In this episode I interview John Sowash about his book and podcast, The Chromebook Classroom. John is making an amazing impact in education. This is a great interview about how to use Chromebooks to create. John can absolutely help you and your district better use Chromebooks. John is brilliant. You are going to love this interview.
John Sowash is an experienced classroom teacher, former school administrator, author of The Chromebook Classroom, and founder of the Google Certification Academy. He's also the host of The Chromebook Classroom Podcast. John inspires educators to use technology connect with and challenge students. Schools around the world have invited John to come and share with them. You can connect with John via his blog (www.chrmbook.com) or Twitter (@jrsowash).
Mentioned in this Podcast:
• Planbook.com: Planbook is the best way to create, organize and share your lessons. We are proud to have them as our sponsor of this episode.
• John's book: The Chromebook Classroom.
• John's podcast: The Chromebook Classroom Podcast.
• John's blog: www.chrmbook.com
• One of John's favorite books is: Start with Whyby Simon Sinek
• He's currently reading These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Mostby Dave Stuart Jr.
Hey Wired Educators! Check out all of the new Wired Educator graphics, logos and designs, created by artist & illustrator Josh Janes. I love them, and I hope you do too. Leave some feedback in the comment section.
In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I interview Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi.
Michael Cohen, known as The Tech Rabbi, is a designer and technologist turned educator. As a speaker, writer and creativity instigator, he’s on a mission to help young people develop the creative confidence they need to become challenge seekers and solution designers. He is the author of the book Educated By Design,which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity.
He works with schools, institutions and businesses to help them create or refine opportunities for students to leverage technology, media creation and digital age skills in ways that foster inquiry and the drive to solve the complex challenges of our global society.
Cohen shares his story of design and creativity through social media, keynote addresses and featured talks on international stages, including ISTE, SXSW EDU, Congreo Mexico, EdTechTeacher Summits and Apple Education events.
He currently serves as the director of innovation at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA), where he manages and teaches at the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center.
He’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Trainer, Adobe Certified Trainer and has been ranked as one of today’s top 50 edtech influencers.
Mentioned in this episode:
Planbook.com: Our sponsor! Planbook.comis the best way to create, organize, and share your lesson plans.
Visit Michael's website: https://thetechrabbi.com
Michael is currently reading: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the Worldby Adam Grant
This special episode of the Wired Educator Podcast is a Memorial Day Tribute to the men and women who lost their lives serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.
This ten minute episode examines educators' roles in teaching future generations about honoring our veterans and shares a peek at some of the great ways schools are doing just that.
This episode is a return to podcasting for me after some international travel and a battle with a nasty cold virus.
I hope you take some time today to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day and also enjoy some time with your family.
In this 128th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Reshan Richards and Stephen J. Valentine about their new book, Make Yourself Clear: How to Use a Teaching Mindset to Listen, Understand, Explain Everything, and Be Understood. The authors describe their work as “working at intersection of teaching and business.” Kelly has interviewed Reshan in episode 7 about the top-selling educational app he co created, Explain Everything, and both Reshan and Stephen in episode 50 when they published their first book together, Blending Leadership.
Stephen J. Valentine is an educator, school leader, writer, and serial collaborator. He serves as the Assistant Head, Upper School, and Director of Academic Leadership at Montclair Kimberley Academy. He is Coordinating Editor of Klingbrief, author of Everything but Teaching, and co-author of Blending Leadership.
Dr. Reshan Richards is Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder of Explain Everything Inc. and teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. He is co-author of Blending Leadership.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
planbook.com: The best way to create, organize, and share your lesson plans.
Their book: Make Yourself Clearby Reshan Richards & Stephen J. Valentine
My first interview with Reshan and Stephen on Episode 50 of the Wired Educator Podcast in August 2016: Blending Leadership.
Book Website: https://www.makeyourselfclear.xyz
Steve's Blog: https://www.refreshingwednesday.com
Reshan's Blog: https://www.constructivisttoolkit.com
In this episdoe, Kelly interviews Jarrod Robinson, aka The PE Geek. While much of Jarrod's work began on the focus of the instruction of physical education, Jarrod has great insight and advice for every educator regardless of subject or grade level. This is a fantastic interview for all, and something special for those with that added entreprenuerial spirit.
Jarrod is a Physical Education teacher from Victoria, Australia, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role emerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is known throughout the online community as “The PE Geek”, and authors a blog of the same name at www.thepegeek.com which has proved to be a pioneer for teachers seeking effective use of 21st century tools in PE. He has presented Nationally and Internationally for over 8 years, running workshops in over 40 countries. Jarrod is also the founder of ConnectedPE an online membership community for Physical Educators that empowers them to participate in professional development from the comforts of their homes.
Follow Jarrod on Twitter @MrRobbo
Mentioned in this podcast:
• Contact Kelly about starting a podcast for your school.
• Contact Kelly about hiring him for website design.
• Jarrod's favorite book is Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the Wordy by Peter Diamandis
Favortie apps: Slack, Anchor.fm, Plickthe Iners
• Another favorite book of Jarrod's is: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future
Tony Vincent used to teach fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska. Today he is self-employed and does what he can to help teachers be even more awesome. He’s proud to have lead workshops and made presentations in almost all 50 states and internationally. His website is at learninginhand.com.
Tony's website... www.LearningInHand.com, is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning. It was started in 2002 as part of Tony Vincent's classroom website. At first focusing on Palm handhelds, Learning in Hand now encompasses all kinds of digital and mobile learning.
The only thing Tony Vincent likes better than teaching is learning. He currently resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but he used to teach fifth grade in Nebraska. Since 1998 he’s been a pioneer in digital learning, having a classroom website before many classrooms even had internet access. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school. Tony experienced how empowering it was for students to be equipped with tools to help them be productive and creative. Later he became his school’s technology coach and helped his colleagues integrate technology.
Today Tony Vincent works as a self-employed consultant. He has traveled almost every state, Canada, Australia, England, and the Caribbean to facilitate workshops and to make presentations to K-12 educators and students. He has authored books, produced videos, developed an iPad app, and blogged about learning and technology. Tony believes that students learn best when they are engaged in authentic tasks—tasks that matter to them. He has many examples to show, advice to give, and technology to demonstrate.
Brad is the Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is also the Founding Partner and Chief Information Officer for Evolving Educators LLC. Brad began his career in 2001 as a Middle School Social Studies and Computer Education Teacher for the Hanover Township School District in Whippany, New Jersey. He is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Educator, Google Education Trainer, author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Parents, Educators, and Communitie. He has also the author of Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development and the newly released 140 Twitter Tips for Educators.
Follow Brad on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradmcurrie
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The two most influential books Brad has read:
• Brad really likes this: Flipgrid. Try it out.
Kelly provides the motivation, tools, resources, tips, and tricks you need to write a book and get published. Kelly has interviewed numerous educators that have been published and now he is going to show you how you can do it. Kelly provides the motivation and understanding of WHY you will want to get published and what it could mean to your lifestyle and career.
Not interested in writing a book? Kelly may just change your mind in this episode. Started a book, but haven't finished? Kelly will help you across the finish line. Already published your book? Kelly will show you how to get even more out of it and help you along with your next work.
This is an insightful episode that delivers the motivation and resources educators need to write a book and get published.
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.
• 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 Work, The 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.
• 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!
Along Came a Leader: This is my book!
Kelly interviews educator Dan Tricarico, author of the new book The Zen Teacher. The Zen Teacher is a great book that has the potential to positively change your lifestyle inside and outside the classroom by providing specific techniques for becoming more focused, relaxed, and mindful. This is a fun interview about an important topic that can help teachers at any point in their career, whether they are just getting started, rocking it, struggling, or about to retire. Many great take-aways for everyone in this episode.
Mentioned in the podcast:
Dan Tricarico's book, The Zen Teacher.
www.TheZenTeacher.com This is Dan's website. Check it out.
iBookHack: Learn to make engaging, media-rich ibooks.
Muse: a meditation headband for practicing mindfulness. Very cool.
Breathe: An app that teaches meditation.
Headspace: an app and a service that teaches mindfulness.
Illusions by Richard Bach: A book Dan I both read and love.
Dragon Dictation: Powerful software for quickly getting your voice to text.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown: another important book Dan mentions.
In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Don Goble about media literacy. Making movies and getting creative with sound, images, and movies can impact anyclassroom and every classroom. This is a wonderful interview with an amazing educator.
Don Goble is an award-winning Multimedia Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Missouri. The National Journalism Education Association named Don as their Broadcast Adviser of the Year 2015. Don speaks internationally at conferences, conventions, and professional development workshops offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video and media literacy into the classroom. Don was a part of the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator class. Connect with Don on Twitter @dgoble2001.
Celebrate your students work. Publish your students work.
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Also mentioned in this interview:
Don's favorite app: Touchcast App
Don's most-influential book: Pure Genius by Don Wettrick
SchoolTube for sharing videoes with students
Wired Educator host, Kelly Croy, interviews the "Millionaire Educator" Ed Mills from www.millionaireeducator .com. Ed is a high school Spanish teacher in Georgia where he lives with his wife and fourth grade son. Ed blogs about financial independence and wealth building from a teacher's perspective. He has amassed an incredible personal wealth by applying his five pillars of financial independence.
Ed's message and website is to help educators live a better lifestyle by applying some basic but important rules of finances. His fortune has been built not by speaking engagements and endorsements, but by applying some basic rules that you will learn in this podcast. (Sometimes Ed doesn't even work full time.)
Mentioned in this podcast:
Discussed in this Podcast:
Financial Advice for the First Year Teacher
Financial Advice for the Teacher About to Retire
Financial Advice for the Teacher in the MIddle of Her Career
How to Earn Extra Money as a Teacher
Best Investment Strategies for Teachers
Educators and Taxes: How to Lower Your Tax Obligation
How to Live on Less
The Maker Movement is for everyone. Roger Wagner's awesome software HyperStudio has allowed my students and me to create amazing interactive projects from earliest days of teaching to creating interactive iBooks Author widgets today. In this podcast I interview Roger Wagner. Roger Wagner is a former Physics, Chemistry and Math teacher, patent-holding inventor, and was named by Technology & Learning Magazine as one of the top 5 "Most Important Educational Technology Gurus of the Past Two Decades", along with Seymour Papert, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Roger is best-known for his creation of the program HyperStudio, and more recently, the HyperDuino. As an educator, software designer, and educational technology visionary with 30 years of experience, Roger Wagner has worked with numerous K-12 schools, as well as college and university teacher preparation programs, in their models for the creation of highly interactive student projects.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
HyperStudio: Software every teacher and student should use. One word review: Amazing!
HyperStudio Author: Create powerful widgets for iBooks Author easily.
Hyperduino: Roger's new project for work with Arduinos
Roger Wagner's website.
Book: The Maker Movement by Mark Hatch
Books: Jules Verne's Classics by Jules Verne
Book: Who Owns the Future? by Jaren Lanier
Book: Non Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright
Book: You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
Book: Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy (Signed or multiple copy discounts)
Book: Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy (Amazon link: softcover & digital)
WEP 0006: Ditch That Textbook an Interview with Matt Miller
Kelly Croy interviews Matt Miller about using resources to supplement or replace your textbook, and creating learning materials that really engage students. Lots of takeaways from today's episode, but the focus is primarily to get you thinking about how you use your existing textbook and a look at other possibilities.
Please visit our sponsor at: www.planbook.com
Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher (Austin ’14), a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, a Bammy! Awards nominee, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.
After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.
Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.
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