story with others to help them Transform by inspiring others. 
June 5, 2021
Episode 70: Power of Connections
In this episode, we had a wonderful and genuine conversation with Dr. Matthew X. Joseph. He shared his journey from classroom to administrator. Dr. Matthew X. Joseph has been able to demonstrate his leadership through practice and by sharing his experience with others. If you are an aspiring leader or need a boost, this is the show for you. 
May 29, 2021
Episode 69: What are NFTs?
In this episode, we are joined by Joshua Garza, founder of Tezotopia, and he gave us some insight to what NFTs are and aren't. Check out this great episode to learn more about NFTs. 
May 28, 2021
Episode 68: Passionate Learner
In this episode, we are joined by my great friend and podcaster Bryon Carpenter. Bryon talked about his transition from Chemist to a classroom teacher and his current role in an all-virtual school. Bryon also shared the importance of self-care and showing yourself some grace. 
May 27, 2021
Episode 67: EdTech, Podcasting & Food
Gabriel Carrillo is an Educational Technology Specialist. He currently supports and coaches educators with implementing innovative and meaningful practices through the use of technology. He works side by side with educators in planning lessons/units, modeling lessons, and provides districtwide professional development. He's presented at various national conferences. In addition to this, he also is the creator and host of the EdTech Bites Podcast where he has blended his two passions, Educational Technology, and food.
May 22, 2021
Episode 66: Online Education, Life & More
Natalie Conway is an online special educator, mentor teacher, instructional coach, and podcast host. She has been teaching for 16 years, working in both public brick and mortar schools and online charters. Natalie hosts SYS Presents: Adventures in Online education, a podcast about online education.
May 20, 2021
Episode 65: Imparted Joy
Jillian DuBois serves as an elementary educator in Clearwater, FL. She has been in the field of education for two decades. She is the recently published author and illustrator of “Liv’s Seashells”, and Optimistic Originator of Imparted Joy LLC. Jillian’s journey continues to bring much fulfillment as she thrives on building authentic relationships with her students and guiding their curiosity and wonder. She uses her voice to foster hope for student equity and empathy. Her passion is to initiate and infuse joy to those in education by focusing efforts on listening, serving, and growing alongside colleagues and friends. Each day is a FRESH opportunity to listen, be slow to criticize, and quick to empathize. Keep dancing and dreaming with JOY.
May 15, 2021
Episode 64: Creating from Within
This week I spoke with independent artist & designer, Joe Cavazos. Joe works as an independent artist on Instagram, YouTube, and Tik Tok and he's also the co-owner of Nusupply and In today's episode, we talked about Joe's work as a designer and artist.
May 13, 2021
Episode 63: Work, Life and Creativity
Katie Fielding, an Instructional Technology Coach in Prince William County Schools, takes joy in building capacity in others so they can fully participate in the digital world. Additionally, she is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, and Coach; Canvas Certified Educator.
May 8, 2021
Episode 62: The Hustle Culture and STEM for All!
I just wrapped up a wonderful and powerful interview with my friend K.D. a.k.a . She definitely brought some truths regarding the Hustle Culture, what it is and what it can do to someone, mentally, physically, and more. She shared some great tips on how to digitally detox and still be creative on social media. K.D. is also very passionate about planting the STEM seed to all and is passionate about helping everyone from high school to those that may want to try a new career later in life. 
May 6, 2021
Episode 61: Code Breaker Inc., It's Not Just About Programming
In this episode, we had the passionate and refreshingly honest Brian Aspinall on the show. Brian is a passionate educator that is on a mission to disrupt the work of education. 
May 1, 2021
Episode 60: Amplify Creativity with Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore is a wonderful friend, creative, connector, leader, and passionate educator. In this episode, we shared our creative journeys that are quite similar in many ways. She opens up her heart and offers some refreshing honesty about her creative process. 
April 29, 2021
Episode 59: Ready Learner One
In this episode, Micah Shippee sat down with us to have a great conversation about his passion for education, his current work with Ready Learner One, and ChangeMaker EDU in offering a community-based approach to innovative professional learning. We also talked about his current classroom experience with hybrid learning and offered some great insight on what the future of work looks like. 
April 23, 2021
Episode 58: Ignite A Spark
On this show we are joined Amanda Macias, Instructional Coach, from Fontana, California. We had a great conversation about wearing many hats, unsubscribing to learning loss, building relationships and community within our schools and Esports.
April 17, 2021
Episode 57: #ARVRinEDU Live Chat
The Twitter #ARVRinEDU Chat went live for this one. Join Jaime Donally and friends as we talk about all things #ARVRinEDU.
April 15, 2021
Episode 56: Break Things. Try Stuff. with Bonnie Chelette
We had a great conversation with Bonnie Chelette this morning where we talked about Google Innovator, work and projects and how pivots are not always a bad thing. Get to know Bonnie a little better and why she is a well known global leader in education.  Questions we covered. What’s the biggest challenge you have with your specific role right now and how are you going to overcome it? What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had in the last few months and why? How do you continue to learn in order to stay on top of things within your role? What’s been the biggest failure in the last year and why do you think that happened?
April 10, 2021
Episode 55: Stephanie Rothstein
Today, I had the opportunity to interview my great friend Stephanie Rothstein. Stephanie is a passionate educator and leader that is making waves in the education community. Today I had the opportunity to have a nice conversation with Stephanie to and hear about her passion for education and her future projects. Here are the questions that we covered.  1. What is one thing you wish you knew when you started your career? 2. If you don't mind sharing, what is your biggest failure and what did you learn from it? 3. What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a similar career as you or experience. (we can relate it to work, or Innovator or anything specific here). 4. What have been some of the best resources that have helped you along the way? 5. Who have been the three people most influential to you? (This could be career or personal) 6. What is a common myth about your professional or personal life that you want to debunk? (gives you the opportunity to pick a myth that you think needs to be addressed, could be professional or personal) 7. If you could step into my shoes, what would you have asked yourself that I didn't? This is a free-for-all where you can take a minute or two to all about anything you want.
April 8, 2021
Episode 54: Tools and Ideas to Add To Your Teacher Toolkit
On this episode Samantha Shaffner shared some #AwesomeSauce on Wakelet and Edulastic. This is an episode that you will find helpful and useful and she provided some amazing resources.  Follow Samantha on Twitter:
April 3, 2021
Episode 53: The Digital Age Is Here. Are You Prepared?
In this episode Dr. Rene Corbeil, professor, and author, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will join us as we talk about microlearning, what it is, what it isn't, and the benefits that it has on learning.
March 18, 2021
Episode 52: Work & Life: A True Balancing Act
Luis has been in education for over 20 years, he now has students that are children of former students which makes him feel ancient. He’s the Technology Integrator for Colegio Marymount in Barranquilla, Colombia. He’s a recent Google Certified Innovator (NYC19!) and lives life to the mantra:  Work smarter not harder, Which he tries to instill in his students and fellow teachers. On this episode we talk about how to find that balance between work and home life. Luis shared his experience with us and showed us that things are not any different in Colombia as they are here in the states. Check out this great and honest conversation and we hope that it will help and inspire. 
March 13, 2021
Episode 51: Who is Tisha Poncio?
In this show we get to have a genuine and honest conversation with the amazing Tisha Poncio. We talked about the importance of relationships, creativity, tech and empowering students and more. You won't want to miss this great and inspiring conversation that will allow you to learn more about my friends passion for education. 
March 6, 2021
Episode 50: It's Not Just Books & Bonbons
Deborah Zeman is a Digital Learning & Library Media Specialist, who has worked in education for over 20 years and is passionate about education. On this episode Deborah and I share some of our favorite tools such as Wakelet, Book Creator and TikTok amongst other great conversation centered around creativity. 
March 4, 2021
Episode 49: Empowering Educators to Talk About Mental Health
After 11 years as a Primary School Teacher with a specialism in Computing and Maths, Cat became a freelance EdTech consultant with the goal of supporting schools in teaching computing as well as using technology affectively to support teaching and learning. As a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Innovator, Cat likes to be at the forefront of technology and it's use in schools & is passionate about supporting educators around the world and has travelled to Brazil, Dubai and around the UK & US sharing her thoughts. When COVID changed the educational landscape, Cat took the opportunity to empower teachers to talk about their mental health and reduce stigma by opening the Global GEG Mental Health Staffroom, currently open on Sundays at 8pm GMT.
February 27, 2021
Episode 48: Amplify Your Voice Through Creativity
Claudio is a digital media consultant based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and currently Digital Designer at Burleson ISD. He is passionate about fostering creativity in the classroom and using digital tools to engage learners. In addition, he enjoys helping individuals, entrepreneurs and small business owners build their design and build their brands. Claudio is an Adobe Spark Ambassador and Adobe Education Leader. He has presented at various national and regional conferences including ISTE, SXSWEdu, FETC and TCEA. Claudio has also been featured in various magazines including Toggle and EdTech Magazine.  He is also experienced in social media management, something he learned to do as part of his digital media consulting company,  I Am Claudius.  Claudio is an avid photographer and videographer. He is a YouTuber, professional musician, a master woodworker and cyclist.
February 25, 2021
Episode 47: From Classroom Teacher to Administrator
AJ Bianco opens up and shares his passion for education and his transition from classroom teacher to an administrative role. AJ and I also talk about his inspiring podcast called The ReflectED Podcast. 
February 20, 2021
Episode 46: ETwinz: Embajadores de la Educación
Los gemelos Herraez son grandes embajadores de la educación y su importancia. Abogan por las prácticas educativas del siglo XXI. Han sido presentados por numerosos periódicos de todo el mundo como El Mundo (España), Salamanca 24h (España), el diario de Valladolid (España) y The Globe and Mail (Canadá) entre muchos otros. Además, los eTwinz han participado en algunos programas de radio nacionales como La Cope (España) como expertos en transformación digital y aprendizaje del siglo XXI. Follow me here:  Twitter:  Facebook:   My EdTech Life is fueled by caffeine. Buy us a cup of coffee to keep us working hard for you!  
February 18, 2021
Episode 45: Perseverance and Diving in Headfirst!
What could possibly happen by diving in headfirst into technology? Well, Frederick Ballew will share an inspiring story of what one can accomplish through perseverance and diving in headfirst.
February 13, 2021
Episode 44: Content Creation: What's Your Process?
Ismael Martinez, a local content creator, will be joining us as he shares his experience as a content creator. We will talk about the creative process, ideation, and how one can exercise their creative muscles.
February 11, 2021
Episode 43: Enchancing Instructional Coach & Educator Practice
In this episode, I am joined by the 3 Caffeinated Coaches! Georgina, Shannon, and Becky will talk about how they are helping our educator community by enhancing the practices of instructional coaches/educators/leaders through their podcast.
February 6, 2021
Episode 42: A Journey From IT Technician to Google Innovator
Join us for a great show as Abid Patel shares his journey in the tech world by moving from IT Technician, IT Director, Google Innovator and Innovator Academy Coach.
January 30, 2021
Episode 41: Red personal de aprendizaje y grupos GEG
En este programa José Ontiveros de Argentina y Carlos Espinoza de Guayaquil compartieron lo importantes que se convirtieron las redes de aprendizaje personal y cómo crecieron en América Latina. Compartieron cómo estas redes se convirtieron en familes sin fronteras gracias a las plataformas de redes sociales.
January 28, 2021
Episode 40: STEM Education in Primary Grades
Fi Morrison will be joining us this Friday night so we can talk about STEM Education in primary grade levels.
January 23, 2021
Episode 39: Unconventional: Ways to Thrive in EDU
On this episode Rachelle Dene Poth joins us to chat about the importance of relationships and igniting a passion for knowledge in our students. She also shares how teacher can begin to explore the world beyond the classroom and how they can reach out to their PLNs for support. 
January 21, 2021
Episode 38: How Can Augmented Reality Augment Learning? Darya Yergorina & Inna Armstrong
In this episode, we talk about the future of work, Augmented Reality. Darya and Inna talk to us about how important it is to be able to get these tools into the hands of our students so that they can enhance their learning and build specialized skill sets that will benefit them in the future. 
January 16, 2021
Episode 37: El valor de grupos profesionales para nuestro aprendizaje con Gerardo Navarrete
En este episodio Gerardo y yo hablamos de lo importantes que son las redes de aprendizaje personal como educadores. Gerardo comparte apasionadamente sus antecedentes como profesor en México y nos explica cómo las redes de aprendizaje profesional son una gran recurso de información para todos nosotros.
January 14, 2021
Episode 36: My EdTech Life Presents: A Teacher PD & Growth Mindset Conversation with Dr. Dan Kreiness
In this episode, Dr. Dan Kreiness and I talk about our experiences with teacher professional development and growth mindset. Dr. Kreiness shares some great insight on how he helps teachers using the following powerful acronym SCOPE. SCOP(E²) Set clear expectations. Comfort, address discomfort, and take time to make them feel comfortable. Opportunities, coaching them. Purpose, how do I fit into this collective idea. Enthusiasm, have people buy into it. Empower people.
January 7, 2021
Episode 35: My EdTech Life Presents: A Personal Journey from Pharmacy to Innovative Educator with Pilar Hernandez
Pily is a Google Innovator from Monterrey, Mexico with a passion for education, but that was not always her plan. Join us as Pily shares her personal journey into education and how she is making a big impact on the global educator community!
December 24, 2020
Episode 34: My EdTech Life Presents: International and Cultural Shifts in Education with Mel Aveling
Join us for a great show with my friend Mel Aveling as she shares her experience teaching in Taiwan and in Colombia. Mel also shares the power of PLNs and how helpful they are during these times. 
December 17, 2020
Episode 33: My EdTech Life Presents: How to Manage Your Makerspace during In-Person or Virtual Teaching with Cari Orts and LeeAnn Harkins
In this episode, Cari Orts will share with us how to easily manage Makerspaces during In-Person or Virtual Instruction.
December 10, 2020
Episode 32: My EdTech Life Presents A Growth Mindset Conversation with Chelsea Robberson
We are joined by Chelsea Robberson who passionate about disrupting the status-quo of education by pushing forward the mission of others with this same thinking. In this conversation, we get real about Growth Mindset and how it all comes down to building relationships. 
December 5, 2020
Episode 31: My EdTech Life Presents: From Jukebox Hero to Digital Hero with Chris Bradley
In this episode, Chris shares his story of uncertainty, adversity, and faith through times of COVID-19. Listen to a great story of how a former Radio DJ's passion for education has driven him to equip himself to help his school district and neighboring school districts with the skills he learned during our lockdown. Chris shares a passion for education that can be felt as he shares his story with us. You can follow Chris at You can also visit his site at
November 23, 2020
Episode 30: My EdTech Life Presents Green Screen Creativity with Erika Sandström
Join us for a great show with Erika as we talk about creativity and content creation in the classroom. Erika will share her passion for creativity and share some amazing greenscreen tools to help you create amazing content for your lessons. Presentation: Video Production in Any Classroom Follow Erika on Twitter @GreenScreenGal
November 14, 2020
Episode 29: My EdTech Life Presents Digital Grace, Balance and Teacher Support with Marshall Beyer
In this episode, we get to chat with Marshall Beyer about the amazing work that he is doing in this school district as the EdTech Coordinator. Marshall shares his experience as to how he and his team have helped equip teachers with tech tools to continue to engage student learning.  
November 7, 2020
Episode 28: My EdTech Life Presents Jammin' It up With Jamboard with Kim Mattina
On this episode our amazing guest Kim Mattina shares how Jamboard can be used in a variety of ways to help engage learners in a meaningful way. Kim gives us a great explanation between the web version and mobile phone version of Jamboard as well as sharing with us some amazing use cases for a variety of subjects. You can follow Kim Mattina on Twitter at Here are some valuable resources that Kim shared with all our My EdTech Life audience.  My EdTech Life Presentation Get on the Jamboard Train Presentation
October 24, 2020
Episode 27: My EdTech Life Presents: Rock Your Class with Steven "Etienne" Langlois
Whether teaching in a classroom, online, or homeschooling, effective learning is all about engaging students with a wide variety of strategies and activities. ROCK YOUR CLASS is carefully curated educator wisdom from A to Z, capturing the essentials of being a great teacher.
October 17, 2020
Episode 26: My EdTech Life Presents: Esports with Chris Aviles
Joining us today is Chris Aviles who is a co-author of the highly anticipated book titled The Esports Education Playbook. Chris will talk to us about his experience in the world of Esports and how you can start a program in your district.
October 10, 2020
Episode 25: My EdTech Life Presents: Navigating the Toggled Term with Matt Rhoads Ed.D
Online learning, social distancing, staggered schedules, hyper hygienic standards, and blended learning are all new realities presented by the toggled term educators will need to overcome to reopen schools in the fall of 2020 and beyond. To address these new realities, Navigating the Toggled Term introduces educators to the new realities secondary education must face as districts and schools combat the challenges brought upon by the Coronavirus pandemic. The “toggled term” represents this reality for schools and districts as they will likely move back and forth between online instruction and face to face instruction as the threat of Coronavirus remains present.
October 3, 2020
Episode 24: My EdTech Life Presents: #ARVR and #Esports with Jesse Lubinsky
Join us for a great show with Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Ready Learner 1 as we talk about Augmented and Virtual Reality in Education and the growth of Esports. Augmented Reality and Esports are two of the fastest growing industries right now and Jesse talks about the effect that these have in education. Jesse is a co-author of Reality Bytes, which is a great book that can help introduce many educators to the world of augmented and virtual reality along with his new book out in November titled The Esports Education Playbook. You can follow Jesse on Twitter @jlubinsky and you can find Reality Bytes on Amazon for a great price right now. 
September 12, 2020
Episode 23: My EdTech Life Presents: Scripted, Your Recipe Guide to Creating a Successful Digital Media Model.
On this episode we spoke to Scripted authors Paula Neidlinger and Bruce Reicher about their new book that is a great resources to help teachers learn how to create content for their classes. Paula and Bruce share some great tips and resources to help novice and expert teachers create with content tips for not only them but their students. You can check out their book site at You can also follow the authors by clicking on their handles below.  Paula Neidlinger @pneid is a globally connected, 28 year middle school, veteran media educator, presenter, and author. Bruce Reicher @breicher is a grade 6-8 middle school technology teacher with 25 years experience. Randall Tomes @RandallTomes1 is a grade 1-6 elementary digital media design teacher with 25 years of experience.
August 29, 2020
Episode 22: My EdTech Life Presents! The Edugals
Joining us on the show are Dr. Rachel Johnson and Katie Attwell from Ontario, Canada joined us on the show to talk about Tech Integration through Podcast. Rachel and Katie work for the same school district and when school closed they found the time to click on the record button to start a series of podcasts geared towards helping their district teachers and other educators integrate technology. You can find their podcast and blogs at You can also find them on Twitter @Edugals on Twitter. Please make sure you follow Dr. Rachel Johnson and Katie Attwell on Twitter. 
August 29, 2020
Episode 21: #ThisIsMe Movement with Dr. Shantel Scott
Dr. Shantel is an amazing educator and consultant that does amazing work with empowering educator and students alike. Dr. Shantel has also started the #ThisIsMe Movement that designs educational opportunities that empower women and girls to boldly elevate their voices and claim their space in the world by changing their personal narratives. You can check out Dr. Shantel's page at You can find her on Twitter @TheLearningDr and you can follow her on Instagram @thisismemvmt.
August 22, 2020
Episode 20: Content Creation & Exercising Your Creative Muscles with Al Thomas
This week we had a great time talking about content creation and exercising our creative muscles with Al Thomas. Has has served in various capacities in the field of education and has the ability to bring his creativity to new heights because of his experience. Al encourages us to simply create because, "you don't know who is waiting on you to do that thing" to inspire others. You can find some amazing resources on Al's page at and you can follow Al on Instagram @educopilot and Twitter @educopilot.
August 15, 2020
Episode 19: Google Innovator & Book Illustrator Jennifer Leban
We had an amazing show with Google Innovator & Book Illustrator Jennifer Leban. Jennifer shared her Google Innovator journey and project called ResetEDU which is a web series designed to motivate, empower and inspire teachers to embrace new ideas for learning and teaching. She also shared he Illustrated book called Coding with Kindness will be out soon. 
August 8, 2020
Episode 18: Vlogging & Blogging with Stephanie Galvan Russell
We had an amazing chat with Stephanie Galvan Russell a.k.a @lispylibrarian about how you can get started vloggin & blogging. Stephanie shared with us how she started blogging and how she did not let her lisp get in the way of putting herself out there for many to view. She shared how she takes this love of vlogging into her school to help student be able to learn in a safe space through the use of vlogging. She also shares tips on how to get started yourself as a vlogger. You can find Stephanie an Twitter @lispylibrarian. 
August 1, 2020
Episode 17: EdTech and Podcasting with Chris Nesi
We had an amazing chat with Chris Nesi regarding EdTech and Podcasting. Chris shared his distance learning experience with us and how he found ways to connect with his students through this time. Chris shared how he shifted his classroom experience to be more of a student centered experience as his students were given choice as to how to they can learn through the use of a variety of tools. Chris gets real and his passionate really shows and resonates through the show. You don't want to miss out.  You can check out his podcast called The House of EdTech and you can also check out the Education Podcast Network that Chris founded for amazing content to inspire your teacher practice. 
July 25, 2020
Episode 16: #VIA20 Edition
On this show we talked to several #VIA20 applicants shared their experience of the Google Innovator application process. We all opened up and shared our passions, our struggles and our How Might We...statements and we also share advice for future applicants. We all opened up and shared our stories and built a connection through our chat. 
July 18, 2020
Episode 15: Tech Integration and Libraries with Karina Quilantan-Garza
We had an amazing chat with possibly the most energetic Librarian that I know. Her passion and knowledge of how to integrate technology through a remote environment is amazing. Karina's passion will be transmitted through this show and it will definitely motivate you to continue to learn. On this show we talked about Digital Cataloging, Badges and more. Here is her Wakelet Collection.
July 18, 2020
Episode 14: Ways That Children Can Make a Difference, Tech Tools, and Libraries with Kristina Holzweiss
On this episode of My EdTech Life we are joined by the amazing Kristina Holzweiss. He had a great chat about our backgrounds growing up, maker movement resources, the importance of student creation, portfolios. Kristina also shares her passion for libraries and technology and how libraries can be an excellent resource even during this time of remote learning. You can follow Kristina Holzweiss on Twitter. You can also check out her books on Amazon. 
July 11, 2020
Episode 13: Mental Health & Wakelet with Toby Doncaster
We had a great time with Google Trainer, Innovator and now a Wakelet Ambassador, Toby Doncaster. Toby shared how he uses Wakelet with his students at the vocational college he works at. Toby engaged his learners through the use of Wakelet thanks to the built in resources on the platform such as Immersive Reader, Flipgrid and more. 
July 7, 2020
Episode 12: La Formación de Docentes Usando Las Herramientas de G Suite. (Español)
En este episodio de My EdTech Life Javier Balan y yo hablamos de cómo está ayudando a formar profesores en su comunidad en Cuidad Obregón con herramientas de G Suite. También compartió una gran iniciativa que la Secretaria de Educación Publica está haciendo al ofrecer formación de Certificación de Nivel 1 de Google a los profesores gracias a una alianza con Google.
July 4, 2020
Episode 11: Tech Talks & More with Ben Moore and Daren White
On this episode we were joined by the Short & SUITE crew and we enjoyed a great chat about all things quarantine, wellness, and tech. Daren and Ben joined us all the way from Essex in the U.K. and they definitely came equipped with great material for some laughs but also some great tools such as WeVideo and Book Creator. This was a great show and worth checking out! 
July 2, 2020
Episode 10: A Good Digital Citizen-Marialice Curran Ph.D
Marialice Curran Ph.D joined our show and shared so many wonderful resources with us regarding Digital Citizenship. She also made a big announcement on our show regarding the #DigCitSummit being held October 12-16 of this year. She also shared how importance of learning together as a community about Digital Citizenship. If you'd like to follow Marialice on Twitter you can find her @mbfxc. You can also find some great resoures on her website
July 1, 2020
Episode 09: Video Creation for Remote Learning
On this show we Bruce Reicher and I discussed several topics regarding content creation during these times of remote learning. I was great to hear the great things he does that helped his workflow through the use of video. Bruce and I also shared several tools such as WeVideo and Wakelet that can help educators get their content to their students. Bruce also talked about his book called Scripted which will be available August 11 and you can check fill out this form for updates. You can also check out Bruce's PD site that is loaded with great resources. 
June 30, 2020
Episode 08: Aulas Conectadas con Google Innovator Pedro Aparicio (Español)
Pedro Aparicio, Google Innovator de la Ciudad de México, se unió a nuestro programa para compartir sobre la importancia de aulas conectadas. Pedro compartió sus experiencias con poder conectar a sus alumnos con  aulas a nivel internacional y cómo eso ha dado a sus alumnos la capacidad de aprender y ver el mundo desde una lente diferente.
June 27, 2020
Episode 07: BadgEdTech with Rachel Coathup
On this episode we welcome Google Innovator Rachel Coathup who shares her wonderful innovator project that is helping so many educators find wonderful PD all in one place. BadgEdTech offers a one stop stop for educators to go directly to a platforms training platform where they can earn badges, accreditations and certifications. Rachel is such a talented and innovative EdTech leader and this project is something that will definitely help every educators add additional tools to their EdTech Tool-belt! You can find her site here BadgEdTech.
June 20, 2020
Episode 06: Remote Learning with Merge EDU
Remote Learning is a term that is now part of our daily vocabulary as educators. On this show we speak to Stephanie Lyons from Merge EDU about their amazing augmented reality learning platform. Merge EDU has many great lessons built into the platform that can help students learn visually and kinesthetically. Students will have the opportunity to hold objects in their hand that they may never get to experience seeing or touching, because Merge can bring the world to them.  Merge Presentation Merge Remote Learning Wakelet
June 20, 2020
Episode 05: Surfing the 5C's with Wakelet-Special Guest James Davis from Wakelet
James Davis from Wakelet joined us for a great chat about the origins of Wakelet, the educational impact, the partnerships and what is to come. James answered the following questions during out wonderful conversation.  Question 1: What was the vision of Wakelet when it first started? Question 2: Was this platform geared for educators to begin with? Question 3: Let’s Talk about the 5C’s How Does Wakelet help in Communication Critical Thinking Creativity Collaboration Curation Question 4: Let’s Talk about Wakelet’s Community event that just happened. What are your personal takeaways from this event Question 5: We know that the Wakelet Community is a tight community that is always willing to give feedback to help. What are some of the great things that Wakelet is working on to improve the platform?
June 6, 2020
Episode 04: The Importance of Twitter Chats and Becoming a Connected Educator
In this show we interviewed James Varlack and Instructional Technology Specialist who with the help of his lovely wife moderate the #RGVEduChat.  If you are interested in starting a Twitter Chat, this episode is definitely one that is worth listening too. James speaks with us about the preparation that goes behind the scenes to offer us an amazing Twitter chat on Sunday evenings. James also shares with us his personal experiences and growth through participating in Twitter chats and let's us know where he sees the #RGVEduChat chat growing into. This is a worthwhile episode with various gems shared by James. 
May 20, 2020
Episode 03: Remote Learning with Augmented & Virtual Reality
In this episode we welcome Jaime Donally, mother, author, educator and ARVRinEDU leader on how to leverage the power of Augmented and Virtual Reality to engage learners. We discuss some of the barriers that ARVR can have to fully immerse itself in a school curriculum and how we can get it into the hands of our students. Jaime also shares some ARVR options on how teachers with limited budgets can use to incorporate the use of ARVR into their teaching. We also talked about the wonderful #ARVRinEDU Twitter community and their willingness to help anybody that would like to learn more about ARVR. You can subscribe to Jaime's website to find some amazing resources to get you started on your journey. 
May 6, 2020
Episode 02: Teacher PD: How to Train Teachers During Social Distancing.
Welcome To My EdTech Life! In this show we interview Omar and Fely Lopez and get insight as to their experience in providing Teacher PD during this time of social distancing. We talk about what type of training has worked the best for the teachers in our area and the social and emotional state of our teachers and student body. 
April 22, 2020
Episode 01: Remote Learning in The Times of COVID-19
In this episode we interview Dr. Rene Corbeil Ed.D from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley regarding remote learning and the changing education landscape. Here is the link to your YouTube Stream.
April 10, 2020