WEP 0065: Hacking Project Based Learning with Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper

An Interview with the Authors of Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom

Kelly interviews Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper, the authors a great new book titled Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom.

Ross Cooper is the coauthor of Hacking Project Based Learning, and the Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 in the Salisbury Township School District (1:1 MacBook/iPad) in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. His passions are inquiry-based learning and quality professional development.

Erin Murphy is coauthor of Hacking Project Based Learning. Currently, she has the pleasure of serving as the assistant principal of Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District. As a certified literacy specialist, she also coordinates the middle level ELA department.

Mentioned in this podcast:

• The book: Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom

• Ross’s website/blog: rosscoops31.com

• Erin’s website/blog: psumurphette.com

• Erin’s favorite book: Manic Magee

• Ross’s favorite books: Understanding by Design by Wiggins & McTighe and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba

• The Breathe App for mindfulness.

• Inquiry Based Learning

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iPads and My Golf-Club Metaphor

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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.

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: 

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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.

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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.


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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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