WEP 0072: #Formative Tech, An Interview with Author, Monica Burns

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips Blogger and Author of Two Books

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Monica Burns about her hot new book, #Formative Tech. This is Monica’s second book. Her first, Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom was also published by Corwin Publications. Monica and Kelly have a great educational discussion focusing on her new book, and as always… so much more!

About the book: #Formative Tech: Formative assessment is a must for educators, but it can be difficult to juggle with all the other demands of a busy teacher’s to-do list. Fortunately, technology tools can help you work smarter, not harder. In #FormativeTech, you’ll find:

  • Practical tips on how to use technology in formative assessment, including quick “pulse checks” for the whole class.
  • Formative assessment strategies for small groups and individual students.
  • Ideas for assessing project-based and inquiry-based approaches.
  • How to evaluate data and communicate results with families.

About Monica: Kelly interviewed Monica and her awesome website Class Tech Tips back in episode 41 of The Wired Educator Podcast. Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016.)

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Recess! Greatest Apple Watch Night Stand Ever! Mac Classic! Vintage

My friend and fellow educator Johnny Kissko posted a picture on Facebook yesterday of his new Apple Watch night stand that looked like a miniature, vintage Macintosh Classic. I ordered it on the spot.

This is the coolest Apple Watch night stand that I have ever seen, and it’s only $12.99.

Well, mine arrived today, and I love it. Teachers need to be up early and on time, and I’m an Apple fanboy. Here’s my review:

My first concern was whether it would manage the cord well? Yes! The charging cord threads through easily, securely, and keeps the cord out of the way. I love it.

My second concern was whether or not it would be weighty enough, or if it would be easily knocked over on my nightstand. It’s perfect. The little Macintosh Classic is hefty enough that remains upright and in place when bumped. It is the perfect weight, and the silcone material is soft yet durable.

I really like that it supports nightstand mode and makes looking at your watch like a little Macintosh Classic. I actually owned a Mac Classic; it was my first Mac back in 1991.

I really wanted to share this cool Apple Watch stand with you. I hope you think it’s cool too. You can order your’s for $12.99 right here. (Normally $19.99, but I would have still paid it.

Wired Educator grades this nightstand an A+ and my comments are: Grab it!

Here is the link to order your Vintage Macintosh Classic Apple Watch Night Stand. 

WEP 0071: The Joy of Professional Learning, An Interview with Kurt Klynen

An Interview with Kurt Klynen

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Belgium educator, Kurt Klynen.

Kurt Klynen is an Apple Distinguished Educator with over sixteen years teaching ages 2 to 62 and older in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. He is an advocate, author, ambassador and advisor in educational curriculum design and instruction. He founded his own educational start-up, ICT Atelier in 2009 with one primary mission: hands-on, inspiring workshops on the integration of technology in education. He currently leads of 25 superstar educators who spread this vision all over Europe. He serves as an advisor for Apple Distinguished Educators EMEIA region, and as an advisor for both Book Widgets and Book Creator.

Having worked with educators and students around the world, Kurt is truly an international educator. Leaning heavily on Kurt’s experiences in many countries, Kelly interviews Kurt about the differences in education around the world and what best practices and theories have emerged. Kurt also shares his passion for his current ADE project, The Joy of Professional Learning.

Kurt has an incredible eye for design, and he is just a brilliant educator. He is very inspiring to talk with, and I am looking forward to collaborating with him in some way in the future.

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Creation Crate: www.CreationCrate.com: Remember to use the coupon code “WIRED” for five dollars off. Check them out!

About Kurt: https://about.me/kurtklynenhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning/id1155093835?mt=11Download The Joy of Professional Learning: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-basics-part-one/id1164710031?mt=11Download: The Joy of Professional Learning Part 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-basics-part-two/id1175094462?mt=11Guest Chefs, The Joy of Professional Learning: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-joy-of-professional-learning-the-guest-chefs/id1215839734?mt=11Recommended Books: by Austin Kleon

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Together is Better by Simon Sinek

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Software mentioned by Kurt: Toolbox for iWorkPexels: Free Stock Photos


WEP 0070: An Interview with Dr. Chris Penny

Technology and Paying it Forward

Kelly interviews Dr. Chris Penny in this 70th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast. Chris and Kelly talk about the joys and challenges of preparing our next level of educators, learning spaces, digital badging, what the most important skill needed for learning to code (and it isn’t what you’re probably thinking), why you probably want to avoid using the word drones, and so much more. Chris is brilliant. You’ll fall in love with his accent, and you will learn a lot.

Chris Penny is a Professor of Educational Technology at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Penn State University. In 2011 he won the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for his excellence in the classroom. In 2007 he became an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Google Certified Teacher in 2009. His efforts in teaching and research have the focus of technology integration in education. He has published an edited book titled Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences. Has published articles on reading on electronic devices, eMentoring, 24/7 laptop access for teacher candidates, and digital portfolios. Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning is the title of his latest book which was published in 2013. His most recent research revolves around the topics of learning spaces, and coding for everyone.

Follow Chris Penny on Twitter at @ChrisPenny! 

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Thank you PlanBook.com for sponsoring this episode of the Wired Eduator Podcast. Planbook.com is the best lesson plan service available. Period. www.planbook.com

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

SwiftPlaygrounds for iPad: Everyone really can learn to code with this app. Love it!