The Personal Playlist Podcast

The Personal Playlist Podcast

Noa Daniel asks guest educators to share their nostalgic, identity and pick me up songs. Through this songful conversation, we learn so much about the whole person. This is a project that came from Noa's classroom and one she continues to use and share to help students build skill, autonomy, community and connection.... Show More

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March 29, 2020 24 min
A teacher for the past 15 years, Roman has taught varying subjects from grades 7 to grade 12. A passionate ELA teacher, department chair and leader for several years, Roman has transitioned to various roles from the classroom, to student success coach and leader, to a specialist in the integration of technology in the classroom and a coach to develop 21st-century skills. A father of two, he is passionate about pedagogy and research...
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March 22, 2020 31 min
Dr. Ilene Winokur AlZaid has lived in Kuwait for more than thirty-five years and recently retired as Director of the Foundation Program Unit (Math and English) at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). She taught and was an administrator at the early childhood and elementary levels, in addition to teaching intensive English in private institutions in Kuwait for twenty-five years. She is currently blogging about her expe...
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March 15, 2020 26 min
Chris Woods has taught math for 20+ years in Michigan. In addition to his work in the classroom, Chris is also the host of “The STEM Everyday Podcast,” he produces a weekly 1 page newspaper called The Daily STEM to help connect STEM & reading, is a STEM education presenter & trainer, and is the author of the book Daily STEM. Chris loves finding creative ways to inspire his students, especially by adding STEM to his eve...
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March 8, 2020 26 min
Taylor Armstrong has been in either higher education or secondary education for 15 years now. He's worked at two universities and three school districts. Taylor is currently the Assistant Director of Technology at Vestavia Hills City Schools while pursuing his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. He’s also a former baseball and football coach. He created a cause call Be The Compass (#bethecompass) th...
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March 2, 2020 26 min
Dan is a lifelong, reflective learner and strategic thinker with an ongoing track record of innovative, adaptive leadership in education and business management. Dan is skilled in student development, educational leadership, instructional design and marketing strategy. Dan’s favourite focus is helping students to solve real-word enduring problems for which they have great passion, while creating value for others. This is Dan’s six...
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February 24, 2020 29 min
With a background in teaching, business and communications, Zoë Share founded Schmooz Media, a social marketing agency, in 2014. After leading Schmooz for over 5 years, Zoe has built a team and service offering that she is proud of. Everyday, she witnesses her team's creativity and the communities that they support in collaboration with great businesses. Zoe is proud to help impactful businesses have more meaningful conversat...
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February 17, 2020 29 min
LaTeezeon Humphrey Balentine is a compassionate woman of many inspiring talents who is working on finding her purpose and leaving a respected legacy. She is a wife, mother to 3 boys and 3 dogs, an educator, consultant, children’s book author, influencer, mentor, mental health advocate, and literacy advocate for children. Her new book, Fur Friends Forever, is being published by EduMatch.
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February 10, 2020 36 min
Carlo Fusco is a Teacher-Librarian and Science Teacher at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario. He has always been passionate about the use of technology to enhance student learning and engagement. He regularly shares his expertise when he facilitates Professional Development in the areas of blogging, podcasting, collaborative writing, cloud based tools, 1:1 Chromebooks, elementary coding, flipped classrooms, and dig...
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February 3, 2020 35 min
Greg Sykes is a curious and rather eclectic teacher candidate currently attending Western University. He has a passion for music composition/performance, working through creative projects, and engaging in all things related to the lifelong pursuit of learning. Formally, Greg has managed to achieve both a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University, but intends on cont...


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January 27, 2020 40 min
Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in the US, Peru, Malaysia, and China, Steve Sostak now specializes in working with schools, teachers, and students to integrate elements of the three Inspire Citizens' Impact Frameworks. He guides educators towards embedding compassionate empathy, deep thinking, and global and intercultural competence into relevant, action-driven learning outcomes linked to disciplinary, ...
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January 20, 2020 28 min
Glen Irvin Flores has been in education for over 20 years, and he currently works as an instructional coach in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Glen was previously a Spanish teacher. Glen is well known by the Schoology community as a Gamification expert, Schoology Ambassador, and he was the 2016-2017 Schoology Educator of the Year. He is an avid gamer with a passion for gamification, playful learning and game-based learning. As a teacher hi...
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January 13, 2020 31 min
Jeff Kubiak is the principal of Nelda Mundy Elementary School. He is an innovator, risk taker and change agent. Jeff is the author of One Drop of Kindness and is working on another children's book called It's Me. Jeff's #P3 is a celebration of his family, his work with students, and his constant aspiration to reflect and improve.
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January 6, 2020 29 min
Kyle Kitchen has been teaching for almost 20 years with the District School Board of Niagara and has been one of the IT4 Learning consultants who specializes in infusing technology and pedagogy into classrooms, for the last 9 years. He is a Makey Makey Ambassador and trainer, Google Certified educator, STEAM teacher, a Maker and Breaker and the creator of Kinders Who Code. He loves working directly with K-8 students and teachers ...
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December 16, 2019 35 min
Jen Apgar is in her 6th year as the 21st Century Technology Coach with the Upper Grand District School Board. She taught in the junior gifted program for 10 years and holds her specialists in Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction as well as Special Education. Jen loves all things Google, Apple and Retro-Geek Gaming. Jen has enjoyed sharing her learning as a presenter on topics that include: Gaming, Socia...
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December 9, 2019 28 min
Geoff Ruggero has been teaching in YRDSB for 15 years. He began in the junior division but has spent the last 7 years as Teacher-Librarian. In that time, he has transformed the classic library space into a modern learning commons. Geoff enjoys coaching basketball, soccer and track, and he is also into STEAM, Making, Coding, Lego, and Edtech.
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December 2, 2019 41 min
Vernon Wright is an entrepreneur, speaker, leader, veteran educator, show host, associate editor, and consultant with 15 years of experience in large, urban school districts. He has served as a teacher, teacher leader, campus administrator, and central office leader. Vernon has collaborated literally across the world with some of the biggest names in educational leadership and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vernon has shared his exper...
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November 25, 2019 29 min
Tim Cavey is a Grade 8 teacher from Surrey BC and the host of the Teachers on Fire podcast.
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November 18, 2019 29 min
Craig Shapiro has been a Health and Physical Education Teacher/Coach for 30 years. He’s married with two children and 3 dogs. Being a teacher was a choice that’s completely shaped his life. Making a difference for students each day is an amazing way for him to spread happiness and wellness.
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November 11, 2019 37 min
Eric Alper started his own PR firm, Eric Alper Public Relations, after being
the Director of Media Relations and Label Relations for eOne Music Canada
for the past 18 years. He's a regular music industry contributor to
Bell Media, Rogers, Shaw Media, among others. Eric is the host of
@ThatEricAlper show on SiriusXM, a one-hour talk show about music.
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November 4, 2019 24 min
Nicole Biscotti is currently a Spanish Teacher and World Languages Department Chair in a public high school. She is also a certified Translator & Interpreter as well. Nicole is writing a book with her 9 year old son about ADHD that is being published by Edumatch. Nicole is proud to be an educator and believes that everyone should have access to a quality education that connects them with their purpose.
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