WEP 0078: An Interview with Kevin Duncan

The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers

In this episode, Kelly interviews Kevin Duncan about his work as an International Teacher and his new book The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers.

Kevin A. Duncan, an Apple Distinguished Educator, has taught high school history and economics for 15 years, 4 in the US and 11 in Costa Rica, South Korea, and China (and soon-to-be Argentina). Before and while teaching, he has visited over 50 countries on 6 continents but still views the farm his dad grew up on in Tennessee as his favorite place in the world. In the past few years the power of stories has become a more important element in his teaching and personal life: In the classroom, students work on their communication skills by incorporating effective anecdotes into written and oral presentations. Outside of the classroom, Duncan interviewed many people to create a mini-documentary about his parents and hosts storytelling nights for the local teaching community. The recent emphasis on telling stories culminated with the publication of The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers, a collection that features 37 true stories set in 24 countries written by 35 authors, several of whom are friends and former colleagues.

The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers follows the experiences of 35 educators living in 18 different countries. From Colombia to China, Morocco to Mexico, and many other places in between, veteran international school teachers share a wide variety of tales about moving, adapting, living, teaching, traveling, and leaving overseas. 100% of all proceeds will benefit education via The Children of Haiti Project.

Follow Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/duncanka

Mentioned in this podcast:

Order Kevin’s book: The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers; all proceeds benefit The Children of Haiti Project.

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New books by Dave Burgess Consulting Inc:

  • Table Talk Math by John Stevens
  • Shift This! by Joy Kirr
  • Unmapped Potential by Julie Hasson and Missy Lennard

Swift Playground update from Apple.

Kevin is reading: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Kevin’s favorite book is: Two Minute Mysteries by Scholastic

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WEP 0075: An Interview with Dr. Michael Mills

Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives

In this episode Kelly interviews Dr. Michael Mills about his new book, Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives, his work as a professor preparing the next generation of educators to graduate, the best uses of mobile devices in the classroom, and best educational practices in general, and so much more. Michael encourages us to focus on: choice, opportunities, reflections, and assessment when designing our lessons. Listen to find out why and how!

Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is an SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and serves on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelSMills

Mentioned in this podcast:

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Michael’s book: Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives on Amazon, or use this discount code “IGI50″ here.

Books Michael recommends this great book: The Psychology of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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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.

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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 

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WEP 0073: Lead Like a Pirate an Interview with Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

An Interview with Authors: Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, the authors of the hot, new, best-selling book, Lead Like a Pirate.

About the book, Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff:

Are You a Treasure Seeker? 

Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.
What does it take to be a PIRATE Leader? 
  • Passion–both professional and personal
  • A willingness to Immerse yourself in your work
  • Good Rapport with your staff, students and community
  • The courage to Ask questions and Analyze what is and isn’t working
  • The determination to seek positive Transformation 
  • And the kind of Enthusiasm that gets others excited about education
The ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.
Are you ready to set sail?

Meet the Authors:

Shelley Burgess

 

shelley-burgess-lead-like-a-pirate-200x300Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators.

Beth Houf

beth-houf-lead-like-a-pirate-300x300Beth is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative  learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth.

Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri. She also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has also been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Website: www.LeadLikeaPirate.net

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

Follow Shelley and Beth on Twitter.

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Two Great New Education Books: Lead Like a Pirate and #Formative Tech

Lead Like a Pirate and #Formative Tech

Two great new educational titles are now available to help educators and administrators level-up and make a difference in the lives of children.

I am currently ready Lead Like a Pirate by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, and #Formative Tech by Monica Burns. I am excited to announce that I have interviews scheduled with all of the authors in upcoming Wired Educator Podcasts, so stay tuned and make sure you are subscribed to the podcast.

Lead Like a Pirate is the latest title from the Dave Burgess Consulting Publications that keeps hitting hit after hit. #Formative Tech is another blockbuster from Corwin.

Lead Like a Pirate: Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.

The ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.

 #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
 Order your copies of Lead Like a Pirate and #Formative Tech today and listen to the Wired Educator interviews with the authors on The Wired Educator Podcast.
Congratulations Shelley, Beth, and Monica on these great new educational titles and thank you for your commitement to education.