Episode 20 – Chuck Poole

Hello, and welcome to Episode 20 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler. Wow, episode 20. That feels like a … Read More ›

Episode 19 – Derek Rhodenizer

Hello, and welcome to Episode 19 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler. This week on the podcast I am … Read More ›

Episode 18 – Ashley McBride

Hello, and welcome to Episode 18 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler. This week, I speak with Ashley McBride, … Read More ›

Las Vegas Thoughts – Change We Can Make

58 people are dead in another of a myriad of senseless attacks on innocent people. And like every other time this has happened, we are … Read More ›

Being a Parent at Open House

Last week, I attended my son’s Kindergarten Open House. For the first time in my career, I sat in the room while a teacher talked … Read More ›

Episode 17 – Sarah Anne Lalonde

Hello, and welcome to Episode 17 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler. This week, I talk with Sarah Anne … Read More ›

Episode 16 – Beth Scanlon

Hello, and welcome to Episode 16 of the Planning Period Podcast, the #EdBreakroom, I’m your host Brad Shreffler. In this week’s episode, I talk to … Read More ›

Automated Google Appointment Calendar Follow-Up Emails

Do you use Google Appointment Slots and wish you could have an automated thank you message with a survey link included each day? Well, you … Read More ›

Episode 15 – Brent Coley

Hello, and welcome to the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom, I’m your host Brad Shreffler. This week, I chat with Brent Coley, elementary principal in … Read More ›

Episode 14 – Tami Jimenez from Time To Teach

This week on the Planning Period Podcast, I talk with Tami Jimenez. Tami is the host of the “Time to Teach” podcast and pre-first teacher … Read More ›

Flipped PD Update

It has been a week, and it is time for a Flipped PD update. When I last wrote about this, only 4 people had finished … Read More ›

High School Football Fan – A Troll or a Patriot?

It’s the Friday Night Lights time of year, and among many of the “other duties as assigned” for me is being at the games to … Read More ›

Episode 13 – Planning Period Round Table

On Wednesday, August 30th, VoicEd Radio did a 15 hour long, live radiothon. As a member of the VoicEd family, I was invited to join … Read More ›

Flipped PD – Day 1

Today it started. This morning, I tweeted out my nervousness, because when I got to work, I published the first Flipped PD course and sent … Read More ›

Episode 12 – Vicki Davis, The Cool Cat Teacher

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Planning Period Podcast, the break-room of education podcasts. In this week’s episode, I talk to the one and only … Read More ›

Sprint #1MillionProject

The digital divide is a real thing. Many students do not have internet access at home, and many do. It is easy, especially for anyone … Read More ›

Episode 11 – Mandy Taylor

Hello, and welcome to Episode 11 of the Planning Period Podcast. I am so glad to be back with you guys every week again! This … Read More ›

Episode 10 – My Dad, Bob Shreffler

I’m thinking about Episode 10 as the start of Season 2, or maybe Season 1.5. Either way, I have had a blast making the first … Read More ›

The Connected Educator Back-to-School Blues

Most teachers lament returning to work. While parents are ready for their little darlings to stop harassing them every hour of every day about going … Read More ›

Lamenting the Loss of Audio

After Jennie Magiera talked so passionately during her ISTE Keynote about telling our students’ stories, and our true stories, I decided that I would make … Read More ›

Episode 9 – Evan Jones and Other Students

My summer break is over. In just a few days, I will be back to school again, with two weeks of work to be done … Read More ›

Flipped PD and The Future of this Blog

My summer is over. Let’s all lement that for a moment. Ok, moment is over. Time to talk about the future. Listeners of the podcast … Read More ›

Episode 8 – Allison Keskimaki

Hello, and welcome to Episode 8 of the Planning Period Podcast. Thank you all for joining me so far, and to all my new listeners … Read More ›

Episode 7 – ISTE with Toby Hurst

This is a special episode this week, as I just spent the last 5 days or so in San Antonio, Texas for ISTE, the International … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – Flipping PD to Create More Powerful Face-to-Face PD Opportunities

This is my last session for today, possibly overall. I’m probably most excited about this, as throughout these last few months, knowing the role I’m … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – EdTech Insights: Teacher Hacks

This session takes place in the middle of the Expo Hall, which is really odd. It’s loud and distracting. They are organizing the session into … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – Tuesday Keynote Jennie Magiera

The keynote opened with things I didn’t see. There was a delicious breakfast involved and I regret nothing (Panchito’s for breakfast tacos…get the Lyft over, … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – 5 Key Trends Transforming Teaching Today

If I’m being honest, I’m mostly in this session because Vicki Davis is hosting. She is a full time teacher who has a DAILY podcast … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – 60in60 Edtech Game Show!

I caught the end of the 60in60 session last year, so I was excited to see it on the listing this year. The session is … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – Snapshot: Podcasting, Vodcasting & Vlogging

I came to this for obvious reasons, but also because I want to encourage my students to start creating podcasts next year. When I mentioned … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – Ignite Round 2

Despite my disappointment with the lack of actionable tools or ideas in the first round, I’m back for round 2 of Ignite at ISTE. In … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – How to Expand Learning into the Social Media Sphere

My first impression on this session was walking into “What Does the Clock Say?” an Ylvis spoof of the viral sensation. So yeah, that happened. … Read More ›

#ISTE17 Opening Keynote – Jad Abumrad

After some interesting musical choices and a rousing speech from the new ISTE CEO, Richard Culatta about the vision of ISTE and upcoming surprises (maybe … Read More ›

#ISTE17 Ignite Round 1

The stage is set, I just enjoyed a delightful pineapple popsicle, and I’m ready for my favorite session: Ignite! For anyone that doesn’t know what … Read More ›

#ISTE17 Thoughts So Far

I landed in San Antonio on Saturday morning, and got to spend some time exploring the city. In short, not a fan. There just doesn’t … Read More ›

Episode 6 – Gretchen Bridgers

In this episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview Gretchen Bridgers of the Always a Lesson Podcast. Gretchen has been a great help to … Read More ›

Episode 5 – David Knuffke

In this episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview David Knuffke, the Curriculum Associate for Science and Technology for the Secondary Level in Deerpark, … Read More ›

What We Can Learn as Teachers from Challenging Administrators

We all have said the words that relationships with students, especially relationships based on mutual respect, are critical to getting the best performance out of … Read More ›

Episode 4 – Nicole Mutters

In this episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview Assistant Principal, former dean and history teacher, Nicole Mutters. Nicole is a great friend of … Read More ›

Episode 3 – Michael Coleman

Episode 3 already. Not sure why, but this feels like a milestone to me. Sure, it’s only 3 episodes, but still. Anyways, on this week’s … Read More ›

Episode 2 – Kristen Iannuzzi

In this second episode of the show, I sit down with Kristen Iannuzzi. She is one of the most powerfully passionate educators I have ever … Read More ›

Future of EdTech Coaches

Last night I participated in the #EdTechChat on Twitter, in which the topic was Ed Tech Coaches. As a full-time Digital Instructional Coach, the topic … Read More ›

Episode 1 – Jay Cvetko

In my first episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview Jay Cvetko, a veteran teacher now teaching Economics at my school. In this interview … Read More ›

Planning Period Podcast is Coming!

Followers of my blog, twitter, or just life in general, will know that I haven’t shut up for the last couple months about starting my … Read More ›

What I’m Learning From Listening to Education Podcasts Part 2

My podcast listening is now officially bordering on obsession. In addition to #EdChat Radio and Cult of Pedagogy, I have now started listening to (and … Read More ›

What I’m Learning from Listening to Education Podcasts

I’m planning on starting my own podcast soon talking about education. I’ve been wanting to do this for a little over a year now, and … Read More ›

Creating an Open Source Curriculum Instead of Textbooks #EdChat

A few weeks ago, I participated in #EdChat to discuss Open Source Curriculum (more specifically, the question posed was “Is it possible to create a modern, … Read More ›

ISTE2016 Summary – Closing Keynote with Michelle Cordy

Michelle opened with the title slide: “Show Up and Refuse to Leave.” She explained the story of how she started a 1:1 pilot program, and … Read More ›

ISTE2016 Summary – Genius Bar: Promoting Student Leadership

As a teacher of what is loosely based off the Genius Bar model (more tech assistants truthfully) I am excited to get to see how … Read More ›

ISTE2016 Summary – Ruha Benjamin Keynote

I wasn’t sure I was going to make the Tuesday keynote, mainly because I went to Denver Biscuit Company and ate myself into an unbelievably … Read More ›