#IETC19 - Part 2

We had such a great time at the Illinois Education And Technology Conference - #IETC19 - that we couldn't contain it in just one episode! Here we have the rest of our interviews with educators from Illinois and surrounding states. We know you'll have as much fun listening to these interviews as we had recording them!

InterviewsI’ll Jump First - Enjoy this dual episode with our friends Kevin & Julie from Park Ridge - Niles District 64, then check out their podcast on or wherever you get your podcasts. First grade teacher Jana Zipfel - @JanaMrsZipfel - talks about the edtech landscape in her southern Illinois school district.Sarah Brokering - @MrsBrokeCodes - discusses her interests as an elementary technology teacher. Dawn Malcolm - @malcolm8science - and Jared Bruening - @JaredBruening - discuss some of the great ideas they have gleaned from the conference. Jonathan Lee -@jleeTechPercent - from METC - @metcedplus - shares the topics that Missouri educators are …

#CoffeeEDU at #IETC19

Recently Matt and Nick visited the Illinois Education Technology Conference - #IETC19 - in Springfield, Illinois. Nick was able to join virtually via a telepresence robot, provided courtesy of Cindy Arthur at the Faculty Technology Learning Center at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Matt and "Virtual Nick" talked with people at #CoffeeEDU about some of the trends and interests of educators throughout Illinois.

In this episode... Clip 1: Matt’s intro to #CoffeeEDU Clip 2: “Virtual Nick” and Matt work our way around the #CoffeeEDU groupClip 3: Beth Rihtar, Instructional Coach at Emerson Middle School Clip 4: Three educators discuss their integration of coding and other technology topics into school activitiesClip 4: Bill Witkowski discusses the challenges of being both a Technology Director and supporting instructional activitiesClip 5: Sean Scanlon, and Jess & Jess from Marion, talk about the challenges they see in education around the stateClip 6: Tim McIlv…

Nick & Matt Talk Podcasting

Nick and Matt discuss their journey into podcasting, how you might use podcasts in your school or classroom, where they're going next, and how you can be a part of this podcast in the future!

Mentioned in this episode:

Nick's School PodcastAnchor.fmLearning Through Leading on AnchorTalk with us or ask questions by sending a voice message through Anchor
@DrNickSutton Nick on Twitter
@YodaMatt68 Matt on Twitter

Many thanks to the folks at for sponsoring us this month!

Nick Visits #TeachBetter19

Nick Sutton recently visited the first ever TeachBetter Conference in Ohio. Along with presenting, Nick recorded a number of quick interviews with some of those in attendance to learn more about what's happening across the educational landscape.

We’re sorry if any names are misspelled, etc. The environment was a little loud and some audio may be a bit difficult to understand in places. However, we think you’ll find that this episode highlights a lot of what educators are interested in at the time of this recording. 
We hope you enjoy this episode! 

Clip 1: WearCareShare.comClip 2: Joshua Stamper of the Aspire Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts Clip 3: Michelle White, Dunlap, IL, elementary educator reflects on culturally responsive education Clip 4: Nick Mann of discusses educator wellness Clip 5: Alex Oris of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, discusses technology integration Clip 5: Mark Losey and Milo, the Robot for AutismClip 6: Jake Miller, from the Educat…

Thomas C. Murray: Future-Ready, Personal and Authentic

We enjoyed an incredibly informative talk with Thomas C. Murray about preparing students for the future, designing learning spaces, and his new book, Personal and Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Last a Lifetime.
Future Ready Schools are “...schools that put kids before adults… (and) do whatever it takes to support all kids… schools where people want to be… where people respect people.”
Learning space redesign is “...not about being pretty for Pinterest, this is understanding how the brain works (and) learns and how do we maximize spaces for learning.” Listen at Anchor or below:

Connect with Tomas C. Murray at:
Website: and futureready.orgTwitter: @thomascmurrayAlso: Instagram: thomascmurrayedu
You can find us on Twitter at
This episode has been brought to you by IDEA - the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance.

School Leader Paradigm with Jason Leahy

“School leadership matters.” Dr. Jason Leahy, Director of the Illinois Principals Association, provides his perspectives on leadership, empathy, and the new School Leader Paradigm. Learn more about Dr. Leahy’s goal:

“Learning leaders leading learning organizations”
School leader paradigmSchool leader continuumScroll down to the bottom of either page above to learn about the School Leader Collaborative
Follow Dr. Jason Leahy:
Twitter: ipa_jasonEMail:
You can find us on Twitter at
@DrNickSutton@YodaMatt68 ----- This week's episode is sponsored by

Jodi Scott Provides a Regional and State View

Our guest this week is Jodi Scott, Superintendent of Regional Office of Education #33 in Henderson, Knox, Mercer, and Warren counties in Illinois.

Jodi talks with us about her experiences in professional development, the growth of technology, and the teacher & paraprofessional shortages. Jodi also discusses rural broadband and the growth of instructional coaching and other areas her regional office supports.

Jodi closes by discussing how Regional Offices support both teachers and administrators in their professional learning and networking opportunities.

Connect with Jodi Scott:
EMail: jscott@roe33.netWebsite:
You can find us on Twitter at
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