I took a break from blog writing. Good, it’s out there. Now I can tell you what I’ve been up to.
I’ve been taking this time off to do some interviews. I reached out to some amazing educators who are partaking in some incredible adventures and asked them to be in a podcast that will launch on December 1st. The podcast is aptly (or ineptly) named The EPT Podcast which is the opposite of inept (#wordmangled) which stands for Education, Productivity and Technology. My primary purpose is to bring some incredible educators to talk about the three topics at hand – perhaps even how they all converge…
During this past month the people that I have been talking to have taught me a lot. More importantly, they have inspired me. The more of these interviews that I do, the more inspired I become. I am amazed at the energy, enthusiasm and passion that I have encountered. There’s something about being in the field of education that really draws out some of the best qualities in us. I believe it has a lot to do with being a giving and compassionate person. The idea of service, I believe, is one of the things that sets the educator apart. How can you give so much of yourself, in so many different ways and still manage to maintain a semblance of a healthy and normal life? Or are we just all crazy? Well, that’s a question I will explore during this journey as well.
One of the biggest reminders that I’ve had in this experience so far for me is, again, the call to action. I know that all of these wonderful people that I have interviewed so have one thing in common – the ability and drive to take action and do something. They are involved in some amazing projects, incredible ventures and wonderful opportunities that will benefit the world in so many ways.
I encourage you to find out more about these people, and to come back here in December and listen to the interviews! The podcast will be released weekly but for the initial launch, I will release an episode every day.
Here’s the lineup for the first week:
December 1: Vicki Davis has been phenomenal in reshaping the course of classroom education. Her blog “The Cool Cat Teacher” has won many awards and accolades, including the Edublog Award for the best teacher. Vicki is a full-time teacher at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and is also the host for the bi-weekly show “Every Classroom Matters” on BAM Radio Network. She has authored Reinventing Writing and co-authored Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds.
December 2: Doug Robertson or “The Weird Teacher” as he is better known is an amazing individual ready for world domination. He teaches the third grade and employs extraordinary insights to explore and impart knowledge to one and all. He blogs at http://hestheweirdteacher.blogspot.com/. He has written a book aptly called He’s the Weird Teacher and moderates the #WeirdEd chat on twitter.
December 3: Julie Lindsay is a globe-trotting educational consultant, innovator and teacher. She truly defines being a “Teacherpreneur”. She works globally as a consultant, keynote presenter, workshop leader and Flat Connections ‘flattened learning’ specialist. She develops customized learning experiences for educators and students in all learning areas, and around the world. She truly is one of the most globally connected educators I have met. She co-authored Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. You can learn even more about Julie at http://www.learningconfluence.com/
December 4: Shelly Terrell is a teacher, author, trainer & international speaker. Co-founder of the Ed-Chat movement, Shelly played a significant role in altering the course of routine teaching. She currently plays the host for American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and offers her daily dose of tech tips at Teacher Reboot Camp. She is the founder of the 30 goals edumovement and her new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, comes out on November 30th.
December 5: Scott McLeod is one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. He currently functions as a Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency and Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE). He blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. I have used his TEDx Talk in my classes and highly recommend watching it.
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I look forward to seeing you and hearing your comments very soon!