WEP 0054: The Education Calendar, An Interview with Adam Schoenbart

An Interview with Adam Schoenbart

superman-png-3In this podcast, Kelly interviews Adam Schoenbart, about co-founding The Educational Calendar website, designing a great classroom website, being selected as one of the 20 Educators to Watch by The National School Board Association, being an Ed.D candidate, and so much more.
Adam is a high school English teacher, technology coach, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and EdD candidate. He enjoys writing, presenting, and consulting on all education and technology topics. In 2016, Adam was named one of the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” Educational Technology Leaders and an ASCD Emerging Leader. He also co-created the The Education Calendar (theeducal.com), a crowdsourced map and calendar of education events worldwide. Adam teaches in New York and blogs about teaching and educational technology at aschoenbart.com.

Mentioned in this podcast: 
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Swift Playgrounds a great new app for the iPad to help students (and everyone) learn to code in Swift.

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

Send us Your Shoes to:

Oak Harbor Middle School

c/o Kelly Croy

315 Church Street

Oak Harbor, Ohio  43449

Remember to tag your shoes with: where they are from, a quote, or who they are in memory of, or whatever you want!

Thank you.

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

 

WEP 0053: Why Your School Needs a Moonshot.

The Importance of Doing Epic Things!

moon-landing-1920x1200-wallpaperIn this podcast, Kelly shares how he and his colleagues work together in a common TEAM time to make their school year meaningful and memorable for their students, and to make the biggest impact on individual learners. Kelly shares his vision for schools to do a “moonshot” to gather everyone under a common purpose and goal. This includes TEAM branding with silicone bracelets, a common slogan and so much more. Your school needs to do something so big it could be come legendary, or an epic fail. Fun and learning will result in either. Take a risk and join us on our annual “Big Deal” as we really, really need your shoes. Seriously! Give this episode a listen. This is an inspiring episode.

Mentioned in this podcast:

The Ask Pat Podcast and the SPI Blog and Podcast.

Your School Rocks! So tell people… by Ryan McLane and Eric Lowe: This is the book my principal read and started his video newsletter.

Apple’s iOS 10 Launch where our school, Oak Harbor Middle School was featured on the wall behind Tim Cook!

Swift Playgrounds a great new app for the iPad to help students (and everyone) learn to code in Swift.

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

Send us Your Shoes to:

Oak Harbor Middle School

c/o Kelly Croy

315 Church Street

Oak Harbor, Ohio  43449

Remember to tag your shoes with: where they are from, a quote, or who they are in memory of, or whatever you want!

Thank you.

 


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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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The Wired Educator Book Club: Announces First Book and Our Closed Facebook Group

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This book club is starting October 1st. It’s free, but seats are limited. Request access now.

A few podcasts ago I announced the idea of a Wired Educator Book Club.  The idea is for all of the listeners of the podcast and readers of the blog to join for four weeks of a book study. I thought I could provide some access to the authors whose books we read to make the discussions extra special. 

The club is absolutely free, and created for the sole purpose to get educators together to talk about books making an impact in education. The group will be a ‘secret’ Facebook group.  All you need to do is to request access, get a copy of the book and access the Facebook page one a week and contribute to the discussions. 

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I borrowed the idea for this book club from my assistant principal, Leigh Carroll. She has created a super-cool book club at our school. It is so much fun to talk about books with other educators. Great insight and applications at each meeting. Her book clubs are awesome, and I wanted to offer a similar experience to my readers and listeners. 

The Wired Educator Book Club will focus on non-fiction, education related books. I have a great list in mind, and will open the choice of the next book to a vote, most likely, of those who participate in the first book club to help choose the next. 

I will have the authors join us in the discussions. That’s right, you will direct access to the authors of the books and a myriad of amazing educational minds to analyze and apply aspects of the book.

I am not sure how big I am going to make the book club, so as of right now seating is limited. I am thinking of keeping it small, but we shall see what kind of interest develops and how the first book goes. 

The first book is Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off by Stephen J. Valentine and  Dr. Reshan Richards. Sketch notes by Brad Ovenell-Carter. Our first discussion of the book will be October 1, 2016. I was hoping to start this earlier, but the start of school and some other responsibilities prevented it. I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. 

You can grab a copy of the book here, or anywhere you’d like. We start on October 1st. Order the book and start reading. Everything you need will be found in the closed Facebook Group. 

Be sure to request access to the “secret” Facebook group so you can engage in the conversation with the authors and other educators. I recommend requesting access now as we are going to keep the size small for this first discussion and then see about opening it up to more later. 

Here is the link to the secret Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/505084519684008/

 

WEP 0052: The Classroom Chef, an Interview with John Stevens

JohnKelly interviews author and educator, John Stevens, about the book Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful. John co-authored the book with Matt Audrey.

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 stevens009@gmail.com

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Mentioned in this podcast:

John’s book, The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful.

Books that arrived this week:
 Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome

• 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller

• Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran

• The Writing on the Classroom Wall by Steve Wyborney

Equipment: 

• 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.

Another book: 

John’s favorite book is Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

App: Desmos graphing calculator

Khan Academy Announces 21 Free Apps and New and Updated Courses

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I received a very nice email from Khan Academy this morning. I am very impressed with all they have to offer learners. It really is amazing at how well developed and organized the Khan Academy is and the depth of learning you can access.

Teachers can use the site to supplement, reinforce and enhance the classroom experience. Students can use it independently or for remedial work.

The only area that I can find Khan lacking is in Reading and Writing. I would love to see Khan acquire or partner with Newsela to offer students great, contemporary nonfiction articles that are interesting to readers complete with text dependent questions and a writing prompt. Khan seems to cover everything well except for ELA.  I use both Newsela and Scope magazine for my seventh graders. The students are interested in using these resources because there is great variety and they are current. The metrics, diagnostics, and organization is okay and will hopefully improve. Newsless and Scope are NOT free, and this is really my point. Everything Khan offers is free.  It would be great to see a partnership or acquisition by Khan of these two sites, and then I think, Khan would be complete. (I’d also add some Swift programming course and some art resources if you’re asking.)

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21 Free Apps for Young Learners:

Khan has partnered with Duck Duck Moose, a developer of apps for young learners, is making all 21 of their Apps free on the Apple App Store and Google Play. These are great educational apps every young student should have on their device. 

 The Khan Academy: 

Khan has added some new courses and updated others. What a great list! Here is everything Khan Academy has to offer, organized for you in one concise space, complete with hyperlinks: 

Hi Kelly Croy,

As you head back to school, there’s only one thing you need to know: you can learn anything. Khan Academy is here to be your personal tutor throughout the school year. We have thousands of videos, articles, and exercises to help you sharpen your skills anytime, anywhere, all for free.

Here are some things you can learn on Khan Academy:

Advanced Placement & college prep
AP Calculus AB AP US history
AP Calculus BC AP Art history
AP Physics 1 SAT
AP Physics 2 College admissions 
AP Chemistry
Math
K-2nd grade Algebra I
3rd grade Geometry
4th grade  Algebra II
5th grade  Trigonometry
6th grade  Statistics & probability
7th grade  Calculus
8th grade  Differential equations
Arithmetic Linear algebra
Pre-algebra  
Science & engineering
Biology Health & medicine
Physics Electrical engineering
Chemistry Cosmology & astronomy
Organic chemistry
Computing
Computer programming Computer animation
Computer science
Arts & humanities
Art history US history
Grammar World history
Music
Economics & finance
Microeconomics Finance & capital markets
Macroeconomics Entrepreneurship

Happy learning!
Girish and the Khan Academy team