Welcome to Coffee Break with Ernest Dixon

Ernest Dixon

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Season 1
Season 1 features a rich collection of people from the educational sphere. Ernest talked to technology directors, K3 instructional math coaches, network analysts, and many more.

Episode 1: Dustin Mundey, Director of technology and Social Media at Hamilton City School District

February 9th, 2022

In our first episode we talk about the difference between virtual and regular classes. With help of Blocksi services and integration of Google classroom we can keep students engaged just like in regular class. Listen to our podcast to learn about our guests’ professional goals in the new year, EdTech development in School district and more.



Episode 2: Darice Robbs, K3 Instructional Math Coach at PACE Academy

February 16th, 2022

In our latest episode we’ll talk about differences between teaching students and teaching teachers. Experienced educator Darice Robbs shares her tips for virtual learning, guides us through importance of letting students have their opinions and shares her thoughts on Black history month. Do you want to know where Ernest stores his coffee machine? Listen to our Episode 2 to find out more!



Episode 3: Jessica Holly, Executive Director at Empower YOUniversity

February 16th, 2022

Ernest hosts Jessica Holly who’s seen children’s efficiency and wanted to create educational support. Is it important to reward students on elementary level? Former assistant principal shares some interesting advices to all the new school administrators. Listen to our podcast and find out how to prevent mistakes that educators could make during their class.



Episode 4: Mike Mendoza, Network Analyst at Cajon Valley Union School District

march 3rd, 2022

In today’s coffee break we discuss the importance of having an option of distance learning, the importance of technical staff with good people skills and the importance of a good structure to help students stay focused. How should the 21st century class look like? How to introduce high-tech to educators? Find out more in our latest podcast.



Episode 5: Eugene Morgan, Exercise Pshysiologist and Personal Trainer at Fitness by Eugene & Jarius Williams, Online Personal Trainer at PRO 1

march 3rd, 2022

In this week’s episode you can dive into advice and tips concerning body and mind: take a listen and find out why exercise is important, how it benefits our lives holistically and try out the exercise prescription our this week’s guest experts provided for our audience. Get to know our 2 guests: an exercise physiologist Eugene Morgan and Jarius Williams, an exercise scientist.



Episode 6: Scott Bucci, Account Executive at Blocksi inc.

march 14th, 2022

In today’s episode Ernest introduces our account executive – Scott Bucci. This episode is a little bit different from all the others: You’ll get some working out tips, lots of comedy and a special “Never have i ever – Work from home edition” discussion.



Episode 7: Dr. Tonya Drake, Professional School Counselor & Kimberly Vaughn, Student Service Coordinator

march 25th, 2022

We’re back with the Coffee Break with Ernest Dixon! In the last episode before season finale Ernest hosts two guests with rich experiences in education – dr. Tonya Drake & Kimberly Vaughn. What are 5 most important thigns working as a counselor? How did technology in education change over the years? How did educators and students adapt to a new way of education during pandemic? Listen to Episode 7 to find out more!



Episode 8: Dr.Tara Dunn-Ross, Vice President For Student Affairs & Mark Jimerson, Donor Relations & Engagement Specialist

april 4th, 2022

In the season finale, Ernest hosts two guests that were the most influential and helpful at the beginning of his career. From a student – to the Vice President of Student Affairs: Learn how Dr. Tara helps to have the best student experience at LeMoyne-Owen College. Find out how the Hinds Community College Foundation where Mr. Mark works helps students get new opportunities to attend college with scholarships. How do we solve the problem of thinking that “The alternative methods of receiving income seem to be more appealing than staying in a class for two additional years”?

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Season 2
Coffee Break’s Season 2 showcases a diverse array of individuals in education, including the author of Ditch That Textbook, Matt Miller.

Episode 1: Robert Wall, Blocksi Guru, Kendall Freeman, Customer Success Manager & Jonathan Powell, Account Executive

october 26th, 2022

The wait is finally over! Coffee Break with Ernest Dixon is back in Season 2! In our first episode you’ll get to know our new team members: Robert Wall, Blocksi Guru, Kendall Freeman, Customer Success Manager & Jonathan Powell, Account Executive.



Episode 2: Matt Miller, Google Certified Innovator & Author of Ditch that Textbook

november 2nd, 2022

In the latest Coffee Break episode we host the great Matt Miller! Google-Certified Innovator and author of the books Ditch That Textbook and Ditch That Homework influences thousands of educators in eduacational technology and e-learning worldwide. What are the best practices in education? Which historical figure would Matt Miller choose to have coffee with? What’s his favorite school subject? To learn more listen to our latest episode!



Episode 3: Wade Grant, Information Security and Data Privacy Officer at the Mississippi Department of Education

november 16th, 2022

Data security is crucial, even more so in a school. Listen to our third episode and learn more about information security from our guest, Wade Grant, Information Security and Data Privacy Officer at the Mississippi Department of Education.



Episode 4: Brooke Lowery, M.Ed., Executive Director of Operations & Synchronous Learning at friEdTech

december 6th, 2022

In the last episode before the season finale, Ernest hosts Brooke Lowery, M.Ed. Listen to the episode and find out how friEdTech manages to grow synchronous learning, and see at which events you can meet them in the following spring. Even though she doesn’t drink coffee, you’ll learn who the people that influenced her the most to make an impact on educational technology in the United States are.


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Season 3
In Season 3, Ernest had coffee with more inspiring educators using EdTech, including ClassLink’s Senior Director of Instructional Technology, Lyle Dadian.

Episode 1: Lisa Jones, Education Technology Director at Vicksburg Warren School District

february 24th, 2023


Coffee Break with Ernest Dixon is back with season 3! Lisa Jones, Education Technology Director at Vicksburg Warren School District, is the first guest in this new season.From her first-hand experience as an active Blocksi user, Lisa presents how Blocksi helps protect kids from threats, self-harm, and cyberbullying. Lisa will introduce you to the context of adding education in front of the technology director, the differences between Cloud-Based & Appliance-Based Content Filtering, and importance of black history month.



Episode 2: Lyle Dadian, the Senior Director of Instructional Technology at ClassLink

march 3rd, 2022


We’re delighted to present the second episode featuring Lyle Dadian, the Senior Director of Instructional Technology at ClassLink. Blocksi is teamed up with ClassLink to simplify digital learning, eliminate distractions in the classroom, and enable educators to dedicate more time to assisting their students’ education.