WEP 106: Rewiring Education, An Interview with John Couch

How Technology Can Unlock Every Student's Potential. 

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews John D. Couch, the 54th person hired at Apple, the first VP of Education at Apple, friend of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and the author of a hot new book titled: Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student’s Potential.

You can order your copy of John’s book here: Rewiring Education by John Couch.

Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs had a powerful vision for education, employing technology to make an enormous positive effect on the lives of millions of students. The man Jobs tapped to realize this vision was John D. Couch, a trusted engineer and executive who had a passion for education. Couch believed learning needed to be personal and collaborative. He argued the real purpose of education was to help children discover their uniqueness and empower them to reach beyond their perceived potential. However, changing a system that has notoriously resisted change for the past century proved to be no small task, even for an Apple vice president.

Now, though, technology is increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives, rewiring our homes, our jobs, and even our brains. Most important, a rewiring of education is finally beginning to unlock the potential of our schools, children, and society.

In Rewiring Education, Couch shares the professional lessons he’s learned during his 50-plus years in education and technology. He takes us behind Apple’s major research study, Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), and its follow-up (ACOT 2), highlighting the powerful effects of the Challenge-Based Learning framework. Going beyond Apple’s walls, he also introduces us to some of the most extraordinary parents, educators, and entrepreneurs from around the world who have ignored the failed promises of memorization and, instead, utilize new science-backed methods and technologies that benefit all children, from those who struggle to honor students.

Rewiring Education examines the future, looking at the most promising of the emerging technologies, and how we, as parents, teachers, and voters, can ensure our children are provided with opportunities and access to the relevant, creative, collaborative, and challenging learning environments they need to succeed both today and tomorrow.

Mentioned in this podcast:

John’s new book: Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student’s Potential.

John’s Non-Profit is: BeyondSchool.com

Win a a copy of John Couch’s book, Rewiring Education by clicking here & subscribing to the Wired Educator Newsletter. One winner will be announced. Or Tweet why you follow @WiredEducator on Twitter or other social media for a chance to win.

www.RewiringEducation.com

Steve Wozniak’s Woz University: https://woz-u.com/curriculum/

Challenge Based Learning

 

Kelly Croy is an author, speaker and educator. If you’d like to learn more about Kelly, or invite him to your school or conference to speak please send him an email.

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WEP 105: Wes Molyneux on How to Rock 1:1 Deployment and Professional Development

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I interview Wes Molyneaux on how to successfully implement a 1:1 tech deployment, how a district might be able to improve upon an unsuccessful attempt, creating great professional development opportunities, Apple’s Education Event in Chicago, and so much more. (Topics include but not limited to: 1:1 deployment, fixing a bad deployment, Great PD, instructional leaders, best practices, student engagement, Mar

I know you are going to love this interview! Wes is the director of technology in the Elkhart Community School district, an Apple Distinguished Educator, on the ADE Advisory Board for the Americas, a Google Certified Teacher L1 and L2, a great friend and a brilliant educator. Wes shares so much. He is Brilliant! Follow Wes on Twitter!

Wes Molyneaux is the director of technology integration in the Elkhart Community School District where he is accountable for the development of processes related to improved professional practice through technology initiatives and innovative professional development. This includes overseeing the technology integration team and ensuring the alignment of professional development to the teacher appraisal system and the strategic plan. Wes started his career at New Trier High School in 2006 teaching biology and anatomy and physiology.
After teaching for a few years he moved into a professional development role spending 50% of his time teaching anatomy and physiology to juniors and seniors and 50% of his time working with teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms.
In addition to teaching and leading professional development at New Trier and now Elkhart, he has presented at a number of different venues including; Mobile2012 in Arizona, ASCD Conference in Chicago, Apple Executive Briefing Center in Chicago, the CPS iPad Academy, several redefining mobile learning events in the Midwest at the ADE2013 Institute in Austin, Texas, at the ADE institute 2014, at EMS2014, at the EdTech Innovation summit in 2016, ConnectEd academy in Dallas in 2016 and 2017, SXSedu 2016, Innovation Summit in Nobelsville, IN in 2017, and at MACUL in 2017.  Wes will be presenting at ISTE in June of 2018, at iEngage-Midwest in April of 2018 and at 2018 IGNITE eLearning Conference in June on innovative teaching methods using iPads in the classroom.
Wes is a Google Certified Teacher Level I and II.  He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and has served on the Apple Distinguished Educator’s advisory board since January of 2015.
Wes’s website is dedicated to helping teachers and students use the interactivity, portability and anywhere anytime learning capabilities of the iPad to increase student engagement and their overall learning.
Mentioned in this podcast: 
Planbook.com: The best way to plan, organize and share your lessons. www.planbook.com
Wes’s website: https://ipads4education.org
Apple’s March Education Keynote: https://www.apple.com/apple-events/march-2018/
A gadget Wes is hoping to get: A hand-held gimbal for iPhone.
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Kelly Croy is an author, speaker and educator. If you’d like to learn more about Kelly, or invite him to your school or conference to speak please send him an email: 

Listen to Kelly’s other podcast, The Future Focused Podcast and subscribe.
Subscribe to The Wired Educator Podcast with over 104 episodes of interviews and professional development.
Visit the Wired Educator blog at www.WiredEducator.com
Looking for a dynamic speaker for your school’s opening day? Consider Kelly Croy at www.KellyCroy.com
Order Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader for a school book study or your personal library.

WEP 0100: Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Wired Educator Podcast

Who is Episode 100?

Thanks for listening to the Wired Educator Podcast where it really is all about becoming a better educator so you can make a greater impact and live a more dynamic life.

I am so proud to have documented the amazing stories of so many talented educators! Over one hundred hours of tips, tricks, inspiration and more helping teachers in their classrooms to make a difference in the lives of students.

One hundred episodes is a milestone, and I wanted to do something totally different, so… I did.

Buckle-up buttercup, this episode has a few surprises for you! Still, I guarantee you will walk away inspired and with a few new tools to put to use.

Thank you for being a listener. I hope you enjoy this episode. Please send me a message.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller
Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy
The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly
Kelly’s Moleskine Journal of choice.
Kelly’s favorite pen.
The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

 

WEP 0077: An Interview with Julie Wilcot

Julie Willcott is an EdTech Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator.  She works as an advocate for innovative learning with an emphasis on STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math).  As a high school science teacher, Julie implemented one of the nation’s first 1:1 iPad programs and developed multiple open educational resources on iTunes U and iBooks.  Her current consulting work includes serving as a Professional Development Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for zSpace, a provider of immersive virtual reality technology.  In addition, Julie works as a Social Media Manager for EdSurge promoting resources on how and when to use technology in K-20 education.  Julie presents at national and international conferences and serves as an advisory board member for SXSWedu.

Follow Julie on Twitter at @willcottjulieand visit her website at:  juliewillcott.com.

Julie and Kelly talk about a wide-range of topics including:

  • 1:1 iPad initiatives
  • iTunes U Course
  • STEM moving to STEAM
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • The need for Director’s of Innovation
  • how Director’s of Innovation need to be relationship builder and be good with the tech,

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Creation Crate: An awesome subscription-based service for your home or school that includes a new technology project each month. www.CreationCrate.com

Julie recommends the book The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching

and Losing My Faculties: A Teacher’s Story.

Julie finds great benefit in using the “The Self Journal”.

Her must-have gadget is a 3-D Printer.

She recommends Rich Perry, an outstanding ELA teacher as a possible guest for an upcoming interview on The Wired Educator Podcast.

One of her favorite apps is Clipsby Apple.

Some of the sites and resources we discussed include:

edu.zspace.com

edsurge.com

http://www.sphero.com/education.

Looking for a speaker for your school’s opening day or educational conference? Please check out www.KellyCroy.com

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

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips Blogger and Author of Three Educational 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.)

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Connect with Monica: