WEP 0066: Swift Programming in the Classroom: An Interview with Brian Foutty

An Interview with Brian Foutty


In this episode Kelly interviews Brian Foutty about why everyone should learn to code and why the Swift Programming Language is the language to pursue.

Brian Foutty is Apple Distinguished Educator and  the Innovative Learning Specialist in charge of his districts’ iPad 1:1 initiative and has been charged with implementing and maintaining the iPad deployment, MDM software, supporting staff and students with IT support, professional development, student learning on iPad. Additionally, Brian teaches the Swift programming language and iOS app development to Career/Tech students. Brian has developed and published 13 iOS apps and is the author of iTunes U course “A Swift Time to Code” which was featured by Apple in 2015. Brian has been using iPad since its launch. Follow Brian on Twitter at @bfoutty

Sponsor:

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Mentioned in this Podcast:

Brian Foutty’s Blog: https://www.ifoutty.com

Foutty App Development: http://www.fouttyappdevelopment.com/Fouttyappdevelopment/Welcome.html
Trumbull Career & Technical Center: www.tctchome.com

Brian Foutty’s iTunes U courses

Swift Materials:

The App Development with Swift Curriculum:

Accidental Tech PodcastEpisode 205: “People Don’t Use the Weird Parts” 

Social Media
Follow Brian on Twitter – @bfoutty https://twitter.com/bfoutty
Follow Brian on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brian.foutty

Other Mentions: GitHub, Swift, iPad Palooza, Workflow, Overcast Podcast App, Stackover, Daniel Buddo, Frasier Spears, Redit

Kelly’s most influential books:

Brian’s Most Influential Reads:

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WEP 0065: Hacking Project Based Learning with Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper

An Interview with the Authors of Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom

Kelly interviews Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper, the authors a great new book titled Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom.

Ross Cooper is the coauthor of Hacking Project Based Learning, and the Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 in the Salisbury Township School District (1:1 MacBook/iPad) in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. His passions are inquiry-based learning and quality professional development.

Erin Murphy is coauthor of Hacking Project Based Learning. Currently, she has the pleasure of serving as the assistant principal of Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District. As a certified literacy specialist, she also coordinates the middle level ELA department.

Mentioned in this podcast:

• The book: Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom

• Ross’s website/blog: rosscoops31.com

• Erin’s website/blog: psumurphette.com

• Erin’s favorite book: Manic Magee

• Ross’s favorite books: Understanding by Design by Wiggins & McTighe and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba

• The Breathe App for mindfulness.

• Inquiry Based Learning

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Yes, Everyone Can Code! Hour of Code Week December 5-11

Swift Playgrounds

bae74108-2f7d-41b1-b809-99aba261ba57I received this awesome email regarding the Hour of Code week and wanted everyone to benefit from it:

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week December 5-11, we’ve added new resources to our popular Everyone Can Code program to make it easier to bring coding into your school.
Hour of Code Activity
We’re excited to announce a new Hour of Code™ challenge, right in the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad. The challenge, which only takes an hour to complete, lets students use real Swift code to guide a character through a dynamic 3D world. Students will learn how to give simple commands, write functions, and run loops. The Hour of Code Challenge in Swift Playgrounds is a great way to start exploring teaching, writing and learning code.
The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Sign up for a hands-on Hour of Code workshop in your local Apple Store.  Or, host your own activity in class or after school with the Swift Playgrounds app and our Hour of Code Facilitator Guide. 
 
Expanded Curriculum for Swift Playgrounds and iPad
For those who have already started learning to code with Swift Playgrounds, we’re pleased to add a new set of lessons to the app called Learn to Code 3, along with a companion Teacher Guide to support using the curriculum in the classroom. Learn to Code 3 helps students put together the skills they learned in previous lessons and apply them in a project-based environment. The Teacher Guide includes activities, reflection questions, journal prompts, and more to help teachers bring these new lessons into the classroom.
 
Earn Swift Playgrounds Badges in Apple Teacher 
We are also excited to announce a new professional learning opportunity to help teachers build skills to bring coding into their classrooms. Apple Teachers can now complete four new badges for learning and teaching with Swift Playgrounds, and earn a new Apple Teacher logo featuring Swift Playgrounds to share their accomplishment.
 
New Apple Professional Learning Provider
For teachers, schools, and districts who want additional support to bring iOS app development into their curriculum, we’re pleased to announce MobileMakersEdu as a new Apple Professional Learning Provider. MobileMakersEdu offers workshops and training so teachers can bring App Development with Swift into their classrooms.
 
To learn more about these new offerings and the Everyone Can Code program, visit the website.

WEP 0060: An Interview with Clay Reisler

Clay Reisler, ADE, is @RecessDuty on Twitter

copy-of-dsc_0967In this 60th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay Reisler. You can follow Clay on Twitter at @RecessDuty.

Clay Reisler has been focused on instructional design and digital workflow in his classroom since 2008. With the opportunity to have a mobile digital device in the hands of every student since 2009, Clay has integrated a variety of educational atmospheres that engages and empowers students to guide their own learning. With over 1,400 published videos and 1,100 blog posts of students and teachers integrating technology tools in an educational setting, Clay provides an inside view of technology being implemented at the right time for the right reason.

Clay’s current position as an Instructional Design and Digital Workflow Support Teacher for grades 6-12 allows him to integrate multiple technology tools, mainly iPads, and strategies with classroom teachers across all subject areas so that students can critically think, create, communicate, and collaborate.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Dave Burgess Consulting: www.daveburgessconsulting.com: Great resources for finding educational books and speakers.

One of Clay’s favorite books is How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

Learn more about Clay’s work at: www.clayreisler.com and www.ipaddiction.blogspot.com

Clay and I cover MUCH in this podcast: the position of a technology coach and how it can really work, iPad as a testing device, iPad vs. Chromebook, Canvas, Flex Mod Scheduling, Workflow solutions, Flipboard, DoInk for iPad, Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Canvas, and the 4 C’s, and of course… so much more! This was a great conversation! Looking forward to having Clay back again soon.

Here are some great links to many of the talking points from the interview:
www.twitter.com/recessduty
www.flipboard.com/@recessduty
https://www.canva.com/ClayReisler
https://www.youtube.com/user/pcmstv1
http://www.pulaskischools.org/high/flexmod/
https://plus.google.com/communities/111864096175967703674
https://soundcloud.com/user-912923621/flex-mod-media-day
https://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592404049



This is the 3D Printer You Want for Your Classroom

I can't believe it works so well, and is so affordable!

3D Printers are all the rage, and rightfully so. What student wouldn’t want to design something that never existed before and print it out? I’ve even thought of some great ideas for my ELA classroom. Seriously!  I wish every grade level had Screen Shot 2015 12 28 at 2 46 38 PMa 3D printer! The ultimate question though is which 3D Printer should you purchase?  No one wants to invest a lot of money into something only to find out that they got the wrong one.

Well, this post solves that mystery for you.

Our school purchased two of these 3-D printers and we’ve been using them regulary for a year now. This printer is amazing, easy to use, and affordable. (It’s under $400. Wowzers!) Why buy a more expensive printer, when you could get a couple of these for the same price and do even better work. I love this printer!

We did not randomly guess at which printer to purchase. We did our research and interviewed many teachers with 3D printers. I even interviewed the amazing Anthony Johnson to find out which one he recommends, and this iis it; this is 3D Printer to get for your classroom. Anthony is one of the guys who just tells it like it is, and as an educator I rely on his wisdom and recommendations. When Anthony makes a recommendation, I listen.  He has been using this 3D printer in his classroom all year and he loves it. I know many other amazing teachers using it too, like my school’s Aaron Bomer and others. They are doing great work. Better yet, the printer he uses is also the perfect price. All of these teachers have been using it for a variety of awesome projects.

So, don’t gamble on randomly selecting a quality 3D printer, go with a veteran teacher who has had a string of success with an affordable 3D Printer. (I still can’t believe it’s under $400. We were looking at printers in the thousands before I learned of this one.)

The 3D printer you want in your classroom is XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer. The only problem is you may have to wait until this printer is restocked. It would seem the printer is so popular and successful the company is having trouble keeping up with production. The XYZprinting Da Vincin 1.0 3D Printer sells for $399.95 on Amazon. This is a very affordable price. I have spoken with schools that have purchased 3D printer well over a thousand dollars only to be unhappy and unproductive with it. I have not interviewed any educator on my podcast using this printer that is not absolutely loving it. These aren’t random people on a website, these are educators I know and respect recommending a great device for my students.

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Not only is the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer awesome and affordable, the filament cartridges that you need are affordable too and easy to install. For less than $25 you can purchase a replacement 3D printer filament cartridge. Anthony told me that one cartridge was more than enough to print a model of each one of his students.  (He plans to print these models out, paint them gold and give them to the students as trophies. Anthony is brilliant.  Make sure you listen to the interview.)

This printer weighs under 60 lbs and has a small footprint. It works well with other devices and is easy to use. This is the 3D printer you want.

Here are some more details on the printer.

  • 2014 CES Editors’ Choice Award Winner-Most Affordable 3D Printer
  • Largest 475 cubic inch build volume – 7.8″ x 7.8″ x 7.8″ (20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm)
  • The da Vinci 1.0 prints in two materials ABS and PLA
  • Free filament as the starter kit and Free 3D Gallery to download