Todd Nesloney is the Principal of Webb Elementary in Navasota, TX. He is the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for Elementary Principal and the 2014 Classroom Teacher of the Year, the TCEA Teacher of the Year, a White House Champion of Change, a National School Board Association “20 to Watch”, and Center for Digital Education “Top 40 Innovators in Education”. Todd is also the co-author of the hit book Kids Deserve It!.
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Todd’s Blog: http://www.toddnesloney.com
Follow Todd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechNinjaTodd
Todd’s book: Kids Deserve It! that he co-authored with Adam Welcome.
White House Champion of Change
#kidsDeserveIt hashtag on Twitter
Todd’s favorite reads: Animporph Series, The Giver, Wonder, The Cuz of
Todd’s most influential reads:
• Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden
• Move Your Bus by Ron Clark
• The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
• The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
• The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark
Todd’s favorite apps: Pokemon’ Go, SeeSaw, Periscope, Canva
Kelly interviews Julie Smith, the author of Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World.
Julie Smith has been teaching media literacy at two St Louis universities for fifteen years. She’s been all over preaching about classroom engagement, using social media in the classroom, and the importance of teaching critical media consumption in all classrooms regardless of age. Her book ‘Master the Media’ is a great starting point for any teacher or parent interested in helping the young people in their lives become aware of the power and influence the media has over our entire culture.
Julie is also very interested in changing the higher education classroom paradigm and is known to “stir things up” in her classrooms. Determined NOT to be the ”sage on the stage” Julie uses all sorts of social media and apps within the classroom to give college students a voice as well as a reason to get out of their chairs.
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Julie’s book: Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World
Julie’s blog: www.HeyJulieSmith.com
Julie’s favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Julie’s favorite apps: Remind, LiveBinders, Padlet
Apple recently released a set of guidebooks to help educators implement iPads and iOS apps into school curriculum. Apple remains the leader in innovation in education with the best hardware and software for teachers and students. (Find out how the iPad is beating the Chromebook in education.)
The new “starter guides” are available through Apple’s iTunes U and is featured in the Education section of the iBooks Store. These guides are a great way for teachers and districts to get started and a wonderful resource for everyone familiar with the iPad and iOS apps.
While I am a staunch believer in an iPad for every student, I would be one of the first to say that I didn’t really think a starter guide was necessary since using iOS devices is so intuitive and simple, however, looking over the six starter guides I found them incredibly useful. What a great way to introduce the iPad and iOS apps to unfamiliar users in education! This is a great series.
The series covers: the iPad Starter Guide,iMovie for iOS, Pages for iOS, GarageBand for iOS and Numbers for iOS. All of these guides, as well as the apps are free for your iOS device.
Apple remains the leading innovator in educational technology. The iPad is the perfect solution for any classroom and any student, and with the powerful suite of creation apps like: iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Garageband, students will be apple to demonstrate their mastery of learning powerfully with choice and no limitations on their creativity.
Check out these wonderful Starter Guides from Apple for the iPad and iOS apps.
You may also want to read: “The Best Chromebook is… an iPad.”
Kelly Interviews the “Tech Rabbi” Apple Distinguished Educator, Rabbi Michael Cohen. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheTechRabbi
Rabbi Michael Cohen is the Director of Educational Technology at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. It is there that he created and developed the “Invisible iPad” approach to technology use in education, a topic on which he has presented at several conferences, and institutions including Apple Leadership Events, SXSWEdu, ISTE, American Jeweish University, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summits.
Due to this innovative approach, Rabbi Michael was selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015. In 2016, Onalytica published a report ranking Rabbi Michael among the Top 50 EdTech Influencers today. Rabbi Michael is an ordained Orthodox Rabbi, and holds a Masters in Education specializing in Educational Technology, and a Bachelors in Fine Art focusing on Art and Design.
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Apple announced that its first iOS Developer Academy will open in October at the University of Naples Federico II in San Giovanni a Teaduccio, Naples, Italy.
While Italy is pretty far for me, and many of the Wired Educator readers, this is still exciting for many reasons.
This is the first academy, and the way the press release was worded in a join announcement by the University and Apple, saying it is the “first” means there will be more. Yay! I am excited and hoping for one near me soon.
Also, and maybe even more important is the fact that this iOS Developer Academy is FREE. That’s right, free.
This first, free academy, will prepare more than 200 students with a nine month curriculum with more to follow after the first year.
You can learn more at the University of Naples website where applicants will find an online test. Hmmmm.
I have been working on my Swift coding and with the recent announcement of Swift Playgrounds at the last keynote, it appears that iOS developing is going big in the near future. It’s time for you and me to learn Swift and get in the game.
Did I mention I am excited?
I have written many articles about learning Swift and iOS code in the classroom. This is another great step for students wanting to learn to code iOS apps.