WEP 0083: Book Snaps, An Interview with Tara Martin

How Tara is Revolutionizing Reading with Snap Chat and Social Media

In this episode, Kelly interviews, Tara Martin, the originator of #BookSnaps, a super-cool and relevant way to share what you are reading through social media. Tara used SnapChat to get intice young readers to engage meaningfully with books, and now BookSnaps! has become an incredibly popular movement and hashtag on SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. Learn how Tara took what she thought was an annoying fad and turned it into an educational opportunity! You going to love this episode.

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. Martin’s mission is to invigorate teachers, administrators, and staff members to apply instructional practices that foster creativity, personalize learning and prepare 21st-century learners for success. Check out her latest hashtag #BookSnaps on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode: 

WEP 0076: How Educators Are Getting Published!

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly shares what he has learned from the numerous authors he has interviewed about how to write and publish a book. Kelly also leans on his own experience in the writing and publication of his book, Along Came a Leader.

Kelly will share the tips, tricks, strategies, plans, tools, and resources, as well as some potent motivation, to help you become a published author.

Kelly emphasizes not only the ‘how-to-do-it’ but he clearly illustrates why you will want to publish. Kelly addresses many benefits of publication that most educators don’t even consider.

Whether you think you have a book in you or not, this episode is just what you need.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

The following resources are about to save you years of guessing. Outlined below is the culmination of my intense reading, studying, and testing to become a better writer.

Here is a list of inspiring and fun educational books that will help you make an incredible impact in your classroom, school, district, and well… life. You are going to love this list! Click here for an annotated list of the best educational reads for you! 

• Scrivener:  The best writing tool on the planet for numerous reasons. This program is the best way to write anything period. I have tried them all. This is the one. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

• Learn Scrivener Fast:  Get the most out of Scrivener. This course is quick, easy, and will make you master Scrivener. It is essential. You will be amazed at all you can do, the time you save, and most importantly the writing you create. A must!

• On Writing by Stephen King: If you are going to read only one book on writing, this is it. King holds nothing back and tells you what you need to hear. Read it. You will want your own copy. While this is aimed at writing fiction or novels, I believe what King says in this important work is something every writer needs to hear.

• On Writing Well by William Zinsser: This is a must-read for any aspiring author who wants to write nonfiction. This is a classic and it is full of the best advice. Skip the others. This is the one you want to read.

• Do the WorkThe War of Art and Turning Pro by Stephen Pressfield: Choose any of these great books to get you motivated and believing that your message needs to be heard and that you can accomplish the task. I found each of these incredibly helpful. After writing awhile your brain will begin to tell you to take a break, stop, quit, and even abandon your work. These books will arm you with the necessary defenses to these age old hurdles and career killers.

• Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. This is a short wrting but by one of my favorite authors. Bradbury delivers hope and encouragement in this work that every writer should hear. I hope you will give it a read. The image of writing that Bradbury conveys will stay with you as steadfast soldier guarding your dream.

• Michael Hyatt’s GET PUBLISHED Program: If you want the insight on how to get published, you will want this course. Michael Hyatt is both a successful publisher and a successful writer. Don’t guess at the world of publishing. This program will tell you everything you need and save your years of research as well as preventing you from wasting money on useless products and services. I admire Michael. This program helped me publish my book.

• GoOnWrite.com: This is where I get my book covers.  They are super-affordable and they look great.

• Evernote: This is my digital vault. I use Evernote on my iPhone, on my iPad, and on my MacBook. This is where I save all that I need. I save notes here on projects I am working on, my daily affirmations, my to-do list, web clippings, information on my family and friends. It’s completely searchable and easy to use. You can even easily add photos, scans, voice memos and more.

Moleskine Journal: If it’s worth writing down, put it in your Moleskine. Don’t use napkins, sticky notes, or scraps of paper. Put it where you can find it. This is the exact notebook I use as my day to day journal.  I love absolutely everything about it.  This is where I record my ideas and anything of importance.  If you read my posts and hear me speak, you know how important a journal is to my lifestyle and productivity. I don’t go anywhere without my Moleskine.

Kelly’s Weekend Retreat: Scheduled for a weekend in February 2018. Will fill quickly. Check it out 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 

Support the Wired Educator Podcast for one dollar at: https://www.patreon.com/wirededucator

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 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.