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.


WEP 0057: The Pillars of Digital Literacy, An Interview with Eric Sheninger

An Interview with Eric Sheninger

ericsheningerIn 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.

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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:

 

WEP 0056: An Interview with Jon Harper, the Host of the Educational Podcast, ‘My Bad’

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-6-58-00-amKelly 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

• UnearthED

• Boxer app

• Nuzzle app

• Ryan Holiday’s books:

Ego is the Enemy

and

The Obstacle is the Way


WEP 0055 If You’re Going to Have Homework, Do it Better! An Interview with Brandon Blom

An Interview with Brandon Blom

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-11-46-14-pmKelly is excited to interview Brandon Blom!

Brandon Blom is the principal of Stoneridge Elementary School in Roseville, CA.  He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools so we can meet the needs of our students. Brandon loves how technology allows us to connect and create like never before.  Brandon has been a CUE Rockstar presenter, NAESP presenter, and keynote speaker. You can follow him on Twitter @brandonkblom, email him at brandonkblom@gmail.com, or read his blog at brandonkblom.com.

Brandon just delivered a powerful presentation at Skywalker Ranch for Cue Rockstar, and I decided I had to have him on the show.

This is one of the most important topics The Wired Educator Podcast has addressed. Homework.

Brandon is brilliant. Find out why he had a one year conversation with his staff about homework, and wait until you see the result!

Mentioned in this podcast:

Cue Rockstar

The app Padlet.

The novel, Wonder.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The app Chatterbox.

Google Sheets as a school day to-do list.

Brandon’s blog post on homework.


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