The Wired Educator Book Club: Announces First Book and Our Closed Facebook Group

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This book club is starting October 1st. It’s free, but seats are limited. Request access now.

A few podcasts ago I announced the idea of a Wired Educator Book Club.  The idea is for all of the listeners of the podcast and readers of the blog to join for four weeks of a book study. I thought I could provide some access to the authors whose books we read to make the discussions extra special. 

The club is absolutely free, and created for the sole purpose to get educators together to talk about books making an impact in education. The group will be a ‘secret’ Facebook group.  All you need to do is to request access, get a copy of the book and access the Facebook page one a week and contribute to the discussions. 


I borrowed the idea for this book club from my assistant principal, Leigh Carroll. She has created a super-cool book club at our school. It is so much fun to talk about books with other educators. Great insight and applications at each meeting. Her book clubs are awesome, and I wanted to offer a similar experience to my readers and listeners. 

The Wired Educator Book Club will focus on non-fiction, education related books. I have a great list in mind, and will open the choice of the next book to a vote, most likely, of those who participate in the first book club to help choose the next. 

I will have the authors join us in the discussions. That’s right, you will direct access to the authors of the books and a myriad of amazing educational minds to analyze and apply aspects of the book.

I am not sure how big I am going to make the book club, so as of right now seating is limited. I am thinking of keeping it small, but we shall see what kind of interest develops and how the first book goes. 

The first book is Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off by Stephen J. Valentine and  Dr. Reshan Richards. Sketch notes by Brad Ovenell-Carter. Our first discussion of the book will be October 1, 2016. I was hoping to start this earlier, but the start of school and some other responsibilities prevented it. I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. 

You can grab a copy of the book here, or anywhere you’d like. We start on October 1st. Order the book and start reading. Everything you need will be found in the closed Facebook Group. 

Be sure to request access to the “secret” Facebook group so you can engage in the conversation with the authors and other educators. I recommend requesting access now as we are going to keep the size small for this first discussion and then see about opening it up to more later. 

Here is the link to the secret Facebook group:


Television Interview for Wired Educator on 13 ABC News in Toledo

Yesterday, I was interviewed by Toledo’s 13 ABC News about my podcast, apps for families getting into the back-to-school routine, and all of my favorite technology in the classroom.

It was a lot of fun demonstrating some of my favorite apps and answering questions about how families and teachers can better utilize technology.  Some of my favorites that I was able to share included: iTunes U, iBooks Author, Swift Playgrounds, PhotoMath, Cozi, and so many, many more. I also talked about devices having a bedtime too and shared some great tips for parenting children with devices.

It sounds like 13 ABC may have me back a couple more times for some other segments like the upcoming iOS update, and maybe even a Christmas “gadget” review or something. The segments we taped today was for one local show in the Toledo, Ohio viewing area and two national segments.

It really was a lot of fun to see behind the scens and meet Rebecca Regnier and her other guests. Seeing a professional production was inspiring for my podcasting as well.

iBook Hack Event: Learn to Make Amazing iBooks

Do you want to make amazing iBooks? Learn from the best at iBook Hack Event in Zeeland Michigan on June 29 through July 1, 2015. 

Here are the details from the website

The Hackathon’s purpose is to train educators in designing high-quality, media-rich, Screen Shot 2015 05 03 at 9 48 11 PM interactive iBooks for education. This event is put on by experienced teachers for innovative teachers looking to impact their learning environments. 


The Hackathon is set up to differentiate instruction based off your current ability. From beginner to published author, the hackathon will take your knowledge of iBooks Author and instructional design to the next level. 




A time of peer review will provide you with critical feed back on how to improve your content. In the end, you will be amazed by what you can create and how great an impact it can have on your teaching and learning.

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Help! There’s a Google Glass in My Classroom!

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Help! There’s a Google Glass in My Classroom!

No there isn’t, but there could be any day.

Would you welcome your student or colleague wearing the Google Glass device that went on sale to the public yesterday, or would you be cautious and maybe voice your reservations?

Google Glass is appearing in select classrooms across the country, largely in part to Google’s Glass Explorer Program.  Teachers use the glasses to share experiments, give tours, video student projects, and a host of other activities live via Google Hangouts or collect them for later viewing in YouTube.  As more apps for the wearable device are developed for education the possibilities will be endless.

Some schools have created Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs that allow students to take their own technology to school, rather than having the school provide laptops and other devices for them. The programs are popular gaining momentum.  Will Google Glass be a welcome addition to the BYOD programs?  

Snap! Digital Reading Program: A Great Solution for Your ELA Common Core Needs

UnknownThe Common Core has arrived and ELA teachers are scrambling to find the resources they need.

Quite often teachers and schools are being required to meet the requirements of the Common Core with a limited budget and a limited library. Many current libraries are heavy in literature but are lacking the essential common core focused readings in nonfiction. Other problems arise like sharing and distributing the limited number of books amongst the students arise.

Enter Snap!

Snap is an incredible resource for teachers in need of access to a leveled library to meet the differentiated instruction of students at various reading levels, and address the requirements of the Common Core. Snap! is affordable and provides an solution of for the teacher to distribute and monitor readings easily to students and differentiate instruction.

Wired Educator was able to take Snap! on a test drive and we loved it.

With Snap! teachers are able to offer their students additional access to reading materials and interactive books to help them with their reading while providing the teacher with valuable data to better assist and add value to each student’s learning.

The Snap! Digital Reading Program is a set of interactive books that have been leveled to help teachers meet the requirements in the Common Core Standards. The Snap! Digital Reading program can be viewed on the iPad, Kindle Fire, Android tablets, computers, interactive white boards, and teachers even have the option to print PDF copies.

The books in the program assist teachers and their students