In this episode Kelly interviews Brian Foutty about why everyone should learn to code and why the Swift Programming Language is the language to pursue.
Brian Foutty is Apple Distinguished Educator and the Innovative Learning Specialist in charge of his districts’ iPad 1:1 initiative and has been charged with implementing and maintaining the iPad deployment, MDM software, supporting staff and students with IT support, professional development, student learning on iPad. Additionally, Brian teaches the Swift programming language and iOS app development to Career/Tech students. Brian has developed and published 13 iOS apps and is the author of iTunes U course “A Swift Time to Code” which was featured by Apple in 2015. Brian has been using iPad since its launch. Follow Brian on Twitter at @bfoutty
This episode of The Wired Educator Podcast is sponsored by: Planbook.com: the greatest lesson planning software on the planet, and it’s only one dollar a month.
Mentioned in this Podcast:
Brian Foutty’s Blog: https://www.ifoutty.com
Foutty App Development: http://www.fouttyappdevelopment.com/Fouttyappdevelopment/Welcome.html
Trumbull Career & Technical Center: www.tctchome.com
Brian Foutty’s iTunes U courses
The App Development with Swift Curriculum:
Accidental Tech Podcast – Episode 205: “People Don’t Use the Weird Parts”
Other Mentions: GitHub, Swift, iPad Palooza, Workflow, Overcast Podcast App, Stackover, Daniel Buddo, Frasier Spears, Redit
Kelly’s most influential books:
- Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
- Along Came a Leader! by Kelly Croy (I can’t believe Brian chose my book! Wow! Honored. What a great guy! Blew me away!)
- Hacking Swift by Paul Hudson
The Wired Educator Podcast is sponsored by: Planbook.com: the greatest lesson planning software on the planet, and it’s only one dollar a month.
I own a lot of iOS devices. In fact, I may very well own them all. Seriously.
People know me as an “Apple guy” and contact me when they need help choosing “the right” device for them.
The answer to that question can be as simple and complex as you wish to make it.
For me, each iOS device has its unique role and purpose.
While I am not suggesting you need every iOS device, I would like you to hear me out and digest my Golf Club Metaphor:
I have met some amazing golfers, of which I am not one, that are so good they could easily crush me with a single golf club to my entire bag. I don’t really know for sure, but I can imagine my friend Del selecting an 8-iron and using it to drive, chip, and even putt. There is no doubt in my mind he would beat me with that one club on every hole.
While that one club really could serve my friend well, it does not serve me; I’m just not that good. I need the extra distance the driver will give me, the accuracy of a putter, and all of the other advantages I can’t even appreciate in the other clubs.
A single iPhone or iPad absolutely can indeed serve all of your needs. There is no question. I have used my iPhone to write scenes in a novel, pay bills, sell items on eBay, and even create artwork that I have sold. Still, I am better served when I have a specific tool for each job.
I want to have a bag of great tools at my disposal to do my best work and play my best game. I know not everyone can afford to have a bunch of devices. I get it. These devices, however, do last a long time, in fact my original iPad still works great. Amazing. I also love how they all sync to each other, so the work I am doing on one picks up exactly where I left off on the other.
Here’s what I am using and why:
iPhone 7 Plus: Your smartphone is your go-to device for most of your work and most of your diversions. You use it every day and most of the hours of the day. I am always perplexed by people who hesitate to upgrade to a new one or repair a damaged one. Your smartphone is like your car; you need a dependable one. I really hesitated on getting the bigger model, but I am glad I did. I love, love, love the camera and reading on the device. I went all-out and purchased the biggest model. I need lots of room for photos, apps, and videos. I was worried the bigger model would be too big. It’s not. It fits in my hand and pocket fine. And the camera… Wow!
iPad Air 2: I use this iPad for consuming. This is my everywhere iPad. This iPad can go everywhere and I can get some serious work with it. Still, it does not fit in my pocket so I have to carry it. If I don’t want to carry it I will take an iPad mini, which actually does fit in my khaki pockets but not my jeans.
iPad Pro 12.9 inch: I use this iPad for creating. I’m an artist and this is the greatest pad ever! If you are an artist and haven’t tried the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro… you must demo it. It made such a huge impact on my art. I use the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app to do all of my artwork.) I love reading magazines on it with the Texture apple because they are the size of actual magazines. I love to read comics on it using Marvel Unlimited because they are actual size of comics. I use both iBooks and Kindle apple to read books. Both fantastic. I use the Blogo app to blog and Scrivener app to write my books. This iPad is now my creation workhorse. The best keyboard and case for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch is the Logitech Create iPad Pro Case.
iPod touch: I use this for flights and travel. It saves my iPhone battery. I also like having a backup device when I travel. Lots of perks.
iPod nano: I use this for music during my art presentations and conference presentations. I connect it to my speaker system and it’s a go. I make special playlists for every presentation. Opening, work in progress, and conclusion. Music is important and sadly too often forgotten.
iPod shuffle: This is still the best solution for me to go running with because of its tiny size and it is distraction free. I love that the iPad shuffle is so inexpensive too.
Do I still use a laptop? Yes, but my iPad Pro is quickly replacing a lot of work. I currently use an older MacBook Air, but I hope to soon replace it with a new 13 inch MacBook Pro maxed out. I create a lot of video and produce a blog on my MacBook. I also write a lot, and it’s form, size and weight still feel the best for writing. I also use animation software that is not found on the iPad yet. So, the MacBook is still my professional level tool, however, as I mentioned, I am slowly but surely replacing jobs on the iPad occasionally and not looking back.
In 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
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:
In 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.