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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 

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
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