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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: May, 2017
May 25, 2017

Julie Willcott is an EdTech Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator.  She works as an advocate for innovative learning with an emphasis on STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math).  As a high school science teacher, Julie implemented one of the nation’s first 1:1 iPad programs and developed multiple open educational resources on iTunes U and iBooks.  Her current consulting work includes serving as a Professional Development Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for zSpace, a provider of immersive virtual reality technology.  In addition, Julie works as a Social Media Manager for EdSurge promoting resources on how and when to use technology in K-20 education.  Julie presents at national and international conferences and serves as an advisory board member for SXSWedu.

Follow Julie on Twitter at @willcottjulie and visit her website at:  juliewillcott.com.

Julie and Kelly talk about a wide-range of topics including:

  • 1:1 iPad initiatives
  • iTunes U Course
  • STEM moving to STEAM
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • The need for Director's of Innovation
  • how Director's of Innovation need to be relationship builder and be good with the tech,

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Creation Crate: An awesome subscription-based service for your home or school that includes a new technology project each month. www.CreationCrate.com

Julie recommends the book The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching

and Losing My Faculties: A Teacher's Story.

Julie finds great benefit in using the "The Self Journal".

Her must-have gadget is a 3-D Printer.

She recommends Rich Perry, an outstanding ELA teacher as a possible guest for an upcoming interview on The Wired Educator Podcast.

One of her favorite apps is Clips by Apple.

Some of the sites and resources we discussed include:

edu.zspace.com

edsurge.com

http://www.sphero.com/education.

Looking for a speaker for your school's opening day? Check out www.KellyCroy.com

May 14, 2017

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly shares what he has learned from the numerous authors he has interviewed about how to write and publish a book. Kelly also leans on his own experience in the writing and publication of his book, Along Came a Leader.

Kelly will share the tips, tricks, strategies, plans, tools, and resources, as well as some potent motivation, to help you become a published author.

Kelly emphasizes not only the 'how-to-do-it' but he clearly illustrates why you will want to publish. Kelly addresses many benefits of publication that most educators don't even consider.

Whether you think you have a book in you or not, this episode is just what you need.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

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.

Here is a list of inspiring and fun educational books that will help you make an incredible impact in your classroom, school, district, and well… life. You are going to love this list! Click here for an annotated list of the best educational reads for you! 

• 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!

• 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 WorkThe 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.

• Evernote: This is my digital vault. I use Evernote on my iPhone, on my iPad, and on my MacBook. This is where I save all that I need. I save notes here on projects I am working on, my daily affirmations, my to-do list, web clippings, information on my family and friends. It’s completely searchable and easy to use. You can even easily add photos, scans, voice memos and more.

Moleskine Journal: If it’s worth writing down, put it in your Moleskine. Don’t use napkins, sticky notes, or scraps of paper. Put it where you can find it. This is the exact notebook I use as my day to day journal.  I love absolutely everything about it.  This is where I record my ideas and anything of importance.  If you read my posts and hear me speak, you know how important a journal is to my lifestyle and productivity. I don’t go anywhere without my Moleskine.

Kelly's Weekend Retreat: Scheduled for a weekend in February 2018. Will fill quickly. Check it out here.

May 4, 2017

In this episode Kelly interviews Dr. Michael Mills about his new book, Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives, his work as a professor preparing the next generation of educators to graduate, the best uses of mobile devices in the classroom, and best educational practices in general, and so much more. Michael encorages when designing our lessons to focus on: choice, opportunities, reflections, and assessment. Listen to find out why and how!

Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is an SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and serves on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelSMills

Mentioned in this podcast:

The best way to create your lesson plans: www.PlanBook.com

Michael's book: Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives on Amazon, or use this discount code "IGI50" here.

Books Michael recommends this great book: The Psychology of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Learn about Kelly's Wired Educator Weekend Retreat scheduled for February 2018 here!

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