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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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
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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.



 

 

 

 

WEP 0057: The Pillars of Digital Literacy, An Interview with Eric Sheninger

An Interview with Eric Sheninger

ericsheningerIn this podcastKelly interviews educator, speaker, and author, Eric Sheninger.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.

Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices.  Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.  As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker.  His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.

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Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar.  He has authored and co-authored the following:
Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids
Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times 
Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals
What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Eric’s choice for most influential books: 

Drive by Daniel Pink

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Favorite site/app: EdShelf: A socially-curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.

Notes from Eric:

 

WEP 0052: The Classroom Chef, an Interview with John Stevens

JohnKelly interviews author and educator, John Stevens, about the book Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful. John co-authored the book with Matt Audrey.

John Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has also taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design since 2006. As the co-author of “The Classroom Chef”, he has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work.

He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California. He also is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs, the first in the area.

In his free time that doesn’t exist, he runs a site called Would You Rather? which is dedicated to getting students talking about math. He is an author of Flipping 2.0, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. During recent summers, John has had the honor of presenting at CUE Rockstar events in California and various technology and math conferences. John blogs at fishing4tech.com. His latest adventure has led him into the world of 3D-printing, designing lesson plans and curricula for AirWolf3D. Follow him @jstevens009 or email him at stevens009@gmail.com

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Mentioned in this podcast:

John’s book, The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful.

Books that arrived this week:
 Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome

• 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller

• Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran

• The Writing on the Classroom Wall by Steve Wyborney

Equipment: 

• iPad Pro 12.9 inch: The greatest device I have ever owned. Wow!

• Apple Pencil: I love this. Wow!

• Logic hard shell case and backlit keyboard for iPad Pro: this is the best keyboard and case available for the iPad Pro.
• Omoton Leather sleeve for iPad Pro with document folder and Pencil holder: this is awesome and less the $15 bucks.

Another book: 

John’s favorite book is Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

App: Desmos graphing calculator