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Dale Sidebottom
Dale Sidebottom is SO not your average gym teacher. He explains how his unusual name forced him to come up with games when he was a substitute teacher (called 'supply teacher' in England and Australia, where he has taught). He has created 35 apps, run workshops for professional development through his company "Energetic Education" - all while teaching full time. Now he travels the world running teacher workshops. You'll be inspired (and tired) just listening to him. He is also the first elite cricketer we have had on the podcast.

More than ordinary energy! Dale Sidebottom, Physical Education Re-invented

American flag with eagle
Dean Dauphinais, Jr. rejoins us for another episode where he talks about his current venture, All Star Vets. The organization uses sports, outdoor activities and possibly, soon, gaming, to bring together veterans with and without physical disabilities in activities that promote physical and mental health.

All Star Vets: Helping ALL of our warriors

Dean Dauphinais, Jr
Dean Dauphinais, Jr. is a Marine, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, father, history major, social entrepreneur who is the CEO of All Star Vets. In this first of a two-episode interview, he discusses how his service in the Marines , Little Hoop (Cankdeska Cikana) College and UND shaped his views and knowledge of history, Native American and otherwise. (Listen next episode for all about All Star Vets)

Dean Dauphinais, Jr. -Marine, Native American, History Teacher, Social Entrepreneur

Maria and AnnMaria
In amazing turn of events, Maria violates her own 'no swearing on the company podcast' rule in her rant about the people who say they will support her and then when we are running a Kickstarter campaign, they promise to back us, but don't. AnnMaria assumes everyone is a lying dirt bag (except you, podcast listener) so she is not surprised. We rant about the hypocrisy of people who bemoan the lack of women in tech, low math scores and inequality in education but don't lift their big toe to help. Back us on Kickstarter! Check the link on our web page or search Aztech Games on

AnnMaria’s & Maria’s Rants about how people suck

Mama don't let your babies go off to school. Author, father, entrepreneur and home school advocate, Jeff Till discusses with AnnMaria his choice to unschool his children. No grades, no getting up at 6:30 in the morning, no standardized tests. He argues that "learning to do things that bore you" is an overrated skill.

Back to school tip from Jeff Till: Don’t go!

Brian Herskowitz
Brian Herskowitz came from Houston,Texas to make it in Hollywood. The story ends unexpectedly - he DID make it, as an actor but primarily as a writer and producer. Add author and professor to that, as he teaches screenwriting and literally wrote a book on the subject. Did I mention he is happily married, has two well-adjusted children and won the world masters judo championships? How does he do it? Just listen.

Brian Herskowitz: How a Texas Boy Made Good in Hollywood

Since tips are the most popular part of our podcast, we are doing a second "all tips" episode, with advice from professor, author & Olympian Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, Roy Hash - army veteran and Call of Duty player extraordinaire , Karen Mackey, attorney and judo champion, Randy Couture, UFC champion, actor & entrepreneur. We also hear from three outstanding high school graduates heading from Manual Arts High in Los Angeles to top universities - Jorge Campos , Claudia Jorge , Ethan Troup, from Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk himself (and super nice guy), Harry Grammer, founder of New Earth School.

Tips for a More than Ordinary Life

staff at meeting
With AnnMaria on a road trip testing games with students all over the Mojave desert and Maria at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur forum, the staff have taken over the podcast. Hear them make fun of one another and tell their favorite pranks on employees past and present. On a serious note, each gives a really helpful tip, from learning Python to feeling gratitude.

While the Bosses are Away: Staff Takeover

Tips are always the most popular part of every episode. We have had tips from a rock star, a Catholic priest, a community activist, from Los Angeles to the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. So, brought to you by Jonah the Sound Guy and 7 Generation Games enjoy this special all tips episode where we pull together tips from Sean Stone, Terry Ilous, Qiana Patterson, Kellie Cunningham, Marshall Longie, Father Michael Gutierrez , Hans Gutknecht, Jose Gonzalez, Jessamyn Duke, Chris Hong, Fidel Rodriguez.

Special Episode: Collection of our favorite tips

Rich Dixon is too modest to call himself an expert on education, badges and microcredentials, so Maria and AnnMaria will say it for him. From elementary school teacher, teacher education programs, ed tech startup and now at a non-profit, Rich has seen education from every perspective. He shares what he has learned from a startup that didn't end as planned as well as from 17 years in the classroom. Still think badges are from scout camp? Better listen up.

How to Show What You Know: Rich Dixon on Badges, ...