WEP 0070: An Interview with Dr. Chris Penny

Technology and Paying it Forward

Kelly interviews Dr. Chris Penny in this 70th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast. Chris and Kelly talk about the joys and challenges of preparing our next level of educators, learning spaces, digital badging, what the most important skill needed for learning to code (and it isn’t what you’re probably thinking), why you probably want to avoid using the word drones, and so much more. Chris is brilliant. You’ll fall in love with his accent, and you will learn a lot.

Chris Penny is a Professor of Educational Technology at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Penn State University. In 2011 he won the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for his excellence in the classroom. In 2007 he became an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Google Certified Teacher in 2009. His efforts in teaching and research have the focus of technology integration in education. He has published an edited book titled Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences. Has published articles on reading on electronic devices, eMentoring, 24/7 laptop access for teacher candidates, and digital portfolios. Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning is the title of his latest book which was published in 2013. His most recent research revolves around the topics of learning spaces, and coding for everyone.

Follow Chris Penny on Twitter at @ChrisPenny! 

Mentioned in this podcast:

Thank you PlanBook.com for sponsoring this episode of the Wired Eduator Podcast. Planbook.com is the best lesson plan service available. Period. www.planbook.com

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

SwiftPlaygrounds for iPad: Everyone really can learn to code with this app. Love it!

 

 

 

WEP 0069: Flexible Seating, An Interview with Kayla Delzer

An Interview with Kayla Delzer

Buckle-up! This is a high-energy interview! Kelly interviews Kayla Delzer about flexible seating, the importance of classroom design, and a cornucopia of other educational interests and passions. Kayla is doing amazing work in and outside the classroom. She is an inspiration to all educators and shares a lot of tips that can help you out!
Kayla Delzer is a 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. She is a columnist for Edsurge and blogger for Edutopia, where she writes about a variety of edtech and design topics. She has nine years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently in the process of becoming National Board Certified, the highest mark of professional accomplishment.
On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners. Kayla frequently travels around the United States as a featured and keynote speaker, and she is proud to be an international speaker with Best Keynote coalition.
Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide. She is highly sought after by educational and technology companies to preview and review their products.
Kayla sits on several advisory boards of educational companies, and works closely with Remind, Go Ennounce, GoNoodle, Amazon Education, Seesaw, and Creative Teaching Press to name a few. She was also recently selected as North Dakota’s Lead Digital Innovator by PBS. She is authoring her first book for educators based on best 21st century teaching practices for digital natives.
You can connect with Kayla on all social media platforms @topdogteaching, and her student lead social media accounts @topdogkids.
 
Mentioned in this podcast: 
Kayla’s favorite books: Move Your Bus by Ron Clark and Todd Nesloney’s Kid’s Deserve It!
Ron Clark Academy Two Day Training: http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/educators

 

2017 CREATE! Conference is June 8, 2017

2017 CREATE! Conference: creativity. technology. education

My friend, Chris Hamady, an Apple Distinguished Educator and all-around brilliant educational-technology-enthusiast is hosting his annual CREATE! Conference. You may remember Chris from the awesome series of guest posts he did on the Wired Educator blog, or from his own, awesome site. Either way, you will want to check out his upcoming conference and add it to your calendar.

The conference date is June 8, 2017. The conference is at Anthony Wayne Schools in North West Ohio. It begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.

Learn more, apply to present, or register to attend here: https://createconference.net

Here’s more from Chris:

CREATE! – June 8, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2017 CREATE! Conference. creativity. technology. education

Anthony Wayne Local Schools, an award winning educational technology program, and Bowling Green State University, are pleased to invite you to take part in the 2017 CREATE! Conference on June 8, 2017.

CREATE! was conceived to provide educators with an opportunity to explore and discover real-world, standards-based lessons that incorporate creativity, technology and 21st century skills. Lessons containing these characteristics result in engaging, inspiring, student-centered learning. Let our presenters show you how they are leading the evolution of teaching and learning in order to more effectively prepare our students for the 21st century and beyond.

There will be 5 session strands at CREATE! 2017:

1. Sessions that focus on the integration of creativity and technology into the classroom.

2. Sessions that focus on Information Technology support of classroom technology integration.

3. Sessions that focus on higher education and its focus on the integration of creativity and technology in the classroom through research and faculty development.

4. Sessions co-presented by students.

5. Sessions focusing on STEM and STEAM related content.

 

WEP 0068: An Interview with Ryan Orilio

Cool Tech in the Classroom and the Importance of Being a Great Role Model

In this podcast Kelly interviews Ryan Orilio, an Apple Distinguished Educator in New York State, about some of the coolest technology being used in education, as well as the importance of being an authentic eduator and a great role model. Ryan delves into how his school is using robots, coding, drones, and more. This is an inspiring and engaging interview. Many take-aways for every educator and school leader.

Ryan is the Technology Coordinator at Herkimer CSD in upstate, NY. He is a former Digital Arts Instructor at Oneida High School and adjunct professor at SUNY Institute of Technology. Ryan has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator, Plickers Ambassador, and is a Google Certified Educator. Outside of his district, Ryan creates and presents professional development for NYS schools and NYSCATE (New York State Computers And Technology in Education).

Ryan is passionate about effective uses of technology in the classroom and empowering students to curate their own learning experience. Ryan shares his tips and tricks for technology integration at his blog, www.ryanorilio.com.

Personally, Ryan is an avid runner, photographer, husband, and dog-lover. He is currently training for his first ultra-marathon event, the Disney World Goofy Challenge in January of 2018.

Mentioned in this Podcast: 

Create Conference 2017: www.CreateConference.net hosted by Chris Hamady on June 8

Jennifer Seravallo’s book Writing Strategies Book

Sphero: a fun programmable robot for any classroom.

Flybrix: a mini drone you put together and take apart with Legos.

Best Drone for Education is DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @ryanorilio and on Instagram: @ryanorilio

Visit Ryan’s Website at: www.ryanorilio.com

Ryan’s most influential book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayan Rand

 

 

 

WEP 0067: Education Technology SWAT Teams, an Interview with April Requard, ADE

My Interview with April Requard

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews April Requard. April is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and she has given an amazing TED Talk about the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology) she created at her school. Kelly and April talk about all of this, her film festival at her school, iTunes U,  and so much! You will find many take-aways for all educators and administrators in any learning environment in this episode. Enjoy!

April is an Instructional Technology Teacher at North Star Elementary in Albuquerque. April began her teaching career as a third grade teacher before moving into the role of technology teacher several years later. This role switch truly changed the trajectory in April’s career path and ever since then, April has been committed to teaching students and teachers how to infuse technology tools in the classroom to achieve learning which was once not possible. April has also worked as a professional development specialist where she worked alongside educators and leaders to provide high quality professional development for innovative and effective use of digital resources and technology integration in their classrooms. April has a passion to inspire teachers and school leaders with powerful, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences by enhancing learning with technology tools and creative curriculum resources.  April is a published author and has created two published courses in iTunes University. She is an avid educational blogger (appsolutelyapril.com) and believes strongly in the power of social media for educators to grow and expand their professional learning network. April is an Apple Distinguished Educator and is part of a growing number of teachers looking to change the educational landscape by using powerful technology tools. 

Mentioned in this Podcast:
April’s Blog: appsolutelyapril.com
April is onTwitter: @AprilRequard
Here are April’s iTunes U Courses and iBooks:

Aprils favorite book: Tacky the Penguin series.

Ecamm Software: www.ecamm.com makers of Call Recorder and more!

Kelly’s $68 microphone: Audio Technica ATR2100 USB

Carl Hooker: iPadpalooza Conference: I interview Carl about that here.

Kelly’s Educator’s Entrepreneur Weekend: Limited to 4 rooms only.

Kelly mentioned reading this book: Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement

Kelly’s current favorite iPad App: Comic Draw by Plasq.