An Interview with Paul Solarz, author of Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed.
Paul Solarz has been teaching since 1999. He is a National Board Certified Educator and has been awarded numerous honors including: Top 50 Finalist for the Varkey GEMS Global Teacher Prize (like the Nobel Prize for Education), was named 2014 Educator of the Year by then Illinois Computing Educators. He earned his Master's Degree from Illinois State University in Curriculum and Instruction.
His book, Learn Like a Pirate is about:
Collaboration. Empowerment. Student Leadership. These buzz words get a lot of press, but what do they really mean for today's students? Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class? Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often? Won't all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom? Not if you're teaching them to learn like PIRATES!
In Learn Like a PIRATE, teachers will discover practical strategies for creating a student-led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience. You'll learn strategies for:
- Crafting active, relevant, and interesting lessons
- Creating opportunities for student leadership
- Providing effective and beneficial feedback
- Instilling confidence so students can take risks
- Increasing curiosity and passion for learning
Incorporate the techniques and strategies Paul Solarz uses in his student-led classroom and watch your students transform into confident, collaborative leaders.
Follow Paul on Twitter at @PaulSolarz
Mentioned in this podcast:
Paul's book Learn Like a Pirate
Paul's Most Influential Book He's Ever Read is Teach Like a Pirate! by Dave Burgess
The Next Book Paul Will Read is: Lead Like a Pirate by Beth Hour and Shelley Burgess
Paul's Next Purchase: A Second Projector (It's Under $300)
Paul's Favorite App: Sown to Grow (Students Monitor Their Goals)
Kelly's new Podcast: The Future Focused Podcast
Kelly's book: Along Came a Leader
Kelly's website: www.KellyCroy.com
In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Rich Czyz and educational leader and author making a positive impact for educators and learners. Rich is the author of The Four O'Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionize Professional Development.
Author Rich Czyz is on a mission to revolutionize professional learning for all educators. In The Four O’Clock Faculty, Rich identifies ways to make Professional Development meaningful, efficient, and, above all, personally relevant.
Rich's book is a practical guide that reveals why some Professional Development is so awful and what you can do to change the model for the betterment of you and your colleagues.
Mentioned in this podcast:
One of Rich's favorite reads: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
One of the books that most impacted Rich's thoughts on education: Lead Like a Pirate! by Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess
Sphero: The Affordable Robot for Every Classroom.
Tools & Resources mentioned: Smore, Wordswag, Retype, Type O Rama, Voxer, EdCamp
Rich's one word for 2017: Push!
Ideas & Themes Mentioned: No Office Day, Use Your Commute, The Hour of Possibility, Pop-Up PD, Survey Teachers, Own Your Own PD, Go Above & Beyond Your Learning
In this episode, Kelly interviews Todd Whitaker the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently, What Great Principals Do Differently, and forty other titles that have made a profound impact in education, instruction, leadership and ultimately in the lives of countless educators and student around the world.
Todd Whitaker is one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teadher leadership, and principal effectiveness. He has written over 40 books including the National Best Seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently.
Mentioned in this podcast: (Click the title to learn more.)
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In this episode, Kelly interviews Matt Miller about his new book Ditch That Homework, co-authored with Alice Keeler.
Kelly interviewed Matt way back on episode 6 when Matt publsihed
Matt is the author of Ditch That Textbook, Ditch That Homework, a veteran teacher, a Google Certified Educator, speaker and blogger. He is also one of the most influential voices in education. You can follow Matt on Twitter at: @jmattmiller and visit his website www.DitchThatTextbook.com
Matt is a super-cool educator that loves to help others.
You are going to love this interview.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Ditch That Homework by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler
Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller
Tribes by Seth Godin
All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin
In this episode, Kelly interviews Tim Kight, an expert in building culture within school districts.
Tim Kight is the founder and president of Focus 3, a firm whose mission is to help companies around the world align the power of leadership, culture, and behavior to achieve next level results.
A dynamic communicator, Tim focuses on the critical factors that distinguish great organizations from average organizations. He delivers a powerful message on the mindset & skills at the heart of individual & organizational performance.
Most recently, Tim has worked closely with Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team as the Buckeyes’ leadership coach. His work with Ohio State has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN.
Mr. Kight is the author of several high impact training programs: The R Factor, Lead Now, The Power of Culture, Winning, and Attitude Matters.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Some of Tim's favorite books:
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Last Lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch
Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Tim's website: www.focus3.com
Tim's podcast: www.focus3.com/podcast
As mentioned in the interview: Tim loves his Apple Pencil.
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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.
In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator Casey Cohen. This is an absolutely dynamite conversation about many topics in education that any educator or administrator can benefit. Kelly and Casey talk about: transitioning from educator to administrator, starting a new job, starting the new year, viewing curriculum as a story, backward design, The Apple Distinguished Educator Program and the ADE 2017 Academy, Casey's amazing ADE Showcase spot-lighting an amazing Holocaust unit centered around becoming globally connected educators, using Apple's Clips app for observations, and so much more. This is a great interview.
After having taught secondary school English in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia and Boston for ten years, Casey Cohen is entering a new position as Middle School Director of Hannah Senesh Community Day School. Casey received her B.A. at the University of Michigan where she studied English, history, and theater in Michigan's Residential College. She received her Ed.M. at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where she studied English and secondary education in HGSE's Teacher Education Program. She received her Principal Certification at the University of Pennsylvania where she participated in the School Leadership Program. And, Casey is currently earning her Ed.D. in the Global Educational Leadership Program at Lamar University. She is a proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015, and she is passionate about sharing her work. She presents at local, state, national, and international conferences on topics that include building school community, global collaboration, up-leveling literature circles, project-based learning in a 1:1 iPad learning environment, and course writing in iTunes U. Connect with Casey on Twitter: @cicohen.
Mentioned on this podcast:
Casey's most influential book: Night by Eli Wiesel
Kelly interviews educator, author, and speaker, Trevor Muir. Trevor makes amazing inspirational videos and is the author of the book The Epic Classroom: How to Boost Engagment, Make Learning Memorable, and Transform Lives. Kelly and Trevor talk about how to make your classroom epic!
Trevor is a teacher, author, speaker, and project based learning expert. He is the author of The Epic Classroom, a book about using the power of story to make learning engaging and unforgettable. Trevor is a faculty member for the Buck Institute For Education, and travels across the country to work with educators on how to bring project based learning into their schools. He is the host and creator for the We Are Teachers show, Teacher Helpline Live, and his writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Creative Classroom, and EdWeek. He also gave a TEDx Talk titled, "School Should Take Place in the Real World," at TEDxSanAntonio. Trevor's work can be found on his Facebook page, on Epic Classroom and on his blog at www.trevormuir.com.
Mentioned in this episode:
Trevor recommends reading The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Stephen Pressfield.
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an educational leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.
Jimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development services for educators across the country.
Follow Jimmy on Twitter: Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) | Twitter
Jimmy's book: Start. Right. Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence
Jimmy recommends the book: The Four Agreements by Don Michael Ruiz
Jimmy's favorite app: Voxer
Jimmy's favorite hashtags: #IowaEdChat #SatChat and #Tlap
Jimmy's website: http://www.jimmycasas.com
In this episode, Kelly interviews two of the most influential and most recognized names in the research and application of reading instruction, Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. The focus of this interview is an engaging conversation about their new book, Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Think Matters, and how to help students become better readers. This is a must-listen interview.
About the Authors: Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst are the coauthors of the best-selling books Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies, as well as Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (with Linda Rief) and Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters. Beers, who also authored When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do, began her teaching career at a middle school in the Houston area. Probst, who also authored Response and Analysis, began his career at the junior high and high school levels in the Baltimore area. Both have taught at the university level—Beers at the University of Houston and Probst at Georgia State University. Beers is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Probst is a former member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. You can follow them on Twitter @kylenebeers and @bobprobst.
In their hit books Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction.
With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:
“We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be."
Mentioned in this interview:
Kylene and Bob's book: Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters <<<Order Now!
Bob and Kylene recommend the books:
Telling Writing by Ken Macrorie <<<Order Now!
Literature as Exploration by Louise Rosenblatt <<<Order Now!
Kelly interviews author and educator, John Stevens, about his new book, Table Talk Math: A Practical Guide to Bringing math in Everyday Conversations.
John Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has also taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design since 2006. As the co-author of “The Classroom Chef”, he has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work.
He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California. He also is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs, the first in the area.
In his free time that doesn’t exist, he runs a site called Would You Rather? which is dedicated to getting students talking about math. He is an author of Flipping 2.0, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. During recent summers, John has had the honor of presenting at CUE Rockstar events in California and various technology and math conferences. John blogs at fishing4tech.com. His latest adventure has led him into the world of 3D-printing, designing lesson plans and curricula for AirWolf3D. Follow him @jstevens009 or email him at email@example.com
Mentioned in this podcast:
Creation Crate: An awesome subscription service sending you new electronic projects each month! I love it and so do my kids!
How to Make a Freaking iPhone App Kickstarter by Nick Walter: This kickstarter project will become an awesome online course to help you make an app. Very cool.
Books I'm reading this summer and that I've seen poolside:
• Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome
• Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran
• The Writing on the Classroom Wall by Steve Wyborney
Equipment I just ordered:
• iPad Pro 12.9 inch: The greatest device I have ever owned. Wow!
• Apple Pencil: I love this. Wow!
• Logic hard shell case and backlit keyboard for iPad Pro: this is the best keyboard and case available for the iPad Pro.
• Omoton Leather sleeve for iPad Pro with document folder and Pencil holder: this is awesome and less the $15 bucks.
John's favorite book is Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
App: Desmos graphing calculator
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Kelly interviews Joy Kirr, the author of the hot new book, Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Change for MASSIVE Impact in Your Classroom!
Joy Kirr is an amazing teacher and author. She was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 22nd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t mind being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and enjoys the school year without grades.
This is a fantastic and energetic interview that is perfect for all teachers. Joy is absolutely brilliant.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Creation Crate: An amazing monthly subscription service that ships a new electronic project right to your home or classroom. Wired Educator loves this service and you will too! Check out www.CreationCrate.com.
Joy's website: http://joykirr.wixsite.com/portfolio
Joy's reccomends the book: Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Our Children's Learning by Peter Johnson
Joy reccomends the book: Creating a Culture of Feedback: Use Grading to MotivateStudents to Move Forward (Solutions) by Bill Ferriter
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
This is one of my all-time favorite Wired Educator Podcast interviews! Why? Because my guest, Pat Flynn is the man who inspired so much of my creative work.
Pat Flynn has inspired me to start a podcast, blog, write books and create courses. He is an amazing online educator that every teacher can learn from. I believe he understands teaching and education in ways that every teacher can and should learn from. Pat Flynn is amazing, and I am proud to share this interview with him, with you.
In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I get to interview one of my heroes and mentors, Pat Flynn. Pat is the host of my favorite podcast, and I have been lucky enough to have been featured on Pat's "Ask Pat!" Podcast multiple times.
Pat Flynn is a father, husband, and entrepreneur who works from his home office in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and host of the top-rated business podcast, The Smart Passive Income Podcast, which has earned over 30 million downloads, multiple awards and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes. He is also an advisor for LeadPages and other companies in the digital marketing arena.
You absolutely must listen to Pat's podcasts The Smart Passive Income and Ask Pat and read his books, including his newest, Superfans. Pat is an incredible inspiration and an awesome educator. He really wants to make a difference in education. I hope Pat will allow me to work with him on his upcoming endeavor with schools.
This episode will inspire you to create and share. You're going to love this podcast.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Pat Flynn's book: Will it Fly?
Pat's Podcast: Smart Passive Income Podcast
Pat's NEW book: Superfans!
Pat's Blog: Smart Passive Income
Pat's other Podcast, Ask Pat!
Pat recommends reading these books:
The Biography of Ben Franklin by Walter Issacson
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
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In this episode, Kelly interviews Kevin Duncan about his work as an International Teacher and his new book The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers.
Kevin A. Duncan, an Apple Distinguished Educator, has taught high school history and economics for 15 years, 4 in the US and 11 in Costa Rica, South Korea, and China (and soon-to-be Argentina). Before and while teaching, he has visited over 50 countries on 6 continents but still views the farm his dad grew up on in Tennessee as his favorite place in the world. In the past few years the power of stories has become a more important element in his teaching and personal life: In the classroom, students work on their communication skills by incorporating effective anecdotes into written and oral presentations. Outside of the classroom, Duncan interviewed many people to create a mini-documentary about his parents and hosts storytelling nights for the local teaching community. The recent emphasis on telling stories culminated with the publication of The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers, a collection that features 37 true stories set in 24 countries written by 35 authors, several of whom are friends and former colleagues.
The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers follows the experiences of 35 educators living in 18 different countries. From Colombia to China, Morocco to Mexico, and many other places in between, veteran international school teachers share a wide variety of tales about moving, adapting, living, teaching, traveling, and leaving overseas. 100% of all proceeds will benefit education via The Children of Haiti Project.
Follow Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/duncanka
Mentioned in this podcast:
Planbook.com: The best way to create lesson plans!
New books by Dave Burgess Consulting Inc:
Swift Playground update from Apple.
Kevin is reading: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Kevin's favorite book is: Two Minute Mysteries by Scholastic
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Julie Willcott is an EdTech Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. She works as an advocate for innovative learning with an emphasis on STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math). As a high school science teacher, Julie implemented one of the nation’s first 1:1 iPad programs and developed multiple open educational resources on iTunes U and iBooks. Her current consulting work includes serving as a Professional Development Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for zSpace, a provider of immersive virtual reality technology. In addition, Julie works as a Social Media Manager for EdSurge promoting resources on how and when to use technology in K-20 education. Julie presents at national and international conferences and serves as an advisory board member for SXSWedu.
Julie and Kelly talk about a wide-range of topics including:
Mentioned in this podcast:
Julie recommends the book The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching
Julie finds great benefit in using the "The Self Journal".
Her must-have gadget is a 3-D Printer.
She recommends Rich Perry, an outstanding ELA teacher as a possible guest for an upcoming interview on The Wired Educator Podcast.
One of her favorite apps is Clips by Apple.
Some of the sites and resources we discussed include:
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In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly shares what he has learned from the numerous authors he has interviewed about how to write and publish a book. Kelly also leans on his own experience in the writing and publication of his book, Along Came a Leader.
Kelly will share the tips, tricks, strategies, plans, tools, and resources, as well as some potent motivation, to help you become a published author.
Kelly emphasizes not only the 'how-to-do-it' but he clearly illustrates why you will want to publish. Kelly addresses many benefits of publication that most educators don't even consider.
Whether you think you have a book in you or not, this episode is just what you need.
Mentioned in this podcast:
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.
Here is a list of inspiring and fun educational books that will help you make an incredible impact in your classroom, school, district, and well… life. You are going to love this list! Click here for an annotated list of the best educational reads for you!
• 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!
• 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.
• Evernote: This is my digital vault. I use Evernote on my iPhone, on my iPad, and on my MacBook. This is where I save all that I need. I save notes here on projects I am working on, my daily affirmations, my to-do list, web clippings, information on my family and friends. It’s completely searchable and easy to use. You can even easily add photos, scans, voice memos and more.
Moleskine Journal: If it’s worth writing down, put it in your Moleskine. Don’t use napkins, sticky notes, or scraps of paper. Put it where you can find it. This is the exact notebook I use as my day to day journal. I love absolutely everything about it. This is where I record my ideas and anything of importance. If you read my posts and hear me speak, you know how important a journal is to my lifestyle and productivity. I don’t go anywhere without my Moleskine.
In this episode Kelly interviews Dr. Michael Mills about his new book, Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives, his work as a professor preparing the next generation of educators to graduate, the best uses of mobile devices in the classroom, and best educational practices in general, and so much more. Michael encorages when designing our lessons to focus on: choice, opportunities, reflections, and assessment. Listen to find out why and how!
Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is an SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and serves on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas.
Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelSMills
Mentioned in this podcast:
The best way to create your lesson plans: www.PlanBook.com
Michael's book: Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives on Amazon, or use this discount code "IGI50" here.
Books Michael recommends this great book: The Psychology of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
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In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Lisa Johnson about her new book, Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future Ready Skills for Secondary Students.
Lisa Johnson is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Digital Innovator, and she is the founder of TechChef4U.com, a blog devoted to "cooking up" recipe-like content to be used in the classroom for all age levels. Lisa co-authored Hot Apps 4 HOTS, she has over fourteen years experience in the classroom and holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Her insight on technology has been published on sites like Edutopia and mainstream publications like iPads in Education for Dummies. Lisa lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and enjoys a good Netflix series when she isn't writing and speaking.
Cultivating Communication in the Classroom by Lisa Johnson is a great resource for any administrator or educator at any level. Here is more about Lisa's book:
Students are expected to be innovators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers. But what if they can't communicate their ideas persuasively? Knowing how to share ideas is as crucial as the ideas themselves. Unfortunately, many students don’t get explicit opportunities to hone this skill.
Cultivating Communication in the Classroom will help educators design authentic learning experiences that allow students to practice their skills. Readers will find:
Real world insights into how students will be expected to communicate in their future careers and education.
Strategies for teaching communication skills throughout the curriculum.
Communication Catchers for igniting ideas.
Mentioned in this podcast:
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Lisa's blog: www.TechChef4U.com
Books & Journals:
Order Lisa's book: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom!
Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun
Revinvent Yourself by James Altucher
There is no Good Card for This by Kelsey Crowe
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, the authors of the hot, new, best-selling book, Lead Like a Pirate.
About the book, Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff:
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Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators.
Beth is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth.
Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri. She also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has also been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.
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In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Monica Burns about her hot new book, #Formative Tech. This is Monica's second book. Her first, Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom was also published by Corwin Publications. Monica and Kelly have a great educational discussion focusing on her new book, and as always... so much more!
About the book: #Formative Tech: Formative assessment is a must for educators, but it can be difficult to juggle with all the other demands of a busy teacher’s to-do list. Fortunately, technology tools can help you work smarter, not harder. In #FormativeTech, you’ll find:
About Monica: Kelly interviewed Monica and her awesome website Class Tech Tips back in episode 41 of The Wired Educator Podcast. Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016.)
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In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Belgium educator, Kurt Klynen.
Kurt Klynen is an Apple Distinguished Educator with over sixteen years teaching ages 2 to 62 and older in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. He is an ad vacate, author, ambassador and advisor in educational curriculum design and instruction. He founded his own educational start-up, ICT Atelier in 2009 with one primary mission: hands-on, inspiring workshops on the integration of technology in education. He currently leads of 25 superstar educators who spread this vision all over Europe. He serves as an advisor for Apple Distinguished Educators EMEIA region, and as an advisor for both Book Widgets and Book Creator.
Having worked with educators and students around the world, Kurt is truly an international educator. Leaning heavily on Kurt's experiences in many countries, Kelly interviews Kurt about the differences in education around the world and what best practices and theories have emerged. Kurt also shares his passion for his current ADE project, The Joy of Professional Learning.
Kurt has an incredible eye for design, and he is just a brilliant educator. He is very inspiring to talk with, and I am looking forward to collaborating with him in some way in the future.
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Download The Joy of Professional Learning: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-basics-part-one/id1164710031?mt=11
Download: The Joy of Professional Learning Part 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-basics-part-two/id1175094462?mt=11
Guest Chefs, The Joy of Professional Learning: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-guest-chefs/id1215839734?mt=11
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Together is Better by Simon Sinek
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
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