Kelly interviews Andy Losik about his new book, Stay in the Game, sharing his knowledge of technology annually on a local television news program, working with amazing corporations focused on helping education, and providing quality professional development for educators. Andy and Kelly also discuss being the all-around "helpful tech guy," a role many wired educators know very well. Andy is a great teacher, a great guy, and has really expanded his impact as an educator. This is a great interview for all educators. You will be inspired to expand your classroom and discover many ways to make an even bigger impact and improve your lifestyle.
Andy Losik has been teaching for 21 years in a variety of elementary school settings. For fifteen of those years, he has taught the elementary Infotech program by combining technology and literacy skills in Hamilton, Michigan. Andy is a STAR Discovery Educator, a Google Education Certified Innovator, and Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the 2009 Michigan Tech-Educator of the Year. Along with his classroom duties, Andy oversees online learning at Hamilton High School serves as a technology "helpful guy" in his school district and across the country for private, public, and charter schools. He has also provided insight for companies like Disney, Sifteo, Sony and most recently joined a special team at Discovery Education that works to advise and promote its many corporate partner educational initiatives. First and foremost Andy is a husband and dad who loves his family, fishing, and football as much as he loves the techie stuff.
Andy's new book, Stay in the Game, is about Jared Veldheer. Jared is one of the top left tackles in the National Football League but very little of his path to the Arizona Cardinals is what you might expect.
Stay in the Game follows Jared’s journey of being a brainy, over-sized kid who often found it hard to fit in to an athlete discovering his many talents. It didn’t “just happen” though and without a core set of principles in his life, it never would have. Sometimes the best thing you can do is “Stay in the Game.”
It took author Andy Losik and Jared’s parents nearly five years to complete, but “Stay in the Game” is now available in paperback and eBook.
The book targets older kids and the casual football fan but the hardcore pigskin geek will have plenty of material as it also details a lot of the recruiting process, training for the NFL Combine and Draft, as well as some of the inner workings of how the League and teams operate.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
Andy's first book: Potter's Wheel
Andy's new book: Stay in the Game
The Ultimate Cheatsheet: 8 Steps to Publishing Your Students' iBooks to iTunes
Air Parrot: Software to mirror your MacBook
Reflector: Software to mirror your iOS devices.
Kelly interviews Ryan McLane about his new book, "Your School Rocks... So Tell People!" Ryan co-authored this book with Eric Lowe. Ryan is the principal of Big Walnut Intermediate School, located in Sunbury, Ohio. He is passionate about making sure students are learning and having fun at the same time.
Ryan began his career as a high school social studies and business teacher, where he taught for twelve years. He is a graduate of Muskingum College and Xavier University. Ryan lives just outside of Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters.
This is a great interview for everyone to listen, whether you consider yourself the social media king or queen, a newbie, or someone who adamantly refuses to ever use social media. Ryan's book and intervew is a real eye opener, and makes you rethink your role in education. There are takeaways for everyone. Ryan and I talk about how schools can promote what they are doing in the best possible manner and what not to be concerned about when doing it.
I really enjoyed my conversation with Ryan. I also enjoyed his book. What a great guy and message!
Please wish me luck as I submit my application to the ADE 2016 Institute in Berlin. I hope to attend this institute to continue learning and collaborating with some of the most amazing educators in the world. Regardless, and as always, the application process is a great reflection tool for all interviews. In this podcast, learn the five questions to ask yourself about your teaching, and the three primary questions to ask yourself about your life.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Ryan's book: Your School Rocks... So Tell People!
Ryan's Website: http://www.yourschoolrocks.com
Ryan's most influential book: Teach Like a Pirate
Dave Burgess Consulting: http://daveburgessconsulting.com
Need a band for a recording or an event? This is the one you want: Miss Kitty and the Litter: https://www.facebook.com/misskittyandthelitter/
The Best Drone for education. I talk about this in creating my ADE video, “What drone should I get?” Well, in my opinion there is one answer: Here is a link to the best drone to get based on ease of use, safety, ability, camera, and of course the teacher's budget. And while I say that, I think this is the best package combo, just so you have everything you need for a few dollars more.
Kelly interviews George Couros, author of the book The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is one of education’s most sought after speakers, and speaks on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of connectedprincipals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.
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Kelly Croy interviews Ross Cooper about how teachers and administrators can work better together to achieve common goals, promote their schools, provide better professional development, why educators and administrators should blog and so much more. One of the best takeaways from this interview is listening to two friends passionate about education talking honestly about their observations in education and how they can better communicate and work together. Ross is brilliant. Also, as a foodie, Ross will share the secret location of the best pizza on the planet!
Ross is the Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 in the Salisbury Township School District (1:1 MacBook/iPad) in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. His passions are: curriculum and unit design, inquiry-based learning, assessment and grading, and quality professional development. He blogs about these topics at rosscoops31.com. Also, he regularly engages in speaking, consulting, and presenting. He has conducted keynotes, speaking engagements, and workshops ranging from 15 minutes to all-day. A list of what he has previously offered, and testimonials, can be found on his blog. Connect with him on Twitter at @RossCoops31.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
Ross's blog www.RossCoops31.com
Ross's most influential book: Platform by Michael Hyatt
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