In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, I interview Apple Distinguished Educator, Ben Mountz about his work using apple's Everyone Can Create Curriculum, his journey of relocating from Pennsylvania to Hawaii, what it means to be an Apple Distinguished Educator and more! I know you will enjoy this interview with Ben. He is one of the most creative educators I've ever met. His kindness and care for others has no limitations.
Ben is a Physics, Robotics, and Digital Storytelling instructor at Hanalani Schools in Mililani, HI.After teaching for 13 years in southeastern Pennsylvania, in 2016 he and his wife Jess realized their dream of relocating to Hawaii and continuing their teaching careers there. The rich environment allows Ben to pursue his love of creating images and media, as well as exploring the natural wonders of Hawaii through hiking, swimming, and surfing.
As an Apple Distinguished Educator, his most recent passion has been in using the various facets of Apple’s Everyone Can Create curriculum in his Digital Storytelling courses to help students find their creative voice.
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• Everyone Can Create Curriculum:A collection of project guides that that bring creative expression to every subject. Ben and I talk about this at length. What a fantastic resource! It is awesome and free.
• The Apple Distinguished Educator Program: Apple created the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) program to recognize K–12 and higher-education pioneers who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning. These are the educators who are looking to change the world. They are active leaders from around the world helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac to make learning deeply personal for every student.
• The most influential books Ben chose to share are the Bible and Resonate by Nancy Durante. If you are a creator, a speaker, and educator, or really anyone trying to "create" better, you need to read and apply Resonate.
In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Dr. Brad Gustafson about is hot new book, Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education. This is a great interview that will inspire you and help you in so many ways. Be sure to leave a podcast review,a comment, and share with your tribe and PLN. Thank you for listening.
Dr. Brad Gustafson’s life is defined by his faith, family, and desire to help others succeed. He is a practicing principal, speaker, best-selling author, National School Boards Association “20 to Watch,” Digital Innovation in Learning Award winner, and Minnesota Principal of the Year. He serves on Scholastic's Principal Advisory Board and is a national advisor with Future Ready Schools. He also co-hosts the UnearthED podcast. You can connect with him at BradGustafson.com or by checking out his newest book, “Reclaiming Our Calling.”
In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly talks with Phil Cristofaro, a distinguished educator and coach from Victoria, Australia about coaching, leadership and an amazing #EveryoneCanCreate project his students published. You will love everything about this episode including Phil's incredible insight into education from 30+ years of service, and his Austrailian perspective and accent. What a great interview.
Phill Cristofaro has thirty years experience as a classroom teacher, Leader and Instructional Coach. He is an Apple Distinguished Educatorand is an accredited Apple Professional Learning Specialist. In 2007, Phill was a finalist in the Herald Sun Teacher of the Year Awards and in 2005 was a finalist in the Outstanding Primary Teachercategory of the Education Excellence Awards(Victoria, Australia).
Phill works part-time as a Digital Learning Coach at Mackellar Primary Schoolin Melbourne, Australia. Phill supports schools and education across all levels of the system as a part-time consultant. He has published more than twenty iTunes U courses which showcase his expertise in high-level instructional practice and creativity. Phill recently published a student project in the form of an interactive Apple Book titled, “Convergence: April 13th, 1945”.
Phil and Kelly discuss: The importance of teaching to the child, not the level, how the interactive book was produced and published, what the project represents in terms of learning, creation and differentiation as well as collaboration, creativity and a strong female role in learning, student agency, and more!
I love hearing Phil say, "Mate" and he explains why his nickname for me is 'Bear.'
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