Toby Price is an autism dad and the new Principal at Richland
Upper Elementary school in Richland Mississippi. He loves
connecting with other parents, educators, and fans of pop culture.
He spends time online tweeting about Autism, Parenting, Education,
Star Wars, Comics, Puppets & other Super Serious Things.
Learn more about him at about.me/jedipadmaster
Follow Toby on Twitter at @JediPadMaster
Mentioned in this Podcast:
Planbook: Amazing web-based software for creating and sharing your lesson plans. Great features. Get a free year using the promo code: FREEyearWEP
Man vs. Autism: Toby's Blog.
The Last Lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch: Toby's
choice as a most influential book.
Remind: a great and free messaging system. Educators can send group texts to students, athletes, and other educators without knowing phone numbers, etc.
Dave Burgess Publishing. Great books for the summer at: www.daveburgessconsulting.com
ISTE: Super-awesome technology conference for EVERYONE>
Star Wars in the Classroom
Kelly Croy interview Adam Bellow. Adam is a dedicated educational technologist and father. Starting as a classroom teacher, Bellow went on to create popular edtech tools eduTecher, eduClipper, WeLearnedIt, and Circuits. Adam currently is serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow. He also serves as a board member for the EdCamp Foundation and speaks internationally about education and the power of technology to enhance learning.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Get one year free of www.Planbook.com with the promotional code mentioned in the Pre-roll.
One of Adam's most inspirational reads: Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
Adam loves using Post-It-Notes.
Adam created the following educational tech tools:
Adam created this phone fun game:
Adam is a board member of EdCamp
Adam is a Presidential Innovation Fellow
Adam's productivity tip is using Trello to stay organized.
In this episode Kelly discusses the importance of using video chat in your classroom. Video Chat is great for all levels of education. It is a great way to bring in experts, go on virtual tours and field trips, and learn from other students around the world.
Kelly looks at the strengths and specil uses for Skype, FaceTime and Google Hang Outs and why you will want to treat each like a golf club and use each for certain purposes.
You absolutely want to check out the Skype in the Classroom website. It is incredible. Fit this into your lesson plans.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
Planbook: The best lesson planning software available. Grab it! $12 a year.
My Reading List from Dave Burgess Consulting: What a great resource of books to level-up as an educator!
140 Twitter Tips for Educators: Great book for using Twitter as an Educator. Read it.
The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful.
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone: This is the mic I use for everything. It's only $59.00. Love it.
Skype in the Classroom: I love this site! Check it out! Use it!
Kelly interviews Quinn Rollins, author of Play Like a PIRATE: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics. Quinn has been a social studies teacher in Granite School District in Salt Lake City since 2004, where he currently serves as the social studies curriculum specialist. Whether teaching children or adults, he believes in engaging students with humor, pop culture, and new perspectives. As a result, he’s been honored to work with the educational programs for the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Quinn has also served as master teacher and mentor for a Teaching American History Grant and for a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2011, he received the Utah Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year award. In 2015, he was presented with “Utah’s Best of the West” award at the National Council for the Social Studies conference and the Best Historical Scene and Best Custom Minifigures awards at BrickSlopes 2015, Utah’s LEGO Convention.
Quinn loves presenting at local, state, and national conferences. His most popular presentations include student engagement, teaching with pop culture, the literacy of comic books and graphic novels, and using toys to teach.
Quinn’s hobbies include designing and playing with toys, doodling in staff meetings, reading comic books, and let’s say “running” to sound like a well-rounded person. He believes cheese is “an enemy to mankind” but won’t say no to pizza.
He earned his bachelor’s degrees in History Teaching and German Teaching and his master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.
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Kelly provides the motivation, tools, resources, tips, and tricks you need to write a book and get published. Kelly has interviewed numerous educators that have been published and now he is going to show you how you can do it. Kelly provides the motivation and understanding of WHY you will want to get published and what it could mean to your lifestyle and career.
Not interested in writing a book? Kelly may just change your mind in this episode. Started a book, but haven't finished? Kelly will help you across the finish line. Already published your book? Kelly will show you how to get even more out of it and help you along with your next work.
This is an insightful episode that delivers the motivation and resources educators need to write a book and get published.
The following resources are about to save you years of guessing. Outlined below is the culmination of my intense reading, studying, and testing to become a better writer.
• On Writing by Stephen King: If you are going to read only one book on writing, this is it. King holds nothing back and tells you what you need to hear. Read it. You will want your own copy. While this is aimed at writing fiction or novels, I believe what King says in this important work is something every writer needs to hear.
• On Writing Well by William Zinsser: This is a must-read for any aspiring author who wants to write nonfiction. This is a classic and it is full of the best advice. Skip the others. This is the one you want to read.
• Do the Work, The War of Art and Turning Pro by Stephen Pressfield: Choose any of these great books to get you motivated and believing that your message needs to be heard and that you can accomplish the task. I found each of these incredibly helpful. After writing awhile your brain will begin to tell you to take a break, stop, quit, and even abandon your work. These books will arm you with the necessary defenses to these age old hurdles and career killers.
• Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. This is a short wrting but by one of my favorite authors. Bradbury delivers hope and encouragement in this work that every writer should hear. I hope you will give it a read. The image of writing that Bradbury conveys will stay with you as steadfast soldier guarding your dream.
• Michael Hyatt’s GET PUBLISHED Program: If you want the insight on how to get published, you will want this course. Michael Hyatt is both a successful publisher and a successful writer. Don’t guess at the world of publishing. This program will tell you everything you need and save your years of research as well as preventing you from wasting money on useless products and services. I admire Michael. This program helped me publish my book.
• GoOnWrite.com: This is where I get my book covers. They are super-affordable and they look great.
• Scrivener: The best writing tool on the planet for numerous reasons. This program is the best way to write anything period. I have tried them all. This is the one. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
• Learn Scrivener Fast: Get the most out of Scrivener. This course is quick, easy, and will make you master Scrivener. It is essential. You will be amazed at all you can do, the time you save, and most importantly the writing you create. A must!
Along Came a Leader: This is my book!