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The Wired Educator Podcast: Becoming a Better Educator Now So You Can Make a Greater Impact and Enjoy a Higher Quality Lifestyle. The Wired Educator Podcast will deliver content to help educators make a greater impact, be more productive, increase their efficiency, and improve their lifestyles. I really want to emphasize my love and passion for learning and teaching. I truly want to make a difference in the lives of students and help inspire the next generation of educators. I share methods that I have learned from some of the most amazing educators around the globe on how to become a better educator, while expanding their classroom as a writer, speaker, and professional. There will be many guests on the Wired Educator blog. Thank YOU for listening! This podcast will share what teachers have discovered "works" in and outside the classroom.
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Dec 30, 2016

In this podcast Kelly interviews authors Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter about their hot new book Dunk Tank. The official title of their book is: Escaping the School Leader's Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want to See you Drown.

Both Rick & Rebecca are educational disruptors and forward thinkers with a passion to support ALL current & ALL future educational leaders (PK-20). Their mission and vision is simple: We must break the glass ceiling to eliminate the status quo to ensure equity for ALL students. Rebecca and Rick have both faced adversity in their careers and are willing to do whatever it takes to call out ALL the “elephants” in the educational room so that educators, political leaders, and industry innovators can leverage talent and work together to best serve kids.

About the book: 

Have you ever felt as if a supervisor, coworker, or even your own school board was trying to sabotage you?  No school leader is immune to the effects of discrimination, bad politics, revenge, or ego-driven coworkers. If you've ever worked in such conditions, you know that adversaries can make your job as a school leader miserable. But even if you're lucky enough to be thriving in your current role, you've probably seen leaders whose careers have been tanked by difficult and demanding circumstances. You may even wonder from time to time, "Am I next?"  In Escaping the School Leader's Dunk Tank, Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter interviewed superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the nation who have faced "dunk tank" situations. Through real-life stories and by sharing insightful research, the authors (who are dunk tank survivors themselves) equip school leaders with the practical knowledge and emotional tools necessary to survive and, better yet, avoid getting "dunked."

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot is learning and fun for EVERY Classroom

Become an Apple Teacher at the Apple Teacher Learning Center for Free. Great PD: www.appleteacher.apple.com

Rick's book: Sutures of the Mind: Unleashing the Power of Mindfulness in 30 Days While Rescuing Your Spirit

Rebecca's most influential read: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Rick's most influential read: Exploiting Children: School Board Members Who Cross The Line by Matt Spencer.

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

 
 
 

Favorite apps: SnapChat, Wunderlist

 

 

 
Dec 11, 2016

Clifton Roozeboom is the inventor of PocketLab, a technology platform for
hands-on science learning. PocketLab is used by tens of thousands of
students and educators in 44 different countries and has received
recognition from Stanford University, Yale University, ProtoLabs, the
New York Museum of Modern Art, and the National Science Foundation.
Clifton received his PhD from Stanford University in mechanical
engineering. His PhD research was on micro-scale sensors for wireless
sensor network applications.

PocketLab is the perfect device for classrooms. Our school is now using PocketLab in our STEM room.  These tiny sensors can be attached to just about anything to measure and record scientific data.

In this interview Clifton gives us the background on how PocketLab came to be and the many, many incredible ways they are being used in classrooms from primary all the way through post secondary learning.  There are many takeaways in this podcast.  You will certainly leave dreaming up ways you and your school can benefit from this affordable, portable sensor.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Earn badges to become an Apple Teacher. My challenge to you!

The Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya. Support their new school. We did!

www.thepocketlab.com

PocketLab Sensor for less than $90. 

Clifton's favorite book: Thinking Fast and Slow

Clfton's Favorite apps: Google Science Journal and Motion Shot by Sony (Both Free.)

Also, check out Wired Educator Podcasts: 14 with another inventor, Roger Wagner, and episode 38 with Jarius Makimba of Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya.



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Dec 6, 2016

In this 60th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay Reisler. You can follow Clay on Twitter at @RecessDuty

Clay Reisler has been focused on instructional design and digital workflow in his classroom since 2008. With the opportunity to have a mobile digital device in the hands of every student since 2009, Clay has integrated a variety of educational atmospheres that engages and empowers students to guide their own learning. With over 1,400 published videos and 1,100 blog posts of students and teachers integrating technology tools in an educational setting, Clay provides an inside view of technology being implemented at the right time for the right reason.

Clay’s current position as an Instructional Design and Digital Workflow Support Teacher for grades 6-12 allows him to integrate multiple technology tools, mainly iPads, and strategies with classroom teachers across all subject areas so that students can critically think, create, communicate, and collaborate.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Clay and I cover MUCH in this podcast: the position of a technology coach and how it can really work, iPad as a testing device, iPad vs. Chromebook, Canvas, Flex Mod Scheduling, Workflow solutions, Flipboard, DoInk for iPad, Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Canvas, and the 4 C's, and of course... so much more! This was a great conversation! Looking forward to having Clay back again soon. 

One of Clay's favorite books is How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

Here are some great links to many of the talking points from the interview:

www.clayreisler.com
www.ipaddiction.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/recessduty
www.flipboard.com/@recessduty
https://www.canva.com/ClayReisler
https://www.youtube.com/user/pcmstv1
http://www.pulaskischools.org/high/flexmod/
https://plus.google.com/communities/111864096175967703674
https://soundcloud.com/user-912923621/flex-mod-media-day
https://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592404049

Nov 28, 2016

In this podcast, Kelly interviews Jon Jarc. Jon is an Apple Distinguished Educator. This episode will "awaken" many fantastic ideas for you and your classroom. Get ready for an inspiring conversation with two passionate educators.

Jon is a teacher, technologist and artist. He has been teaching high school students for 18 years, and has worked as a free-lance graphic designer for the same. He enjoys designing solutions to complex tasks, and being creative in how technology can build literacy skills in all academic areas. Jon is also an avid photographer and music enthusiast.

Follow Jon on Twitter at @TrendingEdTech

If asked what kind of educator he is, Jon would say that he loves working on the bleeding edge of technology. In his classes this year he will be using drones, 3D printers, and computer programming to invent, create, discover, design, and produce awesome things! This semester, his 3D Design class is starting a partnership with "eNabling the Future", an organization that pairs children in need of prosthetics with students and fabricators. He is looking forward to seeing how his designers (students) will develop solutions to problems where empathy and human connections are the primary focus of their work.

Jon is also the director of the newly formed school makerspace, aimed at bringing cutting-edge software, engineering and tooling to every student. His afterschool club focuses on creating, making, teamwork and self-discovery. He's always looking to connect, create and innovate!

Mentioned in this podcast:
• Follow Jon on Twitter
• Jon's books: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/author/jonathan-jarc/id967599595?mt=11
• Mya Animation Software
• Jon's favorite books: The Power of Myth and The Hero's Journey, both by Joseph Campbell
• One of Jon's favorite apps, Clipstro
• Kelly's favorite 3-D Printer: And it's inexpensive! Really! Only $399. 
• Tickle App
• Swift Playgrounds
• Sphero: I love this! Great for all classes. So many ideas!
• Kelly's book: Along Came a Leader
• Sponsoring a Wired Educator Podcast: This is how you do it. 
• Hour of Code: Anyone can start this! Yes, you! Do it. 
• Apple Teacher Program: Everybody should earn these badges.

Nov 21, 2016

In this episode, Kelly interviews teacher, author, and international speaker and creative educational design specialist, Cathy Hunt.

Cathy is the author of bestselling iPad Art: Lessons, apps and ideas for the iPad in Visual Art and More iPad Art as featured on iBookstore.

Cathy  is a well-known advocate for the creative integration of technology in education, developing ground-breaking programs for students around the world that combine hands-on, tactile and collaborative ways of working with mobile devices.

As an award-winning educational consultant, presenter, author and experienced Visual Art teacher at The St Hilda’s School on Australia’s the Gold Coast, she has worked with thousands of teachers globally to connect creative technology and cutting-edge pedagogical approaches with diverse learners.

Through her bestselling books, dynamic presentations and workshops across the globe for schools, and work for prominent cultural organisations and galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, Cathy models and promotes learning across subject areas that leverages ‘hands-on making’ with 21st Century skills and tools.

Cathy is probably best known for her work on iPadartroom.com, a home base for educators to engage with innovative ideas, resources and technology for learning in that combines paint and pixels. Her site has grown to become the ‘go-to’ resource for teachers leveraging mobile devices for creativity.

Cathy is an Apple Distinguished Educator currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Asia-Pacific region, and the Educational Reference Committee for the God Coast City Art Gallery. Recent accolades include the 2016 International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Mobile Learning Innovation Award, two Digital Innovation in Learning Award honourable mentions from Edsurge/Digital Promise, 'The Futurist' Award winner for the Women in Business Awards, and 21st Century Learning International’s Teacher of the Year finalist. Cathy’s iBook, ‘More iPad Art’ also won Best Non-Fiction and Best Reference title at the iBA Awards in Nashville.

 

Mentioned in this podcast: 

• Cathy's website: www.iPadArtroom.com

• Cathy's books on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-art/id706608032?mt=11

• Lego Mindstorm Robots

• Swift Playgrounds

• For information on Kelly's speaking and art presentations: www.KellyCroy.com

• Kelly's book, Along Came a Leader, and for a signed copy, go to www.AlongCameALeader.com


 

Nov 3, 2016

In this podcastKelly interviews educator, speaker, and author, Eric Sheninger.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.

Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices.  Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.  


His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.  As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker.  His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.


Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar.  He has authored and co-authored the following:  
 Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids
 Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times 
 Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals
 What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Eric's choice for most influential books: 

Drive by Daniel Pink

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Favorite site/app: EdShelf: A socially-curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.

Notes from Eric: 

Oct 13, 2016

Kelly interviews teacher, assistant principal, and fellow educational podcaster, Jon Harper.

Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. This is his 7th year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman's Cub that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.

Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.

Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

Kelly and Jon talk about great ideas for schools, classrooms, and educational philosophy, as well as:

• Creating clubs in school

• Educational Podcasting

• National Board Certification

• Student Teaching in New Zealand

•Inspirational Podcasts, books and more.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

• Jon's Podcast, "My Bad" on The Bam Radio Network

• UnearthED

• Boxer app

• Nuzzle app

• Ryan Holiday's books:

Ego is the Enemy

and

The Obstacle is the Way

Oct 5, 2016

Kelly is excited to interview Brandon Blom!

Brandon Blom is the principal of Stoneridge Elementary School in Roseville, CA.  He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools so we can meet the needs of our students. Brandon loves how technology allows us to connect and create like never before.  Brandon has been a CUE Rockstar presenter, NAESP presenter, and keynote speaker. You can follow him on Twitter @brandonkblom, email him at brandonkblom@gmail.com, or read his blog at brandonkblom.com.  

Brandon just delivered a powerful presentation at Skywalker Ranch for Cue Rockstar, and I decided I had to have him on the show. 

This is one of the most important topics The Wired Educator Podcast has addressed. Homework. 

Brandon is brilliant. Find out why he had a one year conversation with his staff about homework, and wait until you see the result!

Mentioned in this podcast:

Cue Rockstar

The app Padlet.

The novel, Wonder.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The app Chatterbox.

Google Sheets as a school day to-do list. 

Brandon's blog post on homework


Sep 26, 2016

In this podcast, Kelly interviews Adam Schoenbart, about co-founding The Educational Calendar website, designing a great classroom website, being selected as one of the 20 Educators to Watch by The National School Board Association, being an Ed.D candidate, and so much more.


Adam is a high school English teacher, technology coach, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and EdD candidate. He enjoys writing, presenting, and consulting on all education and technology topics. In 2016, Adam was named one of the National School Board Association's “20 to Watch” Educational Technology Leaders and an ASCD Emerging Leader. He also co-created the The Education Calendar (theeducal.com), a crowdsourced map and calendar of education events worldwide. Adam teaches in New York and blogs about teaching and educational technology at aschoenbart.com.

Mentioned in this podcast: 
 
www.PlanBook.com
Pear Deck
Kahoot
Hardy Boys Mysteries
#theEduCal
www.aschoenbart.com
Ed.D
National School Board Association, Twenty Educators to Watch

 

Swift Playgrounds a great new app for the iPad to help students (and everyone) learn to code in Swift.

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

Send us Your Shoes to:

Oak Harbor Middle School

c/o Kelly Croy

315 Church Street

Oak Harbor, Ohio  43449

Remember to tag your shoes with: where they are from, a quote, or who they are in memory of, or whatever you want!

Thank you.

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

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Sep 19, 2016

Kelly Croy shares how he and his colleagues work together in a common TEAM time to make their school year meaningful and memorable for their students, and to make the biggest impact on individual learners. Kelly shares his vision for schools to do a "moonshot" to gather everyone under a common purpose and goal. This includes TEAM branding with silicone bracelets, a common slogan and so much more. Your school needs to do something so big it could be come legendary, or an epic fail. Fun and learning will result in either. Take a risk and join us on our annual "Big Deal" as we really, really need your shoes. Seriously! Give this episode a listen. This is an inspiring episode. 

Mentioned in this podcast:

The Ask Pat Podcast and the SPI Blog and Podcast

Your School Rocks! So tell people... by Ryan McLane and Eric Lowe: This is the book my principal read and started his video newsletter. 

Apple's iOS 10 Launch where our school, Oak Harbor Middle School was featured on the wall behind Tim Cook!

Swift Playgrounds a great new app for the iPad to help students (and everyone) learn to code in Swift. 

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

Send us Your Shoes to:

Oak Harbor Middle School

c/o Kelly Croy

315 Church Street

Oak Harbor, Ohio  43449

Remember to tag your shoes with: where they are from, a quote, or who they are in memory of, or whatever you want!

Thank you. 

Aug 29, 2016

Kelly interviews author and educator, John Stevens, about the book Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful. John co-authored the book with Matt Audrey.

John Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has also taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design since 2006. As the co-author of “The Classroom Chef”, he has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work.

He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California. He also is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs, the first in the area.

In his free time that doesn’t exist, he runs a site called Would You Rather? which is dedicated to getting students talking about math. He is an author of Flipping 2.0, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. During recent summers, John has had the honor of presenting at CUE Rockstar events in California and various technology and math conferences. John blogs at fishing4tech.com. His latest adventure has led him into the world of 3D-printing, designing lesson plans and curricula for AirWolf3D. Follow him @jstevens009 or email him at stevens009@gmail.com

Mentioned in this podcast:

John's book, The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful.

Books that arrived this week:
 Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome

• 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller

• Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran

• The Writing on the Classroom Wall by Steve Wyborney

Equipment: 

• iPad Pro 12.9 inch: The greatest device I have ever owned. Wow!

• Apple Pencil: I love this. Wow!

• Logic hard shell case and backlit keyboard for iPad Pro: this is the best keyboard and case available for the iPad Pro. 
• Omoton Leather sleeve for iPad Pro with document folder and Pencil holder: this is awesome and less the $15 bucks. 

Another book: 

John's favorite book is Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

App: Desmos graphing calculator

Aug 23, 2016

Kelly interviews Denis Sheehan the author of Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons

Denis Sheeran is an engaging, fun, highly requested nationwide speaker, delivering keynotes, full and half day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. He is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer and can customize PD for your school district.

Denis has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music, adjunct Professor of Statistics at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and is now the Supervisor of Mathematics, K-12, in Chatham, NJ after having taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for 13 years Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL. 

Denis Sheeran is a certified online and hybrid course teacher and has been asked to serve on the statistics development committee by several online course companies.  Denis can help you develop new courses and curriculum to fit the needs of your diverse student population. He was most recently published in the Fall 2015 Statistics Teacher Network Journal. Denis lives in NJ with his wife, four children, and his litter box trained dog, Scout.

Mentioned in this podcast:

• Denis's book Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons can be purchase here

• Denis's website is: www.denissheeran.com

• Denis's most influential read: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

• Denis recommends the book Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler

• Denis also recommends The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey

• Denis hosts a Twitter Chat each Wednesday at 9:30 PM at #makeitreal

• Denis's favorite app is Desmos, an amazing graphing calculator. Denis says this is a game-changer. 

 

Aug 16, 2016

Kelly interviews authors Stephen J. Valentine and Dr. Reshan Richards about their hot new book, Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off.

Kelly interviews these two incredible educators about their book on leadership went from idea to publication and what the book is all about.  The book is titled Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off by Stephen J. Valentine and Dr. Reshan Richards, with sketchnotes by Brad Ovenell-Carter.

This is the first interview Kelly hosted  two guests, with each person being in a different location, and we are celebrating our 50th podcast. Yay!

Stephen and Reshan’s publisher, Jossey-Bass, sent me a copy of the book to review. It is great. The book is packed with great take-aways for everyone.  The pictures, illustrations, and even the type of paper, a somewhat glossy magazine-like material, all work in harmony for a great experience and read. Add this book to your library and enjoy the interview.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

2XU Socks: Yes, socks! These are my new secret weapon for teaching this year! I've been watching professional athletes wear them, and I thought, "Why not teaching?" The result? I have a super energy boost and less leg pain. Awesome! 

Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off

The blending leadership website: www.blendingleadership.com

Stephen's book recommendation: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Unsplash: Free images to use for whatever you want! www.Unsplash.com. A great resource for finding and using royalty free images for books, blogs, slides, and whatever.

Reshan's app suggestion:  Piano Maestro on iTunes: a free app to help you become better at playing the piano.

Padcaster and green screen recording for my classroom. 

Inside the Wired Educator Testing Laboratory: 

littleBits: STEAM Student Set of littleBits and Invention Guide. I will be reviewing these soon. 

Roger Wagner's Hyperduino is back with an upgrade. Looking forward to reviewing this soon. 

Segway transport: Excited to be testing a Segway transport for educational possibilities. These look incredibly fun and handy. Many teachers need to be on other parts of the campus quickly. This may be the solution. 

The Wired Educator Book Club: Here's our Super-Secret Facebook Page! Click to request a spot.

Wired Educator Spotlight: We are proud to spotlight & promote teacher Jaclyn Pearson’s Donor’s Choose Goal: http://bit.ly/29wT3Uj to help her get some technology in her classroom. Email us and Wired Educator will promote your's too.

Book List of upcoming interviews: 

 Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons by Denis Sheeran 

The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes and Make Math Memorable by John Stevens and Matt V

 

Aug 8, 2016

Kelly shares his thoughts, takeaways, experiences, and lessons learned at the 2016 Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute that was held in Berlin Germany. This was Kelly's first opportunity to speak with an international audience, explore Europe, and work with a team of educators from all over the world. Much to learn and apply in this episode.

Mentioned in the Podcast:

• This episode is sponsored by www.airsquirrels.com "Software you'll go nuts for!" I am excited about using AirParrot 2, Reflector 2, and Ditto in my classroom this upcoming school year and you will love it too. Check it out.

• Wired Educator Spotlight: Please consider supporting first year educator, Jaclyn Pearson's Donor's Choose Goal: http://bit.ly/29wT3Uj to help her get some technology in her classroom. She is a first grade teacher in Bellwood School District in Illinois. It will be her first year teaching in the district. She says, "I do not have any educational technology to provide students with. 97% of my students are from low-income homes and a majority of the school population are also English Language Leaners. I believe that these students are our next scientists, engineers, makers and doers. These students are our presidents, doctors, lawyers, and computer scientists. But, in any of the innumerable fields my students will one day enter, they will have to know how to work comfortably with technology. It is undeniable that technology is woven into the thread of the world my students live in today, and I cannot send them into the world confidently when I know that they have not learned how to be digital citizens." She started a Donors Choose project entitled ‘There’s No Place Like Chrome.’ This is her initiative to provide educational technology for her under resourced students. She is hoping to gain 13 chromebooks for her students.

• Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off will be the first Wired Educator Book Club book. Here is the link to our Facebook Page where we will be discussing the book. Order the book and join us for a discussion.

• Swift Playgrounds Teacher Guide an iBook about learning Swift programming language. Everyone can learn to code. 

Jul 25, 2016

Todd Nesloney is the Principal of Webb Elementary in Navasota, TX. He is the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for Elementary Principal and the 2014 Classroom Teacher of the Year, the TCEA Teacher of the Year, a White House Champion of Change, a National School Board Association “20 to Watch”, and Center for Digital Education “Top 40 Innovators in Education”. Todd is also the co-author of the hit book Kids Deserve It!.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Todd's Blog: http://www.toddnesloney.com
Follow Todd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechNinjaTodd

Todd's book: Kids Deserve It! that he co-authored with Adam Welcome. 
Bammy Awards
White House Champion of Change
#kidsDeserveIt hashtag on Twitter

Todd's favorite reads: Animporph Series, The Giver, Wonder, The Cuz of 
Todd's most influential reads: 
• Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden
• Move Your Bus by Ron Clark
• The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
• The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
• The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark

Todd's favorite apps: Pokemon' Go, SeeSaw, Periscope, Canva

 

Jul 18, 2016

Kelly interviews Julie Smith, the author of Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World

Julie Smith has been teaching media literacy at two St Louis universities for fifteen years. She's been all over preaching about classroom engagement, using social media in the classroom, and the importance of teaching critical media consumption in all classrooms regardless of age. Her book 'Master the Media' is a great starting point for any teacher or parent interested in helping the young people in their lives become aware of the power and influence the media has over our entire culture.

Julie is also very interested in changing the higher education classroom paradigm and is known to "stir things up" in her classrooms. Determined NOT to be the ''sage on the stage" Julie uses all sorts of social media and apps within the classroom to give college students a voice as well as a reason to get out of their chairs.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Follow Julie on Twitter at: 

Julie's book: Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World

Julie's blog: www.HeyJulieSmith.com

Julie's favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Julie's favorite apps: Remind, LiveBinders, Padlet

Jul 11, 2016

Kelly Interviews the "Tech Rabbi" Apple Distinguished Educator, Rabbi Michael Cohen. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheTechRabbi

Rabbi Michael Cohen is the Director of Educational Technology at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. It is there that he created and developed the “Invisible iPad” approach to technology use in education, a topic on which he has presented at several conferences, and institutions including Apple Leadership Events, SXSWEdu, ISTE, American Jeweish University, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summits.

Due to this innovative approach, Rabbi Michael was selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015. In 2016, Onalytica published a report ranking Rabbi Michael among the Top 50 EdTech Influencers today. Rabbi Michael is an ordained Orthodox Rabbi, and holds a Masters in Education specializing in Educational Technology, and a Bachelors in Fine Art focusing on Art and Design.

Mentioned in this Podcast:


 

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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Jul 6, 2016

Kelly Interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, speaker and author, Wes Fryer about "The Learning Revolution" and more. 

Dr. Wesley Fryer is an author, teacher, technology director, speaker, digital storyteller, and change agent. He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, teach and assess learning. His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. Wes maintains a library of multimedia-focused training and instructional videos on PlayingWithMedia.com. He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps (www.ipadmediacamp.com) teaching educators how to effectively use iPads in the classroom to create narrated slideshows, quick edit videos, and interactive writing. He also co-facilitates multi-day STEM professional development workshops for teachers. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, an annual writing conference in Oklahoma City, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference each year.

Stay up to date with Wes by following him on Twitter (@wfryer), FacebookGoogle+, and liking the Facebook pages he periodically updates for Playing with Media and Speed of Creativity Learning LLC. Wes also encourages you to follow the K-12 Online Conference on Twitter (@k12online) and Facebook, as well as subscribe to the conference blog.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Apps: Flipboard, Nuzzle, Pocket

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jun 27, 2016

Kelly interviews Jenny Grabiec about technology and curriculum.

Jenny began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in New York State. Selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Jenny has spent the past five years working primarily with iPad and Mac in education. Jenny is currently the Director of Instructional Technology at The Fletcher School, a K-12 school in Charlotte, NC for students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Here she had the privilege of leading a one-to-one iPad/Mac rollout with students, faculty and staff. Her passion is inspiring students to select the best tools to support them in their learning. You can followh her on Twitter @jennygrabiec .

Mentioned in this podcast:

Jenny's website: www.jennygrabiec.com

To learn more about UDL: www.udlcenter.org

iCan with iOS a book by Jenny you can download now off of the iTunes store. Yes, and... here are more books by Jenny

Orton Gillingham Approach to Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orton-Gillingham

Most influential book: The Dyslexic Advantage by Ben Foss

Jamf Casper: the ultimate mobile device rollout tool. 

Favorite Apps: WunderlistBookCreator


 

 

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jun 21, 2016

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In this episode, Kelly interviews the founder of iPadpalooza, Carl Hooker.

Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza”- a three-day “learning festival” held in Austin annually. He's also the author of the six-book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset, a guide for teachers, administrators, parents and others to support and embrace mobile learning in our schools.

Mentioned in this podcast:

iPadpalooza website: A festival of learning founded by Carl. 

Carl's website: Hooked on Innovation: https://hookedoninnovation.com

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Sir Ken Robinson

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson

Incipio ClamCase Pro Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2 the best case for an iPad. 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink

Apps: Slack and Trello


 

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jun 13, 2016

Kelly interviews John Spencer the author of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student.

John is the co-author of Launch with A.J. Juliani.

John Spencer is a former middle school journalism and computer-programming teacher who is now a full-time professor of instructional technology in Oregon. He is passionate about seeing students embrace creativity and design thinking. His work has been featured in Kappan Magazine, Edutopia, Slate, and The Washington Post and he had the honor of delivering a speech at the White House on the future of education. Spencer is the co-author of several education books, including Launch: Using the Design Thinking Process to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student. He is also the co-founder of two educational technology startups, Write About and Blend Education.


Mentioned in this podcast:

• John's book: Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

• John's website: http://www.spencerauthor.com

• John's most influential read: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull.

• John's Startups: Write About and Blend Education.

• Seth Godin's Linchpin

• Voxer: cool communication app for the iPhone. 

• Trello: cool app to organize ideas and projects. 

• Miracles by C.S. Lewis

• Global Read About

 

Jun 7, 2016

Kelly interviews Class Tech Tips founder and educational author, Monica Burns.

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016.)

Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom

Monica's newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bI9rR5
Monica's blog: ClassTechTips.com
Follow Monica onTwitter: @ClassTechTips
Monica's Facebook Page: Facebook.com/classtechtips
Monica's Pinterest Page: Pinterest.com/classtechtips

Mentioned in this podcast:
• Monica's book: Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality
• Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
• Adobe Spark
• Donor's Choose: Teacher's getting funded for their classroom projects. 

May 30, 2016

WEP Summer Podcast

In this podcast Kelly offers his best tips, strategies, suppositions, advice resources to help educators make the absolute most of their summer break.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

P90X workout program. 

Body Beast DVD workout program. 

Coach.me app for the iPhone. Find it on the iTunes store. 

Moleskine Journal: Here's the journal I use to reflect, plan, and record everything that matters. Love it!

Kayak.com and HipMunk are great tools for planning a trip. Find both on the iTunes store. 

Books to read:

Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy. What makes a better school? A better class? Leaders! This book is for you, your colleagues, and your students. 

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess: This book makes you get excited about teaching. 

Freeletics app for your iPhone. Great new app for getting fit. Find it on the iTunes store. 

Teacher Step: Online grad classes for teachers. Inexpensive. 9 Months to finish. Use your search engine to locate these courses. 

Muse headband to practice Mindfulness. Headspace app to practice Mindfulness. Breathe app to practice mindfulness. 

Rumble Roller: Pamper yourself and give yourself the gift of a massage every day. 

Thank you cards. Send handwritten notes of thanks to people who helped you this past year. These are cool "chalk board" thank you cards. 

Teachers Pay Teachers: upload a lesson or two. You will be happy you did. 

Explain Everything app for the iPad. This is one of my favorite iPad apps. Find it on the iTunes store. 


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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

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Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

 

May 23, 2016

Brad is the Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is also the Founding Partner and Chief Information Officer for Evolving Educators LLC. Brad began his career in 2001 as a Middle School Social Studies and Computer Education Teacher for the Hanover Township School District in Whippany, New Jersey. He is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Educator, Google Education Trainer, author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Parents, Educators, and Communitie. He has also the author of Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development and the newly released 140 Twitter Tips for Educators.

Follow Brad on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradmcurrie

Connect with Brad at his website at: www.bradcurrie.net

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Jennie Mageria's new book: Courageous Adventures. Grab it.

The two most influential books Brad has read:

• Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger

and

• What Great Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker

• Brad says all teachers become a Google Certified Educator. Here's how to it. Boom!


• Brad really likes this: Flipgrid. Try it out.

 

May 15, 2016

Jarius Makambi is an incredible educator in the Kibera Slum of Narobi, Kenya. For the past two years our classrooms have used Skype to interact and learn. Jarius's school is one of the poorest in the world. It is situated in one of the largest slums in the world, The Kibera Slum where about 1.5 million people live. 

This episode is not an interview, but rather a profile of the amazing work Jarius is doing at the Kibera Slum with the school he founded, how our classes communicate and learn, and how we can help these vulnerable students. 

I really want to bring attention to Jarius's work and The Cheery Education Centre. I hope this podcast inspires you to use Skype in your classroom and perhaps even send The Cheery Education Centre a donation as i did. 

Jarius feeds, clothes, and educates his students. I can vouch for their amazing character and drive to succeed. This is an amazing school. How the families and children live here is simply astonishing. 

I can also vouch the amazing work of this educator. He does so much with so little. 

Mentioned in this podcast: 

The website for The Cheery Education Centre: http://cheerycentre.org/donations

Follow the Cheery Education Centre and Jarius on Twitter: @Cheeryeducentre

Follow the Cheery Education Centre and Jarius on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheerycentre

You can email Jarius and send him a donation at this email address: jairusmakambi@yahoo.com

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