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The Wired Educator Podcast

The Wired Educator Podcast: Becoming a Better Educator Now So You Can Make a Greater Impact and Enjoy a Higher Quality Lifestyle. The Host, Kelly Croy, is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified teacher. He has been teaching in the classroom for over 24 years. Kelly is a speaker, artist, author and educator.The Wired Educator Podcast will deliver content to help educators make a greater impact, be more productive, increase their efficiency, and improve their lifestyles.In this podcast I really want to emphasize my love and passion for learning and teaching. I truly want to make a difference in the lives of students and help inspire the next generation of educators. I share methods that I have learned from some of the most amazing educators around the globe on how to become a better educator, while expanding their classroom as a writer, speaker, and professional.There will be many guests on the Wired Educator blog. Thank YOU for listening!This podcast will share what teachers have discovered "works" in and outside the classroom.Teachers will also learn how to create a website, build passive income, budget, create podcast, design and market products and digital content.

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WEP 0063: Jennifer Serravallo on Reading Strategies and Writing Strategies

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. Mentioned in this podcast:  The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravalle. 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!


9 Jan 2017

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WEP 0073: Lead Like a Pirate an Interview with Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, the authors of the hot, new, best-selling book, Lead Like a Pirate. About the book, Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff: Are You a Treasure Seeker?  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. What does it take to be a PIRATE Leader?  Passion--both professional and personal A willingness to Immerse yourself in your work Good Rapport with your staff, students and community The courage to Ask questions and Analyze what is and isn't working The determination to seek positive Transformation  And the kind of Enthusiasm that gets others excited about education 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. Are you ready to set sail? Meet the Authors: Shelley Burgess Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators. Beth Houf Beth is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative  learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth. Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri. She also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has also been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016. Mentioned in this Podcast: Website: www.LeadLikeaPirate.net www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com Follow Shelley and Beth on Twitter. Order your copy of: Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff: Do you love the Wired Educator Podcast? Really? Really!?! Now you can help support it for just $1 at www.patreon.com/wirededucator


18 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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WEP 0092: What Great Teachers Do Differently, An Interview with Todd Whitaker

In this episode, Kelly interviews Todd Whitaker the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently, What Great Principals Do Differently, and forty other titles that have made a profound impact in education, instruction, leadership and ultimately in the lives of countless educators and student around the world. Todd Whitaker is one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teadher leadership, and principal effectiveness. He has written over 40 books including the National Best Seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Mentioned in this podcast: (Click the title to learn more.) What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker Motivating and Inspiring Teachers by Todd Whitaker Dealing with Difficult Parents by Todd Whitaker Follow Kelly on Twitter @WiredEducator and @KellyCroy  Please visit the Wired Educator blog & website at: www.WiredEducator.com


15 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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WEP 0082: Disrupting Thinking, An Interview with Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

In this episode, Kelly interviews two of the most influential and most recognized names in the research and application of reading instruction, Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. The focus of this interview is an engaging conversation about their new book, Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Think Matters, and how to help students become better readers. This is a must-listen interview.  About the Authors: Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst are the coauthors of the best-selling books Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies, as well as Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (with Linda Rief) and Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters. Beers, who also authored When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do, began her teaching career at a middle school in the Houston area. Probst, who also authored Response and Analysis, began his career at the junior high and high school levels in the Baltimore area. Both have taught at the university level—Beers at the University of Houston and Probst at Georgia State University. Beers is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Probst is a former member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. You can follow them on Twitter @kylenebeers and @bobprobst. Book summary: In their hit books Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction. With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers: Create engagement and relevance Encourage responsive and responsible reading Deepen comprehension Develop lifelong reading habits “We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be." Mentioned in this interview: Planbook is the best way to organize your lesson plans. Learn more at www.PlanBook.com


7 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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WEP 141: Build Relationships with Your Students, An Interview with Bianca Woodard

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I interview Bianca Woodard, Apple Distinguished Educator and awesome educator. We talk about building connections, rapport, and relationships with students. She shares her amazing story of becoming a teacher. Bianca emphasizes the importance of being intentional about building relationships with students over anything else. This is a great interview for everyone. Bianca A. Woodard  was born on Fort Bragg, NC into a military family.   She currently lives in Augusta Georgia and teaches AP Human Geography, government, and Economics at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville SC. She’s a graduate of Augusta University’s Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences where she obtained her Bachelors degree in History.  She began her teaching career in 2015 after over 15 years in corporate America as a trainer  and manager at a Fortune 500 Appliance Company. She’s an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. She’s Literacy and Gifted and Talented endorsed. She strives to expose students to culture through music, art, and literature through social studies. You’ll often find her at church where she sings and directs the choir, coaching basketball, listening to NPR, or watching the latest British costume drama.  Her personal educational belief statement is “Teach with hope, faith and love because all students have the capacity to learn.”  [caption id="attachment_963" align="alignright" width="198"] (paid link)[/caption] Mentioned in this Episode:  What Great Educators Do Differently Conference: https://connectedd.org Apple Distinguished Educator: https://www.apple.com/education/apple-distinguished-educator/ Bianca's website: http://socialstudieschic.weebly.com Follow Bianca on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sstudieschic One of Bianca's most influential books: Caught Between a Dream and a Job: How to Leave the 9-5 Behind and Step into the to Life You've Always Wanted, by Delatorro McNeal II. (paid link) ———————————————————————– 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 Podcastand subscribe. • Subscribe to The Wired Educator Podcast with over 135 episodes of interviews and professional development. • Visit Kelly’s website at www.KellyCroy.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. • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram 


27 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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WEP 149: Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. an Interview with LaVonna Roth

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I interview LaVonna Roth. We talk about the neuroscience connected with teaching and learning. LaVonna shares her message of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. and it will seriously make a difference in how you teach and how your students learn.  She breaks down the Acronym of SHINE for us and so much more. This is a great interview. LaVonna Roth is the lead illuminator, creator and founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®  Self. Heart. Inspire. Navigate. Exceptional. These words capture the path that LaVonna Roth uses to challenge others in discovering how to ignite the S.H.I.N.E. in their students, others and self.  LaVonna will push your thinking and personal reflection to challenge you to grow personally and professionally. Her mission is to help individuals discover who they are, what they can become, and to build self-motivation to see how far they can go. She will passionately stretch the status quo in education and invite you to join her so “shifts happen”. One way to be involved is through social media, using #igniteyourSHINE. LaVonna has a deep passion in using brain research as a fundamental foundation to help students, educators, parents, and the community to honor and value each other so we unite and become unstoppable in what can be achieved. By using these fundamentals, she identifies how to reframe adversities and use those moments to become the exceptional person you really are. This enlightenment will occur throughout but be brought to light as she shares parts of her own personal story. As a highly energetic, dynamic and engaging FUNnote (keynote) speaker, learning specialist, author and consultant, LaVonna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s in the Art of Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She taught at the elementary and secondary levels and is the author of 8 books. She has presented in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and the Middle East on increasing engagement and the fun factor in learning.  She is the creator and founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® movement and framework, where every person is encouraged to use his or her skills, talents and gifts… to illuminate the world. Together, we got this! Mentioned in this episode:  LaVonna's Books: She is the author of 8 book: Brain Powered Strategies for All Learners. (Affiliate link) Visit LaVonna's websites: lavonna@igniteyourSHINE.com www.igniteyourSHINE.com www.brain-powered.com Are you #Wired2Teach? Are you doing something amazing in education? I want to know. I want to recognize listeners of the podcast and share it out to the world on www.WiredEducator.com, and I may even choose to interview you on the show. Check the show notes for a link to a form so you can submit your EDUawesomeness. Here is a link to the form: https://forms.gle/ovd1cZjd7YCx1Vyg7 I participated in an amazing #AppleEDUchat this past Tue. Do you participate in educational twitter chats. They are awesome. #appleEDUchat is one of my favorites.  I will be hosting an Apple EDU chat this January on… leadership. It will be awesome. Many of you are purchasing gifts this time of year; I hope you will consider my book Along Came a Leader as a gift for yourself, a colleague, and administrator, and a family member this holiday season. It’s available on Amazon. It was a work of love. I am so proud of it. Level-up your leadership. Discover the 8 core attributes of leadership and how to put them work to impact lives and lead. We need leaders. If you’ve already read it, I hope you will leave a review. You can win a copy of my book ACAL. Just post a tweet, Facebook post, Instagram post as creative as you like that expresses the idea of “I love listening to WEP!” I will chose one in the next couple of weeks and contact you to send you a book. I just chose two winners for Shake up learning and Kids deserve it. Fun. I also encourage you to follow me on Instagram @kcroy. I share lots of my work, and creations.  ———————————————- 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 148 episodes of interviews and professional development. • Visit Kelly’s website at www.KellyCroy.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 Leaderfor a school book study or your personal library. • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram 


29 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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WEP 0015 How to Become a Millionaire Educator: An Interview with Ed Mills

Wired Educator host, Kelly Croy, interviews the "Millionaire Educator" Ed Mills from www.millionaireeducator .com. Ed is a high school Spanish teacher in Georgia where he lives with his wife and fourth grade son. Ed blogs about financial independence and wealth building from a teacher's perspective. He has amassed an incredible personal wealth by applying his five pillars of financial independence. Ed's message and website is to help educators live a better lifestyle by applying some basic but important rules of finances. His fortune has been built not by speaking engagements and endorsements, but by applying some basic rules that you will learn in this podcast. (Sometimes Ed doesn't even work full time.) Mentioned in this podcast: www.millionaireeducator.comwww.Vanguard.comwww.403bWise.com The book The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. StanleyThe Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. StanleyYou Need a Budget: Software to Help You Budget Easily and Wisely  Discussed in this Podcast: Financial Advice for the First Year TeacherFinancial Advice for the Teacher About to RetireFinancial Advice for the Teacher in the MIddle of Her CareerHow to Earn Extra Money as a TeacherBest Investment Strategies for Teachers Educators and Taxes: How to Lower Your Tax ObligationHow to Live on Less The Millionaire Educator’s 5 Pillars of Wealth: Debt avoidance Hardcore savings via retirement accounts Tax minimization Prudent investing Embrace frugal living


5 Oct 2015

Rank #7

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WEP 0025: The Innovator's Mindset

Kelly interviews George Couros, author of the book The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is one of education’s most sought after speakers, and speaks on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of connectedprincipals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students. In the pre-roll Kelly talks about his students building books using MacBooks and iBooks Author, iPads and Book Creator, and Comic Life software by Plasq. Also mentioned in this podcast: George Couros's book: The Innovator's MindsetGeorge's website: http://connectedprincipals.comJim Harmon's book: Through Students EyesReshan Richards's book: Blending LeadershipBook CreatorComic Life If you would like your book, product, service, conference, or website mentioned or highlighted in the pre-roll of The Wired Educator Podcast , please visit www.WiredEducator.com and send Kelly an email. You can subscribe and leave your review of The Wired Educator Podcast at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-wired-educator-podcast/id974270220?mt=2


13 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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WEP 0084: Start. Right. Now. An Interview with Jimmy Casas

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an educational leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report. Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul. Jimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development services for educators across the country. Follow Jimmy on Twitter: Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) | Twitter Mentioned in this podcast: Jimmy's book: Start. Right. Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence International Center for Leadership in Education Dr. Bill Daggit Jimmy recommends the book: The Four Agreements by Don Michael Ruiz Jimmy's favorite app: Voxer Jimmy's favorite hashtags: #IowaEdChat #SatChat and #Tlap Life Fit Model Schools Schools of Excellence www.FutureReady.org Jimmy's website: http://www.jimmycasas.com


25 Jul 2017

Rank #9

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WEP 0069: Flexible Seating, 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! Kayla's Edutopia post on Flexible seating: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/flexible-seating-student-centered-classroom Kayla's blog: http://www.topdogteaching.com Edutopia Edsurge National Board Certification SeeSaw App Epic Books for Kids Ron Clark Academy Two Day Training: http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/educators

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15 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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WEP 0048: Kids Deserve it! An Interview with Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney is the Principal of Webb Elementary in Navasota, TX. He is the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for Elementary Principal and the 2014 Classroom Teacher of the Year, the TCEA Teacher of the Year, a White House Champion of Change, a National School Board Association “20 to Watch”, and Center for Digital Education “Top 40 Innovators in Education”. Todd is also the co-author of the hit book Kids Deserve It!. Mentioned in this podcast: Todd's Blog: http://www.toddnesloney.com Follow Todd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechNinjaTodd Todd's book: Kids Deserve It! that he co-authored with Adam Welcome.  Bammy Awards White House Champion of Change #kidsDeserveIt hashtag on Twitter Todd's favorite reads: Animporph Series, The Giver, Wonder, The Cuz of  Todd's most influential reads:  • Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden • Move Your Bus by Ron Clark • The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark • The Essential 55 by Ron Clark • The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark Todd's favorite apps: Pokemon' Go, SeeSaw, Periscope, Canva


25 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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WEP 0045: Moving at the Speed of Creativity, An Interview with Wes Fryer

Kelly Interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, speaker and author, Wes Fryer about "The Learning Revolution" and more.  Dr. Wesley Fryer is an author, teacher, technology director, speaker, digital storyteller, and change agent. He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, teach and assess learning. His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. Wes maintains a library of multimedia-focused training and instructional videos on PlayingWithMedia.com. He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps (www.ipadmediacamp.com) teaching educators how to effectively use iPads in the classroom to create narrated slideshows, quick edit videos, and interactive writing. He also co-facilitates multi-day STEM professional development workshops for teachers. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, an annual writing conference in Oklahoma City, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference each year. Stay up to date with Wes by following him on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook, Google+, and liking the Facebook pages he periodically updates for Playing with Media and Speed of Creativity Learning LLC. Wes also encourages you to follow the K-12 Online Conference on Twitter (@k12online) and Facebook, as well as subscribe to the conference blog. Mentioned in this podcast:  Support Chris Penny's JDRF charity ride to fight & end diabetes.

1hr 14mins

6 Jul 2016

Rank #12

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WEP 103: Leadership and Culture in Education, an Interview with Brian Kight

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Brian Kight, CEO of Focus 3 and international expert on on leadership and culture. Focus 3 is providing school districts across the country with the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of students by making transformational changes in the school's culture. It simply works. You are going to love this interview with Brian. Brian Kight is a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. He provides simple systems that produce exceptional results for organizations, teams, and people. Simple, clear, and immediately actionable. Brian applies the timeless “physics” of performance to the most important challenges in life and business. His clients across the globe include professional and collegiate sports teams, schools, banks, manufacturing, healthcare, accounting, insurance and many others. As the CEO at Focus 3, Brian has worked for over a decade directly with all levels of executives and associates. The trust clients have in Brian and his impact has made him one of the top-rated keynote speakers and consultants based in the United States. Follow Brian Kight on social media at @TBrianKight Mentioned in this podcast:  Book Creator: One of the best apps in education! www.BookCreator.com Brian's favorite book: Anti-Fragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Brian is currently reading: Roots of Strategy Book 1. Brian's Podcast: The Focus 3 Podcast Focus 3 website: https://www.focus3.com My interview with Brian's dad, the Founder of Focus 3, Tim Night: Wired Educator Episode 89 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Follow Wired Educator on Facebook. Follow Wired Educator on Twitter. Follow Wired Educator on Instagram Enter to win 90 days of free coaching with Kelly Croy; complete this form, one winner will are chosen: https://goo.gl/forms/DfMc7Gz7rH75JRLv1 Is your school district looking for an opening day speaker? Please consider the art and words of Kelly Croy. 


19 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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WEP 138: The Edupreneur, My Interview with Dr. Will Deyamport, III

Episode 138 of the Wired Educator Podcast is an amazing interview with Dr. Will, host of the Dr. Will Show Podcast. This is a powerful episode where Dr. Will and I explore successful 1:1 digital learning programs, how to really coach teachers, the future of education with online courses and so much more.  Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. is a District Instructional Technologist for Hattiesburg Public School District, serving grades K-12. He is also a digital transformation strategist, writer, podcaster, and documentary filmmaker. In 2016, Dr. Will was one of three educators selected as a Mississippi Spotlight Speaker at the Mississippi Educator Computing Conference and served as a Schoology Ambassador from 2015 - 2018.  Dr. Will is best known for his work in assisting educators in going digital, and he has written for Schoology Exchange, District Administration, EdSurge, iNACOL, and TechEdge magazine. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Radio, TV, and Film and Child and Family Studies from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University.  In March 2019, via EduMatch Publishing, Dr. Will released The Edupreneur, a documentary that explores the lives and careers of educators who have become educational consultants. Mentioned in the episode:  Dr. Will's Podcast: The Dr. Will Show Podcast: The Mobile University for Edupreneurs Dr. Will's Documentary: The Edupreneur Dr. Will's website: www.theDrWillShow.com Follow Dr. Will on Twitter Dr. Will's most choice for most influential book: The Autobiography of Malcom X as told by Alex Haley ———————————————————————– 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 Podcastand subscribe. • Subscribe to The Wired Educator Podcastwith over 135 episodes of interviews and professional development. • Visit Kelly’s website at www.KellyCroy.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 Leaderfor a school book study or your personal library. • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram 

1hr 13mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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WEP 0051: Instant Relevance an Interview with Denis Sheeran

Kelly interviews Denis Sheehan the author of Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons.  Denis Sheeran is an engaging, fun, highly requested nationwide speaker, delivering keynotes, full and half day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. He is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer and can customize PD for your school district. Denis has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music, adjunct Professor of Statistics at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and is now the Supervisor of Mathematics, K-12, in Chatham, NJ after having taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for 13 years Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL.  Denis Sheeran is a certified online and hybrid course teacher and has been asked to serve on the statistics development committee by several online course companies.  Denis can help you develop new courses and curriculum to fit the needs of your diverse student population. He was most recently published in the Fall 2015 Statistics Teacher Network Journal. Denis lives in NJ with his wife, four children, and his litter box trained dog, Scout. Mentioned in this podcast: • Denis's book Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons can be purchase here.  • Denis's website is: www.denissheeran.com • Denis's most influential read: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess • Denis recommends the book Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler • Denis also recommends The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey • Denis hosts a Twitter Chat each Wednesday at 9:30 PM at #makeitreal • Denis's favorite app is Desmos, an amazing graphing calculator. Denis says this is a game-changer. 

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23 Aug 2016

Rank #15

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WEP 0022: The Zen Teacher, An Interview with Dan Tricarico

Kelly interviews educator Dan Tricarico, author of the new book The Zen Teacher. The Zen Teacher is a great book that has the potential to positively change your lifestyle inside and outside the classroom by providing specific techniques for becoming more focused, relaxed, and mindful. This is a fun interview about an important topic that can help teachers at any point in their career, whether they are just getting started, rocking it, struggling, or about to retire. Many great take-aways for everyone in this episode.  Mentioned in the podcast: Dan Tricarico's book, The Zen Teacher. www.TheZenTeacher.com This is Dan's website. Check it out.  iBookHack: Learn to make engaging, media-rich ibooks. Muse: a meditation headband for practicing mindfulness. Very cool. Breathe: An app that teaches meditation. Headspace: an app and a service that teaches mindfulness. Illusions by Richard Bach: A book Dan I both read and love. Dragon Dictation: Powerful software for quickly getting your voice to text. Essentialism by Greg McKeown: another important book Dan mentions. 


23 Jan 2016

Rank #16

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WEP 0032: How and Why Teachers Should Write and Publish!

Kelly provides the motivation, tools, resources, tips, and tricks you need to write a book and get published. Kelly has interviewed numerous educators that have been published and now he is going to show you how you can do it. Kelly provides the motivation and understanding of WHY you will want to get published and what it could mean to your lifestyle and career. Not interested in writing a book? Kelly may just change your mind in this episode. Started a book, but haven't finished? Kelly will help you across the finish line. Already published your book? Kelly will show you how to get even more out of it and help you along with your next work. This is an insightful episode that delivers the motivation and resources educators need to write a book and get published. The following resources are about to save you years of guessing. Outlined below is the culmination of my intense reading, studying, and testing to become a better writer. • On Writing by Stephen King: If you are going to read only one book on writing, this is it. King holds nothing back and tells you what you need to hear. Read it. You will want your own copy. While this is aimed at writing fiction or novels, I believe what King says in this important work is something every writer needs to hear. • On Writing Well by William Zinsser: This is a must-read for any aspiring author who wants to write nonfiction. This is a classic and it is full of the best advice. Skip the others. This is the one you want to read. • Do the Work, The War of Art and Turning Pro by Stephen Pressfield: Choose any of these great books to get you motivated and believing that your message needs to be heard and that you can accomplish the task. I found each of these incredibly helpful. After writing awhile your brain will begin to tell you to take a break, stop, quit, and even abandon your work. These books will arm you with the necessary defenses to these age old hurdles and career killers. • Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. This is a short wrting but by one of my favorite authors. Bradbury delivers hope and encouragement in this work that every writer should hear. I hope you will give it a read. The image of writing that Bradbury conveys will stay with you as steadfast soldier guarding your dream. • Michael Hyatt’s GET PUBLISHED Program: If you want the insight on how to get published, you will want this course. Michael Hyatt is both a successful publisher and a successful writer. Don’t guess at the world of publishing. This program will tell you everything you need and save your years of research as well as preventing you from wasting money on useless products and services. I admire Michael. This program helped me publish my book. • GoOnWrite.com: This is where I get my book covers.  They are super-affordable and they look great. • Scrivener: The best writing tool on the planet for numerous reasons. This program is the best way to write anything period. I have tried them all. This is the one. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. • Learn Scrivener Fast: Get the most out of Scrivener. This course is quick, easy, and will make you master Scrivener. It is essential. You will be amazed at all you can do, the time you save, and most importantly the writing you create. A must! Along Came a Leader: This is my book! 


2 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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WEP 104: The Temperament of an Educator, An Interview with Keven Rinamen

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews creator of Teachers' Tech Toolbox, and Technology Director, Keven Rinaman.   Keven Rinaman is the Director of Technology at Calvert Catholic Schools in Tiffin, OH.  A graduate of Heidelberg University (’07) and Western Governors University (’17), Keven aims to utilize his knowledge and skills to bring classroom technology tools to teachers all over the world.  Keven has been in education for the past ten years.  A man of many jobs, he has been a classroom teacher, coach (wrestling, golf, baseball), Dean of Students, Student Council Advisor, and as Director of Technology.  Keven comes from a background as an education major in college while also working as a computer repair technician.  This unique background gives Keven an approach to classroom technology integration focusing on how tools can be applied to various parts of lessons.    Keven's passion for education comes in the form of facilitating professional development.  While no longer having a classroom of his own, Keven strives to provide PD the models effective practices while also demonstrating the latest in technology tools.  He has also given a wide variety of conference presentations and local, state, and national levels.   Keven is a Google Certified Educator, MakerBot Certified Educator, and Eagle Scout.   Mentioned in this Podcast:    Creation Crate: Have a Maker Project delivered to your classroom or home each month. The coolest subscription service I've seen! www.CreationCrate.comWin 90 Days of Coaching with Kelly Croy: Click this link to enter the contest. Contest Ends April 3, 2018, and you can find out more at Kelly's website at: www.KellyCroy.com   Kevin's favorite book: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess.   Kevin's website: www.TeachersTechToolbox.com   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.


24 Mar 2018

Rank #18

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WEP 0089: Building Culture, An Interview with Tim Kight

In this episode, Kelly interviews Tim Kight, an expert in building culture within school districts.  Tim Kight is the founder and president of Focus 3, a firm whose mission is to help companies around the world align the power of leadership, culture, and behavior to achieve next level results. A dynamic communicator, Tim focuses on the critical factors that distinguish great organizations from average organizations. He delivers a powerful message on the mindset & skills at the heart of individual & organizational performance. Most recently, Tim has worked closely with Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team as the Buckeyes’ leadership coach. His work with Ohio State has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN. Mr. Kight is the author of several high impact training programs: The R Factor, Lead Now, The Power of Culture, Winning, and Attitude Matters. Mentioned in this podcast:  Some of Tim's favorite books:  Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership & Life from a Championship Program by Urban Meyer Good to Great by Jim Collins The Last Lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl Tim's website: www.focus3.com Tim's podcast: www.focus3.com/podcast As mentioned in the interview: Tim loves his Apple Pencil. [smart_podcast_player social_twitter="true" social_facebook="true" social_gplus="true" social_linkedin="true" social_email="true" ]


12 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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WEP 0098: Mathematical Mindsets, an Interview with Dr. Jo Boaler

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Dr. Jo Boaler about her amazing book Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching. Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and co-founder of www.youcubed.org. Formerly the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education for England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a researcher at King’s College, London. She is the author of eight books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2015) and Mathematical Mindsets (2016). She is the recipient of the NCSM award for equity, the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning for teachers and parents, a White House presenter and an advisor to the PISA team at the OECD. Mentioned in this episode: Book Creator is one of my favorite apps for any device! www.BookCreator.com Jo Boaler's book: Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching. Here is a list of all of Jo's books! One of Jo's favorite mathematicians is Maryam Mirzakhani: Here she is in a 6 Set of Prints from NASA: Mighty Women in Science Poster Set. Two more of Jo's favorite mathematicians include: Steve Strogatz: Here is a list of his books. and Keith Devlin and his works. Jo used math counting sticks like these as a child and recommends similar to parents: Educational Math Counting Sticks. Jo cofounded: www.Youcubed.org a resource to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics to transform their classroom. How to Learn Math: A free course for students by Jo Boaler. Leave a review for the Wired Educator Podcast here. Kelly has a new podcast title The Future Focused Podcast. Please give it a listen! Ask your superintendent to visit www.KellyCroy.com and request Kelly to be your opening day speaker. 


10 Feb 2018

Rank #20