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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ERT003: White House with Mark French - Leadership in a 21st Century School

At our next stop on the EduRoadTrip, we met Mark French at the White House. The White House is a symbol of leadership in the United States, and we invited Mark to discuss leadership characteristics and development. Mark is the principal at Rice Lake Elementary in Maple Grove, MN. Be sure to listen in to hear about our Travel Agent, Mike Tempesco, and hear about TodaysMeet, an excellent backchanneling tool we pulled out of our suitcase.

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Main Segment

Mark French, Principal at Rice Lake Elementary

Mark French discusses about what makes a good leader, including the top characteristics of leaders which are relationship-builder, curious learner, and effective communicator. He models these in his school, and encourages growth and leadership development of all teachers willing to step up to the challenge. Additionally, all leaders must be intentional, be prepared, and be a role model.

Travel Agent

Mike Tempesco: Mike is a graphic designer and friend of Justin Birckbichler, and he designed our EduRoadTrip logo.

What's in Out Suitcase?

TodaysMeet: Website for backchanneling, allows for real-time conversations during presentations. It is a great way to quickly communicate with staff for announcements, dismissal times, and snow-day updates.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ERT002: Niagara Falls and Inspiration

Join us for our Edu Road Trip stop at Niagara Falls, where we discuss our inspirations for starting teaching, what keeps us going on tough days, and how we stay refreshed. We also talk about how our PLN has influenced us through our teaching journey. Be sure to listen for our question we have for you as the listener! We feature Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) as our Travel Agent, and we find Remind (@RemindHQ) in our suitcase.

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Greg Bagby: @gregbagby
Justin Birckbichler: @mr_b_teacher 
Mari Venturino: @msventurino

Main Segment

Listen carefully to our fun fact about Niagara Falls!
Why we got into education
Greg: Love of music, moved to leadership to be a positive impact on the school and community. 
Mari: Enjoyed working with kids and science, easily combined into teaching. 
Justin: Passionate about working with kids, pursued education at Shippensburg University because of lab school on campus. 
What keeps us going
Greg: Sees the power of education, and his kids are an inspiration. 
Mari: Seek out a great support system and mentors at school, always remember that students are still kids. 
Justin: Focuses on students and making a difference, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. 
How we get refreshed
Mari: Puppy named Ollie, Twitter chats, reading, cooking, baking, and running. 
Justin: Reading, cat named Conner, cooking, visiting historical sites
Greg: Twitter chats, being part of a PLN, chatting with his children

Travel Agent

Jerry Blumengarten
He’s currently cataloging education-related resources for parents, teachers, and students. His website features over 20k links.

What’s in our Suitcase?

Website/app to schedule and send reminders to individuals and groups. It’s safe and simple. Reminders come as app notifications, emails, and/or text messages based on the user’s preference. 
Connect:, @remindHQ

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ERT001: What is the EduRoadTrip?

Prepare for a road trip with your Edu Road Trip friends. The purpose of our podcast is to highlight the great things happening in education around the country, and tie them in to famous landmarks and historical sites.  In this first episode, we prepared for the journey by introducing the passengers, and introducing the listeners to our featured segments: “Travel Agents” where we give shoutouts to those who have helped our journey, and “What’s In Our Suitcase” where we share a tip or trick to make your life easier.

Show Notes
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Twitter: @EduRoadTrip
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Main Segment

Greg Bagby

Mari Venturino

Justin Birckbichler

Travel Agents

  1. Chris Nesi, host of House of EdTech
    1. Twitter: @mrnesi
  2. Jeff Bradbury, host of many shows on
    1. Twitter: @teachercast
  3. John Mason, host of #BeardEDU
    1. Twitter: @jhnmason
  4. Sung Lee, Host of Inspiring Educators
    1. Twitter: @iesunglee
  5. Michael Tempesco, Graphic designer

What's in the Suitcase?

  1. @Point
    1. Chrome extension that allows you to annotate any website, similar to working in a Google Doc
    2. Use with students to collaborate on research
    3. Use with teachers to share important parts of webpages, have a virtual faculty meeting