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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Two Great New Education Books: Lead Like a Pirate and #Formative Tech

Lead Like a Pirate and #Formative Tech

Two great new educational titles are now available to help educators and administrators level-up and make a difference in the lives of children.

I am currently ready Lead Like a Pirate by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, and #Formative Tech by Monica Burns. I am excited to announce that I have interviews scheduled with all of the authors in upcoming Wired Educator Podcasts, so stay tuned and make sure you are subscribed to the podcast.

Lead Like a Pirate is the latest title from the Dave Burgess Consulting Publications that keeps hitting hit after hit. #Formative Tech is another blockbuster from Corwin.

Lead Like a Pirate: Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.

The ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.

 #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
 Order your copies of Lead Like a Pirate and #Formative Tech today and listen to the Wired Educator interviews with the authors on The Wired Educator Podcast.
Congratulations Shelley, Beth, and Monica on these great new educational titles and thank you for your commitement to education.

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