Twenty-one Goals Every Educator Should Make in 2017

How Many Have You Completed?

I love setting goals and making resolutions. I am always trying to become a better version of myself.  I want to be a better educator, parent, husband, speaker, and more. As educators we set high standards for our students and we motivate them to become their best.  We share and encourage resources to improve the lives of our students. We care passionately about their current and future success. We need to do the same for ourselves.

Each year year I write a blog post to inspire educators to become even better and consider accomplishing something that maybe they didn’t think they could do. I challenge teachers to do something that would benefit their classroom, their students, their district, and themselves.  Take a look at my list for 2017 and see if you found some that you already do and some that might be a real challenge. I hope you find this list inspiring.  I add to this list and change it each year.

1.) Build A Tribe: I want you to create a community where you can share ideas and challenge each other as educators. Your community can be created in anyway you like. Maybe it’s a Facebook group, a book club, a Pinterest Page, a Twitter hastag, or even a blog or podcast.  I really enjoy hosting my own blog.   (It could be a personal blog, one for your students, or maybe one for you colleagues.) Share the accomplishments you and your students are experiencing. Ask questions. Ask for help. Share what you have learned. Perhaps you can help olve a problem. Archive your best work. Build connections

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: 

Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot is learning and fun for EVERY Classroom

Become an Apple Teacher at the Apple Teacher Learning Center for Free. Great PD: www.appleteacher.apple.com

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.

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

Favorite apps: SnapChat, Wunderlist



 

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.



 

 

 

 

Yes, Everyone Can Code! Hour of Code Week December 5-11

Swift Playgrounds

bae74108-2f7d-41b1-b809-99aba261ba57I received this awesome email regarding the Hour of Code week and wanted everyone to benefit from it:

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week December 5-11, we’ve added new resources to our popular Everyone Can Code program to make it easier to bring coding into your school.
Hour of Code Activity
We’re excited to announce a new Hour of Code™ challenge, right in the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad. The challenge, which only takes an hour to complete, lets students use real Swift code to guide a character through a dynamic 3D world. Students will learn how to give simple commands, write functions, and run loops. The Hour of Code Challenge in Swift Playgrounds is a great way to start exploring teaching, writing and learning code.
The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Sign up for a hands-on Hour of Code workshop in your local Apple Store.  Or, host your own activity in class or after school with the Swift Playgrounds app and our Hour of Code Facilitator Guide. 
 
Expanded Curriculum for Swift Playgrounds and iPad
For those who have already started learning to code with Swift Playgrounds, we’re pleased to add a new set of lessons to the app called Learn to Code 3, along with a companion Teacher Guide to support using the curriculum in the classroom. Learn to Code 3 helps students put together the skills they learned in previous lessons and apply them in a project-based environment. The Teacher Guide includes activities, reflection questions, journal prompts, and more to help teachers bring these new lessons into the classroom.
 
Earn Swift Playgrounds Badges in Apple Teacher 
We are also excited to announce a new professional learning opportunity to help teachers build skills to bring coding into their classrooms. Apple Teachers can now complete four new badges for learning and teaching with Swift Playgrounds, and earn a new Apple Teacher logo featuring Swift Playgrounds to share their accomplishment.
 
New Apple Professional Learning Provider
For teachers, schools, and districts who want additional support to bring iOS app development into their curriculum, we’re pleased to announce MobileMakersEdu as a new Apple Professional Learning Provider. MobileMakersEdu offers workshops and training so teachers can bring App Development with Swift into their classrooms.
 
To learn more about these new offerings and the Everyone Can Code program, visit the website.

WEP 0060: An Interview with Clay Reisler

Clay Reisler, ADE, is @RecessDuty on Twitter

copy-of-dsc_0967In this 60th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay Reisler. You can follow Clay on Twitter at @RecessDuty.

Clay Reisler has been focused on instructional design and digital workflow in his classroom since 2008. With the opportunity to have a mobile digital device in the hands of every student since 2009, Clay has integrated a variety of educational atmospheres that engages and empowers students to guide their own learning. With over 1,400 published videos and 1,100 blog posts of students and teachers integrating technology tools in an educational setting, Clay provides an inside view of technology being implemented at the right time for the right reason.

Clay’s current position as an Instructional Design and Digital Workflow Support Teacher for grades 6-12 allows him to integrate multiple technology tools, mainly iPads, and strategies with classroom teachers across all subject areas so that students can critically think, create, communicate, and collaborate.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Dave Burgess Consulting: www.daveburgessconsulting.com: Great resources for finding educational books and speakers.

One of Clay’s favorite books is How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

Learn more about Clay’s work at: www.clayreisler.com and www.ipaddiction.blogspot.com

Clay and I cover MUCH in this podcast: the position of a technology coach and how it can really work, iPad as a testing device, iPad vs. Chromebook, Canvas, Flex Mod Scheduling, Workflow solutions, Flipboard, DoInk for iPad, Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Canvas, and the 4 C’s, and of course… so much more! This was a great conversation! Looking forward to having Clay back again soon.

Here are some great links to many of the talking points from the interview:
www.twitter.com/recessduty
www.flipboard.com/@recessduty
https://www.canva.com/ClayReisler
https://www.youtube.com/user/pcmstv1
http://www.pulaskischools.org/high/flexmod/
https://plus.google.com/communities/111864096175967703674
https://soundcloud.com/user-912923621/flex-mod-media-day
https://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592404049