A $5.00 Computer That Will Change the World!

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Five dollars for a computer? Really?

Yes, it has happened, and the implications are astounding.

When the first Raspberry Computer was unveiled for $35 everyone was impressed and the education community started looking into the possibilities. The results of course were amazing. When the Raspberry Pi 2 came out for $20 even more educators, parents, schools, and students started experimenting with this extremely low cost computer.  And, of course the results were even more impressive. 

Well, I thought the price might drop a bit, I never expected a five dollar computer, let alone one with so much potential.

Now everyone, and I really do mean everyone, can afford this computer, but more astounding than that is the fact that “computer power” can now be affordably attached to anything. Anything! ANYTHING! I envision students modding this $5 computer to recycling bins so they say, “Thank you! You’re awesome!” When someone places the correct items in the bin. I envision people modding their homes, hallways, porches, cars, gardens, and countless other places with this $5 computer. This is truly remarkable, and we as teachers, regardless of what courses we teach, need to get involved and learn how to incorporate this device into our rooms and courses, and empower students to use them.

Check out these specs:

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  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
    • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Here’s a video to explain more:

Introducing PIZERO from Raspberry Pi Foundation on Vimeo.

Kelly Croy is an educator, artist, and speaker.

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Creative Cloud Gives Teachers Every Adobe Creative App for 68% Off. Ends Friday.

Okay, this might just be my favorite Black Friday Deal for Educators but you will need to lock in before this Friday. (Offer Ends November 27th.)

I use a lot of apps for layout, editing, drawing, and more, but I keep coming back to Adobe, and… I think Adobe in some ways is getting even better by allowing what you make on your desktop via Creative Cloud to be readily accessible and editable on your iPhone and iPad. The only problem with the Adobe collection of course is the monthly fee.  For educators the fee is reduced to $19.99 a month, but with their Black Friday Sale you can get access to every single app (21 awesome apps) for $15.99 a month for one year.  For non-teachers the suite is typically $49.99 a month,

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For $15.99 you get access to over 20 Creative Cloud apps on all of your devices and 20GB of online storage.

I have not yet purchased the plan but I am really considering it.  When I was in the final stages of publishing my book the designer I was working with sent me proofs of layout in Adobe InDesign and I keep finding myself coming back to photoshop for some killer illustration tools. (Yes, I use Pixelmator and Procreate too.)

I really like how the apps are in the cloud and are automatically updated.  I like the online storage.  I love that the apps are updated and maintained without additional fees.  I think $15.99 is getting closer to a price-point for educators and students, but we’re not quite there yet. It’s a good start, but would really like to see this service at $99 or less for educators and students per year.

I just wanted educators to be aware of this Black Friday Special.  I love it when companies have special pricing for educators.  (Everyone should.)

You can pick up the special pricing for all Adobe apps and cloud space here.  Offer ends Friday, November 27th.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I am anxious to read from those who use Adobe’s Creative Cloud and from those who have abandoned it.

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WEP 0016: Leah LaCrosse Engaging Students with Robotics

12285674_10205620485660101_1329265740_nLeah LaCrosse is an amazing Science teacher at McCormick Junior High School in Huron, Ohio. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator. Her use of technology in the classroom is amazing, and her new robotics club is something all educators need to hear about.

Leah loves using technology in the classroom. Her room is outfitted with MacBooks, iPads, a 3D printer, Lego Robots, Little Bits, and more. She focuses on technology, problem solving and team work. Her latest accomplishment is her #flexibleseating program, which she describes as: “The room is a blend of traditional desks, lab tables, park bench, standing dry erase tables, and other creative learning spaces. Students love coming to a room in which they can find their learning space that works for them.”


The Sphero SPRK Perfect for STEM, Perfect for Education

Image from Sphero website.

Image from Sphero website.

The Sphero SPRK is one of the coolest accessories I have ever connected to my iPad. It is so much fun that it’s quite hard to put away. The SPRK is the Sphero’s educational version of their popular Sphero line. I cannot imagine a Science class, mathematics class, or a STEM class without a Sphero SPRK. Yes, it is indeed that engaging and promising.  (Sphero have a Star Wars BB8 version that will, in my opinion, be one of the biggest hits of the Christmas season.)

The Sphero is a programmable ball that is just too cool for description. You need to get your hands on one and connect it to your iOS device to appreciate its wonders and engagement.

The Sphero is about the size and weight of a baseball. You pair it via Bluetooth to your iOS device and you can control it in more ways imaginable. You can drive it around like a radio controlled car, change the lighting, speed, make it do tricks and so much more.

The Sphero Sprk is a high tech programmable ball that is durable, versatile, and makes learning fun. The SPRK provides educational curriculum in the form of lessons, activities, and challenges that students will enjoy. This is a great combination of learning and play.

Teach Your Students About This Anti-Bullying Emoji

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I speak to thousands of students each year about the importance of leadership to make an impact on the lives of those who are bullied. I make it my priority to keep up-to-date on programs and steps being taken by schools and organizations to help the victims of bullying. That’s why I am so excited learn about this new emoji and how it can help those who are bullied.Screen Shot 2015 10 24 at 2 09 28 PM

The beta version of iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1 include a new emoji symbol that supports the “I Am a Witness” anti-bullying campaign. The emoji looks somewhat like an eyeball combined with a speech bubble. Apple’s inclusion of this emoji in a future update is a wonderful way to help victims. I love it.

A great read for students and teachers alike is The Survival Guide for Bullying, Written by a Teen.

When part of group text or post in which someone is being bullied, shamed, teased, or just basically hurt, a bystander or viewer, and use the emoji to announce that they “are witness” to this abuse and offer encouragement, support, and most importantly let the victim know that they are not alone. This is a powerful way to show support for someone that is being bullied online.

Look for this emoji in an upcoming update and encourage and teach your students to use it.

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Scrivener 2: This Deal Ends in Nine Hours!

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I’m often asked how I wrote my first book. Among the many tips I give out, I always recommend the best writing app I have ever used, Scrivener. It is simply the best app for writing a book, blogging, or any type of writing.  Absolutely love Scrivener!

Now you can get it for half of what I paid for it. If you’ve been thinking about getting Scrivener, or you want a professional app for your laptop to finally get productive writing, well… the time is now. 

Ever tried writing a novel in Microsoft Word? Trust us, you don’t want to. That’s why writing professionals around the world use Scrivener 2, the word processor and project management tool that stays with you from your first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. As you’re writing, outline your ideas, take notes, and view research all at once. Scrivener takes all the tools you have scattered around your desk and makes them available in one application.

Win a Wired Educator T-Shirt!

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Very excited to share the new Wired Educator T-shirt. My plan is to send these to guests that I interview for the Wired Educator Podcast, to guest bloggers, and have a couple contests each month and mail these out.  I think they look absolutely fantastic.  I am very happy with the design and look.  Hope you think so too.

I have two ideas for monthly contests, let me know your thoughts.

First, I thought readers and listeners could send in a Wired Educator Photo of the Month.  It could be anything really that fits into what we talk about here. Maybe a picture of a teacher in his or her cool work area, or surrounded by all of their gadgets. Perhaps a teacher with their students’ best work or accomplishment.  Let me know your thoughts on that in the comments.

WEP 0015 How to Become a Millionaire Educator: An Interview with Ed Mills

MillsFamilyAn  interview with the “Millionaire Educator” Ed Mills from www.millionaireeducator.com. Ed is a high school Spanish teacher in Georgia where he lives with his wife and fourth grade son. Ed blogs about financial independence and wealth building from a teacher’s perspective. He has amassed incredible personal wealth by applying his five pillars of financial independence.

Ed’s message and website is to help educators live a better lifestyle by applying some basic but important rules of finances. His fortune has been built not by speaking engagements and endorsements, but by applying some basic rules that you will learn in this podcast. (Sometimes Ed doesn’t even work full time.)


The book The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley
You Need a Budget: Software to Help You Budget Easily and Wisely

October is Bullying Prevention Month: Here’s a Tool to Help

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October is bullying prevention month. In truth, as a educator, I know every month is, but this is the month that we try to bring national and global attention to solutions that help those impacted by bullying.

I am proud that schools invite me each year to speak and share my art to help students, educators, and families take action to reduce bullying.  I wish I could share my message to every school; I believe it makes a difference. I recently shared my art and words with 1400 students and staff at Perrysburg Middle School in Perrysburg, Ohio. It is always a joy talking with teachers and students about the importance of leadership.  In this particular presentation I was asked to kickoff the schools Owelus Bullying Program to help build leadership within the classes. It was a great day. 

iBooks to iTunes, The Ultimate Cheat Sheet: 8 Steps to Publishing Your Students’ First iBook to iTunes

I asked Jon Smith, my friend and fellow Apple Distinguished Educator, to create the ultimate cheat sheet to help you get your students’ books to iTunes quick and easy.  Jon accepted the challenge and shares his incredibly handy tips, tricks, and hacks to get your students published. What Jon has done with publishing his students’ writing to iTunes is absolutely incredible. I wondered, “What is keeping others from doing the same?” Thus, the idea for this post was born. This is Jon’s second post on Wired Educator. Please connect with Jon on Twitter at @theipodteacher     

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 10.15.02 PMDo you want to publish an iBook with your class but you don’t know where to start?Do you think publishing sounds like fun but you’ve never published anything before and you aren’t sure you can handle it?

Do you have a classroom full of disengaged students who hate writing?

If you answered yes to any and/or all of these questions, you are in the right place. I’ve helped students write and publish 64 iBooks with students in grades K­12, students from over 35 countries worldwide and with my own 5 year old son. Many of these books were done with only 1 device. I started this process with zero experience in publishing and my own distaste for writing and now, we have become a student publishing powerhouse. If I can do it, so can you and below you will find my ultimate cheat sheet for getting started. If you can dodge a wrench, you can play dodgeball. This may not be dodgebal