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

WEP 0051 Instant Relevance

An Interview with Educator and Author Denis Sheehan

Denis-Sheeran-DBCKelly interviews Denis Sheeran the author of Instant Relevance: Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons.

Denis Sheeran is an engaging, fun, highly requested nationwide speaker, delivering keynotes, full and half day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. He is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer and can customize PD for your school district.

Denis has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music, adjunct Professor of Statistics at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and is now the Supervisor of Mathematics, K-12, in Chatham, NJ after having taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for 13 years Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL.

Denis Sheeran is a certified online and hybrid course teacher and has been asked to serve on the statistics development committee by several online course companies.  Denis can help you develop new courses and curriculum to fit the needs of your diverse student population. He was most recently published in the Fall 2015 Statistics Teacher Network Journal. Denis lives in NJ with his wife, four children, and his litter box trained dog, Scout.

CokWv-JWcAAoHijMentioned in this podcast:

• Denis’s book Instant Relevance: Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons can be purchase here.

• Denis’s website is: www.denissheeran.com

• Denis’s most influential read: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

• Denis recommends the book Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler

• Denis also recommends The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey

• Denis hosts a Twitter Chat each Wednesday at 9:30 PM at #makeitreal

• Denis’s favorite app is Desmos, an amazing graphing calculator. Denis says this is a game-changer.


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I interviewed Denis Sheeran, author of Instant Relevance

This podcast interview will be available August 22nd

CokWv-JWcAAoHijI had the pleasure of interviewing Denis Sheeran, educator and author of Instant Relevance: Using Today’s Experience to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons, this past week.

The interview will air this coming Monday, August 22nd, and will be my epsisode number 51.

Denis is brilliant and I honestly could have talked with him all night. Truly! I cannot wait for you to hear what Denis has to share.  His message will resonate and inspire all educators, and most importantly really help you make a difference in your classroom and in the lives of students this school year.

I loved Denis’s book. It is easy to read and understand, and the examples and images are incredibly inspiring. I found myself constantly jotting down little notes about ideas that I was making my own to implement in my classroom.

So, I hope you will tune in and listen to this awesome interview with this amazing educator and author, Denis Sheeran, this coming Monday. Better yet… go ahead and subscribe to the Wired Educator Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud and many other hosts and have it delivered to you when I hit the publish button.

Thank you for being a “wired” educator and using your passion and energy to impact lives!

You can order the book now and have it ready for the interview on Monday. Yay, you!

You’re awesome.

Television Interview for Wired Educator on 13 ABC News in Toledo

Yesterday, I was interviewed by Toledo’s 13 ABC News about my podcast, apps for families getting into the back-to-school routine, and all of my favorite technology in the classroom.

It was a lot of fun demonstrating some of my favorite apps and answering questions about how families and teachers can better utilize technology.  Some of my favorites that I was able to share included: iTunes U, iBooks Author, Swift Playgrounds, PhotoMath, Cozi, and so many, many more. I also talked about devices having a bedtime too and shared some great tips for parenting children with devices.

It sounds like 13 ABC may have me back a couple more times for some other segments like the upcoming iOS update, and maybe even a Christmas “gadget” review or something. The segments we taped today was for one local show in the Toledo, Ohio viewing area and two national segments.

It really was a lot of fun to see behind the scens and meet Rebecca Regnier and her other guests. Seeing a professional production was inspiring for my podcasting as well.