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Two teachers talking about Technology Integration, giving ideas, troubleshooting, talking about why we need tech in classrooms. This was a great way to get PD out to our teachers and we thought we should share it with everyone. Here it is.
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Two teachers from Bassett Unified School District in La Puente, California, talking about Technology Integration, giving ideas, troubleshooting, talking about SAMR and why we need tech in classrooms. This was a great way to get PD out to our teachers and we thought we should share it with everyone. Here it is. Visit our district page here: and our resources at 

Jul 19, 2019

Greatest Hits episode 4 How to podcast parts 3 and 4, originally aired on episodes 77 and 78.

Jul 15, 2019

Greatest Hits 3 Re-release of How To Podcast, parts 1 and 2 (originally episodes 75 and 76) Thanks for tuning in and hope you enjoy!

Jul 10, 2019

Greatest Hits @- Reissue of our interview with the Awesome and Fabulous Brian Briggs!

Jun 18, 2019

Hiatus Show #1, Hope you all are having an awesome summer! We talk to CUE Executive Director Jon Corippo and discuss CUE happening and the EduProtocol Field Guide

Jun 4, 2019

We talk about the End of season 4 and the close of the Specialist positions.

May 17, 2019

We talk about #CUEBOLD and our Best of Bassett showcase. Also, some OER resources and metrics from the Louisiana Dept. of Ed. Hope you Enjoy.

May 3, 2019

We talk to Cate Tolani about #CUEBOLD this weekend, and also about her book, Power Up Your Classroom, with will be released in June! Also, we talk about how to avoid teacher burnout towards the end of the year!

Apr 25, 2019

Tom and Mike talk celebrations and why they are important. Also we go over a new online storage option for those of us with too many photos.

Apr 11, 2019

Join us and our Edufriends as we interview 15 educators on Manic Minute during #CUE19. Thanks to Corey Mattias, An Wren, Brenda Argano, Kyle Anderson, Brent Coley, Corey Coble, Lisa Bieler, David Platt, Kristina Mattis, Jen Giffen eh!, Mara Hitner, Nicole Beardsley, Rolland Kornblau, Ann Kozma and Adam Parker Goldberg!

Apr 5, 2019

We talk about our visit to ESRI in Redlands, have a nice conversation with Superstar Sue Thotz, and update you on some happenings with Tom and Mike

Mar 29, 2019


CUE #Recap and Manic Minute #REMATCH

Mar 8, 2019

Final CUE19 preview, some tips and tricks, and why March can be a downer for educators.

Mar 4, 2019

Our Sessions and what we are excited for!

Feb 26, 2019

We are joined by some awesome CUE peeps to talk about Engagement and Awesomeness at CUE19

Feb 21, 2019

We talk student projects: Public Service Announcements and some info you should know about spring CUE 19

Feb 15, 2019

Sketchnoting and Group Work, with some Rainy Day Recess Activities

Feb 7, 2019

We go Myth-busting! Talking about articles about EdTech and 3D printing myths!

Jan 31, 2019

We talk about our favorite creation tools, and some pedagogical trends for 2019

Jan 25, 2019

We talk Neuroplasticity, and IACUE tech fest.

Jan 17, 2019

Episode 100! Our thanks to all who have helped us along the way! Where are we going? Listen to find out!

Jan 10, 2019

Goal revisiting for 2019

What's your favorite PD style?

BIC Renovation Complete!

Follow @tosastalkintech for more info!

Dec 14, 2018

We ramble about our fun year and recap trainings and presentations.

Dec 6, 2018 We talk CS Week, makers we love to follow, and CUE events!

Nov 30, 2018

CETPA 2018 Review Sessions

Coffee CUE Podcasting

Hour of Code


Nov 26, 2018 Cyber Monday Primer: STEM tools, 3D printer fun, and more! Check out or guide to holiday giving!

Nov 9, 2018

CETPA preview, the importance of Perseverance, and Transformation, not Tools

Nov 2, 2018 On this episode, we talk about Apple Keynote, 10/18, The Oculus Go, the Solar Pen, and the Pixel 3XL

Oct 29, 2018

We talk about Innovation Celebration, Microsoft Skype in the Classroom, and the NEW BIC!

Oct 19, 2018

Our FallCUE Experience, with new thing we learned and awesome people to follow.

Oct 11, 2018

Come hear about tech for Halloween, some Windows 10 update woes, and the downfall of Google+

Oct 5, 2018 TTT FallCUE preview,

Microsoft Education Community

SGVCUE Innovation Celebration

Oct 1, 2018 International Podcast Day DLI Update Net Neutrality Update Season for Conferences

Sep 20, 2018 Microsoft Flagship Schools, DLI Update and Teacher Interview Instagram Parent Guide

Sep 14, 2018

Digital Citizenship Innovation Celebration, BIC Update, Speaker Spotlight David Platt, Special Guest

Sep 7, 2018

OneNote Tips and Tricks, Leading Edge Certification, and BIC Construction update.

Jul 14, 2018

We chat with the one and only Brian Briggs. He is just awesome, come bask in the his glow on Episode 82!

Jun 29, 2018

Hiatus Show #2, Hope you all are having an awesome summer! We talk to CUE Executive Director Jon Corippo and discuss CUE happening and the EduProtocol Field Guide

Jun 15, 2018

Show notes here: Interview with Mara Hinter from Matterhackers, some Summer PD options and an Edsurge article about Students owning a makerspace

Jun 1, 2018 for full notes

Cheers to BUSD 2017-18, Manic Minute with Paul Solano and Natalie Ybarra, and highlights from this past year. Reflections on our year and some of our best moments. Thanks for listening!

May 25, 2018

We have an Awesome Chat with Coach Ben on Feedback. We also conclude our How to start a podcast series, and a snippet of tech tips with Tech Squad, hope you enjoy!

May 18, 2018

CUE BOLD review w/ Guest Lindsey Blass! How to Start a Podcast PART 3 AFFILIATE EVENTS, SEE THE SHOW NOTES!

May 11, 2018 So You Want to Start a Podcast part 2 where we go over episode length, show formats and episode release schedule.

Also we promote some affiliate events, including SGVCUE innovation Celebration, CAPCUE Tech Fest, Gold Coast CUE Techtober, and NVCUE Silver State Tech Fest. See our show notes for links to attend or present. 

May 3, 2018

Tom and Mike Discuss Lame Duck Days article and podcast from Cult of Pedagogy, and we start the first of a four part series on How to Podcast.

Apr 27, 2018

Segment 1- Makerspace, how we did it- Asked by a principal on a time crunch to implement an innovative space, what was our process? Segment 2-Ed-Tech Leadership Is a Tough Task for Principals/ Principals face pressure cooker of K-12 ed-tech priorities-By Denisa R. Superville

Apr 20, 2018

Cate Tolnai stops by the show and chats about things CUE, and we talk about an EdSurge Article about Personalized Learning. Check out show notes

Apr 13, 2018 

Special Guests Deborah French and Gabriel Rivera from Bassett Unified talk about the Digital Learning Initiative Plan, and new announcement from Adobe about Spark for EDU

Apr 6, 2018

CUE Bold and some Affiliate Events With Special Guests Bill Selak, Rebecca Hare, and David Platt!

Mar 30, 2018

Manic Minutes from CUE18, show notes to follow! Thanks to Nicole Beardsley, Jon Fitzsimmons, Brent Coley, Caleb Rothe, Dave Lee, Lisa Beiler, Brent Warner, James Kosako, Jonathan Brubaker, Shannon Svaldo, Carlos Castellanos, Matt Miller, and Kyle Anderson

Mar 23, 2018

Our take on this year's Spring CUE!

Mar 23, 2018

Our take on this year's Spring CUE!

Mar 13, 2018

Spring Cue Preview! What's the secret word? Find out inside!

Mar 9, 2018

12 Collaboration Tools

MakerSpace Advice

Latinas Unidas Girl Power Expo!

Mar 2, 2018

Trends in Education, School Safety and Merge Cue Fun!

Feb 25, 2018 eSchool News Article "Want to be a better digital Leader?" Anchor App Updates! Better than ever! TTT hits 20k downloads! We couldn't have done it without you!

Feb 15, 2018 Manic Minute from OCCUE Tech Fest 2018, More conference tips, and Listener Email! #Supermuch

Feb 9, 2018 Conference Tips, part 1, OCCUE tech Fest and Manic Minutes with Judy Blakeney, Nancy Minicozzi, Jack, Olivia and Brandee Ramirez, Tim Green, Chris Miraglia, and Steve Regur.

Feb 2, 2018 IACUE Tech Fair recap, nprEd Article, Screentime and parenting, SLATE article, where do you listen to podcasts? Picademy, Riverside Raspberry PI Jam

Jan 27, 2018

Interviews with Julia Francis of Alludo, Jason Seliskar of CUE, and David Platt of SGVCUE, as well as several Manic Minutes done live from the IA CUE Tech Fair 2018

Jan 26, 2018

Interviews with Julia Francis of Alludo, Jason Seliskar of CUE, and David Platt of SGVCUE, as well as several Manic Minutes done live from the IA CUE Tech Fair 2018

Dec 13, 2017

Primer and discussion. Get in the know.

Nov 28, 2017

Conference Overview- California Educational Technology Professionals Association, Pasadena, Ca Nov. 14-17, 2017

Astronaut Fun! Overall take on the conference

Tom's Take Away- John Morgan and the One thing they did at Capo Unified to make their PD great and timely and applicable to their whole organization

Mike's Take Away-1:1 Rollouts by other districts, Andrew Schwab, wireless shoutout (Unite, Apple TV, AirTame, ScreenBeam, NovoPro), Capstone w/ Capo USD, Future Ready (Rocklin, Pomona, Davis school districts)

Exhibit Hall Madness!

IACUE Presentation and what to expect and how to visit us

Flipgrid Ambassador and licenses


Nov 17, 2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Nov 9, 2017

Inland Code Consortium- CS for All Event

Saw Hadi Partovi give a great key note on coding and why everyone should be coding. Talked about his upbringing and how his father was able to teach him how to code and how that completely changed his life. On coming to America and the doors that were open to him because of this skill he had acquired.

Had two different panels,

one with college and career focus, and why we should be coing and learning new languages

Other with Middle school teacher, high school teacher, and high school senior, and they were focusing on how coding was becoming a part of their school life, and the opportunities and sense of accomplishment that they felt while teaching or learning codin. All three were female.

Student Showcase- they had schools from all over the inland empire and some SGV schools with showcase displays, showing their coding clubs, their robotics, or makerspaces, or competition squads that go out and compete.


Different type of conference for us. What are we looking forward to seeing/doing/learning?

Digital Learning Initiative

What does it take to actually roll out a 1:1 program? Office of Educational Technology has an idea! Great resource for any who have not heard of it.

Why is 1:1 become a passé phrase now? Why changing a name can bring success to a program.

What considerations or preparation surprised you? Which piece made you say "yea, no duh"

Common Sense School, District and work we have been doing.  Referenced in Episode 50

How did this start?

What was our process?

How did it go?

Office 365 Trainer of Trainers

What was this program?

How did we select?

What did they do?

What have they done since?

Nov 1, 2017

FallCue 2017 and the Podfather

  • Thursday 10/26
    • Need you to present right now! (Audio in the Classroom)
    • Sketch 50 w/ Misty Kluesner & Cate Tolnai
    • No room for you!
  • Friday 10/27
    • Playtime in the STEAMpunk Playground Ozobots and Spheros
      • Helping to set-up, more than willing...
    • Digital Breakout Edu with Microsoft OneNote with Maria Turner & Melinda Richwine
    • Circuit Studies with Makey-Makeys with Rick Phelan
    • Better Together Learning Network
    • Aurdino: What is it what do I do with it? with David Platt, Heidi Baynes and special guest Roger Wagner of Hyperduino and Hyperstudio
  • Saturday 10/28
    • Tried to get into Lesson Builder's Fair session with Jon Corippo and Lindsey Blass Absolutely packed, next time.
    • Went to with David Thornburg and his wife Norma -STEAM curriculum areas with 3D printers, Arduinos, micro:bits and other new tools for the K-12 classroom.
    • with Jennifer Harrison Principal, Tustin Unified School District and Traci DiLellio Teacher Grades 3/4, Tustin Unified School District
    • with Monica Bennett and Valerie Sun
    • Finally, with Heidi Baynes TOSA-Instructional Technology, San Jacinto Unified School District, Gabrielle Henderson, Denise Leonard, Mark Synnott, Joseph Williams and again special guest Roger Wagner.
  • Sunday 10/29 Podfather Leo Laporte
    • check out about the hour and fifteen minute mark to see us in the studio, and a sticker of ours on Leo's Desk.
Oct 23, 2017


Episode 52

  • SGVCUE Wrap up- highlights and good take aways
    • SGVCUE Board did an amazing job
    • Superintendent and board member Armando Barajas
    • Ann Kozma
    • Playground
    • Coordination and prep work, wow
    • Lessons learned from hosting our first CUE tech conf. (wear comfortable shoes!, bring extra dongles and connectors, ask for as much help and volunteers as possible!)
      • Jason, Katie, David, James, Christine, Kistrina, Kris, Matt, Jose, Valerie, April
  • FallCUE
    • Looking forward to:
      • Connecting with Friends
      • Getting some good PD ideas- digital Breakout EDU w/ OneNote
      • Sharing our expertise in STEAMpunk and ConntectedTL playgrounds
      • Visiting the podfather Leo Laporte
    • Working In:
      • STEAMPUNK Playground
      • Better Together TOSAchat and ConnectedTL Joint venture
    • Other highlighted sessions
    • Brad Montague
  • Congrats to Covina High Launching their podcast! Covina High Tech Tips with Tech Squad
Oct 3, 2017

Silver State Tech Fair International Podcasting Day Manic Minutes with Ben Cogswell, Kyle Anderson, Sara Boucher, Heidi Carr, Ariana Flewelling, Dennis Ryan, Amanda Haughs, Denise Snow Parrot Good Times!

Sep 19, 2017

Episode 50 Common Sense Media Been working on this since we started in this position Did three months of research on Digicit Providers, lots of options, but we found that the best choice for us, the most comprehensive and one of the only k-12 curriculums

Sep 9, 2017

Article- NYTimes leave feedback here: Flipgrid

Interview with Covina High School Student tech team, with Teacher David Platt. 

Shout-outs! Home Grown BUSD Admin- Jason Tveit, Arin McDonald and Rhonda Lentz! Flipgrid teachers Jackie Larson, Jackie Acosta and Ryann Mora! Keep rockin that tech!

Thanks for listening!

Aug 30, 2017

Episode 48 Updates Galore

App Reviews and Updates




FlipGrid news for Microsoft Office 365

Embedding of Grids into OneNote Classroom


Aug 24, 2017

Episode 47

  • Podcasting apps
    • PocketCasts
    • Anchor Our friends over at FSD Innovation Ann, Pablo, Jason and Wes started a Podcast just last week on this fairly new app called Anchor 
      • Anchor is a Podcasting App that allows you get up and running in no time. The handles a lot of the hassles that can come with publishing your Podcast for listeners.
      • Why switch to Anchor?
      • 💾  Free, unlimited podcast hosting
      • 📱  100% mobile creation (in a new, fun format)
      • 🤓  No need to touch an RSS feed, ever
      • ☎️  Built-in phone call recording
      • 🤙  Call-ins from your listeners
      • 😀  Tons of other unique, interactive features
      • Anchor instantly converts all recorded audio into rich, colorful videos that play seamlessly on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and any other platform that supports video.
      • Instead of “liking" a segment in Anchor, you can actually applaud it (and if your phone is locked and in your pocket, you can applaud just by knocking on the back of your phone). 
      • Anchor gives you the ability to add full length tracks from Apple Music or Spotify, pull in external audio clips, and add high quality interludes from world-class musicians and sound designers.
    • Chorus
      • Podcasts Plus People
      • Hear something that’s just too good to keep to yourself? Share it with your followers. Chorus is the place where you 😂 😭 and 🙌 your favorite podcasts with friends.
  • SGVCUE innovation celebration
  • B4UT- Beginning of the year set up
    • plug it in
    • take photographs
    • recruit help from kids
Aug 17, 2017

Episode 46

  • Tech Updates
    • Flipgrid
      • New integration with several apps like Classroom and OneNote
      • New ways to give feedback, you can create your own rubrics, 1-10
      • Padlet on Flipgrid Ideas.
    • EdPuzzle
      • Premade Videos and questions
      • easier interface and integration options.
  • Interview with SGVCUE board members
    • Upcoming Innovation Celebration
    • Alice Keeler Event
    • Coffee Cues and Road Shows
    • New ways to participate with your affiliate,
    • Free membership for 2017/2018 (until March 18)
  • Apple IOS updates
    • Siri Translations- ELD teachers rejoice
    • Screen Recording- great for process and how to videos
    • Files app- No longer a secret where your files are, this helps with saving, structuring and sharing.
    • True Multitasking- I can't remember a time when i was only doing a task that only needed one app. App smashing is very popular, and help in this area will be awesome
    • AR- building in a framework ad functionality should make AR, already one of the fastest growing spaces in technology, even more prominent. Possibilities are endless, and applications for this tech stretch across all subject areas.
  • B4UT:
Aug 11, 2017

Episode 45

  • #BecauseofCUE
    • Lone Nuts, found a community, grown as educators
      • Bounce ideas, get inspiration, awe in the awesomeness of our twitter friends, connect with people from down the street, over the hill, and even across the state.
    • Thanks to: Ryan O"Donnell and Bryan Briggs
    • John Eick, Roland Aichele
    • Ben Cogswell, Cate Tolnai, Lindsey Blass, #ConnectedTL, #TOSAChat
    • Ann Kozma, Pablo Diaz
  • New things for this year
    • Webinar style trainings
  • Summertime Fun!
    • Books Read
      • Code in Every Class By Kevin Brookhouser and Ria Megnin
        • The case for coding in the classroom-misconception,
        • The demand
        • diversifying in tech or the lack there of
        • all teachers can code
        • engaging students with coding
        • buy-in from admin and site
        • building your knowledge of coding
      • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2005
        • Sci-Fi novel that takes place in the year 2044. If you grew up in the 1980's or are just a fan this is the book for you. This eccentric billion Halliday dies and in his will he leaves his fortune up to the first person that can find an easter egg in the game he invented called the Oasis . Music, video games, movies memory lane
        • Kicking myself for not reading this book earlier.
      • Lead Like a Pirate
    • Conferences attended
    • Fun Had
Jun 3, 2017

Mike and Tom talk about their year, conference, projects, and initiatives. We also have an interview with Gabriel Rivera, IET Director for Bassett Unified School District where we discuss tech help, district 1:1, and some big projects coming up in BUSD next year.
College Signing Day video link:

May 16, 2017

Episode 43

Tynker webinar and news

  • options and news from tynker, and how we plan to use it in the new classroom
    • Blue Ribbon Educator with Tynker
    • Summer Enrichment for our students, make it affordable and accessible for our demographics

SGVCUE Innovation Celebration 2017 

  • Ann Kozma Keynote
    • Day of tech fun and learning , all for a low price- better prices for team
    • Over 80+ sessions and workshops for educators of all levels

Star Wars Fidget Spinners

May 9, 2017

Hosting options for student projects

  • When we first started two years ago, we were showing teachers and students how to use creation type apps. Which was great until they wanted to show their creations to an authentic audience outside the classroom. In the past, we have had to show our teachers how to first download their content from the app and then how to upload to a hosting site like Youtube ,Vimeo, their own teacher site or we even showed them how to make our district LMS public for sharing. Then they had to embed that content from the host onto their own site.
  • Displaying student projects has now been made a lot easier and straight forward for teachers thanks in part to companies who create these apps and have started to host the content for free. YEAH!
  • These app creator have stepped up they game and invested in the server space need to make using their apps a lot friendly and more sharable for the end user.
  • And by doing so the companies have also removed some of the challenges of sharing content by creating custom URLs and QR codes for teachers and students to use to view or share their creation outside of the app.
  • In some cases, these companies have condensed or completely removed many of these steps.
    • For example Adobe Voice, Pages and Post
    • PicCollage
    • Thinglink
    • Padlet
    • EdPuzzle
    • Microsoft Office365 apps like Sway and OneDrive
    • Google Apps GAFE
    • Dropbox
  • Failing to plan is planning to fail-adapted Ben Franklin Link to article: Inc. Article
  • What is the 5 Hour Rule? Take 5 hours a week to into deliberate learning.
    • What Franklin did
      • Got up an hour early to read and write
      • Setting personal growth goals and tracking them
      • creating a club for "like-minded aspiring artisans and tradesman who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community"
      • Turning ideas in to experiments
      • Having morning and evening reflection questions
    • We can all find an hour. Somewhere, especially over summer break.
    • Can an hour a weekday improve my teaching and learning that much?
      • Oprah and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett think so.
    • Core concept: Empty space, creating slack. This gives us breathing room, thinking time, creativity, contemplation, and planning.
      • 1. Plan your learning
      • 2. Deliberately practice (lesson plans, play with tech, practice a skill)
      • 3. Ruminate: thinking is hard work. set aside some distraction free time to let your mind work it's magic. "Shower Moments"
      • 4. Set aside time for learning- I read at least an hour a day to help me learn and grow. There are so many resources out there, and with twitter, the content grows quickly. Use time to sort through and filter all that info.
      • 5. Solve problems as they arise- great time for springing into action to solve problems and smooth the way later on.
      • 6. Do small experiments with big potential payoffs- new lesson delivery ideas, new
Apr 25, 2017

Episode 41- Finishing Well and Summer PD oppotunities

  • How do you stay motivated during the last month of school, how to avoid throwing in the towel?
    • 1. Stay Focused
    • 2. Relationships Still Come First
    • 3. Grow Yourself
    • 4. Check Your Goals
    • 5. Celebrate
  • Summer PD opportunities
    • CUE- offers several choices for PD over summer, from Rockstar camps and LDI/BOLD/Leading Edge Certification. All the details are on their site. check out for details.
    • District Symposiums and PDs- great way to help out with team building and lesson planning.
    • Edcamp- Another great, free format way to get some great inspiration for next year!
      • EdCamp Conejo (thousand Oaks) May 4
      • EdCamp Santa Maria-May 13
      • EdCamp Natomas-May 13
      • EdCamp Salinas May 20
      • EdCamp Voice (voxer) July 7
      • EdCamp Fairfield FSUSD-August 5
      • EdCamp EduMatch (online) August 5
  • @CaseyNeistat Vlog recommendation-online bullying of creators of YouTube videos Season Three Episode #20 published April 24, 2017
Apr 19, 2017

Episode 40- Springing into the Summer! Things to do and learn over summer break!

  • Phone Interview with Kyle Anderson @andersonedtech
    • (website & blog)
    • Silver State Tech Innovator Symposium - April 22
    • Silver State Tech Innovator Symposium - May 20
    • CUE-NV Silver State Technology Conference - Attendee
    • CUE-NV Silver State Technology Conference - Presenter
    • Book recommendations
      • The One Thing- Gary Sullivan
        • Topic of #connectedtl and #Cuechat on 4/18. The surprisingly simple truth of extraordinary results
      • Leaders Eat Last- Simon Sinek
        • Great book on how to lead, for teacher leaders and admin. Easy read filled with surprisingly relevant anecdotes and stories.
      • Crucial Conversations- Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzer
        • Strategies and tools for talking when the stakes are high. Includes how to prepare for high stakes conversations, how to make it safe to talk about almost anything, transforming unpleasant emotions into power dialogue, and how to be persuasive, not abrasive. Great read and indispensable for leaders and coaches.
      • The Growth Mindset Coach- Annie Brock and Heather Hundley
        • Teachers month by month handbook for empowering students to achieve. Great read for coaches and teachers. Broken down monthly to help you grow and gradually incorporate growth mindset into your students. Pick it up over summer and be ready to start implementing when school starts!
      • The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook by Mike Rohde
        • Great gateway into sketchnoting. Explains the Why and How, with some awesome examples and even a workbook to help you get started with ideas and uses for this great new tool. Good for anyone who wants to go deeper with learning and note taking. It has really made me more attentive and focused at even the most boring sit-and-get meetings.
      • The Doodle Revolution- Sunni Brown
        • More about doodle theory and how doodling created better thinkers. It covers doodles and infodoodles, and there is practice space and classroom applications as well. Fun and quick read.
    • Google Chrome Browser Extensions
      • Turn Off The Lights JR Ginex @gochemonline Tustin Unified saw it on CUE 17 youtube channel
      • ly Unleash the power of the link
      • OneNote Web Clipper-saves anything on the web to OneNote It allows you to organize and edit them.
      • Point is a quick way to share and discuss what you find online Point allows you to send and discuss webpages with others. from CUERockStar Vista last summer Sara Boucher @msgeekyteach


Apr 10, 2017

TTTP039- K-2 Can Too! With Ann Kozma!

 National robotics week -

 The One Thing- topic of #connectedtl and #cuechat on April 18th 7pm PST

Noise level app-

Nomorobo- Robo Call blocker. stop annoying cell phone and home sales calls. Article on Using the SAMR model as framework for Education 3.0  

K-2 Can Too! Conference- @annkozma723 

Thanks Ann for Coming on the Show!

Apr 4, 2017

On the show: Tom and Mike go over their cue experience, we talk about sessions we attended, resources that were shared, our experience as first time CUE presenters, and we finish with the Manic Minutes from the conference. Thanks for listening! 

MarkerSpace Nuts and Bolts- resources

Ryan O'Donnell Sharing is Caring-

 Rich Dixon, Cate Tolnai, Brandi Miller-Digital Badging-

Cue photo Goodness

Benson Kwok presentation 

Podcast Workflow Video 

Mar 24, 2017

CUE17 interviews, part Deux! With some Manic Minutes from @techyNana, @DrAdamsCVUSD, @edtechtv, and @mflynch
Interviews with BUSD Specialists Marlo and Belinda, talking about their CUE experience! Leave a review and like us on twitter @tosastalkintech

Mar 20, 2017

TTT smashes our time at #CUE17! Interviews from @jcorippo, @bribriggs, @annkozma723 and @teachusingtech. Comments and reviews always welcome! go Check out Palbo's Blog!

Mar 13, 2017

This episode is pure promotion, from our 3 Sessions we are participating in at #CUE17 to some great work our high school girls are doing. Make sure to check us out at and go visit the Girls Build LA project page (, insta: olysschrusinit twitter: @Olyscrushinit) and give them some love! See you At #CUE17 ! 

Mar 7, 2017
  • Episode 34 "Cue Jitters"
    • Going to a conference- how do you prepare?
    • Prep Before:
      • Business Cards, make sure you bring them
      • Something to take notes with, your choice analog/digital
      • Chargers for electronic devices
      • Twitter handle- if you don't have one make one. You miss half the conference without one.
      • Comfy shoes and walking clothes
    • Tools for going as a team?
      • Meet before and decide on sessions.
        • does it benefit you to split up to cluster into sessions?
        • decide on a tool for communicating while at the conference
          • text message, voxer, phone calls, emails
        • Debrief each day and review the next day's offerings
      • How can we continue to collaborate while in different sessions?
        • Google slides
        • OneNote
        • Sketchnoting
        • Take photos
    • Etiquette for attending-
      • Be active in your sessions, if you a have questions, ask.
      • get the link or the handouts. Bookmark them in a folder so you can keep organized (or use google keep!)
      • If you have a question that requires more than a one or two sentence answer, better to ask after the session, or by email/DM
  • Documenting your journey
    • Notes/handouts
    • Photos
    • Twitter handles and qr codes.
    • Online resources
Feb 28, 2017
  • Code Café (lessons learned)
    • Don't assume a challenge area will be used by a certain age group. Our Kinders went to the most challenging areas and thrived.
    • Need more devices
    • A Plus-Students were training each other
    • shared story of student sick at home but wanted to come to school anyways because it was her turn in the Code Café
    • Rainy days
    • Sharing apps between grade levels-erasing progress, restarting app,
  • Questions from the mailbag- Ascension Reyes-Technology Resource Teacher-De Anza Magnet School-El Centro Elementary
    • How do you like Office365 and all of its features Onenote class notebook, Sway, Skype in the classroom, Forms, Microsoft classroom etc. in comparison to Google Apps for Education & Google Classroom? 
    • What does your district use?
  • podcasts we are listening to
    • check this out-Ryan and Brian long but has gems.
    • learn with John Eick quick and to the point, and I love his excitement and sound effects
    • Drunks and Dragons, Dark Secret Place special interest
    • Cult of Pedagogy-Jennifer Gonzalez
    • Ridgelife Podcast-Kyle Anderson
  • Different styles and purposes of podcasts.
    • long format conversational
    • short format tips and tricks
    • interviews
    • tips and news
    • edtech focus or not
    • different audiences- tailor your propose to that
Feb 21, 2017

CUE news updates (Tom-Vista) We first went to Vista RockStar in June 0f 2016. I believe we did a review of this conference back on Episode 19.

Digital Formative Assessment Options

  1. Microsoft Forms review (added quizzes) recently Microsoft Forms has added quizzes along side their survey.
  2. review.
  3. review.
  4. EdPuzzle- make video quizzes and get reports, free for teachers!
  5. Quizziz- easy and simple way to integrate tech
  6. Plickers with giveaway
Feb 6, 2017

Sunkist Elementary Code Cafe Special. Tom and Mike go on assignment and talk to the students, teachers and admin responsible for making the Code Cafe dream a reality! 

Jan 30, 2017

TOday Mike and Tom talk about the new CUE Steampunk inspired Code Café that just opened, our visit to Valencia Park School in FDS, Online Collaboration tools, and our upcoming events we are looking forward to. Thanks for subscribing. Leave a comment on iTunes, we'd love some feedback! 

Jan 23, 2017

In this episode, we get the second half of our interview with a surprise guest, Ryan O'Donnell, from the Check this out podcast. In this segment, we talk about personal PD, library books in the new tech world, Learning Management Systems, single sign on and why it is important, gradebooks, and out tech wished for the future. 

Mike and I also go over the nuts and bolts of podcasting, where to go when you need help/inspiration/guidance. 

We rely on 


Podcast Answer Man

LibSyn (liberated Syndication, podcast hosting)

Podcast Method

Stitcher, podbean, spreaker, podify, spreaker, soundcloud

Jan 20, 2017

BUSD Happenings, A surprise guest, TOSA life, textbook talk, worksheets and podcasting, B4UT Categories

Jan 10, 2017

TTTP027 (1/10/17)

  • Happy New Year, how was break?
  • ConnectedTL news. Now happening 3rd Tuesday of the month, partnering with CUE. There is still an active and thriving weekly voxer topic, but twitter chats will be limited to once a month.
  • Resolutions- best tech resolutions for the year?
    • Back-Up- both school and personal. It is best to have 3 different solutions. Would you want to lost those photos? There are nice online solutions through apple, google and android, and it doesn't matter what tpe you do, the important thing is to do it!
    • Passwords- Time to change your passwords. The average american only has 2 passwords and they use it for all of their accounts. Change it up, and if it is too much for you to remember, use a password generator, like lastpass, Symantec’s Secure Password Generator, dashlane, stickypassword, or password boss. Check out this great article for more info,2817,2407168,00.asp
    • Digitize your files! Move it to the cloud, we have a free service. It is 100% secure and no one else has access to your files. Also, you can access it from anywhere you can access the internet.
    • Inbox Zero! A fantasy for some, a reality to others. Wy is inbox zero important? why is it even a thing? I keep my inbox at zero to know when I get new email can quickly address anything and it isn't lost in a ton of SPAM. If it is SPAM, label it and get on with your inbox being cleaner. Check out this article about Inbox Zero for more details
    • Update Apps and clean your phone! Make sure it is up to date, as that can help with performance issues and out of date apps can have vulnerabilities that let the bad guys in. You will thank me when you are all updated. This included backup and physical celaning of your phone. Think about it, your phone goes everywhere you do, and for some of us, that is EVERYWHERE! Think about that, your phone is filthy. It sits on counters and tables, in pocket sand on things that you would never let touch or face or mouth, yett your hands touch your phone. Then you touch your face or your food. Check out this article for more info, but get a clorox wipe and get to cleaning your phone first.
  • Review of the SAMR model
  • Tools of the Trade-Getting sounds into your podcast. i-jingle pro What is it? Sound board for all kinds of sounds-intro music, clips, promos, drops, outro. Why use it? Saves time, all sounds and drops, intro and outro are done live. THis will save on editing tremendously. Helps with the "in the can" syndrome, were podcasts and sit and wait for post-production instead of being out and live.
Dec 19, 2016

This week we talk about Collaboration tools, we get an update from our PBL Specialists, and we wish you a great holiday break with a B4UChristmas segment. 

Dec 13, 2016

In this episode we review the three Adobe Spark Apps, Post, Page and Video. we also have two interviews from visitors to the BIC. Remember to subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes! Thanks for listening. Listen to the whole podcast for some surprises at the end!

Dec 6, 2016

Show Notes

Nov 28, 2016

go to for the full list with links. We hope you enjoy!

Nov 16, 2016

IN this show Mike and Tom discuss the upcoming Hour of COde week, we talk about the difference between Facebook and Twitter, get a shout out from some respected colleagues, and talk about web apps and updating . Thanks for supporting us, make sure to leave us an iTunes Review. 

Access to new materials and teacher lessons for hour of code. Let’s get our students coding!

 Haiku site for Tech trainings

The Awesome guys of Check this out, Brian Briggs and Ryan O’Donnell

Nov 10, 2016

BUSD FEEDDR Program, LEC-PLL with @thetechprofe, CUE News, and B4UT changes

Nov 1, 2016

Join Mike and Tom as they review their FallCUE Experience. 

Nov 1, 2016

This episode has been in the can for over a month, but we wanted to push it out and stay true to our publishing vision for ourselves. Hope you enjoy. 

In this Ep. we talk about CUE Rockstar TOSA, a coding pilot we are starting in the district, and our New training for the Panasonic 80" Touchscreen TVs we now have districtwide in classrooms. Thanks for listening. Leave us a comment or review, we would appreciate it.

Oct 27, 2016

In this Episode, Michael and Tom talk about a coding pilot, their badging efforts in BUSD, and some presentations they have been doing at conferences across California. 

They discuss their NewMatter Mod-T 3D printer. 

Need some motivation, check out this CUETalk from John Eick, Executive Director for Westlake Charter.

Thanks for tuning in! Leave a review on iTunes if you get a chance!

Jun 21, 2016

Year-End Review! We talk about all of our accomplishments and hopes and dreams for next year! Joining us are @PBLYvonneBUSD, @PuenteReadsBUSD, @MarloReadsBUSD, and @PBLAmyBUSD. Thanks for a great year of working, collaborating, rushing to meet deadlines, and just plain fun. It was great getting to know you, and it was great having you as listeners. See you next Year!

May 17, 2016

In this episode, we talk about the end of the school year and trying something new. No test pressure, so feel free to experiment and have more fun! We also talk about our upcoming district PD and our EdCamp style session we are running. Lastly, we talk about summer plans, conferences and speaking engagements. Good times had by all. 

May 4, 2016

In this episode, Tom and Michael discuss BUSD's LMS, Haiku, and how they have made an open student portfolio page. It can be used to display student work to parents and others, and can be updated with work throughout the year. Now is a good time to get these pages set for next year. 

We give some presentation tips, based upon research, experience, and Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. Get some tips to make your presentations to the class, colleagues or even on the web, much better than they have ever been.

Lastly, we talk about end of the year packing and storage, especially because here in BUSD, we are transforming our elementary learning spaces into digital learning centers. We give some tips on packing, purging and putting things into the cloud. 

As always, your feedback is welcome.

Apr 12, 2016

This Edition of TOSAs Talking Tech, Tom and Mike Highlight Veescope Live, a green screen app used in our district from k-12. We also have our final CUE Revue with our Early Literacy Specialists, and we have our first ever book review of Technology for teachers by Jennifer Gonzalez. @cultofpedagogy @veescope, @PuenteReadsBUSD @MarloReadsBUSD

Apr 5, 2016

Discovery Education Cue Connection

 We hooked up with Discovery Education at CUE, and told them how much we loved the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) and Spotlight On  Strategies (SOS) introduced this past year. In fact, Mike and Tom were DEN trainers for their district. In this episode, we interview Jessica Rivera and Jannita Demian (@jdemian) from Discovery Ed. About the new DEN and how it is changing the practice in classrooms across the country.

Manic Minute with meg Perry, our BIE PBL Specialist, and a App review of Adobe Voice for the iPad.

Let us know what you think, comments, concerns and critiques are welcome at

Mar 31, 2016

#CUE16 Spectacular Supreme Extravaganza Showcase #2

OMG Twitter! #tosachat and #connectedtl importance to this conference, and making us feel like insiders. Shout out to #SGVCue, our local affiliate and local CUE peeps. We discuss some more sessions we enjoyed from Friday and Saturday as well as some new manic minutes with @msbaker62, @techynana, @Bribriggs and @cogswell_ben. Lots of Fanboy adoration for all of the awesome educators we met and ways to continue to grow our PLC/PLN.

Also, we talk about the CUE Karaoke, fun and good times had by all!

Mar 23, 2016

#Cue16 Spectacular Supreme Extravaganza Showcase #1

This episode is all about National CUE, and we had so much to say that we needed not 2, but 3 episodes to get this done. In this Podcast, we talk about day one, Thursday March 17th our #teambassett that went.

Mad props to all of the crazy educators we met. If this conference was one thing, it was social! Yvonne Flores, Marlo Leon and Belinda Puente join us for our CUE-ReVUE, sharing their in-session and out-of-session gems.

We also break up the podcast wih the Manic Minute, this time with Belinda and Marlo on the hot seat. Happy Listening

Lots of name dropping this episode, with all of our new PLC connections.

Thanks to the CTO Boys, Ryan and Brian, @edtechminded, @catetolnai, @cogswell_ben, @jcorippo, @lindseyblass1, @mindyahrens1, @bensonk49, @mrsjennarodgers, @techynana @msbaker62 #connectedTL #tosachat #podcastedu #cue16

Happy Listening!!

Mar 11, 2016

On this episode, Mike and Tom discuss the new Apple iOS release coming soon, 9.3. They went to an Apple event highlighting the changes coming for education, making iPads easier to deploy and use within a classroom setting. Thanks to Whittier City School District for hosting the event.

They also introduce a new segment called ManicMinute. Their guest tries to answer a series of introductory questions in the shortest time possible. They roped in three of their colleagues to beta test the segment, and those first three guinea pigs are in the second segment of todays show.  

Lastly, Tom and Mike gush about a couple of sessions @ the upcoming CUE 2016 and do some name dropping, with a new sound effect to boot!

We hope to see you at CUE2016. Tweet us if you are there, we will be recording every night, and we would love to have you as a guest on our show!

#podcastpd #TTTBUSD, ##Tosachat @techtombusd, @techmikebusd, @PBLAmyBUSD, @PBLYvonneBUSD,

Mar 4, 2016

In this episode, we talk about PLCs and their expansion with Technology. We recaap out Tustin Connect Institute visit with a special guest, and we talk about teaching students how to make the most out of their content searches. 


Show Notes

Twitter Chats










Tustin Unified School District

Tustin Connect Institute Conference:

 Cue 2016 Conference

 Google Search Education:Thanks to @creativedtech Ryan O’Donnell for the ideas and links for this training.


 Ryan’s Blog on Weebly:

 Google Search Education Site:

TOSAsTalkingTech Podcast/Screencast Page

Feb 23, 2016

In this Episode of TTT, we discuss the fun side of technology through the years, starting in the 1950s with the first TV remote, running through Coding classed with Sphereo and BB-8 today. 

It is a Recess Edition of tech we have fun with. hear Mike and Tom wax nostalgic about tech toys and learning through the past 60 years. 

Feb 5, 2016

SAMR Resources


SAMR - Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

Introduction to the SAMR Model - Common Sense Media

SAMR Model Explained for Teachers ~ Educational ...

SAMR/TPACK - iPad Bootcamp for Teachers

Using SAMR to Teach Above the Line - Getting Smart by ...

SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning - Google Sites

Ruben R. Puentedura's Weblog - Hippasus

Dr. Ruben Puentedura's SAMR Model -

Ruben Puentedura on Applying the SAMR Model - YouTube

10 ways to reach SAMR's redefinition level | Ditch That ...



Thanks for our shout out from these crazy guys!




Jan 25, 2016

In this episode, Tom and Mike discuss Modification on the SAMR Model, Email Passwords and Etiquette, and two apps you should be using.  

Liquid Text-

Venn Diagram-


Jan 5, 2016

In this episode, we discuss the "A" of SAMR, PBL in BUSD, and B4UTicket and Tech Tips. Guests Yvonne Flores and Amy Arreola-Medrano in studio.

Dec 9, 2015

Podcast 4- Content: FallCUE conference think back, interview with Dr. Rachel Monarrez, SAMR-Substitution specifics, and B4UT- Testing your lesson and websites that won't work. 

Nov 10, 2015

This week we discuss the SAMR Model and it's application to our classrooms, talk about setting up a greenscreen in your classroom, what to do Before you ticket when your device doesn't start, and how to use google like a pro. 

Nov 5, 2015
  • This is a brief overview of what our podcast will be about, an introduction to the hosts, and a highlight of some of the tech we have in the district right now. There will be multiple segments in each show, Why we need tech, what we have now, Tips before you ticket, and some one minute tech tips before we close. We hope that you enjoy this podcast, and it provides useful information. Remember to tell your friends and fellow teachers.

    If you have questions or suggestions for the show, email us at Happy Teching!

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