The Wired Educator Podcast

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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Jul 25, 2016

Todd Nesloney is the Principal of Webb Elementary in Navasota, TX. He is the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for Elementary Principal and the 2014 Classroom Teacher of the Year, the TCEA Teacher of the Year, a White House Champion of Change, a National School Board Association “20 to Watch”, and Center for Digital Education “Top 40 Innovators in Education”. Todd is also the co-author of the hit book Kids Deserve It!.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Todd's Blog:
Follow Todd on Twitter:

Todd's book: Kids Deserve It! that he co-authored with Adam Welcome. 
Bammy Awards
White House Champion of Change
#kidsDeserveIt hashtag on Twitter

Todd's favorite reads: Animporph Series, The Giver, Wonder, The Cuz of 
Todd's most influential reads: 
• Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden
• Move Your Bus by Ron Clark
• The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
• The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
• The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark

Todd's favorite apps: Pokemon' Go, SeeSaw, Periscope, Canva


Jul 18, 2016

Kelly interviews Julie Smith, the author of Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World

Julie Smith has been teaching media literacy at two St Louis universities for fifteen years. She's been all over preaching about classroom engagement, using social media in the classroom, and the importance of teaching critical media consumption in all classrooms regardless of age. Her book 'Master the Media' is a great starting point for any teacher or parent interested in helping the young people in their lives become aware of the power and influence the media has over our entire culture.

Julie is also very interested in changing the higher education classroom paradigm and is known to "stir things up" in her classrooms. Determined NOT to be the ''sage on the stage" Julie uses all sorts of social media and apps within the classroom to give college students a voice as well as a reason to get out of their chairs.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Follow Julie on Twitter at: 

Julie's book: Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World

Julie's blog:

Julie's favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Julie's favorite apps: Remind, LiveBinders, Padlet

Jul 11, 2016

Kelly Interviews the "Tech Rabbi" Apple Distinguished Educator, Rabbi Michael Cohen. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheTechRabbi

Rabbi Michael Cohen is the Director of Educational Technology at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. It is there that he created and developed the “Invisible iPad” approach to technology use in education, a topic on which he has presented at several conferences, and institutions including Apple Leadership Events, SXSWEdu, ISTE, American Jeweish University, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summits.

Due to this innovative approach, Rabbi Michael was selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015. In 2016, Onalytica published a report ranking Rabbi Michael among the Top 50 EdTech Influencers today. Rabbi Michael is an ordained Orthodox Rabbi, and holds a Masters in Education specializing in Educational Technology, and a Bachelors in Fine Art focusing on Art and Design.

Mentioned in this Podcast:


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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jul 6, 2016

Kelly Interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, speaker and author, Wes Fryer about "The Learning Revolution" and more. 

Dr. Wesley Fryer is an author, teacher, technology director, speaker, digital storyteller, and change agent. He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, teach and assess learning. His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. Wes maintains a library of multimedia-focused training and instructional videos on He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps ( teaching educators how to effectively use iPads in the classroom to create narrated slideshows, quick edit videos, and interactive writing. He also co-facilitates multi-day STEM professional development workshops for teachers. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, an annual writing conference in Oklahoma City, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference each year.

Stay up to date with Wes by following him on Twitter (@wfryer), FacebookGoogle+, and liking the Facebook pages he periodically updates for Playing with Media and Speed of Creativity Learning LLC. Wes also encourages you to follow the K-12 Online Conference on Twitter (@k12online) and Facebook, as well as subscribe to the conference blog.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Apps: Flipboard, Nuzzle, Pocket

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jun 27, 2016

Kelly interviews Jenny Grabiec about technology and curriculum.

Jenny began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in New York State. Selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Jenny has spent the past five years working primarily with iPad and Mac in education. Jenny is currently the Director of Instructional Technology at The Fletcher School, a K-12 school in Charlotte, NC for students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Here she had the privilege of leading a one-to-one iPad/Mac rollout with students, faculty and staff. Her passion is inspiring students to select the best tools to support them in their learning. You can followh her on Twitter @jennygrabiec .

Mentioned in this podcast:

Jenny's website:

To learn more about UDL:

iCan with iOS a book by Jenny you can download now off of the iTunes store. Yes, and... here are more books by Jenny

Orton Gillingham Approach to Reading:

Most influential book: The Dyslexic Advantage by Ben Foss

Jamf Casper: the ultimate mobile device rollout tool. 

Favorite Apps: WunderlistBookCreator



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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

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Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jun 21, 2016

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In this episode, Kelly interviews the founder of iPadpalooza, Carl Hooker.

Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza”- a three-day “learning festival” held in Austin annually. He's also the author of the six-book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset, a guide for teachers, administrators, parents and others to support and embrace mobile learning in our schools.

Mentioned in this podcast:

iPadpalooza website: A festival of learning founded by Carl. 

Carl's website: Hooked on Innovation:

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Sir Ken Robinson

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson

Incipio ClamCase Pro Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2 the best case for an iPad. 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink

Apps: Slack and Trello


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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

Jun 13, 2016

Kelly interviews John Spencer the author of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student.

John is the co-author of Launch with A.J. Juliani.

John Spencer is a former middle school journalism and computer-programming teacher who is now a full-time professor of instructional technology in Oregon. He is passionate about seeing students embrace creativity and design thinking. His work has been featured in Kappan Magazine, Edutopia, Slate, and The Washington Post and he had the honor of delivering a speech at the White House on the future of education. Spencer is the co-author of several education books, including Launch: Using the Design Thinking Process to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student. He is also the co-founder of two educational technology startups, Write About and Blend Education.

Mentioned in this podcast:

• John's book: Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

• John's new book with A.J. Juliani: Empower

• John's website:

• John's most influential read: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull.

• John's Startups: Write About and Blend Education.

• Seth Godin's Linchpin

• Voxer: cool communication app for the iPhone. 

• Trello: cool app to organize ideas and projects. 

• Miracles by C.S. Lewis

• Global Read About


Jun 7, 2016

Kelly interviews Class Tech Tips founder and educational author, Monica Burns.

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016.)

Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom

Monica's newsletter:
Monica's blog:
Follow Monica onTwitter: @ClassTechTips
Monica's Facebook Page:
Monica's Pinterest Page:

Mentioned in this podcast:
• Monica's book: Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality
• Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
• Adobe Spark
• Donor's Choose: Teacher's getting funded for their classroom projects. 

May 30, 2016

WEP Summer Podcast

In this podcast Kelly offers his best tips, strategies, suppositions, advice resources to help educators make the absolute most of their summer break.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

P90X workout program. 

Body Beast DVD workout program. app for the iPhone. Find it on the iTunes store. 

Moleskine Journal: Here's the journal I use to reflect, plan, and record everything that matters. Love it! and HipMunk are great tools for planning a trip. Find both on the iTunes store. 

Books to read:

Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy. What makes a better school? A better class? Leaders! This book is for you, your colleagues, and your students. 

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess: This book makes you get excited about teaching. 

Freeletics app for your iPhone. Great new app for getting fit. Find it on the iTunes store. 

Teacher Step: Online grad classes for teachers. Inexpensive. 9 Months to finish. Use your search engine to locate these courses. 

Muse headband to practice Mindfulness. Headspace app to practice Mindfulness. Breathe app to practice mindfulness. 

Rumble Roller: Pamper yourself and give yourself the gift of a massage every day. 

Thank you cards. Send handwritten notes of thanks to people who helped you this past year. These are cool "chalk board" thank you cards. 

Teachers Pay Teachers: upload a lesson or two. You will be happy you did. 

Explain Everything app for the iPad. This is one of my favorite iPad apps. Find it on the iTunes store. 

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 


May 15, 2016

Jarius Makambi is an incredible educator in the Kibera Slum of Narobi, Kenya. For the past two years our classrooms have used Skype to interact and learn. Jarius's school is one of the poorest in the world. It is situated in one of the largest slums in the world, The Kibera Slum where about 1.5 million people live. 

This episode is not an interview, but rather a profile of the amazing work Jarius is doing at the Kibera Slum with the school he founded, how our classes communicate and learn, and how we can help these vulnerable students. 

I really want to bring attention to Jarius's work and The Cheery Education Centre. I hope this podcast inspires you to use Skype in your classroom and perhaps even send The Cheery Education Centre a donation as i did. 

Jarius feeds, clothes, and educates his students. I can vouch for their amazing character and drive to succeed. This is an amazing school. How the families and children live here is simply astonishing. 

I can also vouch the amazing work of this educator. He does so much with so little. 

Mentioned in this podcast: 

The website for The Cheery Education Centre:

Follow the Cheery Education Centre and Jarius on Twitter: @Cheeryeducentre

Follow the Cheery Education Centre and Jarius on Facebook:

You can email Jarius and send him a donation at this email address:

May 7, 2016

Kelly interviews the founder of Breakout EDU, James Sanders. This is a fantastic interview about technology in the classroom on all levels.

James Sanders is the founder of Breakout EDU and the Chief Innovation Officer at EdTechTeam. Previously, James was White House Presidential fellow where we led the development of Future Ready Schools and the White House Film Festival. James got his start in education as a middle school history teacher in South Los Angeles where he pioneered the use of Chromebooks in the classroom. His current passion is creating daily video blogs on his YouTube Channel

Mentioned in Kelly's Pre-Roll:

• Planbook is sponsoring the hosting costs for today's podcast and giving you a free year with the promo code: FREEYEARWEP. is the best software for any device to create and share your lesson plans with standards and so much more. Playbook is awesome.
• The Create Conference hosted by Chris Hamady: June 6
• Rumble Roller: Textured Muscle Foam Roller: Manipulates soft tissue like a massage therapist for a teachers sore feet, legs, back, neck and more.

• Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lesson for analyzing texts and Life: by Christopher Lehman
• Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School by Matt Copeland

Mentioned in the Podcast:

James Most influential read: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Breakout EDU
The Breakout EDU wooden Box Kit
EdTech Team
White House Presidential Fellow
James likes the online site Socrative for the classroom.
BirdBrain Technologies

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Learn how to invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 


Apr 30, 2016

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
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.
PuppetPals app
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:
ISTE: Super-awesome technology conference for EVERYONE>
Star Wars in the Classroom

Apr 25, 2016

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 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. 

Apr 16, 2016

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!

Please take my survey on: Do Teachers Work Outside the School Day?

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. 

Ecamm Recording Software for Facetime

Ecamm Recording Software for Skype

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!

Apr 9, 2016

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.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Play Like a Pirate
Understanding by Design by Wiggins and McTigheThe Grapes of Wrath
National History DayKahoot
Action Figures
Graphic Novels

Play Doh

Mar 26, 2016

Kelly interviews educator and novelist, Ty Roth. Ty is a high school English teacher and a Random House Author. Random House is without a doubt the largest book publsiher in the world and the dream of every novelist.

Ty Roth teaches literature and composition at both the high school and university level. He holds a Sociology degree from Xavier University, a Masters of Education from Ashland University, and a Masters of English from the University of Toledo. Ty was named one of the top “New Voices in YA Literature for 2011” by the American Booksellers Association, and SO SHELLY was chosen as a “Top Ten Romance for Youth” by Booklist, a Publication of the American Library Association. Ty’s second novel, GOODNESS FALLS, addresses the timely issue of concussions in high school football. As a former high school football coach, Ty and the novel were featured in a Cleveland Plain Dealer’s online edition’s investigative series on concussions in football. Ty continues to teach in Port Clinton, Ohio, as he works on what he hopes to be his third novel. Follow Ty Roth on Twitter at @TyRothAuthor.


Mentioned in the Podcast:

SO SHELLY by Ty Roth


Ty Roth's website:

The YA novels of Carl Deuker

On Writing by Stephen King (The best advice on writing available.)

Lego Mindstorm Robots

Lego Mindstorm Robot Competitions

DJI Phantom 3 Drone


...and so much more! 

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Mar 19, 2016

Kelly interviews Jennier Magiera about her upcoming book Courageous Edventures, her work on the United States Educational Technology Plan, being recognized as an educator by President Obama and more. 

Jennie is the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools math teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie has been working to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, serving on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Courageous Edventures. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

The hashtag #7DayEdChallenge

The Whitehouse Champions of Change

The BEST Green Screen & Lighting Combo for your classroom!

Jennie's most influential book: The Lord of the Rings


Mar 12, 2016

Kelly interviews author, Jim Harmon. Jim has taught high school English, computers, and video production in the Cleveland, Ohio area for 18 years and is co-founder of Through Students' Eyes. He received his B.F.A. in Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his M.Ed. in Computer Uses in Education from Cleveland State University, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus, 2008. Harmon was an adjunct teacher educator in educational technology at Baldwin Wallace University and Cleveland State University. He currently delivers professional development nationally. You can follow him on Twitter: @jimharmon

Jim has co-authored Through Students' Eyes with Kristien Zenkov. I hope to interview Kristien in a later episode about his amazing impact in education.

In the pre-roll, Kelly offers some great tips on how to determine the best time to buy a new Apple product, he discusses new educational books that he is reading, offers a few shout-outs to supporters of the show, his acceptance to the Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Berlin, Germany and more!

Mentioned in this Podcast:

• Jim's website regarding the Through Students' Eyes Project and book:

• A 20% Discount Code for Jim's Book Through Students' Eyes at Rowman and Littlefield Publishing using Code: RLEGEN16
• Jim Harmon's Book: Through Students Eyes Available on Amazon
• Please note: Jim is donating all of his proceeds from this book to a nonprofit foundation to support the Through Students Eyes Project. Awesome! 

• Michael Hyatt's book Living Forward
• Play Like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins
• The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros
• Master the Media by Julie Smith
• How Much Water do We Have? by Pete and Kris Nunweiler 
• Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy

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Mar 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Wired Educator Podcast! One Year Old!

We have a fantastic line-up of interviews scheduled, but Kelly uses this episode to change-up the format for one week to celebrate a year of the podcast and to share with listeners: rules for expanding your classroom, a behind-the-scenes peek and an under-the-hood look at all of the resources Kelly uses to blog, podcast, write, and produce great content.

Kelly shares four rules to help you expand your impact as an educator without losing touch with your family, going broke, or crazy. They are good rules you may consider adopting and applying.

Kelly shares a boatload of resources to help you start or level-up your: blog, podcast, book, speaking, or online courses, and provides a little motivation on why you may want to start one of these.

Kelly shares his productivity tips for Twitter and few favorite hashtags.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

• The Best Microphone on a Teacher's Budget: The mic I use for my podcast. $58.12
• Auphonic: This is a paid service that normalizes volume, etc. & makes your podcast sound great. 
• Libsyn: Where I host my podcast.
• MarsEdit: Software I use to write my blogs offline. Great tool. 
• Scrivener: Best writing software on the planet for everything.
Smart Podcast Player: A podcast player for my blog that makes it look great. 
• Get Noticed Wordpress Theme: The theme I use on Wired Educator
• CreateSpace: The publishing service I use to publish my book. 
• Udemy: One of the ways I plan to publish online classes in 2016.
• Tweetbot: My favorite Twitter client for iPhone, iPad and Mac
• Pocket: My favorite reading client to save to read letter from Twitter & the web. 
YNAB: Financial budgeting software I use. 
Fiverr: Inexpensive directory of services to hire, like the voice of Chuck Fresh. 
Garage Band: The greatest recording software ever! I use it to record podcasts & more. 


Feb 27, 2016

Wired Educator Andy LosikKelly 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

Cue Rockstar Teacher Camps

The Ultimate Cheatsheet: 8 Steps to Publishing Your Students' iBooks to iTunes 

Hillsdale College

Air Parrot: Software to mirror your MacBook

Reflector: Software to mirror your iOS devices. 

Book Kelly to speak and share his art at your event!

Feb 21, 2016

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:
Ryan's most influential book: Teach Like a Pirate
Dave Burgess Consulting:

Need a band for a recording or an event? This is the one you want: Miss Kitty and the Litter:

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. 

Feb 13, 2016

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, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.

In the pre-roll Kelly talks about his students building books using MacBooks and iBooks Author, iPads and Book Creator, and Comic Life software by Plasq.

Also mentioned in this podcast:

George Couros's book: The Innovator's Mindset
George's website:
Jim Harmon's book: Through Students Eyes
Reshan Richards's book: Blending Leadership
Book Creator
Comic Life

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Feb 6, 2016

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 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

Ross's most influential book: Platform by Michael Hyatt

Living Forward by Michael Hyatt

Will it Fly? by Pat Flynn

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Jan 30, 2016

Kelly interviews Starr Sackstein, the author of Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grade School. Starr is a veteran teacher, has earned her National Board Certification, is the author of numerous books on education, and has been recognized for her work in education by The Dow Jones New Fund, Education Updated, among others. She is an amazing educator, writer, blogger, and speaker.

You will be thinking differently about assessment after this interview, and you will find ways to modify and level-up your assessment. Starr shares some fantastic take-aways for you to apply. (25:59)

Mentioned in this podcast:

Starr's new book: Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grade School

Starr's other books: Click here to view the list.

Sigma 5 Edu Con Conference:

Starr Sackstein's blog:

Most Influential Book: Ken O'Connor's Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades

Project Based Learning

Periscope app:

Voxer app:

Connect with Starr on Twitter: @mssackstein 

Jan 16, 2016

In Episode 21 of The Wired Educator Podcast Kelly interviews Michael Matera, the author of the new book, Explore Like a Pirate.

Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools.

He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition.  Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and international consultant of game-based learning. Additionally, he is the author of Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners. He was named one of ASCD Emerging Leaders in 2015 for infusing best practices in the field with accessible gamified teaching methods.  

Michael is driven to transform education through theoretical and technological applications that identify and inspire limitless learning thresholds in ourselves and in our students.  

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Check out The Create Conference at

Visit Michael's website at

Connect with Michael on Twitter at and follow his hashtag #exlap for great content and chats. 

Michael's book: Explore Like a Pirate.

His most influential book: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess.

Michael recommended to Kelly the book One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer Ph.D.

He also recommended the book The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

Favorite tech in the classroom: Go Formative!

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