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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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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Kelly would love your 5 Star review for this podcast on iTunes.

Also, order a copy of Kelly's book, Along Came a Leader, on Amazon. 


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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Jan 2, 2016

Season 2 of The Wired Educator Podcast begins with an amazing interview with Apple Distinguished Educator, Anthony Johnson. Anthony is a passionate educator and an inspiration to students and teachers alike. I'm so excited for you to hear Anthony's story and learn what he is doing differently in and outside his classroom. This is an amazing interview!

Anthony lives in Salisbury, NC with his wife of twenty years and their three daughters.

In his school years, Anthony was a terrible student and a teacher’s nightmare who stayed in trouble. During that time, he failed 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades before dropping out of high school at the age of 16. Anthony received his G.E.D. and moved from job to job for nearly a decade. He later enrolled at Livingstone College and graduated in 4 years with a degree in Elementary Education. His goal is to teach with enthusiasm and give his students a different experience from his own in grade school. Teaching is his passion and his desire to help young people succeed has afforded Anthony the opportunity to travel the world as an educator. He has presented and given speeches all over the country.

Anthony currently teaches 4th/5th grade Science and Social Studies at Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Connect with Anthony Johnson @A_P_Johnson on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Mini Funk Factory

Most influential book: The Bible

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

iSense App

Audio Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic/XLR Microphone


Phantom Drone

Lego Mindstorm




Jan 1, 2016

The Wired Educator Podcast kicks off its second season by taking a look back at what worked inside and outside the classroom and a look ahead at the plan for 2016. Listeners will get some insight on setting goals and finishing strong. Kelly outlines numerous programs that he and his colleagues have implemented this year that are beneficial for you and your students. Please leave a 5 Star Review and a comment on iTunes for The Wired Educator Podcast.

In this session:

How to turn your dreams into accomplishments.
Genius Hour
Mentoring Program
New Microphone
The most important letter you can request.
The importance of attending students' extracurricular events.
Teaching with an iPad.
Engaging parents
iBooks and iTunes U Courses
Kelly's new app for iOS devices: an update.
Kelly mentions several upcoming products he is producing for 2016.
A Big Thank-You!

Mentioned in this podcast:

Pure Genius by Don Wettrick
Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy
A high quality and affordable microphone
Elson Musk Biography by Ashley Vance

Dec 10, 2015

On this episode, Kelly interviews Kristin Ziemke, the author of the new book Amplify. Kristen and Kelly talk about literacy, technology in education, and a whole range of topics on how to make a greater impact as a teacher. This is a great interview, and one that was requested by many listeners.

Kristin's mantra came to her literally from a fortune cookie that read: "The best teacher is also a student." She has taught in both urban and suburban school districts including primary grades in Chicago. She engages students in authentic learning experience where reading, thinking and collaboration and inquiry are the very heart of the curriculum. Kristin pairs her best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.

Kristin is an Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher, and Chicago's 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom by Kristin Ziemke

Connecting Comprehension and Technology by Kristin Ziemke

Most influential book: Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller. Kristin reads this every year the night before school.


Drawing Pad

Check out Kristin's website at:

Find Kristin on Twitter @KristinZiemke


Nov 23, 2015

This podcast is way more than just how to start a Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club with your Middle School Science students, although that alone is amazing. This post also inspires teachers to start engagin clubs for students and shows them how to do it.

Leah LaCrosse is an amazing Science teacher at McCormick Junior High School in Huron, Ohio. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator. She has been recognized for work in education on many levels by many organizations. I absolutely love the robotics club she started with her students and wanted to share her passion and knowledge with all of the wired educators out there that read the blog and tune in to the podcast. Leah is amazing.

Leah loves using technology in the classroom. Her room is outfitted with MacBooks, iPads, a 3D printer, Lego Robots, Little Bits, and more. She focuses on technology, problem solving and team work. Her latest accomplishment is her #flexibleseating program, which she describes as: "The room is a blend of traditional desks, lab tables, park bench, standing dry erase tables, and other creative learning spaces. Students love coming to a room in which they can find their learning space that works for them."

Mentioned in the Podcast:

Lego Mindstorm Robots


Sandusky Register Article on Leah's Robotic's Club

Most Influential Book: The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
Favorite iPad App: Toontastic
Favorite Podcasts: Star Talk, Science Friday
Upcoming Conferences: ISTE and eTech

A great educator is risk taking!


May 26, 2015

Graduation is the most special moment in a student's schooling and it should be a special time each year for educators. Find out how you as educator can help make commencement special for your students and school regardless if you are a primary educator, middle school teacher, or high school faculty. Included in this episode are many ideas on whether you should attend commencement, graduation celebrations, gift ideas, and more. This podcast will inspire educators to be life-long educators to their students. In honor or Memorial Day, this episode is dedicated to Sgt. Keith Kline, a former student, who was killed in Iraq. The Wired Educator Podcast is dedicated to help educators become their best and live an extraordinary lifestyle. 

May 12, 2015

Wired Educator interviews Kaci Heins about her accomplishments and recognition by NASA as a 6th grade educator and how she and her students sent a balloon and a GoPro Camera to the edge of space, and more! 

Kaci Heins is a 6th grade science teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She has a passion for integrating STEM into the classroom through hands-on projects and engineering design challenges.  Her hope for her students is that they will develop a love of learning and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.  Kaci is the 2014 Air Force Association National Aerospace Teacher of the Year, the Flagstaff STEM Teacher of the Year, an Arizona Ambassador for Excellence, and an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Achievement Award winner.

Mentioned on this podcast:





See Kaci's webpage and balloon video here!


May 4, 2015

An interview with Dave Burgess, author of the widely popular Teach Like a Pirate. Dave tells his story of becoming a pirate and how he is helping educators increase student engagement, boost creativity, and transform lives!

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Teach Like a Pirate

P is for Pirate

Learn Like a Pirate

Pure Genius

Ditch That Textbook

Dave Burgess Website



Create Conference

iBook Hack Event


Apr 27, 2015

In this episode I discuss why I believe every educator should host a blog and how to get started.

Please check out this free tutorial that promises you will be able to start your blog in less than 20 minutes. 

In this episode:

• Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

• Why educators should blog?

• What are the benefits?

• How do I get started?

• What do I write about?

• I can't blog! Yes, you can!

• What tools do I need?

Mars Edit


• Does blogging cost money?

• Can blogging make money?

• I don't have time to blog! Yes, you do!

And more. 

Apr 20, 2015

Episode 8 is an interview with Christine DiPaulo and we are talking about her amazing work as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and we will get a glimpse inside her amazingly innovative school, The String Theory High School for the Arts and Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in creating a culture of innovation in your classroom, school, district, or organization, you will not want to miss this episode. 


Keynote Speaker for two organizations this week.

• Rotary

• Teen Challenge

• Expanding your classroom and influence.

• Speaking Fees

• Helping Others

• Educational Technology & Cancellations

• 8 Weeks on iTunes & Your Reviews


• Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo is an Apple Distinguished Educator and an Innovation Specialist at String Theory Schools in Philadelphia, PA.

"The String Theory High School for the Arts & Sciences offers students who have an interest in the arts, language, science and technology the opportunity to engage in a curriculum that combines superior coursework and significant field work to create a balance between artistry and academics that gives graduates a solid foundations for their future endeavors."

She teaches courses on Personal Branding, Digital Photography, Digital Portfolio Design, iLife, iWork and Presentation Design. She is certified in secondary mathematics, with Business Education certification and MSc as K12 certified Instructional Technology Specialist. Her first teaching position was a mathematics teacher at The Technical College High School/CCIU.

As an educator her passion is to enhance student's classroom experience using Apple technologies as a tool for creating and authoring content, collaborating, and developing meaningful projects. In the classroom she works with kids to build strong 21st century skills so they become critical thinkers.

Christine DiPaulo is an amazing intellectual a dynamic speaker, with her own TED talk no less. She is a visionary in both education and problem solving. She is creative. And she is really fun to spend time with too.

I am so honored to interview Christine DiPaulo on Creating an Innovation within your school. 

Mentioned in this podcast:

iBooks Author

iTunes U

The Apple Watch

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley

How to Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen by Ewan McIntosh

PhotoWizard- Photo Editor App


Apr 13, 2015

In this episode I interview Reshan Richards, an Apple Distinguished Educator and co-creator of the wonderful iOS app, Explain Everything. 

Interested in writing a book, creating a hit app in the App Store?

Dr. Reshan Richards is an educator, researcher, and entrepreneur. Currently an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Chief Learning Officer for Explain Everything which he co-founded, Reshan is also the co-author of Leading Online: Leading the Learning, Leading by Learning. Reshan has led conversations and workshops around the world based on his 15+ experiences in K-20 education at gatherings including TEDxNYED, SXSWedu, ISTE, and AERA. An Apple Distinguished Educator and member of Mensa, Reshan has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology & Media from Teachers College, Columbia University, an Ed.M in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University and a B.A. in Music from Columbia University.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

PBS Learning Media Digital Learning Innovator 2015

Morris Cooke

Explain Everything

Into Thin Air by John Krakuer 



Mar 30, 2015

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly Croy interviews Larry Reiff about iTunes U, speaking at conferences and more. Larry Reiff is an amazing English teacher in Roslyn, New York, a Google Certified Teacher, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Larry is featured on Apple's website for his work using iPads and iTunes U, for a Romeo & Juliet project. Here's the link, and you will want to click it, because it is incredibly cool:

Kelly and Larry talk about iTunes U, iBooks Author, the Apple Distinguished Educator Program, going 1:1 with iPads, a paperless classroom, speaking at conferences, SXSW, James Cross on binge learning, Dr. Chris Penny on iBeacons, and much, much, more. 


 You can visit Larry's personal website at:


Larry's most influential book: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Find out why!

Recommended Apps:




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Mar 20, 2015

Kelly Croy interviews teacher and author Don Wettrick about his book Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. Don offers great insight to how you can truly create a culture of innovation in your classroom. Don talks about how the idea for his book and creating an innovative classroom all began, and outlines steps you can take and identifies obstacles to avoid. Don states, "There is a big difference between consumers and producers. Genius hour is time to produce."

Have you thought about writing and publishing your own book? 

Would you like to speak at conferences and educational events?

Mentioned in the podcast:

Daniel H. Pink's book: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

A.J. Juliani's Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom: Using 20% Time, Genius Hour, and PBL to Drive Student Success (Eye on Education) 

Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina

Hero of a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The iPhone and iPad app: Voxer

Please visit the Wired Educator Blog. 

Mar 15, 2015

Kelly Croy interviews Anthony DiLaura about using iBooks Author to create multimedia iBooks in the classroom to engage students, provide Professional development for staff, and as a source for passive income. 


Anthony DiLaura serves Zeeland Public Schools as a high school math teacher and instructional technology specialist. His one-to-one iPad math classroom leverages the iPad as tool for inquiry and student creativity. Anthony was recognized by Apple for his innovative use of iPad in education and named as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013. Anthony enthusiastically shares his knowledge at various conferences around the country including South by South West Edu, NCTM, FlipCon, and Phillips Exeter MST conference.  Recently, he founded the organization  Through ibook hackathons, he helps educators create their own digital curriculum in the form of mobile, media-rich, multi-touch iBooks that foster curiosity and student engagement. To date, ibookhack events have popped up across the country and seen hundreds of teachers author and publish high quality interactive textbooks using iBooks Author.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Anthony's website:

The book: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

The book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck


Mar 8, 2015

Today our focus will be the importance of making health the foundation of your teaching lifestyle.  We will share some productivity secrets, time management hacks, and many health tips. Hey! You cannot impact lives or advance your lifestyle if you aren't healthy and feeling great.


If you seek success, wish to improve as an educator and desire to make a greater impact listen to our guest, J.D. Bergman.


My guest today is J. D. Bergman. He is: 


• an Olympic wrestler, a ten time national champion

• two-time US Open Champion Wrestler

• two-time World Team Champion Wrestler

• 2010 Wrestler of the Year

• Winner of the John Smith Award winner, naming him the top wrestler in the country

• 2008 FCA Student-Athlete of the Year

• Former Captain of The Ohio State University Wrestling Team

• Three-Time All American Wrestler for The Ohio State Buckeyes

• Television Commentator for the Big 10 Network

• A successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker

• An actor in the Oscar nominated film, FoxCatcher with Steve Carrol, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo

• A health and nutrition expert helping individuals, organizations, adn corporations live healhier and more successful lives. 


J. D. is also an all around great guy.  He truly a heart of gold. I am honored to have him on this podcast. He has much to offer educators, students, entreprenuers, families, and all individuals. 


While JD is not an educator in the most traditional sense of the word, in that he doesn't have a traditional classroom that he reports to, he speaks and influences thousands each year teaching and helping them live a healthier and more productive life.


My vision for today’s podcast is to offer educators and listeners something truly unique, the chance to sit down and get some advice from an accomplished Olympic athlete. We will cover some time management and productivity tips, talk about education, and discuss some facts and myths about health.


Look for JD Bergman USA to learn more about JD and support his Olympic dream for gold. 


Mar 2, 2015

This is the first episode of The Wired Educator Podcast: Becoming a Better Educator Now So You Can Make a Greater Impact and Enjoy a Higher Quality Lifestyle.  

This first episode is dedicated to an exceptional educator, Chris Tully.  Chris will be missed.  You can help out Chris's family at this Go Fund Me Account:

 In this first podcast I outline my goals, expectations, and format for The Wired Educator Podcast.

I plan to deliver content to help educators make a greater impact, be more productive, increase their efficiency, and improve their lifestyles.

In this podcast 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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