WEP 0039: 140 Twitter Tips for Educators with Brad Currie

5556211In this podcast, Kelly Croy interviews Brad Currie, the author of the hot new book, 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. The interview covers areas of interest for every educator! Brad Currie is an amazing resource for all educators and shares so much in this interview.

Brad is the Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is also the Founding Partner and Chief Information Officer for Evolving Educators LLC. Brad began his career in 2001 as a Middle School Social Studies and Computer Education Teacher for the Hanover Township School District in Whippany, New Jersey. He is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Educator, Google Education Trainer, author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Parents, Educators, and Communitie. He has also the author of Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development and the newly released 140 Twitter Tips for Educators.

Follow Brad on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradmcurrie

Connect with Brad at his website at: www.bradcurrie.net

Mentioned in this Podcast:2804519

Jennie Mageria’s new book: Courageous Adventures. Grab it.

Brad Currie’s new book 140 Twitter Tips for Educator.

The two most influential books Brad has read:

• Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger 


• What Great Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker

• Brad says all teachers become a Google Certified Educator. Here’s how to it. Boom!
• Brad really likes this: Flipgrid. Try it out.

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

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Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

WEP 0038: Teaching the Poorest of the Poor

Jarius Makambi and the Cheery Education Centre

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 2.55.58 PMJarius Makambi is an incredible educator in the Kibera Slum of Narobi, Kenya. For the past two years our classrooms have used Skype to interact and learn. Jarius’s school is one of the poorest in the world. It is situated in one of the largest slums in the world, The Kibera Slum where about 1.5 million people live.

This episode is not an interview, but rather a profile of the amazing work Jarius is doing at the Kibera Slum with the school he founded, how our classes communicate and learn, and how we can help these vulnerable students.

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 2.12.05 PMJarius Makambi founded the Cheery Education Centre. I really want to bring attention to Jarius’s work and The Cheery Education Centre. I hope this podcast inspires you to use Skype in your classroom and perhaps even send The Cheery Education Centre a donation as I did.

Jarius feeds, clothes, and educates his students. I can vouch for their amazing character and drive to succeed. This is an amazing school. How the families and children live here is simply astonishing.

I can also vouch the amazing work of this educator. He does so much with so little.

Mentioned in this podcast:

The website for The Cheery Education Centre: http://cheerycentre.org/donations

Follow the Cheery Education Centre and Jarius on Twitter: @Cheeryeducentre

Follow the Cheery Education Centre and Jarius on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheerycentre

You can email Jarius and send him a donation at this email address: jairusmakambi@yahoo.com

Here is our YouTube video of our Skype session with Oak Harbor Middle Shool in Ohio and The Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya:


SWIVL Announces The C-Series Robot, Expand Case, and Awesome New Apps

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I am a big fan of the Swivl Robot for the classroom. As I have written earlier, the Swivl Robot provides an awesome robotic base that follows you in the classroom to record classroom activities, lectures, presentations, and upload them to an easy-to-share platform with awesome features and metrics.

Well, now the awesome Swivl experience just soared to an entirely new level with a new robot, case, and apps.

The New C-Series Robot:

The new C-Series by Swivl serves as the robotic base for your iPad, just like the previous model, however it is loaded with new features. The C-Series robot is easier to use, provides a higher quality audio recording, faster tracking and response, a simpler Lightning interface, and the ability to connect four marker/remotes to record and pinpoint action. These features make Swivl even better for your classroom.  I am excited about these new features. Four marker/remotes can allow recording of multiple presentations, debates, group work, and more. Swirl listened to educators and made many new improvements to making Swivl even easier to use. The C-Series Robot looks incredible. They even added a new carrying case.

Swivl Cloud:

This is where you store everything that you record. Swirl has made upgrades and I find the Swivl Cloud the best way to share videos with my students and parents. They are protected, viewers can leave feedback and have discussions, and I am provided with metrics on how many views they have received and more.

The Swivl Marker:

The Swivl Marker is not a marker but rather a remote for the robot complete with a microphone. This is what the robot tracks for robotic movement of the iPad to record video. Well, now the new robot allows for up to four Markers. Very nice. Audio can be captured from all four markers and users can control the robot from each to switch recording. The response time for the marker and robotic interaction has been sped up too. I also like that the lid that kept the marker in the robot for charging and storage has been removed. It is much easier to use the marker now and I believe the buttons look to be of a higher quality.

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The Expand Case:

The Expand Case is a great new accessory to add all-in-one wide angle lens for your iPad/Swivl experience while protecting the iPad. The professional quality lens allows you to see every detail in the classroom while recording. The multipurpose stand is a great add-on. this is a great case and a great addition. I know this wide-angled lens would have been great for the recent Skype session my students had with Africa.

Great Swivl Apps:

The Swivl app for recording on your iPad is great, but did you know Swivl has added several other great apps?  Swivl has added: the Practice App for developing skills with reflection and coaching to be used by both teachers and students, Present App for live presentations with blended learning applications, and the Recap app for video reflections and teacher responses. These are all great.

You can order your Swivl C-Series here for $599 and take your classroom to a whole new level. This is one of my Wired Educator top picks for items to order for your classroom. 

WEP 0037: Breakout EDU, An Interview with James Sanders

An Interview with James Sanders, The Founder of Breakout EDU

James Sanders headshot Wired EducatorKelly interviews the founder of Breakout EDU, James Sanders. This is a wonderful interview about making your class engaging. We discuss technology in the classroom on many levels.

James Sanders is the founder of Breakout EDU and the Chief Innovation Officer at EdTechTeam. layreviously, James was White House Presidential fellow where we led the development of Future Ready Schools and the White House Film Festival. James got his start in education as a middle school history teacher in South Los Angeles where he pioneered the use of Chromebooks in the classroom. His current passion is creating daily video blogs on his YouTube Channel YouTube.com/jamestsanders

Mentioned in Kelly’s Pre-Roll:

• Planbook.com: Planbook is sponsoring the hosting costs for today’s podcast and giving you a free year with the promo code: FREEYEARWEP. Planbook.com is the best software for any device to create and share your lesson plans with standards and so much more. Planbook is awesome.
• The Create Conference hosted by Chris Hamady: June 6
• Rumble Roller: Textured Muscle Foam Roller: Manipulates soft tissue like a massage therapist for a teachers sore feet, legs, back, neck and more. Love this!

• Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lesson for analyzing texts and Life: by Christopher Lehman
• Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School by Matt Copeland

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Mentioned in the Podcast:
• James Most influential read: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Breakout EDU
• The Breakout EDU wooden Box Kit
• EdTech Team
• White House Presidential Fellow
• James likes the online site Socrative for the classroom.
• BirdBrain Technologies

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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Learn how to invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 


Google Slides Updated with Audience Participation Q and A Feature and More! Love it!

Increase engagement and use as an exit ticket or formative assessment tool.


Google updated Slides with a new feature that allows your audience to ask questions and vote on questions they want answered.

There are a lot of great presentation apps available, and I know slide decks are not considered the greatest of educational tools, still Google’s update does offer some cool features that allows your audience to interact with you.

The new feature in Google Slides is called Q&A.

Q&A allows your audience to submit a question during a presentation. The new feature also allows the audience to vote on what questions they most want answered.

This could be a great formative assessment tool, exit ticket, and make your next presentation more personal and engaging.

I really like this new feature.

To activate Q&A, you simply display a short URL on your presentation by which audience members can click and submit questions. This does not interrupt the presentation in any way. On this same URL the audience can see and vote for all of the questions submitted, so Q&A serves as a nice backchannel as well.  I know I often like to use Twitter as a backchannel during a speaker’s presentation to see what others are thinking and what stuck with them. This can really encourage engagement and participation.

Voting for the question you want answered is as simple as clicking or tapping the thumbs-up.

On the other end of Slides, the presenter will see on the device running the presentation all of the questions that come in, without interrupting the presentation, and without displaying them on the presentation screen to the audience. This is a nice touch.

Google added the ability to share your presentation via Hangouts on an iOS or Android device, which was not previously possible.

Another cool feature Google added is the ability to turn your mouse pointer as  a built-in, virtual “laser-pointer” for the presenter to highlight key points during the presentation.

Here’s Google’s cool video showing off the new features in Slides:

Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Learn how to invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here.