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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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

Apr 2, 2016

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 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.

• 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! 

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

If you would like your book, product, service, conference, or website mentioned or highlighted in the pre-roll of The Wired Educator Podcast , please visit and send Kelly an email.

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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

Please visit the Wired Educator blog at

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 23, 2016

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. 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. 

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!

Check out the Wired Educator blog at:

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Jan 9, 2016

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.

Mentioned in this interview:

Don Goble's publications in the iTunes store can be viewed here. 

Visit Don Goble's classroom website by clicking here.

Click here to visit Don Goble's professional website.

Here is the link to the article Don mentions about how the NYTimes Video team reported the terrorist attack.

A link to JEA National Broadcast Adviser of the Year

Also mentioned in this interview: 

Audio Technica USB 2100 Microphone

iOgrapher Filmaking Case for iPhone

iOgrapher Filmaking Case for iPad


Don's favorite app: Touchcast App

Don's most-influential book: Pure Genius by Don Wettrick

SchoolTube for sharing videoes with students



Paper by FiftyThree



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!


Oct 5, 2015

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:

The book The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley
You Need a Budget: Software to Help You Budget Easily and Wisely 

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 Millionaire Educator’s 5 Pillars of Wealth:
    Debt avoidance
    Hardcore savings via retirement accounts
    Tax minimization
    Prudent investing
    Embrace frugal living
Aug 13, 2015

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)





Jul 24, 2015

This episode is an interview with Erin Olson. Erin's work as an educator has been recognized by CNN, The New York Times, and more.  Erin is a former middle school teacher and a former high school English teacher and now serves as an Instructional technology consultant. Erin has been nominated twice for a Bammy. Erin advocates for the power of student contribution, explaining, "I do not want my students to be the best in the world, I want them to be the best FOR the world."


Mentioned in this podcast:

It's Complicated by Danah Boyd


Dr. Seuss Collection


The Maker Space Manifesto by Mark Hatch

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!


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