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.

Twenty-one Goals Every Educator Should Make in 2017

How Many Have You Completed?

I love setting goals and making resolutions. I am always trying to become a better version of myself.  I want to be a better educator, parent, husband, speaker, and more. As educators we set high standards for our students and we motivate them to become their best.  We share and encourage resources to improve the lives of our students. We care passionately about their current and future success. We need to do the same for ourselves.

Each year year I write a blog post to inspire educators to become even better and consider accomplishing something that maybe they didn’t think they could do. I challenge teachers to do something that would benefit their classroom, their students, their district, and themselves.  Take a look at my list for 2017 and see if you found some that you already do and some that might be a real challenge. I hope you find this list inspiring.  I add to this list and change it each year.

1.) Build A Tribe: I want you to create a community where you can share ideas and challenge each other as educators. Your community can be created in anyway you like. Maybe it’s a Facebook group, a book club, a Pinterest Page, a Twitter hastag, or even a blog or podcast.  I really enjoy hosting my own blog.   (It could be a personal blog, one for your students, or maybe one for you colleagues.) Share the accomplishments you and your students are experiencing. Ask questions. Ask for help. Share what you have learned. Perhaps you can help olve a problem. Archive your best work. Build connections

WEP 0062: Dunk Tank, An Interview with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

An Interview with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-11-36-24-pmIn this podcast Kelly interviews authors Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter about their hot new book Dunk Tank. The official title of their book is: Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want to See you Drown.

Both Rick & Rebecca are educational disruptors and forward thinkers with a passion to support ALL current & ALL future educational leaders (PK-20). Their mission and vision is simple: We must break the glass ceiling to eliminate the status quo to ensure equity for ALL students. Rebecca and Rick have both faced adversity in their careers and are willing to do whatever it takes to call out ALL the “elephants” in the educational room so that educators, political leaders, and industry innovators can leverage talent and work together to best serve kids.

51ifw-sibdlAbout the book: 

Have you ever felt as if a supervisor, coworker, or even your own school board was trying to sabotage you?  No school leader is immune to the effects of discrimination, bad politics, revenge, or ego-driven coworkers. If you’ve ever worked in such conditions, you know that adversaries can make your job as a school leader miserable. But even if you’re lucky enough to be thriving in your current role, you’ve probably seen leaders whose careers have been tanked by difficult and demanding circumstances. You may even wonder from time to time, “Am I next?”  In Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank, Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter interviewed superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the nation who have faced “dunk tank” situations. Through real-life stories and by sharing insightful research, the authors (who are dunk tank survivors themselves) equip school leaders with the practical knowledge and emotional tools necessary to survive and, better yet, avoid getting “dunked.”

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot is learning and fun for EVERY Classroom

Become an Apple Teacher at the Apple Teacher Learning Center for Free. Great PD: www.appleteacher.apple.com

Rick’s book: Sutures of the Mind: Unleashing the Power of Mindfulness in 30 Days While Rescuing Your Spirit

Rebecca’s most influential read: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Rick’s most influential read: Exploiting Children: School Board Members Who Cross The Line by Matt Spencer.

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

Favorite apps: SnapChat, Wunderlist



 

WEP 0060: An Interview with Clay Reisler

Clay Reisler, ADE, is @RecessDuty on Twitter

copy-of-dsc_0967In this 60th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay Reisler. You can follow Clay on Twitter at @RecessDuty.

Clay Reisler has been focused on instructional design and digital workflow in his classroom since 2008. With the opportunity to have a mobile digital device in the hands of every student since 2009, Clay has integrated a variety of educational atmospheres that engages and empowers students to guide their own learning. With over 1,400 published videos and 1,100 blog posts of students and teachers integrating technology tools in an educational setting, Clay provides an inside view of technology being implemented at the right time for the right reason.

Clay’s current position as an Instructional Design and Digital Workflow Support Teacher for grades 6-12 allows him to integrate multiple technology tools, mainly iPads, and strategies with classroom teachers across all subject areas so that students can critically think, create, communicate, and collaborate.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Dave Burgess Consulting: www.daveburgessconsulting.com: Great resources for finding educational books and speakers.

One of Clay’s favorite books is How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

Learn more about Clay’s work at: www.clayreisler.com and www.ipaddiction.blogspot.com

Clay and I cover MUCH in this podcast: the position of a technology coach and how it can really work, iPad as a testing device, iPad vs. Chromebook, Canvas, Flex Mod Scheduling, Workflow solutions, Flipboard, DoInk for iPad, Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Canvas, and the 4 C’s, and of course… so much more! This was a great conversation! Looking forward to having Clay back again soon.

Here are some great links to many of the talking points from the interview:
www.twitter.com/recessduty
www.flipboard.com/@recessduty
https://www.canva.com/ClayReisler
https://www.youtube.com/user/pcmstv1
http://www.pulaskischools.org/high/flexmod/
https://plus.google.com/communities/111864096175967703674
https://soundcloud.com/user-912923621/flex-mod-media-day
https://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592404049



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.