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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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!


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 



Apr 3, 2015

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. 

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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.


Mentioned in this podcast:


How to Win Friends and Influence People

Teach Like a Pirate





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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.