WEP 0056: An Interview with Jon Harper, the Host of the Educational Podcast, ‘My Bad’

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-6-58-00-amKelly interviews teacher, assistant principal, and fellow educational podcaster, Jon Harper.

Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. This is his 7th year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman’s Cub that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.

Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.

Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

Kelly and Jon talk about great ideas for schools, classrooms, and educational philosophy, as well as:

• Creating clubs in school

• Educational Podcasting

• National Board Certification

• Student Teaching in New Zealand

•Inspirational Podcasts, books and more.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

• Jon’s Podcast, “My Bad” on The Bam Radio Network

• UnearthED

• Boxer app

• Nuzzle app

• Ryan Holiday’s books:

Ego is the Enemy

and

The Obstacle is the Way


WEP 0055 If You’re Going to Have Homework, Do it Better! An Interview with Brandon Blom

An Interview with Brandon Blom

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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.


New Leadership Book Out!

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I’m pleased to share a great new title on leadership that you need to add to your reading list. The book is titled Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off by Stephen J. Valentine and Dr. Reshan Richards, with sketchnotes by Brad Ovenell-Carter.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen J. Valentine and Dr. Reshan Richards last week for my Wired Educator Podcast. The interview will be released August 15th and will be my 50th episode. It will also be the first interview I conducted with two guests, with each of us being in different locations. I’m excited for you to listen to the podcast. You can subscribe here.

Stephen and Reshan’s publisher, Jossey-Bass, sent me a copy of the book to review. It is great. The book is packed with great take-aways for everyone. If I could describe a perfect size for a book on leadership, this would be it. The pictures, illustrations, and even the type of paper, a somewhat glossy magazine-like material, all work in harmony for a great experience and read. 

I was unable to interview the illustrator, Brad Ovenell-Carter, yet, but I have met Brad on ADE adventures in the past. He is a wonderful artist, and an accomplished sketch-noter. His illustrations give the book life and a sense of I-can-do-this while reading. 

This is a great book that I hope you will add to your library. 

I will be posting the interview tomorrow and it was a fantastic discussion about how this book came to be and what it is all about. Don’t miss it. 

Here is a link to order your copy of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs Leading Online and Off.

 

WEP 0049: Reflections on the ADE 2016 Global Institute

Kelly's Reflections on the ADE 2016 Global Institute in Berlin Germany

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 12.51.24 PMKelly shares his thoughts, takeaways, experiences, and lessons learned at the 2016 Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute that was held in Berlin Germany. This was Kelly’s first opportunity to speak with an international audience, explore Europe, and work with a team of educators from all over the world. Much to learn and apply in this episode.

• We are Global Educators, Tearing Down Walls in Education, Create Learning Playgrounds, Travel, Collaborate with Educators, Collaborate over Distances, Podcasting, Travel Offers New Perspectives, Swift Coding Language, and more!

• I took a week off from podcasting after my travel through Europe. I know this is a BIG podcasting no-no, but I believe a scheduled break once or twice a year may just have provided me the opportunity to plan my editorial calendar, schedule interviews, and step outside of the “scheduled week and ritual” I have created around my podcast to gain a new perspective and plan. (It is summer!)  So… I hope you missed me, I’m glad to have taken a week off, and now… I’m back. I hope you enjoy episode 49, join my book club, and send me an email.

Mentioned in the Podcast:

• This episode is sponsored by www.airsquirrels.com “Software you’ll go nuts for!” I am excited about using AirParrot 2, Reflector 2, and Ditto in my classroom this upcoming school year and you will love it too. Check it out.

Wired Educator Spotlight: Please consider supporting first year educator, Jaclyn Pearson’s Donor’s Choose Goal: http://bit.ly/29wT3Uj to help her get some technology in her classroom. She is a first grade teacher in Bellwood School District in Illinois. It will be her first year teaching in the district. She says, “I do not have any educational technology to provide students with. 97% of my students are from low-income homes and a majority of the school population are also English Language Leaners. I believe that these students are our next scientists, engineers, makers and doers. These students are our presidents, doctors, lawyers, and computer scientists. But, in any of the innumerable fields my students will one day enter, they will have to know how to work comfortably with technology. It is undeniable that technology is woven into the thread of the world my students live in today, and I cannot send them into the world confidently when I know that they have not learned how to be digital citizens.” She started a Donors Choose project entitled ‘There’s No Place Like Chrome.’ This is her initiative to provide educational technology for her under resourced students. She is hoping to gain 13 chromebooks for her students.

• Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off will be the first Wired Educator Book Club book. Here is the link to our Facebook Page where we will be discussing the book. Order the book and join us for a discussion.

• Swift Playgrounds Teacher Guide an iBook about learning Swift programming language. Everyone can learn to code.


(Enjoy the podcast & please subscribe & leave your review on iTunes. Thanks!)

Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

You can subscribe and listen to his Wired Educator Podcast here.

Invite Kelly to speak at your event here.

Subscribe to The Wired Educator blog here.

Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader is available for purchase here. 

 

We’re Number 12! We’re Number 12! We’re…

Wired Educator Podcast Ranked 12 of 36

I love happy email, and today I received a really cool one:

We're Number 12

There probably aren’t too many sports teams or corporations that go around bragging about being twelth, but let me tell you, I am EXCITED.

When you create content and put yourself out there you are immediately hit with three fears: 1) Is anyone listening? 2) Does anyone like it? 3) Do they think I have a big ego or something?

The Wired Educator Podcast is just a little over a year old, so to make it to any list is a happy surprise. I work hard to create good content and to share and archive the stories of talented educators. I really take pride in what I do, and I enjoy it.  My goal, my dream, my mission… is to create content that positively impacts education for teachers and students.

Yeah, I am excited and humbled to receive an email that lets me know people are listening, they like it, and they understand I am trying to make a positive impact.

Thank you Fusion Year Books for including me with so many excellent podcasts. Congratulations to everyone on the list.

We’re number 12! Yay!