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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 

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 
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      • 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 β€œliking" 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 πŸ˜‚ 😭 and πŸ™Œ 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


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