WEP 0067: Education Technology SWAT Teams, an Interview with April Requard, ADE

My Interview with April Requard

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews April Requard. April is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and she has given an amazing TED Talk about the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology) she created at her school. Kelly and April talk about all of this, her film festival at her school, iTunes U,  and so much! You will find many take-aways for all educators and administrators in any learning environment in this episode. Enjoy!

April is an Instructional Technology Teacher at North Star Elementary in Albuquerque. April began her teaching career as a third grade teacher before moving into the role of technology teacher several years later. This role switch truly changed the trajectory in April’s career path and ever since then, April has been committed to teaching students and teachers how to infuse technology tools in the classroom to achieve learning which was once not possible. April has also worked as a professional development specialist where she worked alongside educators and leaders to provide high quality professional development for innovative and effective use of digital resources and technology integration in their classrooms. April has a passion to inspire teachers and school leaders with powerful, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences by enhancing learning with technology tools and creative curriculum resources.  April is a published author and has created two published courses in iTunes University. She is an avid educational blogger (appsolutelyapril.com) and believes strongly in the power of social media for educators to grow and expand their professional learning network. April is an Apple Distinguished Educator and is part of a growing number of teachers looking to change the educational landscape by using powerful technology tools. 

Mentioned in this Podcast:
April’s Blog: appsolutelyapril.com
April is onTwitter: @AprilRequard
Here are April’s iTunes U Courses and iBooks:

Aprils favorite book: Tacky the Penguin series.

Ecamm Software: www.ecamm.com makers of Call Recorder and more!

Kelly’s $68 microphone: Audio Technica ATR2100 USB

Carl Hooker: iPadpalooza Conference: I interview Carl about that here.

Kelly’s Educator’s Entrepreneur Weekend: Limited to 4 rooms only.

Kelly mentioned reading this book: Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement

Kelly’s current favorite iPad App: Comic Draw by Plasq.

 

 

 

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:

This episode of The Wired Educator Podcast is sponsored by: Planbook.com: the greatest lesson planning software on the planet, and it’s only one dollar a month.

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:

The Wired Educator Podcast is sponsored by: Planbook.com: the greatest lesson planning software on the planet, and it’s only one dollar a month.

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



WEP 0059: An Interview with Jon Jarc

The Crossroads of Technology, Empathy and Human Connections

2eoblcmmIn this podcast, Kelly interviews Jon Jarc. Jon is an Apple Distinguished Educator. This episode will “awaken” many fantastic ideas for you and your classroom. Get ready for an inspiring conversation with two passionate educators.

Jon is a teacher, technologist and artist. He has been teaching high school students for 18 years, and has worked as a free-lance graphic designer for the same. He enjoys designing solutions to complex tasks, and being creative in how technology can build literacy skills in all academic areas. Jon is also an avid photographer and music enthusiast.

Follow Jon on Twitter at @TrendingEdTech

If asked what kind of educator he is, Jon would say that he loves working on the bleeding edge of technology. In his classes this year he will be using drones, 3D printers, and computer programming to invent, create, discover, design, and produce awesome things! This semester, his 3D Design class is starting a partnership with “eNabling the Future”, an organization that pairs children in need of prosthetics with students and fabricators. He is looking forward to seeing how his designers (students) will develop solutions to problems where empathy and human connections are the primary focus of their work.

Jon is also the director of the newly formed school makerspace, aimed at bringing cutting-edge software, engineering and tooling to every student. His afterschool club focuses on creating, making, teamwork and self-discovery. He’s always looking to connect, create and innovate!

Mentioned in this podcast:
• Follow Jon on Twitter
• Jon’s books: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/author/jonathan-jarc/id967599595?mt=11
• Mya Animation Software
• Jon’s favorite books: The Power of Myth and The Hero’s Journey, both by Joseph Campbell
• One of Jon’s favorite apps, Clipstro
Kelly’s favorite 3-D Printer: And it’s inexpensive! Really! Only $399. 
Tickle App
• Swift Playgrounds
Sphero: I love this! Great for all classes. So many ideas!
• Kelly’s book: Along Came a Leader
Sponsoring a Wired Educator Podcast: This is how you do it.
Hour of Code: Anyone can start this! Yes, you! Do it.
Apple Teacher Program: Everybody should earn these badges.