WEP 0077: An Interview with Julie Willcott

Julie Willcott is an EdTech Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator.  She works as an advocate for innovative learning with an emphasis on STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math).  As a high school science teacher, Julie implemented one of the nation’s first 1:1 iPad programs and developed multiple open educational resources on iTunes U and iBooks.  Her current consulting work includes serving as a Professional Development Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for zSpace, a provider of immersive virtual reality technology.  In addition, Julie works as a Social Media Manager for EdSurge promoting resources on how and when to use technology in K-20 education.  Julie presents at national and international conferences and serves as an advisory board member for SXSWedu.

Follow Julie on Twitter at @willcottjulie and visit her website at:  juliewillcott.com.

Julie and Kelly talk about a wide-range of topics including:

  • 1:1 iPad initiatives
  • iTunes U Course
  • STEM moving to STEAM
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • The need for Director’s of Innovation
  • how Director’s of Innovation need to be relationship builder and be good with the tech,

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Creation Crate: An awesome subscription-based service for your home or school that includes a new technology project each month. www.CreationCrate.com

Julie recommends the book The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching

and Losing My Faculties: A Teacher’s Story.

Julie finds great benefit in using the “The Self Journal”.

Her must-have gadget is a 3-D Printer.

She recommends Rich Perry, an outstanding ELA teacher as a possible guest for an upcoming interview on The Wired Educator Podcast.

One of her favorite apps is Clips by Apple.

Some of the sites and resources we discussed include:

edu.zspace.com

edsurge.com

http://www.sphero.com/education.

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WEP 0075: An Interview with Dr. Michael Mills

Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives

In this episode Kelly interviews Dr. Michael Mills about his new book, Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives, his work as a professor preparing the next generation of educators to graduate, the best uses of mobile devices in the classroom, and best educational practices in general, and so much more. Michael encourages us to focus on: choice, opportunities, reflections, and assessment when designing our lessons. Listen to find out why and how!

Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is an SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and serves on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelSMills

Mentioned in this podcast:

The best way to create your lesson plans: www.PlanBook.com

Michael’s book: Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives on Amazon, or use this discount code “IGI50″ here.

Books Michael recommends this great book: The Psychology of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Learn about Kelly’s Wired Educator Weekend Retreat scheduled for February 2018 here!

WEP 0074: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom an Interview with Lisa Johnson

An Interview with Lisa Johnson

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Lisa Johnson about her new book, Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future Ready Skills for Secondary Students.

Lisa Johnson is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Digital Innovator, and she is the founder of TechChef4U.com, a blog devoted to “cooking up” recipe-like content to be used in the classroom for all age levels. Lisa co-authored Hot Apps 4 HOTS, she has over fourteen years experience in the classroom and holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Her insight on technology has been published on sites like Edutopia and mainstream publications like iPads in Education for Dummies. Lisa lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and enjoys a good Netflix series when she isn’t writing and speaking.

Cultivating Communication in the Classroom by Lisa Johnson is a great resource for any administrator or educator at any level. Here is more about Lisa’s book:

Students are expected to be innovators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers. But what if they can’t communicate their ideas persuasively? Knowing how to share ideas is as crucial as the ideas themselves. Unfortunately, many students don’t get explicit opportunities to hone this skill.

Cultivating Communication in the Classroom will help educators design authentic learning experiences that allow students to practice their skills. Readers will find:

Real world insights into how students will be expected to communicate in their future careers and education.

 

Strategies for teaching communication skills throughout the curriculum.

 

Communication Catchers for igniting ideas.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Creation Crate: Have an awesome electronic project mailed to your home or school each month. Use coupon code “WIRED” for a five dollar discount.

Lisa’s blog: www.TechChef4U.com

Books & Journals:

Order Lisa’s book: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom!

Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun

Revinvent Yourself by James Altucher

There is no Good Card for This by Kelsey Crowe

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

The Passion Planner

The Behance Action Journal 

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WEP 0072: #Formative Tech, An Interview with Author, Monica Burns

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips Blogger and Author of Two Books

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Monica Burns about her hot new book, #Formative Tech. This is Monica’s second book. Her first, Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom was also published by Corwin Publications. Monica and Kelly have a great educational discussion focusing on her new book, and as always… so much more!

About the book: #Formative Tech: Formative assessment is a must for educators, but it can be difficult to juggle with all the other demands of a busy teacher’s to-do list. Fortunately, technology tools can help you work smarter, not harder. In #FormativeTech, you’ll find:

  • Practical tips on how to use technology in formative assessment, including quick “pulse checks” for the whole class.
  • Formative assessment strategies for small groups and individual students.
  • Ideas for assessing project-based and inquiry-based approaches.
  • How to evaluate data and communicate results with families.

About Monica: Kelly interviewed Monica and her awesome website Class Tech Tips back in episode 41 of The Wired Educator Podcast. Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016.)

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Connect with Monica: 

WEP 0071: The Joy of Professional Learning, An Interview with Kurt Klynen

An Interview with Kurt Klynen

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Belgium educator, Kurt Klynen.

Kurt Klynen is an Apple Distinguished Educator with over sixteen years teaching ages 2 to 62 and older in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. He is an advocate, author, ambassador and advisor in educational curriculum design and instruction. He founded his own educational start-up, ICT Atelier in 2009 with one primary mission: hands-on, inspiring workshops on the integration of technology in education. He currently leads of 25 superstar educators who spread this vision all over Europe. He serves as an advisor for Apple Distinguished Educators EMEIA region, and as an advisor for both Book Widgets and Book Creator.

Having worked with educators and students around the world, Kurt is truly an international educator. Leaning heavily on Kurt’s experiences in many countries, Kelly interviews Kurt about the differences in education around the world and what best practices and theories have emerged. Kurt also shares his passion for his current ADE project, The Joy of Professional Learning.

Kurt has an incredible eye for design, and he is just a brilliant educator. He is very inspiring to talk with, and I am looking forward to collaborating with him in some way in the future.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Creation Crate: www.CreationCrate.com: Remember to use the coupon code “WIRED” for five dollars off. Check them out!

About Kurt: https://about.me/kurtklynenhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning/id1155093835?mt=11Download The Joy of Professional Learning: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-basics-part-one/id1164710031?mt=11Download: The Joy of Professional Learning Part 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-basics-part-two/id1175094462?mt=11Guest Chefs, The Joy of Professional Learning: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-guest-chefs/id1215839734?mt=11Recommended Books: by Austin Kleon

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Together is Better by Simon Sinek

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Software mentioned by Kurt: Toolbox for iWorkPexels: Free Stock Photos