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! 

Mentioned in this podcast:

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!

 

 

 

WEP 0069: Flexible Seating, An Interview with Kayla Delzer

An Interview with Kayla Delzer

Buckle-up! This is a high-energy interview! Kelly interviews Kayla Delzer about flexible seating, the importance of classroom design, and a cornucopia of other educational interests and passions. Kayla is doing amazing work in and outside the classroom. She is an inspiration to all educators and shares a lot of tips that can help you out!
Kayla Delzer is a 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. She is a columnist for Edsurge and blogger for Edutopia, where she writes about a variety of edtech and design topics. She has nine years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently in the process of becoming National Board Certified, the highest mark of professional accomplishment.
On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners. Kayla frequently travels around the United States as a featured and keynote speaker, and she is proud to be an international speaker with Best Keynote coalition.
Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide. She is highly sought after by educational and technology companies to preview and review their products.
Kayla sits on several advisory boards of educational companies, and works closely with Remind, Go Ennounce, GoNoodle, Amazon Education, Seesaw, and Creative Teaching Press to name a few. She was also recently selected as North Dakota’s Lead Digital Innovator by PBS. She is authoring her first book for educators based on best 21st century teaching practices for digital natives.
You can connect with Kayla on all social media platforms @topdogteaching, and her student lead social media accounts @topdogkids.
 
Mentioned in this podcast: 
Kayla’s favorite books: Move Your Bus by Ron Clark and Todd Nesloney’s Kid’s Deserve It!
Ron Clark Academy Two Day Training: http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/educators

 

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

The Hack Learning Series Books

Scrivener: The best writing software for everyone!


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WEP 0063: Jennifer Serravallo on Reading Strategies and Writing Strategies

An Interview with Jennifer Serravallo, Author of The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book

Kelly interviews author, speaker, and educator, Jennifer Serravallo in this 63rd episode of The Wired Educator Podcast.

Jennifer is the author of several awesome books on education including: The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, The Reading Strategies Book and her upcoming Writing Strategies Book. Kelly and Jennifer talk about her writing, and great reading and writing practices.

Remember, all educators are teachers of reading and writing.

Jennifer was a teacher in Title I Schools in NYC, and later a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She is now a national consultant and speaker who helps urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction. She is the author of numerous books on the teaching of reading and writing including the New York Times bestseller, The Reading Strategies Book and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment series. Her latest book, The Writing Strategies Book, will be released in February 2017. Check out her blog at www.jenniferserravallo.com and tweet her @jserravallo.

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Mentioned in this podcast: 

The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.

Pre-Order The Writing Strategies Book NOW! And be one of the first to receive it when it ships!

The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy McCormick Calkins.

In the Middle, Third Edition: A Lifetime of Learning About Writing, Reading, and Adolescents by Nancy Atwell. 

Jennifer’s podcast: Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo!

Jennifer is on Twitter: @jserravallo
Jennifer’s blog and website: www.jenniferserravallo.com
Jennifer’s Facebook group connected to Reading and Writing Strategies:
Heinemann: www.heinemann.com
Scrivener: The best writing software for everyone!


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WEP 0061: PocketLab, An Interview with Clifton Roozeboom

PocketLab: A Small, Affordable Sensor Perfect for STEM, PBL, and More!

mjy3odg1ngClifton Roozeboom is the inventor of PocketLab, a technology platform for
hands-on science learning. PocketLab is used by tens of thousands of
students and educators in 44 different countries and has received
recognition from Stanford University, Yale University, ProtoLabs, the
New York Museum of Modern Art, and the National Science Foundation.
Clifton received his PhD from Stanford University in mechanical
engineering. His PhD research was on micro-scale sensors for wireless
sensor network applications.

385215058PocketLab is the perfect device for classrooms. Our school is now using PocketLab in our STEM room.  These tiny sensors can be attached to just about anything to measure and record scientific data.

In this interview Clifton gives us the background on how PocketLab came to be and the many, many incredible ways they are being used in classrooms from primary all the way through post secondary learning.  There are many takeaways in this podcast.  You will certainly leave dreaming up ways you and your school can benefit from this affordable, portable sensor.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Earn badges to become an Apple Teacher. My challenge to you!

The Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya. Support their new school. We did!

www.thepocketlab.com

PocketLab Sensor for less than $90. 

Clifton’s favorite book: Thinking Fast and Slow

Clfton’s Favorite apps: Google Science Journal and Motion Shot by Sony (Both Free.)

Also, check out Wired Educator Podcasts: 14 with another inventor, Roger Wagner, and episode 38 with Jarius Makimba of Cheery Education Centre in Narobi, Kenya.