My EdTech Life

Recent Episodes

Nov. 26, 2021

Bonus Episode: Feedback Builds Community

Josh is a Title I Specialist in Mesa, Arizona. He is also the CRO (Chief Riffin' Officer) and co-host of the Punk Rock Classroom…

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Nov. 20, 2021

Episode 98: Building Community

Ryan Scott hails from beautiful Western Ky! Most importantly, Ryan is a husband and dad. Professionally, he has been in education…

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Nov. 19, 2021

Episode 97: Lessons Learned

Hunter is a 3rd-year 7th-grade science teacher, mentor teacher, and creator of the education platform Ed Essentials. He hosts "Th…

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Nov. 12, 2021

Episode 96: Inside the Principal's Office

Charles Williams has served in urban education for 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal while working with s…

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Nov. 11, 2021

Episode 95: Engaging Students Through the Power of Coding

Daphne McMenemy is an educator, author, and speaker. Her first book, Gracie, is based on her personal experiences in the classro…

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Nov. 6, 2021

Episode 94: ARVR: Are You Ready for a New Reality?

Bobby Carlton has dedicated his professional career to exploring how XR technology can be used to reshape how any industry could …

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Oct. 23, 2021

Episode 93: Innovation & Leadership

We will be joined by Derek Tranchina Ed.D who is passionate about influencing schools and organizations by leveraging engaging, i…

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Oct. 14, 2021

Episode 92: Why Do I Have to Learn This?

In this episode, we are joined by Beau Neal who grew up in a small town with no aspirations of being an educator. However, he lat…

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Oct. 9, 2021

Episode 91: Saturday Is for VR!

Turning a classroom that was once in person into an online classroom was hard enough but turning that online classroom into a vir…

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Oct. 7, 2021

Episode 90: Workplace Relationships

In this show, Natalie Conway and Ashely White talk about the importance of workplace relationships. Workplace relationships can h…

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Oct. 2, 2021

Episode 89: Coding to Kindness

Valerie Sousa is a Kindergarten teacher at Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She began coding with her stude…

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Sept. 25, 2021

Episode 88: Leadership: Transform Classroom Culture and School Culture

I will be joined by Mike Earnshaw who is a principal and the author of The EduCulture Cookbook. We will talk about how important …

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Sept. 18, 2021

Episode 87: Leadership-Inspire Your Community

Josh Tovar will join me and share how the use of social media (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Periscope/Snapchat), allowed for the sc…

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Sept. 11, 2021

Episode 86: Augmenting The Reality of Learning in Higher Education

Dr. Morris is the Morehouse College’s 2021 Winner of the Vulcan Teaching Award of Excellence who launched her Advanced Inorganic …

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Sept. 4, 2021

Episode 85: Maximizing Imagination

Dennis Mathew is a husband, father, elementary school speech pathologist, singer-songwriter, and author. For over 20 years Dennis…

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Aug. 28, 2021

Episode 84: Passion, Unity & The DIY Classroom

Mike and Josh are cohosts of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast. Mike is an elementary teacher in Lansing, IL and Josh is a title I…

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Aug. 21, 2021

Episode 83: Navigating EdTech & Personal Growth

We are joined by my great friend Matt Rhoads Ed.D. who has released his second book Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12…

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Aug. 14, 2021

Episode 82: EdTech, Podcasting & Family

Jake Miller is an Edtech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast and shares #EduGIFs at @JakeMillerTe…

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Aug. 7, 2021

Episode 81: How to Foster A Culture of Innovation

In this episode, we are joined by Sue Tranchina an amazing educator that trains other education leaders on how to integrate techn…

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July 29, 2021

Episode 80: Cultivating Creation

Nicte Cuevas is an award-winning Latina Brand Strategist and Graphic Designer who uses empathy-driven methods to evolve, invigora…

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July 24, 2021

Episode 79: I Wanna Be...

Matt has served in various roles within K-12 education. His professional experience includes being a high school social studies t…

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July 17, 2021

Episode 78: Transition: Classroom to Platform

As an educator for over 15 years, Jamie has constantly worked to improve her methods of teaching and believes the learning proces…

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July 10, 2021

Episode 77: Unlock The Middle

Join host Alfonso Mendoza in a conversation with Massachusetts principals and podcast hosts of Unlock the Middle, Dean Packard, a…

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July 9, 2021

Episode 76: Maker Magic

Mario is a NY-based touring family performer with an all-ages theater show and New York Times-recommended virtual experiences ful…

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June 26, 2021

Episode 75: Podcaster On Fire

Tim Cavey is a husband, stepfather of two, 8th-grade teacher, assistant principal, and the host of the Teachers on Fire podcast. …

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June 25, 2021

Episode 74: Failing Forward Into Innovation

Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity a…

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June 19, 2021

Episode 73: My Secret EdTech Diary

Al Kingsley’s 30-year career in technology is global and local. Globally, his company’s products run 18 million devices. Locally,…

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June 12, 2021

Episode 72: Amplify Creativity

In this episode, we were joined by my great friend and educator Omar Lopez. Omar shared his story of how he used creativity to he…

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June 5, 2021

Episode 71: Transform

Debbie Tannenbaum is an amazing and passionate education leader, blogger, author, and EdTech Coach that is genuine and authentic …

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May 29, 2021

Episode 70: Power of Connections

In this episode, we had a wonderful and genuine conversation with Dr. Matthew X. Joseph. He shared his journey from classroom to …

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Recent Blog Posts

How Schools Can Engage Parents

Inspired by Punk Rock Classrooms S3 EP. 06 Punk Rock Communication Photo by sofatutor on Unsplash Schools and educators m…

5 Simple Ways to Mentor a New Teacher

  Blog post inspired by a Debbie Boyer Lead4ward training. The mentor-teacher relationship is a long-standing tradition in the education profe…

Administrators, Find Out Your Staff’s Love Language

Use the 5 love languages to strengthen your relationships with your staff and see how that translates into a more positive workplace culture.

About the Host

Fonz Mendoza M.Ed.

I am an Instructional Technologist & Google Innovator from South Texas, U.S.A. with 15 years of experience in education. I am a K-12 Instructional Technologist. I also have a Masters in Educational Technology along with a graduate certificate in E-Learning and a graduate certificate in Technology Leadership in Education. I am a servant leader and am always looking for ways to help my learning community use the power of technology.