In this podcastKelly interviews educator, speaker, and author, Eric Sheninger.
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.
Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.
Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. He has authored and co-authored the following:
▪ Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids
▪ Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times
▪ Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals
▪ What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science
Mentioned in this podcast:
Eric’s choice for most influential books:
Drive by Daniel Pink
Linchpin by Seth Godin
Favorite site/app: EdShelf: A socially-curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.
Notes from Eric:
Kelly interviews teacher, assistant principal, and fellow educational podcaster, Jon Harper.
Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. This is his 7th year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman’s Cub that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.
Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.
Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.
Kelly and Jon talk about great ideas for schools, classrooms, and educational philosophy, as well as:
• Creating clubs in school
• Educational Podcasting
• National Board Certification
• Student Teaching in New Zealand
•Inspirational Podcasts, books and more.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
• Jon’s Podcast, “My Bad” on The Bam Radio Network
• Boxer app
• Nuzzle app
• Ryan Holiday’s books:
Ego is the Enemy
The Obstacle is the Way
Kelly is excited to interview Brandon Blom!
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.)
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
Girish and the Khan Academy team
Kelly 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.
Mentioned 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.