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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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Now displaying: August, 2016
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. 

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