METC Podcast - Episode 29 - Scratch Holographic Game

April 24, 2018

In Episode 29 of the METC Podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with two very talented fifth grade students.  Danny and Ethan shared their current project with me.  They have spent their free time working on coding within Scratch a math review game for kindergarten and first graders.  Now this would be cool in and of itself, but these two took this activity a step further.  They have been able to repurpose a previously unused SMART table and turn it into a holographic, interactive tool meant to engage students in learning important content. 


After speaking with these two gentlemen, it was very clear that they used perseverance throughout the process to get this activity up and running.  They tested their idea at various scales prior to building their current version.  While talking with them, they were already talking about how they could make the whole experience better for their users.  Simply amazing!


Here is a link to their code within Scratch.  You can see that it is pretty sophisticated! 


Thank you to their innovation class teacher, Andy Wall for providing the time to sit with these two students.  I also would like to give their classroom teacher, Amy Maledy for allowing these students to explore their passion!


I encourage each of you to visit the Flipgrid space for this episode.  We recorded with their project in view to help give you the viewer a better understanding of what they have accomplished.  Share your thoughts and ideas.


METC Podcast - Episode 28 - EdTech Coaching

April 6, 2018

In Episode 28 of the METC Podcast, we sit down with Sadie Lewis of the Mehlville School District.  Sadie talks to us about the coaching model she uses for the staff within her district.  She shares how she came up with the process and how she manages it.  It is amazing that all if it is done within Google!  She has shared different resources.  These resources can be found within the show notes on our website at  

Are you an edtech coach?  Do you work with an edtech coach?  Share your experience and thoughts on our Flipgrid!

Thank you for listening to this episode.  Check out a previous episode!


METC Podcast - Episode 27 - Google Expeditions AR

March 23, 2018

This is the first episode of Season 2 of the METC Podcast.  When we began this podcast, we interviewed students at the METC Student SHOWcase at the METC conference.  To begin this season, we thought it would be great to interview students again! 


In this episode we sit down with students and staff that were able to experience the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program.  This was an amazing opportunity for these students.  Their faces said it all!  You can checkout it out on Twitter #GoogleARExpeditions.


If you get the opportunity to bring this to your building, I highly recommend it!


METC Podcast Season 2 Update

February 24, 2018

Here is an update on the METC Podcast as we prepare for Season 2.  Subscribe to receive updates on new content coming soon!


METC Podcast - Episode #26 - K-12 Computer Science

January 31, 2018

In episode 26 of the METC Podcast, I talk with Bob Deneau of the Rockwood School District in St. Louis County Missouri.  We discuss the importance of having computer science & programming opportunities across the curriculum in K-12 education.  As the needs of a highly technical workforce continue to evolve, schools face the task of preparing students for this new future. At the center of innovation is automation, machine learning, cloud computer, artificial intelligence, and our app/web connected connected lives. Giving students the skills to thrive in this environment is paramount to their success. How are schools meeting these needs?

Bob and I talk about curriculum resources for both primary and secondary.  Bob shares some of the authentic student experiences he has been able to provide the students in his district.  We also talk about some of the challenges educators face in integrating computer science into curriculum, especially the core subjects.  

Be sure to connect with Bob to learn more about K-12 computer science! He will be a valuable resource!

 Episode's Flipgrid Link

Episode’s Guest:

Robert Deneau - STEM Coordinator - Rockwood School District - @itechbob  


Episode’s Promo

South Central Google Mania - April 11 & 12 - Mountain View, MO - More Information & Register Here


METC Podcast - Episode #25 - Wentzville Film Festival

January 11, 2018

In Episode #24 of the METC Podcast, we sit down with Samantha and Amanda of the Wentzville School District to talk about their annual Film Festival.  These two amazing instructional technology coaches give us the ins and outs of how they got their Film Festival started.  These two were kind enough to share their e-mail and twitter information, so reach out to them if you have specific questions to bring a student-led Film Festival to your school or district!


Share your thoughts & ideas! - Episode Flipgrid


Episode’s Guests:


Samantha Hardesty Knoll:


Amanda Moody:



Wentzville Film Festival website


Connect with METC!

Twitter - @METCedplus

Facebook - @METCedplus

Instagram - @METCedplus

YouTube - Midwest Edtech Community (METC)


METC Podcast - Episode #24 - Leveraging Community Partnerships and Funding Opportunities

December 20, 2017

In Episode 24 of the METC Podcast, we sit down with Shannon Steimel from the Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, Missouri.  Shannon talks to us about the importance of leveraging community partnership within the school setting.  Shannon shares how she has been able to partner with some local start-ups and organizations to really create a win-win for all involved.  Shannon also shares the different ways she has been able to get funding for various projects within her school!  


She provides some great ideas and tips to get your project or idea funded and off the ground!  Check out the resources below and reach out to Shannon for additional questions!


Episode’s Special Guest: Shannon Steimel - @ShannonSteimel

Episode’s Resources:


1904 Labs:

Parkway Spark Program:

ITEF grant: Due Jan 31

Monsanto Fund grants:

Donor's Choose Match Offers:

Check out Shannon’s page on Donor's Choose to see some of the projects I've gotten funded:

2018 METC Conference - Pre-Conference Session:

Rae Hughart @RaeHughart is leading the Community Connections METC18 precon


METC Podcast - Episode #23 - Being Curious

December 14, 2017

Within Episode 23 of the METC Podcast, I sit down with Kelly Oliva.  Kelly is a High School Librarian/media specialist.  She also is a 2018 METC Spotlight Educator!  She talks to us about being curious!  Kelly has read over 80 books this year! She shares the different resources she uses to get to that large number each year.  She also shares a few of the adventures she has been on as a result of her continued love for being curious!


It is our hope that this episode will spark your curiosity!  As you read new books, we hope you let your curiosity take on new adventures.  As you experience these adventures, feel free to share them on the METC Podcast Flipgrid page at  We would love to hear all about it!


Episode’s Guest

Kelly Oliva - High School Librarian at Liberty High School in Wentzville, MO - @kellydoliva

Check out her blog at -


Episode’s Resources


Good Reads








METC Podcast - Episode #22 - Personalized PD

December 1, 2017

In Episode 22 of the METC Podcast, I sit down with Stephanie Kuper from the Popular Bluff School District.  Stephanie and her colleagues have developed an effective system of PD opportunities for their staff.  From Whole district conference type PD days to PD in your PJs, Stephanie talks about how these opportunities have been helpful for their staff.

Be sure to connect with Stephanie with her contact information below!  Shout out to Stephanie for joining us on the METC Podcast!


Episode's Guest:

Stephanie Kuper - Instructional Coach - Popular Bluff High School

Twitter - @kupertech


METC Conference 2018 - Early Bird pricing ends December 6th!  Follow the link to join us for our 35th conference!




METC Podcast - Episode #21 - Top Tech Tools #7-12

November 10, 2017

In Episode 21 of the METC Podcast, I continue my conversation with Sophie Chambers, a 2018 METC Spotlight Educator.  In this episode we hear the rest of Sophie's top tech tools.  The tools are listed below.  Be sure to connect with Sophie.


Episode's Guest: 

Sophie Chambers - Chillicothe School District - Gifted Ed Teacher - Innovation Learning Coach - @atechiebookworm


Sophie's Top Tech Tools #7-12


#7 -- Popplet -- Make online web organizers -- I’ve used this to diagram the types of quadrilaterals as well as the genres of writing/books -- good visual representation for organizing our knowledge.


#8 --  BreakoutEdu -- The best game to play when you want a meaningful class filler or to work on critical thinking, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, etc. -- It is the game of 21st Century Learning Skills -- I also love the digital breakout options when you don’t have enough time to set up a whole game.


#9 -- Adobe Spark -- A great creation tool for your artists or for projects; free online or mobile graphic design studio; sign in with Google but if too young, sign in as teacher and share an account; create social graphics, web stories, and animated videos; I’ve used this with K-8 also and everyone loves it; I’ve even used it in Sunday School class to retell stories.


#10 -- Co-spaces -- Want free virtual reality? This is the tool. It is an easy VR tool that lets anyone create virtual reality experiences. Available on all devices and desktops. Still a bit basic and blocky but a good beginning tool when other funding isn’t available.


#11 -- Speech-to-Text -- Speech to text options in your Google apps are life changing for your language SpEd kiddos. If you’re not grading spelling or grammar, why make them type it all. Let them get their fantastic ideas out instead of struggling through letter by letter. Pick and choose when students are allowed to use this tool to improve their learning experience.


#12 -- Twitter -- If you’re a teacher who isn’t on Twitter yet, you are missing an entire world of free, fantastic PD at your fingertips. I can talk about how I got started and felt less overwhelmed with one more social media tool than I thought I would.


This Episode's Promo:

2018 METC Conference - 35th Anniversary  

Registration Open!

Conference Information

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