January is Author’s Month on The Bedley Bros


Scott and I will have the privilege of interviewing some incredible authors throughout the month of January 2014 on our Bedley Bros show. Guests will include Sharon Draper, author of best-selling book Out of My Mind (with special co-host, America’s Librarian, Shannon Miller), Dan Pink, The Two Sisters Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (of The Daily 5 fame), Alex Kajitani (the Rappin’ Mathematician), Angela Maiers, and Robert Marzano! You can see the schedule for our live broadcasts on Shannon Miller’s blog. We hope to involve our audience in sharing questions for our guests. Mark your calendars and tune in by visiting the Bedley Bros homepage.

Bedley Bros Author's Month

The Bedley Bros Ep 39: Elana Leoni



Elana Leoni is the Director of social media strategy and marketing for Edutopia, one of the coolest websites for professional development in the world! Elana tells us more about Edutopia and shares some tips for using social media.

Show Notes

Edutopia

Edutopia on Twitter

Edutopia on Facebook

Edutopia on Google +

SignUp Genius (Thank you to my wife Mary for this tip!)

Bedley Bros to Host Texas EdChat on Twitter



Scott and I will be moderating the Texas EdChat this coming Sunday night from 6-7 PM Pacific time. The topic will be using video in the classroom. If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, you should give it a try. We will be throwing out some discussion questions and then teachers from around the state of Texas, as well as other parts of the world, will kick around ideas 140 characters at a time. To join in, you’ll need a Twitter account. Then go on Twitter on Sunday, December 15, from 8 to 9 PM Texas time and search #TxEduChat in the search box. Select the “All” button at the top of the screen and you will see everyone’s Tweets. It promises to be an extremely valuable and engaging professional development opportunity…for FREE!

Twitter: Follow Scott here. Follow me, Tim, here. Follow the Bedley Bros here.

Here’s a good tutorial on how to do a Twitter chat:

The Bedley Bros Ep 38: The Two Sisters Part 2



The Bedley Bros just had to have more time with the Two Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. On Episode 38 they discuss their second book, CAFE, as well as their amazing professional development website The Daily Cafe. Gail and Joan share some great ideas on student goal setting, developing reading comprehension, and their take on Accelerated Reader.

Show Notes

The Daily Cafe Website

Follow The Two Sisters on Twitter

Purchase The Second Edition of The Daily 5

Guide to Squid Dissection

 

Pastor Saeed Imprisoned and Abused in Iran


Saeed-Abedini-children-Iran-ProjectI can’t stand by silently while a good man is abused. Here is the story of Saeed from beheard.com:

Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old Pastor, father, and husband from Idaho, is currently imprisoned in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. On 28 July 2012, during a visit to Tehran to visit family and to finalize the board members for an orphanage he was building in Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard detained Saeed, asserting that he must face criminal charges for his Chr*stian faith. After intense interrogations, Saeed was placed under house arrest and told to wait for a court summons. On 26 September 2012, instead of receiving a summons telling him where to appear, five members of the Revolutionary Guard raided Saeed’s parents’ home in Tehran, confiscated many of Saeed’s belongings, and took him to an unknown location. After four days the Revolutionary Guard informed the family that Saeed was in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin Prison.
Saeed remained in solitary confinement for approximately four weeks before he was moved to Evin Prison. During solitary confinement, Saeed was only brought out of his small, dark cell to be subjected to abusive interrogations.
Saeed had been denied medical treatment for infections that resulted from beatings. The ward doctor and nurse refused to treat him because, as a Chr*stian, he was considered “unclean” and an infidel. Saeed’s family in Tehran may visit Saeed on Mondays, but he is not permitted to make phone calls, cutting him off from his wife and two young children in the U.S.
In late February it became known that Saeed was suffering from internal bleeding, an injury from beatings he endured during interrogations. Doctors examined Saeed in early March and determined that his injuries warranted immediate attention, and, in their medical opinion, he needed to be treated in a non-prison hospital. For a month, the Iranian regime ignored this advice. In an attempt to appease international pressure, on 8 April 2013, the Saeed was taken to a private hospital. Before doing so, guards forced Saeed to change his prison uniform to that of a murderer. Saeed resisted, the guards beat him, and forced him to wear the uniform. When Saeed arrived at the hospital he was never admitted or treated because, according to the guards, the doctor on staff was not present. Saeed has reported that several cellmates, who appear to be connected to the Iranian intelligence police, have threatened to suffocate Saeed while he sleeps.

Recently, Saeed’s condition became even more serious. Having been denied medical attention, he was thrown into solitary confinement. Beforehand, Saeed complained of kidney pain. He and the several other prisoners wrote a letter to prison officials in peaceful protest of lack of access to medical attention. In response, Iranian officials placed ten prisoners under solitary confinement, Saeed among them. Last time he was in solitary confinement, his medical condition substantially worsened. There is no reason to believe this time will be different. Saeed is now cut off from any visitation.
A petition has been started in Saeed’s name, and it quickly received overwhelming media attention. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for his release, the White House has called for his release, and the House of Representatives held an emotional hearing that highlighted Pastor Saeed’s plight. Multiple nations have called for Saeed’s release, and ACLJ attorneys have argued his case before the United Nations. Saeed’s petition has over 610,000 signatures and a letter writing campaign to encourage Saeed has garnered over 50,000 letters. Artists such as Toby Mac, Michael W Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, Skillet, Relient K, and Audio Adrenaline have been involved, and lent their voices to raise awareness.
There is still much to be done. Keep up with Saeed’s story through the Be Heard Project. Share his story on social media using #SaveSaeed and #BeHeard.

The Bedley Bros Ep 37: Mike Lawrence



Mike Lawrence’s list of credentials is a mile long: Executive Director of CUE, 2003 Apple Distinguished Educator, assisted in the development and launch of Discovery Education Network, Co-Founder of the Google Certified Teacher Program, Co-Executive Director of the Infinite Thinking Machine, Member ISTE Board of Directors, Director California Student Media Festival, and an all-around good guy. Mike talks about some of the exciting ventures he’s involved in and breaks the news of this year’s CUE Conference closing Keynote!

Show Notes

Follow Mike Lawrence on Twitter

California Student Media Festival

EdCamp Murrieta

Project Tomorrow

The Bedley Bros EdChat Ep 36: Sree Sreenivasan


Sree Sreenivasan is the Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the most popular tourist attraction in the entire city. He is an expert on social media and infusing digital resources with the physical world. Scott and I interview Sree and learn more about online resources to teach art as well as social media tips for teachers.

Show Notes

Follow Sree on Twitter

Sree’s Website

The MET website

Socrative App

Flipboard

Flocabulary

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 35: Nick Provenzano


Nick Provenzo is an Evernote guru and is an official ambassador for the product. In episode 35, Nick, otherwise known as The Nerdy Teacher, teaches Scott and me the power of using Evernote to simplify your teaching life. Recorded on the day before Halloween, this episode is sure to engage, educate and entertain!

Show Notes

Follow Nick on Twitter

Nick’s Website

Tour the World Video

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 34: David Theriault & Sean Ziebarth


Sean Ziebarth and David Theriault are high school teachers on a mission. They are connected to other educators on social media and believe in engaging their students in outside the box activities. Tune in to this special Halloween episode as David, Sean, Scott and I discuss topics like blogging, music, and student centered education. This is probably our zaniest show yet. Enjoy!

Show Notes

Movember

Follow Sean on Twitter

Follow David on Twitter

David’s Blog

Engage NY Common Core Materials

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 33: Jeff Charbonneau

2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Washington, shares what it’s like to be the Teacher of the Year and gives some great ideas for classroom teachers. Jeff’s philosophy centers around his understanding of the power of developing relationships. Tune in to episode 33 of the most popular education podcast hosted by brothers!

Show Notes

Follow Jeff on Twitter

American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom

Google Hangouts